I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Good Afternoon Dear Blog Readers,

I finished the Soar sampler today--woo hoo!  I really liked the look of the black ground, but am so happy that I won't be stitching on it after today.

After I finished the piece, I quickly took some snaps and whisked it away to the framers.  One of our local frame shops is doing a promotion this week with our Guild: with a coupon they will give you 10 percent off and also donate 10 percent of the sale to our Guild.  I was the fourth person today who walked in with a coupon, so hopefully our Guild will be earning lots of money.

I was a little nervous about my choice of floss for the adult eagles since the color needed to be dark and (did I mention?) the background is black, but I think they show up well enough.

My first horse turned out a bit skinnier than the horse on the chart (I miscounted).  So I had to make the second horse look the same.  I hope you won't tell anyone.  The triangles on the border represent the 13 original colonies according to Brenda Gervais, the designer of the piece.

The little building is the granary which is near the nest of the real eagles in Decorah, Iowa, which this sampler commemorates.  You wouldn't believe how many times I went over the alphabet (but maybe you would), making sure I had stitched all the letters since they are scattered all over the piece.

The crown represents the majesty of the eagle, symbol of the USA.  Don't you just love the oversized leaves on the tree?

And this is just weird.  My camera was trying to tell me that I didn't have enough light for this angle, but I didn't want to listen so I switched to manual!  I couldn't take photos outside today because it's been drizzling all day--and it's about 30 degrees colder than it was 2 days ago.

That's it for this installment.  I hope it's warm and sunny where you are.  If not, it's a good day to stay home and {fill in the blank}.   As for me, I'll be cutting fabric for a quilt-as-you-go class which I'm taking tomorrow.  More on that in a couple of days.  Thanks for visiting!


CalamityJr said...

What an inspirational piece, and so beautifully done. The parent eagles look fine to me. Can't wait to see how you framed it!

Lelia said...

awesome stitching! what a fabulous sampler. I keep checking the web cam - those babies are too cute to watch

Ranae said...

I have yet to start mine. What a fabulous piece to cherish, can't wait to see it framed.

Siobhan said...

Wow!! Fantastic finish! I love it--I've really enjoyed watching the eagles.

Sharon said...

It's beautiful! Congratulations!

Sally said...

What a gorgeous finish :)