Originating from the first nation Sioux tribes in the Rocky Mountains, the Hunter’s Star pattern was originally made with diamond piecing, but I have constructed this version by machine with half-square triangle and squares. The design depicts the morning star, Venus, the guiding star of the Lakota Sioux, symbolising immortality and marking the direction from which spirits travel to Earth. Star quilts were used in everyday life, in religious ceremonies and festivals, and in trading.

This beautiful block can be confusing to piece, so it is important to have a clear choice of dark and light fabrics to not only facilitate in the making, but to emphasise the impact of the Hunter’s Star in a finished quilt. Here is a single block, but we have also made a four-block version to show you how the star motif appears as four are joined.



Finished size:16in (40.5cm) square

Designed and made by Jemima Schlee





  • 11 x 20in (28 x 50cm) of light fabric
  • 11 x 20in (28 x 50cm) of dark fabric



Before starting


Wash and press all fabrics, and read through all the instructions. All measurements include 1/4in seam allowance

Cutting instructions
1 From the light fabric and the dark fabric, cut four 41/2in squares and four 53/4in squares.


Making the half-square triangles
1 To make eight 4in half square triangles in one go, take a light and dark 5 3/4in squares and place them right sides together. Align their edges and pin before drawing two diagonal lines joining opposite corners. Now draw a vertical and a horizontal line, dividing the fabric into four equal squares. 

2 Stitch 1/4in seams to either side of the two diagonal lines. Use sharp scissors to cut along the vertical and horizontal lines, then the diagonal ones.

3 Press all your seams to one side and trim tails to leave you with eight 4 1/2in square units.

4 Repeat Steps 1 to 3 to make another three sets of eight half-square triangles.


Assembling the block

1 First, make your top left corner unit. Take four of your half-square triangles and lay them out in a two-by-two arrangement. Sew them into two rows, press seams in alternate directions, then sew the rows together.

2 Take another four units and sew them together in the same way as Step 1.  

3 Take your two units from Step 1 and 2, a 4 ½in light and dark square and, following the layout in sew them together, first into two rows, then the rows together. This completes your top left corner unit.

3 Repeat Steps 1 and 2 above to make another three units.

4 Following lay out your units. Sew them together.



The fun doesn’t end here…

Each month designer Jemima Schlee will be introducing you to a different block, with easy to follow instructions. 

This is the fifth of nine 16in square blocks for you to make, with the final design appearing in our March 2018 

issue. As you make the nine blocks, we would like you to come up with your own quilt design. You can add more blocks or borders, experiment with colour ways and fabrics, and make the finished quilt as large or as small as you like. Anything that takes your fancy! The only rule is that it must include all nine of the blocks from the magazine.

There are great prizes to be won, including a fabulous 

sewing machine, courtesy of Bernina, for the winning design. Full details of how to enter will be given in the March 2018 issue, so watch this space and don’t forget to keep us posted on your progress.


The previous blocks are:

July Old Tippecanoe/Crossed Canoes

August Pinwheel Cross

September Dutchman's Puzzle
October Spools

November Windblown Square


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