Sunday, July 22, 2012

A sampler that stands the test of time for Sampler Sunday

First, I am waaaay behind in answering comments. I apologize and promise to remedy this situation this evening. Today I have an encore presentation of a sampler that has stood the test of time. This sampler is titled Now Abide. It was designed by Carla Michaels in 1986.


This sampler won a contest put on by Just CrossStitch magazine back in 1987. So this design is 25 years old. I think it has held up well. I tore the pattern out of the magazine and aged it for 10 years before I got around to stitching it. You can see I finished mine in 1997.

I love the flower motifs of this sampler - the blue iris...


the pink peony...


and my favorite, the yellow tulip.


This piece is an anomaly in my collection in that there isn't a house in sight on this one. And while I almost always choose wood tone frames, this one had to have a nice brushed gold one.


I walk by this sampler many time during my day and this verse from Corinthians makes me smile... "the greatest of these is love".


Well I got some quality stitching time in last night while I watched listened to the Reds beat the Brewers - yeah! I was able to finish framing another house on my BBD AoH sampler, and now all I have left is to fill in the roof and the walls - nice mindless stitching. It is a lovely day today weather-wise but hazy, hot and humid are in the forecast for this upcoming week. I will be spending as much time as possible in the basement thanking the Lord for central air-conditioning.

Have a great week! Happy stitching-
carol fun



13 comments:

  1. It's a beauty, and well worth holding onto that pattern for 10 years before making it! :0)

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  2. You truly are making some heirlooms....looks wonderful!

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  3. That is a beautiful sampler!! That's also one of my favorite Bible verses!

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  4. I love that it has your full name, adboe, and date - it is instantly an heirloom in the making!

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  5. That is one gorgeous sampler!

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  6. Just gorgeous! It certainly has stood the test of the time, it's stunning!!

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  7. That is a beautiful sampler.I am also amazed that you held onto the pattern so long before stitching it. That just shows what a great design this is.

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  8. Beautiful! Your stitching is so lovely. :)

    Yes, thanking God daily for air conditioning!

    Hugs to Big Dude and you, too. :)

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  9. I love this one. I actually have it torn out of that magazine too and fermenting in my stash somewhere. Funny I recognized it after all these years!

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  10. You have such a lovely collection of samplers! This one is so pretty!

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  11. Another beautiful sampler, Carol. Lovely colours too.

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  12. What a beautiful sampler Carol! I just love the verse and that it's a little different than normal samplers (sans house).

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  13. Aged your pattern ~ too funny!! I have many that are aging like a fine wine....need more stitching time!
    Lovely sampler and yes, it stands the test of time!

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