Friday, February 16, 2018

Hunter's Star: Classic & Vintage Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along

I've long admired the Hunter's Star quilt block, with its classic look and wonderful overall pattern. However, I've steered clear since I didn't have a straight-forward piecing method that would encourage me to proceed--until the Fat Quarter Shop free downloadable block pattern.

In The Fat Quarter Shop's characteristic fashion, they created a YouTube video to illustrate the process. The Hunter's Star Block is part of the Classic & Vintage Quilt series, where classic blocks are given a renovation.

A pattern including table runner, lap, twin, and king sizing instructions is available for $5.95. Kits can be purchased which include the pattern for multiple sizes and the V & Co. Ombre Confetti Metallic fabrics shown in the video. Backing is available separately.

I pulled from a couple prints from Michael Miller Baby Zoology in Sea and coordinating solids from my stash.

The Hunter's Star blocks finish at 9", and I aimed for a baby to toddler sized quilt. I settled on a 4 x 4 layout with some additional top and bottom borders to achieve a rectangular shape. Using EQ8, a design software program, I imported my fabric selections and drafted a mock up. Order at a discount using Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilt's discount code, if you want to save.

Construction was straight-forward and went off without a hitch, but I have a few tips.

First, if you choose directional fabrics, you'll have to either pay special attention to the orientation of the fabrics (especially when cutting the B squares) or not mind a topsy turvy look.

When trimming the partial unit, align with your ruler's 45 degree angle mark.

Press to the dark. However, press the seam open after sewing the two partial units together.

If you want to use what will be discarded to make Half Square Triangle blocks, sew 1/2" from the line specified in the instructions, and closer to the corner. After pressing from both sides, cut in between the two stitched lines.

The result will be two HSTs per block. I used these in the top and bottom borders.

Because there's a bit of bias involved, be cautious about pulling or excessively handling the blocks so they don't get distorted.

Sew just a hair to the right of the line to account for the the extra bulk taken up by the thickness of the thread and fabric being folded over. This will allow the corners to meet up better when pressed.

I organized the blocks into four groups of four. Here they are before I pieced the top together.

I've now finished pin basting, and I'm preparing for some domestic machine quilting.

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  1. Taking care with directional prints is always worth the effort (in my book). I love the zoology print from Michael Miller: I made my oldest niece's baby quilt using it!

  2. I love the fabrics you used--a stellar star, if I do say so myself. I pieced a Hunter Star quilt for a son who was going off to college, and then he very politely told me he didn't really like what I'd done. But it's now safe and sound in my quilt collection (yes, I made him a new one--I really like that kid). Hunter Star has always been a favorite of mine, so it was fun to see yours.

  3. I love using large novelty fabrics in quilts! I'm always looking for creative ways to use them. I've been hesitant to cut them into triangles! I love how you used the novelty print as the consistent fabric throughout the quilt. Beautiful!

  4. That looks really nice with it’s modern twist.