This stitch along started on March 1. The premise is to stitch one 1" square each day for 39 days, or one square of each year of your life. I visited may different blogs, and stopped by the Flikr site to see ever more darling little squares. On Friday, March 26, 25 days into the stitch along.....I cracked. I was up for hours that night, sketching out my squares. On Saturday, I toyed with whether or not I wanted to play along. On Sunday, I bought the supplies. On Sunday night....I began. Sigh.
Of course, I made some key changes, as I can't seem to ever follow directions to the letter. I am doing 40 squares, since I will be 40 this year. It has been a really long time since I embroidered, so my squares are 1 1/2 inches instead of 1". I felt more comfortable being able to create something recognizable with a little more room. And I am doing as many squares a day as I can fit in. Also, each square is something defining about my life in some way. So, here are the first 5 squares:
My birthdate, stitched in my birthstone color, surrounded by snowflakes. My dad says I was born during the biggest snow storm in many years.
My dad and mom. Because I was a daughter before I was anything else.
Me and my sister. Because that is the next thing I was. I am in yellow, my sister is in pink. Because those were the colors of our bedrooms as kids.
A cross, representing my Lutheran roots. Our church's cross is currently draped in purple for Lent, and I really like it. So, here it is.
The sun, representing our move to California from New Jersey, in 1976. I was 5, which is why the sun looks like a kindergartener stitched it. No, not really, my skills are just that rusty. But, my explanation could work too, so I'm sticking to it.
Stay tuned for future squares!