Luxe in Bloom Lone Star Quilt

Hello!  It is Amy Friend here with you today!
I had the chance to play with another newly released Sizzix quilting die, the Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Diamonds, 2 1/2" (2 3/4" x 6 1/2" Unfinished).  I've long admired Lone Star quilts so I decided to use a half yard bundle of Luxe in Bloom in the Greystone colorway as well as Kona Ash to make this lone star quilt measuring about 43 1/2" x 57." I was able to piece the star as well as the back of the quilt with the Luxe in Bloom using every scrap!
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy FriendTo begin, it is helpful to use a design wall so that you can play with the order of your diamonds and then cut the number you need once you decide on the arrangement you like.

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I settled on the arrangement above where each "arm" of the star begins with one diamond and increases for a total of 6 rows and then begins to decrease for a total of 5 additional rows.
To piece this quilt, you will sew together one arm of the star at a time.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
Above is an image showing how two diamonds are attached using a 1/4" seam.  Remember that you are working with pieces that are cut on the bias so you need to handle them with care because they can stretch and become misshapen with tugging, pulling, seam ripping or even ironing.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
Continue attaching the diamonds until you have one complete strip.  I ironed the seams all to one side but this is personal preference.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
First sew all the diamonds together in strips as shown above. This goes pretty quickly.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
Next, you need to join the strips.  This is harder and requires some patience and careful handling.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
You will want your seams to match up at the 1/4" seam allowance as shown above.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
In order to do this, you can pin at the seam line where each diamond meets the next.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
Carefully remove the pin at the last minute and stitch right through the pin hole (you can often still see it).
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
Taking care at this step will give you nice points on your diamond.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
Continue to piece each arm of the star in the same way.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
Then it is time to add the background fabric and join the arms of the star.  To calculate the size of the solid triangles, you should measure your star arms.  I used 17 1/2" squares cut at the diagonal.  I sewed them, right sides together, to the arms of the star.  You could use a square and inset seams instead of doing it this way. I did it this way because I know some people like to avoid inset seams and because I thought that having the seam line there would help me with my quilting plan.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
Then stitch the seam joining those two arms.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
Next, attach the smaller triangles.  I cut my 17 1/2" square into quarters for those pieces.  Repeat this process for all four quadrants and then sew the quadrants together.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
To create a more modern variation of the lone star, I cut the right side of my star off so that the center of my star is not in the center of the quilt.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Luxe In Bloom Lone Star Quilt by Amy Friend
I decided on straight line quilting, 1/4" on either side of the seams, radiating out from the center of the star.
I hope you enjoy using the new diamond dies!  They come in 4 sizes, this being the smallest size.
Amy
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