Quilted Family Photo Pillow {Sewing}

{If you happen to be my mother in law, avert your eyes, it's likely you may receive this as a gift...}

Earlier this week, my mom celebrated her birthday. Her birthday falls in the beginning of the month and sometimes it sneaks up on me...{I'll just go ahead and blame February for being such a short month!}

This year, about three days before her birthday, I realized I needed to get my act together and send her something special. 

I'd seen this beautiful quilted pillow, and remembered this other beautiful pillow both from Polka Dot Chair, and decided to morph the two pillows into one.

The instructions I used were from the Patchwork Quilted Pillows tutorial, the only difference is that I did not cut the 4 1/2" square prints. Instead I substituted a photo I printed out on printable fabric. I trimmed the fabric down to 9.5" square, but then decided to add a small border. (I had first started with a rectangular photo, and decided it looked funny so I added the small border all around. I think I cut a 1" strip and sewed that around the edges of the photo that was cut to 9"?) 

The printable fabric I used can be found here

Here is the front before I added the quilting. 

To quilt, I simply stitched in the ditch along the photo, along the picture border, and then again along all of the triangles. I then used those lines as guides and used my presser foot as my guide so the stitching is fairly close together.

Using the instructions, I sewed a zipper, and printed a special message to my Mom on the printable fabric, and then used Heat 'n Bond Ultra to iron on that fabric.

And the final part of this project is that I ordered a pillow insert and had it mailed directly to my mom!
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