WOW has this post been sitting around for a while!! Over two years. Yikes! (Yeah, so now I am just randomly pulling up drafts of posts and finishing them up.) Still a good one though, and showcases some of my favorite pieces.
Also, since there seems to be some interest in SBQs, not to mention they're a great "blog prompt" when you don't know what to write about, I think I'm going to start something up in the fall with monthly questions. More on that later. For now, back to um.... 2012.
June 2012: Do you stitch patriotic/national pieces (or maybe just pieces that represent a specific place)? What's your favorite? (submitted by CinDC)
While there are some very lovely "American" and "USA" pieces out there, they generally don't attract my attention for stitching. I do, however, have more than a few pieces that represent specific places in the US, mainly lighthouses, such as this one from The Design Connection (though I must confess it was stitched by Mr. Sweet Pea).
NOTE: I believe this design is now OOP. I can't find it in any of the stitching shops, only on eBay.
Or this piece, Maine Fishing Village by Seguin Designs, that we modified as a birth sampler for our son. Without a doubt, if we were to chose our favorite places in the world, New England in general, and Maine in particular would be high atop that list, so we have several lighthouse pieces in our collection.
I was also gifted with Blue Ribbon Designs Americana Panorama, which is waiting to be stitched. So yes, in that respect, we do purchase and stitch what could be considered national pieces for the US
I also tend to find myself attracted to those pieces that reflect my Irish heritage, such as this one from The Sweetheart Tree, Tangled Shamrocks, and my husband has honored his German heritage with a few pieces as well.