My friend Katie brought back all but one of these lovely reverse-appliqued pieces when she visited Panama this December. How cool and amazing are they? I love all the colour! Since I hadn't switched out my pillowcases since I'd made my own reverse-applique pillows back in 2008, it was high time to change things up in here. So, the panamanian pieces, with a bit of bright fabric from IKEA, made three new pillows. The olive green one with the swirling pattern came from Laos in the 1970s; my mother-in-law gave it to me about 10 years ago, because she was so happy to finally have someone in her family life who loved olive green and appreciated textiles! At long last, I feel like I'm doing this gift some justice. Plus, I like that these brights seem to make our red walls make sense, rather than seeming like crazy colour overload (which I'd feared would happen; I have to admit I haven't got the greatest decorating sense).