So it turns out that I forgot to share these pillow covers I made for Christmas.
The first pillow is an orphan block (made from this tutorial) turned beautiful pillow. I think this was the second block I had ever paper pieced. It is a great block for those new to paper piecing.
I love, love, love this one. To make it I simply drew a triangle on the fabric and sewed on a bunch of buttons. I was able to sew on the buttons with my sewing machine by turning the stitch length to 0 and adjusting the width until it was the width between the holes in the button. Then I just put the pedal to the medal and stitched back and forth about 20 times.
It's hard to see, but I tried out quilting swirls for the first time. I spiraled in and then paused and spiraled back out again. I have wanted to try this design for awhile, but was scared it wouldn't turn out. Yet again, my fears were unfounded. Isn't that usually the case. It seems the more I worry about something the less of an issue it turns out to be. Some of the spirals weren't total perfect but overall it was a success.