November 15, 2016


Welcome to All About Appliqué on this second day of the 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

I’m Kay Mackenzie, a designer and author in Santa Cruz, California. My website is By Kay Mackenzie, which has all of my books and patterns on it, plus select notions for the appliqué enthusiast. If this is your first time visiting my blog, I’m so glad you’re here! You’ll find a wealth of information about all kinds of appliqué here, so take your time clicking around the categories, and use the keyword search as well.

Here’s my block for Volume 14, “Little Falling Star.”


When I sent the block in, I called it “Shooting Star,” because it’s traveling upwards. You could make it more of a falling star just by rotating it a quarter turn.


And if you want to to travel the other way just reverse it from there.


I used some beautiful batiks to make this version. You could also make it look very playful by using colorful prints. Here’s another version.

shooting star

You’ll notice that here I chose to leave out the inner trail and let the groovy flower print shine. :)

Of course, shooting or falling stars are really meteoroids, but it’s much more fun visually to render them as stars!

Hope you have fun with your star, and also enjoy the 99 other fantastic blocks in Volume 14. I already have my advance copy, and let me tell you, it is a feast for the eyes. If you’d like to win a copy, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post before noon California time on Friday, November 18.

(Remember that if you are subscribed by email, clicking “reply” will not enter you in the drawing. Click over to the blog itself on the internet to leave your comment at the bottom of the post. Thanks!!)

And don’t forget to start every day the rest of the week at Quilty Pleasures to take part in the blog hop.

Happy sitiching!

By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop


150 Responses to “Little Falling Star”

  1. Anita on November 15th, 2016 1:31 am

    I love the bottom star with the groovy print!

  2. Betsy on November 15th, 2016 2:49 am

    Kay I love your shooting/falling star. It looks unique with the different fabrics you used

  3. Diane Paul on November 15th, 2016 2:51 am

    I really like the one on the black background. Looks like a lot of fun to make.

  4. Gretchen Weaver on November 15th, 2016 3:07 am

    I love your shooting star, so cute! Thanks for the give away. Blessings, Gretchen –

  5. Martina on November 15th, 2016 3:20 am

    Such a cute block! Love it very much!

  6. Wanda on November 15th, 2016 3:45 am

    What an adorable block! I like applique blocks. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Allison Evrard on November 15th, 2016 3:52 am

    Your block is so cute! I love the last version with the flower print trail.

  8. Cindy Kennedy on November 15th, 2016 3:56 am

    I really like your cute block. I think the one with the black background and print fabric on the stars is very cute.

  9. Pat D on November 15th, 2016 4:08 am

    Love your block, especially the last version with the flowered fabric.

  10. KT on November 15th, 2016 5:13 am

    Love your shooting star! So fun!

  11. michele breault on November 15th, 2016 5:15 am

    What a fun block. Love your happy star

  12. Ruth C on November 15th, 2016 5:33 am

    Very cute star, Kay! I love the groovy version.

  13. Marilyn on November 15th, 2016 5:43 am

    The shooting star would make a darling child’s quilt.

  14. Becky T on November 15th, 2016 5:51 am

    Ohhhh…..shooting stars….I like

  15. Dana Gaffney on November 15th, 2016 5:53 am

    That’s so cute and would look adorable in a child’s quilt, they can make wishes before falling asleep :)

  16. Connie German on November 15th, 2016 5:58 am

    Thats really cute. Brings back memories of watching for falling stars.

  17. Cindy M on November 15th, 2016 6:04 am

    Really Cute! Reminds me of summer nights sitting outside with my kids counting the falling stars:)
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

  18. Monica R on November 15th, 2016 6:08 am

    Cute shooting stars. Would make a great dream quilt.

  19. Paige on November 15th, 2016 6:09 am

    What a cute block! the shooting stars version is my fav!

  20. Joyce Carter on November 15th, 2016 6:14 am

    Kay, Your block is sooo cute. I really love it. Congratulations on getting it in the magazine. Thank you for the giveaway.

  21. Rosalind Gutierrez on November 15th, 2016 6:17 am

    Very creative Shooting Star block that would make an adorable quilt.

  22. Lori Smanski on November 15th, 2016 6:31 am

    congratulations. this is such a fun block. really love the one on black.

  23. Deb G. in VA on November 15th, 2016 6:40 am

    What a great block! I love the groovy flower print version!

