Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Come dance with me!!!

Finished and wrapped up!!!  Waiting to be framed ...

Amsterdam by Thea Gouverneur
Stitched on 35 ct linen with DMC
Started Christmas Eve 2010
Finished Aug 26 2011

And here is my newest bestest friend. Meet Mary Allen, who is such a  pleasure to stitch that I can't pull myself away from her. The planning was to finally start part 3 of the Birds of a Feather Mystery. But Mary insists on us spending some more quality time together and who am I to deny it to her? Can't do a thing about it.


Village Square Sampler - Mary Allen 1818
By Samplers Remembered
Stitched on 36ct Edinburgh "Buttercream" from Silkweaver
with NPI silks

There is not much else to to report. Except maybe that we spent the weekend in Melbourne looking for cars for my oldest daughter Saskia who got her drivers license last week. We got her in the end a nice car of her choice and she's happy as can be. Of course I forgot to take a picture. But she comes home in the weekend and we'll fix that then.
Funny thing is that I joked she should get a red car (my favorite color) and she insisted that she would NOT buy such hideous thing!!!! It was silver or black!  She ended up with a  red one...LOL...and I'm innocent (for once) She chose it all by herself.  And I was even polite enough to not point it out (YET)

Wishing you all a nice week with lots of stitching time :)

84 comments:

Claudette497 said...

Congratulations! I'm happy dancing with you! That's a stunning finish and it's been a pleasure watching it come to life.

Meari said...

Congrats on finishing Amsterdam! It looks great!

Nancy in IL said...

Oh my, Gabi!!! It's truly a masterpiece representing sooo much time and work, and I was in on the beginning, enjoying every glimpse I got of it. I'm almost sad to see it end.

And congratulations on getting your DD a beautiful red car, LOL! I'm sure she's delighted with it! I'll never forget the first car for our daughter, also red. And now we have bought a car for our granddaughter and grandson. We're just old softies, LOL!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congratulations on finishing Amsterdam. It's beautiful.
You've started another favorite sampler of mine, Mary Allen. I need to get mine out and work on her a bit more.

Jennifer M. said...

Congrats on your finish! This piece is beautiful and so many hours of stitching went into it I am sure. The sampler is going to be gorgeous too. I see you are the type of stitcher that likes designs with a lot of detail and colors. ;)

Can't wait to see more of your sampler!

I'm sure your daughter is thrilled about her car. I remember when my dad surprised me with mine almost 12 years ago. It makes me sad cause now I'm looking to trade it in. It is time to let it go.

Happy Stitching!
Jen

Mindi said...

Congratulations on finishing Amsterdam! Mary Allen looks like she's off to a wonderful start.

Debbie said...

Congratulations!! I enjoyed following your progress and am doing a happy dance for you on your awesome finish! Its absolutely beautiful!

Vicky L said...

Congratulations! Amsterdam is beautiful. I am dancing with you. I am so happy for you.

Shelley said...

Congrats!!! It looks beautiful Gabi :)

samplerlover said...

Congratulations on finishing Amsterdam. It is a beautiful piece. Ah Mary Allen is another favourite.

octoberlace said...

Gabi, your work is absolutely beautiful! I'm truly impressed and hope you don't mind if I visit regularly to see your updates.

Theresa
http://octoberlace.wordpress.com

Deborah said...

WoW!! WoW!! WoW!!
What an exquisite finish. This is an absolute heirloon, but aren't all of yours!! It is so beautiful!!

Love and Hugs!!
Deborah

Gillie said...

Goodness, what a piece! Well done you, Gabi!

Lesleyanne said...

Congrats on your finish. It is gorgeous. Great new start.

Rowyn said...

Congratulations Gabi, it is such a beautiful piece. I can't wait to see Mary Ellen progress.

I love red cars! I've got a red one. They say red ones go faster. lol

Have a great week, and thanks for all the lovely comments you leave on my blog.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Amsterdam is just lovely, I don't have the patience for the demands of a stitch like that - the rewards are worth it though.

Cardygirl said...

Stunning finish...well done! Looking forward to seeing your new BFF! LOL about the car!

gracie said...

