Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Tablet Sampler and Bathurst

My goodness, it is ages since I posted. My Sister kept asking me when was I going to post again lol. But as always there have been a lot of things going on in my life. Christmas, School Holidays for 6 weeks etc. etc. Internet problems thrown into the mix.

First off, please excuse the following photos of the Tablet Sampler. My computer seems to have gone crazy when I uploaded these ones. I had to disconnect the camera from the computer and hope that the one above didn't go sideways as well. But thankfully it is ok.

It doesn't look like I have made that much progress on The Tablet Sampler, but actually I have done quite alot. The 4th Commandment was very long winded and went on and on like the 3rd one.

I decided when I finally finished it that I would take a journey down the bottom to see how that came out. The bottom is really stunning. I don't know if you can see, but the white flower in the corner is filled in with just all stem stitch going around and around like a finger print. It is quite stunning. Also the blue flower besides it is also filled in in stem stitch.

If you are thinking of doing The Tablet, be aware that this is a very big sampler. You need more than a fat quarter and don't do as I did and under estimate the size of it length wide. See where the tacking thread is down the bottom. That is where the sampler comes to when it is finished. I will have about half an inch left over the play around with when I frame it. But, it could have been worse. I could have ended up with nothing at all and I think that you would have heard me crying all over the place.

These flowers along the sides that remind me of Edelweiss are all satin stitch as are some of the little pom pom type buds.

While doing the verse one day, I got quite bored with it and I thought that I would start my next sampler to give myself a little break from it all. This is my start on Rebecca Cullin by The Scarlet Letter. Another sampler that I have been in love with for ages. Sorry this one is on its side as well.

I also started doing Susan Rambo. I thought that I would start this one in the middle as I really loved the duck. This one is on 40ct Meadow Rue. My dear friend Tanya from The Scarlet House very kindly sent me this piece of material last year when I first saw Susan as I have a lot of trouble getting the lovely hand dyed fabrics that a lot of people are able to get.

I thought that I would show you some photos of Bathurst that I took over the Christmas/New Year period. My Father and my Sister came up to stay for a few days and on one of the days they were here, we went for a lovely drive to Bathurst which is about an hour and 15 minutes away from Katoomba. Bathurst is a really lovely country town.

Bathurst is actually the oldest inland town in Australia. It was the gateway to the gold fields and there are a lot of Victorian buildings there. I loved these ones on the corner near the Station.

By the way if you are into Hatch and Patch products by Anni Downs. This is where her shop is.
Unfortunately we didn't go there as they were shut over the Christmas period.

Here are a few of the lovely buildings. The old Court House.

This used to be the old Post Office, but is now Bathurst's Music Centre and also Historical Centre.
This is the beautiful park in the centre of the City.

While we were there we went for a drive over to the train station to see this old steam train. We thought that my Father would enjoy seeing it and in the last few years it has been restored and is now on display outside the railway station

This train was the steam locomotive that one of Australia's former Prime Ministers, Ben Chifley 1942-45 before he got into Politics.

My Father's Grandfather was also a steam train driver and Ben Chifley used to be his fireman when he was a young man. It is quite possible we think that my Gr Grandfather also drove this locomotive as he taught Ben to drive an engine. That is my youngest son btw.

Well, that is about it. I'm sorry if I haven't left any comments on blogs lately. I have been having a lot of trouble leaving them for some reason. As I said earlier, I have been having a lot of problems with our internet and we had to get a new piece that was our internet/telephone set up. Hopefully things will go back to normal soon.

Thank you for stopping by. Hopefully I won't take so long next time to post again.


Fancies, Thimbles And Threads said...

Just a thought as I frame just about all of my can sew a strip of fabric along the bottom edge where short to help ease with framing.

Love to Stitch said...

Your tablet sampler is coming along just marvelous!!! It is sooo gorgeous. Attic Needlework has it as the Sampler of the Month. I do think that I must start that one too. I love a gorgeous religious sampler, there are not to many that are as pretty. Scarlett Letter has the Lords Prayer too, Something Ginger......I must to that one too. No worries on the bottom-- it is cutting it close I must say, all that work! LOL. But sew a piece of muslin on the bottom, and the framer can use that for the stretching. Looking forward to more for sure!!!!!!!

Laurie in Iowa said...

T=Your tablet sampler is beautiful... I love how the white flower was stitched at the bottom of the piece. I'm glad you have a bit of linen left on the bottom... that would have been a disaster.
Your Rebecca C. and Susan R. samplers are beautiful as well. I always like to mix things up a bit with my sampler stitching... it alleviates any boredom and makes stitching a pleasure.

Siobhán said...

It's so good to see a post from you! Your tablet sampler is gorgeous!! Beautiful progress. I enjoyed seeing the photos of Bathurst--it looks like a lovely town!

Margaret said...

Ack! Ok, I might have to get this one after all. Gorgeous!!!! So the stem stitch in the two flowers is just sort of end to end stitches in a spiral? As opposed to having to feather them in at random? I might be able to handle that. Wonderful stuff! All those words though. Over one, right? Ugh.

Rebecca looks good too, as does Susan Rambo. Yes, I love that duck in the middle on Susan, right?

Great pics of Bathurst too!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

OMG! Your tablet sampler is STUNNING. I love all the flowers and the special stitches are just glorious.

Looks like you've got a great start on SR as well. I love that one as well and will do it, one day.

Thanks for the tour of the town - love the old post office.

Nancy said...

Your Tablet Sampler is beautiful! You made a good start on Susan too!

Deb said...

Oh snap Sandra - why did I have to see pictures of Rebecca Cullen??? Why? I love the colors of it - I didn't realize those colors were in it! Sometimes the chart cover looks so misleading.

Love, love the Tablet Sampler. I think you have made a tremendous amount of progress and that one white flower - what stitch is that. It looks wonderful. You have so much patience for things like that. I can't stop looking at that flower I love it so much.

Love the pictures of the area where you love. I would love to come to visit one day - it looks like a wonderful place.

marly said...

Amazing amount of work in that sampler! My goodness such a beautiful piece. This will be so stunning in a frame!

The Scarlett House said...

Hi Sandra, you have sure been on my mind lately. I am way overdue in emailing you. I hope you are feeling better.
We have lots of catching up to do. I am constantly chasing my tail still. I had totally forgotten about sending you that linen until now. Glad you found use for it.

What an ambitious sampler you have going again. You are amazing!

RuthB said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. How very kind of you not only to share your lovely stitching, but also to take us on a road trip :)

Nicola said...

Your tablet sampler is gorgeous!! I am soooo tempted by your progress. I enjoyed seeing the photos of Bathurst.

Wishing you a good weekend.

Suzanne said...

Your tablet sampler is looking fantastic Sandra. I just love those stem stitch flowers. Nice work on your new starts.

Great photos of Bathurst, I love the town and it's been so long since I have visited.

merumo said...

Good to see you back to blogland! And your WIPs are looking beautiful!!! I've stitched Sarah Rambo and remember she was a fun girl to play with ;)

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

beautiful sampler !

bisous de France

Karoline said...

Your tablet sampler is looking gorgeous, great progress

Felicity said...

Lovely stitching.
Yes, Bathurst is lovely, isn't it? I spent many lovely occasions visiting the city when I went to visit my grandparents in Narromine.

Chris said...

Hi Sandra, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Jeanne said...

The tablet sampler is awesome - I do love those border flowers! You will be done soon I know.

I echo the others, don't worry about the framing, I have sewn on a strip of muslin where I've been short and it just helps the framer be able to stretch the piece. It's going to work out fine and nothing will show in the framed portion.

thanks for sharing all your lovely photos with us.