Today I can finally show you all a pillow I have made. My beautiful cousin and her lovely new husband will receive it this afternoon. This project just flowed from me... well... except the fringe. I made the front/top and quilted it before I went to their wedding in July but I couldn't find any trim to match and it needed trim. Our tiny town has lost it's fabric store and now the nearest one is 45 minutes away. They do have a nice selection of fringe and lace there but nothing seemed right. I did finally find a light green fringe that matched, I hope it complements the color of my cousin's living room walls.
I have to mention an amazing quilter named Tonya. Her blog Lazy Gal Quilting has been an incredible learning tool for me. She has taught me how to be "free" with my quilt blocks. Tonya's free pieced letters have changed everything I thought about quilting... I thought it had to be perfect. Her improvisational approach is just my thing. I have a tough time following other peoples patterns and I want all my projects to feel like my ideas. Several months ago Tonya was asking her readers to send her free pieced quilt blocks using four letter words that were happy, like hope and love, using bright fabrics. I joined her group of quilters and made two word blocks "Free" and "Luck". Here is the free block, I guess I sent the luck block off without taking a photo first... bummer.Those two blocks were a challenge and a joy so I made more, lots more... Once I finished this pillow I started making more word blocks, but that is another project that hasn't been mailed off yet so you'll have to wait.
Here is a look at the back.