47 Hours in: Beatrix Potter Storybook Sampler II Birth Announcement

Storybook Sampler II

I noticed that my last post about the Ark was at coincidentally at 47 hours too.  Funny.

I like to make these kinds of gifts surprises, however, since I do like to post my progress on my projects, my sister-in-law and her husband might get a sneak preview.  They’re having my nephew in August, and I wanted to make a cross-stitch baby announcement for them.  After much deliberation and help from friends, I’ve decided to go with the Beatrix Potter collection, in case they have more than one child, I can always make another in the same theme!  Smart!

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47 Hours in: The Ark

The last cross-stitch project I started, The Ark, has been put aside since the beginning of the year due to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law’s new child.  As you may have guessed, I do a LOT of cross-stitches for family and friends, and so of course I’m doing one for my new nephew.  But that will be another post in itself.

For now, I’m going to give an update on The Ark.  I’ve invested a total of 47 hours and 44 minutes into it.  I don’t know whether to be excited by that time or frustrated since I’ll have to be taking out probably 20 hours of that work.  (I’ll explain in a moment).

47:44 hours in

47:44 hours in

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Blocks A, D, F, G, J, L, O, T, U, V, and Z : “U is for Unicorn” quilt

I’m not a quilter.  And even though, I decided I wanted to make this quilt.  It’s a pretty ambitious project for a non-quilter, since it’s not just piecing together the same shape to make a pretty pattern.  Fortunately for me, my mom loves to quilt.  I asked her a while ago, if she could only choose one type of craft (and she’s a maven of many) that she could do for the rest of her life, what would she choose.  She chose quilting.  (I’d choose cross-stitching, if you were curious).

Back in 2002, Mom and I went to the Association of Pacific West Quilters show in Seattle.  As a non-quilter, sure it was a little boring, but the quilts were obviously works of art.  That’s where I fell in love with the U is for Unicorn quilt, which just happened to win the Viewers Choice award that year.  As you can see, it’s quite the ambitious piece for a non-quilter.

Mom said she would help me.  And after buying the book, and a couple years of prodding, we finally started putting it together (under the nagging of “I’m not getting any younger!”).

My biggest fear has been, “Am I picking the right colors?”  Mom gave me a fair amount of her fabric stash for the quilt, so I’ve been picking from that, and some fat quarter collections I’ve picked up at a couple fairs (the golds and greens I wanted had to be fairly precise).  I even scoured the internet for the perfect background fabric–something similar to the quilt I saw back in 2002.

Mom’s also got a fancy Bernina sewing machine.  So it was pretty much understood I’d be doing the bulk of the grunt work (picking the colors, cutting out the tiny appliqué pieces from the fabric, ironing them on to the background), while she did the satin stitching, and most likely the finishing quilting stitching.  I think we’ve done a pretty fine job so far!

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