Tuesday, June 7, 2016

DONE......

Yeah.....it is finally finished!



The final stitches went in today and I cannot begin to tell you how elated I am to have this one finished.


This piece has traveled far and wide with me.


When I look at it over the years I will recall stitching it on airplanes, in boats and in cars.  It has traveled to Italy, England, and more states than I can recall.


I will remember stitching while waiting in hospital rooms......on the sunny porch with a tall glass of iced tea.......or early in the morning with my cup (s) of coffee.   Sooooo many stitches!



Today finally brought the last of those stitches.....and those teeny, tiny little glass beads.  Threading the beading needles was as challenging as using the filament threads in the stitches.



My trusty companion was very helpful when her excitement tipped over my little container of berry beads.  Sheesh.......try cleaning those little buggers up off the floor.


BUT.....it is done and I love the finish.  Now it is off to the framer.  Then there be years of enjoying it.

Linking up with Freemotion by the River, Em's Scrapbag, Super Mom No Cape and Midweek Makers.

46 comments:

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Congratulations for sticking with it and finishing it....and with plenty of time to frame it before Christmas. I think I might be tempted to have it hanging all year long.

Carol S. said...

This is so gorgeous! I love how it brings back all those memories for you. It is truly a work of art!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Congratulations on the finish! It's gorgeous and full of so many precious memories. Well done!

Annie said...

Congratulations! It's stunning!

Quilting Babcia said...

Congratulations! You've created a family treasure! It is truly gorgeous.

CathieJ said...

This piece is beautiful. I love the vine above the absolutely gorgeous picture.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations!! What treasured piece this is and it has such a story not only in itself, but in it's creation.

Ramona said...

How exciting to have your beautiful piece finished! And it's so neat that you have all of those memories of where you stitched it. What a treasure!

Wacky Woman said...

It's beautiful!

Mdm Samm said...

takes my breath away.....it is beautiful , what an accomplishment. and I can see how this will be a forever piece at holidays..MARY did it yeahhhhhhh

Createology said...

Not only is your stitchery amazing and completed, your memories of where and how you stitched it will be the best part of all. Your trusty companion is beautiful. Blessings Dear...

Maria said...

Yah! It's beautiful Mary and it's lovely how many memories it brings...look forward to seeing it framed...
Oh I know about those wee beads and trying to get them on a needle can be very challenging...
Spilling the slippery whinney beads is another part of the Navity story....

Susan said...

My, this is lovely! I can see how it has gone a lot of places with you, but I don't think you mentioned for how long - years? Thanks again for linking up at Midweek Makers
Susan @ QuiltFabrication

nancygrayce said...

Oh, this is such a gorgeous piece! You are one talented woman!!

Linda said...

An amazing finish! Congratulations!

Sherry said...

Wow! Congratulations, you stuck to it and finished a beautiful project.

Lara B. said...

Your work is so beautiful Mary and all the more so for all the memories it contains. I really love all the figures and the final touch of the berry vines is wonderful! Even that now has a memory to make you smile.

Rhonda said...

Fantastic!!! Congrats to you. BTW, when you comment on my blog, it doesn't show up in my e-mail so if I don't always respond, please forgive me.

Quiltsmiles said...

It's beautiful Mary, congratualtiosn on stitching a beautiful piece that will be cherised for many decades and hopefully centuries to come.

OPQuilt said...

Congratulations! It's an exquisite piece, and I love how you are planning to enjoy it for years and years to come. That's often how I think of things: a challenge to get them done, but so satisfying when they are finished!

Sue said...

Mary, I am in awe! That is wonderful...not sure I would have the "stick-to-itness" to do something like that! How many year(s) did it take?

And that has to be the guiltiest look I have ever seen on a dog's face..."what me?" LOL!

barbara woods said...

It's beautiful

Leslie said...

Been following the progress. It is a beautiful heirloom piece for your family to enjoy.

Stephanie said...

It probably has more frequent flyer miles than most projects. LOL It's really stunning and such a treasure. I think it's probably easy to forgive your faithful companion for the spill. Just look at that face...

KimM said...

Lovely, lovely finish - well done!!!
xxx

barcord said...

Three cheers for you. It is a masterpiece of beautiful stitching.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Whoa! It's done and it is exquisite. Well done, Mary!! Isn't it amazing how you also have memories associated with this piece?!! It is truly a lovely finish! Love your companion! Poor thing, it wasn't her fault! The dish was placed at the wrong spot :)

-Soma xx

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Oh, Mary, it is more than lovely! Congratulations on this finish. The nice thing about working on something like this is you do remember all the different things you were thinking about while working on it........

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh YE!!! Congratulations Mary!!! It's so beautiful and I can just imagine the deep sigh of relief that it's done! Those little beads may have been tricky and fiddly, but they sure do add that special finishing touch. Hooray!!!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Yeah!!! Beautiful.

quiltingbydawn said...

Your years of dedicated work is beautiful and something to be cherished! Congratulations!

Jeanna said...

Congratulations! It is a true piece of art, Mary. I look forward to seeing it framed.

creativity amongst chaos said...

Wow Mary! It is a beauty indeed. I admire you very much for completing it. Counting is hard...I have never been very successful at it. What a treasure.

Renee said...

Congratulations on a gorgeous finish! Beautiful work. This is exquisite.

Kathy S. said...

Wow! That is just gorgeous. What beautiful memories too. LOVE the beads. Can't wait to see it framed. Lovely.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Congratulations on an absolutely stunning finish! What a treasure of memories you have created along with the scene itself.

Thanks so much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party so that we could all come see it! And thanks so for the link back. Aloha hugs!

Justine said...

Just popped over from Renee's blog to admire your beautiful finish. What an achievement to stitch something so large. I hope it continues to bring you many more years of pleasure as you admire your handiwork!

difergie said...

Beautiful work!

Chitra Gangadharan said...

Fabulous piece. Congrats on completing this work!

Michele said...

Congratulations on a spectacular finish! It's beautiful!!! Your helper looks sorry......I bet those beads were tricky to clean up!!

PugMom said...

Congrats on finishing your beautiful cross stitch! I used to do them and they are A LOT of work. It came out wonderful. Can't wait to see it when it is back from the framer.
Pugs and kisses,
Nancy

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

There's indeed a lot of memories attached to this cross stitch. This make it even more precious. It's gorgeous and certainly required a tremendous amount of time. So many Xs!

Ivory Spring said...

Congrats on your amazing finish!!!!! What an accomplishment!

Michele said...

That definitely is a huge accomplishment. Congrats on the finish.

Barbara said...

So gorgeous the nativity embroidery. I guess that was done on your machine (still brilliant) as I imagine it would take years by hand and you are not in the 16th century aristocrats with nothing else to do.

Carole said...

WoW! So many memories! How beautiful! Thank you for sharing.