Tutorial – Hunter’s Star Quilt and HSTs
It is time for another tutorial share with a free pattern. This time, I chose a pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company (MSQC) called Hunter’s Star. This link opens to some information about the quilt pattern as well as a link to their video. I love MSQC and we hope to visit them in Hamilton, MO sometime. Sooner than later! This pattern uses HSTs (half-square triangles).
Isn’t this a pretty quilt? Jenny Doan suggests using two 10″ layer cake bundles – one solid and one patterned. The first thing she does is cut them into 5″ blocks. It might just be easier to start with charm packs that are already 5″ blocks. Just saying. Once you have the 5″ blocks, what do you do with them?
You make half-square triangles! My new favorite block! These two blocks coupled with some four-patch blocks comprise the entire quilt. The layout is the KEY to making the jagged outline of the actual hunter’s star, or arrow.
I was inspired to share a tutorial for this quilt because a new blogger friend of mine, Cherie of Cherie’s Quilting Journey is making one for her in-laws for Christmas. Cherie is a new quilter and is doing a lovely job on her quilt, in reds and low-value prints. If you look at the picture of MSQC’s quilt you can see the arrow in white, while Cherie’s arrows are red. Both are just beautiful!
Jenny shares a tip of making the HSTs by placing the two 5″ blocks right-side together and then sewing 1/4″ all around the square. That block is then cut diagonally from each corner to make the four HSTs for each small block, as shown above. I love making the half-square triangles this way! The triangles are then trimmed down to 2.75″.
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