Morning Star Quilt Block-Sampler Quilt Along


This block idea came from a block called Morning Sun in the 1898 Ladies Arts Catalog.


Illustration from The Quilter’s Album of Blocks & Borders by Jinny Beyer

I took the flying geese blocks and pointed the point out instead of pointing it in to make a star.  I thought it look better so it don’t look like a star but the rest of it is just like that pattern. All the fabric in this block came from the pile of small scraps.  I had eight flying geese that measured 2 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches from a project 7 years ago.  Some of them were a little wonky but I fixed them.  Two of them were a little bit different fabric that was in the same color way.  I also had left over from that project a fussy cut center block that I cut down to 4 1/2 inches square. Plus four 3/12 inches squares that would work in the corners.


The fabric in the corners was not large enough for 4 1/2 inches square block so I had a strip of brown that was the right shade that was 1 1/2 wide that I used to make that block the right size. The Morning Sun block also framed the corners like this.  The block is based on a nine square grid.

To make the eight 2 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches flying geese you will need to cut two 6 inches square of  light color fabric and cut two 4 1/2 inches square of dark fabric.   To see how these geese are constructed from the squares, the instructions are on this post:


In this close up you can see that I chose to turn the flying geese the opposite direction from the original pattern.  Also this shows a close up of the border on the corner blocks and how the strip was sewn on in the corner.


Assemble the flying geese blocks into four 4 1/2 square blocks.  Take four 3 1/2 inches square blocks and add 1 1/2 inch strip boarders on 2 sides of the block like shown in the above picture.  Follow the lay out of the picture and sew together like a nine patch block.  The block will be 12 1/2 inches square unfinished.

One Comment Add yours

  1. monkeyneedle says:

    I love how you recreated the block to make it your own. It looks completely different when not made into a star


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