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I used an Electric Quilt applique design and modified it slightly to make this basket block.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

ANTIQUE SAMPLERS AND VACATION WOES

We returned late this afternoon from an 18 day vacation.  More on the woes of our trip shortly.  First I want to share some pictures of two antique samplers owned by our "nearest and dearest" friends that we spent the first week of vacation with.

The first sampler was made by an eleven year old girl by the name of Elizabeth Elvira Wolcott in 1836.  She lived in Tallmadge, Ohio which is where I was born so this interests me very much.  The girl died in 1845.  It is nicely cross stitched.  "Eliza" is stitched in a darker blue than the rest of her name, age, and location so only the first part of her name shows well in the pictures.  Some age spots appear.  I was allowed to borrow the sampler to chart it for future stitching when I find time.  There is a note attached by John's mother showing some family geneology of  Elizabeth.






The back of the next framed sampler also has a typed note by John's mother with family information.  This sampler is much more simple and was done by a nine year old child.  The sampler is 201 years old.


Now to vacation woes.  The afternoon before we were to leave, I noticed floaters in my right eye.  I have never experienced them before and decided that after vacation, I would see an eye doctor.  That evening, in dim light, I was seeing flashes which was a weird feeling.  The next morning, the car was packed and we were about ready to leave.  I had already turned off the computer but turned it back on to read about floaters while waiting for my husband to do one last thing.  I read that floaters are mostly age related but if you also are seeing flashes, you should see an eye professional.  The article said that even waiting a few days could lead to blindness from a detached retina.  I decided that I should make a phone call and see if I could get into an eye doctor.  I found out that I needed a retina specialist and the one recommended was on vacation.  The appointment person told me that they could get me in to see another doctor but neglected to tell me it was an optometrist and not a specialist.  The optometrist checked my eyes thoroughly and said it was not an emergency but that I did need to see a retina doctor.  I could not get into one until late the next afternoon.  I found a listing for a specialist about 40 miles away from the cabin we had rented in the Smokey Mountains and was able to get an appointment for two days later so we took off.  When I went for that appointment, I found out that I had a tear in the retina and needed a laser treatment  right away.  I also had to have a freezing technique done because of the blood in the retina area.  Then I found out that I was allowed to do nothing but watch television and rest.  No reading, no needlework, no traveling around sightseeing.....just nothing.  I was to  avoid bending over, lifting, and no sudden movement of the head.  The doctor said that it would take about two weeks for the retina to seal.  He would have me come in after one week and see if it was safe to return home to Florida at that time and said that we should not continue  on our planned trip.  It was hard to just do nothing.  I watched a lot of HGTV and visited with our friends that vacation with us when they were not out shopping and sightseeing.  They spent a lot of time with me that they would normally be out doing things and I so appreciated that.  I did go out to eat locally but was not allowed to read the menus.  And I cheated and spent a few minutes in a quilt shop and an antique shop.  Then back to the eye doctor.  The car was loaded and we planned to return to Florida after the exam.  The doctor was pleased with the laser and freezing results and said he knew my vacation could not have been much fun.  He decided that we could go on to Ohio to visit family before returning home.  Oh what a joy it was to hear that.  I still had to be careful but did get to do a few things.  Now I have an appointment with a specialist here locally on Monday.  I hope I can get back to doing all my normal activities.

I had taken three different projects on the trip intending to do some handwork.  When I would get bored with one, I would pull out a different project.  Not one stitch was taken.  I am still looking through a spider web type floater in my eye.  The doctor says it will be a long time before that gets better and that it will not ever completely go away.  I hope the web does not impair my stitching abilities.

The cabin where we stay in the mountains is located close to a house decorated with gingerbread man type decor on the outside.  The frontal view of the cabin did not turn out but I did get one of the side of the house.  I know there are a couple quilting bloggers that love gingerbread man type things.

We also saw this motorcycle with a cute car luggage type thing being pulled behind it.



The doctor's office I visited while on vacation had five antique quilts hanging.  I took one picture while waiting to have a recheck of the eye and intended to photograph the rest before leaving the building.  I was so elated to get to continue the vacation that I forgot to take pictures of the other four.  The only one I really regret not getting a photo of was the applique quilt.

