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Thread: How I made my lone star

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    This may not be the best way, but it's the way I did mine.

    LONE STAR TUTE
    size of finished star 42"

    Step 1

    Cut strips 2-1/4" wide by 42" long and sew together, insetting each color 2 inches to look like a stair (I used 9 fabrics). Press seams open.

    Step 2

    Cut strips 2-1/4" wide at a 45 degree angle.

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    Step 3

    I used my beige flowered fabric as a guide for the center of the diamond and counted 5 across. From there up and down, I removed the rest of the of 2-1/4 squares I didn't need, and this formed my diamond shape.

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    Step 4

    Sew the strips together and press seams open. Make 8 of these.
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    Step 5

    Once you have your diamond shape, sew the diamonds together. I started at the center.

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    mine always bubble in the middle why is that?

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    Great tute! This is on my list of patterns to do. :)

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    I always hand baste the centers before sewing down because they get so bulky. Since you are joining some parts on the bias edges, you can have some stretching - I think that is the buckling babeegirl was talking about.

    Also, do not let your eyes fool you when working with the diamonds - in order for them to join properly in front, they will look offset at the edge. Maybe I am the only one who has had the feeling it did'nt seem right, then resorted to pinning and basting until I learned better.

    Good job!

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    Thanks moonpi for the advise, I noticed that too, but mine doesn't pucker too much. It did the 1st time, but I restitched it.

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    Thanks for the Tute! I'll make that one someday.. :wink:

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    insetting each color 2 inches to look like a stair
    What does that mean--insetting? How is it different from just sewing the strips together?

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    Measure in 2" from the left side when sewing the strips. You don't waste as much fabric when you go to cut your 45 degree angle that way.

    Like this

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    Thank You for explaining everything ! You make it seem doable for me! :lol:

    Sharon

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    You're welcome, this is my 1st time making one, so I hope I explained it correctly.

    If I didn't, please jump in and correct me somebody.

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    I'd like to try this too, using your tute. Could you please explain step #3 a bit more. I don't quite understand it. Thank you.

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    OH!! That makes sense! (of course after I've had a visual! ) :roll:

    Thanks!!

    Okay--once the star is done--then what do you do with it? Are there pieces added between those points? Or is it appliqued?

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    ranger, on step 3, I lined up my fabric 5 which is my beige floral print, five across. Then I removed (on the far left) the the colors from the beige floral print down.

    Next to that row, I removed from the gold down and at the top of that row, I removed the dark green at the top.

    The next row, I removed from the green leaf print down, and at the top of that row, from the brown up and continued until I had a diamond shape.

    It will look funny like moonpi said, but after you sew the rows together, it will look right.

    Pin the rows one at a time together to match your seams before you sew.


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    barnbum, after the star is finished you need to add triangles to make it a square.

    I'm not going to applique the star, that would require more fabric than I really need, but I don't see why you couldn't applique it down.

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    Now, I can see what you did. Don't know why I couldn't see it before. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

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    You're welcome, I had to have moonpi help me too, because I didn't understand it either.

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    Thank you for the tute!!!

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    You're welcome, but I'm certainly no expert!

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    Thanks for taking the time to show us, I really love these stars but thought it was to hard of a project. But now that you'd showed us I might be going to the fabric store today! :D

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    Do you have any of your sewn strips left? Could you post a picture of how you ruler looks to cut the 45 degree angle?

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    That's great.....I would like to suggest STARCH...and I soaked my fabric.....that is what my directions said....before cutting on bias....sure helped keep them from stretching to bad....I did mine in strips too

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    DA Mayer,

    I don't have any more strips left, but here's a sample. I lined up my ruler with the 45 degree mark on my mat and on my ruler.

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