This is a very tiny Lone Star, or Prairie Star, block. The finished block is only five inches square.
|Little Lone Star - Please don't mind the dog fur. ;)|
"Little Lone Star Quilts": Sew Perfect Points Every Time, Exciting New Paper-Piecing Techniques by Lorraine Olsen She came up with a brilliant way to piece the smallest Lone Stars you've probably ever seen. The stars are really fun to do and they are like cookies: you can't make just one. I've made six so far! When I get time, I'd like to try one in feminine florals...and then one in 30's fabrics...and then one in... hee hee.
I made this star into a pillow for my son's best friend when he joined the Marine Corps. It was a very emotional time to see him go. He is doing great though!
My friend Dawn, sewnsewer2 on The Quilting Board, embroidered the words for me. To give you an idea of how small the star is: that is pea gravel that the pillow cover is resting on in the photo below.
I have to add this to my post: There is a common thread of "I couldn't do something like this." running through your wonderful comments. But here is the really exciting part about it... it is Lorraine Olsen's amazing paper piecing and folding technique technique that makes this possible. Anyone who can sew along a printed line and manage the inset corners and sides can do this! The inset part worried me the most, but the author's directions were wonderful. So can you do this? Yes, you can!
Also, some of you have said you would love to see the other Lone Stars. Four of them help make up a very special quilt that I am saving to post about when we get closer to Veterans' Day.
|Patriotic Prairie Star Pillow|