It is a beautiful piece....as is your WIP

Catherine said...

Wow!! Beautiful!!! Congrats to your daughter on her new car!!

cucki said...

wow..a big congratulations..this is really very lovely finish..
well done dear xx

Chris said...

Congratulations on an amazing finish Gabi! It is stunning.
I can see why Mary is keeping you busy, she is a lovely sampler.
I hope that you have a great week!

Vonna said...

Congratulations I think is GORGEOUS!!! And I love your new start :)

Joke said...

Gabi, this is gorgeous! I have been watching its progress and I dance with you. Congrats!!

Anne Marieke said...

Your Amsterdam is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on a big finish.

Your new sampler is beautiful too and I can understand that you cannot pull yourself away from it.

Enjoy!

Jackie said...

Congrats on your finish! A big one at that! What you have done so far on Mary Allen is gorgeous.

Carol said...

Oh, Amsterdam, is such a beauty, Gabi! I can imagine you dancing and skipping with happiness all the way over in Australia :)

Congratulations on a truly wonderful finish...

Penny said...

Congratulations! Amsterdam is quite an accomplishment. Beautiful. Mary Allen is another pretty one.

Sparkles 'n' Stitching said...

A huge congrats on your finish, looks like it was a minster stitch. I cant wait to see how your new best friend stitches up

KarenV said...

Congratulations Gabi on a fantastic finish! I can't believe you've stitched it so fast either, just 8 months, that's amazing!

Carissa said...

Gabi, Amsterdam turned out beautifully! I also really like your new sampler.

Siobhan said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing finish. It is fantastic!! Great job. Love your start on Mary, too! This is a very local saying here and I don't get why it means 'good luck and safe driving', but here it is--well wear to your daughter on her new car!

butterfly said...

Sending you congratulations on your Amsterdam stitching, its a work of art. love it.

Nancy said...

You have stitched a true masterpiece Gabi! Amsterdam is absolutely beautiful! I love your new start too - what a pretty border!

Pumpkin said...

Gabi, it's breathtaking! Congratulations on such a fabulous finish! You must have really plugged away at it to get it done so quickly :o)

Love your new WIP.

Ellen said...

Amsterdam is gorgeous! Congrats on the finish!

Hugs,

BrendaS said...

Congratulations on the beautiful finish!

Love your new start too:))

Have a great week

Sue said...

congratulations on your happy dance, Amsterdam looks wonderful and I love your new start....

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Gabi!! The finish looks awesome. You go girl!!!

Cristina said...

Congratulations. Your finish looks awesome. Thank you for your comments in my blog.

threadmedley said...

Absolutely beautiful!! And I can't believe how quickly you got this large piece finished. Super job!
(Could tell me please who designed Coming to Water? I haven't been able to find it anywhere. Thanks.)

Tracey said...

Beautiful finish! I know you are so glad to have it completed. Your new WIP is coming right along! :)

valerie said...

Congrats on your Amsterdam finish! It's gorgeous! Lovely start on Mary Allen as well!

The new car sounds great! My mom always bought red/burgandy cars. When I was shopping around I said never again! I ended up with grey! I've been driving a red car for the last 18 years. I def. needed a change. lol

Nancy said...

What an acomplishment!! Amsterdam is gorgeous! Love your new start too!

Theresa said...

Congratulations on your big finish!!!!! Amsterdam is beautiful!!!!

From the looks of your new start on Mary, I can tell it would be another wonderful piece!!!!

Carolyn NC said...

Dancing with you - how awesome! Fabulous job. :)

PegC said...

Terrific accomplishment--inspiring and beautifully done.

Julie said...

Amsterdam is absolutely stunning and so detailed.Congrats on a great finish.

MarchAnn58 said...

Wow just so beautiful it is out of this world Gabi.

angel parker said...

Amsterdam is amazing! It would take me forever to finish a project that size! I love your new start too!

Nancy M said...

It looks AWESOME! And since I worked on just a tiny bit of a roof, I know how HUGE it really is!!! It will look fabulous framed and hanging on your walls! Jill would do wonders for it, if you could convince the hubbie!

Anna van Schurman said...

WOW! Amazing and spectacular! Good for you!

