Jellied Lone Star Quilt

Jellied Lonestar Quilt Pattern by Terri Ann of for Moda Bake Shop

This is my very first Moda Bake Shop design and I’m so excited to bring it to you. Inspired by the lone star block tutorial at the Hopeful Homemaker and modified to use the oh-so-popular jelly roll, it’s a great way to bring a contemporary spin on such a traditional quilt design!

I used the delicious Feed Company by Sweetwater for this quilt with the tone on tone white gingham for the background.

I’ll warn you, this is not necessarily a quick quilt. But, by taking your time through the steps you’ll end up with a stunning lone star without fussing with 200 little diamonds and no y-seams! This pattern yields a quilt that is 59″ x 59″ but would be a great quilt to customize with borders to to make it just the size you need.


Feed Company by Sweet Water for the Jellied Lone Star

  • 1 Jelly Roll of Feed Company by Sweetwater
  • 3 yards Feed Company Vanilla (5575 14) for the background
  • 1 yd for Feed Company Black (5572 13) for binding
  • 4 yards Feed Company Splash (5576 12) for backing


  • Ruler with 45 degree marking (a 24″ long ruler is helpful, but not required)
  • Chalk pen or other marking pen


Separate 25 jelly roll strips into by the following colors

Separate 25 Jelly Roll Strips by Color

  • 5 red
  • 4 black,
  • 5 dark blue
  • 5 light blue
  • 3 red with white
  • 3 white

I highly recommend that you starch the jelly roll strips before getting started!

From your background yardage cut

  • 4 @ 11″ squares
  • 4 @ 15″ squares

Update Oct 2017

If you’re a sewist that prefers to always use a scant 1/4″ then you may want to cut slightly larger squares (it’ll get trimmed to size later in the construction) one quilter reported having too-tiny-triangles from the 11″ and 15″ size squares; they weren’t quite big enough. I hope this discrepancy has not inconveniences any of my fellow makers.

Cut 4 @ 11" squares and 4 @ 15" squares

  • Cut squares in half diagonally yielding 8 small and 8 large triangles

Cut in half to 8 large and 8 small triangles

Part 1

Separate jelly strips into 5 groups in the following order

Group 1: Red, white, lightblue, red, dark blue
Group 2: White, white, blue, white with red, black
Group 3: Light blue, light blue, light blue, red, dark blue
Group 4: Red, white with red, red, white with red, black
Group 5: Dark blue, black, dark blue, black, dark blue

Group 1,2 & 3 Colors Group 4 & 5 Colors

Part 2

We are going to strip piece the groups together offsetting the ends approximately 2″. Go in the listed order for each group above.

  • Take the first color in the group and lay it right side up

Lay first strip right side up

  • Take the next color in the order and lay it on top, right sides together offset 2″ to the right

Lay next strip RST offset same selvage edge by 2 inches

  • Sew a 1/4″ seam along the top edge

Sew 1/4" SA across top

  • Set seam and press the seam allowance open

Press seams open

  • Repeat with each strip in the group in the order listed above

Tip to make this easier! Use your finger as a gague

Finished group 1

You’re going to repeat this process with each of the groups. Use the order listed above and keep organized by keeping the same selvage on the start end; it makes this pattern much easier to complete.

All groups done

Part 3

Sub cut 8 strips at a 45 degree angle

  • Lay your pieced strips sideways on your cutting mat and use the 45 degree mark on your ruler and line it up with one of your seams, be sure that the edge of your ruler does not go over the selvage on any strip

Trim Selvage off at a 45 degree angle

  • Flip the strip and cut a 2 1/2″ strip from that clean edge

Flip and sub-cut 2.5" strips from clean edge

  • Cut 7 more (total of 8) of these diagonal strips from this piece
    There is a bit leftover incase of mis-cuts and for your scrap bin

Cut 8 strips

Repeat with all the other groups

All strips are cut

Part 4

Using one strip from each group, in order we will piece the diamond strips into 8 identical diamond points of the star


