Saturday, January 7, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I started working on my Lone Star.

Saturday, I was able to get all of my strips cut in under 30 minutes, thanks to the Accuquilt strip cutter. It was so easy!

The book has a paste up page that is intended to be copied, and you paste your fabrics in place. I pasted on my original fabrics, but decided I wasn't sure I liked the light lavender (the bottom half of the diamond). I had one yard of yellow in my stash, so I tried it (the top half of the diamond). I like the transition with the yellow better than the one with the lavender.

I have sewn the strip sets necessary to make the star. When I pressed them I starched at the same time. I'm hoping that the starch will help control the bias edges.

I cut enough diamonds to lay out one arm of the star.  I think I like it, maybe I should have made a seven color star. That would have given me a color in between the red and the yellow. Or, maybe a five color star. That would have taken out the yellow, and put the red next to the green. Or maybe I'll end up thinking that it's fabulous just the way it is. Geez, I sure have a hard time making up my mind. It's a wonder I ever get anything done!

I'm working very hard not to look at anymore lone star books. I want to. I really do, but since I've started cutting and sewing I don't want to be sorry I'm making this quilt. All the eye candy in those books will be to much for me. I have too many unstarted and unfinished projects already. Pretty please, don't make me look!

Hop on over to Judy's blog, Patchwork Times, to see what others are working on today.


  1. I think it will be beautiful. I also think you are brave for even tackling this quilt. Radiant stars give me anxiety attacks!

  2. It will be beautiful with your colors. The yellow in there is what is going to make it radiant! I think the reason this quilt design makes us indecisive is there are so many great combinations you could pick and it would be fab it just overwhelms.
    Keep sewing-

  3. I absolutely love it with the gold. When you showed the fabrics laid out after you bought them, the lavendar looked great, but on the paste up sheet it was bleugh - nada - nothing and changing it for the gold makes the whole thing look completely different.

  4. Oh your quilt is going to be great. Your progress already is really good. Besides you can always make another when this one is done. Or so I keep telling myself!