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Sandy Orton Summer Sampler

Today is the last day of summer. Somehow another season has slipped by… can you believe that tomorrow is the first day of Fall already?!

Since the first day of summer in June, I’ve been working on the Sandy Orton Summer Sampler. You can read more here about how I bought the four matching season samplers years ago, with money left to me by my sweet grandmother. I’ve really enjoyed having a long-term cross stitch project that I come back to in between other projects, but now that the season is over it’s time to move onto the next sampler.

Here’s a look at what I was able to complete during the summer of 2017:

Sunflowers, jam, and blueberries, oh my! Once all the cross stitching is done, I’ll add the backstitching, which will make a big difference. Under “Summer Time” it will say “and the living is easy” and on the blue patch with the sunflower it will say “Pure Gold.”

A few of my favorite progress pics!

 

 

 

 

 

I’m already looking forward to picking this one up again next year… who knows how much life will change in another year!

I bought a clear project box to house all my samplers, so I packed away the Summer Sampler got the floss and fabric for the Autumn Sampler all ready to go.

And now… it’s Fall! Every new season brings change, and I’m looking forward new adventures as the weather cools and the holidays approach. But for posterity’s sake, I want to jot down a bit about what life has been like this summer while I’ve been stitching on this sampler.

Summer 2017: June 20 – September 22

Everything about this year has been different for me, and this season is no exception, since it’s the first summer I’ve been a mother. I’ve been at home full time, and over the summer Amelia has grown from eight to eleven months old, with her first birthday fast approaching.

Nothing is ever entirely routine with a baby, but we found a good rhythm of naps, mealtimes, neighborhood walks, and daily adventures to get out of the house (usually involving a trip to Starbucks). Amelia is on the move, but not walking yet, so we stuck close to home. We planned Sew Days with my quilty friends, I went to several guild events like Friday Night Sews, meetings, and a workshop, and we had visitors like my friend Sommer and my parents, as well as a week-long trip to Alabama. The weather was hot and humid, but we managed to keep cool in the pool or finding inside activities like Storytime at the library. I’m tired most of the time, but I’m learning to live by the seat of my pants, and I’m happy to be exactly where I am.

In a nutshell, it was a really great summer!

 

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