Hunter’s Star

Hunter's Star

This traditional star and arrow quilt pattern is simple to construct using basic four patch and half square triangle blocks. Fabric used is Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two for Moda Fabrics.

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Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC. And I am so excited about today’s project because it’s a super easy way to make a hunter’s star. Let’s take a look at this quilt behind me. So the hunter’s star is, I mean it just looks so complicated and it has several different secondary blocks. And one is this little arrow block right here that you just, you know, that’s what makes it the hunter’s star. And so I’m going to show you a super easy way to do this. What we’ve done is we’ve made four patches and star blocks. So just by doing that, we simplified the whole process.

So to make this quilt, what you’re going to need is one packet of ten inch squares of a print fabric. And we’ve used Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two for Moda fabrics. Beautiful line. You’re also going to need 42 ten inch squares of a background fabric just like this. Now one of the things I love about pre-cuts is their versatility so even though we’re using a layer cake, we’re going to be cutting this down into 4 five-inch squares and, which is the size of a charm pack. So you could actually buy four charms as well. I happen to have a layer cake so that’s what I use but don’t, you know, hesitate to use your charms if you already have those because that’s what we’re going to do is we’re going to cut this down. So right now so what I’ve done is I’ve got my square centered up on my mat and I’m going to cut it into 4 five-inch squares. And I’m going to do this to all my pieces. The whole, the whole layer cake is going to be cut up. So we’re going to cut here. I’m going to turn this. Again, I’m just going to line it up. These lines help me keep it nice and square. And then we’re going to come in and cut again.

Now the first block we’re going to make is the four patch. It’s the easiest. It’s the quickest. And it’s just simple. So a four patch is made by using two squares, a light and a dark. You’ve got, you’ve got your contrast right there. And then adding two more to it that are also light and dark. So what you’re going to do is you’re going to sew these two seams together and then you’re going to sew this one together to make a four patch. So let’s go to the sewing machine and do that. So we’re just going to sew a quarter of an inch right here. Right along this side. You can press if you want. And press, you want to keep that seam to the dark side. Make sure that your colors are opposite, you know, sides and then we’re going to put these two together and make sure that middle seam nests. So again I’m just going to take a few stitches to anchor. And then I’m going to check underneath here to make sure that my seams are lined up and I can feel with my finger that there’s no room in between those nesting seams. And I’m going to go ahead and sew a quarter of an inch all the way down. Alright now let’s go press this.

And we’re going to press this open. I like to press from the top to make sure that there’s no folds in any of my seams, because folds change the size of your block. Then you can flip it over and make your seams go anyway you want. And I’m just going to put mine that way. Now you can see, this is your four patch. And your four patches are done. You’re going to make 28 of those. And we’re just going to set that aside because now that whole set of blocks is done. You’re going to make 28 of those.

So next you get to make one of these stars. Now these stars, they’re beautiful and they look like you worked so hard but you really didn’t. So here’s how we’re going to do these. These are going to be made out of half square triangles And you guys know when I make half square triangles what I like to do is I like to put my squares right sides together, sew all the way around it a quarter of an inch and then cut it diagonally both directions. Now I’ve already sewn this. So I’m just going to go ahead and cut this real quick like. So we’re cutting this way and we’re cutting this way. And now we’re going to press these open. And I just like to bring them all over here and make sure my dark fabric is on the top. You can set your seams all at once. And then you’re just going to roll them back. One more here. And then this guy over here. Alright .

Now these squares need to be, I mean these half square triangles need to be trimmed to 2 ¾. It’s not really a big deal. Find a ruler. This is really important actually, find a ruler that makes sense to your eyes because a lot of times if you’re struggling to find that line. You know sometimes you need a ruler that just makes a little bit more sense to you. So what I’m doing with this one, and I’m going to square it, is I am laying this, on this ruler, the half inch marks are marked with the red. So I know I need to go a quarter of an inch beyond the red. And I’m looking at this, lining my center line up on that seam. A quarter of an inch beyond the red. And I’m going to go ahead and trim this off like this. And you’re going to do this to all your little half square triangles . We want them to be 2 ¾. So we’re going to do this. And this helps make your blocks, they just come out perfect when you do this to square up your blocks. Now I have a set of blocks over here that’s all squared up and ready to go. And what we’re going to be doing is making this block.

