Saturday, 30 November 2013

Indian Summer Lone Star Quilt

This is the last day of the month, and I wanted to show you because November is Native American History month in the US.


I made this quilt for my sister, who recently moved from Texas to Arizona and wanted a quilt to represent both places. I was inspired to make a Lone Star when I saw this quilt by Amy of During Quiet Time.


Brief History lesson--The Lone Star became a symbol of Texas after the battle of the Alamo in 1836, but it's history isn't just Texan. The Lone Star quilt is called a "morning star" or "star" quilt by the Native Americans and they replaced the buffalo robes during ceremonies. Star quilts are considered the most-valued gift to the Sioux Indians and are given for births, marriages, sporting championships, and other momentous occasions. Ok, history lesson over. 

For my quilt, I used Art Gallery's Indian Summer fabric and used Moda Aqua for the background and binding. I used Kona Ash for the backing. I ran out of the ash fabric and I had to think of a way to use up some of the fabric I had leftover from the front, and made this feather. I love this feather almost as much as I love the star on the front.


The process of piecing this was kind-of a crazy nightmare for me. It started out good, and then points weren't matching up and things got really tricky. I'm working on another lone star and hope that I can correct the mistakes I made on this one.


To quilt it I followed the lines of the star from the center on all the rows of diamonds. I had it long-arm basted before I started, and I don't think I'm going to do that again because there was still too much slack but I will go into detail about that on another post.


Overall, though I think it turned out pretty good for my first lone star. I'm giving it to my sister to Christmas so it's off to the post office on Monday:)


  1. Wow - it looks fantastic!

  2. The quilt is gorgeous from both sides - lovely!

  3. I once tried to do a lone star didn't go so well. I am always impressed by them. Yours turned out beautiful.

    1. Thank you very much, and this quilt really did test me...when I tried to fix mistakes I only made it worse somewhere else. I'm glad me and the quilt both survived :)

  4. Spectacular! A wonderful modern version of a classic star pattern!

  5. How cute! Would love it if you would stop by our blog! Thanks.

  6. This is so awesome! I just found your blog, love it! Will be following :)

  7. I LOVE it! Love the feather on the back. Loved the history lesson - didn't know that! Now I need to make a Lone Star quilt. With a feather on the back, of course.


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