Monday, November 23, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!


Fabric by Cathe Holden

I am so beyond excited to tell you I am a descendant of William Brewster who came over on the Mayflower from England! I have dabbled in genealogy but was so thrilled when I found this out the other day. It's so timely too! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and this is the cherry on top! He is my 11th great grandfather. The link is on my mom's side and most of her family lived in Massachusetts until the 1800's and then moved to the midwest.

I took a quiz and found out I am just like his wife Mary Brewster. This is what it said:

"Mary Brewster showed great courage in following her convictions and braving the hardship of the new world. With her family, she opened their home for separatist meetings in England,leading to danger and difficulties for their family. Around 1607 they fled to Holland to escape religious persecution. She and her husband, William, with their 2 youngest children boarded the Mayflower to brave the life in a new land where they could worship as they chose. Mary was one of only 5 adult women who survived the first winter, and one of only 4 to still be living the following year at the first Thanksgiving”

You can be sure I have already applied to the Mayflower Society How cool to tell my family on Thanksgiving Day! Fun fact, there are 35 million people all over the world that are descendants and only 10 million are in the United States. I am planning a trip to Massachusetts in the future to go to all the places... I will also be searching for the family members that participated in the American Revolution or as I am now finding out it was called the "American War of Independence". There is also a pin involved with the membership to the Daughters of the Revolution that I covet.

I have not done cross stitch in a very long time, like maybe the early 1990's. Imagine my happiness when I found out that there is a sampler dedicated to the 400th Anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower.

It is a very big project and the count of the linen is very small, but I am up for the challenge! A fellow blogger Kyle of Timeless Reflections just happened to post about her also being a descendant of the Mayflower and the sampler that she just finished!

The adorable pin holder was worth it too.

I have been making some Christmas gifts and could not resist this adorable Santa Claus. You can find the pattern at MMM Crafts It is so much fun to make and not too hard. It takes time to let the glue dry. Her techniques and tips are great and makes this a fun project.

Sorry for the blurry picture but the sock is too cute not to show.

I have been obsessed with these little houses. They are so much fun to make and kind of addictive.

They are small 2 1/2" wide and 3 1/4" tall. I'm not sure what they will become but I will continue to make them and see what happens.

They are paper pieced. I made my patterns on EQ8 and love to just sit and sew without any measuring.... you could do it without the paper but I enjoy paper piecing.

I also have an applique project going. They are perfect for Zoom meetings and makes me feel productive. I am just going with whatever I feel like doing with no direction at all. All I can say  is #cuzcovid!

I also made some project bags for my many projects! I love this cheater fabric and how it turned out. Do you want to know what is in the bag?

This.......I have fallen down the rabbit hole of yet another project that takes up lots of time, cross stitch. I got this before the Mayflower Sampler, that will be up next. The way I look at it is stitching is stitching, no matter what you are doing. It makes us feel good and ebbs and flows with the crazy time we live in right now. I am enjoying it right now even the 32 count linen fabric that I can barely see.....Also since the 1990's they have come out with linens and floss that are GORGEOUS!!!! That in itself is enough to make you want to dive in. The hand dyed fibers are so rich and you just want to touch them and sew with them.......

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I know this year has been more crazy than we could have ever imagined. Many people are suffering and going through difficult times. I am thankful for everyone in my life that brings me happiness and joy. I am especially thankful for my sister this year who has shown me that no matter how difficult things can be, hard work and perseverance will get you to the other side and we are never too old to try. Thank you to everyone who stops by my blog and sends me nice comments, I read and enjoy each and every one, thank you!



  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family including William and Mary Brewster. I'm excited that you've applied for membership and I'm sure you'll find your Patriot in your family tree as well. Love seeing your x stitch project(s). I agree how thread colors, linens, and designs have changed. It's a slippery slope. 😊

  2. I found out last year that a great grandfather came over on the Mayflower too. He came with his eldest son but sadly died 3 months later. It’s so interesting to learn about your family, isn’t it?
    I live in NY Hudson Valley where the military academy West Point is. There was a chain out across the Hudson River to keep the British from sailing up the river. I found out that the man in charge of that was also a grandfather. We discovered 5 men - grandfathers- who fought in the Revolution including one who was a Hessian soldier, a hired soldier, who fought fir the Redcoats. He stayed here after the war and had a family.
    I love discovering all these facts,makes history come alive.
    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh Kelly! I'm so happy for you to learn about your genealogy, and that you're a descendant of a Mayflower passenger. That's some wonderful history to know, and share with family! I know I'm a 13th generation descendant of the founder of the Lutheran church, in the US. As a circuit preacher, he started more than 20 churches in Pennsylvania, many of which are still in existence. Anyway, I know the excitement of a proud heritage. Are you applying to the DAR too? A dear friend who lives near me is responsible for documenting history for those in the local DAR chapter (I'm not a member). It's great that you'll be able to stitch a keepsake for the Mayflower Society. These days, I'm getting into hand-stitching more and more. Though I owned a counted cross-stitch shop myself, in the early 1980s, I seldom CCS anymore. I'm about quiltmaking - hand-piecing, EPP, and now (my new love) Kawandi. In any case, it's such a good feeling to know your sweet spot, and I'm happy for you to have found it. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  4. A wonderful Thanksgiving to you! Yes it is exciting to find out more about our ancestors! If you get Netflix there is a series that I'm enjoying again called Turn. It covers the time of our war for independence and there is a Brewster in the characters. It is quite well made, and appears like they really did their research to be accurate in so many ways.

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  6. I hope you had a very good Thanksgiving! So cool to find your connection to someone from the Mayflower! My mom is very into genealogy and is always telling us interesting things about our ancestors. Love your sweet little baskets and all the cross-stitch is lovely. Like you say, stitching is stitching! It all does the job of relaxing us and giving us pleasure!

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