Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny

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Sunday, 29 December 2013

The Ideal Landscape


Hi friends. I'm very pleased to be able to share with you my completed Ideal Landscape! 

This piece was begun back in the early 90s. It was about 80% completed back then and dated in the upper right corner--at one time I was pretty confident I would complete it in 1992. But my best intentions got derailed by a move, caring for elderly relatives, job changes, and a shift into quilting.

You know what they say about the road to hell being paved by good intentions...this piece sat wadded folded in my sewing cabinet for 21 years. 

Within the last year, several friends who were busily stitching on their own pieces inspired me to resurrect the Ideal Landscape and finish it up. A couple impromptu alterations had to happen--for one thing, my 60+ year old eyes are just no longer capable of puzzling out the queen stitch. The shaded blue triangle in the upper right is just straight cross stitch, and I marvel that I was ever capable of that devilish queen stitch. But there's the proof--the corresponding shaded blue area on the left side is perfectly executed queen stitch, done with no magnification, I might add! Life goes on...

Lynn's in Madison, Wisconsin did the beautiful framing job.

My thanks to my stitching friends Renee (flyawayjil) and Deb (debjabo) for getting me back on track with my stitchery. And also--thanks to Nicola's Scarlet Letter and to all of you for further inspiration. Happy 2014 to all.



28 comments:

Mei said...

Very Beautiful.

Jenny said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish Kathie! This is another sampler I have admired on the SL website and after seeing your finish on to my wishlist it goes! So many samplers...so little time...LOL

Nicola said...

Well done Kathie on a beautiful finish. This is one I have long admired.

The best things are worth waiting for and you must be delighted with your finish and how the framing compliments her.

Krista said...

Awesome finish!!

Cheri said...

Oh my, this piece is just beautiful!

Elizabeth said...

This is beautiful. You must be thrilled with it.

Jonette said...

Beautiful! Congratulations on your finish.

Erica near Chicago said...

Congratulations. It is wonderful. And such lovely colors.

C Street Samplerworks said...

Congratulations on your finish, Kathie, it's lovely! And it proves that there is hope for all those ancient UFOs that languish in our stitching baskets.

Peace & Love, Fran

JillMN said...

This piece is absolutely gorgeous! It has inspired me as I have been in a little bit of a funk lately. I know 30 ct. linen is needed for this but I don't see any suggested color anywhere. What color linen did you use? Thanks.

Bethany said...

What a beauty. I am sure we all have stories of the samplers left for years untouch. It would have been a shame not to finish this one. Congratulations.....

carolm said...

good job, don't you just love finishing a piece after languishing so long....Can't wait to see your next piece

DawnM said...

Wow this is gorgeous. Congratulations on your finish.

Cindy L said...

Kathie, congratulations on your beautiful finish! I admired this sampler when you first presented it and so glad you were able to finish it.

Heritage Hall said...

What a finish! Did you use the
silks or cotton? The colors are
stunning.
Mary

Merilde said...

What a lovely sampler! Love the design and the colors...just beautiful. Congratulations!
Lori

Theresa Born said...

Congratulations on a lovely finish! this is so pretty, love this one!

Vera said...

Beautiful finish -- congratulations! Great way to end the year. What is next for you?

Debbie Bauer said...

Absolutely gorgeous!
The framing is perfect!

KathieB said...

Thanks for all the love on this sampler!

For those who wondered about linen and floss used in this piece--I purchased this as a kit from The Scarlet Letter. I can't tell you for sure what type of linen it is or what the linen color is, but it was stitched with DMC floss provided, throughout. The Ideal Landscape is still available for purchase.

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