Hunter’s Star: a quilt + random memory

I love it when traditional quilt blocks enjoy a surge of popularity.  The Hunter’s Star is certainly one of them right now, and for good reason.  It makes a gorgeous quilt!

Hunter's Star quilt by Jennifer Harrison at

Ready for a quick story?  I had a very eccentric Physics teacher in high school.  He was a lot like Doc Brown from Back to the Future, crazy hair and all.  His desk was covered with bumper stickers that were far from politically correct, even for the late 80’s.

hunter's star pattern by Hopeful Homemaker

It was, however, at the end of that year of Physics that he surprised us one day and with an awards ceremony.  He did it every year for each of his Physics classes.  And so he proceeded to read a list of various awards and names of students and I settled in to listen.  I had done well in his class, but I was certainly no physicist in the making.

Then came an award he said needed an explanation:  in every other class he’d given it to the hottest girl or guy in the class.  But in my class, he awarded it instead to the person that everyone wanted because they knew they’d get an A.  Without further fanfare he read my name and gave me a certificate that said “most desired lab partner.”  It lay on my desk as I sat wondering what to think:  Not very pretty but dependable?  She cares so much about her grades that she will do your work too?  While you go flirt with the pretty girl?  In the end I shrugged it off.  He was just odd enough he may have thought it was the compliment of the year.

Hunter's Star pattern available at

I’d forgotten about that award until I was looking at these pictures today.  Quilting isn’t a multi-generational craft in my family; I discovered it on my own and just sort of wandered around, learning a little here and a little there for years before I found a group of quilting friends and felt like I belonged.  I’m often just as impressed with traditional quilt blocks as I am with modern designs.  To me they’re all pretty new and most of them strike me as both traditional and modern.  Like many other traditional quilt blocks, the Hunter’s Star deserves the award, “most desired quilt pattern,” not because it’s the hottest new trend, but because you can depend on it to deliver a beautiful quilt every time.  With just two fabrics, you create something that makes people pause to look a little longer.

coral and low volume hunter's star quilt top

This pattern is one I first made years ago in a traditional red and white color scheme.  The method is fast and fun, with no half square triangles, extra seams or Y seams, and almost zero waste.  The Hunter’s Star block was the perfect way to use my beautiful low-volume floral fabric.  I added a geranium-colored solid (Moda Bella color 9900 258) and made a quilt so bright and happy it almost glows.

Hunter's star quilt

After years of requests for the pattern, we’ve written it.  You can find it here in my Etsy shop.    And unlike my Physics award, when it’s finished you’ll know the compliments are sincere. This quilt pattern is both dependable AND pretty.


Baby Color Stack Quilt – new pattern

Few things gratify me more than gifting quilts I’ve made.  If that quilt is for a beautiful little baby, then it’s even better.  The Baby Color Stack quilt is a modern quilt pattern which is fast and fun to make.  It’s a perfect gift for the bundle of joy on it’s way to the arms of someone you love.

Baby Color Stack quilt at

As I write this post I sit curled up under my original Color Stack Quilt.  It makes me smile to see so many colors and favorite fabrics together.  The Baby Color Stack quilt is no different.  This year has been the year of the boy among my friends and family members and I wanted to make something for them with a modern, yet simple, design and good color sense.

binding on baby color stack quilt by Hopeful Homemaker

I re-worked the measurements for the original design so the block would look good on a small quilt.  I love how it looks, with so many shades of blue, gray, black, brown, and green plus a bit of yellow and orange to pull it together.

Baby Color Stack quilt pattern available at

The Baby Color Stack quilt measures 38″ x 45″.  The pattern is available in my Etsy shop, bundled with the original Color Stack pattern for just $5.  Download the pattern today!  Please note, the Baby Color Stack pattern is only available in the pattern download.  It is not included in my original Color Stack tutorial.

perfect stripes for baby quilt at

For the quilting I opted for straight lines by ditch-stitching the vertical seams because I didn’t want any quilting to compete with the fabrics as they worked together.

baby color stack quilt from pattern at Made by Jennifer Harrison

The backing is a print from the Katie Jump Rope collection by Denyse Schmidt, and the binding is an Alexander Henry heath print in a gorgeous vivid blue.

closeup of binding on quilt by Jennifer Harrison at

I have already made a few different versions of this quilt.  It’s my new go-to pattern for baby quilts.  I enjoy choosing the fabrics and I can finish the quilt in as little as a day, making it a fast (and last-minute) option for gifting.  Download the pattern today and you’ll be ready for your next baby gift!

Color Stack {a finished quilt}

My Color Stack quilt is back from the quilter and finished in time to enjoy during the fall season.  I am grateful for this quilt.  It captures my love of color and also brings back memories of making it.  The exercise of pulling fabrics to try different combinations, looking for the unexpected pairs, was healthy and freeing for me.  I might make another!

Color Stack Quilt by Hopeful Homemaker

Fall is a celebration of color and this quilt perfectly captures it.  You will find my free tutorial for making your own here.  Additionally, you can download the full-color pattern in my Etsy shop for just a few dollars.  I’m excited to announce that I’ve re-worked the pattern to add a second option for a Baby Color Stack quiltThe instructions for the baby quilt are only in the pattern on Craftsy.  Two patterns for $5.00 is an amazing deal!

Color Stack quilt at

Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting quilted this for me in a succulent clamshell pattern, and the design was larger than I pictured when I dropped it off.  I was delighted to see it finished – I love it more than I expected and the large scale is perfect for this quilt!

succulent clamshell quilting on Color Stack quilt

I couldn’t resist a flannel backing on this quilt.  A bright pink woodgrain won out, making this a particularly soft and cozy quilt.

bright pink woodgrain flannel for quilt back -

Another picture because I just can’t help it.  I mean, look at all that happy color!

Color Stack quilt pattern available at

My decision on binding fabric wasn’t easy.  I had several options I really liked but in the end I selected the black and white because it echoes the skinny black and white strips in the quilt.

black and white binding at

The Color Stack quilt is beautiful and easy to make.  Use pre-cut jelly rolls or push yourself and choose colors of your own.  It’s a great pattern for a last-minute quilt.  Get your pattern today!

Color Stack quilt at

Happy Sewing,

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