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Partial Lonestar Baby Quilt

Partial Lonestar
I did it!  I’m still fighting my way through this pregnancy sickness (HG is nobody’s friend), but I’ve been determined to sew. It’s a sanity thing. The days are tough to get through, but I’ve been chipping away at my niece’s baby quilt nonetheless. Finally finishing is so rewarding and feels amazingly life affirming.

This quilt has been on my quilty bucket list ever since I saw Better Off Thread’s version 
here. I absolutely love the modern twist she gave the traditional lone star by turning it (literally!) on it’s side, and slicing it in half. I decided to leave well enough alone and didn’t change much on my version.

You can find a great tutorial for the lone star on here site 
here, though it doesn’t include instructions for (in)setting the star in the background — which I found a little tricky.  You can see my seam lines in the quilt top below if you’re curious. Granted, I (greatly!) complicated things by skimping on yardage, so I had to carefully combine what I had to cover the shortage. A quick word of the wise on the offset star though — you’ll need a lot of bias cuts to make it work, so expect a stretchy quilt top.

Partial Lonestar top, by stitchified

Because the quilt top was so stretchy (and because I was too scared to attempt a new FMQ design!) I decided to keep things simple with the quilting. I stitched in the ditch inside the star, and then quilted 1″ lines radiating out of the star. I love how the diamonds in the negative space echo the piecing in the star.  I’m pretty pleased with how the quilting came out, even if those bias edges caused me a lot of heartburn. If I make another bias-tastic quilt, I might be a little more generous with my basting.  Oh, and though you can barely tell they are there, I added a few lines of hot pink contrasting thread to the quilting. Love it!
The quilt is backed in a navy polka dot, and bound in a cheery white and pink polka dot.

Partial Lonestar -- backing (by Stitchified)

I even managed to take this one out for a real photo shoot! It came with us to our CSA where I found a nice spot in the shade of the old silo. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get many good shots because it was a crazy windy (Hurricane Arthur had only just cleared out). What I did get were a few hilarious outtakes, which at least show off the background I was *attempting* to capture. Better luck next time, quilt team 🙂

Outtake, by stitchified

Linking up with CrazyMom and Finish it Up Friday!

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Serena @ Sewgiving July 11, 2014, 7:54 pm

    Such a lovely finish. I love the green you chose for the background colour. This quilt is on my bucket list too 🙂

  • Cindy July 12, 2014, 1:53 am

    You truly never cease to amaze me!! You are gifted, girl! And just a quick update, my college aged daughter loves her Yeti so much that I had to make another one for her college roommate!!

  • Sarah from mila+cuatro July 12, 2014, 3:59 am

    It looks great, the quilting is very effective.

  • Fran July 12, 2014, 6:18 pm

    It looks fabulous, I love this design!

  • Gemini Jen NZ July 14, 2014, 3:52 am

    Ohmigosh you have my total sympathy for the HG – what a horrible way to have to spend your pregnancy – I hope all works out well for you! The quilt is gorgeous – a great way to try to put your mind onto other things! Have a good week…

  • Kate Yates July 16, 2014, 7:58 am

    I love this design, and the green background. Your quilting is a very nice compliment to the star, I like the simple lines. Thanks for linking the tutorial–I’ve seen a couple of these and I’d love to try it.

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