Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Lovely Lone Star--Februrary Goal Complete!

A Lovely Year of Finishes
A Lovely Year of Finishes!

My Lone Star Quilt top is complete and my February goal has been met!

Pattern: Lone Star from Quilt Smart 
Fabrics: 9 colors of New Aged Muslin by Marcus Brothers
Size: 38 inches square

My Lone Star quilt top was made with a clever product called Quilt Smart Printed Interfacing. I'd never heard of the product until last fall when my Dear Friend told me about it.  It sounded too good to be true, but after putting this little star together I know that everything she said about it was true. 

The foundations are printed on light weight fusible interfacing.  All of the fabrics for the star points are cut into rectangles, there are no diamonds with stretchy bias edges. The rectangles are applied one at a time. You align each piece using marks on the panel, stitch on the lines, flip the fabric over, and fuse with the iron.  It's very easy and goes surprisingly fast.  

For the first half of the Lone Star I used my regular iron.  I recently bought a mini iron and used it for the second half.  The mini was great for this, but certainly not required. 

After all the pieces of the star point are stitched down the interfacing is folded on marked lines between each column and stitched.  This forms the diamond shapes. The sections are trimmed to the final shape. 

Lastly, the outer triangles are attached, trimmed down and the sections are joined together.  I opted to use two colors for my background to give my star some extra sparkle.  I was so excited to get it finished at this point that I never stopped for photos!  I should have used just a little more care getting my center matched,  however, once it's quilted and washed I think the misalignment will not be very noticeable.  all in all, I'm very happy with my first Lone Star.

Quilt Smart is a great way to make a Lone Star Quilt!  This pattern comes in this small size 38 inch size, as well as a 58 inch size.  When I was on the website this morning I noticed a gorgeous broken Lone Star, too.  Quilt Smart, click HERE for the website.  Quilt Smart is available online and in many quilt shops

My Daughter  noted how much I enjoyed making this quilt top, and for my birthday gave me kits for the Mariner's Compass and Mariner's Star.  I'm looking forward to playing with these!  

Happy Stitching!


greeneggs said...

It's gorgeous! Love your colours. I gather you sew the interfacing into the seams and leave it there. Does it make the quilt stiff? I'd be interested to know how it quilts up. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Turtle said...

Looks great!
I have a Lone Star quilt on my to list!

LadySchep said...

So cool! I've been wanting to make a lone star quilt myself, but was planning on doing it with the EPP method. This seems a lot easier.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's stunning!

Fridayand Gurls TheManitobaKrew said...

Love it!! I'm currently working on the Bitty Lone Star. The next one is the bigger Lone Star. Learning as I go here and have to agree it's relatively easy. Just started this last night. Thanks for sharing, and I think its beautiful ~ way to go, girl, on your first Lone Star!!