Thursday, May 21, 2009

Your Choice... and a Giveaway

I am currently hard at work on a patriotic design that I am hopeful will be ready for an early June release- its taking me FOREVER to finish, because I am stitching it up two ways, one as a pinkeep, and one as a sampler.

I have been looking at photos of some of my older designs- the ones that I stitched to sell as a finished sampler- back before I had cross stitch software. A few of them are begging me to be published. I picked my top four candidates, and thought I'd let you decide which is the first to be pulled out of mothballs.

Here they are, in no particular order:
Elizabeth West:

Constance Sullivan- I hated the fabric that I stitched this one on, but love the trio of bouquets inspired by a mid 1800's sampler.

EN 1815, stitched with a vintage variegated Coats and Clark floss from my Grandma's sewing basket...

Prudence Talcott, the only one of my finished samplers that I regret selling- almost as much for that pretty vintage frame as for the sampler itself!

As for the Giveaway... I will draw a name from those who offer feedback in the comments on this blog post (please include your vote for one of the above designs). The drawing will be on Monday, Memorial Day. The winning person will be able to either pick one of my currently available charts for free, or can sign up to be the first to receive the newly-charted, democratically-chosen sampler choice from above.

Sound like fun?

37 comments:

pj said...

Love your designs and would like to be included in the giveaway. Oh it would be fun to win so I could stitch one of these oldies but goodies. pj

peekaboo bears said...

Hello!
I just recently found your blog and love your designs! My vote is for "Constance Sullivan". Happy Memorial Day!
Mira

peekaboo bears said...

P.S....
Did you design the sampler standing behind Constance as well? It's divine!

Anonymous said...

They are all special, I am glad you are considering to reprint them. I especially like the last two, with the very last one being the first I would choose. So, Prudence Talcott gets my vote! You are so gifted!!!!!....Lorraine

Sandy said...

I like them all, but if I have to choose--my vote would be for Constance Sullivan.

Johnson Family said...

Too much fun!! I keep going back to Constance Sullivan, so I'm voting for that one. What a fun way to decide!

farmgirl beth said...

I get lots of questions about that sampler that is behind Constance- I tend to use it often as a backdrop because I love it so much.

It isn't my design- it is a Scarlet Letter reproduction sampler which I stitched on a cotton feedsack (I was practically cross-eyed by the time I was done- and actually I didn't really finish it and changed it a little even!). You can see the pattern here: http://www.scarlet-letter.com/rsdescr/18tham/spangler.htm

Christie - Batavia, OH said...

I also agree that you have a wonderful talent. I love reading you blog. Love them all but the last two are my favorite. I would vote for Prudence Talcott first.

ConnieKay said...

Beth, I love all of your designs, but I would vote for Constance Sullivan as number 1 (I wonder if it has anything to do with the name).
But I also like Prudance Talcott. Maybe you will do two?????

Jeanne said...

I love all of them...but if I had to pick then its contance sullivan. I wish you'd bring them all back !! Jeanne

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I'll cast my vote for Prudence Talcott. I love the sentiment on it, the colors and that glorious frame you let go..... sigh....

pammyjo said...

I think you should release them all. They are absolutely wonderful. But ... if you are making me vote, I say Prudence Talcott. Count me in on the give away. Great fun post. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Jennifer said...

I vote for Prudence!! Would love a chance at winning too/

Jennifer Dalenberg
http:///www.feathersinthenest.blogspot.com

Patti said...

Oh Beth! They are all lovely and it is so hard to pick just one... But since I must, my vote is for Constance Sullivan.
Blessings, Patti

~Judy~ said...

I vote for Prudance Talcott. Love your blog and all your designs.

judithapoulos@aol.com

mainely stitching said...

My favorite is certainly EN 1815, but Prudence Talcott runs a close second. Seriously, if you release EN 1815 as a chart, I'll be first in line to buy a copy.

Good luck with your patriotic design. Looking forward to seeing it.

(And please include me in the giveaway!)

Sadie said...

What a good way of choosing what gets released next. My vote is for EN 1815. I love, love, love this! Thank you for having this giveaway, fingers crossed!

Ellen said...

The samplers are lovely, I love them all. If I have to cast my vote, it for Constance Sullivan, I love the three bouquets.

Hugs,

basketsnprims said...

My favorite is the 3rd one, just love them all though. Would love to be entered in your wonderful giveaway. thanks ~
Pam

Bertie said...

Of course they are all lovely, but EN 1815 will get my vote, love the deer on that one and stitching with variegated thread from your grandma's sewing box is so nostalgic.

Tanya said...

Hi Beth,
I vote for CONSTANCE - that's gorgeous!!! I love them all but she'd be my pick for first.

Tanya
samplergirl@cox.net

Margaret said...

Oh what fun! I'm torn between Constance Sullivan and Prudence Talcott. But I think Prudence wins by a nose. :D

Karen said...

Beth- They are all beautiful but my vote goes for EN 1815. It is so simple but striking at the same time. I have a love of cross stitched trees and deer so that may be why I am so drawn to it! I just love it! Do you still own the original? -karen

Dawn said...

I vote for Constance Sullivan, although I wouldn't be disappointed with any of them. They are all very lovely.

Deb said...

Prudence Talcott gets my vote too. (But Constance is a close second)!

Barbeeque4 said...

I love them all - and wouldn't a lovely book of these samplers be super!!! But, my vote will be for EN 1815 - I love the colours and finish!!

Have a great weekend!!

edgar

Julie S. said...

I love the "Constance Sullivan" one. Those floral bouquets get me everytime! I love the colors!

Julie

jsteinbarger at cox.net

Christi said...

I vote for Constance. ;)

Marie said...

My top two are constance and prudence, but my favorite of those is prudence. 'just thought I'd put in my two cents, too, but you don't need to include me in the drawing. As you know, cross-stitch isn't my forte. But I love seeing what you do with it! You are amazing!!

Becky K in OK said...

I'd vote for Constance. They are all great.

Eagerly awaiting the patriotic design also.

pam1228 said...

I just LOVE Prudence Talcott! The flower urn and birds are just simple, but elgant. Thanks for the chance.
Pam
pam1228@aol.com

Dora said...

They are all so lovely and each are admired for their own special beauty....but if I had to choose I would say first Elizabeth with Prudence coming in a close second. I love Elizabeth for the colors (especially the blue birds) and its simple beauty. Glad to hear you will eventually release all.

Looking forward to seeing your forthcoming patriotic design!
Please enter me in your drawing.
Thanks!

Nancy said...

Sounds like a lot of fun to me! My vote goes to Constance Sullivan. Such a gorgeous sampler! And, please enter my name in your giveaway. Thanks, and Happy Memorial Day!

Sherry said...

Oh Yum!!! I think I have to settle on Constance, Prudence and EM in that order of preference but I know I will be thrilled with whatever you decide!! I would be one happy gal if my name was entered in the drawing!

Linda said...

Oh wow, this was close. I was back and forth between Prudence and Constance, with Constance sort of winning in my mind. But when I looked at them again, it was Prudence! So, my vote - Prudence! I would love to win any of your charts!!

Linda in VA

Danny said...

I vote for Elizabeth. Don't want it left out! (Not that I would ever cross-stitch any of them!)

Joanie said...

Prudence for me!!!