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).
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!