A young friend that I work with is having a baby girl. The nursery has a nautical theme so the first thing that came to my mind was anchors or boats. Being a girl, neither of those sounded appropriate. Looking through Heirloom Embroidery by Michie Mooney, I came across a page with a nautical/beach theme. My friend Melissa suggested the whale which was a great idea and after seeing a picture of the new nursery, it was perfect. The room is gray with navy and pink accents. Of course using my go to fabric satin batiste, I chose pink with gray whales and blue ocean. The embroidery was fairly simple and was done quickly. The hardest part was doing the lace on the collar. In the past, I have attached the lace after putting the collar together. This time, I pinned the lace to the inside of the collar piece, did a zig-zag stitch over the header, then attached the facing. Unfortunately, some of the lace folded on itself when I attached the facing so I had to pick out stitches here and there to pull it out. Next time, I will attach after putting the collar together.
Here is the finished product right before being mailed to Orlando, its final destination.