Hi everyone. I want to start out first and thank everyone for all the wonderful comments you left about Ann Rayner. Thank you, thank you! I did have so much fun with her (except for those darned little sheep)! I haven't had time to take her to the framers though. A blogging friend sent me a wonderful coupon for Michaels, and life got away from me (as usual) and I never found the time to take her in. Hopefully another coupon will come out soon as I'd love to see her hanging on the wall.
After I finished Ann I didn't know where to turn. Going through my stash I couldn't come up with any one thing that remotely made my heart sing like Ann. How could that happen? I have stash coming out of my ears. And realistically, I should have pulled out a WIP, but those didn't appeal to me either. So, since I couldn't come up with that one thing that screamed to be stitched, I ended up coming up with four things! Truly pathetic, but here is a run down - and don't laugh - there isn't much done on any of these.
First off is Mary Emmes:
Lots of progress, right? NOT! I got into the yellow portion and stopped. Don't ask me why - just one of those things that defies explanation.
Next up is Janet Harris. I saw this sampler on a blog and fell head over heels in love with it:
Well, I was in love with her for a while and had quite a bit stitched before I realized that I didn't love the colors. The stitched piece I saw on a blog had warmer, more primitive tones. This sampler chart has been out since the 1980s (I recently saw a picture of it in an old 1984 JCS issue), and we all know how color choices change over time - let alone almost 30 years. But I didn't think about that when I started her and had the entire vine across finished with the flower buds and all the alphabet to the point where I am now and then realized that the red was too red, the blues too blue and the pink too pink, so some color changes were necessary. You can see where I frogged out the berries in the border (clicking on the picture will make it more visible) and haven't replaced them yet with the new red. But I came up with some other colors that I think are working. But after all that frogging, I put her down. Shame on me.
Next up was E. Traill:
So on we go to number 4 - Martha Jones:
DD had numerous dance rehearsals and recitals last week and weekend and will have more this weekend. While at dance recitals, my husband moved my son home from college and as I wasn't here to direct traffic and the mess (like why didn't they put it in the basement, or the garage?) it was dumped all the living room. It was worse, but I managed to get most of the dirty clothes out of the picture and into the laundry room and a couple loads started. Everything he owned, and I do mean everything, was dirty!!
So that has been my past fews weeks or so since I finished Ann. Not all that productive, but hopefully things will settle down soon and I'll have some progress that looks a little better than all of this in the near future. My quilting is piling up and Phebe finally arrived. I can't wait to get my hands on her once all things calm down.
Once again, thank you for all the wonderful comments on Ann Rayner and I hope that everyone has a great week!