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Scrappy Lone Star Table Topper

Scrappy Lone Star Table Topper

I’ve always admired Lone Star quilts and have been meaning to figure out how to make one so here is my first attempt. This is also my first time using a walking foot, something I’ve been lacking for way too long.

I’ve started another and have photos to show the process. It isn’t difficult but keeping the layout in mind when you are offsetting the strips boggled my mind. My solution was to draw a grid and place tiny bits of fabric on it. When I liked my layout I took a photo so I would have the layout saved. It also helped me determine how I would do the strip sets.

Diamond grid with fabric scraps

Diamond grid with fabric scraps

I made a quick mockup of the finished star point from the scraps with my cutting diagram.

Mock up and cutting diagram

Mock up and cutting diagram

I cut my fabric strips 2″ wide following the guide I made. I didn’t end up with enough to make a full 8 pointed star, so I know I would need to double this amount to do that. I only wanted half a star to begin this so I was fine with that.

Again referencing my guide, I sewed my strips together in the order shown. One thing I did differently from most of the pattern directions I’ve seen is to sew the pieces flush at one end, rather than staggered. This way, I can square up both ends, and after making my first cut at 45 degrees I can take the trimmed off piece and re-attach it to the other end. I failed to get a photo of this step.

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Strips cut and  ready to be sewn together

Strips cut and
ready to be sewn together

All sewn together

All sewn together

I’m using this in a lap quilt. I’ve created a diamond grid using the same cutting angle – 45 degrees- and sewing them together with narrow sashing strips.

Making the diamond grid

Making the diamond grid

 

Closing in on the finish. All pieced and ready for quilting.

Closing in on the finish. All pieced and ready for quilting.

I’m at the quilting stage, so can only give you a preview of the quilt top.

What I’ve learned from this quilt:

Starch the heck out of your fabrics before cutting and as you go along. Every block is cut on the bias and dealing with the stretch can make you tear your hair out, I promise.

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