Thursday, September 01, 2011

September Stitches

September first! How can this be? Hurricane Irene has come and gone. We didn't suffer much damage, thankfully. There are many that did, and to those we offer prayers and good wishes.

My sewing room looks like a hurricane hit it, but that is nothing new! I was hoping to dig into a UFO and finish something substantial, but another project came up and now I am feverishly making 9-patch blocks for a new quilt design in an effort to get it done for quilt market in October. I actually love deadlines. They get me moving! 
 I recently got this project back from the framer. It is by Blackbird Designs. I love the way they encourage you to honor your ancestors or others who have touched your life by including their name in a sampler. This one has the name of my great-grandmother, Kate Spencer North. I love samplers, but being a novice at this, and rather ill informed, I didn't realize the photo on the pattern was done in a variegated type of thread, but I liked the look of it, so I changed thread colors here and there to try to achieve the same effect. Silly me! My own accidental original!


Can you feel the chill in the air? The switch gets flipped on September first. Fall is around the corner.


 

14 comments:

Libby said...

No 'official' fall for me this year . . . . but as soon as Labor Day passes, I begin the season. I love it!

Sue said...

Well, however you did yours, I'd say it turned out really well. I just love the stitchery samplers. I must get crackin' at trying my hand at them.

Me and My Stitches said...

Love your stitchery -it's been forever since I did any cross stitch. We had ONE fall-like day (Tuesday) the high was only 74 degrees - loved it. Now today it is supposed to reach 98 degrees! What the heck?!

Quilt Hollow said...

I'd been wondering how you all were doing after Irene. Your sampler is so pretty. I cross stitched all the time before I discovered quilting. :-)

Janet said...

Your sampler is lovely! I didn't even know there were variegated threads for crossstitching. I'm glad Irene passed you by with no damage. I look forward to seeing your 9 patch quilt!!

Jeanne said...

Some of that variegated floss can be expensive. I think you achieved an original and lovely finish - doing it your way. Congrats on the finish.

Rebecca said...

Looks marvelous. I would have never known it wasn't varigated thread. Good job.

Michelle said...

Cute little sampler...yours is just unique with the different color threads. :) I'm ready for all too!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Put out all my apple themed decor today, I LOVE samplers too. I need to get some framed, that one is a beauty!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I LOVE it! But not enough of a chill for me yet!

Melanie said...

Glad you 'weathered' the hurricane well. I love blackbird designs. Fall has hit the U.P. in full swing.

AnnieO said...

Beautiful sampler! Framing things like this makes them so special.

I like deadlines too...if it weren't for the last minute, etc :)

julieQ said...

What a wonderful sampler for fall!! I am working on a cross stitch too...addicting a little bit, aren't they? I am glad you did not get too much damage from the hurricane.

John'aLee said...

Marcie, that is gorgeous!