Drafting Star Quilt Blocks

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.

Draft 8-pt star in 3%22 block-1

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.

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Blue Kona solids numbered for Lone Star diamond pieces

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.

Numbered pieces for Lone Star

Numbered pieces for Lone Star

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.

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4 rows of diamonds

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sewing rows of Lone Star diamonds

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sewing 3rd & 4th rows of diamonds

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4 rows of a Lone Star diamond sewn together

I’ve finished four diamonds; I’m halfway done!

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4 Lone Star diamonds finished!

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?

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Lone Star diamond with paper covering raw edges

Now to find some time to sew the other four diamonds!

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3 Responses to Drafting Star Quilt Blocks

  1. knitnkwilt says:

    The blue color palette looks great!


  2. Pingback: Back to My Blue Lone Star | sewhappyquilting

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