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Old Block Quilt-Along, Part 8: The Corner Star

Andrea from Quiltmanufaktur and author for the German BERNINA blog is your guide for this fantastic quilt-along over the next 12 months. Together, you will sew classic patchwork blocks and combine them into a sampler. The completed quilt will be traditional, yet modern! The next part has been written and we are delighted that you join this quilt project.

Welcome to the next fantastic block for the Old Block Quilt-Along! This time we are sewing “The Corner Star”:

Other names for this block are “Cluster of Lilies” (KC Star), “Pond Lily” (Needlecraft Supply), “Lily Quilt Pattern” (Ladies Art Company) and “Des Moines” (Heart & Home). The most important difference between these blocks and “The Corner Star” is the way the center block is made. The “Corner Star” block was published in the “Kansas City Star” in 1939. 

To give you an idea of how blocks were published in newspapers and magazines, I have as an example a newspaper clipping of the “Cluster of Lilies” from the Kansas City Star:

We are sewing “The Corner Star” patchwork block

“The Corner Star” patchwork block measures 10.5 inches.

Four “Flying Geese” block pieces are made using the FPP technique. All the other pieces are cut out using pattern templates.

Download the patchwork templates

For cutting out, I have created three PDF documents to download:

  • The first is a coloring sheet. This allows you to try out colors and designs for this block to see what they look like.
  • On the second PDF you will find the templates for the foundation paper piecing
  • and on the third you will find the pattern templates.

On the PDFs with the FPP templates and the pattern templates, I have put a control square with a side length of 1 inch so that you can check whether your printout of the templates is the right size. It is important to set your print options to “Actual size”.

Here are the downloads:

“The Corner Star” coloring sheet

“The Corner Star” FPP templates

“The Corner Star” pattern templates

Cutting out the pattern pieces

You will need to cut out the following number of pieces:

  • Template A: 8 x background fabric
  • Template D: 4 x patterned fabric
  • Template E: 4 x patterned fabric
  • Template F: 1 x patterned fabric
  • Template G: 4 x background fabric

8 “Flying Geese” pieces in the FPP technique

Sewing “The Corner Star” patchwork block

First, sew the 8 foundation paper piecing sections. Then you can lay out all the pattern pieces again, including the FPP sections.

The block is made by working outwards from the middle section. The first step is to join together the middle section.

Next, sew the two opposite corner pieces onto the middle section of the block.

To complete the middle section of the block, sew on the two other opposite triangles.

Now come the outer rows of the patchwork block. Join the individual block pieces together for the top and bottom as well as for the right and left sides of the center block.

Now, following the block pattern, sew the two left and right segments of the block onto the middle section.

The last step is to join the two top and bottom segments onto the middle block section, and your “The Corner Star” is now finished!

I’m very excited to see your blocks! Please share your finished blocks in the Community section of the Old Block Quilt-Along or on Instagram and Facebook, using the hashtag #BERNINAOldBlockSampler.

New here?

Have you only just discovered the quilt-along? No problem! You can join at any time. Registration is not required, and you can win a BERNINA 570 QE! All the posts will remain permanently available at the following link: Old Block Quilt-Along – overview of all the posts

In the first post, which was the invitation to participate in the quilt-along, you will find the important initial information about our joint project:

Old Block Quilt-Along – who’s in?

You can find the rest of the blocks from the quilt-along that have already been published here:

Old Block Quilt-Along, Part 1: “Bride’s Bouquet”

Old Block Quilt-Along, Part 2: “Quilter’s Delight”

 Old Block Quilt-Along, Part 3: “Bird’s Nest”

Old Block Quilt-Along, Part 4: “Cross and Star”

Old Block Quilt-Along, Part 5: “Morning Star”

Old Block Quilt-Along, Part 6: “Mill and Stars”

Old Block Quilt-Along, Part 7: “Altar Steps”

That was quite an easy task today, wasn’t it? I hope you still had fun and we’ll see you again for the next block!

Enjoy your sewing,


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  • Ruth Lozano

    Hi, When this QAL started I complained because the English versions of the blocks were appearing slowly. I wanted to send a comment today to say that now the blocks are coming thick and fast! Thank you for your original reply and thank you for the blocks that have been posted so regularly. I am really enjoying them and they are keeping me busy.

    • ramonawirth

      Dear Ruth,
      Thank you for your kind words, it really makes us happy to see our teams efforts to optimize the translation /publication process has been noticed 🙂 I forwarded your comment to the team and we hope you will enjoy the coming blocks just as much. Happy sewing!

      Ramona from BERNINA International

  • Marsha Hill

    I have tried repeatedly and cannot get the coloring sheet to download,  The others are fine

    • ramonawirth

      Dear Marsha,

      It still works for me, I dont know if maybe your browser or Firewall is blocking something. Does it work with a different browser perhaps? I will send you the file via email.

      Kind regards, Ramona from BERNINA International

      • Marsha Hill

        I got the blocks you sent me.  Sorry for the late response to your kindness.  I did not try the website again, just downloaded the link you sent me.  Have a great day.


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