Instead of being super scrappy and possibly complicated, I decided a pillow with simple improvised strips would do the trick. Sonia loves a cool color palette like me, so I could easy just keep this pillow for myself! Heh. I didn't, promise. Some dense hand-stitching provide a unique texture to the strip sections (I even used some of my Loominous scraps here - Sonia should know that I REALLY love her!). I'm still fascinated by the combination of hand and machine stitching. This will be a theme in my work for a long time, I'm sure. I just want to try everything.
For the pillow back, I sewed up something only a fellow sewist can truly appreciate - an envelope backing made almost entirely of selvages. Even some really, super special Cotton + Steel ones. The selvages wouldn't be super comfortable on a pillow, IMHO, but you don't rest your head on that side anyway. It was so fun to pick and choose selvages based on her likes and the color palette.
Luckily, Sonia loved it! And I received a Hamilton (the musical) mini quilt and tons of little gifts from my friend Maggie, our webmaster and photographer (@squishythings - she also took the photos above for the @cjmqg Instagram account). I was so surprised and pleased! It's already hanging on my mini quilt wall. If you know the musical, you'll recognize the quilting around the star!
I've had a rule the past couple of years about swaps (in that I only participate in certain ones). This is one that's always at the top of the list, and I'm sure it will be for a while. Now my holiday sewing is *officially* over, haha!
Linking up to Fabric Tuesday, Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF, Crazy Mom Quilts.