Workshop Supply List

Hunter Star - Asymmetric design layout

Hunter Star - Asymmetric design layout

by Jan Krentz, Poway, CA – 70" x 80" - block size: 10''; machine quilted by Carolyn Reynolds

The Asymmetrical Hunter star design is a contemporary setting for the traditional quilt blocks. The design features large-scale African fabric prints in the central blocks, surrounded by simple blocks created from oversized triangles. If your fabrics in the background area are similar value to the wall or carpeting color, the darker central design appears to "float" when displayed on a wall or used on the bed.

You may enlarge the quilt quite easily by adding more blocks and rows, or reduce the quilt size by making smaller blocks – please feel free to customize the design, or change the block arrangement as desired.

Number of blocks: 56 total (71 Hunter Star pieced triangles and 41 background triangles)

OPTIONAL: For those who prefer a smaller block size, please click here for a printer-friendly cutting chart of smaller block sizes.

Asymmetric Hunter Star, smaller block Cutting Chart

For use after class: Seam Calibration page (print as many as you like for all projects!)

Template construction method (pgs. 30, 31, 51-53 in Hunter Star Quilts & Beyond)

Fabric yardage requirements       (click here for a printer-friendly PDF supply list)


4 yards total

Assortment of large scale fabric prints for triangles and trapezoids

9 strips – 8½" wide  Sub-cut 1 or 2  8½"squares. Cut 1 x diagonally. BRING EXCESS TO CLASS

23 strips – 2¼" wide (for block centers)

1 yd total Assorted fabrics for smaller diamonds 15 strips – 2¼" wide (for smaller diamonds)

1-5/8 yds total

2 different fabrics for the background blocks (optional - similar to your wall color)

OR several similar fabrics for the background

1st fabric: 10 squares (10-7/8") cut once diagonally

2nd fabric: 11 squares (10-7/8") cut once diagonally

(or a total of 21 squares, cut diagonally)

5/8 yd

binding fabric (not needed for class)

4-3/4 yds

backing fabric Backing and binding fabric is not necessary for class

1 large piece

batting, flannel or sheet to be used as a design surface - optional: rectangular flannel-backed plastic table cloth Design surface should be of adequate size for a large collection of blocks. Finished size is 70" x 80". Work in progress will be laid out on this surface during and after class.


safety pins to secure blocks and sections to the design surface

Tools and Equipment 

Sewing machine & equipment (one-day classes may not get as far as sewing construction. You may prefer to use this day for design work, leaving sewing machine at home, or in the car. Bring machine into class if you are ready to sew.)

  • sewing machine with bobbins, foot pedal, extension cord or power strip
  • presser feet for the sewing machine: quarter-inch, standard, & walking foot
  • pressing pad/board & iron (one for every 3-4 students—shops or guilds may provide irons)

Cutting equipment

  • sewing scissors or thread snips
  • 24" x 18" (apprx) or larger rotary cutting mat (do NOT leave your mat in the sun, nor in a hot car!)
  • acrylic rulers: 6" x 24"; quilter's square ruler 12" x 12" or slightly larger
  • optional: fast2cut 45° diamond ruler set

Classroom text and office supplies – Sewing notions / Thread

  • Hunter Star Quilts book by Jan Krentz (cut off spine & 3-hole-punch the book pages at office supply store. This book may be purchased used online, or pre-ordered from the author as a "print on demand" copy)
  • 3-ring notebook for bookto hold the book, supply list and workshop handouts (important—please bring; you will receive a punched handout of instructions in class).
  • a few sheets of blank paper (for optional note-taking)
  • pen or pencil for notes
  • rotary cutter with new sharp blade
  • Sharpie or identa-pen permanent marker
  • 1 spool sewing thread to match fabric (do not select hand quilting thread)wind 1-2 bobbins in advance
  • glass-headed sewing pins (.5 fine shaft is good)
  • sewing machine needlessize 70 or 80 (Quilting, Topstitch, Denim, or Sharp recommendednot Universal or Ballpoint needles)
  • seam ripper
  • design surfacelarge piece of flannel, flannel-backed tablecloth or white felt (listed above)
  • safety pins to secure pieces to design surface (listed above)

Optional Equipment

  • heavy-duty extension cord; multi-outlet power strip
  • colored pencils (for coloring the design before class)
  • sack lunch (check with program organizer regarding meal provisions)
  • Recommended for taller students to prevent back pain experienced during workshops when cutting on a low surface: table leg extenders4 pieces 1-1/4" PVC pipe, pre-cut in one of the following lengths: 11",12" or 13". I am 5'6" and use the 11" length to elevate a table for cutting station.
  • reading glasses if you use them
  • 2 rubber door stops to tilt the sewing machine toward you in class
  • seat cushion / suitcase or trolley on wheels
  • camera (a digital camera is useful for quilt design & recording your work. Strongly encouraged.)

Quilt Schematic – for color placement

Supply List Tips & Tools

  1.  Supply List Q & A
  2.  Quarter inch presserfeet
  3.  Sewing machine needles
  4.  Quilt skill levels
  5.  Stilettos and other tools
  6.  Sewing machine walking feet
  7.  Table leg extenders

  8.  Roxanne's Glue Baste-it
  9.  3M Command Strips & Clips
10. Singer Featherweight information
11. Quilter's Cut 'n Press Board
12. Quilter's Quick Quarter ruler
13. Sewing Machine Extension Tables
14. Calibrate 1/4 inch Seam Allowances


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