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by Cathy Lucas
The LeMoyne Star quilt block is one of my absolute favorites.
I saw an antique quilt top with tiny stars at a quilt show in Alabama shortly after I started quilting. I took a workshop in 1998 with Sharyn Craig and learned her precise method for constructing this block. Then I discovered ARDCO Templates by QuiltSmith (tiny little metal templates). I was very excited to be able to make 3.4" stars!
This quilt has 120 3.4" stars on the front and 3 on the label on the back of the quilt.
Each block took about 20 minutes to construct. I just kept making stars because I couldn’t wait to see the combinations of fabrics.
The blue zig-zag setting is quilted with 100 wt silk thread in an unmarked free motion feather design. I used the "bump" method that I discovered in a book by Darlene Epp for quilting feathers.
The LeMoyne Stars are quilted with the continuous curve method in each diamond. It was the first time I used silk thread for machine quilting and I enjoyed working with it.
This quilt was accepted at the 2008 WI Quilt Expo and I received an Honorable Mention for it. I was thrilled!
I’ve learned another method of constructing these blocks and I know I will make more of these little stars on my quilting journey.
Some close up pictures of the free motion machine quilting...
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