I’m working on a Lonestar Block with the help of the Hopeful Homemaker.


There is a lot of very careful pinning involved. Piecing that is this precise – and without paper – always tests my patience.


The background fabric troubled me. I used Bari J’s text fabric in the lone star diamonds, and now I don’t have enough to use as a contrasting, low-volume background.

I tried out another option from Bari J’s Petal and Plume line as well as an Art Gallery squared elements blender.


And then thought, “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…”


In the end, I decided on a solid background.


I’m skipping the Y seams in the Hopeful Homemaker’s tutorial and opting for pieced background sections. Those pesky points are enough of a challenge for now, so I’ll save y seams and bolder background attempts for the next project.


You can see Bari J’s whole line of Petal and Plume at Art Gallery Fabrics. Fabric is available through Hawthorne Threads and Fat Quarter Shop.


  1. Serena@Sewgiving

    I did a queen size lone star as my second ever quilt. … it nearly killed me! … but I love it! Good idea avoiding the y- seams, I wish I had thought of that 🙂

  2. Judy

    It looks fabulous! I like the solid you chose and I don’t think it would be crazy to do another with the bolder background. I really like the squared elements 🙂 I did Y-seams once, it wasn’t so bad. . . but there were only two in the quilt. Kaye Wood has a Youtube video on how to do it without stopping the seam – it’s pretty slick 🙂

  3. wendy

    your lonestar is lovely, love the fabrics.  I really liked it with the navy squared elements background, but the solid will look good too, it will show the lonestar off more.

  4. Shelle

    This is beautiful! I love Bari J’s fabric lines and your pressing looks great. What was your starching process?

    1. Daisy

      Hi Shelle!  I rarely starch when I sew, so I’m no expert on the subject. I use Niagara non-aerosol spray starch that I bought ages ago for laundry.  I place a piece of muslin on my ironing board, turn my fabric right-side down, apply the starch to the back of my fabric, place another piece of muslin down, and press. I’m pretty sure the muslin isn’t necessary, but I like how easy it is to keep the starch off my board and iron.  

      1. Kim S.

        This is such a great tip, Daisy. My ironing board is always getting burned from spraying starch on my fabrics. It looks so unattractive.  I never thought to put a piece of muslin down first. I love your Lone Star. It’s lovely and the fabrics play together beautifully.

  5. Sarah

    Pretty!!! I probably would have gone with the boldest background I could get my hands on, but then again, “quiet” is not in my repertoire. 😀 I’m sure your partner will love it though!!!

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