Lone Star Sampler- Mc Calls Quilting

Rarely does the sun and the moon align just right that 2 of my quilts are featured in different magazines the same month. So February 2014 must be lucky for me.
Check out McCall’s Quilting January/February 2014 
issue to
see my Lone Star Sampler quilt.

I am not much of a wine drinker and I am not a huge 
fan of the color purple, but as soon as I saw the 
Vin Du Jour by 3 sisters,
 I couldn’t resist.

 I set forth to see what I could do with a Jelly roll. 
This collection has the perfect balance of lights and darks. 
Almost exactly half darks and half mediums/lights making the combinations of values endless.
 I  started playing with a lone star block to see how many
 different color studies I could do using the 
light and darks to determine the the pattern.

 Strip piecing the sections and reversing some of the strips makes this quilt look more difficult that it really is.
Which is your favorite star block?
 I am torn between
 block 1, row 1
and block 3, row 2 or
possibly block 1, row 3.


By the time I had finished the stars I had fallen in love with the grape tonal all over and
had to use it for some of the backgrounds.

Lone Star Sampler: 2 1/2" Precut Jelly Roll™ Strip-Pieced Quilt Pattern
image provided by McCalls Magazine

To read more about this issue, click here. I hope you enjoy this quilt as much as I did making it.


  1. Love this. I had downloaded pattern yesterday but since purple is my favorite your examples are gorgeous. I would choose Row 2 Block 2 or Row 3 Block 3 as favorites because of the background. Lovely work!

  2. I'm not a big fan of purple but I love lonestar quilts, this is beautiful! Row 2 block 3 is my fave. I've been quilting up my own lonestar the last couple of days. One that I designed with a christmas theme, cardinals and holly applique.

  3. ferne says:

    I really like row 2 block 3. I love this line of fabric too! What a fun block to play around with, it has always been one of my favorites and with snow in the forecast, just maybe I will have some playtime coming my way!

  4. Just noticed you in both magazines this morning. Congrats. Both quilts are lovely – hard to decide which one to start first! Enjoyed your comments about the fabric selection for the lone star quilt. I can see how that purple could grow on you.

  5. I love this quilt!! As soon as I received my copy of the magazine I spent at least an hour staring at this quilt, reading the construction method, and just thinking about making it myself. I have a definite favorite – row 2, block 1. Even if I never make the whole quilt, I will be trying to duplicate that block! Great job!

  6. I don't wear purple but I I love purple in quilts…Both your quilts are beautiful Lissa!! I went to buy the magazine for the quilt-a-long today…Joann's was still selling the previous magazine that said to display till December 3. 🙁 I will make a trip back to Joann's later in the week to get both magazines. Happy stitching, Pauline

  7. Janet says:

    Dang, now I wish I had picked up this fabric when everyone was having their Black Friday sales – this is stunning! My favorite is block 1, row 2.

  8. kay says:

    Lissa, your quilt is absolutely stunning! Funny thing is, I don't usually like sampler quilts, I didn't think I cared for that fabric line the first time I saw it, and I've never been interested in making a lone star quilt. But now, I can't wait to get the magazine and start planning my own lone star sampler! I'm sure mine won't be spectacular like yours, but you've inspired me to try. (Oh, and my favorite blocks are Block 2 of Row 1 and all the blocks of Row 2.)

  9. Carol says:

    I just picked up this magazine – I always buy it but I don't have a subscription. You're a cover girl again. I love purple – quilts and clothes – so this quilt has my name on it for sure. Can't wait to start it!

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