Have you heard about the quilty stitches sampler along hosted by Corey atĀ Little Miss Shabby? It’s just starting. If you enjoy cross stitching (or even if you have never cross stitched) you should join in! We’ll be stitching 16 quilt blocks. The first one was posted yesterday and a new one will be posted every two weeks. That’s plenty of time to stay caught up.

There are no set colors but Corey shared the thread she bought. At first I was going to take the easy way out and copy hers but then I decided to really make this project my own.

I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out an assortment of thread colors and a piece of 14 count Aida cloth. It’s Charles Craft Fiddler’s Aida in color Lite Oatmeal. I used their weekly 40% off coupon for the cloth.

Here’s a closer look at my colors. They’re not really vibrant colors. Rather muted, I think. Maybe earthy? How about vintage? I’m not sure how to describe what I see when I look at them.

Here are the DMC color numbers from left to right:

  • 814
  • 815
  • 816
  • 720
  • 721
  • 722
  • 3820
  • 3821
  • 3822
  • 3823
  • 3808
  • 3809
  • 3810
  • 991
  • 3815
  • 3816
  • 3817
  • 469
  • 470
  • 471
  • 472
  • 208
  • 209
  • 210
  • 211
  • 840
  • 841
  • 842

This is the example Corey came up with showing the entire design. I calculated the finished design on 14 count Aida at about 8″ square. That’s with each block being 24 squares wide and high (based on the first block) with 5 in between each. Don’t quote me on that.

My finished first block! It’s a swoon block. I used two colors — 470 and 3816. For each triangle on the pattern I did a 3/4 stitch. On a side note, I was so happy to be using 14 count Aida because I didn’t need to put on reading glasses to stitch! I’m working on another sampler that’s stitched on 32 count linen over two threads. I wish I would have started that project in the mid 90s when I bought the supplies.

This is going to be so fun! I can’t wait to see what everybody does with this. There are so many possibilities. Are you going to join in?

PS — If you’re new to cross stitch or need a bit of a refresher, you can find some helpful info on the DMC website here.

6 comments on “Quilty Stitches {block 1}”

  1. How cute is that? I’m so glad you posted this today. I finished my latest crosstitch project over Christmas and I’ve been thinking of doing a fun little sampler like this for my next project. This one is PERFECT! And the fact that it’s free is a major bonus. I’M SO EXCITED! I’m off to go get the pattern right now!!

  2. i’m definitely joining it, I love this project. I think that’s a half stitch though – Corey talked about 1/4 and 3/4 stitches, but I’m pretty sure she means 1/4 and 1/2.

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