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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Some Modest Progress


Hi Everyone,

It actually felt like Spring today.  Believe it got up to 62 degrees and the pond at the rear of my office building is finally showing some open water.  Of course, we also appear to have open water in our back yard where some of the snow has melted…we still have quite a bit of snow cover on the ground.  And a relief – the forecasters seem to have removed snow from the forecast for Thursday. 

How wonderful to have seen the earlier posts on the Quilt!  Isn’t it beautiful?  I only wish I could have been there in person to watch you, Nicola, open it up.  Elaine, Krista & Jo – kudos to all of you on a fabulous surprise.  And, Elaine, the quilt is stunning.

I haven’t been able to do a lot of stitching recently, but I’ve managed to make a modest bit of progress on the two SL samplers I am working on.  First up:  Elizabeth Mitchell.  This is the one I am stitching using AVAS threads (1 over 2) on 40 count Wood Smoke fabric.  My eyes have a bit of difficulty with this, but the past weekend was brilliantly sunny and I discovered it is so much easier to work on in natural light (duh, right?).  So, I managed to finish the top border and start down the right side.  First an overall shot and then a close up of the right upper hand corner (difficult to see the pale green in the overall shot):

 


 


 

Next up is the Scottish Sampler Circa 1740.  This I am stitching in DMC on 32 count fabric.  Much easier in the early mornings with my coffee before work.  Again, an overall shot and then a close-up.  The row under the crowns is actually supposed to be groups of 4 cross stitches, but I decided to do each group as a Smyrna cross for a change.  I like the way it has turned out.


 

 

Hoping to get a bit of stitching in tonight and much more over the weekend.  Here’s hoping Winter is behind us and everyone is enjoying a bit of Spring.

8 comments:

Krista said...

Beautiful progress, Vera! I love both of the designs you are working on, and the fabric choices look fab! We must be in the same vicinity.. seems no snow but just rain, which is ok with me! I wish I was there in London too, wish we all could have been!

Margaret said...

Looks gorgeous, both pieces! Love your choice of stitching. I loved the day today! So warm and gorgeous! Hopefully just rain tomorrow!

Lanie said...

Two great samplers, Vera ... beautiful stitching!
Lucky you missing this latest winter storm! Here in Pittsburgh we are scheduled to have it all ... cold, windy, rain, freezing rain, and 2-3" snow ... urrrgghh!

Bethany said...

I couldn't agree more, regarding the quilt. They did a wonderful job (Labor of Love) making it and it would have been wonderful to all be there for the party.....
Your samplers are both coming along nicely and we look forward to more posts. Spring is right around the corner....

Serena B said...

What a pair of beautiful samplers,looking forward to see more of your lovely stitching!

Chris said...

Wonderful progress Vera!!

Cindy L said...

Vera, both samplers look so lovely! It helps to switch to an easier on the eyes piece.

Nicola said...

I love all the seasons but will not be sorry to see this winter pass.

I have trouble with the darker fabrics and have so much admiration for those who can stitch on them.

You were certainly with us in my heart Vera at the V & A.