I will be visiting blogs in the next couple days to catch up on what I have missed.  I still have some e-mails to reply to from some comments left while we were away from home and will do that soon.  I noticed that there are some words in my post in blue and underlined.  I don't know how that happened and I have not been able to edit them to look the same as the rest of the post.  Oh well.  You get the idea.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Karen

58 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you had it seen too and hope it won't give you anymore trouble.
    Love the samplers

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  2. What a fabulous sampler you got to borrow. Karen, I hope your eyes will be OK.

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  3. I hope your recovery continues smoothly. I'm sorry your vacation was spoiled by this eye problem, too. (No blue words with underlining showing up in your post when I read it here.)

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  4. The samplers are wonderful works of art not to mention history. Hope you eye is on the mend and you will be back to stitching soon. Must be a good doctor to have such beautiful antique quilts hanging in his office. I grew up in Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, isn't Tallmedge around there?

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  5. How funny that I should email you while you were probably in the middle of this post. Don't worry about emailing me back. You just answered all my questions. Sorry about the scare but glad you are on the right path to recovery.

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  6. So happy your eyes are mending!! A quilter needs her eyes so continue to follow the doctor's orders...probably NO BLOGGING!! or reading blogs!! So get off the computer!! Seriously we understand if we don't hear from you for the next little while!
    Take care!
    P

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  7. These samplers pull at my heartstrings, Karen. There's something about the care with which the past is held onto here that really moves me. Thanks for sharing this with such detail.

    Karen, what a vacation. You sound like such a trooper but I know this had to be a bit more than a bummer for a few moments - here and there. I like how you highlighted the lighter side. I'm hoping you're follow-up appointments go well and good. Keep us posted!!!

    What a real boon to find a Dr with antique quilts. There's an immediate good vibe, eh? And gosh, a great combination of the star block and what could be referred to as storm at sea elements for sashing (just my point of reference). Dynamic quilt. Classic.

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  8. Wow Karen, that's quite a story! I did laugh (a lot) when I read that you cheated and visited a quilt shop and antique store. Who wouldn't, right? I am glad things went well and you got to participate in some of your vacation. Also, I am very impressed that you found a doctor who displayed antique quilts. I am a little surprised that anything kept you from photographing the rest of the quilts. (haha) Thanks for the info on floaters. I've been noticing them just recently and was concerned. Fortunately, no flashes of light (yet). I will be vigilant.

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  9. I'm so sorry about your eye problems, but glad that you were able to get it taken care of. Too bad your vacation was not as good as you had planned. I hope your eye will continue to heal! The samplers are such treasures!! How wonderful to have them. I am visiting my sister now and in the bedroom that used to be my mothers, there is a cross-stitched Lord's prayer. It has been there forever and I never really looked at it much, but this time I did. It was stitched my my grandmother's sister and I consider it a treasure. My sister didn't think anyone would want it. Maybe I better rescue it - like I have rescued lots of other items.

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  10. So sorry to hear about your eye problem. Hope it gets better and the spider web decreases.

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  11. What a vacation you had! At least you knew you were in good hands if the Dr. had antique quilts on the walls though right? :) Hope you get a clean bill of health at your next check up!

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  12. Well I'm so glad you were able to get into the specialist and get that taken care of even though it hindered your vacation. I get floaters when my eyes are over worked...I'll remember that flash of light thing...scary.
    I'm glad your back in blogland. I'm sure in your inbox are a few messages from me of "must sees."

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  13. I love antique samplers - those are real beauties.

    I'm terribly sorry to hear about your eye but I am glad to hear that you've been following the doctor's orders. I hope your visit to the doctor on Monday brings lots of good news.

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  14. Wow! That must have been some tear. When I had mine I was at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye clinic. No restrictions at all. They even told me I could work out with my personal trainer that night after the laser repair.

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  15. OH.MY.GOSH. Thank goodness you double checked.... if you would have waited until you returned... You poor girl! I hope your 'web' clears out. I feel so bad that your vacation wasn't what you expected. But thank goodness the surgery was successful!

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  16. WOW. I am so glad that you sought a professional and didn't ignore the symptoms. How horrible that it had to happen on your vacation.

    Great samplers!

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  17. I love the little samplers! Can you imagine sitting still and doing such neat stitching when you were nine? I sure could not have done it! LOL

    So sorry to read about your eye, but I am so glad you got it checked! We need our eyes. ;-) Although he was right that the floaters won't go entirely away, they will get better~ and I think you will get used to them and they won't seem like such a bother. Good luck at your next appt!

