A couple of posts ago, I wrote about a throw pillow I had made from felt circles. The background for that pillow was a scrappy combination of neutral diamonds. It turned out that the neutrals that I chose were *really* close in value and after I put them all together, you just couldn't see any difference at all! What showed up was the stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. Attractive, but not quite what I had in mind.
I must admit I have a real problem doing "random". My mind (as chaotic as Mr. Pirate claims that it is) doesn't DO random. So, I fell back to an orderly, columnar arrangement, which is where I ran into problems. Because I didn't have a LOT of a variety of colors, what I ended up with was a long, skinny rectangle ... good for a wall-hanging, but not what I wanted.
Here are the works-in-progress ... 2 mostly square pillow tops and one rectangular pillow top (just for variety). Gosh, one of these days, I just might get *really* wild and do a circular pillow!
I own the original Sizzix, which has a limit to the size of the dies it will accept.
BUT, I fortunately have a neighbor who is into scrapbooking and making greeting cards BIG TIME. She has the Sizzix Big Shot Express, which is the *electric* version. Wowsers, it's awesome having the die cut machine move the dies for you! :-) She lets me use her Big Shot Express when I need it, as well as any of her dies that I find interesting. In return, I have purchased some dies for use with the Big Shot that I *hope* will be suitable for applique and she will certainly be able to use my dies.
And I'll wait until Joann's has a sale on pillow inserts before I get them, since I don't "need" these pillows for any particular occasion or any specific person.