Way, way back in the late 1980's, I taught a little class in machine applique at Needle and Thread, the little quilt shop in Chillicothe, Illinois. This was the block I used for teaching. Actually, I only got about a fourth of it done and really don't remember a lot about the class other than one woman had a machine she didn't know how to use. Awful! I think the few others in the class did get something out of it---at least, I hope so. Such a shame when that happens. This little block was done in satin stitch which was my main method for many years. The secret to pretty satin stitching is how well the thread matches the fabric. One day a few years ago, I finished it - then another time I stipple quilted the piece and made it into a pillow. It has been lying around here waiting to be stuffed for a long time, and I finally did that. Only thing that was left to do was hand sew the opening of the edge closed.
Today is the day that this pillow top started probably 22 or 23 years ago is finished, done, complete!!! Someplace I have a cathedral window pillow top that is almost done. Maybe I will search it out. Have a fun weekend! (Click to enlarge)