Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A little progress on Mary

Due to pressing quilt deadlines for magazines, I haven't been able to work much on my Mary. I stole away for a few hours last night working on Mary. Here is the latest progress:

Is it me, or are you too see visions of Mary on this rug?

Happy New Year, everyone!
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

I Finally Started!

I planned on starting Mary Wigham months ago but life kept getting in the way. The day after Thanksgiving, I finally made a start but it wasn't until this past week that Mary finally saw some action. I'm still on Part 1 but I'm moving along! I'm really enjoying her. If only I didn't have all this pesky gift stitching to do!
I'm using 40 count Lakeside Linens Fawn with assorted GAST, WDW and CC. The exact conversion can be found on my blog.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

New Member

I am excited to join this SAL! I started Mary Wigham last fall and have been slowly adding to her along with several other WIP's. I am using 32ct fabric (sorry, don't remember its exact name) and Vikki Clayton silks. These silks are wonderful to work with! Even though I am trying to following the chart (including mistakes) I will be substituting family initials for the ones charted. Looking forward to a great 2010 and following everyone's progress on this project. Thanks, Shari!

Saturday, December 19, 2009


I finally finished an old WIP last night so I can devote more time to my Mary sampler

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dyed silks put to work at last

It's taken the onset of winter -- that furious cross-country snowstorm that really DUMPED here in Wisconsin -- to make me seriously buckle down and stitch with my summer-dyed silks and linen. Here's the bare beginning. Winter is going to be a lot easier to take this year with the daily companionship of Mary.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New Member Intro

Hello fellow Mary Wigham stitchers in the USA!!! I am excited to join this blog and anxious to begin Mary for myself!

I am Sabine and I live outside of Houston, Texas. I am currently working on three Heaven and Earth Designs (all on either 25 or 28 ct Lugana, 1x1, full crosses) and Cirque des Cercles on a wonderful 28ct lagoon Lugana with Crescent Colours in Rainy Day.

I am torn on how to stitch Mary. I want to do a reproduction, approximating her fabric and fibers as closely as possible and leaving her initials and mistakes. But, I do not like the colors and I feel that if I even just tweek the shades, I might as well make it my own. I have a dark blue and green with lemon yellow color scheme floating through my mind. In either case, I will have to order fabric and floss soon as Mary is my Christmas gift to myself!

I have enjoyed looking at all of your progress and even finishes! I can't wait to start, but I will try to be good until the 24th!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New update

Here is my progress thus far. Who knows... I may finish this one after all. I hope I dont get far into it and hate the colors... Lots of folks seem to be putting up their Christmas decor and pics. I have not put up a single item. Waiting until next week when finals are all done. In the meantime I will post pics on my blog of Christmas past...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Finally, a start!

I have finally started on my Mary Wigham. I had contemplated doing it on a blue piece of linen. Lately with all the reading I have to do for grad school my eyes are so tired, and yet I still need to stitch so I broke down and decided to do it on aida. I am guilt free after starting it yesterday. Maybe I will do it again on linen in another color scheme once the reading eases up a bit, maybe in the summer.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mary Update

Well, here she is as of Friday the 13th. I haven't been stitching much on Mary since September but I hope to get more of her done this coming week.



Latest Progress Pic

Not the greatest image, but the best I c0uld do under the circumstances this morning.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hallowe'en Mary

My latest progress, as of October 31. with the flying turtle turned into a bat:
Sorry it's a bit fuzzy; I took the picture with my camera.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mary in Florida

Mary and I are in Florida visting my brother and sister in law. I was sitting on the lani looking out at the garden so I figured Mary would look great with the winter veggie garden as a backdrop. I love the mossy trees in the background too.

Mary in front of the garden

I'll be stitching on my sampler later this evening and tomorrow. Should be home on Wednesday and will post my new progress.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mary update:)

Not a lot of progress, but I did work on it again last week!! With holidays approaching, my mind is in a hundred different directions:)

Everyone's work is AMAZING!!! I do love my Mary, especially over one...just making the time has been my biggest challenge (FACEBOOK IS ADDICTIVE) ;)

Cindy F./TX

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My progess for October

I worked on MW this weekend and got a bit done. I really love how this piece is turning out. After I finished the white flowers on the left side I am not crazy about them but will leave them there. But I am changing the ecru colored flowers on that side to a purple and light purple color.

