We've been straying from big gift-giving for several years, especially at Christmas. My family abolished gift exchange a couple of years ago and rather than disappointing anyone, it's really cut down on holiday stress. Now, we just have a select few on my husbands' side that we still wrap things up for in December. Jer's grandpa is a big Denver Broncos football fan (so is Jeremy and so am I) so I made -- ahem, skirting the license laws here -- a Denver Broncos throw pillow. Here it is in all its glory:
The front has a simple grid of quilting in Aurifil thread. The mane did not turn out how I envisioned but after cutting the blue appliqué, I realized my original plan would be too complicated and might stretch the fabric so I improvised with the zig-zag stitch in orange. The lettering did turn out legible though and I feel like it gets its point across.
The back is my favorite part. I made a cathedral window block but it's BIG. I mean, it's twenty inches big.
That means, I cut four twenty-inch squares and folded them down into ten-inchers and then sewed those four together to make the foundation. I picked some favorite blues and oranges from the stash and used a glue stick to keep them attached while I sewed. I can't say it enough, cathedral windows are fun! I did end up covering the intersections with buttons but they didn't look bad before.
There's a zipper at the bottom and a twenty-inch down pillow insert inside. Jer's grandpa had to move into an assisted living situation recently and although his little apartment is accessible and clean, it doesn't have as many touches of home as he was used to. We didn't make it to Montana to see Grandpa unwrap but I heard he gave it a long hug and that makes me feel really good to think about.
Did I tell you all Happy New Year? I think I just did!