Monday, June 8, 2009

Progress, tennis, and etc

So I feel like I haven't made much progress on the Plantation Sampler. But here it is.



I switched to the medium blue-green for the verse cause I liked the color better.


I'm feeling restless on this project so I'd better get to the pretty picture part now to get myself back into this one!

Kim, of Threadheads, Unite!, is having another giveaway! She's going to be giving away some yummy April Cornell plaids. Sigh. I love woven plaids. I love April Cornell. So of course I entered. You should too!

And finally, I have to say congratulations to Roger Federer. I know, lots of you don't give a fig about tennis. But Federer made tennis history on Sunday by winning the French Open for the first time and thus completing a career Grand Slam. He's one of only 6 men to have achieved that, and one of only two (Andre Agassi being the other) to achieve this feat on three different surfaces. He also tied Pete Sampras' record for the most Grand Slams won, 14. He's been in 20 straight grand slam semifinals, and 15 of the last 16 grand slam finals. He's definitely up there as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. And I love the fact that he cries. Like Andre Agassi, one of my other tennis heroes, who was also not afraid to show his emotions. Here's hoping that Rafael Nadal overcomes his knee problems and that Federer and Nadal continue their rivalry. And here's hoping for Andy Murray as well -- wouldn't it be something if he won Wimbledon? I always held out hope for Tim Henman, and now I'll hope for Murray too. Wimbledon is my favorite of the slams. And it starts next week! And by the by, if Nadal manages to win the US Open this fall, he would complete a career grand slam as well. Wouldn't that be something!

It's the last week of classes at the high school here. Then a couple of weeks of final exams. The boy child will have his last exam on June 22 and then he'll be free! No more school till the fall! Unbelievable. Where did the school year go? Ack!!!!

I'm off to enjoy one of my last days sans kids. :D I'm putting off the errands and the cleaning for once -- not going to waste the time! lol! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. I love to read them!

25 comments:

Jan said...

Gosh that is so pretty, so far, Margaret! I love, love. love this one for sure!! I think that border is so gorgeous, although I am sure it was crazy to stitch on. But you can handle it, you can handle anything, you are amazing!!!

Although I am not a tennis fan, don't follow, I love the excitement in your writings about it! Hope your favorites win!!:)

Cari said...

Margaret your sampler is just beautiful. You truly do lovely work and so very quickly. I'm always in awe of your work.

Have fun watching tennis..I used to be a fan but haven't followed it for years. Love reading all about it in your blog though.

In response to your comment on my blog..I'm blessed with three lovely granddaughters. Corinne is in her second year of college in Chicago, Taylor will be the big 16 in July, and of course you saw my sweet Carly who is 14.

Corinne will be in Florida in a couple of weeks so I'll get some fun pics of the three of them along with their darling grandmother...ME!! Thanks for sharing your life on your blog..I consider you one of my bestest stitching friends. Hugs and Happy Stitching !!

Deb said...

Margaret - I love your sampler. It's so pretty. I think that I'm finally going to bite the bullet and start this one sometime in the near future. I've only had the pattern for 20+ years, I guess it's about time. But I love your fabric and the colors you've switched out.

I'm not a tennis fan, but it is fun to hear the happiness someone expresses about it. My son did have it on a little bit and I did catch parts!

mainely stitching said...

Our kids are in school till July 10- and then it will get busy! LOL!

I love your progress. :D

Siobhan said...

Margaret, you've made wonderful progress on your latest sampler. Beautiful!!

Enjoy your last few days w/o kids at home!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

GREAT progress, Margaret! This is a beautiful sampler and your work is beyond amazing!

Karoline said...

It's looking gorgeous Margaret, congratulations.

I was thrilled when Roger managed to win on Sunday, I've been wanting to get his grand slam for ages and to get it before Rafa. I think it's so great that there are the two of them that are capable of achieving the slam. Here's hoping that Andy Murray can come through and win a slam for us brits.

karenv said...

Wonderful progress on your sampler Margaret! It's really coming along so well.

Yay for Federer and yay for Wimbledon next week - my favourite time of the year! Go Andy! :)

Susan said...

Wow, Margaret, you are the speediest stitcher I know! This is looking beautiful, as all your work does.

Melissa said...

Gosh, you always say that about not having much progress and I think you are so speedy! Plantation Sampler is looking gorgeous. I bought this chart too and look forward to stitching it...one day!

Enjoy your last days of 'freedom'.

Tracy J said...

This is such a beautiful piece.

gio162 said...

Very pretty indeed - nice progress, Margaret!

Sherry said...

Oh the sampler is looking wonderful! I can't wait to see more as it grows! I am not really a tennis fan. I never could understand it all.

Cathy Lloyd said...

WHAT?? You feel you haven't made progress?? Looks like you've made a TON of progress! Enjoy and get into the picture part so you don't stop!

Good for you pushing off the errands and house cleaning! YAY!

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret,
My goodness, this is such a pretty sampler. I love the border and your work so far is amazing. I am really looking forward to seeing your finish.

Good luck to your son with his exams. I am sure he is looking forward to his break.

BTW I have finished Elizabeth. My DH wanted to take it to work to show somebody so I am waiting for him to show her before I can frame it. Working on Lucy Davis now and I am very busy doing the Queen stitch flowers in the border. What fun that is lol. Hope you are well - Sandra.

Love to Stitch said...

Not to much progress??!!! You are cruisin' on Plantation. Fabulous job!! This sampler is one of my fav's!!!!

S said...

The sampler looks great, cant wait to start mine.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous progress. You are zipping along on this as usual!

woolwoman said...

Fun to hear you speak so passionately about tennis. I agree about Agassi - he was tops in my book and like I said - I just don't follow the game any more since he retired but I do think Federer is a great player and maybe you have inspired me to peek in on Wimbledon. You also inspire me with your stitching prowess - lovely work on the PS! Hope you are enjoying it - Mel

Paulette said...

Margaret, your Plantation Sampler is absolutely stunning!! Oh my my my... I want to start this so badly now!! Your samplers are always an inspiration. :)

Littlebit said...

It looks like you have made a LOT of progress, Margaret! Gosh, I always feel slow when I look at what others are stitching..as usual, your stitching is just beautiful.

Dona said...

Margaret, wasn't the French Open wonderful? It was so great to see Federer win and very special that Agassi presented the trophy to him. I also hope Nadal is able to compete at Wimbeldon. I love to watch him play (as you know!)as much as I know you enjoy watching Federer!

Your work on Plantation is wonderful! It's going very quickly, too.

Garden Girl said...

Margaret,
I just love the way your Plantation Sampler is coming along and I especially like the color changes you made. I hope you make it to the pretty part soon! Boy do I get what you are saying there!
~Joy

Katrina said...

Love your Plantation Sampler, it's so pretty.

Ranae said...

The Plantation is looking great.
Time and Season Sampler turned out gorgeous.
You have some beautiful stitching going on in this blog.