Cross Stitch Queen said...

WOW!!! My jaw is still on the floor. That is soooooo out-of-this world beautiful! It looks amazingly beautiful.

Congratulations!!
CSQ

http://betweenthestitches.blogspot.com

Charity C. said...

Wow you finished Amsterdam quickly!! It is beautiful! Funny car story! Have fun with Mary Allen

mdgtjulie said...

Oh, Gabi, I'm so happy for you to have finished Amsterdam. Big, huge grats to you!! It looks awesome too. I can't wait to see it framed. Glad you found a good car for your daughter. I'm sure you're planning to let her in on the secret, soon, lol. Have fun, and do share with us!

Kate said...

Congratulations on your finish. It is stunning.

Pam said...

Amsterdam is beautiful!! Congratulations on finishing it!

Karen said...

Wow! Amsterdam is stunning! Congratulations Gabi!!!

wendy111 said...

Well done Gabi! Such a marvellous achievement to finish a piece of this size. l look forward to seeing it framed. Have fun dancing!

Sharon said...

Gabi, that is a stunning and amazing finish! Congratulations!

dixiesamplar said...

What a beautiful finish, Gabi!!

And Mary Allen is going to be lovely too...I have been following Robert's progress with his piece.

ajt0516 said...

Gabi, Amsterdam is a masterpiece -- so beautiful!!!

Lynn said...

Wow Gabi!! It's stunning! This is a truly marvellous piece which I can't wait to see framed.
That's just too funny about your daughter's colour choice for her car. My hubby likes to use the comment, "Sooner or later, you'll see it my way!". Drives me crazy!!

Deb said...

How the heck did I miss this post! I'm so excited for you finishing up Amsterdam. It is just simply a masterpiece. There is no other word for it! I can only imagine how beautiful it will be framed and hanging on your wall. I'm really in awe - it's such a fantastic piece.

And love your start on Mary Allen. She is definitely going to be another stunner. I think that I need to get mine going again - she's been sitting next to my chair talking to me!

DUSTY said...

WOW !! that is gorgeous !!!

Tatkis said...

Wow! My greatest congratulations!!
Amsterdam is just gorgeous!!!

And good luck with your new start :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Jean said...

Congratulations on finishing "Amsterdam" it is simply stunning!

Giovanna said...

Wonderful finish, and truly stunning - congratulations!

marly said...

I was looking through charts today and came across Mary Allen. Haven't decided if she will be the one. I am so amazed at your finish. My goodness the work involved and on 35 count! Congratulations - I'm in awe!!

Lois said...

Happy dancing with you Gabi! What a beautiful finish! Love your new WIP and looking forward to watching your progress on this one.

Edgar said...

What a beautiful finish!!! And I am loving your new WIP.!!

Dey Moreno said...

hooo very beautiful. Tremendo trabajo pero gran satisfacción de verlo terminado. Felicidades. I'am practice my english.

htimcj said...

Beautiful piece! Too funny about the car color :) They only THINK they don't listen to us :)
Heidi-ILCS

Kelly said...

Amsterdam looks fantastic, well done on the finish!

Sally said...

Congratulations on an absolutely amazing finish! It looks fantastic:)

Lovely new start too:)

Katrien said...

Congratulations! It's such an awesome piece! Love your newest WIP too.
Also congrats to your daughter :)

Just Me and My Shadow said...

What a major achievement in finishing such a huge piece. Congratulations.

Shelleen said...

Congrats on the beautiful finish.

Aussie Stitcher said...

Congratulations on the finish Gabi, it looks wonderful. LOL at the red car, congrats to your daughter also.

chrisstitches said...

Congrats on the fantastic finish! You sure tackle the complicated pieces.....love them all. Thanks for sharing your work & talent.
Chris B.

Patches said...

Amsterdam is stunning.

Justflo said...

I've really emjoyed watching this grow. It's lovely. Happy dances all round.

socialsue said...

Congratulations!!!!! What a beautiful design!

socialsue

Pointed Stitcher said...

Congratulations!! Gorgeous finish!!

Anne Sans Tete said...

Beautiful work!!!

- Lisa N. in Cambodia