Today the quilt top I’m pulling from the quilt top cupboard is a Lone Star pattern.
The top is pieced by machine with a variety of scraps from the 1930′s-1940′s.
This top is fairly small, measuring 58″ square.
Lone Star tops, or at least the star portion are plentiful and easy to find especially on ebay. Many of them have “issues” though. If an accurate seam allowance isn’t used the center of the star won’t lie flat. If you’re considering buying a Lone Star pay close attention to the center especially. If the piecing isn’t accurate the center of the star will bulge. In most cases, the star can’t be quilted to lay flat. To fix them you have to take them apart and resew, which can be quite chore.
This quilt top has very nice piecing, but it needs a good pressing.
The quilter that pieced this star used some large scale prints. I think they give a bit of energy and playfulness to the star?
It’s more common to see Lone Stars done in a more organized manner with the same fabric used in the same placement in the diamonds that make up the star.
It looks like this quilter started out piecing her star the traditional way…but then she decided to “do her own thing” with it? I like the way she placed the orange diamond at each tip to reign in the wildness?
Here’s a pic of one I made in the traditional style several years ago. Much more formal.
I like the more informal version just as much as the more traditional. It’s fun!