Sunday, February 26, 2017

Goings on in my Neighborhood....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome ~
to all my friends in Blogland today
*smiles* and *hugs*

The last couple of weeks...
I've had two more finishes for the year.

I finished "UVW" and "XYZ" house blocks on my

This happened last night with this:

when I slipped the last stitches into my XYZ house, signed it with my signature and the years I've worked on this piece.
And then I sat back and admired my handiwork....
(this photo is over exposed the linen does not look true to color in real life...)
LHN ABC Samplers Series

"ABC Samplers"
by Little House Needleworks
(the following photos show the true color of the linen)

LHN ABC Samplers 2

stitched on 32 count Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens
2 threads over 2 threads with all the original called for colors (for the most part)

LHN ABC Samplers 3

I worked on it diligently....saving time each month to stitch my block so that I could stay on top of things. I didn't want to get behind...

LHN ABC Samplers 1

Started on June 14, 2016....
amidst some turmoil in my life (specifically in my career outside my home), I remember struggling with anxiety the first row of blocks because I was so miserable in my job, and my daughter had just graduated from high school and dropping her off at college was looming on the horizon. Remember we adopted little Augie, and I was force feeding him weighing less than 1 lb. listening to ever gasp of his breath and taking him to the kitty litter to do his business as he was too sick to do anything himself...
I remember stitching DE the week we were packing to take Katie to college, which also coincided with the last day on my hospital job that I decided to quit. I stitched FGH reeling from those two huge things happening all at once....

IJK saw me rebounding a bit while LMN had me preparing to leave on a month long vacation, that I was apprehensive about. OPG had me rejoicing because I had returned from my vacation back in the bosom with my loved ones, my dears, my family....

RST and UVW and XYZ seemed to just happen in a split second and last night when I slipped the final stitches in...I rejoiced because this sampler is not only beautiful...and it is beautiful ~ much more so than the photos give it credit. But I rejoice too because as in all things in life....
there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven

Finished on February 25, 2016...
I am thankful, that God led me through the storms of life over the past 9 months
my beacon, my rock, my consolation
and I come out stronger and more humble for the gifts he so richly blesses me with in my life.

A verse I thought about over and over as I stitched these walls, these houses...
comes from Proverbs 24: 3-4

By wisdom a house is built, 
and through understanding it is established; 
through knowledge its rooms are filled 
with perfect and precious treasures.

For surely as I share my life here, there and everywhere...
you all see the perfect and precious treasures that God has blessed me with that reside in my home ~ both those made from my body through His grace and from those made by my hands through His gifting of talent. 

Thank you for sharing my journey...

Until the next time...
Smile at a stranger...
be kind to all...
hug someone that needs a friend...
choose your words carefully...
guard your mind against negativity...
and do all things with great love...
Hugs in stitches....
Vonna xxxx


  1. So glad to see your post! Was thinking about you - and that I'd seen no updates from you recently - last evening, so very happy to hear things are essentially good. And to see that you've finished this gorgeous sampler - congratulations!

  2. Your sampler is beautiful--you have been on quiet a journey. Your journey reminds me of a quote from Elizabeth Edwards: "She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails." Sometimes when life comes at us full force--we have to remember to adjust our sails.

  3. Thank you for sharing. This post is a blessing to me.

  4. What a gorgeous ABC Sampler you have created and what a story to include on the back of the framed piece (if you choose)! As always, you are inspiring.

  5. Absolutely stunning Vonna! I loved watching you stitch it and I love that you've recapped your life happenings while stitching it. Big changes but also lots of good things/silver linings too!

  6. God is always good to His children. Lovely finishes sweetie.

  7. A beautiful piece of stitching, Vonna. Our stitching really can be a trip down memory lane. Remembering what was happening - good and bad - as we stitched.

  8. Spectacular stitched piece and I love your life story to go with it...Blessings

  9. Love your piece, I know that you had so stress in your life, but you pressed on and did a great job. You do give me a smile and joy in my life. I am going to do this piece and hope that it turns out as great as yours.

  10. This was a wonderful post. I love both the sampler and your wonderful way of looking at life. I have a few pieces that I look at and they bring back memories of where my life was at when I stitched those pieces.

  11. This is such a wonderful sampler, Vonna. I love the changes you made, with these changes it's definitely yours :) Isn't it amazing how much our stitching is sometimes woven with our lives?

  12. Yay for a great big wonderful finish! I love how your memories are sewn into it. I have a very special Easter stitch by Stitcher's Anon. I stitched the border to keep me calm while waiting for my son to sleep off the anaesthetic from his eye surgery. Not such a happy memory but every time I get my stitching out I thank God for the surgeon and nurses who cared for him that day.

  13. Every time you look at that wonderful work you'll feel it as a piece of your history! Love it! Hugs

  14. Vonna such a beautiful post and thank you for sharing... The finish is beautiful! You are such an inspiration.

  15. Absolutely gorgeous!

  16. Your sampler is stunning. What an amazing journey it covered. Thank you for sharing your beautiful stitching and your journey along the way. You are such an inspiration to me.

