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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Finished border....


I've been working on this sampler in between other projects and I just finished the border last night.
This sampler has been on my mind for a long long time....my first thought for it was to be a wedding sampler.....but I'm going to let it take me in the direction it wants to go.
I chose Weeks Dye Works 'Coca' 30 count linen and Gentle Arts cotton floss.

These colors of linen and floss remind me so much of my Great Grandma.....she had an apron with similar flowers.  And I can't count the hours I spent hanging from it while she worked away in the kitchen.
 
On days like today I can close my eyes and hear her snapping beans and chopping veggies and the sizzle of the pan on the stove.....the smell of fresh air as the breeze blows thru the open windows of the kitchen.
And I remember a yellow canary by the kitchen window that would sing when she talked to it.
 
We've had so much rain lately....you can really smell the grass and the trees and the flowers.
Even the birds singing remind me so much of being back in that wonderful old kitchen.

My Grandma taught me that hard work won't kill you.  She was a stickler for a clean house, fresh linens and neat gardens.
And my Great Grandma taught me cooking with fresh produce right from your own garden always tastes the best and she is my inspiration for my love of samplers, stitching and handwork.

So, I think I'm going to let them guide me......I'm going to take my memories of them and wrap them up in this sampler.
Will it be a wedding sampler??  I'm not sure what it wants to be yet.

If not it will come out in a sampler one of these days.
  I've had this great big ol' frame that's been staring me down....maybe it's meant to show off the wedding sampler.


It feels so good to be stitching again.  
I can feel my soul getting stronger and my creativity gaining momentum.


Until next time my friends....




16 comments:

taylors*farmhouse*attic said...

Absolutely beautiful Stacy!!!...I love the muted colors!!!...I can't wait to see what the sampler tells you it wants to be.~~hugs,Jen

Annemarie said...

What a lovely way to remember your Great-Grandmother. And what a gorgeous flowery border. I'm sure wherever the sampler takes you, it will be delightful.

Peggy H. said...

I LOVE that border!

Peggy H.
www.neverenoughstash.blogspot.com

Tammy said...

I hope the joy in your beautiful sampler continues and increases. Best wishes.

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Wanna stitch this, no matter what! Have a great day Stac:)

Janet - underthewillow said...

that's beautiful!...I want to stitch that! LOL...can't wait to see the rest!

Janet

moosecraft said...

Looks like another goodie!!!! I can't wait to see it finished! I already know I'm going to want the pattern... :-)

TheCrankyCrow said...

Gorgeous Stacy~Love the story that it being stitched in it even more I think. Hugs & Blessings my friend, Robin

Melissa said...

Oh gosh, Stacy, that's sooooo-o lovely! I want to stitch it too!

It's a lovely way to remember your Grandma. Looking forward to seeing more! Have fun!

Kattywhompus Primitives said...

Lovely post...the memories of your Gram are so precious. Thank you for sharing.
Rhonda

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Sounds to me like it wants to be Memories of Grandmother - or For the Love of Grandmother...

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

Wherever your heart takes you it will be wonderful! Love the story of your Grandma, your description made me feel as if I was there with you.... ~Kriss~

pendlestitches said...

This is so beautiful...just delightful.

Cinlyn said...

Beautiful! And what great memories! Thanks for sharing them with us! I look forward to seeing the finished "story"!

Humble Crow Creations said...

Beautiful Work Stacy!!! I love stitchings, your work is wonderful!!!!

Tammy

JOLENE said...

I love, love, love this design! It reminds me of my childhood, also. Grandma, Grandpa, the roosters/chicken coop, the arched trellis made by my Grandpa which reminds me of a beautiful photograph of my Father and his brother when they were young. I used to help grandma pick strawberries and raspberries for jam. And many an hour I set and snapped beams, shucked corn, shelled peas, etc. for home canning. The watering can and flowers which were a huge part of my grandparents life. I could go on and on....thank you for such a fabulous pattern, I am going to tweak a few things and stitch this in honor of my grandparents and where they were born, raised and resided....Koosharem. I have so many fond memories and this piece brings a smile to my face....