Monday, March 09, 2009

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

By my own authority, as I am the stitcher of this 13th Colony Bay, which makes me Governor too, I proclaim today March 9, 2009 a free stitch day! For all those stitchers laboring over slow works in progress, I give you the freedom to step away from them, start something fresh, or the freedom to choose to pursue the projects to their completion.


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13th Colony Bay Parts 1, 2, & 3
32ct Star Sapphire Linen
2x2 DMC


As you can see above, oh loyal stitchers, the rewards of diligence are a beauty to behold.


Our Colonists can now move freely about all three islands, their sheep are healthy, grazing along the coastline, the homes are secure and the walls and roofs will hold against the strongest winds of a hurricane. (work with me, I'm sleep deprived ok?)
The 13th Colony beckons us all home, mornings spent doing our chores, afternoons we can be found hidden in the shade of a tree with a good book, listening to the waves lap the shore, the sheep baaing back and forth to each other wondering how they ended up here where it's so freakin' hot, isn't it time to be sheared (shorn?) yet?



Ah, yes, my oasis, away from the crowds, my own private island, me, the sheep, good books, good music, surrounded by my stash of needlework, a pitcher of homemade sangria and maybe a pirate to share it with.....
The only changes I made, and they were unintentional, was to use two strands of DMC to back stitch the fences and because my backstitching looked like crap, serioiusly, I used long stitches in some places instead of individual backstitches, other than those changes I followed the charts.
Donna-thank you so much for this wonderful design. It has brought me a lot of joy and unfortunately I can't go into all the lovely pirate fantasies I've created in my head while working on this but they too have brought me a little bit of happiness, LOL....
Click on Donna's name to check out her blog and get her sweet free chart. Check out all her other designs. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Mystic Island and Spring Cove.



34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yay!! Congratulations on a beautiful finish!! I'm so excited for you that you finished it!!

barbara (in Tennessee)

Jeanne said...

It is totally awsome, just beautiful.

Siobhan said...

Melissa, I am so so so so so so happy for you. It is stunningly beautiful. You rock, gf. Now go buy yourself some of that Lenox Trade Winds china to celebrate!

Nicole said...

Melissa, congrats again on a wonderful finish!! It's just gorgeous!!

Garden Girl said...

Melissa, I just love this! You did a beautiful job. Congratulations on such a fabulous finish!! Yo ho ho!

Joy

Margaret said...

Melissa, huge congratulations! You did it! You definitely deserve a free day of stitching -- and a new start! As for the pirate fantasy, I'm assuming you go for that lovely Johnny Depp.... mmmmmmmmmm..... :D

Melissa said...

This is absolutely gorgeous - congratulations! I've never seen this chart before so it's so great to see the wonderful work you've done!

Katrina said...

Woohoo, it's gorgeous Melissa! I know you must be beyond thrilled to be finished.

Hmmm, pirate fantasies, we just won't go there, LOL.

Donna said...

Wow what a great job. You accomplished it and what an imagination. You're only the 2nd person I know to finish all three. It looks great. You're my hero because mine is still in a bag waiting for me to work on it. Just imagine 576 X 134. Hope your next project isn't that big. You deserve a break and enjoy that book.

DebbieSFL said...

Melissa, this looks great--I found part two as a discounted pattern so I did not know that parts one and three were still available...i'll have to get them now.....

Paulette said...

Wow, Melissa, it's fabulous!! Stunning! And as long as you leave my Captain Jack Sparrows out of it, your fantasies are okay by me. Savvy? ;)

Paulette

Laurie in Iowa said...

Woo Hoo!!! A major big congratulations for your stupendous finish. It's beautiful!

Enjoy your free stitch day, you certainly deserve it.

Tanya said...

Congratulations! It is beautiful.

Heather said...

Oh my gosh, you finished!!! I’ve really enjoyed watching your progress on this one. I love this piece so much, it is just beautiful. I have it on my wishlist to stitch someday, and it’s all your fault :) Congratulations on your persistence in finishing :D

What is next on your list?

Jacque said...

Thrilled beyond measure for you...it's gorgeous!

Kim said...

MELISSA! It's FABULOUS!!!! OMG!!! LOVE it! You so rock! I need to get off this computer and pick up a needle!!!!!! Congrats on the great finish!

Anna van Schurman said...

Yay, you! YAY YOU!

The Scarlett House said...

I love it. What a cool sampler. Nice finish, Melissa.

Christine said...

It's looking great !

Michelle said...

Oh that totally rocks - I would love to join you on the island with some sangria and some stitching! What a gorgeous piece - you must be thrilled.

Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher said...

Fantastic! It deserves a bottle of rum in celebration - what a tremendous finish for you! Yes the only thing that could be added to make it any more perfect is Captain Jack & the Black Pearl. Big Congrats!!

Brigitte said...

This is such a beautiful finish and I love all the little lovely details on the piece, like the island. Congratulations!

KsMaryLou said...

Yabba Dabba Do!!!! Congratulations Melissa!!! What a beautiful piece. You know you really do need the Lenox china to go with this don't you?

Nancy said...

Congrats on a great finish. I have enjoyed your updates and stories that went with this piece.

Kristin said...

The 13th colony is beautiful. I have been admiring this pattern (all of the By the Bay) for some time now. Your stitchin is inspiring.

Missy Ann said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful work Melissa! You should be so proud. :)

And yay! It's finally finished, you never have to stitch it again!!!! :p

P.S. Over The River, is progressing - but very slowly... I hoping to have it done by the end of summer. *sigh* So much for my plans of just whipping it up. lol

Kathy said...

Melissa, it is absolutely amazing! Congratulations on getting it finished!

Twana said...

Congratulations on finishing it. It's beautiful!

Lisa said...

WooHoo Melissa! It is incredible!

Karen said...

Great job! This is on my wish list and I hope to stitch them all next year as my big project! How long did it take you to complete?

Thanks for sharing...makes me want to stitch it now!

Diane said...

Great finish! Congratulations! And thank you for the link to Donna's blog.

Anonymous said...

What's up with the skull background?

zoomcity said...

Congratulations, Melissa! It's absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to see it framed.

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