Sunday, December 15, 2013

The culmination of some very Slow Stitching on Sunday

I did it!! My Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs is DONE!!! I put the final stitches in it last night and I'm whisking it off to Bev at Joanns this afternoon to be framed.



As best as I can figure I started this at least 2 years ago. The copyright on the first pattern is 2010, but I know I waited until at least the fourth or fifth pattern was released before I started. Now I've worked on lots of other things during this period so an accurate accounting of how long this took me is impossible. My goal at the beginning of 2013 was to finish this by the end of 2013 and I am very very very  very very happy that I met it.

Now it became apparent when I started personalizing my sampler that the gals at Blackbird Designs have bigger families and more information on their families than I do. I ended up with several large open areas that I had no personalization for, so I decided to add some little sayings - like this month...


and these two months- November and December - both had big spaces I had to fill. I took the easy way out and used short phrases so I could stitch them over two threads.


And the last double section provided numerous challenges as a result of mistakes I made. The biggest one was I stitched the house 5 stitches to the left of where it should have been... and I stitched it twice as I had problems with the thread colors. When I went to add the personalization I was smacked between the eyes that I had 10 less threads to work with - arghhh!!! There was no way on God's green earth that I was going to pull out that house, so I spent hours figuring out how to work around my error. In retrospect I may have spent more time figuring out how to work around the error than if I had pulled out the stitches.... oh my goodness I don't want to think about that!!


Also as you can plainly see my name takes up waaaaaay more space than "Barb Adams". In the end I am happy with my personalizations and changes I made. It truly makes it my sampler.

So now I can finally engage in some guilt free cross stitching. Every time I've picked up another project in the last couple of months I could hear this one whispering "you said you finish me before the end of 2013"... and now it is silent... yeah for me!

Hope you are having a great weekend.
Happy stitching-
carol fun

26 comments:

Teresa S. said...

Great job, Carol! It is a beauty!
Merry Christmas!

Wanda said...

Congratulations! It is just beautiful!!

Catherine said...

Simply beautiful! And I love your touches by adding your own sayings ~ it is truly yours! Can't wait to see what frame you choose!

edie said...

Beautiful! You have given me hope. Mine is over half finished, and I have a very small family! Thanks for your post, love your changes, and the inspiration for me to finish mine . . . . someday.

Cath said...

Well done on an amazing finish .x

Stasi said...

Carol, It's fabulous!!! I love the whole shebang! Makes me want to stitch it and I have no business even thinking that with all I have around here to work on and complete! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Heritage Hall said...

Brava, Carol...the "error" makes
it truly your own, unique and a
plane flying over would never notice. Just beautiful and on time!
Mary

AnnieO said...

The personalization is fab, fun, and forever! I have a pretty short name but this amount of stitching deserves a full name! Congratulations!

Barb said...

What a magnificent project! Just beautiful!! I loved reading about your error, we all have the same kind of stories!!

Merry Merry said...

This is just WOW! I'm sure Bev is looking forward to framing your masterpiece. How big is it? Where will you hang it?

Pam in IL said...

Beautiful! I love the personalization changes you made. It must certainly be a great feeling to have completed this fantastic piece!

Kris said...

Oh, Carol!!! I am sooo impressed!! Your sampler is just gorgeous and with the fun changes you made, it is truly YOUR sampler!! Congratulations on a wonderful finish!!

Debbie said...

It is gorgeous...and of course on such a large project there was a major error to work around! I love how it all came together with your brilliant solutions.

Manuela said...

Congratulation.
It's amazing.

Greetings, Manuela

Carol said...

It is amazing! What a treasure!

Chris said...

Congratulations Carol on this beautiful finish!! It is gorgeous!

Kevin said...

Congratulations!! What a beautiful job you did, and your personalization looks great! I hope to stitch this series myself someday. One of my all time favorites for sure

scraphappy said...

What a lovely accomplishment! So glad you persevered through all the roadblocks.

Melissa said...

WOW! Congrats! What a massive beautiful piece! Can't wait to see it framed!

Grit said...

Wow, your work is gorgeous . Really fantastic.
Grit from Germany

Ivani said...

Your Cross-stitch project is just gorgeous. As a cross-stitcher I love it. Congratulations on your finished. Hugs from Brazil

Jackie said...

Congratulations on your finish! It's a beauty. A talking beauty evidently! :)

The Inspired Stitcher said...

You go girl! Congrats on your BAP finish! I know that has to feel good.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and a culmination of much work, talent, and perserverance. Congratulations! :)

Dasha said...

Gorgeous cross stitch. Congrats on the finish.

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations! This is an amazing treasure!
Thanks for linking up and sharing your stitching accomplishment!