Saturday, November 2, 2013
I can hardly believe how quickly the time has gone since we started this Stitch-a-Long for my first published design, “A Maryland Inspiration”. I’d like to thank Ellen Chester, an incredible designer, teacher, and most importantly, a dear friend, for asking me if I’d be interested in having my design be one of the choices for the 2013 SALs. As I stated when we first started, I’m very new to all of this, so I hope I didn’t confuse anyone too much with my inexperience. It has definitely built my confidence, helped to prepare me for future teaching projects, and opened doors to many opportunities to design and teach exclusive projects for several upcoming venues.
If you’ve been able to keep up with the stitching schedule, your Maryland Inspiration should be complete except for the Diamond Eyelets in sets of four at the top of the sampler in the alphabet band. I purposely saved those for last so you can stitch them all at the same time which will aid in your tension being consistent throughout. Below is a diagram of the stitch with the sequence numbered. As stated, if you stitch in hand as I do, you should use a hoop for this part of the sampler. It will keep your fabric taut and make it much easier to see the holes.
It has been a real pleasure leading this SAL and I most appreciate the helpful suggestions and alerts to chart errors, as well as all of the complimentary emails I received through the year. Have a wonderful holiday season and please send me pictures of your finished samplers when you have the time. I'd love to post them on my blog to inspire other's to get theirs completed. And, again, a big thanks to Ellen for all of her support and encouragement.
Yours in friendship and stitches,