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.
This design was born while I was waiting at the doctor’s office and thinking of everything fun instead of the inevitable blood-letting that is part of my yearly physical. This is what came to my mind. I was really using my imagination since the last time my town had a snow day was 1999.
This pattern is in the December 2019 issue of Just Cross Stitch. The framed piece is stitched on 14 count Babbling Brook Jobelan Aida from Wichelt. The frame is also from Wichelt. The ornament version is stitched on 32 count Sea Spray Linen from Wichelt.
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.
Sunflowers. How do I stitch thee? Let me count the ways. I stitch thee on 18 ct. linen burlap towel by MCG Textiles, and on 32 ct. Golden Needle Country French Linen by Wichelt over two. I stitch thee on 14 ct. Tropical orange Aida by Wichelt and 14 ct Country French Cafe Mocha by Wichelt. I also stitched thee on card stock which I cut out with a die cut from Paper Smooches.
This pattern was inspired by The Little Brown church which I attended as a kid. I spent a lot of time scooting under the pews, and creating my own underground passages, with only legs and feet of fellow churchgoers to interfere with my journeys.
This pattern is stitched on 16 ct Water Lily Aida by Wichelt and is available in the 2018 released book, A Cross-Stitch Christmas published by Craftways.
Here are my new Bee Minis, inspired by Peggy from The Crafty Framer in Largo, Florida. I stitched them on three different fabrics, and embellished them with Mill Hill Beads and buttons from Just Another Button Company. I have decorated a “bee tree” with them for the summer.
Here is the fifth design in the Summer Series. I used all my favorite colors and threads. The fabric is Cornflower Blue hand dyed linen from Wichelt. I also used DMC floss, The Gentle Art over dyed thread, Kreinik Rainbow blending filament, Sulky Holoshimmer thread and Mill Hill beads. I can only get away with that much color and glitter at a five year old princess party or designing counted cross stitch.