Small Lone Star Wall Hanging

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The first time I tried a Lone Star type quilt, I wasn’t happy with the results.  The points weren’t sharp, the center didn’t lay flat and the entire quilt was difficult to square up.  This was my post about the first quilt.

I wanted to try another Lone Star but not a huge quilt and heard about Kaye Wood’s Small Lone Star, one of many projects in her book, Quilt Like a Pro, using her Starmaker 8 ruler.  I’m happy to say that the ruler and her instructions made the difference between a quilt with problems and a wall hanging which I consider to be very nice and with just a few places that are not perfect – my fault since I have difficulty with  precision measuring, cutting and sewing.  

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The “small” wall hanging is 23×23 inches with only binding, no border.  I machine quilted the piece with in-the-ditch stitching around the diamonds and decorative stitching in the squares and triangles.

For the backing, I took quite a few more hours to piece together a lot of scraps of various sizes, and I like the patchwork look of this.

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Some day I might undertake another bed-sized Lone Star quilt, but for now I’m happy with the smaller version – and it even has some green in it, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Radiant Star Quilt

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I’ve always admired the Lone Star quilt (also known as Radiant Star, Star of Bethlehem and Texas Star) but it looked really difficult to do.  I ordered the Quilt in a Day book for Radiant Star by Eleanor Burns, hoping her very good instructions would carry me through.  I’m afraid even Eleanor Burns can’t make this a fool-proof quilt to sew. 

I did complete the quilt in the full size and it’s being used on one of my beds, but it’s not as good as I had hoped.  Some day, after some more experience, I’m going to try it again.