Many of us have a “bucket list”—a list of things we’d like to do or places we’d like to go before we “kick the bucket.” Quilters are no different! In addition to the travel and experiences, many quilters have a list of quilts they’d like to make before going to that great quilt retreat in the sky. I know I do! I’ve caught myself several times recently, saying “I’d really like to make a [fill in the blank] quilt sometime soon.” Here is one of those quilts.
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Bucket List Quilts: Lone Star Quilt
The Lone Star quilt pattern has been known by many names over the years: the Mathematical Star, the Star of Bethlehem, the Star of the East, and the Morning Star, which is what Native Americans called it. It got the name “Lone Star” from quilters in Texas, the Lone Star State.
The design, with its signature 8-pointed star, has been a popular one since the 19th century, but it is a difficult pattern, because of the set-in “Y” seams, the bias edges of the diamond-shaped pieces, the arrangement of colors, and the sheer number of pieces required. However, when successfully pieced, pressed, and quilted, the effect is striking, with the fabrics appearing to form concentric rings of color that radiate around the center.
The Lone Star has stayed popular over the last quarter-century as rotary-cutting tools have allowed quilters to achieve the accuracy required by the pattern. Many modern quilters are drawn to Lone Star quilts as they combine traditional piecing with large areas of negative space in which to showcase intricate quilting designs.
Lynn Witzenburg’s “Blazing Star” is featured in Machine Quilting The basics & beyond. Her outstanding quilting can be seen in the corners and the set-in triangles between the star’s points.
The “Flea Market Treasure Quilt” is featured in Scrappy Firework Quilts by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts. It highlights Edyta’s faultless appliqué in addition to her amazing 8-pointed star techniques.
The impressive “Star of Bethlehem” quilt was made in 1850 by Henrietta Wilson and is featured in Fons & Porter Present Quilts from The Henry Ford. This antique quilt was cut, pieced and quilted entirely by hand, before the advent of the rotary cutter, sewing machine, and piecing with strip-sets!
What do you think of Lone Star quilts? Have you ever made one? What other quilts are on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!