From the second I stumbled across the lone star quilt video tutorial on Youtube I had a compulsion – no a quiltpulsion to make one for myself. The steps made it sound achievable and I love the graphic simplicity of the single star, and the bold colour suggestions add a modern twist to a traditional design.
This was easily the most technically difficult thing I’ve constructed and I’m so pleased with the result. Usually I like to sew in a kaleidoscope of colours but I restrained myself this time, opting for a sophisticated blue/grey palette to coordinate with our living room. It’s so rewarding to use something you’ve made as part of your everyday life, and nothing better then snuggling up under a homemade quilt with a box set on a cold winter evening.
The pattern – a quick review
The Lone Star Quilt pattern is free from Jordan fabrics. The Youtube tutorial that accompanies this pattern is brilliant, she lays out the steps really well and it helps to turn something quite intimidating into manageable chunks. There’s also some great advice about how to layout so you can keep the grain running in the same direction. It uses one jelly roll for the main star and 1.5m of backing (150cm wide) fabric.
As always, the hardest part of this quilt is deciding where to place all of the fabric! The jelly roll I’d purchased was a lot darker than I had originally thought so I started off by breaking up the darks, lights, blues and greens to give a random yet balanced look (Bruce helping as purr usual😉).
After a lot of strip unit creating, 45 degree angle cutting and endless point matching you end up with eight diamonds and can begin to construct your star.
The pattern tells you to keep the point of each diamond the same strong colour so it forms a clear centralised star in the middle of the quilt. This layout caused a pale grey chevron pattern around the centre (below left) that I didn’t like. I wanted to make it a bit more random so alternated the central points – this way the external points match so there’s still some consistency which is a good alternative.
One of the great things about this pattern is that is uses up the off-cuts to create the squares in the border – which is both satisfying and helps to create a rectangular design and give a different element to the star. I do still have a few more off-cuts, will have to think of something else to do with them – suggestions on a postcard please.
Once you’ve got through the technical challenge of constructing the star the rest comes together pretty quickly background pieces are all large and easy to cut.
I used an ombre grey thread to give the quilting an additional feeling of movement and a free motion quilting foot to do a basic herringbone design all over. As that is pretty much the limitation of my quilting ability at present! This did raise an issue with my sewing machine as it doesn’t have the ability to lower the feed dogs so it was quite tricky constantly fighting against the machine. As with everything, when I look at it all I can see is flaws but the end result is pretty good from a distance and no one else will ever notice!
- Jelly roll is the Prisma Batik ‘Open Water’ from – Robert Kaufmen fabrics
- Backing and background fabric from Higgs & Higgs
- Thread and batting from Coles Sewing Centre
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