Join us for our Milky Way Wall Hanging Quilt Along featuring paper-piecing! Are you ready? Here is the first block!

Block 1

Block 1
















Cheryl Adam, designer of the Milky Way quilt, describes her inspiration for Block 1 this way:

“I imagine this star being far away and maybe even dying with its cool colors. It is paper pieced with 4 identical triangular sections.”

CS306-1 Milky Way block 1

The Milky Way Wall Hanging  was designed by Cheryl A. Adam. We asked Cheryl what was her inspiration for the design and why she selected paper piecing to create it.

“I love to be in the country, away from all the city lights, and gaze at the stars at night. They are so beautiful, white lights twinkling on the black sky-mesmerizing. Then you see some of the photos taken by NASA or the research telescopes and you realize the stars are dynamic, colorful pieces of nature’s art. Those photos are the inspiration for this quilt. I chose bright colors like the ones you see in the photographs and paper piecing allowed me to get the appearance of movement and complexity. I hope you will be challenged to make this quilt and also to go outside on a clear night and look up.” – Cheryl Adam

You do need to be familiar with foundation paper piecing to make these blocks. Want to learn what it is all about? Here is a video on – Paper Piecing.

This is also a great time to try Coats Paper Piecing thread. Coats Paper Piecing thread is fine, but strong. Because it is fine, it takes adds less bulk to seams so points are more accurate. In paper piecing, the stitch length is shorter to perforate the paper. A fine thread means you can shorten the stitch without causing puckering.  Coats Paper Piecing thread is 100% polyester. This means that stitches will not distort when you pull away the paper not will the thread break.

So, gather your supplies and we will post the first block August 18th. Click here for the supply list and general instructions.  Get ready to share your progress, too. Tag posts, tweets, instagram pics with #coatsquiltalong.

CA_COA_CS306_thumbClick Here for the supply list. Milky Way Wall Hanging





Block 1


Block 1

Block 1








Visit for a video tutorial of Block 1:




Block 2                  September 8

Block 3                  September 22

Block 4                  October 6

Block 5                  October 20

Assemble & Finish  November 3

About the Author

Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

4 Responses to Milky Way Paper Piecing Quilt Along- Block 1
  1. I do not know how to quilt but I would love to learn I’m trying to make a baby quilt blanket now I need some help with somebody can help me.I am using fat quarter to make my quilt.Thank you

  2. Where can I buy the Free Spirit Designer Essential Solids fabric that is used in this pattern?

  3. I have never tried paper piecing and after watching your video I am so encouraged to try.
    Thanks so much.


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