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Where can you find free instructions for making a lone star quilt?

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Quilters can find a free video tutorial for making a lone star quilt at McCallsQuilting.com or links to three free lone star quilt tutorials on the Craftsy.com blog. The Hopeful Homemaker blog also has an easy-to-follow photo tutorial for making the popular lone star pattern.

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The lone star quilt pattern features a single large eight-pointed star in the center of the quilt top. Quilters can assemble this pattern by cutting and sewing individual 45-degree diamonds from various fabrics. Piecing patterns provide another way to assemble this design, using strips cut from multiple fabric strips at once. After creating the star, a quilter may place the star onto the quilt top all in one piece or in multiple strips or pieces.

When pieced by hand, this pattern can be challenging as the quilter must allow for bias edges on each diamond when joining them. Quilters must pay careful attention when joining all of the corners so that they don't end up crooked.

Texan quilters named this quilt pattern after their lone star state. Quilters from England and the eastern United States called this design The Mathematical Star. Native Americans made this pattern too, calling it Morning Star or simply the Star Quilt. Other names and variations include the Star of Bethlehem, Star of the East, Blazing Stars and Broken Stars.

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