Monday 5 November 2018

Patchsmith Sampler Block 36 - Moonlit Star

Block 36 - Moonlit Star
Before we start on this week’s Moonlit Star block I just want to remind you that there is a typo in paragraph 9 and R9 of the pattern – it should read “With right sides together place a marked (J) square .....” - the diagrams are correct.

Okay - let’s get on with this gorgeous block. The directions in the book allow you to have the moon facing to the West as shown above or facing to the East as shown below. Either way the steps are the same up until step 9.
Block 36 - East Facing Moonlit Star

To begin with, for either direction, you will need to make three flying geese units and one slightly larger ‘goose’ unit as detailed at steps 1 to 4 of the pattern.
Three regular flying geese and one fatter goose!

Once this is done you can construct the star unit with the moon on the right-hand side.
Follow steps 5 to 8 with the moon on the right-hand-side.

Then if you want a West facing moon just continue with steps 9 to 12 of the pattern. But, if you want an East facing moon, you will need to flip the star unit and follow steps R9 to R12 detailed on page 39.
Flip the star if you want an East facing moon.

East or West you should end up with a lovely 6½” Moonlit Star block (unfinished size) which should light up any project or quilt. Once done pop over to Instagram and share a photo (#block36moonlitstar).  Or post one in the Flickr group.  

Next week we make the hardest block in the book - Block 37 - Elephant. Until then .....


  1. How do I enlarge this block to a 10 inch block. I have the book but all of the patterns are for 6 inch.

    1. Hi,
      I have a page which details how to enlarge a pattern. To enlarge a 6" block to a 10" block will require an enlargement of about 175% - but this is just an approximation. You could play around with printing the block pattern at different percentages, starting at 175% and see if that fits your needs.
      You can find the blog article here: