This hunter’s star quilt pattern is written for and illustrated with just two fabrics because sometimes quilters are confused about the arrangement of dark and light colors in the design.
The Star Hunter electric duvet Quilt from the original hunter is designed with diamond shapes, but it is very easy to create the same look with easy units of square triangles.
Taking the Mystery Out of Hunter’s Star Quilts
One reason the Hunter’s Star design is sometimes confusing is its layout. Each area that you would normally call a quilt block is really four patchwork sections that are rotated and then joined to create a larger quilt block. A secondary design emerges when blocks are sewn together.
Planning Your Quilt Design
Each half of each of the four smaller blocks is (mostly) light. The other half of each small block is (mostly) dark. Your light and dark may be different from someone else’s starting point of light and dark.
For a scrap quilt, the dark fabrics within each small block needn’t be the same and the lights in each section can be different, too. It’s the overall contrast in the finished blocks that’s important, and contrast can vary when a scrap quilt is assembled.
If you make a scrap quilt remember that warm and hot colors (such as yellow, orange, and red) can pop out in a design as much as a dark fabric (a neutral such as black or a cool color such as dark blue).
Even if you make a quilt with lots of dark fabrics, consider using the same light fabric throughout to add continuity to the design. That’s part of the method for choosing fabrics for quilts.
The quilt finishes at about 72 inches by 84 inches, as shown. Add borders or make additional quilt blocks to increase the quilt’s size.
Adding five more small blocks would balance the design at all corners (see how the right edge differs) and result in a quilt that measures 72 inches by 96 inches.
Block Sizes and Yardage Needed
Small blocks finish at 12 inches square
Larger clusters of four blocks finish at 24 inches square
Yardages are generous to allow for shrinkage and occasional errors (and probably enough to make those extra blocks).
- 4 yards of dark
- 4 yards of light
Use the same totals as a guideline if you are making a scrap quilt.
Quilt backing: A panel about 82 inches by 94 inches or the size required for the type of quilting that’s planned.
Quilt batting: Same as backing, 82 inches by 94 inches.
Quilt binding: About 340 running inches of continuous double-fold binding to sew to the quilt with a quarter inch seam allowance. Bias binding strips are not necessary for straight sided quilts but you can use them if you prefer.
A few more supplies needed include:
- Thread for piecing and/or machine quilting.
- Sturdy white thread, adhesive products, safety pins, or another product for basting the layers of the quilt sandwich.
- Rotary cutting tools or another cutting device such as an AccuQuilt Cutter or one of the other cutting systems available to quilters.
- Long straight pins.