After two full weeks of fun and sewing, my Aunt Rheeta just left for home in Indiana. Her suitcase is stuffed to the limit with finished projects. I’ll share details of those wonderful items in a future post.
With Easter just around the corner, this seemed like a good time to re-run this post and offer the free Easter grass design again. Take a look at the grass and eggs under Harry and Alastair’s names. That is the free design.
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It also might give you some ideas for decorating your own baskets and other Easter projects. There is another Easter freebie rerun in the queue so check back for that in the next few days. I’ve got to get started on my grandchildren’s outfits!
My struggle to break away from spring gardening was put to rest when two days of much needed, non-stop rain fell on Glenwood. As it poured, I planned Vivian Rose’s size 2 Easter dress, pulled out all the goods needed and even did a little work on the fancyband.
In the midst of planning the granddaughters’ Easter finery, a huge, eagerly awaited box arrived with these 5 baskets. That box changed my direction right then and there. I had to get them personalized and out of my way. They will be used at our church’s Bunny Lunch and egg hunt as well as on Easter morning.
One is for the 6 month old Harry, the long awaited first grandchild of a beloved friend. The little guy won’t be hunting eggs this Easter, but his grandmother wanted him to have a special basket for his first Easter.
Harry’s basket was a challenge because my friend asked me to include a frog if possible. I’m not sure that goofy amphibian passes for an “a” but I hope it is close enough. After the Precious Boy Child blanket, I was focused on substituting an animal for a letter, hence the frog/a. After it was finished, I wished I had just nestled a tiny frog in the grass.
Speaking of grass, I frequently use the greenery design used on Harry and Alastair’s baskets. I think it might be equally useful for you readers. Suzanne Sawko and I often discuss how we prefer embroidered figures to be anchored, somehow, to the ground or something else. Suzanne digitized the grass, which is best stitched with a fine machine embroidery thread such as DMC 50/2 or Mettler 60/2. But regular 40 wt. thread also works.
The grass provides a great foundation for the addition of other elements. . Each basket is embroidered with a combination of grass and other designs from here and there.
I am so pleased to have these finished–well, I think I am finished. Almost 9 yo grandson Robert has yet to declare his preference for a plain basket, basket with an unembellished liner or basket with embroidery like his sister’s and cousins’. To proceed without his input might, in the end, be a waste of time and a waste of a cute Easter basket. The blue one is in reserve while he deliberates.
The bunny design on Vivian Rose’s basket is from Bernina’s Warm Wishes from Ingrid collection. It had to be rearranged somewhat to accommodate Vivian’s name but I was pleased to be able to use it again. The lettering for her name is from Five Star Fonts Jazz alphabet.
So the children have Easter baskets, but still no Easter outfits. Back to the sewing room.
I’d love to see your Easter projects.