January this year I played around with a beautiful paper piecing pattern of a star. I made several of these to boost my skills. I decided that I would turn them into something for charity later. I have already turned one into a quilt backed with red fleece destined for charity. I will find a home for it next month.
This week my parents asked me to make a pillow for a dear friend of theirs who needs lots of rest. My mother requested something similar to the birthday pillow, but different… uh? The same, but different?
How could I turn this….
into something like this….?
After adding large bits of white I felt the whole thing was way to clinical. I thought it was SO NOT “right” for this particular friend of my parents that I did not even take a picture of it.
Looking back at the birthday pillow I found that I had not used white but a creme background. Therefor the whole thing was much softer in colour. As I already started with a white background with the purple star in January I had to rethink my plan.
After talking to my mother I decided to cut off the corners and turn the block into an octagon. We also came up with the idea to add strips of the same purple fabrics. I decided to make each strip half an inch wider than the previous one.
I kept two sides of the octagon free of further strips as my mother had stated that she wanted an asymmetrical lay-out. The new pillow will be square and not rectangular like the birthday pillow. (“The same, but different” ;-))
I drew some lines around the centre star and echo quilted around these lines, just like I did with the birthday pillow. The space between the star and the echo lines will be filled with pebbling, lots of pebbling, and then some more pebbling!
All pebbled out!