Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Star is Born

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.


Librarynan said...

Nice job, Hetty. I realy like your blue Batiks.

floribunda... aka Julie said...

I'm just looking at the block thinking it would be easier to do it with a bunch of flying geese and some extra background triangles instead of all that fussy little stuff... but your block looks great!

Quilt Pixie said...

gret job! I may explore some of the other instructions as the quilter's cache one's do look rather daunting!

jan said...

Hey Hetty, great job on the block and the colours you used are perfect together too. I am getting a bit behind, I was anyway, but I will catch up, I promise.
I agree some of the instructions on how to make the blocks on QC are crazy to say the least. I study the block then do it my own way - as is my wont!!

Vicki said...

Wonderful block Hetty. I looked at the instructions and thought OUCH!!!! I kept looking at it thinking there must be an easier way. I think I might explore and see if there is a diferent way to make it. It is a very attractive block and I love your choice in fabrics.