For the last 6 months my oldest relish has been stating that she is 2 1/2 with emphasis on the 1/2. She was so adamant that and when I tried to tell her that she was 2 3/4 she cried. I am not kidding. Well, it's time for her to tell everyone she is 3 (for at least one day then she can start saying 3 1/2)! It's crazy thinking back to three years ago when she was so tiny and needed me for every single thing. Now, she is an independent, strong willed child that reminds me of my sister so very much. Not sure if that is a good thing some days, but I always tell people that at least I have 31 years of experience. Ha!
Here she is (Snow White) at her birthday party at school.
For her birthday we decided to only give her meaningful gifts and let the relatives spoil her with all the fun store bought gifts. Keeping with tradition, she gets a scrapbook (I use Shutterfly) that highlights her year. I order two, one for me and one for her to treasure (maybe a little too much). My husband also gets her a new charm from James Avery for her charm bracelet, which we got for her first birthday. This year, we decided on a cruise ship charm, because I truly think that was the highlight of her year. She is still asking about the "big boat" and when we are going again. We even have daydreams about getting on the big boat. I tell her to close her eyes and I try to paint a picture for her to imagine. I am terrible at it but she loves it!
Now that I made you read all about my sweet girl's birthday, I want to share her third gift from me. Some of you(very few) might remember me sharing about Annabelle's Polish history here, you could imagine how delighted I was to come across this beautiful mermaid paper piecing pattern over at Sewing Under Rainbow for the Big City Girl QAL (hosted by ayliN-Nilya). I was very tempted to participate in the entire QAL that started a few weeks ago, but knew that would stretch me thin. This block alone took three days of my sewing time to complete. It was worth every second! I gave big relish a choice between this or a unicorn pillow. While I wished she picked the easier one, I am glad I made this one because it is just so beautiful!
Introducing the Warsaw Mermaid...
I really practiced my FMQ on this piece. It was my first time doing all of these techniques...pebbles, swirls, and FM stitch in the ditch. It really gave me the confidence to move on to bigger quilts and get out of the meandering slump.
I decided to make my mermaid blonde since so is big relish.
Most of my fabrics came from my stash or from my new scrap box that I got two weeks ago; otherwise, I wouldn't have had those colors in my stash. It definitely takes the guilt out of cutting up FQs for just a few scrap pieces.
I used a flax linen for the border, because I didn't want to pull out any of the colors in the block and wanted it to shine on its own. The border is an Amy Butler print and the back (Out to Sea by Sarah Miller) is an adorable red-headed mermaid. Maybe it will remind her of her mother ;).
I made the back using a zipper closure. It was my first time and even though Ive seen lots of tutorials online, I just winged it. If you can make a zippered pouch, you can do this! Oh, and making this block bumped my paper piecing experience up from beginner to advanced! lol
Debbie at Sewzalot gave a great little history lesson about this particular mermaid in Warsaw and you must check it out! And here is an actual picture of the mermaid with the bridge behind it:
Thanks so much for reading all about big relish turning 3 1/2 and her new mermaid pillow. We are currently at the State Fair of Texas eating our heart out and riding the Ferris Wheel in celebration of big relish's birthday!