Monday, February 20, 2012

Long-Suffering Lone Star



Lurking in my UFO pile for the last two years is a partially completed Lone Star, in eight big pieces. This project is at the very top of the list of projects that WILL be completed this year.

This Lone Star WILL be on my bed at Christmastime. It WILL happen. Yes.

Part of the reason for the long delay on this one was the dilemma of what to do with the inset squares and triangles. Each inset square is 21"--way, way too much real estate to leave blank IMHO. What to do? Well, I spent some months under the delusion that the inset pieces would be appliqued. My friends all laughed at this idea. They know how I feel about applique. They'd smirk, "How's the applique project coming, Kathie??"

I actually began appliqueing one square. I hate it when my friends are right...


And I hated IT. It all felt awkward and un-fun to me... This has been taking up space in my house, sitting on top of a 24.5" square ruler, atop a bed, being moved between spare bedrooms, for two years now. It's time to throw in the towel on this thing. I need to sign up for a beginning applique class and learn the basics, I guess. This is just not my cup of tea. And this square times 8 inset pieces? Nope, it was not going to happen.

And so the alternative is piecing. I've launched into block-making for the inset pieces.




And look at all the bonus HSTs, that may well make their way into the final design.


Along the way, I decided to enlarge the quilt by making all the insets square, and then adding an outer ring of eight more Lone Star diamond pieces.



This necessitated a frenzied multi-store search for more of the original fabrics. Happy to say that I've found all but the black fabric, and there's a decent substitute for that one in my stash. So I'm on my way...

And so, here's the design wall as of today:


It's happening!

13 comments:

be*mused jan said...

OMG!!! Wunnerful, wunnerful!

Sew Unique Creations said...

Gorgeous!

Jan said...

Worth the wait! This is fantastic!

jovaliquilts said...

Brilliant! Amazing way to finish it.

Carolyn said...

dude. this has gone from lovely to INCREDIBLE. I can't wait to see the whole thing!!!

Kim said...

Kathie...I absolutely LOVE what you're doing with the insets! LOVE times FORTY! Sooo perfect!!! And how much do we love those colors in the main star? ::swoon::

Kathie said...

BEAUTIFUL perfect solution in mho!!!!!
Kathie

sue said...

The quilt is going to be amazing! I'm feeling like a kindergarten quilter when looking at the drafting that had to be done.... I have never acquainted myself with EQ and its my loss. Wonderful job!
sue

Anonymous said...

Wow! What else can I say - this is going to be stunning!!!
Pat in Oregon

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Fantastic lone star and the idea to use piecing in the big spaces is fantastic...much better than applique...which if you don't love isn't worth doing.

Denise said...

Wow...what inspiration. I am currently in the process of learning how to make a Lone Star but I'm sad to say mine is going to hyave very humble (read..bare) insets. I'm still just praying I don't end up with a lumpy bumpy middle! Thanks for sharing your progress so far. Please keep us updated. Happy sewing!

Meggie said...

Seeing these makes me feel sooo lazy!

Heather said...

The pieced inserts look great but I wish I lived close and we could trade talents. I would much rather applique than piece and so I shy away from complicated pieced projects. Isn't it funny how we all have our different strengths. :)