Wednesday, April 22, 2009

24 Hours And It Is Done!

I am certain that Vonna did not realize when she wrote her April 16th post that she would be setting me up for a challenge. When I read these words:

"I printed the chart off, picked my colors and fabric and here it is 24 hours later"

I thought, "How did she do that?" I was determined to see if I could stitch this in 24 hours!

Well, I loved the chart and knew in an instant exactly what I would do with my version of the Blackbird Designs Petites Lettres Rouge sampler...

When I first saw the sampler, it brought to mind the Schoolgirl Samplers of earlier days when young girls under the age of 10, as a way to learn letters and numbers, executed these simple style samplers. These samplers enabled the girls to learn various stitches but more importantly, they served as an educational tool setting the foundation for reading and mathematics. For this reason, I immediately thought of stitching Petites Lettres Rouge as a way to commemorate my oldest son’s upcoming college graduation from Villanova University. With the school colors in hand I headed to my LNS to find the appropriate threads, selecting WDW Americana, Sampler Threads Blue Jay and Morning Glory I then rushed home to stitch this design on a piece of 32 ct Belfast linen. And to quote Vonna:

"I printed the chart off, picked my colors and fabric and here it is 24 hours later:"


Petites Lettres Blue, I Am So Proud Of You!
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Design: Petites Lettres Rouges
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Linen
Threads: WDW, Sampler Threads

Here is my version of Petites Lettres Rouge Sampler, now titled: Petites Lettres Bleu, I Am So Proud Of You!

Once framed it shall hang on my sampler wall where 3 years from now I shall hang the second one, stitched in browns, to commemorate my youngest son’s graduation from Lehigh University.

Thanks Vonna for sharing the information and link to this design. I must also thank Alma and Barb at Blackbird Designs for offering this free pattern for without it I surely would not have thought to stitch such a beautiful remembrance of my son’s accomplishment.

I had a number of new visitors to my blog and would like to say thank you for finding me and for your nice comments! It is always exciting to see that new bloggers have stopped by, but as always I value the returning bloggers more than you know!

Have a wonderful week. I encourage you all to jump at every opportunity to challenge yourself it is so very rewarding!


Until next time...

17 comments:

Daffycat said...

Great work, Marie! I only wish I had the stitching time to get that much finished in 24 hours!

Natasha said...

24 Hours!! some of you stitchers amaze me. I am going on day 3...I have been spending my days by the pool since its been so hot so I have a good exscuss LOL

Great job I love it done in blues.
Natasha

Jen said...

Very pretty. I love your idea of commemorating your son's graduation.

Gabi said...

What a lovely idea for your sons graduation. Beautiful stitching as well. And done in only one day...wow.

Vonna said...

Just like that...done! :)
I thought it went rather quickly! And I LOVE with a capital L your idea!!! That's super Marie :) And it will look GREAT on your sampler wall...do you have the "new" sampler wall arranged yet?

lena-lou said...

What a brilliant way to use this little sampler, I think your version is great :) There is chance for me to get one done yet then ;-) lol

Kathy said...

Wow, you girls are so speedy. Love your sampler. I am working on it, but have not gotten it done in 24 hours. Started it this weekend at a Stitch Retreat. Finished my LHN-From Sea to Shining Sea first before I took time to start it. You did a wonderful job.

cathymk said...

just fabulous! Congratulations on your lovely finish!

Leah said...

Congratulations on finishing it so quickly...it turned out wonderfully! I just finished my version of that design yesterday, but it took my a bit longer than 24 hours. ;)

Amy said...

That's wonderful Marie!! I finished mine last night... and it commemorates something special too! I hope to have a pic in my blog very soon, so take a peek! :-)
Have a great weekend & congrats on your lovely finish!

Julie said...

Lovely finish! I love how you made it your own. I too have been bitten by the bug, but haven't started it yet. I am stuck on colors. First I was thinking I wanted a brown linen, now I'm thinking a lighter brown linen with green threads. Decisions, decisions. I'm going to stitch it twice adding my paternal great grandmother's name and another with my maternal grandmother's name. Soon. I might wait until the hope next week and look at fabrics and threads at the stores I'll visit.

Michele said...

Marie, that is lovely! and what a great way to commemorate his graduation! I should be done with mine tonight .. hopefully :)

Chris said...

Congratulations on finishing BBD Petites Lettres Rouge so quickly. Love the colors you chose, great job. I started it this past weekend, posted progress pic earlier today, hope to have done in next night or 2.

Connie B said...

Very nice!!

Von said...

Your sampler is a wonderful way to honor your son's graduation. :) Gorgeous choice of fibers!

Brigitte said...

A very pretty version in blue. What a nice way to commemorate your son's graduation from college.

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

From a Villanova wife, I must say ~ very cool, Marie!!