Here is my Northumberland Star. When I first saw this block I thought, "Oh, how pretty!" But when I read the instructions, I was not sure if I wanted to do it. It sounded complicated and it was, taking hours and hours to complete! I was up until 3:00am last night! Fortunately I did not have to unsew anything, because I am sure I would have given up if I had. I used the fabrics that were closest to my machine and some mauve that was in my scrap box. I love how this block turned out, but I don't think I will ever have the patience to make it again.
I read that this block was first introduced in America around 1910. It is said to have come from Northumberland in northeast England. I found several other sites which featured this block. They were all created differently. I think the quilterscache method is the most difficult. But that's just my opinion.