Birth Sampler: Part 4

Good day, my friends! I hope you are doing well. My “downstairs” project(s)” hadn’t been happening in the last few weeks. Baby needed all my attention. But these past few days, she has let up on her demands as she has learned to entertain herself better… so, when the “cat” (Baby) plays, the mouse (Mom) plays too! :) This is picture from my last update:

You can see I made a bit of progress here. The stems for the yellow fruits were not the easiest to stitch. I took out stitches several times because I was “eyeballing” the chart wrong!

I believe fully in my downstairs projects. I read this quote on Jane Austen’s writing by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh, that affirmed my belief – “She had no separate study to retire to, and most of the work must have been done in the general sitting-room, subject to all sorts of casual interruptions.” I guess the moral of the story is that working on projects piecemeal is perfect alright.  After all, it is definitely Austen-tatious! :)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely and productive day!

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Birth Sampler: Part 3

Between reading Dr. Seuss’ “I can read with my eye shut” for the 50,045th time, and singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” for the 45,678th time, I managed to squeeze a few more stitches on Baby’s birth sampler.  This is my progress after about two weeks since my last update on the birth sampler:

The chart is very easy to follow – so, I have had no problems stitching without using a marker to mark off the stitched area.

I don’t have too many symbolisms to share this time – I will wait till the next update. Meanwhile, I’d better get back to my quilting. Thanks for stopping by – I shall catch up with you later!

Daughters of Longbourn: Part 1

This is a meager showing of my progress on Daughters of Longbourn. But I have had a great time stitching it, and I feel like doing a Jane Austen post! :) I am not using the charted Crescent Colors threads. I am using DMC to substitute as best as I can:

Pride & Prejudice is one book I read over and over AND over again. I normally would randomly flip to a chapter and just read for leisure. I love the wit in this book.

“Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three-and-twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her mind was less difficult to develope. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.” (Pride & Prejudice Chapter 1)

Who is your favorite Longbourn character, my dear readers?

Here are a couple of favorite Austen links [Warning: they can be addictive]:

Republic of Pemberley

Jane Austen Today

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your visit. Have a good one.

Birth Sampler: Part 2

Baby’s Birth Sampler has become my “downstairs” project lately. The definition of “downstairs” project can be found here.  This is the progress I have made so far:

The following are the symbolic meanings I have found for the various motifs:

1. Tulips (stitched in yellow) symbolize Perfect Love.  I pray that Baby would know that she is loved, and would embrace the Source of Perfect Love – God Himself.

2. Dianthus/Carnation (stitched in peachy pink) symbolize Maternal Love. I do hope and pray often that there isn’t something seriously lacking in my love for Baby, and that if there is, I would be made aware of it immediately.

3. Thistle (I think of these as thistles, stitched in crimson) symbolize Protection.   I pray for that A LOT for Baby.

4. Daisy (stitched in peachy pink in the middle of the motif) symbolize Humility.  We all need a bit of that in our life, don’t we?  I pray for humility to prevail in my relationship with Baby, and that she would learn to humble herself before her Creator in all her life.

5. Flowers in general (stitched in peachy pink) symbolize Nature.   I pray that Baby would learn to appreciate the glory of nature and the One who had created it.

As for the blue urn…

If you aren’t new to my blog, you will know exactly why I have stitched the urn blue — that’s because of my love for the British blue dishes!! This particular urn is my rendition of the Wedgwood Jasper — I don’t have any deep meaning for this except that I hope Baby would “inherit” my dish-aholism! :)

6. Heart (stitched in pink) symbolizes Love or Divine Love.  See #1 (Tulips).

7. Forget-me-not (stitched in blue) symbolizes Friendship and Loyalty.  My prayer is that Baby would find herself loyal and loving friends throughout her life.  More importantly, she would know The FRIEND who sticks closer than a brother.

8.  Butterfly (stitched in blue) symbolizes Resurrection or New Beginning.  I have prayed for a long long time for Baby, before she was born, to know the power of Resurrection.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed seeing the progress I have made on the sampler. It has been a most meaningful endeavor for me.

(In case you are wondering, this is the Bienvenue Sampler by Long Dog Samplers, inspired by the Ackworth Schoolgirl Samplers).

Mary Wigham: Part 14

Good day, my Friends…. is it Friday already?!

This is my last Mary progress:

This is my Mary after three more motifs added after I confirmed that I didn’t go blind stitching that white:

I am still enjoying stitching my Mary, albeit I had to stop often, and I had to take out stitches occasionally. I have liked seeing how the colors coming together. I wonder what Mary Wigham’s reaction is when she sees her sampler unfold before her. I would like to think it’s a sense of pride, satisfaction, and a contented sigh — all of with which I can empathize.

I wish you a lovely weekend. Thank you for being part of my Mary Wigham stitching journey!

Mary Wigham: Part 13 & Birth Sampler: Part 1

Good day, my Friends! There’s really nothing much to see here — but I thought I would show you my turtle-paced progress on my Quaker samplers.

Completed Mary Wigham

Completed Mary Wigham

Here is a quick peek on my Mary Wigham. Stitching the white on the lambswool linen was quite challenging in that it was hard to see the white against the light background. But I love the lacy effect!

