I picked up not one, but two pieces from the framer yesterday!
Let me show you my "Ann Sandles 1846 Sampler" by With Thy Needle and Thread. I really love how it turned out. The frame is not normally what I would choose to frame a reproduction sampler but I loved how the frame matched the linen and the fillet complimented the colors on the sampler. What do you think? The frame is from Larson Juhl and the framing was done at my local JoAnn's.
The colors in this one are so pretty!!!
The second one is "Her Sampler" by Carriage House Samplings. I also like how this one turned out. I was able to find a frame that kind of complimented the birds in the sampler and a fillet that picked up the mossy greens.
When I picked these up at JoAnn's, Rob (one of the guys in the frame department, not my DH) said,
"We were talking about your work and wondered what you did with them all. Do you give them away? You must have had 40 or more framed here over the last few years."
I told him that I have samplers all over my home and that I do give some away (mostly to my mom) but not many. It is far too expensive a proposition to give them away to someone that doesn't understand the expense and time involved. Just the cost of the pattern, linen and floss (especially if you use silk) are quite hefty, not to mention framing costs.
Do YOU give away many framed pieces?
I told you I'd also show you my progress on Mary Gibson which you can order HERE, if you'd like.
She's coming along nicely. But... do you see the mistake?
Look at the border on the right hand side. Now do you see it?
The base of the strawberries only have one row of stitches leading to the base,
not two! So... all the green below the last strawberry on the right, must come out.
That's what I get for trying to watch "Downton Abbey".
I got season one and two so I could get caught up (it comes on too late for me to watch) and rather than watch what I was stitching, I was watching the characters.
GREAT Show - if you're not already hooked, give it a go.
So, I'm all caught up on Downton Abbey but I have a bit of frogging to do.
BTW, I still owe a couple of you an email with my conversion which I will try to write up this week. I'm stalling because I haven't completely decided on a couple of the colors (the blue-gray for the houses) and I lost one of the NPI tags so don't know the color.
I will also post my conversion (not that it's all that great) here when I make a final decision on a couple of the colors.
Finally today, I'd like to show you some of the great quilts I found at estate sales recently.
The first three were found at the same place:
This one, with it's really soft colors is so pretty and the note attached to it said it was stitched in 1936. I can't remember what this pattern is called but
I love the cut out border.
And finally this doll or baby quilt which someone told me was called a cathedral window pattern but I'm not sure about that.
(that's my momma's baby doll in the wagon)
I think they gave me all three for $75! Quite a bargain, if you ask me.
The white one was stitched in 1926 (see the note below).
This note was/is attached to this little quilt:
Isn't that great?
I think this is one piece of white fabric all hand stitched with the added ruffle.
Here's a close up of the pretty stitching:
I had seen it at the end of the first day of the sale for $50.
But, I was too
cheap frugal to buy it. Yeah, that's it, I'm frugal!
Since it was still there late in the day, I thought I'd go back first thing the next day and try to get it for half price.
I was successful and it only cost me $25.
~ frugality paid off ~
I have no idea when this one was made but I love it and it's soft and worn and beautiful.
One more thing I must share with you. My beautiful niece Brynne (sounds like Lynn) was Annie in her HS musical. Please have a look and a listen:
This is not the best video in the world but she's amazing and I'm so proud of her.
Way to go, Brynne! I love you tons!
Wishing you all a lovely week ahead and thanks so much for dropping by and leaving me a note.
BTW, I think all of our disgruntled posts regarding the new blogger two word format paid off.
The two words are now MUCH easier to read therefore, I'm leaving it turned on.
I have a hard time trying to moderate my comments as they come in (and in responding right away to your lovely notes) because of working full time.
Working really gets in the way of the things I'd really like to do all day long!!!
So, I hope you don't mind the verification thingy. I KNOW you're not a robot!