I’ve used the Broken Star quilt block together with trumpet cornerstones to make this pretty quilt. It measures 42″ square and I’ve used 1.1/4 yards of white fabric, 1 yard each of yellow and brown together with 1/2 yard of orange.

I’ve used flying geese units within the block – don’t be worried if you haven’t made these before. They really are very simple to make.

### Cutting requirements for the broken star quilt

6.7/8″ by 3.7/8″ rectangles: four white, eight yellow, eight brown

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles: four white

3.7/8″ squares: thirty two white, eight orange

6.1/2″ squares: five white

3.1/2″ squares: four white

For the borders you will need four 3.1/2″ strips each of orange, yellow and brown together with sixteen 5″ squares each in brown and yellow.

### Make the flying geese units

There are many ways of making flying geese units, but I have chosen the most straightforward way this time. Place a 6.7/8″ by 3.7/8″ rectangle with right sides up. Lay a 3.7/8″ square right sides together on one side of the rectangle. Mark a line along the diagonal of the square and sew along the line.

Cut the fabric 1/4″ away from the seam (in the photo this step is middle left). Discard the two triangles that you have cut off (brown and orange) and press the remaining part of the square open.

Place another square right sides together on the other side of the rectangle. Repeat the above step, drawing a line along the diagonal, trimming off excess fabric and pressing the triangle open. There is a different method of making flying geese here.

You need to make eight flying geese units in yellow and white, four in brown and orange, four in white and orange. Trim them to 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″, making sure to trim from all four edges.

### Make the broken star quilt block

The top and bottom sections of this block are the same as each other. These sections consist of two rows. Make the first row with a 6.1/2″ white square at each end, then a yellow/white flying geese unit. In the centre place a 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle with an orange/white flying geese unit beneath it. For the second row place a yellow/white flying geese unit at each end, then a 3.1/2″ white square with a brown/orange flying geese in the middle. Check the photo to make sure that you have the flying geese units correctly placed.

Sew the white rectangle and orange/white flying geese together first and then sew the patchwork pieces together across the rows. Sew the two rows to each other. Make two of these sections – one for the top of the block and the other to be placed upside down for the bottom section.

To make the middle row place a 6.1/2″ white square at each end and in the middle. On either side of the central square place a brown/orange and a white/orange flying geese unit.

Sew the pieces together across the row.

Here you can see the full layout of the broken star quilt block when the three sections of the block have been sewn together. Now you just need to sew the three sections to each other.

### Add the quilt border

Sew together 3.1/2″ strips of brown, yellow and orange. Make four of these and cut them to give strips 24.1/2″ long by 9.1/2″ wide.

Sew one to the top of the broken star block and one to the bottom.

### Make the trumpet units

For the cornerstones I am indebted to Jennie Rayment. She’s a star and if you ever have the chance to take one of her workshops then do grab the opportunity. She always provides lots of information and lots of laughs.

I am using four trumpets for each corner unit. Fold a yellow 5″ square along one diagonal with right sides together. Then fold the resulting triangle in half to make a smaller triangle. This has all the raw edges along one side, a fold on the second side and two folded layers on the third side. This last is the open edge.

Place a yellow triangle along one edge of a brown 5″ square. The side of the triangle with all raw edges lies along the edge of the square.

Place a second brown square right sides together on top of the first square. Sew the edge that encloses the triangle to join the two squares with the yellow triangle appearing now between the two squares.

Press the triangle flat to make a pouch. and press. Make eight of these units.

### Complete the corner units

Lay two of the units with the open edges of the yellow triangles furthest from the middle. Place two more yellow triangles to lie along the top of the bottom unit, meeting in the middle. Make sure that the open edges of the triangles are at the ends away from the middle.

Flip the top unit down right sides together with the bottom unit and sew the two units together.

Flatten the triangles and press.

Sew one corner unit to each end of the two remaining border strips. Add one strip to each side of the quilt.

There are several ways of securing the trumpets in place. I have chosen to add a few stitches to either side of each trumpet just at the corners where my finger is pointing in the photo.

That completes the broken star quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

Last week I visited the Malvern Autumn Show. The flowers on display were absolutely beautiful. I was fired with enthusiasm and bought loads of spring bulbs although I could never hope to arrange my flowers as beautifully as the displays at the show.

They also had a section of giant vegetables which was fun to see. These leeks must have been several feet long.

Although this isn’t a brilliant photo I thought that it would give you an idea of the size of these vegetables when seen beside people.

I had a problem on my way home which made it into a long day. Birmingham was holding its first 100 mile bike race, Velo Birmingham. It was a tremendous success (well done Birmingham!) but there were lots and lots of road closures. My area seemed to be shut off completely and it took me ages to find a way home.