And another baby sampler is completed. This baby is the first grandchild of my first cousin. I guess that makes the baby my first cousin, twice removed! The grandfather is very close to my age, and I think this baby fills both of us with joy, but also makes us both feel our age! The grandfather has refused to be called 'Granpa' or anything like that. He's going with Pop-Pop. Whatever feels good.
The design is Just Nan's Bluebird Alphabet stitched on 32-ct Vikki linen. I love the overlapping letters and contrasting colors. The little birds in the corners and that adorable nest in the Y (looks kind of like a champagne cocktail, yes?) just make this piece for me. I edited out the baby's last name for privacy. I had planned to just finish with blue cording around the edge, but I was afraid I would mess up the corners, so I went with a more tried and true finish. The backing is the same as the borders. I interfaced the backing and added a layer of batting between the layers, but no board for stiffening, so this is more quilt-like.
I whipped up a quick design for a card to accompany the gift as well. This is a freebie by Ulrike M. that you can find here. I think it translates to "Bunny in the Grass", but don't hold me to that. If you know a better translation, let me know and I'll edit this post. I took the photo before I added a little heart sticker at the top so that's why it seems a little off.