Free Motion Friday – Night Sky Quilt Blocks


Happy Friday peeps! We’re doing things a little different today — I took step by step pictures of the quilt I’m working on right now! It’s a Night Sky Quilt (pattern by Jaybird Quilts)

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This is the unquilted block. I have already stitched in the ditch all around the outside of the star.

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I’m starting here on my block,

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Then travelling through the ditch to this point.

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Next, I used a 2.5″ circle template to stitch the curve through the point — trying to go from corner to corner.

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Then I echoed this line again with the circle template, and filled the inside with some loops.

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I travelled in the ditch to the center,

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Then all the way through the center of the star to the opposite point. Then I repeated the design in the point, the same as on the opposite side.

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Then, I traveled through the ditch up the point of the star,

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And over to the next point. Then repeat all these steps until all six points are quilted.

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Then I travel to the centre of the star.

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Using the lines on my ruler I aim for 1/2″ from the corner of the diamond, stopping 1/2″ from both sides of the diamond.

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I then follow the edge of the diamond 1/2″ away from the piecing line, until I hit the black. I then travel 1/2″ down the diamond, and again quilt 1/2″ from my last quilting line, until I’m 1/2″ from the corner.

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Like this 😀

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Then back to the center.

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Then repeat on the other side of the diamond, and repeat in all six star points.

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And here is the finished block!

Thanks for stopping by! If you’d like your quilt to be a part of FMF, email a picture of your quilt to kathleen(at)

Later days!

Love FMF? Check out one of my classes at the Australian Machine Quilters Festival! Try “How Do I Quilt That” which is pretty much FMF in real life! See you there!


11 responses to “Free Motion Friday – Night Sky Quilt Blocks

  1. This is just wonderful, Kathleen! I love the effects you get with just a straight ruler. Looking at the classes you’ll be teaching at QuiltCon East, I think your students are going to learn a heck of a lot of good quilting information. Keep up the super work!

  2. Thanks for sharing your process with us. Love how the diamonds look with the lines crossing at the tips rather than individual diamonds.

  3. So excited to find your blog! And I just bought that ruler foot in Paducah!!! Will you be finishing the tutorial of Technicolor Galaxy now that the rest of the pattern has been published?

  4. Kathleen, what batting did you use and are you using the stitch regulator? What stitch length are you set as? I struggle with consistent stitches both regulated and not on my Millie. Thank you.

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