I was lucky enough to win Cheri's July Primitive Quilt Giveaway and what a blessing. The quilt is gorgeous! Breathtaking! A photo just doesn't do it justice. She has such an amazing talent and one I am quite jealous of. I have always wanted to learn how to quilt. There are no quilting stores in my area so no classes to take. I've tried to teach myself and my works are quite . . . primitive. By that I mean they look as though they were stitched by a five year old. I try very hard to take pride in whatever I make with my own hands but that's not always so easy :)
I know I promised a progress post on Euphemia Myles Sampler but I should have it finished today. Why is it those last few stitches always take the longest of all the stitches? I would also like to put a little embroidery on the sampler which means reminding myself how to do a feather stitch. I'm very anxious to start my next sampler. I love the colors in it. I'll post a picture of that as well.
My two oldest children left the other day to visit family in Upstate New York. My daughter Emma has been going since she was eight years old and Jeremy has gone with her the past two years. They're staying for almost three weeks this year; the longest they've been away. Every year I cry as they drive off. I miss them so much. It gets better though. I get the first few phone calls from them and they always sound as if they're having so much fun. That makes it easier. I can barely keep Jem on the phone with me. The other night it was "Mommy, can I call you later I'm busy petting the sheep . . . " and before I could even answer he'd handed the phone back to his sister. After a day or so I start to realize how much more time I can spend with Benjamin and now Mina. Even my husband and I find a little more time to spend with one another. Of course there is also the backlog of stitching that I manage to accumulate every Summer. There's still plenty to keep me busy and before I know it Emma and Jeremy will be home and I'll be wishing for peace and quiet again :)