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  18. I am so sorry to hear about the situation with your eye. I really hope that it does heal completely and that the doctor will be proven wrong. Our eyesight is so precious and when something like this happens, it is a reminder of just how precious it is. Prayerfully, in time, it will be good as new!

    The story of the samplers is sweet. It's amazing how old they are and that they were done by such young girls. What a great piece of history.

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  19. Fabulous Samplers - and with geneology too!
    Sorry about your vacation - but glad you have your vision. Take Care!

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  20. How disheartening this must have been, but so glad you got it taken care of. The alternative does not sound pleasant.
    The samplers made me feel like I was watching an episode of Antiques Roadshow. What treasures!

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  21. The samplers are wonderful! I'm glad you were allowed to borrow them. Take good care of your eyes - no straining from too much blogging. Hope it all heals soon!

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  22. How scary that must have been for you. I have floaters but have never experienced the flash of light. Isn't aging just so much fun? Bah humbug

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  23. What a vacation to remember! glad it all worked out and your feeling better. I am sure you will catch up on your projects! the samplers are beautiful.

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  24. I am so sorry, I hope your eye improves and you can soon get back to sewing.

    The samplers are great and how lovely to have some notes with them about the girls who sewed them. I loved the antique quilt in the docs waiting room too.

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  25. Oh Karen I'm so sorry about your eye troubles...that must have been so scary. Hope everything goes great Monday. Those samplers are absolutely wonderful...truly treasures!

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  26. Oh My what an awful way to vacation!! Thank goodness it was just a tear and not completely detached.

    The samplers are amazing!! It's an added pleasure that the history has been researched too. I look foward to your version :0)

    Crispy

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  27. Karen, I'm sorry your vacation was marred by your trouble with your eyes. I'm so glad they are healing. it sounds like you made the most of a bad situation though. wonderful old samplers, if they could only talk, the tales they'd tell. Get all better soon!

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  28. So sorry to hear about your eyes...hope they continue to improve. Too bad they put a damper on your vacation though! I laughed when I saw you still made it to a quilt shop. Welcome back.

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  29. Well good gracious girlfriend! I'm just so glad you caught it in time! Not a fun way to spend your vacation at all. :( Sending lots of light, love and healing wishes your way that all will be perfect again soon so you can get back to stitching! :)
    xx, shell

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  30. we had a friend this summer that had a detached retnia had gas put in his eye and had to lay on his side for 95 percent of his day for a week then 75 percent of his day for another week and so on. I did not know it could just happen like that until I heard about his and now I read about yours. He is truly on the mend and so glad you are also.
    Cathy

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  31. I'm glad that you did get help for you eye problem that fast. And I'll be crossed my fingers for an happy ending :o)
    The old samplers is so sweet. And what a treasure. Its nice to see that someone take care of these.

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  32. Karen,
    This ranks as one of the worst vacations ever! So sorry to hear about all the eye problems and here's hoping you have a speedy recovery.
    The samplers were amazing and what a thrill to get to chart them!

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  33. Karen, bless your heart!!! I'm so sorry your vacation got zapped. But, I'm glad you are doing better!! Be careful, and take it easy. The old samples are beautiful. --- hugs-- sandie

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  34. Oh my... what a vacation! One you will never ever forget! I hope your eye heals quickly so you can get back to stitching. I love the antique samplers... I hope you can chart the one you want and stitch it up soon!

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  35. So sorry to hear about your eye problems complicating your vacation plans. It is good you were able to get it taken care of right away even if it did slow you down during your trip. Finding the quilts in the doctors office must have been a good sign. Hope your follow up appointment goes well and you mend quickly. The little samplers are so nice. What great little treasures! I love the picture of the yellow Goldwing with the fancy trailer. We have a yellow Goldwing without the custom paint and extra chrome. This guy has a small fortune in extras on the bike and the fancy trailer. We also have a trailer but it is just plain white and a box shape instead of the little car. That would have been fun to see. Well, follow the doctors orders and take it easy so your eye heals and you can get back to sewing and stitching. Take care!

