Monday, April 1, 2013

Lone Star kit

This lone-star quilt kit was in with my Grandma's sewing stash.  My mom ended up with a lot of Grandma's sewing stuff when she moved to assisted living a while back.  And my sister ended taking this project home and piecing it together.  I love how it turned out!

I did a funky split feather in the corners and corner to corner in the star.
I was worried about how wonky this thing was going to be to quilt--all those diamonds were pieced individually- lots of biased edges going on here!  Everything was going very well until I got about half-way down the quilt, when it became very apparent that I was going to have to make a tuck!  This was my first time attempting a tuck, and after reading Jenny's tutorial I decided to go for it! 
I ended up tucking in about 3 inches of extra fabric in the middle of both setting triangles.  I took an 1.5 inch tuck and tapered it in to the point of the setting triangle.  (in the top photo- the tuck is in the top and bottom setting triangles) 

It turned out pretty well and was not too scary to do.  I did hand stitch the tuck down after I quilted it so it is barely noticeable.  However, the quilt does have an hourglass shape to it--not sure how one would have avoided that.  So it is not perfect by any means, but considering the circumstances, I'm still pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I guess that's why they don't sell lone star kits anymore--they sell jelly-rolls and strip-piece them!  (Better off Thread has a tutorial here.)
We are going to be giving this quilt back to Grandma- all finished! 


Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to see it all done. Mom will be very pleased to get this back all done!
~ mom

Amanda said...

Love this quilt! So beautiful and I am betting a lot of work too! Glad it was a family project.

knottygnome said...

lovely! i like the colors a lot.

Katie Rock said...

It's done and not in a plastic bag in a basement somewhere --> Success!