I first saw interlocking wonky stars on Elizabeth Hartman’s Oh Fransson blog–I fell in love. Her Sparkle Punch quilt is on my very long to-make-someday list. More recently, I spied a take on this design in pillow form–inspiration. This project looked manageable for me and a perfect anniversary gift for my sister- and brother-in-law. My brother-in-law is an avid amateur astronomer, so a pillow covered in stars seems fitting.
I followed the instructions in this tutorial to make the wonky star pieces, leaving out the corners and using 2-1/2″ squares from my scrap jar. I made all the stars and nestled them together like puzzle pieces–it was fun playing with the layout.
Like the inspiration pillow, I quilted it with a cross-hatch pattern, which was easy to eyeball on these finished 2″ squares. For the first time, I added binding around the edges of a pillow–an extra step, so it was more work, but I do like the look.
For the back, I used fabric from my stash that suggests constellations, starry nights, suns and stars. I quilted it with a free-motion wonky box pattern, which mimics the design on the fabric. As is my wont with pillows these days, I used this technique for constructing the pillow back. I now make the top piece a little shorter than the bottom so that the contrasting strip is more centered. In this case, I made the top panel 2 inches shorter than the bottom one.
Happy anniversary, T & P!
Details: finished size–20″ x 20″