Now, as if I need yet another work in progress (right!)… I am showing a teeny bit of progress on Baby’s birth sampler. A dear friend (for whom Baby’s middle name is named) had bought the sampler chart for Baby’s birthday. I want to get started on the sampler right away so that I can show this dear lady the progress of Baby’s sampler chart whenever we visit her… the colors are inspired by Baby’s Birthplate/Porringer:

I have been doing some research on the meaning of sampler motifs.  I am keeping a log to document the meanings of the different motifs stitched in this sampler so that I can use the meanings of the motifs to pray for Baby.  Baby will eventually be gifted with the sampler and the journal.

I found out that tulips in samplers mean “perfect love”. I am praying that baby would grow up knowing that she is loved, and that she would know the  Perfect Love and the source thereof.  Now, I can’t quite figure out what that orange-y peach flower is.  I am wondering if any of you might have an idea so that I can attempt to find the significance associated to that motif.

Those who are regulars here know that garment construction and I are like oil and water!!! Putting Baby’s dresses together inevitably turns into a saga, almost every time… I messed up on the armholes on the back skirt – that’s after I painstaking put in the placket and gathered one half of the skirt that I realized the armholes were wrongly drawn and cut. *sigh* So, I am taking stitches out and starting again!

Other than that, my Summer Solstice quilt is all put together. I am hoping to get started on quilting it within the next day or two (after I successfully put that Easter dress together, of course!  HAHAHAHA!).

I hope to have pictures showing REAL progress for you very soon! Thanks for stopping by – have a lovely day!

Mary Wigham: Part 12

I have come to affectionately called my Mary Wigham project my “downstairs” project. I keep it downstairs to work on whenever I have a few moments in between house chores.  Most days, I get by with barely five stitches.  But the meager five stitches are better than none as I am five stitches closer to the finish line.  Here is what I have so far:

The yellow and the dark blue are the latest additions:

The reason I am stitching Mary and hopefully a bunch of other Quaker samplers is because I want these samplers to compliment the Quaker Birth Sampler I am stitching for Baby (I will show you my progress picture very soon):

I hope in about 5-6 year’s time, I shall have enough Quaker samplers stitched to fill up a wall… at least that’s the plan in my little head! :)

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely day.  I am off to bind my Baby Pink “Safari” quilt!

“My sister and I” stitch-along: Part 1

Some of you might know that my sister (you can read her guest post here) and I are separated by thousands of miles. Be that as it may, we have remained close for all these years. We decided this year to do a stitching project together. Here is my meager progress so far. We are stitching this pattern from Gigi. It is downloadable for free from Gigi’s blog:

I will ask if my sister would mind me posting pictures of her progress for my next update. My Marabella quilt is on the last stretch! I am sewing the binding on. I will have pictures for you later. Meanwhile, you will have a safe day!

Mary Wigham: Part 11

Yeap – I am still inching along in my Mary Wigham, ever so slowly:

This is from the progress picture from waaaaay back when:

I really like stitching over one, as long as I don’t have to take any stitches out:

Is it me, or are you too seeing visions of Mary Wigham on this rug?

I am slow by nature when it comes to stitching. But I might see about trying to stitch faster this coming year when I saw this quote :) If you are making a New Year resolution of more stitching and exercising, this quote is for you!

If I stitch fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?

~Author Unknown

Thanks for stopping by. I always enjoy your visit!

Mary Wigham: Part 10

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Happy Monday, Everyone!  I hope you had a good weekend.

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I SPLURGED!!!  I have a few quilt-related things to do, but after coming through two rather gruesome deadlines….. I just needed to chill.  So, I splurged!!  I read, I did some needlework, I piddled, I dropped off some quilts at the local county fair, and … I just RELAXED.  I SPLURGED!  Here is the latest progress picture of my Mary Wigham.

I am really loving the colors in this sampler, especially the blues.  That’s why I decided to include this post as a Blue Monday post:

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It is back to work for me now that it’s Monday!!!  I hope you have a productive week ahead of you.  I will catch up with you tomorrow.

Mary Wigham: Part 2

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I am not making as much of a progress compared to some in the Stitch-Along — go on to the USA group to see some amazing progress and pictures. Not everyone is using the suggested color schemes. So, you will see some neat interpretations of the sampler. This is what I have so far:

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I have had the most enjoyable time filling in each and every stitch:

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A little tidbit from The Scarlet Letter on the Quaker Samplers to help you appreciate these historical samplers — Quaker samplers are unique in that the motifs and designs used on them are entirely of the Friends’ own making. The style spread from Europe to America, and remained distinctive even in this widely separated environments. The Quaker designs are reflective of the Quaker theology, extolling the virtues of plainness, of standing apart from the sphere of influence of the outside world, and of peace and serenity (as symbolized by the popular sampler motifs of floating swans, wreaths, floral sprigs, and paired doves).

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Thanks for stopping by and be a part of my Mary Wigham journey.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Mary Wigham: Part 1

I am chomping at the bit to start on Mary, no longer!  My linen came in yesterday!!

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I am stitching Mary one over one on Permin’s Lambswool 32-count linen with DMC threads.  I am following the suggested colors so as to reproduce the original sampler as close as possible:

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So far, my Mary is looking quite sparse.   I have never done one over one before, and was very surprised to see how small the motifs are emerging.  The effect is fine.  You can see the comparison to the size of a quarter:

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I would love to hear from you if you are a Mary stitcher.  Please leave me a comment so that I can visit you back.

Have a marvelous weekend, everyone!  I will catch up with you next week.