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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Christmas in May????

Just thought I'd post a preview digital rendering of a small Christmas design I'm stitching.  It should be ready to purchase in July -- stitched on 36 ct. linen it is 5-3/4" wide by 5-1/2" long, and can be made up as a framed piece, a door hanger pillow, ornament or needleroll --  more news to come ...

I thought I would throw in this little Christmas design I did for myself.  Do you think I have a fondness for Old English Sheepdogs???

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Regal Bee Finish!!!

Hello all,

I just have to share a link to Stasi's blog where she has posted pictures of her completed "Regal Bee".

I love the little personal additions Stasi has made to her set.  Congrats for a wonderful job stitching and assembling my design (and in record time too)!!

Yours in stitches,


Monday, May 14, 2012

A Banner Year!!!

I hope you won't mind, but I just have to share this with everyone.  This morning I found out that my designs "A Maryland Inspiration" and "Mary Sophia's Pennsylvania German Needlework Set" won ribbons at the Woodlawn Plantation Needlework Exhibit.  "A Maryland Inspiration" won the Frank Lloyd Wright Award for Outstanding Original Design, and "Mary Sophia ..." won a First Place Ribbon in the Counted Thread category.  Needless to say, I am both humbled and honored to have received the awards, especially since this is the first time I've ever entered anything at Woodlawn.  Here are pictures of the two designs:

Oh, my goodness, I am so excited!

Yours in stitches,


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to everyone.  I hope it was a good one for all. 

I thought I would write a short note to show you my latest design.  I am busily stitching away on it and am very pleased so far.  My mother was of Pennsylvania/German decent and this design was inspired by the Brandywine Valley and the flora and fauna of the area.  The corner blocks on the edges of the flower bands are in homage to the quilt, the colorful quaker adaptations are in homage to their influence in the Brandywine area.  The many fruit motifs signify the richness of the soil and the verdant pastures.  Of course, the stone house speaks for itself.  It is inspired by the many stone houses that dot the Pennsylvania countryside.  I composed the poem to go along with the design.  It reads:

Oh, what stories it could tell, this old house of mine
a long standing sentinel on the Brandywine
Built strong of granite and of wood,
on verdant acres my stone house stood
with window sills so deep and wide and
walls made thick on every side
While o'er the hill, not far away,
the Brandywine River did flow and play
Afar to behold the strength of the two,
the house and the river and the stories they knew.

I hope you like it.