Cross Stitched Quilt Blocks

My granny made many quilts and as a kid I liked to snuggle up in them. I also liked to trace the stitches with my fingers. The geometric designs And cheery colors meant comfort and familiarity. This is the inspiration for my quilt block ornaments.

These patterns are found in the 2019 August issue of Just Cross Stitch and the 2019 Special Christmas Edition of Just Cross Stitch. I used Country French Latte from Wichelt for the fabric. For the thread I used The Gentle Art overdyed floss to have a country look. I then got out my sewing machine, with whom I have a mutually suspicious relationship and did my best to do create a little block ornament that harkens back to my granny’s world.

Stitched Halloween Tags

This is the latest in my ongoing love affair with stitching on paper. The patterns for these are in the 2019 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. The handmade buttons are from Just Another Button Company. I cut out my own perforated paper using a die cut from MFT Stamps. And they would also look cute stitched on 14 count perforated paper and mounted on a tiny chalkboard.

Celtic Cross Stitch

Here’s a new pattern I made to express feelings I have about the love of friends. The quote is from The poet Rumi, who lived in the 13th century. I used all my favorite threads and colors. Peoria Purple Linen and thread from Week’s Dye works, metallic thread from Kreinik, overdyed thread by The Gentle Art and DMC. After searching the earth for the right frame I found this one at Craft Warehouse in Gresham, Oregon.

Sea Treasures Cross Stitch

Here are my newest mini patterns, inspired by my Florida friends and daydreaming about the sunny beaches of Florida and the Pacific. I like to make the hangers with beads that look like sea glass. On the back of this pattern folder is a bonus cross stitch pattern just for cross stitchers—a cross-ta-pus.

Beery Christmas Crowler Lids

These patterns will be available soon from Frony Ritter Designs. The idea for them was born at the Great Divide Brewery in Denver, Colorado. The bartender, who was on top of his game, asked me several times what I would like. Having already had a beer I pointed to a Crowler lid. (When a can and a growler reproduce this is what you get). Although puzzled, he handed it to me and my mind immediately visualized Cross Stitched ornaments. The rest of the story is the typical wrestling with my skeins of floss and fabric to find just the right colors, and stitching and re-stitching. You can buy these patterns soon and stitch them for your favorite beer lover, which might just be yourself.

Halloween Cupcakes

Combine three of my favorite things—cross stitch, Halloween and cupcakes and you get this. The hatchet cupcake was inspired by a dessert I had many years ago at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. I devoured a lethal dose of chocolate cake which had a cookie hatchet dripping with raspberry syrup embedded in the middle. Now I can add bloody hatchet to my bucket list of weird cross stitch design components.

This pattern is available in the 2018 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I used DMC floss, Mill Hill Beads and Dense Fog Jobelan 28 count by Wichelt. Because of the non-standard frame size I found a piece of pine fencing, painted it black, and used cording, lace and a button to finish.

Sweet Mrs. Santa Cross Stitch

Behind every great man is a woman. Here she is, Sweet Mrs. Santa, fully equipped with yummy Christmas sweets, including my childhood favorite—ribbon candy. It was guaranteed to exceed your mouth size and create stickiness everywhere.

One is stitched on Aida and one on perforated paper using Mill Hill beads and DMC floss.