When Melissa from Sew Bittersweet Designs put a call out for pattern testers I couldn't resist because the Flowering Lone Star is such a beautiful design.

Those of you on Instagram will have seen my excitement a few days ago as I got a lot of perfect points - this was an easy accomplishment following Melissa's well written instructions. I have to be honest and say when I first looked at the pattern I thought 'oh no'! It looked like the cutting might be tricky and I was nervous about making a design that required so many points and some 'y' seams. I couldn't have been more wrong though, once I started cutting, and her cutting instructions are so easy to follow, I realised this is actually a quick top to put together. I gave myself a little challenge by using fat quarters rather than the recommended yardage because I fancied making a rainbow. This was easy too because the directions are so well laid out and I just cut the diamonds individually rather than from strips. I used eight fat quarters for the diamonds and coordinating solids for the edges. 

I got one noticeable pucker on the cheeky blue oakshott but I'm hoping I can quilt it out.

The fat quarter fabrics were all from my stash of Pink Castle Fabrics that I collected from the monthly Stash Stack Club. I love the rainbow of colours! I'm going to quilt this and give it to my friend who has recently had a baby boy.

Melissa is kindly offering a giveaway of one new pdf pattern and you get to chose between her new patterns Bursting Lone Stars (left) or Flowering Lone Star (right):


There are three chances to win one of these patterns, please leave separate comments for each:

1. Leave a comment below, say anything you like!

2. Follow my blog (GFC, Bloglovin, Feedly, email etc - the buttons to follow are over there on the right) and leave a separate comment telling me you do (optional entry).

3. Follow Sew Bittersweet Designs and leave another comment (optional entry).

**Warning: you will not win if you are a no reply blogger so please leave your email address in the comment. This actually happened in my last giveaway and I would hate for someone to miss out!

The giveaway will close on 11th August, the winner will be chosen by random.org and Melissa will email you the pattern of your choice.

Good luck!

See Melissa's post for more chances to win, the patterns are available in her Craftsy shop and there's a discount bundle if you'd like them both.