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Make It : A Patchwork Pillow

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Our dear friend Laura Normandin is having a baby! We made a collective gift for Laura—an embroidered patchwork pillow. Athena cut small squares of linen, we each embroidered one or two, and then Steph assembled them into a pillow. It was great seeing all the different styles and techniques together—a personal gift with a lot of character!

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We did an alphabet sampler scattered through the pillow.  Steph did QRS with little rain droplets.

1 We did an alphabet sampler scattered through the pillow. Steph did QRS with little rain droplets.

Squares done by Jodi, Morgan, and Athena.

2 Squares done by Jodi, Morgan, and Athena.

Steph very carefully arranged and rearranged the squares until she found the perfect configuration.

3 Steph very carefully arranged and rearranged the squares until she found the perfect configuration.

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All sewn and ready for the pillow and backing!

6 All sewn and ready for the pillow and backing!

Even the back looks pretty!

7 Even the back looks pretty!

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Laura posted a picture of the completed pillow on her blog.

We gave Laura her pillow at a shower we hosted recently. In the spirit of stereotypical pregnancy cravings, the shower was pickles and ice cream themed. Check out the gallery below for some shots from the party!

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We added kraft paper

1 We added kraft paper "cones" to helium balloon "ice cream scoops."

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Steph made some cucumber tea sandwiches.

4 Steph made some cucumber tea sandwiches.

I love the way Steph arranged her sandwiches!

5 I love the way Steph arranged her sandwiches!

Marcie made pickle-shaped cookies for homemade ice cream sandwiches- yum!

6 Marcie made pickle-shaped cookies for homemade ice cream sandwiches- yum!

Morgan made a delicious lemon-ginger spritzer.

7 Morgan made a delicious lemon-ginger spritzer.

And the guest of honor- Laura!

8 And the guest of honor- Laura!

With her lovely husband Ben- the proud parents-to-be.

9 With her lovely husband Ben- the proud parents-to-be.

Steph passes out snacks.

10 Steph passes out snacks.

Notice how Kylie's gift on the lower right is wrapped to look like Neapolitan ice cream- too cute!

11 Notice how Kylie's gift on the lower right is wrapped to look like Neapolitan ice cream- too cute!

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Kylie couldn't wait for the real ice cream to be served.

13 Kylie couldn't wait for the real ice cream to be served.

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