I've been working on this sampler for about 2-3 years. Not steadily....just when I take a trip or have a bit of time. I'm getting close to the end and just the idea of being almost done makes me want to work on it more. This sampler and I have had a love/hate relationship. I've made so many mistakes I can't even begin to talk about it. Most I have just left in the sampler....because this should be fun right? I'm doing this for relaxation. (I repeat this like a yoga mantra over and over.) As I study the motif trying to find my mistake, many times I can't even find where I went wrong. Those Quakers and all of their geometrical patterns!
This sampler is the Beatrix Potter sampler from Needleprint. The initials I'm adding are those from my maternal line. We have names and dates for 10 generations of women in my family. I'm stitching this for my daughter.
The initials on the left are mine and my daughter Laura's....the initials on the right are my Great-Great Grandmother's. Elmina Embree was born in 1849 and traveled from Iowa to Nebraska in a covered wagon. She was a Quaker.
With my Quaker heritage this is the perfect sampler to stitch for my daughter. It truly has become a token of love. I'm getting up early and stitching for about an hour. Beatrix and I have now become one....so much so that I've begun another Quaker for my niece Martha.