Hello there -- hope today is a good day for you. The weather here is warming up and I do appreciate it after the last cold rainy days we've had. I really thought Spring was here but you couldn't have proved it by last night's temperatures. I was outside in my polka dot pajamas (did you really think I would have any other kind? LOL) and my son's polar fleece jacket hauling in my hanging baskets of petunias, and some dahlias I hadn't gotten in the ground into my garage as they were warning we could have frost -- FROST!!! It is almost the end of May, talk about endless winter. Sheesh!
Anyway the last couple of evenings and this afternoon have provided some quality stitching time and I've made a lot of progress on the Blackbird Design SAL Sampler.
As you can see I've changed the colors and some of the stitches too. Hmmm... the border and 4 sided stitch look grey here when in fact they are GA Dried Thyme - a green. I got started on the alphabet with the 4 sided stitch and remembered why it isn't one of my favorites -- it just takes too long to get anywhere! I had determined before I threaded up my first needles on this piece that I would NOT do those eyelet stitches. I dislike them for the same reason - they take too much time. So I went with Smyrna crosses over 4 threads. Quick, easy and I love the big bump they make.
Now these pictures show a lot more contrast between the thread color of the Smyrna crosses and the linen than in real life. I'm going for the low contrast look - subtle. Which is kinda funny since I don't often do subtle, but this just seems like a sweet little sampler.
I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts Slow Stitching on Sunday. Check out what everyone else is doing.