Rainbow Star

Rainbow / Color Wheel Paper Piecing Star Wall Hanging


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You know I love making paper piecing patterns.  As soon as I have an idea in my head, I love to draw it up using Adobe Illustrator, draft the pattern and then can’t wait to see it transformed into a quilt block.  However, I also hate unfinished projects.  Last week I had to make that choice.  Even though I had a couple of patterns drafted and waiting to be be sewn, I noticed that I also had accumulated three quilt-tops that needed to be quilted.  Mustering up monumental willpower, I put the stack of printed patterns aside and pulled out the Rainbow Star quilt-top from the stack and started working on it, and you know what?  I was happy I did.



Milky Way | Whims And Fancies



Photo of the Milky Way taken during a camping trip at Tioga Pass, California


I was captivated by the night sky when I was about 5 years old.  It is one of my earliest memories.  I remember looking up at the night sky during a power outage and being mesmerized by the pinpricks of light, and that was enough to last a lifetime.  Over the years, I acquired a couple of telescopes and started studying the scientific aspects of the night sky.  I get so much of my inspiration from the night sky, even when designing quilt blocks.



starlight converging paper piecing pattern


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It all started with this block called Starlight Converging to represent the birth of a star. This was going to be the only block I was going to make – a small 10″x10″ wall hanging.

This block was put aside for a week or so because I was trying to figure out how I was going to quilt this piece. In the meantime, I was reading a astronomy paper on stars and I wanted to make an opposite block – Starlight Diverging!



Starlight Diverging - Paper Piecing Pattern


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Starlight Diverging was inspired by supernova explosion.  It is not hard, but it contains a lot of sections.  Each colour has two sections, and there are 12 colours.  However, each section has only 3-4 parts and I had nothing to line up.  That was the pay-off for having that many sections.



A New Star - Paper Piecing Rainbow Pattern


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How could I have Starlight Converging and Starlight Diverging and not have a New Star?!  This was easiest and super quick to make.  I found it very helpful to cut the white pieces out first.



Rainbow / Color Wheel Paper Piecing Star Wall Hanging


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I put all the blocks together to make a wall hanging called Rainbow Star.


Because I occasionally draw/paint, I wanted to make a colour wheel wall hanging one day. These blocks presented a perfect opportunity to use rainbow colours or colour wheel colours to represent the visible light spectrum. This wall hanging was my take on merging two of my passions together – art and science.


I used a 1.5″ sash between each block and a 2″ border around the blocks.  I wanted the wall hanging to have a feel of a set of framed photos.  I used mitred corners for that reason and was so proud of them since this is second time ever I have done them!


I had a lot of fun putting the colours together.  All of these star quilt patterns are available individually, or as a collection on Shop.





23 thoughts on “Rainbow Star

  • Margo April 30, 2015 at 13:05

    Beautiful works, love your colors.

  • Catherine @ Knotted Cotton May 27, 2013 at 10:35

    This is really pretty – I love your quilting and the way you framed the blocks.

  • quirkygranolagirl May 25, 2013 at 06:52

    Your paper piecing is exquisite!

  • Renee May 23, 2013 at 10:48

    Gorgeous little quilt! I love the vibrant colors in the star setting, your paper piecing is fantastic!

  • Aoife May 21, 2013 at 08:20

    It makes a really lovely wall-hanging!

  • Carol May 20, 2013 at 21:34

    It’s beautiful! Love the colors.

  • CitricSugar May 20, 2013 at 16:25

    So lovely!

  • Leona March 15, 2013 at 15:30


  • Carin March 15, 2013 at 05:32

    Your wall hanging is done beautiful, love those colors !!

  • Lisa Lisa March 14, 2013 at 18:29


  • Beulah March 14, 2013 at 17:54

    Wow! Your wall hanging is Beautiful! :) I love your color choices! I don’t know which pattern I like best…together they are wonderful!!

  • Ruthie Quilts March 14, 2013 at 17:26

    I love how you quilted them Soma! They just look gorgeous together!!! What an amazing series of blocks!!! (I’d expect no less!)

  • Rosalee March 14, 2013 at 13:31

    Soma, your quilt is breathtakingly beautiful! Love the colors!! The zippered pouch is lovely in the greens (heard that is the new color for this year)! Great job on both!

  • Tammy March 14, 2013 at 12:47

    I am sure she will adore it.. Your quilt turned out very nice.

  • Aalia March 14, 2013 at 12:31

    Oh, Soma these look wonderful all quilted up! I love this series and the quilting just adds to their beauty.

    The pouch makes a perfect gift, too. :)

  • Kim Moran-Jones February 9, 2013 at 23:56

    Hi Soma, I was so excited when I saw these patterns of yours that I knew I had to try. Well, I just finished diverging starlight, and while it’s not as neat as yours, I’m really pleased with it (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59466258@N04/8459830165/in/photostream). Thanks heaps for the aewesome pattern,


  • Kim Moran-Jones February 9, 2013 at 23:54

    Hi Soma, I was so impressed when I saw these patterns that I knew I had to try. Well, I just finished the diverging starlight (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59466258@N04/8459830165/in/photostream), and even though it’s not as neat as yours, I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Awesome pattern, thanks heaps,


  • Marissa December 25, 2012 at 23:35

    Your rainbow star blocks are absolutely gorgeous!

  • Colette December 22, 2012 at 06:01

    Love the paper pieced patterns. I have never done paper piecing but you certainly inspire me.

  • Ruthie Quilts December 21, 2012 at 14:50

    These are just gorgeous Soma! Your patterns and designs are amazing! Hugs!!!

  • Carin December 21, 2012 at 11:31

    Soma, you did a wonderful job on those rainbow blocks. They are fantastic !!!

  • Terri December 21, 2012 at 11:26

    Love your patterns, Soma. They are gorgeous!

  • Rosemary December 21, 2012 at 11:02

    I would love t o have the rainbow pattern. Thanks, Rosemary

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