I loved creating this quilt. I'd wanted to make something with a dark background and when I saw this pattern knew it was the one. This is what the quilt was supposed to look like. I often don't follow the pattern in quilting or cross stitch.
One of my favorite cross stitch finishes is from another out of print book - Sampler and Antique Needlework. It is called a casket - kind of a scary name - but it's a wonderful piece. I bought my casket (OK, I'm going to call it a box) when I was at a stitching retreat in Delaware. The shop owner who was hosting the event had only one box left. Her husband was a wood worker and had made the box. I quickly scooped it up and am so glad I did. Not long after the event, her husband suffered a brain aneurism and passed away.
Yesterday I was out and about and stopped by The Busy Needle where I ran into my friends Becki and Mary. Mary is the owner of Ozark Sampler. We had a very nice visit and I watched them stitch. I came home very inspired and decided to work on Happy Haunting from Shepherd's Bush. With any luck, I might have it ready for framing by Halloween!
I have 2 1/2 Civil War Bride quilt blocks basted and ready for applique. I hope to share at least one of them with my next post.
Have you finished anything recently?