My son has recently become interested in pigs. He told us that Santa was going to bring him a Blueberry Piggie. (Yeah, we had no idea what that means, either.) I talked to Santa and knew he was bringing a stuffed animal pig with a blue bow around its neck, but I decided at the last minute to add a piggie to our pillow menagerie in addition. So this guy was waiting on the couch Christmas morning.
Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts released a farm animal pattern recently, and just before Christmas she started putting single blocks from her patterns into her etsy shop. Since I only wanted the pig, that was perfect for me. I had the day to myself the Friday before Christmas and on a whim at lunch time I bought and downloaded the pattern and got fabrics from my stash.
And here's where the shenanigans began. Because I decided to double the block size. Except I just did a straight double and didn't think about how the seam allowance would now be out of wack until I was a fair way in. But I was able to compensate and I don't think the proportions are too far off, though anything that looks off is the fault of me and not the pattern. It's also now a really large pig face. If I had it to do over, I would use the standard block, but oh well.
The fabrics in the pig are Kona Ballerina, Plum, Pepper, and Coal. I had a pig print that worked nicely for the back; it is Barnyard Boogie by Blank Quilting. I am now a pro at the envelope pillow method from Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts and I didn't even need to pull up the directions.
So here is our current pillow family. A kangaroo was supposed to be next, but the paper pieced pattern is much bigger than I realized, so I'm putting that on the back burner because I don't really want a pillow that big--that's why I got rid of the couch cushions and moved to the fun ones in the first place!