How to Assemble a Lone Star Quilt

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How to Assemble a Lone Star Quilt
The centre of the lone star quilt is typically made up of a star with 8 points. (Antique Iron And Pressing Board image by Scott Williams from

Considered one of the oldest and most recognisable quilt pattern, the lone star quilt can be a challenge to assemble correctly due to the number of seams and fabric biases involved. This pattern lends itself well to allowing the quilter to express her creativity through fabric colour choice to create beautifully crafted, colourful, radiant stars in the centre of the quilt. Background fabric and border fabric also help frame the star.

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Things you need

  • Star fabric (8 different colours)
  • Sewing scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Clear plastic ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Background fabric
  • Border fabric
  • Pencil
  • Bias tape

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  1. 1

    Cut lengths of the star fabric into strips that are the whole width of the fabric bolt using the sewing scissors. The width of each strip should be 2 1/4 inches. Place strips in eight piles that are sorted by fabric pattern.

  2. 2

    Lay out the strips needed for the first diamond of the star where the first fabric style is A, the second fabric style is B and so on, based on this diagram:

    A B C D E F G H

    B C D E F G H G

    C D E F G H G F

    D E F G H G F E

    E F G H G F E D

    F G H G F E D C

    G H G F E D C B

    H G F E D C B A

  3. 3

    Indent each strip 2 inches from the beginning of the last strip to create a stair step pattern. Pin the strips together. Sew the strips together on the underside of the fabric on the sewing machine with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Press the seams open using an iron.

  4. 4

    Lay the clear plastic ruler along the stair stepped edge of the connected strips at a 45-degree angle. Cut away the stair stepped edge with a craft knife by running it along the ruler over the fabric. Move the ruler in 2 1/4 inches and cut another strip at a 45-degree angle. Cut three more strips in this manner, then recheck the angle. Cut four more strips in the same manner.

  5. 5

    Move the strips gently so that the fabric does not stretch on the bias. Set these strips together gently in a pile. These strips are for the first diamond. Repeat this whole process seven more times to have enough strips for the whole star pattern.

  6. 6

    Lay out the first strip to begin assembling the first diamond. Place another strip next to it so that the "B" colour is lined up below the "A" colour at a 45-degree angle. Continue with each strip to make the diamond as outlined in this diagram:

    A B C D E F G H <---- first strip

    B C D E F G H G <----second strip

    C D E F G H G F

    D E F G H G F E

    E F G H G F E D

    F G H G F E D C

    G H G F E D C B

    H G F E D C B A

  7. 7

    Pin the seams together. Sew seams on a sewing machine then press the seams open with an iron. Repeat the process with the other seven diamonds.

  8. 8

    Pin the top side of the first diamond (the first strip you started with) to the top side of the second diamond. Line up the colours so that they match. The "A" colours should meet to form a point which will become the centre of the star. Sew the seams together, then press them open. Repeat with the other diamonds to combine all diamonds together to form the lone star.

  9. 9

    Lay the star out on a flat surface. Cut four triangles out of the background fabric that will fit in the negative space between the two points a the top of the star, the bottom of the star, the left side of the star and the right side of the star. Sew the triangles into these locations. Cut four squares out of the background fabric that will fit between the points of the star that are at the four corners of the quilt (the last unfilled space). Sew the squares in place and press the seams open. Cut out four strips of border fabric to frame the entire quilt. Sew the border in place and press the seams open. Hem the edges of the quilt.

  10. 10

    Draw out the "quilting lines" lightly with pencil on the quilt to indicate where the lines will be to fasten the top layer of the quilt to the batting and the back of the quilt. Quilting lines are usually diamond shapes that are the width of two of the star strips.

  11. 11

    Pin the backing fabric, batting and the top star layer of the quilt together. Sew the quilt along the pencilled-in quilting lines. Finish the edge of the quilt by sewing on bias tape.

Tips and warnings

  • Sew all of the seams on the backside of the fabric.

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