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Favorite Things: Peaceful farm sampler

Brenda VanLunen’s mother made the sampler (33 inches by 22 inches) that now graces her mantel.
Brenda VanLunen’s mother made the sampler (33 inches by 22 inches) that now graces her mantel. COURTESY OF BRENDA VANLUNEN

This is a sampler my mother made when I was a child. I remember her working on it, and I always loved the peaceful farm scene and the title “I will build myself a farm.” It’s huge for a sampler (33 inches by 22 inches), and it seemed like it would never be finished. But stitch by stitch she kept going, and one day it was done. A few years ago she let me have it, and today it sits on my fireplace mantel.

Brenda VanLunen, Cary

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