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!

52 thoughts on “Scrappy Lone Star Quilt Tutorial: Part 1

  1. 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???

  2. 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 !!!

  3. 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

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

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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?

  7. Looks like this would be fun to do– but I I cannot find the last part of the tutorial telling how to put the star on the square?? Thanks, Mary

  8. Thank you so much for this clear tutorial! I have the old 1980’s “Quilts Galore” in which they show a strip-pieced star pattern but don’t tell you how much the strips should be offset…I guess you were just supposed to “know.” As a totally self-taught quilter, I didn’t. I found a diamond template in a magazine and tried that…little did I know the diamond was “off” and so was the whole quilt! I put it together four times before an acquaintance said, “Eight points? Forty degree angle, love. Your angles are off.” She took it home and straightened it up for me. You can only see the bad part in the centre if you look…but I’m eager to try this more sensible approach!

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