Tuesday, December 20, 2022

December - Lone Star Blog Hop - Island Batik Ambassador Challenge


 This month's Island Batik Ambassador assignment was definitely a true challenge - designing and making a Lone Star Quilt. 

A classic traditional pattern and one that requires precise piecing. Sewing lots of 45 degree diamonds even with strip piecing is not for the faint of heart but ... it does reward the brave quilter with an amazing quilt.

And it really helps if you have beautiful fabric to sew with like the Modern Opulence Collection designed by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Design. Such an elegant palette with lovely flowers and triangles and diamonds in rich indigos, oranges, yellows, and reds!

Look at how beautiful these fabrics are! I created 4 different sets of star points

Set One

Set Two

Set Three

Set Four

TA DA!!!! The FINAL QUILT Design **I used all 22 fabrics in the collection
66" x  66"
Traditional and Original Design
Sandra Starley
December 2022

Fabrics: Modern Opulence Collection - every fabric (22 pieces)
Backing: Island Batik Linen  (Naturally Neutrals)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
75/11 Chrome Needle: Schmetz Quilting Needles 

Pieced and quilted by Sandra Starley 

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, thread by Aurifil, needles by Schmetz, Strip cutter and Go Cutting Machine by Accuquilt,  ***

A bit of the design process.
I first started off strip piecing a 4 x 4 diamond segment star which was pretty but not fabulous 

So I decided to turn the 8 completed segments into a 6 x 6 segment star. This was pretty tricky to do and not the recommended way to make a Lone Star. 

There are soooooo many different ways to arrange the 8 large diamonds. Here was a funky option.

And should the star be framed? Have extra piecing?

Once, I got those 8 new and improved segments done, I decided to frame them with a golden border. I think it gave it a striking finish. Hope you agree.  ***Have you ever made a Lone Star? Jump in and give it a try!

Island Batik Ambassador - Lone Star Blog Hop

It is already Week 3 of the Challenge so you will absolutely want to check back with the already posted Lone Star Quilts by my fellow Ambassadors! I am floored at the creativity, variety, and sheer beauty of all the quilts. And don't forget to catch the last few days of the Blog Hop and enter the Giveaway @IslandBatik's blog.

December 19

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts

December 20

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

December 21

December 22
Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky    AND

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio

December 23

End of Blog Hop + Final Round Up


December 5

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

December 6

Megan Best, Bestquilter

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

December 7

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

December 8

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

December 9

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway


December 12

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

December 13

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

December 14

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

December 15

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

December 16

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


  1. Beautiful, Sandra! I love the gold border framing the star!

  2. these fabrics are so pretty. and your quilt is gorgeous really showcasing these fabrics. thanks for sharing and inspiring. no I have not made a lone star but this hop really has my mind pulling fabrics from my stash for it.

  3. It's beautiful! You really got the vintage look with this one. I love the addition of the gold outline. Have a wonderful day!


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