Six Pointed Lone Star Quilt
Four times a year Island Batik ambassadors participate in a blog hop to show off their gorgeous new fabric lines. We are assigned one of the lines and asked to make a quilt of a certain style with the fabric. This time our challenge was to make a lone star quilt. Gulp! I’ve only ever made one before and it was before I even knew how to use a sewing machine. Believe me, the results were not the greatest! This time around I was determined to succeed and ended up making a six pointed lone star quilt. Here’s a bit about my process.
My Six Pointed Lone Star Quilt
Here is my finished quilt. I absolutely love the way it turned out but what a journey it was to get here. At the longest point across it measures about 110″ and at the shortest about 90″. I started out thinking I was going to make a double or queen size quilt, but, as you can see, that is not what happened.
When I make a quilt, I like to use my own design. Often, I write a pattern as I am making the quilt. I was going to do that with this quilt, but things did not go quite as planned. For one thing, I was hoping to making an eight pointed lone star but I ended up with 6.
The star of most quilts is the fabric. I received the new Island Batik line called Farm Country. It was designed by Kathy Engle for Terri Vanden Bosch of Lizard Creek Quilting.
Look at all of those gorgeous earth tones! Before I became an ambassador for Island Batik I did not use a lot of golds in my work but I have completely fallen in love with their golds. They are rich, saturated and warm.
For the cream colored background I used their Meringue fabric from the Foundations – Neutrals line. It has a touch of gold in it which went perfectly with the fabrics in the line.
How I Cut the Pieces
To cut all of my diamonds I used my Accuquilt Go! and their 4″ x 4″ diamond die. It worked out perfectly for a six pointed star although I was originally hoping for those eight points. Honestly I thought that all diamonds ended up with an eight-pointed star. I did a test using some other fabrics and liked the look of 6 points so that is the route I decided to take.
The diamonds were cut quickly and easily and made fast work of the piecing. I laid out the sections and started sewing.
I used ten fabrics for the center star and used the remaining ten for the outer border. That border was make using the same diamond shapes as the center.
Piecing the Quilt Top
After all of the diamonds were cut it was time to piece. I started piecing and piecing and piecing and the quilt top grew and grew and grew.
- Laying out the center star sections made up of five fabrics.
- Adding the second sections of the outer star.
Next I auditioned various background. These two were a bit dark for what I was looking to do.
I chose a light off-white background with a small pattern in gold. Here’s where the saga began. I had some of the fabric left over from a prior project and started piecing. It ended up not being enough so I ordered more yardage. Because of how I was piecing and laying it out it STILL was not enough. I ended up piecing lots of leftover background fabrics together to finish off the sections.
Look closely at the photo below and on the right and you will see all the pieces in the cream background.
I had planned to make it square but ran out of fabric and did not want to order even more. That is how I ended up with a hexagonal quilt.
Look closely at the photo on the right and you can see all of the piecing I had to do to fill out those corners.
To piece my quilt top I used Aurifil thread. In my machine I used Schmetz Microtex needles and to press the star sections I used my wool pressing mat from Prairie Spirit Alpacas.
This quilt is a hexagon shape and is approximately a king size so there was no way I could quilt that on my machine. It was beautifully quilted by longarmer Melinda Keppler of ScottieBelle Designs. She did a great job on an odd shaped quilt.
It took two of us to hold up the quilt for pictures!
🎉 It’s Giveaway time! 🎉 Next Wednesday (December 14) is my turn on the Island Batik Ambassador batik blog hop and I worked with their beautiful new line called Farm Country designed by Kathy Engle for Terri Vanden Bosch of Lizard Creek Quilting! Look at these lovely earth tones. To celebrate I’m giving away twenty 5” charm squares…one from each fabric in the new line.
Head over to my Instagram post that features the picture above to get all of the rules and enter for a chance to win! Good Luck. The giveaway will run through December 22 at 2pm est.
The Other Ambassadors
All 25 of the ambassadors are showing off their lone star quilts and you won’t want to miss them. Not only that, but a number of them (and Island Batik) are having giveaways too.
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Megan Best, Bestquilter
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts
Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads
Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter
Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia <— You are here!
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts
Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs
Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels
Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum
Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio