One of my longest lingering UFOs is finally completed.
This pillow cover for my space-obsessed kindergartener started as a sample from a reverse-applique circle lesson we had at Guild well over a year ago. I brought a square of Kona coal and a few scraps of Heath and Sketch. I just serendipitously started with the orangey-yellow "sun" circle, and once I had a couple more done I realized that the yellow one looked like the sun and the others like planets.
The design was inspired by a quilt from Garnet Hill that they no longer carry; this one from Land of Nod is similar.
If I had planned it out, I would have left more space around the outside edge -- poor Neptune and Uranus (heh) are falling off the sides of the solar system. I hand-stitched the orbits in a shimmery silverish embroidery floss -- the effect is really nice, though you can't see it in this photo.
I did an envelope closure on the back using "Star Charts" in black from Lizzy House's "Constellations" collection -- a perfect backing for this pillow, so I guess it's serendipitous (again) that I waited this long to complete this project?