January 25, 2012

Random Afternoon Question

A big welcome to my new followers!! I am surprised and honored that so many of you would come and spend time with me in my little spot, and I'm looking forward to spending time with you in yours. :D

Awhile ago, I bought some charts from a friend who was clearing out her stash. I thought these were cute but am not sure if I'd be into stitching Americana stuff. I do know I enjoy seeing your WIPs of them though. :D

Home of a Quilter, The Quiltmaker, Blackberry Jam

Of course, my friends would probably be cheering me on to give them a try. I can hear them chanting now... "START, START, START!! MORE WIPs, MORE WIPs!!" (Heidi would not be one of them. LOL!)

Which brings me to: Do you like stitching Americana pieces? Would the above charts make you go all a-shiver and a-quiver?

30 comments :

Blu said...

As a Canadian, the answer to your question is no XD. I have nothing against them (except for the part of me that resents designers who release montly series with an American-centric July part), but it would be a bit weird and personally un-Canadian of me.

I think it's the fact that what I think of as "Americana" is designs with the flag. I have no issues with foreign themed stuff (French, Japanese, African, US stuff that doesn't scream "AMERICA" etc) as long as I don't feel it somehow infringes on my Canadian identity.

I have a horrible feeling that I'm probably going to offend tons of people with that opinion, but we're all friends, right? And I completely support your right to stitch what you want, I just don't want to stitch it myself.

*nibbles lip worriedly*

cucki said...

Oh I love charts so much.. They are my fav..I already have quilt maker ..and will do it soon hopefully ...one day:)
Enjoy them xxx

Lisa Dunn said...

Blu, I didn't think your post was offensive at all. :o)

I don't like Americana stuff. I prefer flora and fauna. :o)

Rahenna said...

Nope, I hate Americana, country, quilt-y, and most sampler-y stuff! I know too many people who are over the top into Americana, We The People RAH RAH, but are actually not very nice people and do not stick to anything resembling what I'd call a wholesome American spirit, so... I'm probably biased.

But I also genuinely dislike anything old/antique or designs that emulate that style. And that's just me, no outside influence there. :p

Novia said...

No patriotic stuff for me as well. Flags, Yes We Can (only when I can have a new start ROFL) or something synonyms. I can tolerate flags when I stitch ships. As for L&L, I only like the angelic and fairy stuff from her.

Kate said...

I like all kinds of themes and styles, so Americana is cool with me but I've never done any. I tend to think of Americana as more "Uncle Sam", Flags, Stars & Stripes" type designs, so I'd think of those designs you have as more 'country -style' but that's just me. But my main style for stitching is either fantasy or doing WIPs that remind me of all the places I wanna go since Ive never been anywhere.
I say if it sparks your intrest why not try it, you can always change your mind and gift it away if later you dont like it ;)

Linda said...

I love Americana designs. I like all kinds of designs to stitch. I have no one favorite.

Linda

valerie said...

I'm not a big fan of stitching Americana. I like seeing other peoples wips like you but it's not really my stitching taste.

Kaisievic said...

Hi Joyce, I love Americana - I already have Home of a Quilter and The Quiltmaker - both WIPs (or maybe UFOs by now) but I don't have Blackberry Jam - which is also lovely. Happy to take it off your hands - lol!

Hugs, Kaye xoxox

Kaisievic said...

P.S.Blu - your post was not offensive to me in any way. As a fellow Commonwealth member (although Canada has had the guts to become a republic - damn your last referendum John Howard!) I support your right to your own opinion.

Kaye

♥ Nia said...

I think the designs are pretty but it's not something that I would stitch.. because it has nothing to match on my house.. maybe a gift for a friend, if I knew she would like :) For me.. and being from Portugal ehehhehe not really the kind of thing that I would stitch =/

Sarah said...

I'm not American, so not a fan of the overly patriotic stuff. I've got nothing against some of their sampler styles etc though - if it's lovely and I can think of a place for it, I'll probably stitch it!

Tama said...

I think they're pretty, but not my cup of tea. I do like the Quiltmaker, though, because she reminds me of my grandmother. And I'll probably stitch her someday just for that reason. Though, to me, these designs are what I've always called 'primative', not so much Americana.

Mouse said...

well I've got the quilt maker in my to do one day stash .... sooo may be one day we can do it together hehehehh ;) love mouse ....
who is a uk mouse ;0

Topcho said...

Since I had to Google what "Americana" refers exactly to, I guess the answer is nope. I find most of the samplers and quilty patterns rather boring. And I too would prefer to go with something related to my own country, too, . I gave up un buying quite some patterns, especially those callendar-like ones with Independence day themed July and Thanksgiving November. The designs may be very cute, but there is just no logic for me to stitch them. But in these cases I'm more annoyed with for not doing such monthly patterns that I'd like. I'd be glad to do them for a friend who'd like them, and I love watching other people working on such designs :)

Chris McGuire said...

