When Brad was digging through boxes in the attic on Christmas Eve he found a quilt top that I had done back in the late 70's. I have been wanting for years to unearth this piece and quilt it, but hadn't found it. Maybe I just wasn't looking hard enough!
When I first started quilting, I bought a few already constructed tops and quilted them. I also took antique blocks I found at flea markets and put sashing between them and made quilts from them. I found that I loved applique and started making my own tops. This was one of the last ones I did during that period.
I used to love stitching historical samplers. I started out in the early 80's with a kit from the Scarlet Letter. Just last year I finished that first piece. It's not framed yet, but some day I'll be able to show it. I became hooked! I bought so many leaflets and patterns, that I could not finish them all in two lifetimes! I found original samplers at antique shows and flea markets and started charting them and selling them as kits. I designed several of my own and marketed them at craft shows.
The Yellow House is one of my designs.
This is a partial repro of an antique sampler. It had a very long and involved verse extolling the virtues of education. The thread count was somewhere near 45 threads per inch. Way too fine for my eyes, so I used 32 count linen and just used the lovely design motifs and lettering in my repro.
The Anne Parry sampler is an exact copy of the original.
And if I ever get my weaving website up and running, I plan to once again offer these samplers for sale as kits. But that's a big IF and WHEN.
Maybe the past should just stay in the closet!