Scrappy Lone Star Quilt Tutorial: Part 1

Scrappy Lone Star Quilt Tutorial

I’m going to show you step by step how I made my Scrappy Lone Star Quilt so that you can all go make your own!  This will make a 33″ x 33″ complete 8-point Lone Star.  If you want to make only a partial star, like I did, just adjust accordingly.

In Part 1 we will sew the 8 diamond panels that make up our star.

What you will need:

• 3/4 yard of background fabric
• contrasting border (enough for 16 1″ x 12″ strips)
• 9 different fabrics for the star (2.5″ x 35″)

Begin by cutting one 2.5″ strip from each of your 9 fabrics. They need to be at least 35″ long.  (If you want an even scrappier look, you can cut 18 different 2.5 x 18″ strips).

Lone Star Quilt Tutorial

Now sew your strips together in groups of three.  Stagger your strips so that each one is 2 1/4″ below the one next to it.  Like the photo above.

Next you will cut your 45 degree angle.  Line the 45˚ line on your ruler up with one of your seams.  You can see an arrow pointing to it in the photo above.

Slice! Repeat with your 2 other sets of strips.

Turn your freshly cut angle so that it perpendicular to the vertical lines on your cutting mat.  Measure 2.5″ in from your edge and cut.  Do this 8 times.

Repeat with your 2 other sets of strips.

You will now have 3 sets of 8 strips (I have half as many, because I only made half a star.).

Now you will sew together one strip from each group to create a diamond that will look like this:

Each panel is made up of three different strips.  It helps me to lay them all out on my design wall, or floor to see if I like the arrangement of the fabrics.


Lay two strips with right sides together matching up your diagonal seam lines.

Because they are on the diagonal it helps to mark 1/4″ from the raw edge and pin through the seams at that spot:

You can see that I made a tiny purple mark 1/4″ in on each seam.  This is where I will pin the two strips together, so that the seams match up nicely.

Here is a close up of how your ends should match up.

Once you sew the two strips together, repeat with the remaining strip.  Press all your seams open.

Repeat with the other 7 sets of strips.

Take your ruler and rotary cutter and cut off the little points that stick out on the edges.

 Now you have all the diamonds for your Lone Star!  You’ve already done the hardest part!

 If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will try to help you.

You can find Part II here!

48 Responses to Scrappy Lone Star Quilt Tutorial: Part 1

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  2. What a great, clear tutorial! I really want to have a go at making this – it will just need to wait a little while until I have finished a few other things up first!

  3. LOL! I was actually going to email you for the 411 cause this quilt is just STUNNING! Thanks!

  4. This is a great tutorial! I’m excited to try it!

  5. I love your colors! Absolutely beautiful.

  6. That’s lovely! And what a great tutorial. I’m going to be back to part 2:-)

  7. Oh, WOW! I would love to make one of these but I have a total fear of angles.

  8. Danielle Hudson

    Great tutorial! I really like the star off center. Great job:)

  9. That came together so neatly! Very clever…

  10. Wow, you have some gorgeous fabrics! I’m not a green lover, but your quilt looks amazing!

  11. So beautiful! I will definitely be back on Wednesday! :)

  12. You make it look so easy! Love you partial star quilt on top – so fresh and cheerful!

  13. Thanks for the clear and simple tutorial. I love the green in your quilt! Totally just pops!

  14. I love your design for this. Using the half star on the quilt is such a standout. Beautiful!

  15. Great tutorial! Gorgeous quilt and the dots fabrics and colors are so pretty!

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  17. Love the colors and bubble quilting. I like how you framed out the star. It really makes it pop!

  18. Janice, this is a great tutorial! Really clear instructions and excellent how-to photos!

  19. I just wanted to say thanks for this tutorial – I used it for a mini quilt that I made for swap on Flickr, and I love how it turned out. Here’s a link if you want to take a look:

    Thanks again!

  20. I’m thinking about doing this pattern using pieces from my girls’ baby clothes (using their nursery curtain fabric for the background). Obviously newborn and three month onesies aren’t 30″ long . . . any hints/suggestions about the size/angles for cutting the diamonds individually???

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  22. Lovely, I really like the offset star.
    Thanks for the tutorial!

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  25. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I used it to make my own version for my office. You can see a photo here: Peace At Last, Polar Bears & Penguins

    Thanks again for the tutorial. As soon as I saw your quilt, I had to have one of my own. Yay!

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  27. Wonderful quilt & tutorial. Thank you so much.

  28. Thanks so much for sharing, it’s gorgeous :)

  29. Thanks for the tutorial!! Someone mentioned using 2″ strips to make a smaller one, I think I will give that a try. Love this :)

  30. Part two cannot be found on my server. Can you please show me how to put the triangles and squares in to finish this ? Thank you very much !!!

  31. Thanks for posting such a very clear tutorial. Beautiful quilt!

  32. Thank you so much! I think I can actually do this now!!

  33. Is this pattern available as a PDF so I can view it on my Kindle?

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  35. Thanks! There is a way to have many more options for sizes and designs depending on the width and number of diamonds. As long as it is an odd number you can do any size or number to adjust the size of the star itself. I just posted my first tutorial on how I do my stars and I change the sizes all the time depending on the scarps I have available. Check out
    Thanks again for the info! M

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  37. The colors are beautiful and easy to do, thank you, now I can make my Lone Star Quilt.

  38. Thanks for this tutorial. I have to say this is one of the more challenging quilts I’ve made.. I made mine for a gift.. but I am not sure I can part with it now. I’m so in love with it! Thanks!!!

  39. maribel gatica uteau

    Me encanto muy lindo gracias por compartir el paso paso.

  40. Carol Johnson

    It would be interesting to put 1/2 of the star on each side.

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  42. I love the half star… I am adding this to my “to make” list! Thank you for the tutorial!

  43. Do you need only 3/4 yard to surround the star with the background fabric or is that enough to make the whole quilt?

  44. How big is the final quilt that you pictured? I want to make as a gift (and maybe one for me too!) but wanted to check on the final size to see if I need to consult your awesome resizing chart. LOVE the quilt!!!

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  47. I’m trying to make this quilt but I’m having problems getting the seems to match, I put them together and the appear to line up, after sewing they are so far off! How do you line them up correctly?

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