Block 11 in the I Wish You A Merry QAL

I am so excited!


It’s time for Block 11 in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long! I named it simply North Star and I am so pleased to have designed this block.  I was thinking of many more complicated versions, at first, but settled on one that I hope is accessible to quilters of all skill levels. 

I love stars and looking at them at night.  I spend part of my time in Maine and it is amazing the number of stars in the sky on a clear night.  Now, I am not so sure I could have them direct me anywhere, I am much happier using an app with GPS to get me there.

Please enjoy making this star!  I am so looking forward to seeing your interpretations of my design.  I am truly humbled by the amount of people who are working so hard on all these blocks and have followed along for so many weeks on this journey.  You are almost there!!!!

Instructions for North Star

Without further dithering, here are the instructions.  There are two versions, one for paper piecing and one for using a Tri-Recs™ Ruler.

Please download before printing.  

Also be sure you DO NOT HAVE print to fit checked.  

North Star Paper Piecing Instructions           
 North Star Tric-Recs™ Instructions

If you need to purchase a ruler, you can find them at Amazon* (and other places).

Remember, that each of the following bloggers are my hosts and specific hints that will help you and also many fun and different versions of the same block.  It is so gratifying to see the hard work each of these quilters has put into the I Wish You A Merry QAL!  Please visit and see their tips.

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca at Pretty Piney

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Diane at Cwilt

Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts

Sandy at SandyStar Designs

Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Vanda at Quilt in Piece


There are giveaways for this block too!  Hard to believe that the prizes just keep on coming.

First:  A binding baby, donated by Shari at Doohikey Designs.  Aren’t they just the cutest things!

Second:  Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter, one of my friends from the 2017 NewQuiltBloggers group, where we met and conceived this Block Party,  has donated a pdf pattern of your choice.  Jennifer is so supportive of other bloggers; it has been really fun to get to know her in the blogsphere.

How do I enter the Giveway?  

There are three ways to enter, BUT, whichever one you choose must be done by December 4, 2017 at midnight EST.   You do not have to finish every block to enter this giveaway – that’s the good news – but you do have to finish the one to be eligible for these prizes and you must upload a picture.

Please upload a photo of your finished block to either:

  1. my Linky Party at An InLinkz Link-up  OR
  2. the Facebook Group I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long   OR
  3. Instagram using #iwishyouamerryqal

Don’t forget the grand prize:

There is a fabulous grand prize package (thread, fabric, batting, patterns and more), and if you have been working along, or decide to play catch-up you can win!  We encourage you to finish the top.

You are eligible to win the grand prize if you:
1)  finish your quilt top including all 12 blocks (it does not have to be quilted)
2)  post a picture of your finished quilt.
3)  do both of these thing by 11:59 PM EST January 15, 2018.  

Thank you for joining us in this journey,

Disclaimer: *Links with asterisk indicate an affiliate link and as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Your price is not any different, but a small percentage of the sale will go to supporting my blog.


  1. Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter
    November 21, 2017 / 6:36 AM

    This block was so much fun! I especially love the piping in the corners that create the star rays. Thanks so much for the pattern!

    • Kathleen
      November 21, 2017 / 2:33 PM

      Thanks Jennifer. It was fun to design and fun to watch everyone’s versions.

  2. Vanda Chittenden
    November 21, 2017 / 6:51 AM

    Love this block, thank you for the great design.

    • Kathleen
      November 21, 2017 / 2:34 PM

      Thank you Vanda! Appreciate so much the work you have all done.

  3. Becca // Pretty Piney
    November 21, 2017 / 11:19 AM

    This was fun! I love the added touch of that piping. It adds that special je ne sais quoi.

    • Kathleen
      November 21, 2017 / 2:33 PM

      Thanks, Becca. Had to find a simple on and a way to make it my own!

  4. Home Sewn By Us
    November 21, 2017 / 12:43 PM

    Hi Kathleen,Thank you so much for sharing your block 11 with us. Ooh, it is so pretty and really brings the other blocks together. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Kathleen
      November 21, 2017 / 2:32 PM

      Thanks, Roseanne! Look forward to seeing your version!

  5. Anonymous
    November 22, 2017 / 12:21 PM

    Great block Kathleen! C3

    • Kathleen
      November 23, 2017 / 4:35 PM

      Thanks, Chris. Eventhough my blog doesn’t like to let me know who you are, I do know!

  6. Kathleen
    November 23, 2017 / 4:32 PM

    Thanks, Abbie. It was so much fun!

  7. Sally
    November 24, 2017 / 4:32 PM

    These files are very large and are giving my old printer fits. Can you make them smaller? Beautiful block!

    • Kathleen
      November 24, 2017 / 4:49 PM

      Thank you! I send you smaller files, let me know if this works.

    • Marian
      November 26, 2017 / 3:29 PM

      A stunning pattern, ty for creating this for us.

    • Kathleen
      November 27, 2017 / 11:58 PM

      Thank you, Marian. It was fun to think of something for many skill levels and come up with a twist that was mine.

  8. Sue
    December 2, 2017 / 4:57 PM

    This is a great block Kathleen!

    • Kathleen
      December 3, 2017 / 1:00 PM

      Thanks, Sue. It was fun to design.

  9. kathleenquilts
    June 12, 2018 / 4:36 PM

    testing replies…. I should get this comment

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