Sunday, December 19, 2010

Birth announcement hoop

Since the wedding announcement hoop I made for Kelli turned out so well, I decided to give the concept another go! This time, it is for a sweet baby girl of old friends of ours. As they live out of town, I hadn't had the chance to meet Julianna yet, but will be seeing her over the holidays so I wanted to make a little something special.

I was inspired by this mini quilt on Flickr. I used some scraps for the clothes on the line and for the little birdy, then outlined them all by machine in black thread to make them pop. I included a red polka dot dress on the clothesline, as I also bought Julianna one of those from the Gap!


I did some hand stitching as well, for the clothes pins, the bird's beak, and for the sunshine.

Used 2 layers of fabric for the sun, and my pinking shears were perfect edging! Added some orange along with yellow for some contrast.


All stitched onto some crisp white linen, the stuff that I picked up at the thrift store for under a dollar for a yard (just had to brag about that again). I ink stamped Julianna's name and birth date onto the linen with black ink, though this linen didn't absorb it quite as well as the natural linen had, and therefore is a bit lighter than I would like, but I still like the fun informal look of this addition! A little blue bow to finish it off, as opposed to the typical pink, and voila! A sweet little keepsake to hang on the wall. Almost makes me want another baby.......HA!

13 comments:

Liz said...

What a great gift! That is so cute!

razberiswrl said...

That is positively adorable. I love it!!

Little Blue Mouse said...

That is gorgeous. I love the little birdy and that you've used red polka dot fabric for the dress like the one you bought for Julianna.

QuiltyGirl said...

So cute! I love all of the hoops that you've come up with.

Aunt Spicy said...

This is just the cutest announcement ever

Amanda said...

I love this! I featured it on my site today! Come grab my NEW button - it's so pretty! :) Hope you have a blessed day!

Amanda
todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

Naturally Carol said...

A very sweet present...I love the hand stitched parts on the 'sun'...they are just right! Thank you for your lovely commments about the apron too.

randi said...

what a GREAT idea! i simply love this!

Quiltstory said...

Oh my goodness! Every week you have something that makes me want to drop everything. My brain is running thinking of ideas for me to do one! LOVE! Did you use any fusible web? do you just do free motion on the outlining ?

emedoodle said...

Wow that's amazing! Breathtaking!

Anonymous said...

LOVE it!!

- Julianna Muriel (and her Mom!)

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

featured this adorable hoop on my blog today

http://www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I love this embroidery hoop! So much so that I made one of my own that was inspired by it :)

http://www.gwennypenny.com/2011/06/birth-announcement-embroidery-hoop.html