Along with the snappy mani wallet Mother's Day present, I decided to make my mom a pillow to hold one of her crystal balls. Most of the ones that we have are small spheres with some slight "imperfections" in them. But, we like those, because usually rainbows appear in the cracks and internal wanderings of the gemstone. The honoring and working with the 4 directions (E, S, W, N) are a sacred part of our spiritual practice. So, in aligning with the intent of a portable altar, I used the pincushion design from "Patchwork Please!", which has 4 spokes or petals, and created a 4-directions pillow.
Instead of squaring off the petal shapes on both ends, I included the points, much like a compass rose. Then, I grabbed left over denim from a Mei Tai Baby Carrier I made for my friend when she had her first kids. It was just sturdy enough for the sides to support the weight of a crystal ball or any gemstone.