Americana covers a broad spectrum of themes. Really anything that depics or celebrates the history of American culture... not just patriotic themes. I think that patterns that depict typical colonial life are very interesting and would be fun to do.

JMHO :-)

Pauline said...

America is soooo far away from the Netherlands...so i have to say NO.
I never been there and i love Europe.
The designs are pretty, especially the quiltmaker, but i have so much stitching to do on my list...so there is no place for this sort of stuff.

Cindy said...

I have all of these in my stash but don't know if I'll ever get around to stitching them.

Cindy in MA

Karen said...

Americana, for the most part, doesn't do much for me, though there are exceptions, of course. That design of the flag, where the red & white stripes are made up of the names of the states, in the order they entered, I love - but I seriously doubt I will even buy the chart, let alone stitch it.

The 4th of July, quilty, red-white-blue, primitive/country stuff - not my thing at all. Though, if I ever make a display of my military stuff (patches from my assignments, ribbons, that kind of thing), I might do one or two things, just to tie some stitching into it - kind of to tie my past life with my current one :) Or maybe not.

Vicki said...

I have stitched more Americana/Patriotic charts than any other kind! I display them all in my home from Memorial Day through Labor Day every year. There's just something about all of that red, white, blue that gets me every time.

Tabitha Orr said...

I can honestly take them or leave 'em. Sometimes I find one I really like and others are just an excuse to practice. I think everyone should stitch what they like!

Ewa said...

I think I might enjoy Americana samplers, just because they're samplers and I like that old country look, but charts, not so much. They remind me too much of my ex who was obsessed with America and everything American.

Carla said...

The designs are pretty but not my style

Dana said...

Interesting question....I like Americana just so so. I had a subscription to a magazine here in the US awhile back and it seemed all the patterns were "americana" and so I quit getting it b/c it was a little overwelming b/c they all seemed to be so similar. I have stitched one that had quilt squares on it an i liked it. I would stitch some of the other stuff from my magazines, but just take a break and do other stuff in between. (lives in the US, fyi)

Stitching Sweetie said...

I like the more modern looking patterns like Mira's Lady of the Flag or her Queen of Freedom. I would love to find a pattern off of the old pin up girls that used to be on the planes during the war. I'm not big on the sampler & vintage type looks

Xeihua (Sara) said...

Hi Joyzce... I must confess I'm like you... I like seeing other people WIPs or thesew types of patterns, but I don't see myself stitching them... at least not for me... maybe to give them has a gift if I was asked to stitch... soooo as you guessed I'll be one of the girls shouting "Start!!! Start!!" on the background... just to see the project coming to life eheheh ;)

katica said...

A little late in the game here, but I don't consider those designs you showed "Americana" to me those designs fall more into an Amish/folksy/country theme and yes I would stitch them - especially the quiltmaker one. As for what I consider Americana - its all those very patriotic American designs that designers give out.
Some are very lovely, but nothing I would stitch.

I'm with Blu, I'm Canadian and would love a little more Canadian themed designs out there. What I've done in the past with those monthly series (especially if I really love it) is change the Americanized part to ones that more suits being Canadian. It can be a pain, but I'm making the pattern more personalized for me.

Erin said...

I'm late, too, but I just felt like commenting anyway... :)
I'm American, but I don't go crazy over a lot of the 4th of July/flag/colonial-style pieces, especially those that include quotes to Scripture. (I will sometimes stitch a Thanksgiving turkey or 2, but mostly because I love fall colors!)
Now, those TIAG patterns seem more folksy/rustic to me than what I'd consider Americana, but they aren't really my style, either. LOL they are pretty, and kudos to anyone who stitches those large pieces like The Quiltmaker, but it won't be me!
I'm finding that some of the replica samplers ARE starting to grow on me, but I'm still very picky about what I'll buy and stitch.

Mangogirl said...

well.... no :D but that is because I prefer Australian pieces :D It would be wierd for me to have an americana piece.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I saw today's post about the secret giveaway and had to come over to read the comments!
Since discovering blogland and having some American friends on FB I have learned how patriotic many of you are. This is so different to the UK where we all moan about our country (to ourselves, no-one else is allowed to!).
I think Bill Hicks summed it up best for me "Hey America, when did we wake up and find out we were the Bad Guys?".
I like the designs you showed as a kind of folk art but wouldn't stitch them myself. I also struggle with designs with turkeys in Nov and fireworks in Jul. It's turkey for Xmas and fireworks for Nov 5th LOL.
And I had to really tussle with an Ursula Michaels's Feb chart showing a weird brown lump at the top - oh it's a groundhog, of course!
In your favour, your cross stitch mags are much better than ours. I love JCS. Mind you, GoS is Australian...and Gazette94 is French so maybe it's just English designs I'm bored with. Teddies and badly drawn cute creatures blah. Even our flavour-of-the-month designer isn't English - dear Saint Joan, the patron saint of cross stitch magazines sales figures LOL.
Oh well, that's my twopennorth (that's English for two cents!).