Fair Isle Star Quilt Pattern

 

Fair Isle Star pattern on Etsy

 

Ever since coming back from Norway, I have been wanting to make something with the Fair Isle Star pattern.  I wanted it to be quick and easy and that ruled out any knitting or cross-stitch projects at this time.  I wanted instant gratification, so I made a paper piecing pattern.  I have been stitching a lot of fairly intricate blocks lately, so it was fun to work on a super easy block for a change.

 

I am going to make a fabric basket with this particular block to hold my knitting supplies.  I am also thinking about creating another couple of stars and making a three-block wall hanging.  The background fabric of this block really reminds me of the dark, star-filled night skies at the campgrounds in the California mountains.

 

 

Fair Isle Star Quilt Pattern

Fair Isle Star Quilt Pattern

 

 

I love these color combinations too!  The Fair Isle Star quilt pattern is available on my Etsy shop.  I think this pattern is particularly well-suited to make a gift with.

 

 

Sweatshirt turned into a cat blanket

 

Charlie is making sure it’s comfy enough.

 

During our very first overseas travel, I forgot to take a sweater with me for the plane.  I got a sweatshirt at Montreal airport.  While I love the sweatshirt, it has always been a little too big for me.  My kitties needed a new blanket – so the sweatshirt got turned into a kitty blanket.

 

 

Sweatshirt turned into a cat blanket

 

 

The original idea was to cut two squares out of the sweatshirt and sew all around – quick and easy.  However, when I cut the front side, the neck line got in the way.  That made for the diagonal cut at the top.  I would have discarded the project at this point, but I really wanted to see if I could solve the problem with what I had at hand.

 

 

Sweatshirt turned into a cat blanket

 

 

So I cut two pieces out of one of the sleeves, joined them together to make a long piece.

 

 

Sweatshirt turned into a cat blanket

 

 

I stitched that to the front piece and made the top of the blanket.  I did the same thing with the other sleeve to make the back of the quilt.  Now I could square it up and finally turn it into a blanket.  I top stitched all around it to finish it up and I love it.  The additional maple leaves from the sleeves at the top fit so well!

-Soma