This month’s project was made using the GO! Hunter Star 6” Finished (55166) and Cat’s Cradle collection from Michael Miller Fabrics.
Star Light Star Bright
46” x 46”
Designed and made by Heidi Pridemore
Quilted by Monica Croom
The Hunter Star die creates such an elegant block, but the challenge was finding a group of fabrics that would reflect this elegance. The Cat’s Cradle collection was perfect for this project. The fabrics all have pretty little metallic stars printed all over the fabrics. The Hunter Star die makes this project so easy to make. It cuts each piece accurately so piecing the project is a breeze.
I always love quilts that only use a few fabrics. Don’t get me wrong, I love scrappy quilts too, but for me they always require extra brain power mixing all the colors in the quilt top. So every once in a while I like to make a quilt that only uses a couple fabrics. This one uses seven fabrics and each one plays a part in the final quilt pattern design. You will need two contrasting colors for each block, a fabric for the centerpiece and borders. The sweet cat print was perfect for the centerpiece. I used a mixture of pinks with a cream and gray for the blocks and added the mint green to add a pop to the quilt.
The pattern for this month’s project is free from The Whimsical Workshop. You can download the free pattern at www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com along with our past free patterns.
On to the assembly….
Once you have die cut all the pieces, it is best to layout the blocks to make sure you have the correct pieced together. This block can be confusing when sewing the pieces together.
First step is to sew one small diamond on one end for the trapazoid. When you place the diamond on top of the trapazoid, the edge of the diamond top should be flush with the top of the trapazoid. If it is not. Just turn the diamond around to the other end and it should line up perfectly.
Repeat Step one with the other end of the trapazoid and another diamond.
Next sew the large triangle to the top of the sewn unit. This will make one half of the Hunter Star block. The other half the Hunter Star Block is assembled the same way with the colors of the pieces reversed.
To make the star block, you need to make four matching Hunter Star blocks and sew them together to make one star block.
For my quilt I made four Cream/Dark Pink blocks and four Gray/Light Pink Blocks.
Once the blocks are all sewn, it is time to lay the out. I kept the layout nice a simple. Again, when you are working with a complex and elegant block such as this one, it is always a good idea to keep things simple so the block can shine.
We asked Monica our quilter to quilt the top and she did an amazing job! She created a feeling of movement over the quilt by quilting Wandering stars. Hope you have as much fun with this easy project to use up some of your pre-cut packs. As always please send along your projects to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add you to our bragging rights page on our website.
Make sure to visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website The Whimsical Workshop You can also see our pattern and post at www.accuquilt.com
Until next time…..