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Spectacular Stars Simplified: Stitch & Flip Quilts with a Lone Star Look

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Spectacular Stars Simplified: Stitch & Flip Quilts with a Lone Star Look

229 pages
58 minutes
Sep 1, 2020


It's never been easier to make Lone Star-style quilts! Shelley has simplified the intricate-looking traditional design by breaking it into easy-to-piece units, without a set-in seam or bias edge in sight. You won't be using templates or cutting angled pieces from strip sets either. Instead, each of the eight designs begins with familiar stitch-and-flip units that are then sewn into blocks. Yes, blocks! From there, arrange blocks to create a variety of stellar designs that even a novice can complete with ease. If you can stitch on a marked line, you're ready to make these heavenly quilts!
Sep 1, 2020

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Spectacular Stars Simplified - Shelley Cavanna

Spectacular Stars Simplified


Shelley Cavanna

Spectacular Stars Simplified: Stitch & Flip Quilts with a Lone Star Look

© 2020 by Shelley Cavanna


19021 120th Ave. NE, Ste. 102

Bothell, WA 98011-9511 USA


eBook Edition: 2020

No part of this product may be reproduced in any form, unless otherwise stated, in which case reproduction is limited to the use of the purchaser. The written instructions, photographs, designs, projects, and patterns are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of the retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, including informational storage or retrieval systems, for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy patterns for the personal use of the retail purchaser. Attention teachers: Martingale encourages you to use this book for teaching, subject to the restrictions stated above.

The information in this book is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given nor results guaranteed. Since Martingale has no control over choice of materials or procedures, the company assumes no responsibility for the use of this information.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available upon request.

eISBN: 978-1-68356-097-5

Original Source ISBN: 978-1-68356-082-1


Photography for this book was taken at the homes of: Bree Larson of Everett, Washington Stephanie Sullivan of Issaquah, Washington


To Rob, for your constant love and encouragement . . . and all the laughter along the way!

And to Aiden and Jamie. Always chase after your own stars!



The Stitch-and-Flip Lone Star Method


Baby Star



Fletching Table Runner

Dream Catcher

Snow Kissed




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About the Author


Like so many of my quilty friends, I’ve had a Lone Star quilt on my bucket list for some time, and I’ve had a number of Lone Star–esque patterns quietly bubbling around in the back of my brain. These quilts and designs have stayed on my quilting back burner, however, because they have a reputation for being notoriously tricky and time-consuming.

Traditionally, Lone Star quilts are assembled using a large number of diamond pieces (with loads of bias edges), which are sewn into larger diamond or triangle sections. These sections are then joined to background units or other sections with inset or Y-seams. And while plenty of quilters successfully use these traditional methods to make gorgeous quilts, these just aren’t my favorite techniques to use.

So, after a great deal of experimentation, I came up with a way to use some of my favorite building blocks, like Flying Geese and Half-Log-Cabin blocks, along with some clever little stitch-and-flip diamonds to put together Lone Stars of all shapes and sizes with nary a bias edge or inset seam in sight.

I don’t like to make quilts (or write patterns!) that require templates, angular cutting, or inset seams. I prefer to avoid bias edges as much as humanly possible. Because those edges are so stretchy, they require quite a bit of additional time spent wrestling them into submission or getting them to play nicely with their neighboring units. All that frustration and extra fiddling takes quite a bit of the joy out of my already limited quilting time. As a mom to two very active and rambunctious boys, I prefer to spend my precious, uninterrupted studio time at my machine, sewing . . . and getting as much pleasure out of the construction process as I get from the finished quilt!

My mission, not only as a quilt designer but also as a teacher, is to do the same for you! I love taking marvelously complex-looking quilts and breaking them down into small, easy-to-piece, and quick-to-sew units in shapes that you’re probably already familiar with or that are quick and easy to learn if you’re not. In fact, my whole business motto is stunning quilts made simple.

I hope you’ll enjoy creating these beautiful Lone Star variations as much as I did. I encourage you to play around with all of the fun and amazing shapes you can make with the stitch-and-flip method. I can’t wait to see your finished projects!

Happy sewing!


The Stitch-and-Flip Lone Star Method

A few years ago, I set out to find a way to make traditional Lone Star quilts without all the diamond pieces and inset seams. I found that many quilters (myself included) just didn’t want to mess with all the fuss and frustration that came along with the special techniques needed to make these quilts. With quite a bit of experimentation, I developed a way to make these gorgeous quilts using my favorite stitch-and-flip piecing technique and basic building blocks. This book is filled with fun variations.


As a designer, I love developing quilts that appear to be geometrically complex but can easily be assembled with simple shapes and traditional straight-edged piecing. I typically draw my quilt mock-ups first, and then lay the whole thing over graph paper to figure out how to actually put the quilt together. The grid helps me recognize basic geometric shapes that I can then easily replicate with simple quilt blocks.

So, naturally, when I set out to simplify the Lone Star quilt, I started with

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