Amanda Murphy's Nordic Holiday
fabrics (by Benartex Fabrics) is refreshing, modern and appeals to just about any quilter. Snowflakes, reindeer, bears and a non-traditional holiday color palette combine to inspire all sorts of patterns.
Amanda included a lovely reindeer in her collection.
I have a similar one I designed in 2004.
|Reindeer from my Merry Merry quilt|
I initially was going to bring out my Merry, Merry patterns from 2006. But then I thought "Lone Star."
Here are the set of fabrics Benartex sent me.
I call this easy because I took out all the y-seams traditionally associated with a Lone Star quilt.
I selected two fabrics with good contrast for my star center. I cut two strips of each. Offset the red one as shown here and sewed with 1/4" seam, pressing toward the red print . Using the 45 degree line on my ruler, I lined it up with the seam as shown below. Slice off the side. (This pattern
can be found in my Etsy store for $6.00!) This makes a whopping 29" Lone Star.
|Seam and slice at 45 degree angle on left side |
Re-cut the wedges as shown. You are measuring from the CUT edge. Do NOT use the lines on your cutting mat for this. It's all in relation to your ruler.
|Cut Two-Patch 45 degree wedges|
Place the red diamonds at the pointed ends
|Two wedges become a Diamond 4-Patch|
Sew together and press seam open.
|Diamond 4-Patch, seam pressed open.|
Make 8 of these units
|Make 8 Diamond 4-Patch units|
Now we cut the setting triangles, large and small. Remember, there are no y-seams! I selected the wonderful gray scroll print.
Cut four small squares and four large squares. Recut each into two triangles each. You will now have 8 small and 8 large triangles.
|Large and small setting triangles|
It's important to audition your triangle placement before you sew. It's easy to get things mixed up. Sew the small triangle on first. Press toward the triangle. Then add the large triangle (which is slightly oversized). Again, press toward the triangle.
|Make 4 of these units|
Make 4 units that are the mirror image of the above unit. This is how they will look when sewn together.
|These are mirror images of each other|
Use your long ruler and the 45 degree line to help you slice off the excess large triangle. I also like to align the ruler markings for inches along one or more seam line. Sewing diagonal seams can be tricky!
|Slicing excess fabric|
Now, place the two units together and sew with 1/4" seam; press seam open. Make four.
|Make 4 of these units|
And what does it look like with all those seams pressed? Here is the 29" star from the back.
|Seams pressed open make for a very flat quilt center|
Now for the borders. I wanted to use the reindeer print, but I only had enough for 2 borders (without chopping off parts of the reindeer!) So, I took that awesome red snowflake print and used that for the sides. Who says your borders have to match?
I also wanted to introduce a green. Inner border was cut 1-1/2". Outer reindeer print was cut (VERY CAREFULLY) at 6-1/2". The snowflake print only allowed me to cut two 5-3/4" strips. Again, who says your quilt's borders have to be the same size?!
Here she is: Holiday Star, 41-1/2" x 43"
I also made some very quick, small projects using my new workshop pattern, Double Hexie Stars. Let me show you!
|Double Hexie Star (16" x 18") using the Snowflake fabric for the center|
|I fussy cut this awesome reindeer for my next star|
I couldn't toss the remaining bits of the red reindeer print. I cut 5 hexagons, set with triangles and this was given a few months ago as a housewarming gift for a newly wed couple.
|Small quilt using those reindeer fabrics!|
Amazing fabrics-colors & designs are so sweet-love your hexies! Thank you, SusanReplyDelete
I love your patterns you used.ReplyDelete
Pretty stars made with this collection. 24Tangent@gmail.comReplyDelete
Those hexies from the leftovers will make great candlestand mats for Christmas. Thanks for the lone star tutorial too, I'd love to make one someday soon and that looks quite doable.ReplyDelete
Love all of these projects.ReplyDelete
I'm inspired to sew something for Christmas now, but no time before vacation. I'll have a Christmas in August sewing day.ReplyDelete
Your method for avoiding those dreaded Y-seams is genius! I really love this pattern and the colors in this fabric collection are so pretty...a perfect combination!ReplyDelete
Love your quilt Debby and your tutorial is great. These fabrics are really beautiful!ReplyDelete
Love Christmas fabric and these colors are yummy.ReplyDelete
Love the Christmas prints. The Lone Star and Double Hexi stars look great. I've printed the instructions for the lone Star and hope to makr one soon.ReplyDelete
love the lone star quilt - very niceReplyDelete
Thanks for the large lonestar pattern. Love the idea and it could be used as the centre of a medallion quilt.ReplyDelete
I really like your hexagon designs!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the Lone Star pattern. It looks great in the fabrics.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the Lone Star Block tutorial. I love the double hexie star too.ReplyDelete
The Lone Star tutorial is just so cute! This fabric is awesome and so are the hexies. Thank you, email@example.comReplyDelete
Thanks for those clear and very do-able instructions on the lone star. This line is very cute!ReplyDelete
I love these fabrics. The reindeer is wonderful.ReplyDelete
Love, love ,love these fussy cuts in the blocks!ReplyDelete
I love these designs, I really have to make them.ReplyDelete
Beautiful Christmas prints in this collection!!!ReplyDelete
I love the double hexagons!! They make fussy cutting so fun.ReplyDelete
Fantastic projects! I will definitely be making some of those! Thanks for the Holiday Star tutorial!ReplyDelete
this fabric and your quilts and the hexagons are wonderful. thanks for sharing the tutorials and the reindeer quilt.ReplyDelete
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net
