Saturday, December 11, 2010

an ornament and an anniversary.

Five of my wonderful online quilting friends and I are doing an ornament swap for Christmas. My contribution is this 3in Rudolph hoop.
I used raw edge applique plus a couple different shades of linen, American Jane rulers in red, and Lush woodgrain to make this cute little reindeer. I really love raw edge applique, it is so much fun to do! As with the girl on the swing hoop I made last month, I used some black thread to outline each piece of fabric after using fusible web to attach it to the background, which I believe is Kona Bone (or maybe Snow?). If you have never tried this technique, you really have to! Be sure to check out my friend Aneela's tutorial.
The backing is Crosshatch (I think that is the name!) from Early Bird by Cosmo Cricket. I really love this fabric and have it in all three colorways. I use them all very often, it is a great staple for your stash.
Here is a shot from the side. I used this really great tutorial (found here) to finish off the hoop and give it a nicely padded look. Now I just need to find some cute red ribbon to tie on the top and it will be ready for the mail.

And now I'm off. Today is our 6th anniversary, and I get to spend the day with my best friend.
We are very blessed.

xoxo, A

18 comments:

bulabean said...

That is soo cute!! These would make great tree hanging ornaments without the hoop too, I bet :) Happy Anniversary!

Rachel said...

Congrats on your anniversary! My husband and I are going out tonight, too. Our anniversary is tomorrow. Fourteen years!
BTW- The ornaments are cute!

Cara said...

Congrats! The ornament is great too.

Jeni said...

GAHH! It turned out so cute! Love it!

We think you're pretty wonderful too :)

Happy Anniversary! You two are so cute together!

Betty Crocker Ass said...

He is so so cute!
I'm glad I get to be counted as one of those friends...can't wait to meet in person-so it can't stop being just online dating.

Happy anniversary...enjoy your date.

AMKreations said...

He's so cute!

Meg said...

Cute ornament! Happy anniversary!

Amanda Elizabeth said...

HAHA~ Like Jen said, I'm over online dating, LETS HANG OUT!!!!

That ornament seriously KILLS ME!!! I love love love it!

And happy happy happy anniversary!!!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Happy anniversary, friend!! Best wishes for many, many more.

comfortstitching said...

Congrats to you both on six years!!!!
We just had our 11th wedding anniversary last Saturday (cos were old like that) too.
Here's to many more celebrations!!!

Rachel Hauser said...

Happy, Happy anniversary!!! Now that you're past those first 5 years, marriage just gets better and better. Have fun!

Anna said...

love the ornament and happy anniversary, hope you had fun!

Naturally Carol said...

I've just found you from Quiltstory...love your sewing projects especially the cushions!

Phyllis said...

Love the ornament. It is too cute! Hope you have a great anniversary.

Kelly MIller said...

Hope you had a wonderful Anniversary! LOVE that ornament! You always see santas, snowman, etc but hardly any reindeer ones anymore!

urban craft said...

your little reindeer is so sweet. What a wonderful treasure!

Christina said...

I LOVE your little ornament! I forget it someone said they already got it or if there is still hope it's on it's way to me... Either way, totally love it! And a belated happy anniversary to you!!

Kelli said...

I LOVE your ornament! It is so simple and sweet, yet so special. Great job and Happy Aniversary to you too!!