I hope you all are prepared for all the pictures! This is my completed pillow for PTS5. I tried to take fabrics I knew my partner would like and create something a little unique (in other words, not in her mosaic). I paper pieced this using a block found on www.quilterscache.com. This top took more time and planning than I put into most quilts! I had to cut out all the paper, layout the design, number and/or letter all the pieces so I knew what went where, assign a fabric to all of those numbers/letters, and, eventually, sew it all together! I made some seriously stupid mistakes while making this:
1. I accidentally cut off the seam allowance while trimming a completed piece (there are 32 pieces) so I had to redo that one. Luckily, I had extra of the special fabrics used in that one! I would have been in big trouble if it would have happened with the Mendocino mermaids for example.
2. I miscalculated how large of a solid triangle I needed so I had to take a LOT of time making sure I lined up my pieces so they would fit. This was a massive pain in the butt! I prefer to cut large and trim with paper piecing, but this time I barely had enough to cover the space.
3. I laid out the back pieces in the wrong order so the under-piece was on top. Trusty old seam ripper to the rescue again!
The solid used is Essex linen/cotton blend in Sand. The print fabrics include Heather Ross' Mendocino, Macaroni Love Story, Munki Munki, and Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries, and Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy. I also hand quilted around each of the stars in coordinating thread. The back is made from a Moda Sunkissed print and a little Heather Ross. The pillow is 24" square and will make an excellent floor or throw pillow! I sure hope my partner likes it because I'm going to be crying all the way to the post office!