Wow you guys! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments on my 35 Squares sampler, you girls sure know how to make me smile! Too kind, you're all too kind! Schwwwwwaaaa! That was a big ol' smootch from me!
Ok, so! A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I stitched up a goodie for my girlfriend Melissa, for her birthday, since I finally shared the last two squares of the stitch-a-long with you, I can start sharing the other stuff I've been up to, yay! I like sharing! Here's how it all went down...
Have you ever consciously known that something, a wedding, a birthday etc. was coming, but somehow it doesn't really dawn on you?? Like you see the date approaching on the calendar, but somehow you don't fully appreciate that the event in question is right upon you? This is what happened to me the night before Mel's b-day. I knew full well that her party was Saturday, and Friday after work, the light finally came on and I realized I hadn't gotten her a birthday gift... awww nuts!
Not to worry, I'd had a vague notion of a little goodie that I wanted to make for her for a while and her birthday was the perfect excuse. The question was, could I get it stitched and sewn in a few hours the night before the party?!? Heck yeah!! I'm a stitchin fool!
Pretty & calm, that was my mantra...ohm...
Water and lotus...ohm...
M is for Marvelous Melissa
More water...more lotus...ohm...
Here's another view to see the top & bottom together.
She likes it!
Yay, I liked it too. Start to finish, it took me about five hours, including a quick trip to the store for the top fabric and a pillow form. I am by no means a fast stitcher, but this is a simple pattern and comes together pretty quick. I got the idea for the stitch combo (ripple and lazy lotus) from my newest crafty book purchase, Sublime Stitching's Embroidered Effects by Jenny Hart. I really like this stitch combination; I even used a tiny version of it in my sampler (square 6).
Saturday morning, I even had time to bust out Mr. Sizzix and whip up a cute bag to put it in... Success!
I love rising to a challenge! Makes me want to hold an embroidered flag and sing (badly) from a mountain top.
Thanks for visitin'