My mother, God bless her 85 year old heart, has decided to start a new life in Texas! She'll be so much closer to my sisters and two brothers and their families, will have endurable winters and and a huge Dallas quilt guild to build friendships in. It's been the right decision for her, though not one easily made. As a result, all seven of us gathered up at the beginning of the month to make the big move happen. My sisters and I cleared the house and packed up all of Mom's stuff, while my brothers sold it and made the move. She's now settling into her new home with my sister and her husband in the suburbs of Dallas. Whew, I'm exhausted!
And what does any of this have to do with stitching? Well, here we go....
Over the years, I've stitched pieces for my parents and they've now all come back home with me. It's been great fun to have them back and to find new spots around my own house for the different things, especially with all their sentimental attachments. Like this Needle's Prayse piece, adapted in honor of my Mom and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary....
This sampler was stitched circa 1987 as a house worming gift. My dad was approaching retirement and my parents had just built a brand new smaller house. For the life of me, I don't remember the name or designer? But whatever the original was, I also adapted it by adding a special verse as a blessing for their home.
And this little bit was stitched as a Christmas gift one year on a linen doily I'd found at the local antiques mall. I think it was on display in their bedroom. It now has a new home in my kitchen.
Of course, there were other family treasures that came back to Florida with me, but I couldn't wait to share the stitching! Little of the same was actually accomplished during the visit though, so progress on current projects will have to wait until there's actually something to show.
Hope this finds all of you enjoying your summer and finding time for the people and things you love the most. I'm glad to be back home!