  24. Annmarie on November 15th, 2016 6:52 am

    Darling block. I love how that outer border on the main star sets it off.

  25. Tammy on November 15th, 2016 6:55 am

    Sweet, simple design! I am looking for some new applique designs, and this magazine looks great. Thank you!

  26. Quilting Tangent on November 15th, 2016 7:02 am

    Cute block!

  27. Karen H on November 15th, 2016 7:07 am

    Congrats! Very sweet block with many options for designing fun children’s quilts.

  28. Shirley Wygant on November 15th, 2016 7:09 am

    I love the shooting star block. What a fun quilt that would make for kids.

  29. Joellyn P. on November 15th, 2016 7:24 am

    Your shooting star block is so cute and would be lovely to use in a quilt for my niece.

  30. Julie in WA on November 15th, 2016 7:28 am

    Such a cute block. The appliqué is perfect for a baby quilt!

  31. Roberta Campbell on November 15th, 2016 7:32 am

    I like the block as a child’s block. when they are a bit older4-5 or so they just love looking at stars.

  32. Pat K on November 15th, 2016 7:52 am

    I love your block in both colorways. I can see the possibilities are endless.

  33. Lee Ann Lenfest on November 15th, 2016 8:00 am

    I’m loving the playful / colorful block. Congrats!

  34. Lea on November 15th, 2016 8:04 am

    Very cute block. Just starting to appliqué, hopefully I can get the feel of it.


  35. Cynthia Knapp on November 15th, 2016 8:11 am

    Your falling star block is adorable! Thank you for sharing with us. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  36. Nancy on November 15th, 2016 8:25 am

    Love your shooting/falling stars. This would make a great quilt.

  37. NancyB from Many LA on November 15th, 2016 8:46 am

    I love your block! It’s so cute!

  38. Bonnie on November 15th, 2016 8:50 am

    Love your Little Falling Star block! It would make a great patriotic block for the 4th of July.

  39. Jennifer A. Evans on November 15th, 2016 8:51 am

    Love the shooting star – I can remember as a child laying on a big rock on top of our property and watching for shooting stars – still watch for them today. Would make a great wall hanging to remind me of my memory.

  40. Beth T. on November 15th, 2016 8:51 am

    Sweet block! It would be lovely in a baby’s room, in soothing colors, or could be spiced up with more energetic colors for a bigger kid’s room–lots of possibilities for pillows, mini quilts, quilts, etc. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Tac on November 15th, 2016 8:53 am

    What an adorable block. It would make a perfect pillow for my grandson. Thank you.

  42. Loris Mills on November 15th, 2016 8:56 am

    Such a fun block! Lots of different fabric ways to enjoy this. Congrats on having your block in Quiltmaker’s !00 again. And Thank you for the sweet giveaway. I love seeing all these blocks!

  43. Judi Duncan on November 15th, 2016 9:12 am

    What a fun block! (and I just saw a shooting star two nights ago)

  44. vivian on November 15th, 2016 9:14 am

    Congrats on another block accepted. Very cute!

  45. Rochelle Summers on November 15th, 2016 9:27 am

    All star blocks are wonderful and this is, too. It would be great in a baby quilt. Thank you. And congratulations on having your block included in 100 Blocks.

  46. Janis T on November 15th, 2016 9:28 am

    Those are the happiest, prettiest stars I’ve ever seen !

  47. Marie Eddins on November 15th, 2016 9:31 am

    Such a sweet block. Would really look great in any quilt for my grandsons! Thanks!

  48. Annie R on November 15th, 2016 10:04 am

    Such a cute block!

  49. Nancy on November 15th, 2016 10:10 am

    Love your falling star block. Thanks for sharing!

  50. Danette Stankovich on November 15th, 2016 10:19 am

    Enjoying this Blog Hop! Quiltmaker puts out this wonderful 100 blocks issue, it’s fantastic. Thank you,

  51. Marian Allen on November 15th, 2016 10:24 am

    i love anything with a star on it!

  52. Ellen on November 15th, 2016 10:28 am

    I think this block would make a beautiful baby’s quilt.

  53. Gill on November 15th, 2016 10:41 am

    Great block!
    I love the version with the black background!

