Spinning Star Block for Jen

I will admit that I was’t really sure what to do with Jen’s June Bee request of ‘Maker’s Choice’.  I thought it would be a good opportunity to design something, but my June was just crazy busy at work so I didn’t really have the mental space to dream up something new.  By mid July I was really late and was looking for something kind of straight forward to do, but in the end I wanted to at least try something new.  I gathered a bunch of blocks on Pinterest and considered a few, but I kept coming back to this one:

Spinning Star

photo credit – Paula Storm designs

I’m pretty good at figuring out how blocks go together, but this one I just could not get.  I tried a few times to find the pattern source for the block, but all the images I found on Pinterest only linked back to photos of the blocks.  Finally on Saturday night I had a breakthrough and found the pattern and a tutorial here.  It’s from a quilt along designed by Paula Storm.

This site has a link to a pattern page.  The tutorial shows how to do the foundation piecing with freezer paper and how to do the middle block that includes an inset seam.

Here is my block:


Putting it together really wasn’t that hard, and the tutorial helped a lot.  The only issue I had is that when I print the pattern page the 1″ scale on the page comes out about 1/8″ too small.  I’ve never had this problem with a pattern I’ve printed from an online source and I’m not sure how to get it to the right size – it is already set to print to actual size on the printer settings.  My block came out a bit small, but as it doesn’t seem Jen is going to put these together in to a quilt I’m hoping it doesn’t matter.  🙂  I might try and draw up my own version to get it to finish at 10″ and then make a few for a quilt of my own!

Let me know if you try out the block and if you have the same pattern size problem that I had.  I’d love to see more versions.

Ann, Brown Paws Quilting





10 thoughts on “Spinning Star Block for Jen

  1. Hi Ann,
    What a stunning block. I’m a huge star fan, but have never seen a center quite like this before. I haven’t done paper piecing for eons but this just might inspire me to give it a shot again. Thank you for sharing the link after all your searching! Happy Tuesday! ~smile~ Roseanne


    • Thanks! I hope you try it out. This paper piecing technique was interesting – it was using freezer paper. You don’t sew on the lines in the paper, but rather fold back the paper and sew along the edge of it. It takes a lot of prep time to get the freezer paper pattern together, but you can reuse it and you don’t have to tear off all the paper at the end.
      Give it a shot! 🙂

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      • I did bookmark/PIN it and printed out the instructions, but I don’t know if making it will happen any time soon. It looks HARD but so worth it. ~smile~ Roseanne


  2. Thanks for the link Anne! I checked out the block through your tag on Instagram and I was mightily impressed! Yours is without doubt the best amongst them (not just saying that)


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