One of the things on our "To Bring" list for camp was our first cross stitch projects.
Have they forgotten that I'm almost as old as dirt?? But I managed to dig up a couple of pieces that were from back in the 80's. I think I started stitching in 1984...so this piece dated 1985 is pretty darn close to my beginning stitching. This sampler has been kicked around a bit, and when we moved to this house in 2001 it was put into my daughter's closet and hadn't seen the light of day since then. It's terribly dusty. Although I don't have the book anymore, I know it was from Leisure Arts.
My goodness, it's SO evident that I didn't take that 3-inches-all-around fabric allowance seriously! Look at the "Welcome"...There's barely 1/2" to work with over on the right side there. I've thought of making this into a pillow because I still like it, but even with a 1/4" seam, I'll still be practically on top of the stitching. I'd be glad of any suggestions about what to do with this.