  54. Linda Christianson on November 15th, 2016 10:52 am

    O what fun! Could be cute to add Santa up in the star for the little one to say Ho, Ho Ho Merry Christmas

  55. Donna on November 15th, 2016 11:06 am

    We all need a shooting star in our lives, thanks

  56. Summer on November 15th, 2016 11:06 am

    I love your shooting star (or meteoroid)! I’m not a big fan of applique, so when I see something I’d like to try appliqueing, then I’ve gotta have the pattern. This is one of them! It’s just so fun, and I love that you can switch it up!

  57. Linda Dixon on November 15th, 2016 11:12 am

    Cute little block; great for baby quilts!

  58. Diantha Howard on November 15th, 2016 11:22 am

    cute block!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  59. Brenda on November 15th, 2016 11:24 am

    I think you have another winner here Kay. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  60. Lisa Marie on November 15th, 2016 11:26 am

    Very cute! In addition to using the block in quilts I think it would be cute to use the falling star applique on the back of baby quilts for a happy little surprise.

  61. Carolyn Dell on November 15th, 2016 11:49 am

    Awesome shooting stars!! It would look good in a baby quilt.

  62. Karen on November 15th, 2016 12:05 pm

    Great Block. Perfect for a baby quilt.

  63. kay caldwell on November 15th, 2016 12:11 pm

    This would make a great quilt for a foster child, a shooting or rising star :)

    My favorite is the black background with the primary print… so cheery.

  64. BillieBee on November 15th, 2016 12:15 pm

    The bottom one is my favorite as well. What a cute, fun block.

  65. Lori Butler on November 15th, 2016 12:17 pm

    Very cute falling and shooting stars! Having fun checking out your blog.

  66. Sandy R. on November 15th, 2016 12:26 pm

    I like the last star, the scrappy one..

  67. Kathie L on November 15th, 2016 12:39 pm

    I like the bottom one best. All are terrific.

  68. Diane Oakes on November 15th, 2016 1:04 pm

    Cute block, it would look great in a baby quilt. Thanks.

  69. Rhonda D in KY on November 15th, 2016 1:11 pm

    Your shooting/falling star is so cute! Would make a wonderful baby quilt or wall hanging for the nursery.

  70. Elizabeth Engman on November 15th, 2016 1:23 pm

    I do like the block for a baby/child quilt (as others have said) or a special “glow in the dark” wall hanging–oooohhh!

  71. Verna A. on November 15th, 2016 1:39 pm

    Love your block–I’m a sucker for anything with stars!

  72. Carol W on November 15th, 2016 1:49 pm

    I love the way your block looks great in various orientations.

  73. Hanke Fijnvandraat on November 15th, 2016 2:18 pm

    I love your Stars!

  74. Nancy Roraback on November 15th, 2016 2:22 pm

    As always one of my favorite designers! Great block!

  75. Andrea O on November 15th, 2016 2:23 pm

    Love the flower trail. Great colors!

  76. peggy on November 15th, 2016 2:28 pm

    The dark background makes the light stars look like they are just shooting right off of the block. Wonderful !

  77. lee on November 15th, 2016 2:29 pm

    Such a wonderful block! thank you!

  78. Madeline Wallace on November 15th, 2016 2:59 pm

    oh, gee, now I have another “must do” idea for a quilt! I have to make some scrappy falling stars!!!!!!

  79. MaryBeth Little on November 15th, 2016 3:04 pm

    What a cute block!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. Emily C on November 15th, 2016 3:05 pm

    Super cool! I love how you show it in batiks and in florals, such a difference.

  81. Anna lutz brown on November 15th, 2016 3:05 pm

    Very cool block will be good kids quilt…

  82. Laura on November 15th, 2016 3:20 pm

    Love your block. Could be a kids quilt, could be redone for an astronomer!

  83. Joanna on November 15th, 2016 3:27 pm

    Very sweet block. It would be fun to make in a sampler quilt with your other blocks from the magazine series.

  84. Margaret Andrews on November 15th, 2016 3:36 pm

    Falling stars or comet swishing through the night sky…what a beautiful block. Clouds cover our sky for so many nights, seeing this is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your vision of the night sky. I love it!

  85. Nancy A on November 15th, 2016 3:45 pm

    Whether shooting or falling, it is a cute block.

  86. Kristine Clay on November 15th, 2016 3:49 pm

    What a fun star! Thanks for sharing such a perfectly inspiring block!

