Here's my June TUSAL update:
The reason that my update is late this month is that Mom and I took off for Cherokee earlier this week. We had a great time. We each had a bit of free play at the casino, and I had a good time with the Blackjack video machines that I discovered on this trip. Wish I had found them before this, because Cherokee's tables are too expensive for me, and I ALWAYS have lousy luck at them. Disproportionately lousy luck. Maybe that will change when they switch to a live card system, but I may never find out. In addition to playing at the casino, we visited the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. It was a really good museum, with a well laid out telling of the story of the Cherokee. I would strongly encourage anyone heading to that area of NC to take the time to check it out.
On our way home from Cherokee yesterday, we stopped at a really nice quilt store in Maggie Valley. I got a few pieces of fabric for backing some of my little pin pillows and ornaments. Guess which one of these is NOT for backing a Halloween piece?
In other stitchy news, I have another oldie that finally made its way into a frame. This piece is from a kit by Maureen Appleton. It's a reproduction of an antique sampler, and it is stitched over one.
I pinned another sampler in preparation for framing. I am a bit ashamed to say that I forgot to date this one, so I'm not sure exactly how long ago I finished it. The piece is a Scottish reproduction sampler from The Essamplaire, and I got it in the very first class that I took at Jeanine's . I finished it about a year and a half later. Here's a photo of Elisabeth Ramsay propped in the frame, but she's not quite ready to be locked in place. It seems that she's sagging a bit in the upper left hand corner, so I shall have to pull some of the pins free and re-stretch her. Sigh.
The second photo is of another patriotic piece. I don't know who the designer is, or what the name of the pattern was. This is a piece that I sought out and stitched in the aftermath of 9/11. Although I certainly did not finish it on that day, it was the only date that I cared to put on the piece, because, for me, the emotions and anguish of that day were what this piece was all about. The text is the pledge of allegiance, and there are flags from different eras of the American government marching down the banner. I love the fabric on this piece.