I am more than a little smitten by the intricate cable designs of Aran knitting. Needless to say, I had to design an Aran Star as part of my knitting star quilt pattern set. This was the first block I made with that background fabric and all was well. Then I made the Fair Isle star block with the same background fabric, but scaled it to 94% by mistake. By that time I was completely out of that fabric since I only had a fat quarter to begin with.
I couldn’t use just the one block, the Fair Isle Star, with a different background on the mini. So I remade both of the blocks with a completely different background and made pillows with the discarded blocks. Quilting was a little tricky on this block. I had to play with the lines quite a bit before I was happy with the design.
Orphan blocks make great pillow cases and they are easy to store too. If I get tired of this set, I can always make new ones and change them out for a new look. I set all the pillows on the corner of the day bed in my husband’s office, leaned against a body pillow. I will make a more decorative cover for the big pillow, but this is already one step closer to making the home office a little more pleasant. I like to spend time there as well, since my favourite bookshelf is in that room. This way I have also made myself a very comfortable corner in that room to settle down with a book. I have a quilt in the making for that bed, I will share the designs for it very soon.
The alternate stars with the blue background actually worked a lot better on the mini.
I had to share this photo of Mr. Montague one more time. His quilt is also on the same bed where the pillows are and he still loves to sleep on it. So it all worked out really well in the end!