Lone Star

A Lone Star is on my bucket list of quilts I’d like to make. This beautiful top was made by Peggy in Barbara Cline‘s  Twirling Swirling Dance class at Mid-Appalachian Quilt Conference. 

Dark blue thread shows too much on the yellow so light blue thread wins.

Peggy requested that I quilt her top with the same design as Barbara’s class sample. The lines radiating from the center aren’t half circles– more of a hook and then gradual swirl to the edge. How am I going to do that?

See that hot pink line? I loaded the photo of the instructor’s quilt into the Skitch App on my iPad and traced one of the quilting lines. 

Using the photo as a reference and a flexible curve ruler, I sketched the line on tracing paper on top of the quilt. 

I transferred the tracing paper shape to freezer paper so I could iron the template onto the quilt top so it wouldn’t shift. 

I measured off one inch increments and made tick marks along each edge. 

I lined the top of my shape at the quilt center and the bottom with the edge tick mark and used a white chalk pencil to draw a very light line, working my way around the quilt. 

This is the back view. It took several rolls of my bars to complete a long quilting line. Why didn’t I get the larger machine, I ask myself? It wouldn’t fit in my room is a dumb answer–walls can be moved!

I love this quilting design for a lone star quilt. I’m saving the freezer paper template for when I make my quilt. Not holding my breath, tho. Thanks for the stretch, Peggy!

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  1. Wow that took a lot of math……..!

  2. Andra H Rudershausen says

    Very cool improv on the quilting template! I agree with Peggy that was a fun, albeit challenging way
    to quilt the block. Now I need to stop vacationing and get moving on my challenge projects…..

  3. Dee Van Ingen says

    Beautiful quilt top and your long arm quilting is absolutely PERFECt! AWESOME work!!!

  4. Ellen McMillen says

    Beautiful work! You’re very clever Terry.

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