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Friday, September 29, 2017

Clara Ellen

Hi friends! I have finished my mom's sampler block.😚 I am so pleased with this one. It could not be more perfect for her. I have very early memories of being out in the garden with my mom. She IS a gardener, and this sampler, Clara Ellen, just says garden to me!
Once again, I am stitching this entire Anniversaries of the Heart sampler series on 25ct cream Dublin linen, one over one. I used DMC on my mom's with the exception of VMSS Faded Celery. That is used on a few leaves, but mainly is the green that the whole house is stitched up with. I made a few changes from the pattern, as I have to with almost every block, since I am stitching this all over one, and it is necessary to make things fit. There was to be a third bird where the "e" of my mom's name is. Oh well!😉 The date is shown stitched up in the urn/basket. That was stitched over one on the pattern. Since I am stitching all over one, it does not fit now, so up top my mom's birth date went.

I had a PROBLEM!! ARGH! The right hand border of the last sampler block was partially off. Two thirds of it was out too far by one stitch!! I just started Clara Ellen in the correct placement and thought maybe I can leave it. As I stitched away, it ate away at me. I ripped it all out. This is the part, but is a picture of it corrected now.😁
I have now begun sampler number #9, Moonlight Visitor. This one is for Brian.

I have a pattern giveaway going on right now friends. Take a look if you are interested RIGHT HERE.

I finished yet another "Jane" book by Stephanie Barron. This one is titled Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron: Being a Jane Austen Mystery.  I am sure you know I am going to tell you I liked it.😉 I have never not liked one Stephanie Barron's Jane Mysteries!!
The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henry’s wife is lost to a long illness. But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon—otherwise known as Lord Byron. As a poet and a seducer of women, Byron has carved out a shocking reputation for himself—but no one would ever accuse him of being capable of murder. Now it falls to Jane to pursue this puzzling investigation and discover just how “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” Byron truly is. And she must do so without falling victim to the charming versifier’s legendary charisma, lest she, too, become a cautionary example for the ages.
 That is it for me today friends. I will be back next time with another book review. Have a stitchtastic weekend my friends! I am glad you stopped by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


35 comments:

woolwoman said...

your block is very pretty Vickie! always enjoy hearing about your book adventures. Hope you have a great weekend - Mel

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

This is a lovely garden block for your Mum, such fresh colours.
Sorry about the frog in the border but at least it's fixed now.

Stasi said...

Lovely block!

Shirley said...

Hi Vickie, I am trying to catch up with my friends since I am living in an apartment in a senior living facility. Physical therapy is through Home Health. I have more time on my hand. I like your stitching. Hope all is well with you. Take care. Hugs and Prayers Your Missouri Friend Shirley

marly said...

Very pretty block, love the flowers. Removing over one stitches? Not for the faint of heart!

RJ said...

This is such a lovely block Vickie. It is perfect for a gardener and your Mom is going to love it. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Barb said...

Your block is just beautiful! Sorry to hear about the frogging!! I just wrote down your book selection. I trust your choices since we so often agree on a good book!

Martina M said...

Oh vicky, i love your block, it looks so perfekt, love the colors. i gess your mum is happy, when she see it.
Happy weekend, Martina

Brigitte said...

A very beautiful block you chose for your mom. And yes, it says "garden" s these lovely flowers are so big. Unpicking threads that were stitched over one is not so very pleasant, is it? But you managed fine and it can't even be seen on the fabric.

Manuela said...

Hello Vickie,
what a wonderful block for your mum. I like it very much.
Happy Weekend.

Marilyn said...

This is so pretty.
Marilyn

Lesley said...

A very pretty finish for your mom,Vickie.

Jenny said...

Oh Vickie....what a beautiful finish and yes it really is the perfect "gardener " block! Your sampler is going to be such a wonderful family heirloom! I just love it!

I too have enjoyed the "Jane" books by Stephaniie Barron! I hope you have a good weekend my friend! Is it cooler this weekend? Sending lots of hugs and love!

Mary said...

Vicki, this is such a pretty block for your mothers. Such pretty colors and love that your Mom's DOB and name is on it. She is young!!

Have a great weekend...Mary

butterfly said...


Love your block , so very pretty and your mother is going to love it ,hugs.

Andrea said...

This block is so pretty, such wonderful colours.

Lili said...

Beautiful block for your mother, the colours are really pretty!
Hugs,
Lili

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

What a lovely block. I always enjoy seeing the pretty things you make. Blessings always sweet friend. :)

Beth said...

I'm a prefectionist too - I would have had to frog the border out and restitch it. It looks great and is a perfect way to honor your Mom.

gracie said...

The sampler is beautiful.

Our photos said...

Your block is lovely!

Palkó said...

Beautiful stitching, Vicky!
Have a blessed day!

Margaret said...

It's a beautiful sampler, so appropriate for your mother! Bummer about that right hand border though. Ugh!

Julie said...

A beautiful block to celebrate your mother on your fabulous sampler.

Ele said...

that is so sweet

Ann at Beadlework. said...

You certainly get through the books Vickie, there's nothing like immersing yourself in a book.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

What a lovely block to commemorate your Mom! Thank you for sharing.

Carolien said...

Dear Vickie,

This is a lovely finish ... and two birds are fine too ;)
Have a good week my friend!

Love, Carolien

Maggee said...

Very pretty Vickie! If you did not tell about the colors etc... I would not know you adjusted it! Looks just fine to me! Hugs!

Sally said...

Your block is beautiful Vickie. Such gorgeous colours.

Von said...

This block for your mom is such a sweet one, Vickie!

Justine said...

A very pretty block for your Mum Vickie. I'm not surprised you had to sort out the border. I would have done too.

Astrids dragon said...

You Mom's block is so sweet! I love the colours and how her name and date are in it.
Darn frog, don't they know they belong outside?!

Penny said...

It's beautiful, Vickie! And borders can be pesky. : )

Carol said...

How pretty, Vickie--you chose some lovely colors. Ugh--I hate frogging over one stitching, but I know you want perfection for this piece :)