Thursday, August 15, 2013

For a Little IncrediBoy...


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:


Union Jack - the detailing on his super suit is really crisp and sharp looking!


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!

Linking up:
Fresh Poppy Design

21 comments:

  1. What a great gift! I probably would have cracked up embroidering the Hulk too.

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  2. That is gorgeous!! I adore it and can understand why you began it without an intended recipient. I am gathering for an eye spy quilt because kids prints are so fun, but I don't know anyone with small kids atm to make it for, but I know it'll find a home if i make it!

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  3. Congrats on the incredible job! The pillow is gorgeous - nice touch - the invisible zipper. I am sure that the parents will be so proud to have these handmade gifts adorning their waiting nursery! Have to go read the two back links you provided now!

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  4. Wow! These two pieces of nursery would looks awesome. I love both the pillow and the quilt. The black ribbon looks so great all bundled up.

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  5. So cute Stephanie! I may have to turn my ABC sampler into a pillow too - my son doesn't like his hanging on the wall. Kids love being able to touch and play with that kind of stuff.

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  6. You did an amazing job putting this gift together. I enjoyed seeing your updates and love seeing the finish pillow and blanket. I have no doubt they will be loved just as much as the baby boy.

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  7. Whoa! So much work - it's awesome. I wouldn't be surprised if the dad steals that pillow for himself!

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  8. The pillow is amazing! So much work! I hate cross stitching myself, so I envy you for your patience! ;)

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  9. This is such an awesome gift! I'm sure they will be well loved in their new home :) my nephew would kill for that present! Awesome finish :)

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  10. I love this! Thor, the god of thunder was always my favorite. Congrats on such great projects. Super hero cross stitch -- great idea!

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  11. That is so cool! I'm sure it will really be treasured. I love the Hulk too, by the way!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  12. How cool are you?! This is such a wonderful boy project - lucky lucky!

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  13. Stunning projects and loving your cross stitch, just perfect :)

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  14. Amazing projects! Loving the cross stitch. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Crazy Mom Quilts
    Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  15. I did some cross stitch when I was a teen, so I know the level of involvement here. And this is SICK! I love it up and down and backwards, and then straight down the middle! Now go get some band-aids for those fingers!

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  16. So awesome. I've been drooling over the other patterns from the same designer and I think a few are calling my name :)

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  18. The pillow is so awesome! I'm sure the boy will love it (And the son will, too ;)

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  19. This is just so cute!! Love it.
    Amanda

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