Actually, I'm pretty impressed with my first pillow. I opted out of mitering the corners or adding trim because it was my first sewn pillow effort but maybe next time. This pillow and the little pink book next to it will be given to my friend today or tomorrow.
If you're the praying type, please add Melissa to your prayers. She could really use them. If you're not the praying type, then we'd gladly accept any good thoughts/vibes you can muster. Thanks to everyone -- your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated.
Now for more pillow information in case some readers are interested... I got the finishing techniques from a book titled "Needlework from Stitch to Finish" by Summer Louise Truswell. She has a way of making things so much easier! The pillow measures right at 12" x 12". It is framed and backed with a pink ribbon breast cancer fabric I purchased at Hancock Fabrics earlier this week. The pattern is from Gloria & Pat and is free! It can easily be found using Google...just do a search on "Gloria Pat free What Cancer Cannot Do" (or something similar) and it should be the first thing that pops up on the list.
Thanks for looking and thanks for your comments. *hugs*