A few months ago, I found some vintage embroidered blocks at a quilt show and purchased a couple. One of them was of a dog holding a basket, and I thought it would make the basis of a nice gift for a friend who loves animals. On Saturday, I took the block with me when I got together with my stitchery friends and asked them for suggestions about what I could make. The friend I was making it for appreciates vintage things but I didn't think she'd want a wall hanging or a table topper, so I wasn't sure what to do. When Sandy suggested a pillow, I knew that was the perfect idea! So that's what I made, using some of the leftover French General fabric from Merry Merry Snowmen; the prairie points were made from charm squares from the same line.
There are a few slightly discolored spots on the embroidered block, but I was afraid that if I tried to get them out, the red embroidery thread might bleed, so I left it as is. I think she'll like it; at least I hope so!