  17. Lovely! You should copy that post and put it on the back for future readers.

  18. I'll never get tired of seeing this masterpiece, whether on Instagram, FB, or here! This is gorgeous, Vonna, and such a huge, huge finish. Can't wait to see your Flosstube featuring this piece. This post was so heart-warming because you touched on what is important-Family with a capital F! Thank you.

  19. Dear Vonna,
    I know, what you are talking about. I had several bigger projects (mostly samplers) that have accomponied me through stormy times and whenever I look at the finished piece I remember that times of my life and I am thankful that I got through them.
    This sampler is amazing and it is part of your story - thank you for telling us and sharing it with us.


  20. I absolutely love this project. Congratulations on a stunning finish.

  21. Excellent finish and wonderful memory quilt in a way as well.

  22. What a thoroughly moving story you've captured in your project. Thank you for sharing it with us. You have a great ability to verbalize such wonderful insights - a true gift. I only recently found your blog and started following you, but I too was wondering when your next post was coming out as I was missing your updates. Take care!

  23. I just love seeing your finish, Vonna, and knowing all it represents :) The little neighborhood is just adorable and I look forward to seeing it framed and on your wall in the near future. I also loved seeing Diane's cubby with the individual finished houses--either separately or all together--the charts are so sweet!

    Enjoy your week!

  24. Such an amazing beautiful piece and what a journey it has helped you through. Thanks for sharing!!

  25. How sweet to take us on your journey through this beautiful piece. I can't wait to see how you will finish it! I so enjoy all you do, Vonna. You have made such a positive impact on switchers!

  26. This is absolutely gorgeous Vonna. I know all the work that went into it and that makes it even more awesome. Beautiful work as usual. RJ

  27. A beutiful finish Vonna. It will look awesome framed. I am sure you have a spot in mind to hang it. Happy stitching

  28. just a wonderful uplifting post Vonna ! I loved hearing how thru each block you trudged onward thru difficult times - staying true to yourself and your faith, each block with remembrances of good times and bad. LOVE IT ! congratulations for rejoicing in the blessings instead of drowning in the difficulty and letting the world eat you alive. You are an inspiration to all who know you - Hugs mel

  29. I am not normally a sampler person, but this piece is just gorgeous. I love the way you did the border and how it truly looks like a neighborhood.

  30. she's a beautiful treasure vonna, congrats!

  31. It is a beautiful sampler, made more precious by the memories that have been woven into your stitches.

  32. I am doing all of these as individual pieces but it makes me wish I had done them all together after seeing your finish. Beautiful!

  33. Your finished piece is stunning. I can look at some of the pieces I've stitched and be reminded, like you, of what was going on in my life at the time ... some good ... some not so much. Thanks for always bringing your faith into the picture. How does one make it in this life without it.

  34. Wonderful post, Vonna! Your sampler is beautiful and the memories and timing of life events is so special. Sounds corny, but I often write those things down when I am working on a piece and either keep the writings with the pattern or in some cases, the finished piece. This was a habit my Grandma had and I've tried to keep the habit as well.

  35. Oh, Vonna, it's absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on the finish, I bet it feels great to have this completed :D

  36. What a beautiful piece. You know, I have a couple of pieces that have seen me through some rough times and when I see them now I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I can create something that can give my soul so much solice. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  37. I have commented on instagram already, but just wanted to say I love how you shared about your journey while stitching this project in this post. All of these moments are what life is all about. Thank you for sharing as it is helpful to know we all have highs and lows. This is a beautiful stitch with a beautiful story to go with it.

  38. Your village is beautiful. I love to date my large projects in the same way.

  39. This is beautiful, I don't think I've ever seen all of the houses completed in a large pattern. One of my favorite things about stitching is that I can look at my favorite projects and remember exactly what I was doing/feeling while I worked on them. Congratulations on the finish!

  40. Hi, I was introduced to your blog by Angie at Gnome Angel. I love your sampler and how you summed up events and emotions that occurred while working on each section. Will you include your recollections when it is framed? I think you should. I look forward to visiting your site regularly.

  41. So wonderful! You are amazing, I'll say it again!

  42. Vonna: What a beautiful post, it always feels good to have a finish, I do a happy dance when I get a finish.
    I hope this year Blesses you with everything you need and want.


  43. A beautifully done sampler graced with your prayers and reflections on the life stages you traveled while stitching it. I joined you just before Katie graduated from High school. I empathized with you as you went through this transition and took her off to college. I admire your ability to share with us what you are feeling as well as what you are stitching. There aren't many who face life with such grace. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us and showing us there is a better way. If you do not mind I would like to use the same verse from Proverbs as I stitch my Sampler. I will be picking up the fibers while at the retreat and hope to start it there since I have the fabric and border design selected.

  44. I love that you are so appreciative of the blessings in your life. As we age I think we come to understand our purpose here on earth more fully, through our faith, our families and the blessings of many dear friends. I am always uplifted (and entertained) by your videos and posts. Keep us giggling and being inspired to do more with the precious time we have. Hugs.

  45. I love this post! Your stitching is beautiful and your words go way beyond that. You are such an inspiration. You make me not only want to be a better stitcher but also a better person (sounds corny but it is true). Thank you Vonna.

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