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Lone Star Quilts & Beyond: Step-by-Step Projects and Inspiration Paperback – October, 2001
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Rotary cutting and machine paper piecing methods are used in this book to create some particularly intricate quilts which include curved piecing and many sharp points to match. Some of the patterns included split the diamonds down the middle which further increases the complexity of the pieces - and the workmanship in the sample quilts is superb.
There is a large gallery of different quilts, many of which use very brightly coloured fabrics. I don't greatly care for the way very busy fabric prints are used in some of the pieces both in the gallery and in the pattern section. I feel that the busy floral prints obscure the intricate designs which are beautifully pieced and finished. Don't expect a lot of large bed quilt patterns either - although the quilts could be laid on top of a bed the average size of the completed patterns is 50 inches square.
Fabric selection and design is also discussed and there is a selection of different templates to help you begin creating your own original Lone Star quilt layout.
This is not a book for the beginner. The quilt patterns are pieces for the advanced worker who knows what she is doing. However it provides plenty of inspiration for the experienced quilter.
I was fortunate enough to personally see some of the work that went into this book.
Her choice of this popular and historic pattern was excellent. The Lone Star has a heritage that intertwines with both the settler and Native American traditions.
Jan's method of making this pattern helps you make one more quickly and accurately than some of the traditional methods.
Her variations on the theme are also of great interest.
She utilizes a number of the best piecers and quilters in her illustrations, showcasing their fine work. The colors and fabric choices, heavy embellishments, and intense quilting in some of the work is astonishing.
All in all, a "keeper" for the serious quilter.
The layouts are creative, the instructions clear, and the finished quilts stunning. Of course, I did a silly and changed sewing machines mid-stream (duh...) and had to take my corners off . . . (not to quilters - do NOT change your machine without measuring to see if the 1/4" foot from one to the other is the SAME quarter inch! Some are off a thread or two, and it really adds up.)
If you want to make your first, or fiftieth, lone star, I can't recommend this book highly enough!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got to admit I am a beginner and of course I take on something complex! I never learn. I have been making a lone star out of this book for going on 4 years now. Read morePublished 7 months ago by nancy
WOW. This is the definitive lone star quilt book IMO. Amazing use of color and design space, tremendous variety in design options, and a gallery of truly inspiring quilts. Read morePublished 10 months ago by mythumpa
Love this book. Exactly what I wanted/needed to make a beautiful Lone Star quilt.Published 20 months ago by mhugg 77
wonderful book easy to understand takes an artists point of viewPublished 21 months ago by kaye greenhalgh