  • Put safety pins in the starting end of each strip to stay organized

Tip - use safety pins to stay organized

  • Lay strip from group 1 down and lay strip from group 2 above it
    Offset to match seam direction
    Safety pins should be at the same side

Lay first two strips together

  • Flip the top strip and use a marking tool to mark 1/4″ from the edge

Flip & Mark

  • Put the strips right side together and use the top of that 1/4″ mark to align the left and right edges

Match up edges using the top of the 1/4" mark

  • To make sure your seams match up push a pin straight through at the 1/4″ mark in the seam and check that it comes through in the seam in the back, if it does not you may need to shift the strip a little to make them match up

Use a pin to check that seams match up

  • Use lots of pins; it will help keep your points matching up!

Pin liberally

  • Sew a scant 1/4″ seam allowance across the top edge
    The needle should be a hair above the top of the marked edge, do not sew down the middle of the marked line

Sew Scant 1/4" Seam allowance

  • Open to see if your seams and points matched up, mine were not always perfect and there were a couple times I unpicked to fix them but remember: a finished quilt is usually better than a perfect unfinished quilt

Open to check seams

  • Repeat until all 5 strips are sewn together in a diamond

Complete a diamond with all 5 rows

You’ll make 8 identical copies of this diamonds

Part 5

To avoid having to sew y-seams we are going to attach two triangles to the diamond

  • Make 4 units facing this direction, use a large background triangle, small background triangle and a finished diamond

Make 4 facing this direction

Sew on Small Triangle

  • With right sides together pin the little triangle to the diamond as shown below
    There will be overhand on the right side, that is on purpose
  • Sew along the right edge and press seam open

Match up the triangle with the top point

Sew on Large Triangle

  • With right sides together match up the top left corner and top edge
    Again, there will be overhang at the bottom
  • Sew along that left edge and press the seams open

Again match up the top point

  • Use both the 45 degree marker and the edge of the diamond to square up the overhang from the small triangle

Trim excess using the 45 degree mark on the ruler and the flat edge of the diamond

  • Use both the 45 degree marker and the edge of the block to trim up the overhang from the large triangle

Trim excess using the 45 degree mark on the ruler and the flat edge of the diamond

After you’ve made 4 units in that direction repeat the steps in the opposite direction to make 4 blocks as shown below

Make 4 that face the other direction

Part 6

Finishing the star

  • Pair up a point block from each direction to create a 4 square blocks

Sew together opposite blocks in pairs like so

  • Mark your 1/4″ and use the pin trick above to make sure your points match up
  • Sew into 4 square blocks

Mark your 1/4" to match up seams like before with the pin

  • Sew two square blocks together as shown below and again, make your 1/4″ mark and check that your seams match up with the pin trick
  • Press seams open


  • Take the two halves of the star and again make the 1/4″ mark to match up the seams and complete the star
  • Press seams open


Part 7

Time to add the border. I tried to get pictures but illustrations will have to do!

  • The star measured as a 47″ unfinished block*
    * I recommend you measure your star and adjust accordingly, these diagonal seams are persnickety
  • From the remaining background fabric I cut 7 @ 6.5″ x WOF strips and cut the pieces in the diagram below to add a border to the quilt
    • 4 @ 30″ x 6 1/2″
    • 2 @ 40″ x 6 1/2″
    • 2 @ 7 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

Attaching the border

Layer, quilt, bind & enjoy!


All that’s left is to baste, quilt, bind & take outside for pictures! 🙂

Jellied Lonestar Quilt Pattern by Terri Ann of for Moda Bake Shop

This pattern measures in at 59″ x 59″ and could be used for a small throw or wall hanging but would also make an excellent oversized base for a medallion with a couple borders to customize to the exact size you want.

Terri Ann Swallow
{Childlike Fascination}

I love to customize patterns I find to make them my own and I hope you are able to do that with the pattern today! You’ll have 15 jelly roll strips to imagine a sweet border with!

I even have a free 7 page eBook with 5 lone star sizes for you to print and color in your own inspired design you can read more on my Jellied Lone Star blog post. It’s a fun quilty adult coloring book 🙂

For Moda Bake Shop readers you can download the coloring printable for this pattern here.

