Instructions

  1. Print or reference: Assembly Diagram,  Figure 1,  Figure 2, Figure 3,  Figure 4, 
  2. Prewash fabrics without fabric softeners, washing each color separately. If water is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear. Dry and press all fabrics.
  3. Fold white and print fabric in half crosswise with wrong sides together and selvages even. Smooth out wrinkles so fabrics lay flat. Either use a water-soluble marking pen and ruler to mark the strips before cutting them with scissors or cut with rotary cutting tools. From each of these fabrics, cut four 6½x44-in. strips and a 42-in. square. From each 6½-in. strip, cut six 6½-in. squares for a total of 24 squares of each fabric.
  4. From red fabric, cut two 8×80-in. and two 8×50-in. strips for the binding.
  5. Do all stitching with right sides together, edges even, matching thread and using a ¼-in. seam allowance. Press seams toward the darker fabric whenever possible.
  6. Half-triangle squares: On wrong side of the 42-in. square of white print, use a quilter’s ruler and marking pen or pencil to mark an accurate grid of 4-in. squares, 10 squares wide x 10 squares high, then mark a diagonal line through all squares as shown in Fig. 1a.
  7. With right sides together, lay a matching size piece of print fabric behind the marked fabric. With thread, accurately stitch ¼ in. from each side of all the diagonal lines as shown by the dashed lines in Fig. 1b.
  8. Cut out squares on marked lines. Cut squares in half diagonally on marked lines. Press each piece open to make a half-triangle square.
  9. Mark a diagonal line down the center of the plastic 3½-in.-square template. Center the template on top of a half-triangle square so the diagonal line matches the seam and either trim off the excess with a rotary cutter or mark the square, remove the template and trim the excess with scissors. Trim all half-triangle squares. (There will be extras in case of errors.)
  10. Hunter’s star block: Sew 4 half-triangle squares together as shown in Fig. 2a. Make 24 blocks. Assemble 4 of the blocks as shown in Fig. 2b for a hunter’s star block. Make 6 hunter’s star blocks.
  11. Reverse hunter’s star block: Sew 4 half-triangle squares together as shown in Fig. 3a. Make 24 blocks. Assemble 4 of the blocks as shown in Fig. 3b for a reverse hunter’s star block. Make 6 reverse hunter’s star blocks.
  12. 4-patch block: Sew the 6½-in. squares together as shown in Fig. 4. Make 12 blocks.
  13. Quilt top: Lay out all pieces as shown in the Assembly Diagram. Sew pieces together in rows, then sew rows together, carefully matching seams.
  14. Quilting: Smooth out backing fabric, wrong side up, on a flat surface. Center batting over backing and smooth out. Center quilt top over batting, right side up, smoothing out all wrinkles.
  15. Baste through all three layers, stitching from center to corners, then horizontally and vertically every 4 inches until the entire top is held together. If preferred, use safety pins to pin-baste all layers of quilt together, avoiding seams.
  16. Thread machine and set it on a medium-long straight stitch. Stitch-in-the-ditch of all seams where print fabric meets white fabric. Or hand-quilt as desired.
  17. Trim batting and backing to extend 3 in. beyond pieced top all around. Remove basting or safety pins.
  18. Binding: With wrong sides together and long raw edges matching, fold each 8-in.-wide strip of red fabric in half lengthwise and press in the fold.
  19. With right sides together, match the long raw edges of a 50-in. binding strip to the top raw edge of the pieced top and sew together with a ¼-in. seam through all thicknesses. Trim ends even with the pieced top, not the batting.
  20. Sew a 50-in. binding strip to the bottom raw edge of pieced top in the same way, trimming as before.
  21. Center and sew an 80-in. strip to the left-hand edge of the pieced top, leaving the excess fabric on each end to be turned under later.
  22. Sew the remaining 80-in. strip to the right-hand side of the pieced top in the same way.

Finishing: Turn all binding strips to the back of the quilt along the edge of the batting and backing pieces. Hand-stitch to back of quilt, folding under the excess fabric at each end of 80-in. strips.

This hunter star quilt pattern, which we first published in 1998, is from Gayla Cox of Littleton, Colorado. We reworked this classic style in fabrics chosen to appeal to a new generation.