This is Penny America from Tree of Life Sampling. This piece particularly holds a spot near and dear to me and I wanted the finish to be something special. One day last fall a package arrived from 1-2-3 Stitch and I thought is was some random floss I have ordered. Imagine my surprise when I found the pattern inside and the packing slip listed the sender and sender's info as "Anonymous". That was one of those times when I wish I could bottle the feeling you have. So I have my theories on who my benefactor may be narrowed down but it matters not who the giver was as much as what a wonderful thing they did for me! So without further ado...
This truly was an enjoyable piece to stitch! I headed up to my craft room this morning after enjoying a Sunday breakfast out with a friend. There I putzed a bit pulling different fabrics. First up the patriotics. I could have sworn I had some homespun fabrics in my stash. It is kind of what I envisioned for completed the project. But there you have it.......there is often a major disconnect between what I visualize and how the project actually turns out. No homespun? Well all the more reason to head out to the Mancuso Quilt Show is Oaks, PA new weekend!
I tried pairing different fabrics for different looks.
I almost went with this one because the circles in the background I thought tied to the 'pennys'.
Duh! The pull threads were lost after I ironed on lightweight interfacing! Out comes the quilting rulers again and a pencil!
Here's what I decided on for fabric. hmmm.... but something is missing.
I added little cross stitches between the border and fabric with WDW Straw.
All laced and ready add a couple of stoneware mugs and a plate of cookies
and I am ready to have a cup of tea with a friend.
For now, I think I need to go outside and enjoyed this beautiful weather we are enjoying yet again! Maybe a nice afternoon bike ride is a good idea.