Free at Last! Free at Last!
This post isn't to announce my retirement, but to celebrate that I am finally finished with the Project. From. H*ll. (Others may refer to this as Petit Sampling Etui.) I started this in January of 2009 and finished it last Saturday night. I actually probably stitched it twice if you count all the frogging I had to do on this thing. Honestly, I considered giving up stitching at several points during this project. But now it's done. And yes, I know that my initials and the date aren't centered in the hearts, but this panel is on the bottom of the box and no one will see it and I've decided I can live with it. It may be awhile before this appears in a finished form. A woman in my sampler guild did her own finishing and said it took her about 80 hours! I'm planning to have this finished professionally if I can find someone to do it at a reasonable price.
Thanks so much for all your comments about my retirement decision. Ironically, spending the day at a quilt show with two of my retired friends helped me make the decision to keep working. Both of them talked about how they spend their days reading and puttering and don't really get much accomplished. Well, I already have that--it's called summer vacation. I realized that I'm just not ready to stay home permanently. Having made the decision has lifted another weight off my shoulders.