25 Apr A mother’s love
I’m lucky enough to have two wonderful daughters and I wanted to make them a little Easter present. The idea started with my younger daughter (15). For the last few years whenever I say “I love you”, she replies, “I love you more.” At first, we used to have little verbal wars about who loved who more 🙂 After a while, I stopped talking and just smiled and hugged. But, I figured out how to have the last word – and made her this pillow for Easter. The writing was too narrow to applique so I used an iron on transfer. I haven’t done this much before and totally messed up the first one. This one isn’t perfect either – there are a few spots where I probably should have pressed for longer, but she loves the pillow anyway, still insisting she loves me more.
So, what to make for my older daughter (18)? After coming up with, and discarding, quite a few ideas, I remembered how much she loves the “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters from WWII England (a message which suits her personality quite well). The walls in her bedroom are full and who knows what her college dorm will look like, so I decided that a pillow would be a great way to celebrate her “Keep Calm” love. The WWII posters were apparently hand-lettered, so there is no font that matches exactly but I managed to find one that is very similar. I opted to leave out the crown entirely. I used fusible applique for most of the letters and stitched the “and” using a regular straight stitch. I was rewarded with little squeals of delight!
As usual, after having this idea for at least six weeks, I left the actual sewing until this weekend. It was a little stressful getting it done, but SO worth it.