The pattern I used is a paper piecing pattern called "Sun Star" from Craftsy. I really enjoyed the last one I made that was similar and finished this one in the same fashion with a patchwork squares border.
On the back I used a Riley Blake green chevron print which reminded me of the star points. For the quilting I outlined the star design and the border. Then I tried a couple of new techniques, pebble stitch and a loopy border design.
I am really starting to like paper piecing! The designs can be so complex and turn out so precise. The only downside is the fabric waste. But the better I get at the process, the less waste I have.
And a mini quilt is the perfect way to try out new quilting techniques. I think it turned out pretty well. :)
For the goodies I included a Moda Fandango "candy bar" stack, a Micron pen, colorful scissors, green and aqua washi tape, and a cute little sewing tin full of mints. I hope my partner enjoys it all!