Northumberland Star Quilt Block

Northumberland star quilt block

Northumberland star quilt block

This Northumberland Star quilt block is my slightly simplified version of the traditional design.  I have made it as a 24″ square – a very big block – but to make it any smaller would have meant using very small patches indeed.

I have used three different blues – light, medium and dark – with a white background.  The original Northumberland star quilt block has dark blue triangles in the middle – I have extended them to make dark blue diamonds because I thought that I liked them better that way.

Cutting requirements for the Northumberland star quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  twelve white, twenty medium blue

2.7/8″ squares:  four each in light blue and white, four each in medium blue and light blue, eight each in medium blue and white, eight each in dark blue and white

8.1/2″ squares:  four white

Making the Northumberland star quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.

This block can be put together in nine sections.  The corners are just 8.1/2″ white squares, so that’s easy enough.  You’ll need four of these.

Central section of the block

Central section of the block

The section in the middle is made with four rows of four squares.  There are four white squares, four medium blue squares and eight dark blue/white half square triangles.  The dark blue triangles are placed so that two of them combine to form a larger blue triangle pointing towards the middle.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the central section.  You need just one of these.

Remaining sections

Remaining sections

The remaining sections of the Northumberland star quilt block are also made using four rows of four squares.  The top row is made with two white squares and two light blue/white half square triangles.  The second row is made with a light blue/medium blue half square triangle on each end and two medium blue/white half square triangles between them.  The third row is made with a medium blue square at each end and two medium blue/white half square triangles between them.  The final row has a medium blue square at each end and two dark blue/white half square triangles between them.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  You’ll need to make four of this section.

Northumberland star quilt block layout

Northumberland star quilt block layout

Assembling the Northumberland star quilt block

Lay the sections out in three rows of three.  Rotate the sections around the central square so that the dark blue triangles combine to form diamonds with the dark blue triangles in the central section.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Northumberland star quilt block.

Quilt with basic Northumberland star

Quilt with basic Northumberland star

I came up with several ideas for quilt designs.  Just putting several of the Northumberland star quilt blocks together was a little uninteresting.

Four dark blue/white corners

Four dark blue/white corners

3 dark blue/white, 1 red/white corner

3 dark blue/white, 1 red/white corner

Then I tried changing the white corner squares to half square triangles (using 8.7/8″ squares of each colour), using first just dark blue/white half square triangles and then trying it with three blue and one red corner.  I felt that these gave far more to look at within the quilt.

Here’s the video:

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  1. thanks for this one, I am originally from Northumberland so this will tempt me to do it.
    Maggie

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