I hope you all give this fun traditional quilt a try; it’ll be so easy to customize and really make your own! Share it on the Moda Bake Shop Flickr group or let me know on my blog Childlike Fascination or in the Facebook group!


32 comments on “Jellied Lone Star Quilt

  1. CruiseFan says:

    Yes- this is ambitious!
    Nevertheless, a very in-depth tutorial which really helps managing those tricky parts!
    Thanks for sharing.
    And yes: oh…. making bias-cut points matching up…..I have problems with that, too! ;-))
    My advice is using spray starch.

  2. This is a beautiful quilt! I really appreciate the detailed instructions. Definitely adding this to my wish list!

  3. Thank You. Tutorial is great. I will get one done this summer.

  4. Kate says:

    I would love to have a look at the 7 page booklet for the other sizes but the link isn’t working. Does anyone know how to access this?

  5. Carol D says:

    Beautiful quilt! AND a GREAT tutorial. Makes me believe I could do this!

  6. Michelle says:

    WOW!!! This looks like a great tutorial. I love all your pictures and C’mon….you make my hands look frumpy LOL

  7. Jeanne says:

    “a finished quilt is better than an unfinished perfect quilt”…I love it! Words to live by. 😀

  8. Mary says:

    Excellent tutorial and beautiful quilt!

  9. Thank You, this is great!

  10. Beautifully done, Terri! 🙂

  11. blg2240 says:

    I’ve wanted to make a Lone Star forever and with your fantastic tutorial I’m going to do it! Thank you so much, now all of my gorgeous Moda Jelly Rolls can shine too.

  12. myloquacity says:

    Oh, I love it! A lone star quilt with NO diamonds to cut and NO Y-seams. LOVE IT! I’m in. Thanks so much for this fabulous tutorial. Finally a lone star quilt I can happily dig into. 🙂

    • Terri Ann says:

      I’m so excited you’re in! I really wanted to make this an accessible pattern and while I’m not scared of Y-seams anymore I do remember what it felt like to re-do a seam 5 times, so I was happy to provide an alternate solution for y’all!

  13. Fingerhat says:

    Wonderful tutorial! I’ll definitely make this – although all those matching points make me rather nervous. Thank you very much!

  14. jenni says:

    This is awesome, I can’t wait to try it!

  15. Colleen says:

    Best tutorial I’ve encountered!!!!

  16. kathyinmn says:

    What A great tutorial! Thank you!

  17. suzanprincess says:

    I’ve not been a Lone Star fan before, but this one I really like AND the pattern is doable! Thanks for such a great tutorial–I have a jelly roll waiting impatiently for this.

    • Terri Ann says:

      That’s what I love about this technique, it makes something that would have been tedious totally accessible to even an experienced beginner! Can’t wait to see your take on this quilt 🙂

  18. soxenreider552 says:

    Wonderful tutorial.!

  19. Great tutorial”. Thank you.

  20. Ginger says:

    Gorgeous! The skill level labeled ambitious makes me a little nervous, but looking through your step by step instructions with great photos really makes me feel like I can tackle this! Love the fabric line too!

    • Terri Ann says:

      I hesitated to list it as ambitious but decided that because of matching up the points at the 45 degree angle it was best filed this way.Still, I believe an experienced beginner can still make this star as long as they approach it with a healthy dose of patience

  21. Frankie says:

    Beautiful quilt and wonderful tutorial! A Lone Star has been on my “to do” list forever and now I feel like I can really tackle it. Thank you!

  22. Danielle Marchewa says:

    Wow! Your instructions make this really do-able. I have some beautiful Halloween fabric….this would work perfectly. Kinda excited to try this now. 🙂

  23. Karin Vail says:

    LOVE this! And YAY for no y-seams! Excellent instructions!

  24. Beautiful quilt!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

  25. […] friend Holly also showed me this fabulous free quilt pattern on the Moda Bakeshop website which uses a Feed Company jelly roll plus some extra background and binding […]

  26. Sara LePore says:

    This is, by far, the best piecing tutorial I’ve ever found. Thank you very, very much!

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