Light Example for a Blanket Hunter Star

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Make your own patchwork quilt using the popular “hunter’s star” pattern with this beginner’s guide. The original hunter’s star quilt was designed using diamond-shaped shapes, but the same image is easy to create with simple semi-square triangular elements. The size of the patchwork quilt is approximately 72 by 84 inches. Add borders or make extra quilt blocks to increase its size.

The design of the hunter star can be confusing because of its location. Each area that you would normally call a quilt block is actually four patchwork sections that rotate and then join together to create a larger patchwork block. Secondary design occurs when blocks are stitched together.
Choosing your fabrics

Your ideas about light and darkness may differ from someone else’s ideas about light and darkness. For a patchwork quilt, it is not necessary to combine all dark and light fabrics. The overall contrast in the finished blocks is important, and the contrast may change when assembling a patchwork quilt.

Remember that warm colors like yellow, orange, and red can stand out in a design just as much as dark fabric, including neutral colors like black, or cool colors like navy blue. Even if you are sewing a quilt from a large number of dark fabrics, consider using the same light fabric everywhere to give the design continuity. This is part of the method of choosing fabrics for quilts.
What you will need

Equipment / Tools

Durable white threads, adhesive products, safety pins or other product for marking sandwich blanket layers
Rotating Cutting Tools
Long straight pins

Materials

4 yards of dark fabric
4 yards of light fabric
1 quilt lining (82 x 94 inches)
1 quilted batting panel (82 x 94 inches)
continuous binding twice 340 inches long
Thread for cutting and/or machine quilting

Instructions

Cut the individual blocks

The Magic 8 method for semi-square triangular elements (HST) is perfect for hunter’s star patchwork, even if you make it patchwork, because eight HST are required for each piece of patchwork. This method is simple, and the strong straight fabric structure will be parallel to the outer edges of your HST (unlike the other HST method, which results in elastic offset edges in these positions).

Make sure you understand the Magic 8 method if it’s new to you or if you want to make large blocks and then trim them to 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches after assembly. This is too much trimming at the back, so do a few test sets by stitching a narrow (very slightly narrowed) quarter-inch seam on a pair of fabrics — one will be marked — and measure the results.

Cut 42 light squares measuring 7 3/4 inches by 7 3/4 inches, and then cut 42 dark squares measuring 7 3/4 inches by 7 3/4 inches. Connect each piece of light fabric with a piece of dark fabric to make eight strips measuring 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches per pair (336 pieces in total).

Sew a “Hunter’s Star” blanket

Take four HSTS and arrange them in two rows, as shown in Figure 1 (left). Use straight pins as needed so that matching seams don’t shift. Pay close attention to the orientation of the triangles when you make small patchwork elements. Sew the parts in each row together and press the seam allowances in adjacent rows in opposite directions.

Connect the rows and press in any direction, as shown in Figure 1 (in the middle). The joined seams should be 6 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches. Sew a 6 1/2 inch light square to the right side of the HST quilt as shown in Figure 1 (right). Press the seam allowance to an even square. Make a total of 42 rows of light squares measuring 6 1/2 inches.

The Council

Accuracy is very important. Measure as you go and make adjustments before assembling new blocks.

Make a patchwork product in Figure 2

Arrange the four HST blocks in two rows, as shown in Figure 2 (left). Sew the parts in each row together. Press the seams in adjacent rows in opposite directions. Connect the rows as shown in Figure 2 (in the middle). Click to make a patchwork quilt measuring 6 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches.

Sew a matching (or patchwork) 6 1/2-inch square to the left side of the quilt, as shown in Figure 2 (right). Press the seam allowance to an even square. Make 42 patchwork products of the same configuration. Connect the two rows as shown in Figure 3. Press the seam in any direction. The new unit should measure 12 1/2 inches by 12 1/2 inches.

Assemble a group of four blocks

Assemble four of your 12 1/2-inch square blocks and arrange them in two rows as shown in Figure 4. Stitch the two blocks in each row together as shown in Figure 5. Press the seam allowances to the blocks with the darkest edges.

Connect the two rows and press the seam allowance in any direction, as shown in Figure 6. The size of a large patchwork quilt should be 24 1/2 square inches.

Make a total of nine large quilt blocks. You should have six of the 12 1/2-inch block sections left.

Sew the rows to finish the quilt

Take a look at the right end of Figure 7. This narrow block is two of the remaining smaller blocks. Sew in pairs, as shown in the picture, and press against the dark side. Sew three large blocks together side by side and add a narrow block at the end. Repeat to make two more rows. Press the new seam allowances in adjacent rows in opposite directions and connect the rows. If necessary, make a mark for quilting.

Connect the top of the blanket with the batting and lining. Make a quilt. Remove excess batting and lining, being careful not to cut off the quarter-inch allowance on the seams that surround the top. You may have to straighten the blanket a little if it is skewed. Sew a binding in two folds around the edges of the patchwork quilt or trim it in another way.
The Council

Five more sections measuring 6 1/2 inches by 12 1/2 inches will allow you to get three rows of larger blocks and increase the size of the patchwork quilt. If you prefer this look, make sections and assemble the blocks exactly as you did the rest.

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