My dad recently celebrated a birthday, way back in January. I had the wonderful idea to make him an apron, since he's always cooking for someone- whether in the kitchen for family, on the grill, or for his fellow Masons and all the other organizations he's involved with. The apron that I had in mind would feature steaks. I searched and searched for the right fabric but nothing really caught my eye. I wanted it to be quirky and fun, maybe a little retro. Finally, with nearly one week to go and no steak pattern fabric in sight I realized it was time to seek out other options. Enter the amazing Sublime Stitching patterns of Jenny Hart.
Though familiar with Jenny Hart and her embroidery company, I had never used one of her patterns, nor had I done any major embroidery since I was in the 5th or 6th grade when I embroidered a colorful daisy flower on the back pocket of my most favorite jeans. A quick Google search directed me to the company and her then newly released Meaty Treats pattern. I hit the jack pot. With designs for sausage links, and steaks, and hams, and hamburgers, and chicken wings I was equipped to make the most epic food-themed apron for my dad, ever. I would not stop with a single steak. Oh no, I had to add as many items on the apron as I could- complete with a sausage link pennant-like banner across the top from which various meat items would hang and a Sunday ham dinner flanked by two partially eaten chicken wings across the front pocket.