Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Something New for Someone New

It's always such fun to gift new parents on the arrival of their new baby. So when I heard the news that a friend at church has just had a beautiful baby daughter and given her an amazing name, I wanted to add a little personalisation to a small baby welcome gift.

I started with some lovely fabrics from my (very small) stash, a zip and a plan for an embroidered cushion.

A little bit of Riley Blake and my favourite and only
Heather Bailey, Nicey Jane, print.

Cut patches laid out ready to stitch.

Once the patchwork was stitched together, I traced on my little personalisation design in some water soluble transfer pen, chose some gorgeous co-ordinating perle cottons and grabbed the embroidery hoop to get it all going.

I had planned on making the backing from the Nicey Jane Cherry Hop Dot fabric but then the post man brought me a little bundle of sale fabrics I'd ordered and this fat quarter stripe from Riley Blake.  I loved the contrast with the stripes and the colours were a perfect match.  (Plus it means I can stretch that Nicey Jane a little further another time!)

Isn't her name beautiful?
This little cushion was not without its issues - mainly ones of inexperience with my new machine - and there were moments when in spite of its simplicity I thought it would never come together.  But here it is, all ready for wrapping and gifting and hopefully adding a little blessing to this new family.


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