Last year, I asked my bee mates to make a Hunter Star block using my pattern from the I Love Star Books that I shared here. It is a super easy block to make because it breaks the Hunter Star down into wonderful HST's so you don't have to fiddle with y-seams and the like. My bee mates did a great job, and I just loved getting each of these blocks back and envisioning it coming together ;)
I used Joel Dewberry's Birch Farm line for this quilt for two reasons. One, because it matches my bedroom and Two, and more importantly, it is the perfect combination of masculine and feminine in a fabric line ;) My husband loves that it has owls and deer on it, and I love all of the flowers and geometric prints and the way the deer and owl blend in with all the other fabrics. And so we are both just loving it!!!
And I choose the Hunter Star Design from the I Love Star Books , because it as well seemed to be the perfect combination for my sweetheart and I. He loves the star designs, especially this one that is blended in with the background, and I love the way it creates a subtle chain in the secondary design. It is such a classic design, that looks good in anything, so I knew it would be just perfect.
When it came time to quilt it, I really wanted to make the stars pop all the more, so I quilted them with 1/4" straight lines. I just love the effect it gives them and how it really adds to that secondary design.
And then in the two backgrounds, I used two favorite fillers, again, keeping the quilting pretty dense to make those stars pop. I quilted open centered swirls in the white background and echoed paisleys in the print backgrounds. This quilt was big, so it took a little while to do all that quilting, but it was so worth it. I just love all of the wonderful texture :)
And I just had to share this backing I made. I had a few leftover strips from my Birch Fabrics stash, so I pieced them into a scrappy back. I just love the little pop of color it brings. So fun!!!
And that is my new Hunters Star quilt, just in time for Christmas ;) I even managed to suprise my sweetheart by making the bed up on Christmas morning with this while he was helping the kids take some of their gifts out of the boxes (it's crazy how many little ties they need to keep an item in place in a display box) When he came back to the room, he looked for a second, then took a double take and then realized, "Hey, a new quilt!!!" That was pretty fun :)
If you want to make your own Hunters Star quilt using my HST design, you can find the pattern in the I Love Star Blocks book. It is made for a queen size bed, but you can easily scale the blocks up a few inches to make it a king size ;)
I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend, and a very Happy New Year as well!!!
P.S. It is also my Sweetheart and I's Anniversary today!!! Happy Anniversary to my very best friend in the entire world :)