Sunday, July 04, 2010

'Matters Choice' and choices matter

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends. Wherever you find yourself today I wish you a wonderful day with family and friends.

Before you read about my 'choices' please drop by to see my dear friend Alberta who is having the most wonderful giveaway. Berta has been through a lot of heartache this past while, but being the positive person she is, is closing this period off by, as always, thinking of others. Once you have visited her I hope you make the 'choice' of coming back here to see what I've been up to.

When I heard that Carriage House Samplings was going out of business I was shocked and disappointed and decided I'd better buy a design of theirs immediately. 'Matter's Choice' appealed to me on first sight as I love both houses and samplers.

This is my progress to date.

Once again I'm stitching 1/1 on 25 ct and loving it. The first part of the pattern stitched like a breeze. Then I started the portion below the top dividing line and suddenly found the sides did not jive.It was time to make 'choices' about the 'Choice' Now many of you are going to think I'm absolutely crazy, and maybe I am, but to me a symmetrical pattern must be truly symmetrical and this one isn't. The rooftop is 40 stitches wide with the result that the insides vary from one side to the other. This also makes the right and left sides of the pattern unsymmetrical. Have I bored you enough? To make it the way I like it I made the following 'choice'. I have added an additional column of stitches in the center of the house and row by row am adjusting the pattern. It will take a little longer to stitch but well worth my effort as this way I hope to be satisfied with the result.

In my last post I wondered how long it would take me to start something new. You were right - not long.

On July 1 I made another 'choice' and I started 'I Thee Wed' - a little sampler which I am stitching with all kinds of wonderful over-dyes as well as DMC.

Rather than stitch the pattern exactly as designed I am hoping to transform it into a family sampler. Another 'choice'. My plan is to stitch my parents' wedding date under 'I Thee Wed' with their names and dates of birth on either side. Underneath that I want to stitch the names of my siblings and myself along with our dates of birth. Just how it will all work out I have absolutely no idea but I know that the journey will be a meaningful one.

That's it for the moment. Enjoy the rest of your weekend or long weekend, whatever the case may be.


Blogger Karen said...

Matter's Choice is lovely! I love the 1/1 stitching. I Thee Wed is gorgeous too!

4:08 PM  
Blogger stitcherw said...

Like you I like things to be symmetrical so they look even, and have a hard time with designs that aren't that way (even though they look like they could have been). Sometimes I wonder if they were really meant to be that way, or it just happened in the designing and was left as is. I think your adding the extra column and row look great and you'll be much happier with the finish even if it was a bit more work.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Kathy A. said...

Happy 4th of July to you two girl!
Love your stitching.
Wow, I am so limited - I have to stitch the pattern only. You are very brave but your work is so beautiful it amazes me.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

een vrije dag, niet gek , veel plezier !
en ik ben erg benieuwd naar je familie stam-boom !

9:19 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Hi Margaret! You needed two new starts after seeing that I missed your two finishes. The lighthouse is just amazing! It looks so real you could swear someone will put a light on in the window. And the Scarlet Lady...well what can I say other than she is a true beauty!

I just love stitching 1/1. I am doing a very small version of Peppermint Twist over one and it remains my favorite way to stitch. I only wish we could still get together to stitch so I could admire these projects in the flesh.

Hugs en groetjes ~

12:42 AM  
Blogger Brigitte said...

You have some great projects on the go, Margaret. The Red Lady looks gorgeous and your new start does, too.
I also regret that CHS doesn't exist any longer and completed my HRH series before she went out of business. And I'm glad that I still have some more of her designs, older and newer ones. Enjoy your CHS stitching.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Two lovely projects you have going there. I love the 1/1 stitching, I thinks it brings an intensity to the colours you use.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Felicity said...

It's all very pretty, Margaret!

1:06 PM  
Blogger Lillie said...

I think you've made great choices for both charts. Loved the family sampler idea.

Happy stitching both.

2:04 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

Matters' choice is a beautiful project! Making mistakes in a design usually puts me off finishing it, unless I find a way to deal with it and it's not always simple. I think your choice to add a line is great.

10:33 AM  

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