Archive for the ‘Mary Victor Sampler’ Category

I haven’t written a blog post in so long I’m not sure I even remember how to do it.  Well here goes!!  Life certainly has a way of carrying you away like a speeding train, I’ve been so busy the past few years but I have gotten a fair amount of stitching done in between all life’s chaos and my daughters very busy volleyball schedule.  I should write a blog post on how to stitch at volleyball tourneys while dodging flying volleyballs.

I entered three pieces in the West Virginia state fair this past summer and was just over the moon exited that one of my pieces won Best of Show, Best of Cross Stitch and a First place blue ribbon in the Patriotic category. You could have knocked me over with a feather!!  My husband had to convince me that the ribbons laying in the case beside my piece were actually mine.  I didn’t believe I had won them until he got someone who was working the needlework exhibit to come over and tell me they were in fact for my piece.  The piece was a design by Erica Michael’s called Liberty Squared worked on 40 count gauze stitched over 1.  Including frame this little guy is literally just a little over 3×3, it’s teeny tiny!

My next entry was my Dragonfly in Amber piece that I designed and blogged about last year.  I was so very pleased that it won the first place blue ribbon for the Original or Adapted design category.  This piece was a labor of love for me, being that it was my own original design based on my favorite series of books by Diana Gabaldon.  I’m still amazed that I designed it and was able to actually make dragonfly wings.  You can see more detailed photos of this piece here.
And last but certainly not least is one of my favorite pieces that I’ve done, The Mary Victor sampler that I worked on over a period of several years.  I purchased this as a kit in Colonial Williamsburg during one of our family vacations, and when I look at it I am reminded of so many wonderful memories of our favorite vacation as well as many memories made while in the process of stitching it.  This sampler won a second place ribbon for the sampler category.  You can see more of this sampler here.
As you can see I had a really great day at the fair, I think I was on cloud nine for weeks after.  I am looking forward to entering my work again, hopefully I will have a few things to enter this year!  I really enjoy going to the fair to see all the beautiful pieces everyone has worked so hard on and then there is the added bonus of a good West Virginia hot dog and a funnel cake for dessert, couldn’t have asked for a better day!  
Happy Stitching!!  

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Oh dear, it has been way too long since I last posted on my blog.  Life certainly has a way of making a girl way too busy.  This year is off to a rough start.  I live in the Charleston WV area where several thousand gallons of crude MCHM (a coal cleaning chemical) leaked into our water supply, it’s been challenging to say the least.  You really never appreciate something until it’s gone.  Life is slowly returning to a new normal, we are still cooking with and consuming bottled water but showering, laundry and cleaning water is coming from the tap.  And I’m not going to get started on the weather. I’m ready for spring, it can’t come soon enough.  The crocus’s have started to come up,  can’t wait to see their little purple blooms.

I have finished several projects since my last post. I’m going to try to post them a little at a time over the coming weeks. Today I will share with you my Mary Victor reproduction sampler that is finally finished and framed.  It took me long enough but it was worth it, I couldn’t be more pleased with this piece.  And the frame looks amazing!  Pat, at Village Sampler in St. Albans WV, picked the frame and did an amazing job framing it.  It looks old and weathered and the pictures don’t do it justice.  Wish you could see it in person.

I hope all of you that stumble upon my blog are doing well.  Hopefully we will have mild weather and spring flowers very soon!!

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Huzzah! Hooray! Yippee!  Yee Haw!!  Okay I know you got the point already that I am exited about something.  I finally got a new laptop so I can blog again, and read blogs again because lets face it, blogging on a smart phone stinks.  My old laptop has been on the fritz for the past year so my hubby decided to buy me a new one for my recent birthday.  I have certainly missed being able to blog and I look forward to getting back into it. 

I have been keeping my stitching fingers busy since I last posted.  I was able to finish my seaside sampler from the Sampler Girl and can’t wait to have it framed.  I stitched it to commemorate my favorite vacation of all time; in 2009 to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  It was just the four of us, my husband, my children and I. We had such a great time and I will be reminded of those great memories every time I look at this sampler.


I have also been working on my Mary Victor reproduction sampler that I started in 2010.  I actually purchased this sampler as a kit in Colonial Williamsburg, we spent a few days there before we took our favorite beach trip that I mentioned.  I want to finish it more than anything because I am quite sick of looking at it.  Does anyone else get stuck in those slumps where you are just sick of the piece or pieces your working on?  I know I could just start something else but I really hate to have more than 3 going at any given time as it makes me feel like I’m just starting more things that I will never finish and I like that feeling of completion.

Just the other day I picked up my Blackbird Designs, “Where My Heart Blooms”, that I finished way back in 2011.  Patty at Village Sampler in St.Albans WV did a great job framing it.  I really love this frame!!

Well I hope Spring is off to a good start for all of you, it’s been a little chilly here the past few days but it’s better than the 90 degree weather that I am sure is headed my way very soon.  Blessings to you all.

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