Welcome to Month Six of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild 2022 Block of the Month Sampler!
Remember to post your block to Instagram with the hashtag #stlmqgbom before the 2nd Saturday of July to be entered to win this month's prize. (There is no July meeting because of our quilt show, This Is Modern. See you there!) If you don't use Instagram, you may email a photo to the guild email.
This month, we will be making an 18-inch lone star block. A lone star block uses strip piecing and 45° angle cuts to create multiple rows of diamonds that form the star points. A lone star can have MANY rows of these diamonds, but for this lone star, we will just be using three.
***This block took me 2 hours and 6 minutes to cut and sew, as well as take photos for this tutorial. You may need to add extra time for reading the tutorial, especially if you have never tried a lone star before.***
You will now have eight 4-piece diamonds. These will be the arms of your lone star.
We are making four identical quadrants that will be sewn together into the finished star.
8. Trim to 9½“. To ensure that the star remains the correct size, it’s best to first line up the inside of the star and trim as little as possible, just enough to square up your star quadrant. Then turn the quadrant and complete your trim to 9½“.
Repeat steps 4 - 8 for the remain three quadrants of your lone star. Sew together, again lining up seams and beginning from the inside of the star.
You're done! Great job! Remember to post your finished lone star block to Instagram with the hashtag #stlmqg.