I’m so lucky to have people watching out for me (ahem, enabling me!) Mary from the Chicken Scratch blog sent me some pictures of cross stitch she saw AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines. You can read more about the quilt show on her blog HERE. Apparently, there happen to be some cross-stitch pieces on display as well. It was fun to see the pictures. I caught myself saying I have that chart and that chart and I stitched that one. But the one that really caught my eye was the red one. Oh my. I hadn’t seen that one before.
Shucks. There was no tag or info for me to identify who stitched it. Hmm.
I’ve been looking for a red sampler to stitch. So many people have a wall of red samplers. I don’t know that I want to do that…but, I’d love to stitch one. I had so much fun stitching the first Red Bird Sampler we did as a stitch along. Hmm.
That’s it. I’ll ask Judy at Patchwork Times. She might know. So I sent a message to Judy. She was quick to reply saying she thought it was Folk Art Sampler. She even provided a link to the chart. THANKS, Judy!! You can see the chart HERE on 123 Stitch.
It’s so pretty. I really like it…but that border is a lot of backstitch and I hate backstitch. It might be worth it though. It’s so pretty.
So…I put the chart on my wish list and I’ll think about it. It is really pretty…don’t you think?
Enough of that…onto what I stitched…
I picked up my Come to the Garden piece by Teresa Kogut.
You might remember that last week I got over my disappointment about the borders not meeting, tried again and it worked. This week I got some stitching done. It doesn’t look like a lot but part of it was stitching some of the inner gold-colored border.
I was wanting to listen to the PBS Ken Burns special about the US and the Holocaust. I needed some mindless stitching so the inner border got some attention one night.
I am stitching this on Picture this Plus 40 count Vellum with the called-for colors. I love this linen.
I decided that I am going to drop down and stitch the words and then work up. I do better with moving from motif to motif if I would from the bottom up…or at least I feel more confident with my work. If I stitched on this exclusively, I really don’t think it would take that long to stitch.
But…I’m not stitching on it exclusively, so it’s going to take a bit longer.
From there I went on to work on my Red Bird Sampler by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread. This is our stitch-along piece. Here is where I was last week.
I am stitching this on Shrekies Tan by Needle Bling Designs. I am using the called-for colors.
All I did was fill in the flower of the vase on the right.
I am totally loving this now. For a while, I wasn’t sure about the colors and didn’t know how I felt about them. They seemed so bright. I’m not really a bright girl.
Now that the colors of the deeper red in the middle pots are stitched in, I feel much better and actually like it.
Next up I’ll stitch the birds. This project might get set aside for the rest of September. I gave myself three months to stitch Red Bird Sampler with the intention of stitching the birds along the top in October.
I am stitching this on Needle Bling Designs Shrekie’s Tan in 40 count. I really like this linen color and I like working with it.
I had a new start. I started Be Ye Thankful by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread. I really love this one.
It was a new release this Fall. It’s stitching together pretty quickly. This was one and a half evenings of stitching. I’m hoping I might power through and finish this up over the next week depending on how things go. I’d like it finished and out for my Fall decorating.
I’m using all of the called-for colors. The house is actually a little more gold than it shows. The color is Grecian Gold.
I am again starting at the bottom and working up. I really prefer that if the top is airier.
This has been so fun to stitch. It’s great to see it coming together so quickly. I have other Fall-themed charts I’d like to get to so…I want to keep stitching along and hopefully get yet another finished this Fall.
I did purchase two new charts. I’ve been kind of collecting season small charts that I want to stitch. These two have been on my list for some time. I know I thought about them last year and I think even the year before that.
I finally caved and bought them. I needed to order a thread and decided to put them in my cart too. I’ve been watching Instagram as cross-stitchers are decorating for fall. I saw these stitched and was reminded again how much I would love to have them stitched and in my house as well.
I can’t stitch them if I don’t have the pattern, right?? I don’t know that I’ll get to them this fall. I likely won’t but I’ll have them in the file and if the whim hits, I can start stitching.
That’s what I’ve been up to in my cross-stitch world. What have you been busy stitching?