The Lone Star block is a classic design. It is traditionally made by piecing rows and rows of diamond shaped fabrics into larger diamond shapes. Piecing these diamond shapes, with all the bias edges, is often difficult to do, especially for beginner quilters. Instead of cutting fabric into diamonds, this workshop shows you how to use fabric strips. This free mini workshop shows you step by step how to make a Lone Star block. The following techniques will be demonstrated and explained:
- Strip piecing and cutting
- Sewing Y seams
- Matching seams
- Making the center flat
00:00 to 02:53 - Introduction
02:53 to 05:01 - Choosing fabric
Gather your SuppliesBefore starting any project, gather all the supplies you'll need. Here is the supply list for this block:
- Rotary cutter with fresh blade, I recommend the 45mm
- Cutting mat, at least 18" x 24"
- Cutting ruler with 45 degree line, 6-1/2" x 12-1/2" works well
- 1/4" marking ruler (optional)
- Marking pen or pencil
- Sewing machine with 1/4" foot
- Quality sewing thread
- Scissors for cutting thread
FabricWOF means width of fabric. For one block:
StarOne (1) -- 2-1/2" x WOF strip dark fabric for star point Two (2) -- 2-1/2" x WOF strips light fabric for inner star One (1) -- 2-1/2" x WOF strip medium-dark fabric for center star
BackgroundOne (1) fat quarter
Cutting the FabricOnce you have gathered all your supplies and fabric we can start cutting the fabric. The next video shows how to cut the background pieces and how to sew and cut the fabric strips. Video Index
00:00 to 06:39 - Cutting the background fabric
06:39 to 07:19 - Piece and press the strips
07:19 to 09:54 - Cut the strips
Mark the FabricBefore piecing begins, reference points are marked on some of the fabrics as shown the the next video. Video Index
00:00 to 04:06 - Mark the diamond segment intersections
04:06 to 06:19 - Mark the outer points of the medium fabric
06:19 to 08:41 - Mark the squares and triangles
Piecing the DiamondsIn this lesson we piece the diamonds and assemble the block. Piecing the Diamonds
- Piece the seam.
- Press to the left.
- Check the sides.
- Trim the nubs.
Piecing the SidesThe side triangles are pieced with Y seams to make 4 side units. Video Index
00:00 to 00:49 - Stitching the triangles
00:49 to 04:06 - Stitching the straight seam
04:06 to 07:46 - Stitch the right side seam
07:46 to 09:50 - Stitch the left side seam
09:50 to 11:46 - Press and check
Piecing the CornersThe corners are pieced using Y seams. The first video covers the straight seam and then shows the steps to take to make the center lay flat. Video Index
00:00 to 04:09 - Stitch the straight seam
04:09 to 05:55 - Select and remove stitches for center starRepeat these steps to stitch the straight seam of the other pair of side sections (triangles).
Piecing the Corners (Continued)The second video continues with the right and left side seams to finish the half units. Video Index
00:00 to 03:13 - Stitch the right side seam and check.
03:13 to 05:10 - Stitch the left side seam and check.
05:10 to 06:17 - Press and check.
Final AssemblyIn the last video we will piece the remaining 2 squares to complete the block. Video Index
00:00 to 05:57 - Piecing the final Y seam.
05:57 to 04:26 - Select and remove stitches for center star.
04:26 to 08:21 - Finish the Y seams for both squares.
08:21 to 09:14 - Press and check
09:14 to 12:34 - Sewing block to block
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