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Thread: Help!!! I don't know how to finish this vintage Lone Star...

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    A few days, okay... weeks, OKAY... months! ago one of my mom's friends sent me an unfinished, hand-pieced quilt top that her mother began a long time ago and never finished. She has several of her mother's quilts and would love to be able to use this quilt top as well, so she asked me to finish it for her. It's a gorgeous, scrappy Lone Star.

    Problem: I don't know how to find the measurements for the setting pieces. Does anyone know how I can measure accurately to be able to finish the quilt top? I've never done a Lone Star before, and so far all I can think of to do is to lay the top over some paper and trace a template for the empty spaces. I would love a better solution!

    And after that, I'll need ideas for colors to finish up the top. :) I've attached pictures below.
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    The low-tech way would be to lay out masking tape in a square around it, measure, and add seam allowances. If you give the measurements, there are math whizzes that could give you a precise measurement.

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    I love that idea! I'll try it, thanks so much!!!

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    Very pretty. Yes there is a way to do setting triangles with the math--but right now I am brain dead. Make them a little bigger than calls for and trim maybe. I have a paper someplace that tells me how to do setting triangles. Also do you have a Quilt Calc--it's on there too.

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    Why not emphasize the original star by appliqueing it to a background fabric with batting under it...bias strips, a small flange or even covered cording around the edge of the star perhaps, then full batting under the ground fabric and use quilting to highlight it further...won't have to mess with triangles that way and places more emphasis on the original star.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    Why not emphasize the original star by appliqueing it to a background fabric with batting under it...bias strips, a small flange or even covered cording around the edge of the star perhaps, then full batting under the ground fabric and use quilting to highlight it further...won't have to mess with triangles that way and places more emphasis on the original star.
    I have a Lone Star that someone tried to applique onto a background fabric. It's very hard to get them flat and straight. I'm going to have to take it off and start over. So if you do it this way be very careful.

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    It looks like in order to make the quilt rectangular, you will need 4 square units and 4 triangles. I think if you measure the star from tip to bottom of the point and add 1/2" that would give you the length of one side of your square. For the triangle pieces I'm sure someone here remembers how much to add to the square so it can be cut into and fit the angle. HOPE I DIDN'T CONFUSE YOU EVEN MORE! :wink:

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    i think if you try to measure accurately you'll be in for a bad surprise. after laying folded for a long time, it may be ripply and out of square. but with all those bias edges i would be afraid to tackle pressing it. i'd do what moonpi said and also hand pat it as flat as possible. slip a large piece of paper under the open triangle and follow the outlines the missing shapes. add your seam allowances. and pray.
    you may find it's easier to do by hand. or, if hand work gives you the creeps, then at least hand baste. hand stitching gives the best control and lets you ease where you need to.

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    beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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    The star has beautiful colors. I would also applique it. Before I did, I would pin it to a star shape and press it true, sort of like how you would go about blocking a crochet piece.

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    I could fix it...but explaining how is kind of hard. I have made tons of lone stars (see my link). I wouldn't applique it but then I know how to set those pieces in. Do you want to send it and I'll fix it? I'm serious, just let me know....

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    Thank you for all of your suggestions! I love to hand piece, so I'm looking forward to this challenge. If I run into any difficulties I'll definitely be asking for more feedback.

    (magpiefeather- I'm in love with your Lone Stars! I want to try to finish this myself first, but if I run into any obstacles, I may contact you for advice! Thanks so much for your kind offer :)

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    This is a radiating Lone star quilt. I made one years ago and a friend of mine just recently finished one. I'm thinking if you measure for the square and then cut the square in half to form a triangle it might fit but try it with paper first. I do have a pattern let me see what it says.It says to measure 2-3 diamonds along the straight edge and then average them. Cut 4 squares to this measurement plus 2" about 23" Measure between the outside points, add 3 inches and cut one square to this measurement. App.32"square. Cut this square twice on the diagional to make four triangles. Hope this helps. Libby

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    I have a magazine for this pattern if you want le me know and I'm sending this Lone star page to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    Why not emphasize the original star by appliqueing it to a background fabric with batting under it...bias strips, a small flange or even covered cording around the edge of the star perhaps, then full batting under the ground fabric and use quilting to highlight it further...won't have to mess with triangles that way and places more emphasis on the original star.
    Did this with a partial stack-and-whack a friend gave me. Turned out great and was easy with help from fusables first then decorative stitches around the edges. She loved it. Good luck and maybe pick up one of the colors in the pieces to blend, then another color for border.

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    LOVE IT. Someone gave me the star...only....I am in the same fix because the first try was a bust. Someone suggested to me to make much larger squares/triangles so the whole piece is extended wider than 1/4 inch from the edge of the original star... I'm still 'thinking' on this one. Be sure to keep us posted.

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    My mother bought a lone star top off of Ebay last year, it was all out of shape and center would not lay flat. I took it apart for her, replaced the center diamonds, and made it somewhat presentable. Can't remember exactly how I made the corner squares and triangles, but each corner was different size, in the long run it turned out ok. Mom loves it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    Why not emphasize the original star by appliqueing it to a background fabric with batting under it...bias strips, a small flange or even covered cording around the edge of the star perhaps, then full batting under the ground fabric and use quilting to highlight it further...won't have to mess with triangles that way and places more emphasis on the original star.
    I did this with a small bit of OBW a friend gave me. Turned out fine.

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