Lone Star quilt by Laurie Simpson
It's always a wonderful thing to see a reproduction quilt like this one by Laurie Simpson of Minick and Simpson.
She saw a glimpse of an antique quilt in the magazine QuiltMania.
"It was an amazing example of a Lone Star quilt. I couldn't take my eyes off it. I got out my graph paper and pencil (and lots of erasers) and tried to figure it out. There was a slight mathematical quirk (i.e. mistake) that made my quilt 120" square - but hey, you can't get everything right can you. This is what I came up with."See her post by clicking here:
I decided to make a Lone Star for my second quilt in 1967. How hard could it be? I drafted a diamond. I hand-pieced 8 giant arms. I put it together. There was room for only six arms.
I would show you this quilt but my sister mercifully wore it out.
Things could have been worse, however. Here's a nice collection of seven-pointed stars.
The Cherokee Nation uses a seven-pointed star for their symbol. And quilters probably do make seven-pointed star quilts deliberately, but with my experience I have to guess that the seven-pointed stars shown here were a surprise to everyone involved.
If you haven't seen enough of what can go wrong, click on these images from the Quilt Index.
Here's a block from one of Deb Rowden's Thrift Shop Quilts.
Notice there are seven arms meeting in the center.
Oh dear, a left over arm! What to do?
Put it in the top center triangle. It almost fits.