Quilting, Sewing, Tutorials

Lonky -An original star block by Darrel

Inspired by the desire my partner in @shoppershaz #starblockquiltswap expressed for wonky stars and my preference for lone stars, I came up with the notion to merge the two. …and a couple of days later the Lonky was born. 

Lonky Star is born!

So just in case anyone else is brave (crazy) enough to want to cut up a lone star read on…. you are in good company! And if you do make it be sure to comment below or tag me on instagram (@darrel2585) I’d love to see your versions.

Tutorial – Make your own Lonky star. 

Materials

  • Enough fabric to make the lone star of your choice. I used 5 Alison Glass Sunprint Endpaper 2016 fat quarters and used maybe a quarter or less of each. (Colours: Platinum,  Goldenrod, Cinnabar, Magenta and Auburn).
  • 8 squares (6.5 x 6.5 inches) in a contrasting colour/print. I used Alison Glass  Abacus – Mercury in Charcoal.
  • 20 inches square of backing fabric. I used Michael Miller Star Magic because it’s supposed to glow in the dark! 
  • Binding. I used a black and gold Emma & Mila fat quarter.
  • Thread for quilting. I used Iridescent Sulkythread. 

1. Make a lone star

There are dozens and dozens of tutorials and just as many methods for making lone stars. Make your lone star however makes sense to you. The tutorial I used is by Hopeful Homemaker  Since I was ultimately  aiming at a mini quilt with max dimension  of 18 inches x 18 inches, I made my lone star with 1.5 inch wide strips in 5 colours. 

Start with cutting strips, joining and cutting again – this star features Alison Glass Sun prints
Piecing takes practice – feeling for seams really does work!
Pretty – But don’t stop here!

2. Cut your lone star

This is the trickiest step. When I had the lone star on my cutting board, it was nerve racking to say the least.  And the situation was not helped by my partner crying ‘whyyyyyyy, don’t cut it’! But cut you must. 

First, cut what will become your centre square. I cut mine approximately 6.5 x 6.5 inches. This allows for the whole of the centre star (white) to be preserved while including corners of your third colour (orange)

Second, cut your points so you can sew them as triangles for the wonky star points.  I recommend cutting as you  go (ie in combo with step 3) because to achieve the big points you will need to cut along the inner diagonal and for smaller points you could just cut the piece in half. Ultimately you will end up with 8 triangles which is the perfect number for a wonky star.

3. Sew your wonky star points

Again there are lots of tutorials for making wonky stars. My favourite is the one by Missouri Star Quilting Company  because it emphasizes making sure your triangles cross the half way point on the backing square. In my opinion that’s the secret to a balanced wonky star!

The only difference between how you make my Lonky and their tutorial is that you will be working with an angular shape for each point instead of a square. But it doesn’t make any difference really.  Just lay down your lone triangle on the backing square (right sides together) at the angle you want. If you want to check it, hold it where you are going to sew and flip the triangle back – if it covers the bottom edge and side you are good to go. 

Making wonky points

Trim your 4 wonky point squares to 6.5 x 6.5 in. You can also trim off the excess backing beneath the lone points to minimize bulk if you like (bottom left image) 

4. Join your wonky star. 

Sewing together the wonky star is simply. It’s really just a 9 block, being sure you end up with the wonky point squares surrounding the lone star square, and plain squares in the outer corners. 

5. Quilting

Quilt as you see fit. I decided to leave the lone star centre unquilted and focus on the outer edges. I started by ditch stitching from each edge of the Lonky star to the outside.

Quilting

Then I mirrored those lines at 3/8 in, 1 in and 2 1/8 in from the original line. As you can see from the back, this was not the easiest thread to quilt with and this method mean lots of threats to bury. But I think the shimmering effect I worth a few imperfections. 

Finishing

The binding I made myself and machine sewed to the front before hand sewing to the back. I also added a label as this quilt is ultimately for an international swap. 


As the cherry on the top I added a gold star button to the front to incorporate the gold from the edge into the centre of the quilt.

The finished Lonky Star Mini

My swap package.

And then it gets posted….

My partner in this swap is a knitter so I tracked down some yarn in coordinating colours – anything mini is cute, right! And my favourite snack of late is the mug cake 💖