Many of you may remember that my niece passed away almost two years ago in a tragic hiking accident. As you can imagine, it was a terrible loss for our family. We miss Jen every day.
Almost nine months after Jen died, her cousin (my niece #2) gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She was named after the cousin she will never know, and I love that she was given Jen’s name as a way to remember and honor one who was gone too soon.
This weekend we are in a celebratory mood around here – Baby Jenny just turned one and she is turning out to be quite a little princess!
All little princesses need a name banner for their royal sleeping chambers, so Aunt Beth went right to work!
I used the letter patterns from Jaybird’s Alphabet Soup book to make a name wallhanging. Those letters are so much fun to make!
I took Jenny’s wallhanging to the play area at the local park and had so much fun grabbing these pictures. Several of the children came over to help and asked lots of questions – the one I got a kick out of was ‘are you having a party here?’ I enjoyed having them around and talking with them.
I quilted the banner with silver metallic thread. It adds just the right amount of sparkle, and we all know sparkle is mandatory for a princess!
The backing is the same ombre fabric used to make the letters. I cut off the darkest and the lightest ends and just used the middle section of the fabric for the back. I think the way it fades from one color to the next is soooo pretty.
The binding is the same fabric as well. Looking at this makes me think of hot summer days spent with a cool cup of shaved ice. Yum…
I know that Jen would have loved Baby Jenny – she was such a natural with children, and young kids were drawn to her. So today’s photo shoot at the park seemed like the right thing to do. Working on the banner this week was a lot of fun, although a bit bittersweet at the same time. But I was able to pour all my love for both girls into the banner, and I’m excited to give Princess Jenny such a fun quilted piece.