The pattern is easy to follow and results in accurate Hunter's Star blocks. The required pieces are rectangles and squares. I wanted to make multiple blocks, so I cut strips of fabric and then cut them into the correct-sized rectangles and squares. Some the squares were cut along the diagonal to make right triangles. After sewing the rectangles to the sides of right triangles, the block was trimmed as shown below. I found that it was important to press seams as I went, making sure that they were pressed as directed. This resulted in seams locking during construction and more accurate piecing. However, I did not used an electric iron. I pressed the seams down with a wooden iron. If you do not have one, you could finger press the seams. I did not use an electric iron because I did not want to stretch the bias edges of the triangles.
A triangular block with the colors reversed was made as well. Then the two contrasting triangles were sewn together to form a square as in the photo below. Note that it is important to match the inner square corners along the diagonal. The block was trimmed to 9 1/2" square. I used my Quilt in a Day Square Up Ruler. Finally the corner triangles were added using the flip and sew method to complete the block unit as shown at the top of this post.
Once the unit blocks are made, they can be arranged in a variety of ways. Here are some examples.
I decided to make a table runner. The photo below shows my table runner ready for quilting. It used a total of 12 blocks in three colors. The border fabric is the same as the background material. The table runner is quite wide and long at 24 1/2" by 60 1/2". I have a large table that it will fit on very well. I plan on quilting it primarily in the ditch on my sewing machine.
There will be a pattern available on The Fat Quarter Shop website for the table runner, and lap, twin, and queen sized quilts. Check it out! It is a very versatile pattern and lots of fun to make. There are additional variations of the Hunter Star Quilt block on Instagram. To see them, use #fqsquiltalong, #hunterstarquilt, and #classicandvintage.
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I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.
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