  87. Jeanne in Ohio on November 15th, 2016 4:04 pm

    Cute block! It would be great for a child. Thanks for the giveaway.

  88. Judy on November 15th, 2016 4:10 pm

    Cute quilt block it would be great in a baby quilt.

  89. Pam Jolly on November 15th, 2016 4:19 pm

    This would be so cute in a baby quilt. I will have to give it a try.

  90. Debbie Rhodes on November 15th, 2016 4:21 pm

    I think this will be cute with others for my great grand daughter..

  91. Jocelyn on November 15th, 2016 4:36 pm

    What a very fun block! Thanks!

  92. Cecilia on November 15th, 2016 4:43 pm

    Cute block! I agree with the others that it would be great for a child’s quilt.

  93. Wendy on November 15th, 2016 4:49 pm

    Very cute, I love stars!

  94. Nancy D on November 15th, 2016 4:51 pm

    Such a sweet block! Would look so cute as a wall hanging in my grand daughters room!

  95. JoyceLM on November 15th, 2016 4:51 pm

    Such a fun block! Thanks.

  96. Lorraine on November 15th, 2016 5:09 pm

    Love your block! Congratulations on having your block in the issue.

  97. MARY D on November 15th, 2016 5:31 pm

    I see plenty of potential to customize this star block for a boy or girl or themed quilt. What a great block. Or even using this block as a label.

    I have two space themed quilts I am working on and this block would certainly add a special touch.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  98. Nancy Tanner on November 15th, 2016 5:47 pm

    Love your falling star block. Thanks for the giveaway.

  99. CindyD on November 15th, 2016 5:51 pm

    This block would make a nice child’s quilt.

  100. Karen Martin on November 15th, 2016 5:56 pm

    Super fun block–great for a kids quilt!

  101. Phyllis McCord on November 15th, 2016 5:58 pm

    This is a lovely block. Lots of fun!

  102. Sandi on November 15th, 2016 6:22 pm

    Your shooting star block is very cute. It would make a wonderful Project Linus quilt. Thanks for a chance to win.

  103. Kathy E. on November 15th, 2016 6:33 pm

    great block! You are very creative!

  104. Loriann Fish on November 15th, 2016 6:50 pm

    Cute! Thanks for the chance to win.

  105. Susan on November 15th, 2016 6:52 pm

    I like the groovy print version. Would make a great baby quilt.

  106. JudimR on November 15th, 2016 7:18 pm

    I like all of the versions. I think this would be fabulous for a boy’s quilt especially a boy who lived space!

  107. Elaine M. on November 15th, 2016 7:30 pm

    I absolutely love your applique style…and your Shooting Star is just another great example of your talents.

  108. Joy P on November 15th, 2016 7:35 pm

    LOL I think you just gave your age away with the “groovy” flowers. ;o)

    Cute block! Peace…or as a hip quilter would say: Piece.

  109. Jenn on November 15th, 2016 7:37 pm

    this could be fun as a grandparent’s quilt, with each grandkid having his/her name and birth info on the shooting stars

  110. Michele on November 15th, 2016 7:39 pm

    Cute star block!!! I’d love to get my hands on a copy of this magazine!!

  111. Brenda E. on November 15th, 2016 7:45 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway and that block would be great for a kids quilt!

  112. Pat T. on November 15th, 2016 8:13 pm

    Congratulations on a great block!!
    Many possibilities… A grandparent’s quilt??!7
    I really like this for a child’s quilt!… (Have a grandson who loves space!) This would be great on the front, as well as on the back as a quilt label!
    Thank you!
    Pat T.

  113. Lori Morton on November 15th, 2016 8:17 pm

    Love your Block!! My Grangirlie would love a quilt using it too… :)

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way :D

  114. Helen LeBrett on November 15th, 2016 8:25 pm

    Love your block Kay!! It’s just the perfect shooting star! I really love it in the batiks! Hugs, H

  115. Pauline Sawatsky on November 15th, 2016 9:12 pm

    Like the one with the black background-makes it shine!

  116. Vicki on November 15th, 2016 9:21 pm

    Great block that would make a wonderful baby/toddler quilt!!

  117. Deb Jensen on November 15th, 2016 10:12 pm

    Love this block. Would be great for a baby quilt introducing the newest star!!!!

  118. Chris on November 15th, 2016 10:46 pm

    Very cute, would be great pillow.

