Small Lone Star Wall Hanging


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.  


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.


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


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.