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Cross Stitch Update

First off, if you haven’t heard, Judy from Patchwork Times and I are hosting a stitch along.  We’ll be stitching this chart starting March 1st.  The one we’re stitching is the one that says, “Blessed” in the bottom left corner.  All three patterns come in the chart so you can stitch them all.


We’d love to have you join us.  You can read the details HERE.  We plan to make this beginner-friendly so everyone is welcome.

I did a ton of stitching this week.  I felt so crappy that sitting on the couch was the thing I was able to do so sit and stitch was what I did a lot of…that and blog stuff.  Not much sewing has happened.  So here is where I was last week on my Floral Motif Sampler.

I decided to take the plunge and see if the border was going to match up.  For a cross stitcher, this is always a moment of truth.  I got this far and… Continue reading

Cross Stitch Stitch Along Announcement

Hey everybody…I told you that last week I was able to go to The Stitchery Nook in Osage Iowa.  I got together with Liz and we pounded out the details for the stitch along Judy at Patchwork Times and I are going to be hosting.

This is our project…Blessings Abound by Waxing Moon Designs.  Jacki the designer is an Iowa and doesn’t live far from the shop.  We picked her design because:
A:  We loved it!
B:  It would work great in our dough bowls.
C:  Being she’s local, no supply chain issues.
D:  It’s a fairly universal chart that everyone could jump on board with.
E:  It’s beginner-friendly.
F:  We have plenty of time to finish it before fall.


We will be stitching the piece that says, “Blessed” which is on the bottom left in the photo.

We are doing everything we can to make this as friendly of a stitch along as possible.  Judy and I both LOVE cross stitching and we’d love for you to give it try too.  If you’ve never cross-stitched, that’s totally fine.  If you are an Aida stitcher and want to give linen a try.  That’s great.  Now is a good time to do it.

Judy and I plan to do some tutorial-type posts and are open to answering all kinds of questions.  We’ll be doing periodic blog posts about our progress and will be answering questions on our blogs.

Liz at the shop has done her best to accommodate everyone.  She’s made it so you can really build your own kit. Pricing goes like this…

Threads-all Weeks Dye Works overdyed $15
Pattern $10.50
16 beige aida $5.54
14 beige aida $5.90
28 natural linen $7.25
32 natural linen $6.80
36 natural linen $7.13
40 natural linen $6.26

As I told you, we are trying to make this completely beginner-friendly so…I’ll do my best to explain how to pick what fabric to stitch on.  Below is Aida cloth.  This is great for beginners.
This is a closer picture of it.  See the holes in it.  They are easy to see.  Your needle will go up and down in the holes.  Aida is beginner-friendly.  If you choose 14 count, that means in every inch there will be 14 x’s.  If you chose 16 count, that means in every inch there will be 16 x’s.

This is linen… Continue reading

What I’m Working On…

As I told you, I haven’t been feeling the best.  I’ve been putzing around the house but not really accomplishing a lot.  One of my favorite things to do is play on EQ (Electric Quilt) but I typically don’t allow much time to do that.  I decided to indulge.

I had seen a picture of a vintage quilt on Instagram that I liked.  It looked like a good quilt that would use up a lot of my strips. Here is a picture of the quilt.  Oh, be still my heart.  It’s a scrappy girl!!
I played around on EQ.  I came up with this…I modified the chain blocks to make two different kinds.


Here it is the no stitching lines.

I modified it a bit more and came up with this… Continue reading

Cross Stitch Finish: Seeking Refuge

You all might remember that I stitched this piece, Seeking Refuge by The Scarlett House, back in 2020.

I stitched this just as Covid hit and was so thankful I had it to keep my mind busy.

I put it in a thrift store frame that I had painted and it was okay…but as I got two other of my pieces framed, I was a little disenchanted with this piece.  I loved the piece.  I loved the saying.  I loved everything about it…except the framing.  It just didn’t look the quality as the other framed pieces I had.

I decided to break the bank and send it off to be framed professionally.  Many of the floss tube people recommend Total Framing.  They are states away from me so I didn’t know how that would work but they are ones that framed two other of my pieces so I thought I would go with them again.

I previously wrote how they work through the selection process but I’m repeating it all here again as it’s been some time since I talked about it.

They sent me these pictures with descriptions…

There are five options.  You can see them all in the photo above.

The laid my piece out with each of the frames.  This is option #1…
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