Thursday, March 18, 2010

From L to LV

'A Quaker Christmas' ByGone Stitches
stitched 1/1 on 25 ct ivory lugana
with Blue Spruce & Buckeye Scarlet Sampler Threads
and Whatley Woodlands by Crescent Colors

Yes we've moved back to Las Vegas after spending a wonderful 1 1/2 years in The Netherlands. More about that in a minute. First a stitching update.

'A Quaker Christmas' has been a very special project as it has kept me occupied through our entire move from Leidschendam back to Las Vegas. I worked on it:
- as we were making the last decisions about our move
- while the movers were packing our things in Leidschendam
- during our Christmas visit with DS in Hamburg, Germany
- during our New Years in Den Haag with DD and her DBF
- while the painters were in to repaint our home
- while waiting for our container to arrive
- after everything had been unpacked and put back in place

Every stitch placed was a joy and all the above things make this a 2009/2010 project to remember. On February 25 I stitched my initials on the piece - DONE!!!

And now our move. When we left the US in 2008 we couldn't have dreamed that we would be living here again so soon. But life sometimes takes strange turns and you have to rethink what is best for you. With the housing market in LV being what it is we didn't want to sell our home so when our tenants started having problems paying we felt is was best for us to move back into our own home here in Nevada.

The time spent in The Netherlands was wonderful. We loved being there and cherish every moment we were able to spend close to our children. We had such fun with them - this is certainly what memories are made of. It was also great to be able to see relatives and old friends again on a regular basis, as well as make new friends. Can you imagine how special it was to finally meet in person Annemarie, Barbara, Harmien and Heidi? They are great women and wonderful stitchers and what a joy it was to get to know them better.

I hope to be back soon with progress pictures of my newest project. Love it!! Stay tuned.


Blogger Vonna said...

Hi ya Margaret! I'm certainly glad to hear from you again :)
Your Merry Christmas Quaker is LOVELY...stupendous and fabulous too ;)
I'm so sorry you had problems with your tenants and that you had to move back here. Hoping all is well with you and yours and glad you're posting again!

1:08 PM  
Blogger Juls said...

The picture is certainly lovely but having seen it in person I can say it's even lovelier!!!!! I am so glad you are back and know the decision was hard to make......Welcome back dear friend!!!

1:30 PM  
Blogger Kathy A. said...

Hi Margaret. Glad to hear you are all settled into your new/old home.
Quaker Christmas is stunning done and it has a wonderful history for you to remember it by.
How wonderful to have met Harmien, Annemarie and the crew. I am sure you will be missed by them as well.
Enjoy your new home

1:49 PM  
Blogger Alberta said...

Welcome back to the US! I hope all was as you hoped when you got back into your home! I was trying not to calendar watch but the pages were turning and no updates! lol Silly me, you were busy stitching! A Quaker Christmas looks beautiful!

2:59 PM  
Blogger mainely stitching said...

I'm glad you're comfortably resettled in Las Vegas, Margaret!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

QC is just fabulous,I too am stitching this over 1 and loving it. Just had QD from Rosewood Manor so that will be next. Now off to read your blog proper as I just needed to say Well done on your finish. You are so lucky to have met Heidi she seems such a lovely person.

2:53 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

Oh my, this is an amazing piece, Margaret. Full of memories, good and less good. We call them slices of life, here.
A piece to treasure, an heirloom. When you frame it -or have it framed- don't forget to attach a note with those special memories.
Does your DD stitch, btw? I've never thought of asking.
Love and hugs my dear friend.

6:38 AM  
Blogger staci said...

Welcome back! Congrats on a stunning finish!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Brigitte said...

A wonderful finish. Congratulations. It seems to be a real memory lane piece.

1:24 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Congratulations on such a beautiful finish! It will certainly hold some special memories for you.

I am glad to hear that your move went well.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

It's gorgeous! Congratulations and welcome back to the US!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Well, I had enormous pleasure in being able to get to know you too Margaret! I only wish it was not so short a time but we are able to keep in touch now through emails and blogs.

I love your Quaker Christmas!!! This is the sweetest design. I think it is the unexpected things in the design that speak of Christmas between all the typical Quaker motifs. Just wonderful.

Did I answer your last email? My memory is not great anymore and I do not know for sure. A JA SAL sounds great fun to me. I need to get a few things done and we can talk about starting.

Hugs from Holland ~

5:36 AM  
Blogger Lillie said...

WOw! an awesome piece. congrads!

2:01 AM  
Blogger Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Oh, Margaret, we're so happy to have you back "home," and in Las Vegas again, selfishly on my part. I hope to get to see you again this year when my new little grandson is born this Summer.
I know it must have been so awesome to meet and stitch with the Netherland girls...what I would give to have that opportunity! I love your Christmas sampler. That is a great memory sampler! Hugs, Deb

3:26 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

Well, I don't understand. I have commented on this exquisite piece a few weeks ago and no comment appears. And I know this is not possible that no one commented on your blog. I'll write you an email.

1:47 AM  

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