Belated Happy Birthday Natalie

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Mother's day was very nice. I hope everyone had a good day. It was a double holiday at our house.
Natalie had to share her birthday with Mother's Day. She was actually born on Mother's Day 27 years ago. Of course when she was born it didn't occur to me someday she'd be a mom and occasionally have Mother's Day on her birthday. But right now motherhood is still a couple years away for her (I think). Both of us got some lovely gifts and we spent a nice the day with family after church.
I thought I would share the things I gave Natalie for her birthday since they are fabric/quilt related. Months ago she told me she wanted the "Happy Trails" line of fabric. Well that line has been off most quilt shops shelves for a while so it took some online tracking, but I found 15 of the prints from that line. Since Natalie and Justin's upcoming wedding is cowboy related I thought this was a good gift. I bought a fabric covered cowboy tin from etsy.com and put in all the fabric.
One other thing Natalie asked for was an appliqued bird pattern version of my "In the Leafy Treetops" quilt. She prefers to applique and I was flattered that she wanted to make a quilt (sometime in the future) like my little birdie creation. So I made her a pot holder using the appliqued bird idea to illustrate what the applique quilt version would look like.
The fabric for the little bird and wing is vintage feed sack picked with Natalie's taste in mind. I appliqued the bird on cotton/linen. And after hand appliqueing I used sketch machine embroidery to outline the bird and draw in features. I then machine quilted the potholder. It was so fun to do. I loved making it. It made me want to make a whole quilt with appliqued birds staging them slightly different than my original quilt.

-nanette
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32 comments

Sherri said...

Sounds like you both had a terrific day! I love the pot- holder with your bird applique'! Isn't it funny how each small project can make us think of another and another we want to do...no wonder our quilting lists never get any shorter! Have a great day!

Millie said...

Sounds like mom and daughter had a good day. Happy Birthday too.

alobsiger said...

What a lovely day for all celebrants. :-) My daughter was born near Easter and it's especially fun when her birthday falls near Easter. Love the applique Treetops birdy! Very festive! Happy everything!

rachel griffith said...

awww.
happy 27th birthday natalie.

{holy moly i JUST realized, i'm gonna be 27 in less than 4 months!!!}

sounds like you had a nice mother's day nanette.
i ♥ the birdie pot holder.
i think that a whole quilt would be too cute for words.

Messy Karen said...

you both have so much to celebrate. love the birdie potholder. the creativity sure does multiply in your family.

Purple and Paisley said...

happy bday, natalie! love the fabric and the applique bird is darling! ☺

MichelleB said...

Happy Birthday Natalie! That applique bird potholder is adorable! I LOVE it!

Fiesta said...

lovely daughter, awesome fabric an i love the birdie.

Lori Holt said...

I'm glad that you two had a nice celebration together with family.
I's great that you found some happy trails for Natalie- I really like that line.
Nanette, I love the applique bird but that's not a big suprise, you know I'm partial to applique!
lori

v said...

V. here...
I think Mothers Day was great everywhere. Cute Fab and cute birdies!!! V.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Sounds like you all had a great Mother's Day and Birthday. Happy Birthday Natalie.
Nanette the post hold is so cute.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Nedra said...

Natalie has very beautiful blue eyes. I love the pot holder version of in the leafy tree tops. How do you get it all done?

Sandi said...

Happy Birthday, Natalie! She is so lucky to get that cowboy tin filled with Happy Trails fabric!! What a nice mom you are! And then you made her a birdie potholder!! Stars in Heaven for you!

Rumi said...

Happy Birthday Natalie! Nice birthday gifts. Is there a cowboy quilt in the works I wonder.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a nice touch to put the cowboy fabric in the special tin. And I really like the bird applique - I think you should do a entire quilt like that!

Jenny said...

I think it's so funny that we both have Natalie's whose birthdays are in may! I also love the birdie applique!

julieQ said...

A double celebration! What fun, and a lovely daughter...hope you had a great day!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Happy Birthday nat!! It sounds as if Mothers day was quite a wonderful time, love the fabric you got for her and the tin!! How cute! I am sure she loved the pot holder as well. looks like fun was had by all!!

belinda said...

Sounds and looks like a good day all around. Great fabrics and the potholder is 'chirpy' cute!!

Dawn said...

I'm glad you had a good Mother's Day!! Happy Birthday to Natlaie!! Your potholder is darling!!

Candace said...

Happy birthday to Natalie - it surely was a bonus day for you both, Nanette! She sounds like a real outdoorsy gal - horses, birds, etc!
Cheers!

Kritta22 said...

Happy birthday Nat!!

It sounds like a great day for all.

I had Connor June 15. He got to come home from the hospital on Father's day. Last year his birthday was on father's day.

I didn't think that one through all the way! :) I just wanted the stinking baby out! :)

Kritta22 said...

Happy birthday Nat!!

It sounds like a great day for all.

I had Connor June 15. He got to come home from the hospital on Father's day. Last year his birthday was on father's day.

I didn't think that one through all the way! :) I just wanted the stinking baby out! :)

Kritta22 said...

Happy birthday Nat!!

It sounds like a great day for all.

I had Connor June 15. He got to come home from the hospital on Father's day. Last year his birthday was on father's day.

I didn't think that one through all the way! :) I just wanted the stinking baby out! :)

LuAnn said...

Happy Mother's Day to you and Happy Birthday to your daughter.

Living on the Spit said...

Happy Birthday Natalie...Nanette...what a great Mom you are...that is such a wonderfully thoughtful gift. Can I be adopted by you...come on, what is one more daughter? Okay...so maybe I can be your sister. Yeah, that's it.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Sew Many Ways... said...

So glad you both had a wonderful day. The fabric and the tin are just great. It will be such a special quilt when it's finished.
~Karen~

dotti white said...

Nanette...it sounds like your mother's day was delightful. Ours was busy but very nice, as well. The little birdie from "In the Leafy Tree Tops" is precious! I'm sure your daughter loved it! Have a great week!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Happy birthday Natalie. What a beautiful young woman you are. It sounds like Nanette had a great day too. I love the little bird and the stitching you did on the potholder. Very creative.

Jenny said...

Potholder is so cute! I love your In Leafy Treetop quilt.

Rhondi said...

My daughter is 27 also, born on May 14!

Eileen said...

This is so nice, that Natalie's birthday was on Mother's Day.. :-)
Love that! And the bird on the potholder.. so creative and wonderful. You have so many good ideas.. and everything turns out so cute!