Last week I had a farewell party for a work friend and a baby shower for another friend. I made a couple little gifts for these hello and goodbye occasions.
First is a little appliqued wall hanging for my work friend. At the Red Cross (like most workplaces, I'm sure) we use a ton of acronyms. We send DATs on DRs and they need to have CPR and AED training and we ask our MGOs to find gifts to make it all possible. Right? There's a lot to absorb when you're a new employee. So my co-worker started using extra abbreviations to poke fun; she particularly got a kick of calling the restroom the "LGR" (Little Girls' Room) to discreetly say it was time for a break from marathon meetings. Our team thought it would be nice for her to have something to remind her and so I made this:
I just found a font I liked on the computer to print out, traced the letters on to a two sided fusible paper which I then fused to my fabrics, cut them out, ironed them on to some natural linen, and did a zig zag stitch around the sides. I made it 8x10 so we could put it into a cute little frame for her to hang in her own LGR!
Secondly, I made this for a friend who is having a little boy in July:
I couldn't not buy this tiny Columbia fleece. It's the cutest thing I've seen in my entire life. Baby Greer will be about 6 months old in the winter, which is the size of the jacket, so it seemed too perfect to pass up. I had the blue part of the hat mostly done when I got the jacket and found some matching green yarn in my stash, which, again, seemed too perfect to pass up.
It's nice to have smaller projects than quilts sometimes for some more instant gratification!