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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Where Have I Been?

Hi there cloud friends!  That's a good question where have I been!  Thanks to those of you who mentioned my absence, I appreciate your concern.  I have heard of loosing your mojo for stitching, I have not had that problem but I sort of did loose it for blogging.  I read blogs almost everyday but just didn't post.  I think it was partly due to the fact that I was stitching a big piece.  Anyway all is just fine and I will share my finally finished "Early Americans."  I do need to give lots of thanks to Vonna of the "Twisted Stitcher" blog.  I used her border which she so generously shared.  As I have mentioned before, my DH has done lots of genealogy.  In the process of his investigations, he found that I have 4th great grandfather who fought in the Revolutionary War.  Both is wife and mother did things to help the Army so the DAR recognizes them as patriots as well. I have another patriot in my direct line but I have not included him as I have not gone through the DAR process to establish him as my patriot. When I started this project , I knew I wanted to honor my family.  It again was dear Vonna who suggested I use the middle block to personalize my design.  I adapted a LHN chart called."Old Glory" in designing the middle block.  I have a new found respect for all the wonderful people who design the charts we all love. It was much more of a challenge than I expected!!

 I must share one thing that really impressed me about the charts.  I noticed that there were lots of houses that were similar in color.  I thought I would change a few.  Thank goodness, before I did that I looked on line at the real houses of the patriots.  Much to my surprise, the houses on the chart were very much like the real houses.  The designer at LHN did a remarkable job in recreating the  actual, houses!! I love history so this just made my day!!!!

 Here is my family square.  Capt. Gatliff joined the Revolutionary Army in 1778 so I chose that date.  Again as a nod to history, the dates on all the charts were personalized to the particular person honored in that square. Along with Capt. Gatliff, Christiana, his wife and Martha , his mother are considered patriots by the DAR.

 My final way to honor this design was to frame it in a wonderful frame by my favorite framers at Valley House Primitives!! Janet worked very hard with me to get the perfect frame for my piece. My goal was to have this framed and up by May when I put out lots of patriotic things.  Thanks to Janet, I made my deadline!! This however, will hang in my hall all year around.

 I have stitched a few more things and promise I will do another post before the 4 months it took to do this post. Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

25 comments:

  1. Wonderful finish and handsome frame for it. I love the house colors.

    All of my family came from other countries.

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  2. Barb - Wow! Your framed finish is well worth the wait. Congrats to you and your personalized touches including the center square with your patriots. You've created a family heirloom for sure.

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  3. Perfect finish to great stitching.

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  4. Early Americans looks great Barb!
    And the frame is perfect.
    Glad you found some new genealogy info.
    How interesting.
    Have a great week!
    Marilyn

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  5. Congratulations on your Early Americans finish! I really like how you customized the center block. The frame molding is perfect for this piece. Well done!

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  6. What a beautiful piece with so much personal meaning for you. The framing is beautiful too.

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  7. Oh Barb, how absolutely wonderful this is! I love genealogy also, and I know how very, very time consuming it is!! HOORAH!!

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  8. I'm so glad to see a post from you! And it was well worth the wait - what a lovely piece you have finished! And an interesting personalization, too. The frame is just perfect for it and glad to hear you plan to keep it up year round. : )

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  9. Your finish looks fantastic! Love the frame you picked too.

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  10. Oh wow! wow! wow! Barb, this is so very gorgeous! I can see why you have been so absent. It looks great as one piece and I love how you personalised the centre block. So appropriate. Congratulations on such a fabulous finish.

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  11. So nice to see a post from you Barb! Your Early Americans stitching is very cool and so is your family. What a nice heirloom to pass down!

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  12. Fabulous stitch! Lovely frame too....

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  13. Wonderful stitching and the frame is perfect.

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  14. So good to see your post, Barb--we've missed you :) And what a comeback--that finish is absolutely stunning and I love the way you've personalized it with your Revolutionary War ancestors. A piece like that deserves the perfect frame and you certainly found it :)

    Hope you have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend, Barb!

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  15. Welcome back!
    I love how you personalized this piece, it looks wonderful and the frame is perfect for it.

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  16. Barb: Your design is beautiful, personalizing it is a wonderful idea.
    Congratulations on finding such information on your family.

    Blessings
    Catherine

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  17. Lovely to see your post Barb.What a wonderful piece of work you have stitched.I enjoyed reading about your historical connection.The frame is perfect too.

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  18. Be4autiful Barb! It is truly amazing!

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  19. Beautiful finish!:) Your personalized square looks lovely. Good to know that you found your ancestors with revolutionary history.

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  20. You did an incredible job with this - love how you adapted the piece for the center square and the border Vonna designed for it looks fantastic.

    Very cool about your antecedents and also about the houses! I had recognized Mount Vernon, but had no idea about the others.

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  21. Wow, this is a really stunning piece. It must have been very interesting for you to add that feature of genealogy to it and to celebrate those members of your family. And it's fantastic to know that the designer put so much research in her design that even the colours of the houses correspond to the real ones.

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  23. Wow, Barb! This is awesome, I love how you personalized your block and the framing looks great! I'd hang it year round too.

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