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Lone Star + New Island Batik Fabric

Welcome to the Island Batik Lone Star Blog Hop! There have been some incredible examples of this classic quilt design and such great new fabric collections to play with.

Lone Star Quilts

The Lone Star design is traditionally composed of diamond patches forming an 8-point star. Each row of diamonds is usually a different color so you will see delightfully scrappy quilts as the colors radiate outwards.

Quilting Icon Eleanor Burns shares her version in this pattern, available from Amazon with my affiliate link:

I’d love to travel to South Dakota and see the Dignity statue that features a Lone Star quilt…

DignityImage from travelsouthdakota.com
Image from travelsouthdakota.com

To plan my own lone star,  I focused on the diamond elements and turned my attention to Judy Neimeyer’s paper pieced designs. Many of these patterns have a lone star at the center. My final selection was Andromeda.

Judy Neimeyer andromeda pattern

Piecing Process

If you have any experience with Judy Niemeyer patterns, you know it takes alot of organization! Island Batik sent me the Heartland Collection, so I spent some time planning my fabric choices for each section. Sticky notes came in very handy to keep track of my decisions.

heartland fabrics from Island Batik Island Batik Heartland fabrics

Then, I began paper piecing. This stage lasted for several weeks!

paper piecing tools

In the end, it was worth it. The Lone Star motif is layered behind the arcs giving this quilt a great sense of movement. There are additional diamonds in the framed border around the star, and some smaller stars nestled in between each section.

andromeda pattern in heartland fabric

Quilt Reveal

The final step in bringing my lone star quilt to life was the free motion quilting.

fmq for lone star quilt

With such a striking pattern and bold fabrics, I knew many of the stitches would not be seen. I kept my designs simple so the quilting doesn’t fight with the fabric.

Lone Star with Island Batik

Including some solid fabric on the back gives you a peek at these motifs.

lone star back

The Island Batik Ambassador Team

In addition to the beautiful Heartland fabric from Island Batik, I used Schmetz needles and Hobbs Batting in my December project. Thanks to these industry partners who have supported the 2022 Ambassador challenges.

It has been a thrill to see the fabulous quilts produced each month by these talented quilters. Be sure to visit them in December to see their amazing Lone Star designs!

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris – sameliasmum.com

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

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