So we’re going to make this block four times and, and rotate it around. It’s a super easy way to make this star. So we’ve got four of these right here. Now there’s going to be a diagram for you because this is, it’s really important. You’re going to make two sets of stars. One’s going to go one way. One’s going to go the other way. That’s what gives this little arrow look right here is the, is the stars that go the other direction. Now I’m a little angley challenged so I hope, hopefully I’ve worked out all the bugs for you and you can do this.

So when I put these together, you’ll use your diagram and then I keep a block right next to me and make them all look like the same block. So I have two squares that are going up like this. My, my printed fabric is at the top, going to the right. And the third one is going to the right. And this guy right here goes down, so it makes that long piece like that. So let me sew this together for you. We’re just going to sew these two and then we’re going to sew these two and then we’re going to sew it together like a four patch. So let’s go to the sewing machine. This is such a great way to do this because it makes a really, a quilt that’s kind of complicated go together really easily. One of the things I love about doing blocks, my half square triangles this way is that they have a little bit of give to them and you’re able to, and they have a little bit of give so you’re able to make them fit. So now we have these two pieces we’re going to go ahead and sew them together. Make sure that all your pieces are going up. And then this one’s going down. And we’re going to just sew them. Get a little anchoring stitch here. Then I’m going to make sure these middles line up. And it’s just like sewing four little, four little half square triangles together to make this little block. Now let’s iron this open. And you can iron as you go along as well.

Alright so once you get four of these done, you are ready to make your block. And I have four of them done right here. So let me show you how this works. We’re going to use the same block but it’s going to rotate every time. So here’s our block right here. The next block is just going to turn this way. See how all of a sudden now you have opposites. If you, if your colors ever line up, you know it’s in the wrong place. So again this way and we’re going to turn it. And then finally this one. We’re going to turn it. And it makes that star. And so there you have it right there. Now we’re just going to sew this together like a four patch. And we’ll have our whole star block.

Ok, so now you’ve finished your star block. You’re going to make 12 of these. And then you’re going to have to make 16 of the next star. Now the next star you want to pay really close attention because it looks a lot like this. But it’s going to be a different star and a different diagram. So let’s look carefully at this.

So the next one, we, there will be a diagram for this so you want to keep your eye out on that diagram and you want to also watch what I’m doing right here. Because now my color points are going to the left. On the last one, they went to the right. You can see right here. One these they went to the right. One this one, they’re going to the left. So it works exactly the same way but you have to make a star that’s going the other direction so that you have that, that hunter’s star that happens. So see here we two that are going, the colors are going up to the left, up to the left like this. And then this guy over here in this corner comes down. So just watch that really carefully because this is what makes the pattern all come together. So then you’re going to make your star, you’re going to have them all sewn together and you’re going to have your opposite star. Remember you rotate it around just like this. And just like this. There we go. I thought that looked a little weird. Alright so now we have this secondary star that goes the other direction. And you’re going to need 12 of those. So let me show you how this goes together because this is so, so cool.
So let’s, let’s put this together this first row. And we are going to lay this out. We’ve got a star and a four patch. Now it matters what direction your four patches lay. They are going to go to the upper left. You’ve got your star and your four patch, just like this. So this is this top row right here. Star and see these four patches are all going up to the, the whole row, they all go up to the left, the whole row. So then we’re ready to add our next row. And we’re going to go ahead and pull this out right here. And so we have a star, I’m sorry, a four patch and a star and a four patch and a star. Now you’ll notice that this is the second set of stars and our four patches are now going in the opposite direction. You want them to checkerboard right here. You want the colors to come off. This is what gives you that arrow block that’s in the hunter’s star. Right here you can see that arrow block right here. And you can see it again over here, right here. And it just gives you the hunter’s star look without the hunter’s star work. So keep laying it out. You’re going to have seven across by eight down. So eight rows, seven in each row. 56 total blocks. It’s going to give you a quilt that’s 80 by 100 so that’s a pretty good sized quilt. We’re going to add a 2 ½ inch border on the outside of our blocks here. Nice stock border. You’ll need ¾ of a yard of fabric for that. And you’re going to add a five inch border on the outside. And you’ll need about a yard and a half for that. And your quilt comes together and you have made the hunter’s star. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the easy Hunter’s Star from the MSQC.

