I spent three Tuesday evenings in August taking a class to learn how to draft quilt blocks the old fashioned way, using graph paper, a ruler and a sharp pencil. I have EQ7 and know the basics of the software, but I’ve always wanted to know how to draft blocks myself. First on my list to learn was a Lone Star.
After some measuring, drawing lines (and erasing mistakes!), I drafted an eight point star in a three inch block. This is the starting point for making a Lone Star. From this pattern, I have three pieces, 1, 2 and 3. Piece # 1 is the only template I’ll need for all the diamonds necessary to make my Lone Star.
Next, I wrote the numbers 1 through 7 on little pieces of white fabric and pinned them to the edges of the blue Kona solid fabrics I am using. This takes a few minutes, but it is well worth the time. No matter how much I think I’ll know which blue is which, if they’re not labeled, I’ll likely make a mistake.
I used EQ7 software to draw a Lone Star and color in one of the diamonds with seven shades of blue close to the colors I was using. They don’t have to be exact, just enough to give me a visual guide as I work. After printing it out, I numbered the different blues to correspond with my fabrics. Of course, I could do this with paper and colored pencils, but the computer was faster and the point was to learn to manually draft star blocks, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of time coloring in the diamonds with pencils. Then I traced my template on the fabrics, numbering them in the seam allowance to ensure accuracy when sewing them together.
I sewed the diamonds into four rows and then I sewed the rows together for my first of eight diamonds needed to create my Lone Star. Careful pinning helps me maintain accuracy when I sew them together. Each of the eight diamonds in my Lone Star will consist of four rows of four diamonds each.
I’ve finished four diamonds; I’m halfway done!
It’s hard to tell how nice these diamonds are going to look when the edges are raw, so I put some paper around the edges to get an idea how it will look. Isn’t this so much nicer?
Now to find some time to sew the other four diamonds!