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Thread: My daughter wants a Lone Star quilt top!

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    Our DD and her fiance would love a Lone Star quilt top, but I just don't think I can do it! I've only been quilting about a year. I see some on ebay, but don't know how I would attach the fabric all around it. Tell me I can do it! I know you all will give me encouragement! Maybe there's an easy way to do this? Thanks in advance!

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    Could you paper piece one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    Could you paper piece one?
    I don't know how to paper piece! Augghhh!

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    Check to see if Eleanor Burns (Quilt In A Day) has one.
    I believe they do and it should be an easy version.

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    When you do it MAKE SURE that you don't change your order of the diamonds or your star will radiate into the corners NOT into the center. Ask me why I say that.

    Lone star has lots of bias edges, so make sure you starch your fabric before cutting and don't handle the pieces a lot. Also, when using the ruler to cut the angle, align the edge after every cut. Restraighten if you have to. Again....wish I had known all that before I started mine.

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    I've seen some that were strip pieced which would cut down on the number of bias edges and make it easier.

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    Look for a pattern called "No diamonds in the sky".
    It's a simpler pattern for the Lone Star without any diamond pieces.

    Here are a couple posted by members here.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-21687-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-30978-1.htm

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    Perhaps your daughter and you could take a class together-? Would be fun! :)

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    I bought a lone star pattern from Connecting Threads and it is wonderful. There are no set in seams. Attaching the backing is so easy this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    Yes...I just bought that book off ebay, after someone made that suggestion. Hope it's helpful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    When you do it MAKE SURE that you don't change your order of the diamonds or your star will radiate into the corners NOT into the center. Ask me why I say that.

    Lone star has lots of bias edges, so make sure you starch your fabric before cutting and don't handle the pieces a lot. Also, when using the ruler to cut the angle, align the edge after every cut. Restraighten if you have to. Again....wish I had known all that before I started mine.
    Thank you for the pointers! I'm sure yours came out beautifully after all!

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    The ones that are made by strip piecing are EASY. I made one when I was a real newbie and it turned out great. Didn't think to take pictures though. You can do it, you are a quilter.

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    There were just some Lone Star Quilt tops in the Buy/Sell/Trade Classifieds. Good Prices...not sure if they have sold though.

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    My mother bought a lone star quilt top off of Ebay. She decided it was more than she could do to add the corner pieces and triangles. It has very pretty colors, but the closer we looked, the more wonky it was. The diamonds were different sizes, the center would not lay flat. Needless to say, I had to take it all apart, recut some of the diamonds, and replace all the center diamonds. It looks much better now. Ready for quilting. My advice is make one of your own, you'll learn a lot, many books out there with instructions, along with all the friendly helpful advice here.

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    I believe you can do it!!! Just take it one step at a time. I love Eleanor Burns' methods -- she makes complicated things so simple.

    YOU CAN DO IT!!! You go, girl! (And, post pictures!)

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    Check out the Quiltsmart site. They make a fusible kit for a lone star. Bought one at the Houston Show, but have not tried it yet.

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    I made the quilt using Eleanor Burns book. It was actually started when I was a fairly new quilter and I did not have trouble with the star. Y seams to add backing around star was a little more difficult but not impossible if you take your time. Mine top sat for a long time because I did not like white background with colors of star (as new quilter I was struggling with color issues). I finally replaced background with off-white and finished quilt about 4 years later, gave it to my daughter for her bed. So a fairly new quilter can do this.

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    colonal patterns sells kits with instructions.

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    Jan Krentz has a book called Lone Star Quilts and beyond that might be a help. If the LQS no longer carries it try amazon.com You might be able to get it there. She really has some good directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merrylouw
    I believe you can do it!!! Just take it one step at a time. I love Eleanor Burns' methods -- she makes complicated things so simple.

    YOU CAN DO IT!!! You go, girl! (And, post pictures!)
    Thank you for your encouragement! I bought the Eleanor Burns book, so hopefully that will help. They may get it on their 5th anniversary, I told her! LOL!

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    Carol doak has a book called 50 fabulous paper pieced stars but it does not have the lone star that you were asking about it minght help you get started

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