Last summer, my friend Colleen and I decided to take the Hunter Star class at Along Came Quilting.
Here's a photo of the class sample, made by Kim Morrison, from the Along Came Quilting website, .
Colleen was sure her quilt would be a traditional Hunter Star, as laid out below.
And here's how she chose to set her blocks...
I took a huge number of photos, but not one of the whole quilt after those 1/2 blocks were added.
The fun continued with the quilting. Silk batting gives a nice loft without adding a lot of weight to this 88x102 quilt. Whimsical freehand feathers in the border, feathers between stars and some line-dancing in the block centers, giving lots of motion to the quilt. The stars were stitched around (ditched) to define them, and some continuous curves through the stars for softness.
I had been getting a little discouraged quilting the light areas, as it was very hard to see what I had done, and it seemed like it wouldn't be worth all the time...but then I came back downstairs and the light was just right!! Hooray, the quilting really does show!
And, Colleen really wanted pillow shams, but didn't want to piece any more blocks (plus I think she was out of usable fabric for light stars) so she gave me some of her border fabric, and I designed some quilted pillow shams.
If you're still here, thanks for enduring through all these photos with me.