Have to decide which of my family initials to stitch on the piece, but figure I have time to do that. I'll pull out my family tree and put some grandsparents in there to with the grandkids.
I am taking MW on vacation with me this week and will post some pictures next week.
I am looking forward to seeing other progress on Mary this month.

September Progress

I just realized that I have been somewhat remiss in reporting my progress for September.  I have finished the right corner.

SAL's - October 001

Hopefully this month I will get more done.  I have had a project that I had to get done.


Friday, October 2, 2009

This has been a long time coming, but here is Mary framed at last. I'll probably hang her next to Maria Spence and Ann Trump, two other Ackworth school girls.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Progress on Mary

Hi all! I can't believe how time flies -- it's been a couple months since last I stitched Mary.

The first pic is my Mary as of Sunday. I have finally found some time to stitch on her and hope to get more time this week. I decided to add a touch of pink in a few places just as accents. If I don't like it later, it will be easy enough to remove. The next 2 pics are enlargements of the new areas.

You'll also notice that I decided to alter the pattern a bit. Instead of initials in the triangles along the edge, I have extended the flowers and/or pots into the blank area. I like it. What do you think?

I'm glad to be back working on this piece -- it's making me think.
Have a good day!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

September Progress

Hi All,
Here is my progress over the last four weeks. I did not get as much as I had hope done but I am moving ahead steadily. I changed a few colors including the color of the squirrel. The squirrels in my back yard have a grayish brown fur so I changed the color.

Happy Stitching,

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Finally Miss Mary In Pink is finished! The last stitch was applied Monday the 14th at 4:10 PM. This is one project I worked on steadily without interruptions until it was finished. She was a delight to stitch, but all that pink became tiresome after a while. The next Quaker sampler will be multicolored! The initials were changed to represent family members & friends, each group in a different style. Even our furbabies' initials are there!

I have started a Fall themed band sampler "To The Acorn" which is completely different in design and colors, the border is almost done with the bands to follow!

Hope you all have an awesome weekend filled with some sweet stitching! We are supposed to have another very hot day with Santa Anna conditions. Just a few days ago we had a large brush fire in our neighborhood, everyone was in a panic, the fire fighters had it tamped down within a couple of hours, but one family lost their house - it went up so quickly with the fire rushing up the hill in just a few minutes!

Stay Cool!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mary Wigham - The End

Here is Miss Mary

Thanks for letting me stitch this SAL with all of you. I will certainly miss stitching Mary, but I will still be able to see your progresses and your happy endings :D

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mary goes to a Stitch N Bit**

I worked on Mary, Friday evening and Saturday while my friend Jan and I met for our monthly Stitch N Bit**. Here is my progess so far: Mary Wigham 9.19.09
I am also going to change some of the colors as I go along and add my families initals instead of Mary's. I am going to make this Mary my own.

I am really enjoying watching everyones progress and the different places where Mary is being worked on. I am going on vacation next month and will post my own picture.

Here is where I ended Mary this evening.
mary wigham 9.20.09 001

Happy Stitching everyone.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Progress Picture

Here's a replacement picture for the one stuck on a gone-whacko memory card. I finished the project I'd been working on at home and put Mary in the floor stand to replace that piece. This shows my Mary's progress as of last Saturday. She's seen a bit more today, with that shell pink medallion now done and that big green half medallion to the right of the red one now about half done.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mary at Denali National Park and Preserve

Took Mary on our annual trip to Denali National Park and Preserve for a little mountain viewing. Not a lot of progress but she seemed to enjoy the view. Marjo in Alaska

The Original Mary

In reference to the last blog post and the question of the dark blue crown motif in the upper right corner, here is a picture of the original sampler for comparison... the chart appears to be correct...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

In A Quandary

The samplers that are being shown are really looking great.  I have two sides done and am working on the third.  I have a question for those of you that have stitched the first, blue with crown, motif on the right side.  Did you correct the motif or stitch it as charted?  I can see that charting this sampler would be a humongous task, but it may be the way Mary stitched it.  I hate the thought of that much frogging, but it just does not look good to me.  Please comment!

Pat in Texas


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Nearly Half Done

I uploaded the Mary Wigham infinity chart, and am loving it!

Here are John and Zella, my maternal Grandparents...

thanks to the infinity chart, I was able to see if Grandpa's initials would fit in the space above Grandma without needing to tear any errant stitches out. I let him be a little off-center on purpose, in keeping with Mary's off-kilter style.