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  36. O, what trouble you had, I hope you are recovering well.
    The Samplers are so nice, I love the first one! And in the family as well! It's a pity we'll have no docters here in Holland which show antique quilts! The one you photographed is gorgeous!
    Happy quilting, Cisca

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  37. The samplers are amazing! how fun to have the history to go with them too.
    The place you stayed looks so cool. I'm sorry your vacay didn't turn out as planned.

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  38. I hope your eye gets better soon, so sorry you didn't get to do much on your vacation- The Smokeys are so pretty with lots of wonderful trails to hike.
    The samplers are beautiful!

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  39. I am so sorry for your eye, Karen. I hope it heals all up and does not give you a bit of trouble.That is a gorgeous sampler, by the way!

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  40. Sorry to hear about your vision. How terrifying that must have been for you!
    I have floaters in my eyes all the time, but only notice them when I read on a bright page or on a super bright day - I can't image what you went through.
    The Samplers are lovely!!

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  41. Such an interesting post. Thank you.

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  42. OMGoodness girl, despite serious medical issues, you even managed wedding, trip, quilt shops, photos, (Love the motorcycle and luggage thingy) - So good to hear you managed quick (?) care and a solution, despite fears and unknown medical trips!!! Thanks for interesting info on torn retena -- at first I was hoping it was going to be only "Peripheral migraines" which are not serious but also scarey.

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  43. OMGoodness girl, despite serious medical issues, you even managed wedding, trip, quilt shops, photos, (Love the motorcycle and luggage thingy) - So good to hear you managed quick (?) care and a solution, despite fears and unknown medical trips!!! Thanks for interesting info on torn retena -- at first I was hoping it was going to be only "Peripheral migraines" which are not serious but also scarey.

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  44. Oh I"m just glad that your eye is doing ok. That could be a really bad thing.

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  45. Karen, I hope you are on the mend. This exact thing happened to me several months ago. I got in to see a retina specialist, who told me I did not have a tear. He said as we age (ouch) that the gel shrinks from the retina and that caused the flashing. I wish you the best - what a vacation!!

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  46. What an unfortunate thing to happen to your eye just before vacation. I hope it is now better and does not cause you anymore difficulty.
    I loved looking at your samplers- I think they are just beautiful and what talented needlewomen these young girls were to create such masterpieces.
    Warmest regards,
    Anna

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  47. So sorry about your eyes--- thankful it's repairable. Aren't you glad you were someplace where you could get doctors? I know you-- you'll be caught up with quilting in no time.

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  48. Sorry to hear that your vacation was interrupted like that. Isn't it amazing how fast it can happen. About 15 years ago my husband called from work to say his eyes were blurry and he couldn't really see...straight to the hospital...a detached retina in both eyes! Had the gas thing done and then the laying on his stomach for weeks. Happy to say that he came out of it very well.
    Thanks for sharing those beautiful samplers. Amazing!

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  49. I adore samplers, too. You have some treasures.

    I hope and pray you are healing speedily and are patient with your progress, what a scary experience you've been through. Best wishes for a complete recovery.

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  50. that is a real bummer about your eye, but glad that its now on the mend. glad you caught it in time too...and im sure you'll make up for it on your next vacation :) hugs and quick healing!

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  51. at least it's close to Halloween spider webs stitches will work well! just joking, sorry, hope your continued healing is swift....

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  52. This is one awesome sampler. I used to collect them & adored each one.

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  53. Those samplers are awesome, Karen! Can't wait to see your recreations. Sorry to hear about your eye - have they figured out what caused this? My doctor has always warned me about floaters and I never understood his concern until I read about this in your blog. I should be more careful about rubbing my eyes. Sounds like you have wonderful friends to spend time with you.

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  54. Beautiful samplers. Thank you for sharing. Hope your eyes are okay.

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  55. I am so sorry to hear of your retina problems. My Dad has had a lot of trouble with his. So glad you could get it looked at right away. Hope everything heals up quickly.
    I linked to one of your old posts yesterday....in case your ears were burning!

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  56. Eye troubles aside, it sounds like you had a nice vacation!
    I just love the samplers - treasures for sure.

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  57. Wondertul samplers. So sorry to hear about your eye problems. I am glad you took care of it right away. Hope your recovery is quick.

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  58. Beautiful samplers! And I'm sorry to read about your eye... goodness! Especially right before vacation. Glad that things have improved... Karen

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