Lifetime good friends are the best. My friend Margo has stood by me through childbirth and through the loss of a child. We don't live close to each other any more but I know she is always there for me. She shares her birthday with Stephen, the son we lost too soon. I'll be sending her a little gift this year.
The pattern is a paper-piecing pattern called Southern Star created by Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane.