For the longest time I've wanted to make a Lone Star quilt, but I just haven't had the time to learn how to cut and piece diamond shapes accurately. Then I started playing with stained glass applique for my new book on walking foot quilting and had a brilliant idea - what if I could make a Lone Star Quilt with this technique and not bother piecing a million diamond shapes together?
This idea must be tested so I grabbed a 45 degree diamond template and began cutting!
I started with scrap fabric to test, but it ended up being a very beautiful choice. Island Batik has several very beautiful hand dyed blender batiks that swirl from one color to another. I was working with Snowcone and Opal and started with this simple arrangement over a piece of French Fuse.
Once the diamonds looked roughly lined up, I fused them in place with a hot iron. Then I began covering the raw edges with fusible bias tape. The result is awesome!
In truth, this technique works a lot like No Sewing Until You Quilt It applique but it's much faster because you don't have to turn the fabric edges. Instead the edges are covered with the bias tape, which also adds additional color and texture to the quilt.
Yes, you can make your own bias tape, but that takes FOREVER and you will need loads of it. I'm using Clover's 1/4 inch fusible bias tape because it's so easy and convenient to use.
Once I created this small block, I knew this technique would work to create a larger quilt. I jumped on my computer and created a star pattern so I could more accurately arrange the diamonds together. I ended up designing a 58 inch quilt that can be created in four 29 inch sections.
Back downstairs, I sliced up more diamonds and began arranging fabrics together to create a bright, cheerful Lone Star Quilt. I've only arranged 1/4 of the quilt, but used an app on my phone to see how the design will look when it's a full quilt.
Now I need your help! Which one do you like the best?
#1 Lone Star Quilt with red and orange tips
I like this one, but the orange seems to blend into the background fabric. That might not be a problem once the bias binding is in place.
#2 Lone Star Quilt with red edge
This arrangement fixes the fabric blending issue and is probably my favorite. What do you think?
#3 Lone Star Quilt with more light diamonds
This is the lightest version which is also very nice. Which do you like best? Do you have another suggestion for arranging the fabrics? Please share your suggestions in the comments below!
Let's go quilt,