Greetings to all on this late January Friday when the sun actually came out for a hour or two!!
Here in southwest Ohio, we have always been in plant hardiness zone 5. This winter has been so warm and unusual, or so I thought, until reading in yesterday's newspaper that we have been changed to Zone 6!
I don't know whether this is good news or not. Although it means that I can now have many flowers in the garden that were previously unreliable, and the climbing roses should be magnificent without all the winter dieback, it also means that the lack of white Christmasses and beautiful snowy winter scenes will be more permanent. I loved the snowy winters that I remember from my childhood. One of my very favorite memories is of playing and shovelling the driveway with my Mother at 3:00 am! We loved the cold and the snow!
This week I finished James Wilson 1828. I changed most all of the colors, as the chart called for bright pinks (ugh) and oranges (double ugh). I am new at changing colors, but am pleased at how it turned out. Samplers stitched by boys fascinate me...I wonder at the story behind them., wondering why they were stitching and not doing "boy" stuff. Young James was an accomplished stitcher, this certainly was not his first sampler. Perhaps he was an invalid?
Another boy's sampler that I stitched several years ago is John Foster 1885. If anyone knows of other boy's samplers available, I would love to know.
I also made up a reproduction sewing pocket using a left over Log Cabin block from the scrap quilt I made for the bedroom. This is based on a Edyth O'Neil pattern from her book, Pockets and Rollups for My Red Cape. I used a piece of heavy brown coat wool for the back. I've cut out another couple of these, using antique quilt blocks sewn together.
Last, but definitely not least, in fact the most important, my stitching friend Brenda from Wisconsin and I have started Margaret Jane Leadbitter 1846, published in the winter 2011 issue of my absolute favorite magazine, Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly. I have taken this magazine all the way back to issue 1, and was so upset when for several years it went out of business, before being picked up by a new company. Brenda and I will correspond and exchange photos of our progress. We'll have lots of fun!!
Until next time, when I hope to share some more pictures of my sampler walls...
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