Sunday, July 15, 2012

A happy happenstance on Sampler Sunday

I was out picking up some yogurt today and ran into Joanns to pick up a pad of tracing paper. As I was wondering down the aisle I heard the sound of a staple gun and decided to go back and say "hi" to Bev, my wonderful framer. Low and behold she had just finished framing Willie's Quaker Band Sampler and was going to give me a call - happy happenstance! And without further ado....


Isn't it wonderful??? The frame is perfect, simply perfect. Bev commented that the molding they sent her was even prettier than the sample she had. Look at the gorgeous grain in this frame.



It has a beautiful sheen and depth. Bev said it was solid cherry and I suppose like almost everything in life, quality shows.

Here are a few closeups on different sections of this sampler.



This section is my favorite - first I love the star motif, it makes me think of a quilt block and second, those little blue birds.


Now to me these birds are symbols of my two sons, similar but different. I purposely stitched the tails not to be identical. I love being to add little bits of myself to my stitching.

This piece finished 31 inches high and 10 inches wide. The linen was 32 count cream color linen. The DMC colors I used were -
731 and 734 - olive greens
152 and 223 - rose
924 and 936 - turquoise
676 and 680 - gold
610 and 612 - taupe
3776 and 3827 - pumpkin
781- gold - for the alphabet

I have long term plans for a sampler wall that will just be Quaker pieces. Along with Willie I have stitched the Beatrix Potter Quaker sampler (here's a link to mine) and I have a bunch of charts I can't wait to get to. I didn't even know that Quaker samplers existed until about 2 years ago and now I can't get enough of them.

Happy stitching-
carol fun

28 comments:

  1. Oh my! That is just gorgeous.

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  2. Your stitching is exquisite!! This is my next project. The frame you picked was wonderful. I am really looking forward to starting this thanks to you!!

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  3. Beautiful sampler as usual and lovely frame too!

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  4. I have been away and am hopelessly behind on my blog reading. What a delight to find you, and this beautiful piece, at the top when I opened up my reader! You do such a beautiful job of choosing the perfect frames for your cross stitch projects! I have loved that piece since you first shared it with us which wasn't that long ago - you are fast! The colors in this are gorgeous and your personal touches make it an instant heirloom.

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  5. What a beautiful sampler! I'd love to try my hand at stitching that one! :0)

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  6. A beautiful frame for a pretty sampler!

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  7. Carol, your sampler is gorgeous - the frame is perfect for it. I so admire your beautiful stitching. All of your work is wonderful!

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  8. The cherry frame is just perfection. It shows it off very nicely. The colors in the sampler are wonderful. Glad you were there and able to pick it up.

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  9. Gorgeous! The frame is beautiful.

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  10. Beautiful sampler and frame. You have reminded me that I stitched this one a couple years ago in my own color choices, but haven't had it framed. Must do that.

    Thanks for sharing your great photos.

    Bobbi

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  11. Carol - How lovely! I hope you have a "Pride of Place" picked out to hang it as it is magnificent! The frame is lovely certainly, but the stitching is first rate too. I am so impressed too with how carefully and perfectly it was stretched - it is such a big vertical sampler - the eye would be very unforgiving of the slightest wobble. But there is not any deviation - again lovely!

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  12. What a beautiful finish!! I love Quaker samplers :)

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  13. That is fantastic. What a gorgeous sampler - congrats!!

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  14. Love the finish. The frame ties everything in nicely doesn't it! Simply lovely :)

    Happy Stitching

    melissa

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  15. I was busy yesterday and almost missed Willie's Quaker Band Sampler. It is wonderful!!!!!The frame is perfect. I can't wait to see the other Quakers you choose. I have done several-they are such fun to stitch. Lots of little finishes as you go. I do like the way you personalized the sampler. Thanks for giving your colors.

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  16. Oh such beautiful stitches. I love your sampler...it has such a soft and pretty look.

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  17. Hi Carol,

    I was busy all weekend and when I came to pay a visit to your OTN post, I read more and had to comment on this instead! Your work is exquisite! I haven't cross-stitched in years, but you may have me picking it up again.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment on my striped socks...

    Chris, at the Resort

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  18. I love samplers and this one is really unique and very pretty.

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  19. What a beautiful frame! It sets your piece off perfectly!!

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  20. It's stunning! Just gorgeous!

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  21. Gorgeous framing Carol! I love the grain on the moulding...perfect for Willie.

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  22. Beautiful choice in frame, it complements the stitching perfectly.

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