But then my mom’s house sold, and I packed the quilt away to go pack her home in Missouri and move her down her by us. It was an adjustment period, and the quilt languished.
Yesterday I cleaned my sewing room, put away or got rid of projects I’d started and knew I wasn’t going to finish, except for this one, and this morning I thought I’d begin again.
Nope! I’ve lost interest. The though of tackling it made me want to run for the hills. I decided instead to make it a regular mini lonestar and then decide what to do with it, which I’ve now accomplished. As is, it’s a 46.5 inch square. I will decide what to do with it soon, but I wanted to talk about wonky lonestar quilts. When I was long arming for the public, I would absolutely cringe whenever I was brought one to work on… they were never square!
I thought I’d show you how I square mine. I begin by cutting my setting triangles quite a bit larger than needed, and I square each quadrant before seaming it to the next.
I know it’s a little difficult to see, but I’m using two rulers here, one very large 24.5 inch square, and a smaller 12.5 inch square.
I square the two edges along the diamonds, leaving the outer edge as is for now.
Then once all quadrants are sewn together, I square the entire star by folding in half, and lining my large square ruler along the folded edge, and matching the diagonal line to my seam line. Before doing that, I make sure each seam line matches the one underneath. This is key to a square lonestar.
My lonestar is now a perfect 46.5 inch square, ready for me to figure out what I’m doing with it next.
If at this point there was a little bit of fullness in any of the setting triangle or corners, I would starch and steam it perfectly flat before adding any borders.
Hope that helps!