I love these pillows because they’re such a quick finish. Yesterday I ironed all the pieces into place and stitched around them. That’s actually the part that takes the longest. I think I’ve officially decided a straight, short stitch about 1/16″ from the edge is the way to go on these. With some really tiny pieces, a zigzag, satin, or blanket stitch can end up not looking as pretty. I’ve seen variations of this quilting pattern and thought I’d give it a try. Overall it went pretty well and I think there was only one time when I backed myself so deep into the middle that I had to stop and start. The first thing I did was to stitch around the letters though to make them pop.
The quilting pattern is really easy and can be done on a domestic, sit down or long arm. It starts with a swirl and then back down to the start, and then enough proportional feathers around the outside of the swirl to make them fit. Then I echoed around nearly all the feathers. Travel to an open spot and do it all over again! The only thing to remember is sew the swirl to the left if you plan to travel to the right or down for the next set; swirl to the right if you plan to travel up or to the left for the next one as you work your way around the pieces.
I took a picture of the back and made a mirror image since I thought it came out almost as cute as the front!