Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Affirmation Project: Day 26

My Positive:  I'm a good hostess.  My home is never spotless.  My laundry is never done.  My coffee pot is never empty.  I enjoy having parties, not so much the cleaning, but love hanging at home with my friends.  I like when friends and neighbors just walk in my house.  No formal bells (ours doesn't always work anyway) around here.  Sit back, relax and feel at home. 

My Great-Grandmother Lillian (Ghee, to us kids) made this sampler in 1933.  It is one of my favorite pieces of her work.  I wish I had known her when I was an adult.  We would have sipped root beer floats and stitched and chatted about the weather.  My mom can recite it verbatim on queue (she'll probably comment on it in Facebook...).

Ghee was a great stitcher.  I don't remember ever seeing her without a hoop on her lap and needle in her pants or shirt sleeve, awaiting the next stitch.


I would love to curl up in this patchwork quilt.  This is how my home is, relax and put your feet up.

My Affirmation:  I will learn Crewel (already have a sampler on order) and think of Ghee in every stitch.

With my feet up on the furniture.

And a needle in my hand.

And you sitting next to me.

Guest, You are welcome here, be at your ease. 
Get up when you're ready, go to bed when you please. 
Happy to share with you such as we've got, the leaks in the roof, the soup in the pot.
You don't have to thank us or laugh at our jokes, sit deep and come often, you're one of the folks.

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  2. Do you happen to have the original pattern for the beautiful guest sampler above? If not, is there any way that I might be able to attain more photos and the dimensions?

    My mother-in-law's mother had stitched the same sampler and it was very dear to my mil. Unfortunately, she no longer has it and my wife is hoping to stitch one herself, though we have been having trouble finding any good images to convert to a pattern.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks much,

    John

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  3. John, please send me an email with your email. I will take some additional pictures for you. Unfortunately I do not have a pattern.

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  4. Dear Carrie -- Could I also request some additional photos of this amazing sampler? Also hoping to replicate it! Sorry, not sure how to find your email, so am posting here...

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