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« on: October 11, 2009 12:38:57 AM »

i did this piece back in may, for a swap, and realized the other day that i never got around to posting it here!

the theme of the swap was anatomy, and since the person i sent to was a mother (and it was right around mother's day!), i decided to do a piece that showed the anatomy of a pregnant woman. i google image searched and found an image that was detailed enough to make it worthwhile. i traced the image onto some light pink kona cotton using a washaway marker, and picked out 4 different shades of pink/burgundy to embroider with.

this was the final result -

i LOVE how it turned out!

after i finished the embroidery, i cut it to size and cut a piece of quilt batting that matched. i used sewtakeahike's awesome rose tutorial to create fabric roses in the corners, using strips of jersey knit. i played around with them a bit first, and was very thankful that i did - my first attempts were not pretty at all! my biggest problem is that i'm a perfectionist, so i was all concentrating on perfect folds and stuff, and i kept ending up with square roses. eventually i started going with the flow a bit more, and they turned out really cute. i played around a bit with the measurements she gives. the big roses are 3/4", but i think the strip was shorter, and the small roses were 1/2" strips, and again shorter.

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after rinsing, before pressing, obviously!

closeups of the roses

i backed the embroidery and batting with a bright pink kona, and wrote the title and date on the back. (i signed it too, but i've blurred that out...) i added a hanging sleeve at the top before i sewed the binding on, and then handstitched it and the binding down.

i hope you like it! the recipient totally did, and so did i! (the pictures are on flickr, so if you click them, you can go through and see them bigger if you'd like)

originally posted on my blog, but i'm trying to get caught up Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2009 02:23:08 AM »

Ooh that's so neat! I love it, what kind of stitches are around the baby? I love seeing needlework made into a completed project. And thanks for the link to the roses tute, those look fun! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2009 02:45:20 AM »

Very cool! I like it a lot.

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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2009 03:25:40 AM »

Awesome job!

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2009 03:30:50 AM »

I like it a lot.

« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2009 04:56:12 AM »

This is simply adorable! I want one for myself too Cheesy The idea is genious. However, I'd rather leave well alone the roses, but it's only me.

Thumbs up for the anatomy of motherhood!!!!
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2009 05:35:15 AM »

mommy likey. just pushed one out meself.

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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2009 06:26:29 AM »

this is adorableeee!!!

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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2009 06:34:38 AM »

I absolutely LOVE this ... it is perfect!

« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2009 08:43:50 AM »

this is Wonderful!  I just love it Cheesy  The colors you chose are perfect..this is really cool.

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