My sister-in-law had a baby this Easter. Inspiration to make something came from her awesome handmade wall art.
Andrew, helped me by handing me the bricks to lay on the floor in the dining room. He seems pleased. I loved the help as I am not the random type, unless I have lots of fabric choices.
This was easy to make and Zoe likes it. She noticed the soft minkee like her blanket and kept grabbing at it.
Each brick is 4.5" by 9.5". I stitched in the ditch and used no batting. Easy peasy, unless Zoe plays with the foot pedal!
The owl was made up as I went along. I coveted the recent Pottery Barn owls, but decided to make my own. The felt eyes were the most difficult. Anna said that the first pair looked liked the eggs I ate for breakfast, sunny side over, so I tried another idea. One pair looked mean and I finally went with these. A pinking blade was used to cut out the eyes that were stitched around the edges. I love that owl fabric.
I used the block idea from the Fresh Poppy Sisters. The Minkee was added for texture. The letters were cut from a computer font paper template and raw edged appliqued with Misty Fuse. I messy-edged the letters, since I knew I would mess up at least twice, and so it would last in the wash. (It is suppose to fray and look cool Becky!) A lightweight interfacing/Pellon from Joanne's was used so the polyester stuffing won't work it's way out of the block.
All this fabric was bought online, at the same time and from the same source. I was really nervous about it since the site had a color coordination system that allows you to pick coordinating fabrics. Go to Hawthorne's and check it out. I experimented with fabric I had in my stash already and the computer "knew" what matched. Awesome! They even shipped it the same day and it got here fast!! My favorite is the Lecien My Folklore fabric.
(The Minkee however took two weeks and held up the process. So, I won't mention that online store!)
Thank you for all of your weekly comments of encouragement! I think I may be kicking the procrasination bug. I have a giveaway here in this post, if any of you might be interested in aqua and red! You don't have to come to the party, but you can still crash it! ;)