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Other center-patch stars

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Northumberland Star

Northumberland Star

Clara Stone's foursquare 8-point star was published in Practical Needlework in 1906.

We call it "foursquare" because while the better-known LeMoyne and Virginia stars are drawn up on on circle grids, the Northumberland is based on a simple grid of 12 squares by 12.

The result is that the Northumberland Star's diamonds are not equilateral; instead, the sides are two pairs of different lengths. Whether you want to call them diamonds at all is up to you.

If the center pattern seems familiar, that's because it looks very much like a Variable Star, a variation of the Ohio Star (click here to see both):

To see the LeMoyne and Virginia stars, click here:

Jupiter Star
Jupiter Star
Star of Jupiter/A Jupiter of Many Points

This block was first published in the Kansas City Star in June 1934 and republished, as the KCS tended to do, in May 1956. This time, however, it was an accidental repeat: The two blocks had two different illustrations and were sent in by two different readers, one from Kansas and one from Oklahoma.

It makes a gorgeous whole quilt. Click on the block graphic to see a mockup.

When we drew up the block on the computer, we found that our octagonal center patch was a tad smaller than the one in the KCS illustrations. Apparently you can't emulate the block without either using the KCS pattern or tracing it.

We've since noticed that Jinny Beyer's Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns also regularizes the block. We didn't cut apart the pattern pieces and extrapolate the proportions of the pieces from the measurements. We were gardening today and we're just too tired. So let's just say: If Jinny Beyer did it that way, it's okay by us.

If you would like to make your block exactly like the KCS version, click on the "Make It!" icon above. Heck, we'll even give you our diagram too.

Star of North

Star of North Carolina

The first Ladies Art Company catalog with pictures, published in 1896, includes the first 400 blocks of the LAC's collection. This block, the LAC's #474, was published in 1922.

Like Jupiter Star, this star is drawn on a star (polar) grid, so that the points all end on a circle. Like Jupiter Star, the block's corners are triangles. See how the two compare as whole quilts by clicking on the graphic.