Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"There's no 'I' in team . . . or the Gettysburg Address . . . "

Imagine that. In his address at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln never uses the personal pronoun "I." He uses "we" throughout. Wow, that's quite an accomplishment for an orator, especially a politician. No wonder these words endure. His priority was to preserve the union, that the nation "shall not perish from the earth." The entire Address has an inclusive feel, that Americans (the "we") were all in it together.

I apologize for my absence these last few weeks. The work schedule took over and the weeks flew by. Liz from Philadelphia recently visited and we toured the town in a whirlwind, with a bit of nostalgia. She and I met as freshmen at Barnard College (same dorm floor), and we've been friends ever since.

Liz gave me a wonderful souvenir from the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia -- a Betsy Ross Thimble. There's Betsy in the photo, stitching the flag, with the sampler as a backdrop. A thimble is the perfect prop -- I just love it. Thanks, Liz!

It's a good thing that Betsy Ross referred to herself as "Betsy" and not "Liz" (her given name was Elizabeth) -- otherwise this post would be intensely confusing, lol!

Isn't it fantastic that a stitcher plays a key role in the founding of this nation?

Betsy Ross is a Founding Mother, an American icon, a revolutionary figure -- a stitcher!


  1. Nice photo! And how well it looks next to your masterpiece.

  2. What a sweet and thoughtful gift...and she compliments your sampler perfectly!

    I have so enjoyed reading about and seeing your progress on this lovely piece. Abraham Lincoln is my favorite person in American history, as well as being my favorite, this has been especially fun for me to see. I cannot wait for you to make this do plan to, don't you??!! Please, oh please! It would go perfectly in my Abe Lincoln bedroom...uhmmm, yes, I have a bedroom dedicated to the great man himself!

    Anywho, thank you for this has brought me great joy!

  3. Some days of a stitcher are better than others, finding your blog made today one of those better days. Looking forward to your progress.
    you might consider contacting SANQ to let them know of your very special project.

    Sweet Stitchin...

  4. I would love to stitch this one where can I get the pattern thanks Donna

  5. This is my first vist to your blog but not my last - what a beautiful sampler! I am hoping it will be available at some point as a pattern...Please! I really enjoyed reading each and every entry.

  6. My Friends,

    Thanks so much for visiting. Isn't it amazing that, with every reading, Lincoln's words inspire? As to releasing/publishing a chart for the piece, "272 Words," I'd like to do so during this bicentennial year, to coincide with November anniversary of the Gettysburg Adress. I'll know for sure in a few weeks, after the piece is framed. I very much appreciate your kind words, which are encouraging beyond measure. Talk to you anon . . new post coming soon. Cheers,