Sunday, July 11, 2010
Here is an oldie but goodie. According to the dates I stitched into this piece I worked on this sampler from 1992 through 1996. That would mean that I started this while we were living in Modesto and finished it up after we returned to Ohio. This is the Plantation Sampler and it is OOP. Edgar over at Blacksheep's Bit of the Web showed his recently acquired chart of this piece. I remember that the first time I saw this sampler was in the living room of the quilter Cathy Hoover in Modesto. As I recall the guild was at her home for a Christmas party and she had this sampler stitched and prominently framed in her living room. I distinctly remember it had a wide mat made of linen which was gorgeous. I went home that evening coveting this sampler and I was able purchase the chart and the linen at R. Lily Stem quilt shop (I heard that the shop has closed since I lived there, but I loved this place.) As this is a rather large piece (about 18" square) it took me a while to finish and at the time I had 2 small boys (one with major medical issues) and we moved twice. This sampler has a prominent place in my family room. I still love all the animals and that curvy outer border. Notice there are fowl in this piece too, geese and a rooster!
I had a hard time getting good pics of this piece, so if you can't read the verse it says: To those who came before me, This work I dedicate, For simple pleasures they did seek, And with their hands did make.
(You can make the pics bigger by right clicking and opening them in a new window if double clicking doesn't work. Hope that makes them clearer.)
And a sincere thank you for all the nice comments and emails! They make my day!