Can I say how much I really want to keep this one for myself?!
Although, I've had my share of drama with trying to finish up this pillow. I thought I would handstitch all of the pieces on (which would look beautiful) and spent about 4 hours laying it all out on the fabric and stitching only 5 pieces on. I then stepped back and took a good look at it (admiring all of my hard work so late at night) and realized that I had sewn it all on crooked, so that I couldn't cut it out in a nice square and have the pattern centered and square. ugh...
Well, I had to let it go and start over in the morning..... this time placing everything straight and square. I also decided that I couldn't devote that much time to hand stitching every piece down, so I went with a simple blanket stitch to secure each piece. I chose a warm grey colored thread that complimented all of the colorful fabrics and then quilted in the triangle shapes between the appliques.
So, I got it all finished and sewn up and thought maybe I should iron it before taking a few pictures. Well, you know what happened, my iron spewed out some yucky stuff on the white fabric and now it needed to be washed! (I tried getting a new iron a while ago, but that one actually started on fire, so I went back to the old trusty one. I figure a little spewing of yucky stuff once in a while is much better than a fire!)
swap. I know (hope) he or she will really like it! Maybe someday I'll be willing to try out this pattern again.... but not for a while.
If you want to try this pattern, it's found on the Don't Look Now blog and is called the Joseph's Coat Quilt Along. I have a great amount of admiration for anyone creating a quilt with this pattern! All that hand stitching, gluing, and fussy cutting fabric takes so much time, but yields beautiful results. Hopefully my machine stitching doesn't detract from the overall design.
size: 24" x 24"
fabrics: Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit, Kona in White, Shot Cotton in Sunshine