I had seen something like this floating about, or maybe I was inspired by the LOVE versions, but one of the Christmas projects I didn't get done was a NOEL pillow. I sat down Sunday night and made my own paper piece patterns for the letters. I knew I wanted them to be square because all my pillows are square. One of things I didn't like so much about the LOVE pillow, was having to square it up. Since I was working with printer paper I made them 8.5 inch squares, which along with a 3 inch border would give me a generously sized 20 inch pillow cover.
This is what I made. I haven't put my Christmas fabric scraps away, so I might as well get on top of projects for next year.
I quilted the center before adding the borders, so that I could bury the thread ends under the border. It's a pillow so no one will see the back. I auditioned a bunch of different fabrics for the border, before deciding on this one. I didn't want to use red or green for fear the letters would loose their impact. I didn't want to use white because I have 4 small creatures (human and canine) living in the house. I thought the cream with the dots was a nice compromise.