Monday, September 7, 2009


Hope you all are having a nice Labor Day Weekend filled with stitching, good food, picnics, family and friends. I have been spending time with Miss. Mary. And as you can see, she is getting closer and closer to the finish line. I have not decided what to do with the initials as yet. I am thinking I want to work in a few butterflies, and other small motifs along with some important (to me) initials. The center of the large motif where Ackworth School appears is where my initials will probably go along with the date. The initials and small items will be stitched with the variegated thread just to help tie colors together a little better. You can check out my blog for further details and more pictures!

Every one's stitching is looking awesome and the color combinations are as beautiful as they are varied! Hope you are all enjoying this SAL as much as I am! Sweet stitching to you all!

Friday, September 4, 2009

August progress

Unfortunately, I've had so much going on that the most work I've done on this was to download all the parts of the pattern. But I'm going to hit it hard and heavy this month. We're (hopefully) setting my surgery date when I meet the surgeon on the 10th, so I'm planning for this to be my recovery piece.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ah, September

Mary and I both love September.
She practically begged me to take her outside this afternoon,
for she wanted to rest a moment by the garden gate,
in the friendly company of Dill, Sunflower, and Squash.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

August Progress

I have completed the left side and a few more motifs on the top side.  I sure wish I could find a scroll bar that would accommodate fabric that is this wide.  I am going to give Q Snaps another chance.  The set I have is 14” square and I have short arms, making it hard to reach. 


August Mary Wigham



Monday, August 31, 2009

Yet another progress report

Just a bit of progress for me, as I had to do some obligation stitching...I cut a piece of my MaryW linen off to use for a mailart piece and I love that finish, so I'm really looking forward to this one.maryw

Yoyo Progress 4 -- Mary Wigham sampler
over 1 on 40 ct Lakeside Linens V. Lt. Examplar
Over-dyed Conversion Threads (list posted here)

I had to change some of the lighter fiber colors but I think I have it sorted now. I really do enjoy whenever I can stitch on this beautiful sampler and I hope you are all doing well with your's. Oh, I didn't notice until I was viewing the picture on the web that I had forgotten to put my quarter in, so I pasted one in, but it is to scale so you get the idea, I hope.

I do read all your posts here on this blog, but I have an eye disease which really limits my computer screen-time so I can't comment to all of you. But I love seeing where you are, what you've done with the design and the colors. Thank you all for your wonderful posts and pictures.


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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Progress Picture

Hello Fellow Mary Stitchers,

I hope you are still enjoying your stitching! I am loving it even though I am not able to devote as much time as I would have liked to the project. I am following the colors, and am in love with them. Mary had a great sense of colors! Here is what I have so far:

I wish you a great and productive week!

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August Progress

Hello Mary Wigham Stitchers,
I'm enjoying seeing everyone's progress and stories.
I have been busy this August but found a bit of time to work on my Mary. On the first weekend, Mary went camping with me in Northeastern CO. We fell into a strange juxtaposition as I'm recreating Mary while surounded by old windmills and new wind electric generators. I worked on Mary both of the next weekends and yesterday we were on a ranch in midstate visiting family, so I added a few more stitches. Here are a few pictures.

As of Aug 30th

Old Windmill and New Wind Generator in NE Colorado

Mary as of Aug 1st, with the wind generators on the bluff in the background.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Bit of Progress

Today at my LNS' all-day open-stitch class I finally finished that first half medallion, and got started on the next one down the left side.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My first Medallion

Hi, this is my first post.I am March and have been stitching since 1987. I am very happy that I was able to join the group. Thanks for including me Shari. :-)
I am stitching Mary W. on 25 count evenweave, I am doing it 1 over 1, using full stitches. It's the first time I have tried to tea dye my material. I got it to dark at first but was able to lightened it a little. I did lose some of the splotches but I like how it came out. Right now I am using the colors on the pattern but may change that as I go along.
I have been stitching on this for a few hours a night for the last three nights and got my first medallion do. I really like how it looks.

MW 8.26.09

I am really enjoying watching everyones MW take shape and I love some of the different colors combos that are being used. I know this is a historical sampler but it's great that we are making it our own.


I am normally a pretty good chart reader, and rarely find the need to tear out stitches. But this sampler, for some reason gets me every time I pick it up! Since I hate reversing my work so very much, I have decided to keep it as-is, and if I make a mistake, well then... Well!

Here is my progress:

All initials in the original will be replaced with initials from my own family... ZK and CW are my two grandmothers.