Friday, January 22, 2010

Northumberland Star

Barbara Brackmann # 2201 b : "Northumberland Star or Eight-pointed Star"

When blocks have Flying Geese on the diagonal, and you want them to finish at a certain size (e.g. the 6" that this blog aims towards), it isn't possible to make the geese the fast way that has been used in the previous blocks.
The Flying Geese in this block measure 1.06 x 2.12". This - happily - coincides with the diagonal measurments on the 1.5" HST (2.12" on the diagonal) and 1.5" QST (1.06" on the diagonal).


Fabric 1 (Background / Light)
4 HST, 3"
5" square

4 squares. 1.5" - not printable
4" square (cut each square 2")

4 HST, 1.5"
3 x 5.25"

Fabric 2 (medium)
2.12" square
Either cut 2 5/8" (2.625") or use the diagonal of the 1.5" HST for "ruler"

Fabric 3 (dark)
16 HST, 1.5"
5.75" square

Making the block :
When making the component parts of this block, be careful. You have bias all over the place, but that is so you can have the grain the right way in most of the pieces of the block once it is finished.

Make 4 Flying Geese the old-fashioned way, using one 1.5" HST of background-fabric, with two 1.5" QST

Join two 1.5" QST to two adjacent sides of each of the four background-fabric squares.

Join a Flying Goose to each of the square-with-QSTriangles units

Lay out the block

Join a 3" QST to each side of two of the Flying Geese units.

Join a Flying Goose unit to two opposite sides of the fabric-2 square

Join the three units

Finished !

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