Not only is it "the surprise", but it's also called "the surprise pillow"--just call me the double entendre explainer.
It all turned out OK, but there was some stress at our house the night before SMS Giveaway Day. The book gift bag was giving me trouble, but I wanted something more substantial than just the gift card holder & supplies...and at about 9:00, "the surprise" came to me.
Thankfully, my saner self took over and I decided not to try to make it that night. And then I figured out my issue with the book bag, thought of the giving theme, and wrote my post, and all was right in the world.
Once that was done, I had to switch gears back to the blanket, but on Monday I was ready to get back to my sewing machine. Another bit of stress when I washed it (a reminder to always press seams toward the darker fabric, lest the wet, transparent lighter fabric with red peeking through give the illusion of a fabric bleed, thereby inducing a heart attack), but a little QT with the seam ripper and I was back in business.
Excuse the photo quality; we've had gray dreariness and snow. It's cuter than it looks here.
Simple, simple. The front is one tree (à la this quilt) and one tiny maverick star block (I started out with 1 /38" squares), with creamy muslin elsewhere. I am officially in love with the maverick star block.
I adore the quilting (inspired by this quilt), but the back is where it's at. I love this print so much that I just ordered more, and so didn't even flinch when I used it for the top panel and the pocket.
The pocket is the giving part. The point of the pillow is that it's a secret place to leave surprises in your house for small people (or bigger ones, I suppose!)--a (wrapped, please!) chocolate, a silly note, a penny. Nothing big, and not necessarily just at Christmas time (I have a whole slew of other-seasoned surprise pillows floating around in my mind), just a little, secret, I'm thinking of you message for someone special.
And that button!
Since there's no way I'm going to finish that quilt before Christmas (a side benefit to making this project, my first quilting endeavor--and man, am I hooked on that now!--, is that I realize that I really do need a walking foot; good thing this guy is little or he'd be pucker central), I think I'll carve out some time to make one for our house. It'll ease the pain of sending this one away (at least it's going to a good home!), and I know a three-year-old who would love nothing more than scouting for surprises in pockets. That darling boy of mine!