Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday Wonders

I'm soooooo enjoying reading through all your comments and am so sorry I can't answer them each and every one but there are some things I would like to tell you more of.......

This is one of the largest samplers I made back a couple of years ago. I spent about 9 months on it. I was fortunate to have heard about a SAL through a LNS, formerly the Dogwood Patch, now the Stitch Store and I dived into working on this piece. This is called Quaker Christmas by Bygone Stitches.

I thoroughly enjoyed working this large piece and carried it with me everywhere. This one, when finished I did get professionally framed and I was very pleased with it but that did encourage me to frame my future ones on my own because of the high cost.

I used the recommended fibers in the design. Many in our group stitched using different colors and each was so beautiful!  The beauty of taking one design and interpreting and expressing those differences was so exciting fot the stitch-a-long group.

I finished it then in late October and it's been hanging in my front room in a group of samplers ever since. I do not take it down after Christmas. The flash in the pic above makes it look lighter than it really is.

This is a better pic of the true lighting in our house.

This sampler took 20 skeins of Crescent Colors Balsam Fir cotton floss, CC Ye Old Gold skein for the angel and the cross, and 1 skein of CC Cupid for the red.

The stitch count is 320 x 205. I stitched 2 over 2 it's on 32 count (if I remember right) linen of the exact name I can't remember at this time...........Framed by a shop called Joan of Art in Hawaissee, Ga who did a great job!

I remember when choosing I was quite distracted by another sampler about this size, Quaker Virtues by Bygone Stitches. I loved it too but I chose this one to work on.

And then this started a sampler wall in our front room.

The other samplers on this wall are from Homespun Elegance, The Sampler Girl, My Big Toe, the Scarlet Letter and one I can't remember at the top that I stitched a long time ago. The one from the Scarlet Letter is actually one of 2 sets, I have another one in my WIP pile which I started and completed about 1/3 of it, nearly 1/2, but took a break as it is 1 over 1.

Thanks again for all the comments!  If you haven't entered the giveaway, you may click HERE

Well, best get ready for bed. It's been a very busy 3 days and I'm pooped out and for this nightowl, I must be tired to go to bed at 10:30pm!  :o


  1. I love that Quaker Christmas sampler and just about any sampler! I have just finished the Beatrix Potter Quaker sampler. It took me 23 months to finish even with an SAL encouraging me! Your sampler wall is great.

  2. Quaker Christmas is absolutely gorgeous - I love it - what a grand accomplishment !!!!

  3. O what a nice job you have done.
    I hope to stitch once this sampler to, it's beautiful!!
    Have fun with your sampler wall.
    Regards Riet.

  4. It's beautiful Jennifer.
    What an accomplishment.
    Give Abbie a pat on the head for me. :)

  5. Your Quaker Christmas sampler is stunning. I am so tempted to stitch this one too!

  6. Your Quaker Christmas sampler is gorgeous! I've never seen it in person and it's much larger than I thought.

  7. I love Quaker Christmas! I stitched it myself the other year and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  8. Oh that sampler is just beautiful. And your sampler wall is fabulous!

  9. Quaker Christmas is stunning and I love your sampler wall!

  10. Beautiful sampler!
    I must head over to my blog and extend your giveaway deadline date.

  11. Your Quaker Sampler is positively stunning, I have always wanted to do a large sampler but never have.
    Your sampler display is georgous, I love the candles and the great lamp.
    Thank-you Jennifer for all your postings I love reading about you and your family and of course Miss Abigale herself.
    Merry Christmas

  12. What a beautiful piece. When you work on something so large it really is great when you see the labor of your love.

  13. Wow that is huge: and inspirational. I have a massive sampler to do and I think you may have tipped up the scales as to whether I do it or not. I think I will. Thank you.

  14. Wow! This Quaker Christmas is one of my favorites of all time, and if I ever am able to par my WIP pile down a bit I would definitely order it!! Also, I must say, I love your header picture!! Your house is shaped like a barn, how awesome is that?! =) It's gorgeous!! With the snow and all, very holiday like!!

  15. I love Quaker Christmas! Great job Jennifer!

  16. It's such an amazing piece! :)
    A wonderful job.

  17. Quaker Christmas turned out lovely, as are all your other samplers. You should be really proud. :)

  18. OMG that is remarkable! I adore your work! Guess I am not as contemporaneous as your usual readers! I swear I have fallen in love with this blog... Incredible writing! You're an amazingly talented person, keep up the individuality :)


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