Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lone Star Salute

Veteran's Day in the U.S. is celebrated on November 11.  To honor our veterans, we wanted to share a photo of a stunning patriotic quilt.

Patriotic Lone Star, ~74" square, pieced by Jill Scherer, quilted by Jackie Smith

Jill Scherer says that she makes a new patriotic quilt each year, which she displays on July 4th.  In her Patriotic Lone Star, carefully-placed values of red and blue give amazing depth and movement and create a luminous glow. The quilt is based on the Lone Star Salute quilt pattern and fabrics by Jinny Beyer (scroll down for the pattern link).  

You might think that this quilt, with its many diamond shapes, is difficult to piece. However, you only have to create strip sets, then cut the pieced strips on a 45-degree angle to make rows of diamonds.  The rows of diamonds are then pieced together, aligning the seams. Check out the method in the easy-to-follow video tutorial below.

As of this writing, the Lone Star Salute pattern and kit are available at jinnybeyer.com.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2015 Arizona Quilters' Guild show.


  1. The feeling of depth those tones create is astounding. I have made several lone star quilts ... and even two of those the strips were machine sewed by my daughter (because she wanted one lone star to make for friends and I got the left-overs) It was back before the days of fancy rulers and rotary cutters and I had to accept the fact that all the points didn't meet perfectly. The most recent lone star I made was done by hand and I did sew those bits in strips. The pattern has been a popular one for native indian celebrations.

  2. I'm just in love with this star. Colors, composition, fabrics, it's all perfect!


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