Friday, January 29, 2010

Hunter's Star Revisited

Hello Everyone,

I know that many you have been waiting to see the results from my Hunter's Star Class. Also, I know that some of you had never even heard of a Hunter's Star. If you weren't able to read my first post about this wonderful block, just click here and then come on back.

Well, all I have to say, is that if you decided to go ahead and purchase that wonderful Petite Rapid Fire Hunter's Star ruler, you have made a great investment in your quilting tools, for sure.


Here is the first 4 blocks up on my design wall!! Very scrappy and all from my stash. Now traditionally this block is done with 2 fabrics. Well, of course, I can't seem to be traditional. So I did a two color version, but made it totally scrappy. I love the effect!


Here you can see the star form. When all four corners of the block meet they make this wonderful Hunter's star. The neat thing about this method is that it is all strip pieced. You never have to cut any diamonds!!


On the back of the block, she has you press the seam open. The reason behind this is because when the corners all meet up to form the star, there would be way too much bulk and would not lay so flat. By the way, bulk is a longarm quilter's nightmare. When my customers give me something that is bulky, it is definitely much more difficult to quilt over those areas because the hopping foot just can't make it. Then the foot needs to be adjusted. It is just better if the seams lay flat, for sure.


Here you can see the corner where the star will form. Oh, and by the way, this block is made slightly larger than you need. I say this because you trim it down with the ruler and every single block is not only the right size but just perfect!! So the whole quilt should go together with ease.

Now I just need to get the rest of the blocks up on the design wall. I will continue to show you my progress and some final photos from the class too. In the meantime, check out the new customer quilts that have been loaded to my gallery.

Until Next Time...

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34 comments:

Lesly said...

Love those stars that turn out to the be strip-pieced! I hope never to do another y-seam as long as I live! The Hunter's Star is gorgeous - I'd not seen it before!

Cathi said...

I love the effect you're getting doing this scrappy! It's going to be fabulous!

joanne lendaro said...

Wow, that looks hard! Great job!

Stephanie said...

Stunning in the scrappy b/w. Wow. Love any easy method as I don't want to work too hard having fun.

Kathy said...

I love the black and whites you used in the Hunters Star and I can't wait to see how it looks when the blocks are together....

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

That's such a pretty design! I love it with all the different fabrics. Very nice!

Judi said...

I love the Hunter's star. I have not seen it before. I also love the scrap pieces.

"Lois Grebowski" said...

I love the scrappy look. those stars look so easy! Bravo to you!

Melanie said...

I like these, Jackie! I like how you used a traditional pattern in a non-traditional way. I can't wait to see the more!

karenfae said...

love the scrappy look but I go dizzy looking at the black/white! I didn't know for machine quilting that a lot of people leave seams pressed open.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Heleen said...

I love the star block! I love how you matched all scrappy fabrics together, now they don't look scrappy at all! Beautifull!

Nedra said...

I like the Hunter Star in blacks and whites. You are right, I've usually seen the quilt done in two colors.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow this looks so beautiful! Great combination.

Anina said...

I love it!

alobsiger said...

Fantastic! Always love a good hunter's star -- so striking! Off to click on that ruler link... :-)

Wendy said...

Those blocks look great, what a neat idea to use blacks and whites.

Barb said...

I have really enjoyed reading about your stars and all the tips you have given. Yours is looking so amazing.

wishes, true and kind said...

Very nice block! I've always like Hunter's Star, but have never done one -- or even seen it done very often, for that matter. I will be happily watching your progress.

joan

Catherine said...

Love it! Can't wait to see more!

Melinda said...

I absolutely LOVE the black and white. This is definitely on my to do list.

Quilts on Bastings said...

What a great block - I love your scrappy black and white look.

Sherri said...

Love this star block! Thanks for the info on the ruler too!

Vickie E said...

I am seriously tempted to get that ruler! How's your family? Hope all is well there. Things are okay here. hubby leaves for Japan in 2 days :(
but he MAY bring japanese fabric back!!!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Jackie, I am normally not a black and white combo gal...but this is specatular! Great job.

HOPE said...

Love it...this is one of my favorite block patterns..and it's great to see it in Blk and WHT..and so many marvelous prints!

This has been on my to-do list for some time..now I'm inspired to just get on with it!

Thanks!
HOPE

julieQ said...

First of all, I love your black and white graphic lovely fabrics! Second of all...love that ruler! I cut one of these quilts all by hand, and it is stuffed back in the closet. I need to take it out and rethink finishing it!

Diane J. Evans said...

LOVE these black and whites! What a great design!

Diane

Chris said...

I love the fabrics you used for your hunter star. I'll have to try that ruler out.

Kim D. said...

Great job on the stars, love the black and white color combo.

Valerie said...

This is one of the prettiest blocks that I have ever seen. Is it hard? I absolutely love it.

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Jackie,
That is a lovely block...and love the way the star is formed. It looks great the way you have done it too.
Hugs,
Sharon

PamKittyMorning said...

I love your fabric combinations!!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

This is really beautiful. The fabric stands out in this exceptional design.

pratima said...

It is looking so beautiful in black and whites, Jackie. Love the mix of fabrics!

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