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…
and this week I added some paper pieced crazy blocks….
some left over star pattern pieces from Carol Doak’s book…
some strange flower log cabin pattern I found in amongst the paper pile…
and of course there has to be some flying geese….
I 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.
Okay 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”
What fun! I must learn how to thread a needle one of these days. 😉
I have a needle and thread I could lend you….
Hey Cath, they look gorgeous and I like them a lot better as if they were all the same — I think the crazyness will look amazing!
Thanks. I was unsure at first but I agree the crazy will work.
Ooooh, exciting! If you’re working on sky instead of stars, we must be nearly there! Lots and lots of deep, dark, beautiful blue….
We are near the end…kind of. I have not out it all in the design wall yet but hope to see what I need some time this week. I am a little scared that I will be overwhelmed by what needs to be done.
Overwhelm yourself instead with the magnitude of what you’ve already done! It is going to be sooooooo beautiful.
Thanks Kate. That is a much better pov.
Hi!!!! I love it!!!! It is beautiful!!!!
Looks like quilting heaven to me as well! All those beautiful blues and purples.
really interesting! all of that pattern going on, but the cohesiveness of the colors just makes it work! I love it!
I cannot wait to see more, it is amazing!!!!
I really like where you’re going with this.
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.
They work really well together and I am totally smitten by your colors here!
Random definitely works!
These are all lovely! I can wait to see them with the star blocks!
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? 🙂
Next week I will try and get an update up. I did some more hand work last week end.
I Love the idea of using and combiining all those bits of pp patterns. I’ve got loads of them.