Squaring up a Lone Star Quilt

A bit over a year ago, I designed a quilt I was really excited to tackle. I bought a Mariner’s Star fusible layout from Quiltsmart and designed a quilt around it in Electric Quilt.

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!

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Thanks CJ. You give such good information to us.

    1. Well I do things my own way, so no promises it’s the correct way, but they usually work for me!

  2. CJ you are so generous to us for sharing your knowledge. Thank you

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