Just before Thanksgiving, a friend at church consulted with me about an antique Lone Star and getting it turned into a retirement gift. I, of course, was willing to give my opinion and, as usual, I ended up with a new project. I brought it home and over Thanksgiving picked up some wide muslin to applique it on. Once the muslin was prewashed I pulled out the star and pressed it and discovered that there was no way it would ever lay flat.
The holidays were coming and I had a number of other things going on so I put off dealing with it. Push has come to shove and the quilt needs to be done by the end of the month so I pulled it out again the other day. Interestingly, it still won't press flat!!! That night as I was going to sleep I got the bright idea to take the 8 large diamonds apart, turn them and put them back together to see if that would help. I carefully removed the hand stitching and then hand-stitched them back together and it actually worked! Not perfectly but much closer to flat than before.
Yesterday I got the star basted onto the muslin and got started on the hand applique. I finished that up today and here is the quilt top.
Now I will put the rest of the muslin together to make a back and get started on hand quilting the star and background. Does anyone have thoughts on how the star should be quilted?