Paper piecing the Night Sky

This weeks Paper Piecing Monday is all about the Night Sky.  This week I have and will be playing with the background blocks for my Starry Night quilt.  My strategy is to use all those scrap pieces of patterns I have printed and lying around the office, with most of them so far being 6 inches square.

I started last week with a half log cabin…

half log cabinand this week I added some paper pieced crazy blocks….

Crazy blocksome left over star pattern pieces from Carol Doak’s book…

Carol Doak leftoverssome strange flower log cabin pattern I found in amongst the paper pile…

Flowerand of course there has to be some flying geese….

Flying geeseI have decided to go with the majority of the sky being paper pieced, as it will make piecing the quilt top together much easier.  I find that piecing paper pieced blocks and traditionally pieced blocks together can be fraught with size issues and usually if there is a large enough amount of traditional piecing I remove the paper from my blocks so that everything is “paper less”.  If I am just sashing blocks then the paper stays on… it is the best way to ensure accuracy.

So the sky is underway… and despite the disparate style of blocks, they seem to work together well.

Night sky wipOkay I admit there is an insanity to this activity but it is kind of fun.  There is no right or wrong… just lots and lots of navy blue, and a smattering of purple.  Quilting heaven for me.

21 thoughts on “Paper piecing the Night Sky

  1. this is great! I wonder if anyone has ever tried to hand piece on paper piecing. Other than removing the paper, I think it would be a great portable project.

  2. Hi Cath, Love seeing your work and am inspired by your color choices. Being predominantly a hand piecer (but having found your blog am giving foundation piecing a go), I would love to see an update on your hexie quilt though. Any chance of this in the near future? 🙂

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