Great fabrics, and I love the directions for the star and can't wait to see how you do the hexies. Great stuff!ReplyDelete
I stopped here because the fabric is so beautiful. I had no idea you had such a special treat for us. This lone star quilt is genius. (Yep I said it!) I'm not afraid of y-seams but this is so much better. (I'm keeping my fingers crossed in hopes of winning the fabric.)ReplyDelete
Love this fabric and wonderful project.ReplyDelete
Love the reindeer! And so happy to be able to make something without those dreaded y-seams.ReplyDelete
I love the reindeer in the hexagons. Thanks for the chance to win. Karen Carpenter. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Thanks for the Lone Star tutorial. I also love your double hexie star.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great tutorial! I love lone star quilts but haven't made one yet. This may just be what I needed to push me to make one!ReplyDelete
The fabric is beautiful and the projects you design are fabulous! Thank you for all the great inspiration.ReplyDelete
Oh how lovely! IReplyDelete
love all the
Carla from Utah
Nice job with the fussy cutting! Your blocks are great. Thanks for sharing an awesome giveaway!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the easy tutorial! I love the star and the fabrics! Your other blocks are nice, too.ReplyDelete
Great blocks and fabric! The tutorial was quite helpful.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great tutorial!Love these Blocks! Thanks for sharing a great giveaway too! email@example.comReplyDelete
Love these fabrics and your Lonestar! They work beautiful together. The double hexie star is very nice also. Am happy to see colors, other than green and red in the Christmas lines in recent years. Thanks for sharing your tutorial!ReplyDelete
Wow those are amazing!!!!!ReplyDelete
Your Star Quilt and small projects are super; I like that you used up the fabrics in the hexie pieces. It is a beautiful collection of fabric.ReplyDelete
LOVE your Holiday Star!! Beautiful!! Christmas is my favorite time of Winter... Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)ReplyDelete
Popped by to see what you were up to! You're up to a lot as usual. Great blocks. The holiday star is lovely. :)ReplyDelete
Pretty pretty pretty!!! I never remember that making a single block bigger can be just as cute as when they are smaller.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the giveaway!!!
Love the quilt you made with that gorgeous fabric.ReplyDelete
Great use of this fabric collection, thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
I'm surprised at how much I'm attracted to Christmas fabrics matched with white backgrounds! This is a great project!ReplyDelete
The double hexie star is wonderful.ReplyDelete
Some beautiful fabric. Makes a lovely lone star.ReplyDelete
I love how easy it is to do this star. One reason I haven't done the diamonds in a star is because I don't like the "y" seam. Thanks for making this easy!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the star pattern and tutorial. Love these Benartex fabrics. grinnie1961 at gmail dot comReplyDelete
Your projects are gorgeous! Thanks for the great tutorial, love the construction method you used.ReplyDelete
Love the reindeer design! Appreciate the lone star tutorial, i may finally try one!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the lone star mini tutorial! I've marked it as a favorite and hope to work on it soon! 5 months till Christmas...doable!! Thanks for the chance!!ReplyDelete
How cool! I love the starflakes.ReplyDelete
Wonderful! Loving that fabric!!!!ReplyDelete
thanks for chance to win this lovely fabric lineReplyDelete
Lovely Christmas fabrics. Thank you for the great photos. I always follow your tutorials because of the photos. Thank you for the time you take posting all of them. I am sure you have helped a lot of people create.ReplyDelete
No Y-seam Lone Star? I'm sold. The reindeer and so adorable. I really like the colors in this collection. Not the traditional dark reds and greens. Your quilt would make a great wall hanging.ReplyDelete
tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com
What amazing star blocks.. and the fabric is just beautiful.. would be a wonderful and amazing way to start making decorations for the holidays. dquilterguy48329 (at) prodigy (dot) netReplyDelete
Wonderful blocks - I love the Lone Star and the hexies are so beautiful and in Modern holiday fabrics too!ReplyDelete
Your holiday star is wonderful. Thanks for the how-to!ReplyDelete
Yay for no y-seams! All of your blocks are terrific.ReplyDelete
Love that no y-seam lone star! I also really like your Hexie Star!ReplyDelete
This is a wonderful use of these beautiful fabrics! I love this take on Christmas. One of my sisters just came back from a trip to Norway--I think I just decided on the perfect gift for her, with enough time to make it before Christmas arrives.ReplyDelete
beautiful fabrics, would be stunning on any project!!thanks for the chance to win some!!!ReplyDelete
Always wanted to do a lone star.ReplyDelete
Love the fabric
Christmas in Florida means non traditional colors. These would be so perfect for a tropical holiday. They are beautiful.ReplyDelete
I love learning new techniques thanks for sharing. Love the Christmas fabric.ReplyDelete
The Star Quilt is Stunning in those icy blues and Christmas red! Thank you for the tutorial, you've made it look like it was so simple to put together!ReplyDelete
That is definitely the way to make a Lone Star! Thanks for all your great "shortcuts"!ReplyDelete
Your tutorial is great, thanks! Really like Christmas fabric with blue in it and this one hit it just right.ReplyDelete
I love Lone Star and this big one is wonderful. I will definitely be making this one.ReplyDelete
Lovely fabrics, great projects! Love the double hexie stars and the simplified lone star.ReplyDelete
Love the Christmas fabric! Love the colors! The tutorial was super great and very helpful! Thank you for this great giveaway!ReplyDelete
Have a super great day!
