People that are non-stitchers often ask me; when I see a pattern, how do I know that I want to stitch it? That can be a difficult question to answer, but I guess I'd have to say that I follow my heart... that the pattern often "speaks" to me.
Linda Lee had just finished stitching her, and I commented on how much I loved the finished product! I had done a search for the pattern on By The Bay's site but didn't have any luck finding it, so I also asked Linda Lee if she by chance knew whether or not it was OOP. Linda Lee replied to me by saying that if I sent her my address, she would send her used pattern out to me in the mail! Her reply caught me completely by surprise and brought tears to my eyes. I thank you again Linda Lee - from the bottom of my heart!!
|Linda Lee added a sweet hand written note along with the pattern.|
I anxiously awaited Gigi's arrival to Canada and couldn't wait to choose some fabric from my stash, and gather up the needed DMC floss. Once she had reached her destination, I did a floss toss and decided that this 28 ct. Cashel hand-dyed linen called Meadowmist was "Gigi worthy".
As you can see, I'm not very far on her yet, but what I've completed so far has been a very fun stitch indeed! I need to work upwards a bit on her though and get her face stitched... I will then have someone to "look at" while stitching :-)
You may be wondering... why did this specific pattern speak to me and touch my heart when I first saw it? Well, it reminded me of my beautiful, red-headed, blue-eyed daughter Chantelle, and her love of gardening and nature.
Now, thanks to the kindness of a complete stranger, whenever I put my needle to thread while working on this pattern, I feel that Chantelle is physically closer to me than the 3 hours away that she actually is...
...and that truly makes my heart sing.