  119. Nicole Sender on November 15th, 2016 11:45 pm

    My favorite version is the shooting star with the black background! Great block!!

  120. usairdoll on November 16th, 2016 12:51 am

    Congratulations on having your block included in Quiltmaker 100, Vol. 14! What a fun block! So many ways to have fun with the layout and playing with fabric choices.

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  121. Nal on November 16th, 2016 3:15 am

    You block can be used in so many ways! Very nice!

  122. Lea Anne Brummett on November 16th, 2016 3:59 am

    What child would want to wish on a falling star every night? This would be just adorable in childs quilt.

  123. Diana on November 16th, 2016 6:14 am


  124. Darlene B on November 16th, 2016 7:21 am

    This is a cool block – I would love to see how a baby quilt would look with all the stars shooting in different directions.

  125. Rebecca on November 16th, 2016 8:11 am

    Your blook is so cute. What a great looking book. Thanks for chance to win one

  126. Janet T on November 16th, 2016 10:58 am

    Love it!! It will make a cute quilt, especially for a child!
    ndfromsd at gmail. com

  127. Linda on November 16th, 2016 11:01 am

    I see many possibilities in using this block. It would be fun to try out these possiblities. Thanks for the giveaway.

  128. Tina on November 16th, 2016 1:10 pm

    Wonderful block. Thank you for your ideas and inspiration.

  129. Elizabeth McDonald on November 16th, 2016 1:33 pm

    I love your block! I am always happy to see applique!

  130. Kris Searle on November 16th, 2016 2:12 pm

    Very cute star design. It would be perfect for a baby or child’s quilt.

  131. Melody Lutz on November 16th, 2016 4:27 pm

    The batiks are calling my applique heart, great blocks!

  132. Barbara Young on November 16th, 2016 4:45 pm

    I love this design – it might even turn this die hard piecer into an appliquer. Lots of possibilities with this one.

  133. Deb on November 16th, 2016 5:59 pm

    Congratulations on being in the book! Nice block!

  134. Joye Cox on November 16th, 2016 6:01 pm

    I am star-struck by your design! Thanks for sharing.

  135. Arlette on November 16th, 2016 8:55 pm

    Your “twinkle” little star is so cute!!!

  136. Rachell Reilly on November 16th, 2016 9:09 pm

    I love it! I love star blocks of all types. I’m getting much braver with appliqué these days, so I’d definitely make your block!

  137. Pamela Reim on November 16th, 2016 10:39 pm

    Always love applique!

  138. Angele on November 17th, 2016 5:06 am

    Love your star block. I can easily imagine this on a child’s quilt or pillowcase

  139. Sue Lerch on November 17th, 2016 5:36 am

    Really cute star.
    Thanks for sharing all the color ideas

  140. Terri on November 17th, 2016 11:43 am

    I love everything you do. Thanks for the chance to win, since Hasting’s closed there are no local places less than 60 miles to get magazines.

  141. Amy Walter on November 17th, 2016 6:02 pm

    Very cute block. Thanks for all the inspirational ideas.

  142. Elizabeth on November 17th, 2016 6:29 pm

    Your blocks are very cute and can be turned a lot of different ways.

  143. Carol Schon on November 17th, 2016 8:20 pm

    I can imagine this block becoming a central theme for a baby quilt — very cool.

  144. Shelly Richards on November 18th, 2016 5:59 am

    Cute block, it’s so fun

    GeezBEES75 at Gmail dot com

  145. Dawn F. on November 18th, 2016 8:03 am

    I like how this block can be used over and over with different backgrounds to make each one unique!

  146. Nancysue on November 18th, 2016 8:47 am

    Love the falling star!!! Your choice of batiks is brilliant. I never noticed that the batik texture turns out similar to how we color things in by crayon, with all the variances of pressure!! Awesome! Congrats on your block!!

  147. Pam Crane on November 18th, 2016 4:04 pm

    What a cute kids quilt this would make. I can hear them singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star covered in a shooting star quilt.

  148. Kay on November 18th, 2016 4:12 pm

    The drawing is now at an end! The lucky winner is Linda Dixon. Congratulations Linda! Enjoy the blocks.


  149. Sharon D on November 19th, 2016 5:00 am

    love you’re shooting star block! It’s so cute!

  150. apple blossom on November 20th, 2016 1:17 pm

    love your falling star block