Starry Night Part 2 – Paper Piecing Monday

After some of the discussions about the complexity (or not) of last week’s block, I decided to do a really simple block this week.

Braided Star block 1This block, which measures only 8″ x 8″, was made using a free paper piecing pattern by Moira McSpadden at The Quilted Snail.   I thought my Starry Night quilt would work best if I vary the size of some of the blocks – my usual Paper Piecing Monday size is 12″ x 12″.   This block only uses a mere 18 pieces of fabric and is really quick and easy to make.

paper pieced star

It is so easy to make I made two…

Braided star block 2

If I am honest I made this block first but was not completely happy with it so made the other version.

18 thoughts on “Starry Night Part 2 – Paper Piecing Monday

  1. This is so pretty. I really want to try this but have to find some time for the 101 “other” things I need to do first. 🙂

    • I know what you mean. I have 8 tops needing quilting and 6 projects that need finishing. There are not enough hours in the day and definitely not enough quilting elves to go around.

  2. Your blog (as a whole) is just divine.

    I’m Very Very new to quilting (as in, not yet made anything but booked on a course to learn) This block is beautiful, it looks incredibly intricate to me. I don’t think I could ever describe it as simple 🙂

    • Welcome to the wonderful world of quilting. I really hope you enjoy your course and the quilting process. When I first started quilting paper piecing was how I did all my blocks…it allowed me to do intricate as well as simple blocks easily. As you get more experience you should give this block a go. You might find it easier than you think.

  3. I thought I saw a completed full quilt of this when I first found it the other night but I cannot find it now . Do you happen to have a link to a completed starry night quilt?

  4. I would love to make this Braided Star (I am attempting a version of your Starry Nights quilt yippee! LOL so she says now ;-)))) but unfortunately Moira has either shut down The Quilted Snail web site or lost her hosting or something. The link goes to a GoDaddy “This site is expired but the domain is parked free” page. Do you know where else she (or you) have the PDF templates for this star block? A search on Pinterest actually just comes back to you–and I love your library of stars in the free templates area!! Thank you! Some of the other links there are also broken (404 or domain available) but I guess if I’m going to try using links from 2013 and 2014 when it’s now 2021 that’s just what I get HAHA

    Thanks again for not closing down YOUR blog anyway! You have one of the most inspiring paper piecing sites because your color choices are always so unusual and engaging. Please keep going! I totally missed out on the #paperpiecingMonday series!


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