Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bluebird Alphabet Baby Sampler

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.


23 comments:

Margaret said...

Just lovely!! I've been enamored of that Just Nan design and this is the perfect use for it! Love the card as well. So much fun! I love how you use these non birth designs for birth samplers!

Lee said...

You have chosen a Lovely design and given it a lovely finish

Cole said...

A beautiful gift!

Theresa said...

Awesome finish!!!! I love the sampler!!!!!

Nicky said...

What a beautiful baby gift Annie, I really love the little lower case letters within the cross stitched ones. Sweet card too....

Jane Galley said...

I love these alphabets. My dad became a great grandfather twice last year, doesn't seem possible, lol. Makes me a great aunt!

♥ Nia said...

Your sampler looks so pretty!! Love the colours :)
Both great finishes, congrats sweetie!!
Have a great week :)

Carol said...

Another pretty and non-traditional birth sampler, Annie--you certainly are having a baby boom in your area lately :) I really like how you do the binding around the edges on your finishes and the blue in this one looks great with the blues and greens in the sampler. I hope you get a few cuddles in with the new baby--there is nothing like it, is there?!

Have a great week--it's finally warming up, I see :)

Jackie said...

I love the overlapping alphabet too! Such a great idea for a birth sampler. Sure to be a treasured item!

Ranae said...

Super nice baby sampler, love the colors
Cute card too

Vickie said...

Beautifully done and finished. Love it.

Kissy said...

Amazing design, I love the colors too!
"Häschen in der Grube" is a German children's song. Grube does mean pit. I guess the rabbit hole (or whatever it's called where they live) is meant.

Poppy said...

Hello

Just found your blog.
Your finishes are lovely, especially the rabbit.
Happy stitching!

Kate said...

A beautiful finish. It makes a lovely gift.

zoomcity said...

They are both beautiful finishes. I'm partial to small bunnies and hearts, but I love the finish of the birth sampler.

Nima said...

It is a lovely sampler Annie..

Melanie said...

This is another wonderful baby sampler. LOVE it!! :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow what perfect gift and card!!! Your work is beautiful!

Claire said...

Great finish.

Sandra said...

Annie that baby sampler is so pretty!!! You are gifted for choosing the right pattern and the perfect colors scheme for them.

The bunny is so sweet <3

Hetti said...

What a very lovely embroidery for a baby with the alphabeth, birds and the green colors Annie!
XXX Hetti

Anne said...

Very beautiful sampler and so cute of a blue bunny!! :)

Robin said...

Adorable blue bird sampler!