Before I started doing stitcheries I was a keen cross-stitcher. I've always found cross-stitch particularly soothing because you follow a chart and get a great sense of achievement as the picture unfolds. (I feel the same way about knitting.) Anyway, my favourite designs are by Jeremiah Junction who also produce a great bi-monthly magazine called Cross Country Stitching. As the name suggests their designs have a country flavour. I especially like the presentation of their designs because they don't just do framed pieces but have cushions, quilts, table runners and banners. I've been slowly adding their leaflets and have just added 4 more.
Amish Angels includes a banner and 4 angel decorations; Hang it Up Garden 1 has 3 charts for garden themed banners; Sow in Peace includes 2 different charts; and Country Friends has 2 charts for a pillow and a framed piece.
All of the Jeremiah Junction publications inspire me to do a little more with my cross stitch. I once made an alphabet quilt for one of my sons combining patchwork and cross stitch. I also have this wall hanging in my sewing room.
The chart for this was in Alphabets which you can also see in 'Favourite Patterns' album. I then turned it into a wallhanging using scraps.
When the latest leaflets arrived, I was inspired to take out some cross stitch which I started last year. My intention is (notice I use present not past tense) to make a quilt but this is all I've done so far.
The chart is from the leaflet Birthday Flowers which has (you guessed it) 12 different flowers representing the months of the year. In the chart it's shown as a framed piece but I am doing each one on a small square of aida and then will put it together with some floral fabric to make a wall quilt. It's just a matter of time.
I'll leave you with this quote from Erma Bombeck:
'Just think of all those women on the Titanic who said, "No, thank you." to dessert that night. And for what!!
Until next time,