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  • Linda Green

    Hi Jenny I love this pattern thank you for doing a tutorial on it. If I was to use charm packs on it how many would I buy?

    • Sharon

      You would need two charm prints and two charm solids.

    • Carma Lujan

      This pattern calls for 2 layer cakes which are 10″x10″. 40 blocks in each package. If each package is cut into fourths, you would have to buy 4 packs of 40 charms of nuetrals/white and 4 packs of pattern/color. Answer 8.

  • Linda Olausson

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!! It was just what I wished and hoped for💗 Now I can finally make a Hunters star quilt for myself😊

  • Nancy Cogar

    I have noticed that sometimes the layer cakes are not exactly 10 inches same goes for charm pack. In this case what do I do to make up the differences in sizes. This makes my block sometimes come out the wrong size. I am one of those who really tries to cut my blocks right. I line it up on my mat and use a good ruler and they still come out wrong… It’s driving me CRAZY!!!! what do I do… I need help!!

    • Shannon

      Don’t measure against cutting mat. Your ruler grid is spot on and is the only measurement for cutting you should be looking at. Cutting mat measurements are not always printed correctly.

  • Barbara Reynolds

    Could you possibly provide the diagrams as a pdf, so that we could refer to them as we assemble the stars? It would be very helpful!

  • Scottie Hugghis

    I see a fat quarter bundle I would like to make this quilt from. Will that be enough fabric to complete the quilt. 12 fat quarter pieces

    • Daniela

      Since this takes two layer cakes or 84 10″ squares, a fat quarter is 18″x 22 approx, you would need 84 FQ to make this quilt as Jenny has shown you.
      Unless you break down the pattern and to utilize your blocks by cutting them to fit the HST sizes needed. That is why Jenny makes it easy with precuts, to take out all the the tough thought process out. This is a very pretty quilt.

      • Scottie Hugghis

        Thank you Daniela. I’ll go with the layer cakes. Don’t want to run out of fabric.

  • Lisa Boyer Miller

    I have been working on another hunter’s star quilt with a different (more work) method. Wish I found this before I started the other one. Can this be done with just two colors? If so, could you provide the yardage requirements for each color? I am hoping to do a king sized one with your method with just two colors. Thanks!

  • Lynda Bruce

    You could figure out the yardage and do a traditional in 2 colors.

  • kathykelley

    My four patch is a lot smaller than my stars what am l doing wrong?

    • Deb Swanson

      You need to cut the hst down to 2 3/4 to make it come out right.

  • Kathleen Oman

    Speaking of star blocks, any chance you might do an easy Bethlehem Star tutorial anytime soon? Please!

  • cindy edmondson

    What size should the block be? Thanks Jenny for taking the time to help us quilters.

    • Debra Slauzis

      I am making this now. Blocks should be 9″ square.

  • Susan Ruby

    I would love to make this quilt, but queen sized (90″x96″ or so). Can anyone direct me toward a tutorial or tool that would help me convert this pattern and yardage requirements? Still learning how some of these things work.

  • Barb Vogt

    has anyone here made this yet?

    • Debra Slauzis

      In the process of making this.

  • Susan Lock

    I’m new to the site Jenny refers to a diagram of the quilt in this video – I can’t find it, help?

  • Debra Slauzis

    I have made all my squares per the directions but my 4 patch squares are a bit larger than the star squares. Am I supposed to trim the 4 patch down prior to assembly? I am at a loss on how to start assembly due o the seams not lining up.

  • Debra Slauzis

    I am working on this pattern and I have learned that the finished block should measure about 9″ square, both the star blocks and four patch blocks. Also, I increased the size by adding one row and one column…had two packs of the 10″ square and background fabric and had leftover for future project, or matching pillow shams. Thinking about sending it in for final quilting….what pattern do you suggest? I used Romance Daffodil line of fabric with a cream background, what color thread do you recommend for final quilting? I am adding the borders now, so I will send in a pic soon. Thank you.

  • barrydlb

    Have you been able to provide the diagrams of this pattern? I’m making the Hunters Star in two colors and have watched the video many times trying to get it right. A PDF of the diagrams would be so helpful. Please???

  • Diana

    The tutorial says to make 12 blocks of each set of the patterns, however, the diagram shows 12 of the first one and 16 of the second one. Which is correct? In the process of sewing my blocks together.