Fair Isle Star Pillow And Drawing Cards

Fair Isle Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


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Last year, during my attempt to learn a little about the history of knitting, I designed a few star quilt patterns that were inspired by traditional knitting patterns.  I had picked up a set of Grandma’s House fat quarters earlier, which I used to make these stars for a mini quilt.  Unfortunately, once I finished making this block, I realised that I had printed it at 94%.  So I had to remake this one for the mini and ended up with an orphan block.



Fair Isle Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Purchase Fair Isle Star Pattern


This year I am taking care of almost all my orphan blocks and some of them are being turned into pillows for the guest bed in my husband’s office.  Apart from making the office a pleasant place for him to work from, I also have a selfish reason for this.  My favourite bookshelf is in that room, so sometimes I like to read in there.  The guest bed will be much more comfortable with all the pillows in the back.  Once I had gotten over being upset at my own mistake, I knew that I would love to turn this Fair Isle star quilt block into a pillow.  I am working on the other matching pillow this week.



Here is another set of index card drawings from the icad project



Icad 2015 - Psychedelic Gravitational Wave | Whims And Fancies


Psychedelic Gravitational Waves



Icad 2015 - Alan Turin Code Breaker | Whims And Fancies


I made this card on June 23rd, which was Alan Turing’s birthday.  He has had a profound influence on me and his story makes me extremely sad.



Icad 2015 - Devils Postpile lava columns, California | Whims And Fancies


Devils Postpile lava columns, California

Drawn from a photo I took there



Icad 2015 - Dancing Neurons | Whims And Fancies


Dancing Neurons



Icad 2015 - Peacock feather | Whims And Fancies


Peacock feather – fractal-inspired



Icad 2015 - Transit of Venus, Voyage of the Endeavour with Captain Cook| Whims And Fancies


Transit of Venus, Voyage of the Endeavour with Captain Cook in 1769

We were lucky enough to witness the last Venus Transit live in 2012.



Icad 2015 - Solar prominence | Whims And Fancies


Solar prominence


While writing this post, I realised that this set of index card drawings is a bit science-biased!  It was definitely not planned that way.


Until next time,



15 thoughts on “Fair Isle Star Pillow And Drawing Cards

  • Lara B. August 9, 2015 at 16:16

    Soma, your cards always intrigue and amaze me. You choose such interesting subjects and often I follow up looking at your art with googling to see what you refer to. So cool!
    Alan Turing’s story is tragic. I was so appalled and saddened when I saw The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch was wonderful with his portrayal.
    Your Aran Star pillow is lovely!

  • Andrea @ Tideline Quilts August 5, 2015 at 10:12

    Love, love, love your Fair Isle Star pillow! It looks fantastic on your sofa! Beautiful work…

  • Gayle August 3, 2015 at 10:22

    Your pillow is a pretty nice happy accident!

  • krislovesfabric August 2, 2015 at 17:20

    Ah, that movie made me cry…I am sorry to say it took a movie to tell me this history. Your cards all look wonderful as does your pillow. You are really getting so much done this summer!

  • Susan August 2, 2015 at 17:14

    Thanks for sharing both the cards and the star. I really like the combination of colors in the star. It’s a little subdued, and then I looked at the cards, and some of those are wildly colorful. It makes me think two artists are inside you. =) The cards are wonderful and I really liked the Devil’s Postpile one. That’s something I haven’t seen in all my California travels.

  • Cynthia July 31, 2015 at 14:22

    A beautiful pillow. Following along your post on orphan blocks. i am thinking I might have to get mine out and do something with them. Another great batch of index cards.

  • Dixie July 31, 2015 at 10:24

    Beautiful stitching and a perfect sized pillow. I love it.
    Wonderful cards! I agree with you about Alan Turing. However, the recent movie “The Imitation Game” was so good.

  • Sofia July 30, 2015 at 22:31

    Very Nice Soma…creative imaginations!!

  • Kathleen July 30, 2015 at 16:33

    Oh that psychedelic card speaks to me! Reminds me of some of the fabric I used to use back in the day. Long skirts, blouses . . . fun fabric! Wish I still had many of the clothes I used to make.

  • Cheryl July 30, 2015 at 14:29

    This is such a cute block and is a great pillow, I love mistakes that turn out this wonderful :)

  • Mary July 30, 2015 at 11:46

    You did such a great job with your orphan block. The colors and fabrics in it are really wonderful and very soothing.

    Your art cards continue to amaze me. They each are so detailed and interesting. The moss on the Devils Postpile looks awesome.

  • susie July 30, 2015 at 11:28

    I do love your latest pillow, Soma! I also love your idea of using the orphan blocks to make up pillows for your husband’s office/guest room! I want to see them all together … I love eclectic mixes.
    This set of postcard art is awesome! Your artistic doodlings are really very interesting…. mixing math , astronomy, science and art. Oh, and there is music in you , too, little Renaissance Lady!!

  • Janine July 30, 2015 at 10:57

    Your cushion looks lovely – your guests are very lucky :)
    And I love your drawings. Although they are quite science based you have a great variety of styles and inspirations :)

  • Susan July 30, 2015 at 10:43

    Sometimes our “mistakes” become opportunities that eventually are some of our greatest accomplishments. I am not a green person and the lovely light green is perfect with the other colors in the block. I love the block and it became a wonderful pillow. I’m sure you were frustrated when you learned that you had not completed the block at the intended size. You certainly turned the lemon into lemonade. I love to see your drawings. While I might consider myself to be a creative personal, I do not have any artistic ability. I’m not surprised that your drawing all have tend to have a scientific theme when I saw the list of your interests. I was a math and an education major and had minors in computer science and Latin. Still many of my interests lie in math. My daughter is a math teacher. I guess the acorn didn’t fall far from the tree in this family. Thanks for the fun post.

  • Susan July 30, 2015 at 10:25

    I can’t remember what the “mistake” in this block was, but it looks good to me. I really like these blocks.

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