When I first started the Superhero Alphabet cross-stitch, I didn't have a specific person or project in mind. I just thought it was super cute and that something would eventually come up. A month later, we found out that a new baby boy would be joining our family in September - and the bonus is that the dad was really into comic books as a kid. Sometimes all the stars line up just right and you get the perfect project for just the right person!
It's a pretty big pillow - 20" square - and it had its bumps along the way (eagle eyed readers can see how I fixed it...not majorly happy with it, but it was better than an unsightly color void that was unfixable any other way), but the pattern is just so adorable and the Robert Kaufman Illustration Ink fabrics are the perfect accompaniment!
I sashed the cross stitch in the two tone black dot and backed it in a portion of the superhero panel that I also used to make the cuddle blanket. And I still have some of that panel left over that I have in mind for another project for work!
This was also the first time that I tried an invisible zipper closure instead of an envelope for the pillow back. I followed the tutorial from Jacquie Gering's Quilting Modern book. It was really simple to follow and I love the clean look it gives the whole pillow!
If I had to pick some of my favorite supers on here, I'd go for two that I would have never expected:
The Hulk - not my favorite character, but I kept cracking myself up as I was embroidering the details for the nipples and rippling abs. Who would have guessed such a thing existed in the cross stitch world?
So now the package is in the mail and off to decorate a super little nursery. I hope that the pillow and blanket are loved as much as this new little baby will be!