WOW - your work is beautiful as well as the fabric. thanks for the pattern.ReplyDelete
WOW no Y-seams! LOVE it. Love the fabrics, and as a Scandinavian....(mostly Swedish and some Norwegian), would love to win the bundle. It's a gorgeous quilt.ReplyDelete
Beautiful fabrics. Would be so fun to see with.ReplyDelete
Beautiful fabrics and great projects. I love your star quilt!!ReplyDelete
Great projects as always Debby! I've been loving the fresh modern Christmas lines...I love my traditionals as well, but would love to make something with this fabric. Thank you for the chance to win (I see the star in my future, and the hexies, and and)ReplyDelete
Great minds, huh, on the reindeer?! Your quilt is beautiful. :-)ReplyDelete
So many great ideas for these great fabrics.ReplyDelete
Debby, I've never cut a Diamond shape much less make a Diamond 4 patch block. Thank you for your easy tutorial. I so appreciate the pics and the friendly tips on block construction. The reindeer does really make this collection feel Nordic:)ReplyDelete
Love the leaping reindeer!ReplyDelete
So, I see that turquoise and lime green are the Christmas colors for some designers this year! I try to get at least one fat quarter set each year of the favorite and make pot holders for Christmas--then my girls and I have a scrapbook of sorts of fabric favorites through the years.ReplyDelete
the star is gorgeous and the table topper is a great way to use left overs.ReplyDelete
Love the fabric and the pattern. I am inspired to try my hand at the lone star. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Love the colors and the way they are put together. Once again, outstanding job.ReplyDelete
Can't wait to make a star for Christmas! Thanks for sharing the pattern and tutorial.ReplyDelete
Love the reindeer (yours and the fabric line!!). Your stars are amazing, great no Y-seams hint too!ReplyDelete
Holly smokes you make that Lone Star look easy. I don't mind Y seams but I sure enjoy 'east' way more. Thanks for this one,ReplyDelete
Love the fabrics!ReplyDelete
Such cute fabrics! Thanks for the ideas.ReplyDelete
I love your fussy cut blocks!ReplyDelete
Your Lone Star quilt is beautiful! Love the fabrics!ReplyDelete
Love that fabric and love your hexie stars!ReplyDelete
Happy Christmas in July! Beautiful fabrics & beautiful quilt!ReplyDelete
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great lone star tutorial...you make it look so very easy...i will definitely have to give that one a try....i just love stars...and match them with christmas prints and you have a winner for sure. thanks for the generous give-a-way...janetReplyDelete
Hello Debby! I always love your tutorials! It has been such a long time since I have tried a Lone Star; the next time around, I will be using your tutorial. This fabric bundle you have chosen to use is such a delightful combination of bright colors that made me want to get a much closer look and do the touchy feely fabric thing I do when I really am excited about new fabrics! Alright, I know I am weird! Thank you for sharing your great tutorial and your special projects! Have a great day.ReplyDelete
I love your Lone Star Quilt. I like the fussescut table runner. Those deer are so cute.ReplyDelete
Wow - so many comments today! I just love those fussy cuts reindeers in the center of those hexies. This is such a pretty collection of fabric. I would be thrilled to win it! Thank you for the opportunity. ~smile~ Roseanne
Reindeer are so much fun. Great tutorial. Thank youReplyDelete
Love, love, love this fabric!ReplyDelete
I love this fabric. The colors are some of my favorites. I would like to make this quilt. ThanksReplyDelete
Thanks for a great tutorial. The large star really showcases these beautiful fabrics. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for the tutorial.ReplyDelete
I've always loved lone star quilts but been intimidated by them. I will definitely have to give your method a try! Gorgeous fabrics, too!ReplyDelete
I love the lone star. Great tutorial, thank you.ReplyDelete
Great fabrics and projects!ReplyDelete
Love those hexigons...and the fabric is just lovely....ReplyDelete
I love these fabrics, and they look so good mixed together. You are an inspiration!ReplyDelete
Your tutorial was wonderful. Awesome project.ReplyDelete
I missed it, because I'm behind, but the reindeer is wonderful! I think I like him in the hexagons the best.ReplyDelete
I'm probably too late for the giveaway. Just wanted to say your holiday star block is lovely.ReplyDelete
These fabrics are so pretty!! Thanks for the tutorial.ReplyDelete
Everything is lovely thanks so much for sharing. Drhodes9@cox.netReplyDelete