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March 9, 2011

Thirteen Colonies

"Thirteen Colonies" was a true labor of love.  Once I had designed 90% of this piece I turned to my mom and together we talked the rest of it out, worked on finishing it together, and chose threads together. 

Thirteen stars frame the names of the colonies and the center scene, all of which come together to represent the "beginnings" of this country.   The dates represent the first and last colonies.  You will also see a crown which is the symbol of England, the country that governed the colonies before their separation.

My mom Carol is the one who stitched it which makes this design even more special for me.  When I said it is my most favorite LHN design, it is all of the above that makes me feel the way I do.  I hope you like it too!

This is one of "those" charts that will keep you busy for some time! 
Happy Stitching,
Diane

36 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous Diane!! I love it!!

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  2. Wow! What an amazing design, Diane! I love it! Thank you for sharing why it is so special to you, I can certainly see why!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous Diane!

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  4. This is awesome!! Definitely one I would like to stitch soon!

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  5. WOW!!! This is just absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! I cannot wait to stitch this for myself! I love how you worked on it with your mom too! That frame is PERFECT for it too!!!! Great job!!!!!!!

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  6. WOW!!!! (I see I share the reaction of those who already commented.) I don't have the words to describe just how much I love this one.

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  7. Oh Diane, this is absolutely wonderful. Many designs I just can't justify on my limited budget, but this one - well I just have to stitch it. I am so attached to heritage designs, especially since I stitched From Sea to Shining Sea and Mississippi Riverboat. I love them. Thank you so so much. Your mom did a WONDERFUL job stitching it! hugs, Cathryn

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  8. Diane, your Mother did a beautiful job stitching and together, you two came up with a spectacular design. Cannot wait to get my needle on it.
    Blessings,

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous my friend.

    Sharon

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  10. Beautiful...sending an email now to order it! :)

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  11. I absolutely love this design. Anything colonial is definately in my stitching bag. Can't wait to get my hands on this one. I think I will have to stitch this twice, once for me and once for a present for my bother and sister in law. (They love colonial historic type pieces as well)
    Thank you so much, Diane and also to your mother, Carol.

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  12. So pretty! I love the center picture!

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  13. I can't wait to get this one. I like every thing about it. The border, center and crows.

    Thanks you Diane.

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  14. I love, love, LOVE this design! I love history (I teach history for a living!) and look forward to stitching this wonderful piece! Thank you!

    Valerie
    Shenandoah Sampler

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  15. Oh my ... Diane... even for a Dutch girl like me (and we don't have colonies) this is far out the best LHN design and you know I'm a LHN-aholic, so ..... this will look perfect with the 8 diary serie I have ready to stitch. Thank you for this design !!!

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  16. I do not stitch many samplers...but as one who was raised in one of the thirteen colonies, Rhode Island, I just may have to do this one. It is lovely....but I am not surprised!

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  17. That is gorgeous, Diane!

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  18. Dear Diane:

    I don't know how you keep designing these absolutely beautiful & gorgeous pieces. Your newest design is just incredible. Keep up the lovely work. I just love each design you do. I can't wait to own the chart & to start stitching.

    Your are the best.
    Barbara S.

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  19. I absolutely love it! I will be stitching that one..can't wait.

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  20. Another fabulous design. I love the backstory. And the fact that your Mother helped makes it even more special.

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  21. Its a hit! I knew it as soon as I heard the name of it! GORGEOUS!!!! Must stitch for me :)

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  22. I absolutely LOVE it! I must have this one! Thank you!

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  23. Wonderful design. I agree that this is one of your best designs. I will be stitching it.

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  24. Ohhh...I love this one. Will definitely put this on the list.

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  25. I love the center. This is a definite have to have for me, especially since you listed Virginia first.

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  26. This is an incredible design and it's obvious a lot of time and thought went into it.

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  27. Oh Wow! I think this might be my all time favorite LHN, and I probably have every one of them. Thank you for keeping us in stitches with your wonderful designs. Keep up the great work! Just lovely!

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  28. It's great -- and now on my to-stitch list!

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  29. Oh Diane, it's gorgeous!! What a wonderful tribute to your country's history. I wish there was something out there like this to reflect the Canadian history. Then I'd stitch them both and hang them side by each like the neighbours we are today.

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  30. i wish there was a english sampler lol

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  31. I love this! Normally, a piece like this would be totally "Not My Thing", but for some reason I'm really enamoured with it--maybe it's your love for it shining through!

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  32. I love it!! Anything with Delaware in it is a must have. I knew when you said the name of it that I'd have to have it!

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  33. Now that is just stunning :)

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  34. how not to fall in love with such a picture is already on sale?

    Marylin FRANCE

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Thank you so much for taking time from your day to drop me a line or two!

Diane