Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Quaker Sampler

Since I'd like to finish at least one more cross stitch project this year, I am stitching single-mindedly on Workbasket's Quaker Sampler. The size of the piece and the intricacy of the symmetrical stitching qualifies it as a BAP, to my way of thinking, though some may call it merely a large piece but not quite a BAP. For those of you who are curious about the actual size: though I haven't measured it, the piece does completely cover one of those folding wooden snack tables with a tiny bit of drape. Started in early December of 2010 and ignored for most of 2011, it's about time to complete this piece. The outer rectangle of large motifs and letters is complete. Now that I have begun it, I expect the inner rectangle of smaller motifs and letters to move more quickly. Each subset of a small motif paired with three letters in the same color is a little over one half the size of the larger motif/letter pairings. I am hoping to complete one a day. It would be nice to have the entire piece complete by mid-month. I still haven't decided whether I shall put my three children's birth years and initials in the central motifs or use this piece as an anniversary sampler to replace the one lost several years ago by the framer. I could put our wedding year in the center heart and our initials in the flanking motifs. I still have time to decide ... either option would have deep significance for me.

4 comments:

CalamityJr said...

Looks like a BAP to me! Your framer lost your anniversary stitching? I'm going to be starting something for our 40th, and that possibility makes me shiver!

Anna van Schurman said...

I wonder if there's a definition out there of BAP. I'd love to see it defined.

Miss LindaLee said...

This is a beautiful piece you're doing. Do you remember the color and the where you got the fabric for it? I'm going to be doing "Quaker Diamonds" and I think the fabby would be perfect for it. Your work is beautiful.

Kimberly R. said...

Love your progress on the Quaker Sampler, I am working on the Mary Wigham and just completed the outside frame around also! I seem to work on it only here and there, so I must motivate myself to keep stitching :)