I can still remember us sitting at the kitchen table stitching away on opposite corners of the cloth.
I have carted this unfinished treasure to seven different houses in 3 different states of Australia.
Many times I have thought that I would cut it up and make something out of it :- O
Something always stopped me -maybe guilt- maybe fear-maybe my mother was watching me from above-who knows.
Anyway my daughter Susan asked me at the weekend if we could finish it-so I pulled it out of its bag and we inspected it to see what we could do.
I don't have the original threads anymore so matching them could be a problem.
Two of the corners are completely finished and the third one only has white Flannel flowers left to do so that won't be a problem and the fourth one only has a few bits done on it and these can be removed if necessary.
Here is one finished corner--the desighn is Australian Wildflowers.
I can't believe at twenty one I was doing such even stitching.
This is the unfinished corner--------
And in the centre there three different designs and they are all finished.
The cloth has not discoloured it was always this dark cream colour but it has a few aged marks on it.
I have a friend who is an antique needledword dealer and she is going to have a look at it for me to see if they can be removed without damaging it.
Now to make it a fourth generation stitching project Ebony wants to stitch on it as well.
A definite family Heirloom---all we have to do is like the Nike ad says-just do it.