Monday, April 27, 2009

Sampler Pattern Contest

Alma and Barb posted this sampler pattern as a contest on their blog on April 14th.
I stitched mine in  honor of my maternal grandmother Antonia. She was a very special woman, who in spite of her limited education, was an amazing seamstress. My grandmother could crochet, do embroidery work, and sew (both my machine and hand). I was the lucky recipient of many beautiful dresses made by her including a gorgeous white empire dress I wore for my 8th grade graduation. I lost my grandmother to pancreatic cancer when she was only 55 years old but she made a strong impact on me.

I chose red, white, and blue (DMC 321, 823, and 3865) in honor of the flag of her birthplace, the island of Puerto Rico. I plan to finish this piece and give it to my mother for Mother's Day.

Melissa P, my partner in the Fair & Square exchange received the squares I stitched for her so I can now share them with you. The design is Spring Rain by Tanya aka The Sampler Girl.

17 comments:

Paula C. said...

Very nice, Milly. I only made it as far as printing out the pattern but I am sure I will stitch it some day. I have been embroidering lately.

Irene said...

Wonderful stitching Milly ! I've seen a few of the Blackbird design personalized and each one is special.

Carol R said...

Lovely interpretation of Petites Lettres Rouges Milly!

Siobhan said...

Beautiful job, Milly, and what a lovely tribute to your grandmother. Your mother will treasure it. Thanks for sharing a bit about a special lady.

Vonna said...

Milly - Congratulations...that is gorgeous! :) A loving tribute!

Mel said...

Lovely Milly! What a great choice of colours.

Loraine said...

I love your sampler. It's amazing how different they all turned out. I put my paternal Grandmother's name on mine. It seemed like a nice tribute!

Cindy F. said...

Beautiful sampler and squares. Such a treasure you've made for your mom:)

Clare Stitches said...

Love the colours and the intention, Milly.

Lucy said...

I've seen a few of the black bird designs stitched....I really really like how you did yours!

Susimac said...

Oh its wonderful Milly, I love your colours very much and what a lovely token for your mum to have. I like your squares too. Soooo cute

Ranae said...

I love the colors in your version of the BBD

Sharon said...

Fabulous finish!

Connie B said...

VERY NICE!!

Maggie said...

Lovely stitching Milly, i'm sure yuor mum will love it!

Lelia said...

Beautiful post -- awesome sampler! I am enjoying blog hopping and checking out interpretations of the BBD sampler : )

Brigitte said...

This is a beautiful version of the little BBD sampler. And a wonderful gift for Mother's Day.