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Love to Sew Cross Stitch Pattern

Between snowy days and nice weather, I’ve been keeping busy by working on a new quilt pattern and a couple of cross stitch patterns. I’ve finally finished my first cross stitch pattern, and since it’s a Monday morning it’s time to release it – Love to Sew.

While this project is small in size, it says something really big! 🙂 My Love to Sew cross stitch pattern is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Also, since I’ve been using a few new notions lately I’d like to share some information about them.

The scissors in the photos…what can I say? Not only are they beautiful, they’re beautifully crafted. They open and close smoothly and the tip is very sharp, making it perfect for snipping threads. I loved them so much that I ordered a second pair! These are BIHRTC Vintage European Style Scissors in silver and they’re also available in three other color combos (Amazon). Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L8R7MBX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.

And for those of you who cross stitch (or may someday) or do needle work, I’ve found that these Bohin needles are of excellent quality. I ordered mine from the Fat Quarter Shop in size 26. Definitely recommended.

Lastly, be sure to stop back next Monday as I plan to have my latest quilt pattern available March 2nd. It’s a happy pattern and it’s really fun and easy—and I’ve written it for four different quilt sizes. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Note: I am not endorsed by any product I have mentioned in this post; they are items I like, use, and wanted to share information on.

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Cross Stitch Revisited

While growing up I was always involved in some sort of craft—from hand embroidering on something, to knitting a scarf, to crocheting an afghan. While they weren’t always large or even finished projects, I was constantly making.

Somewhere in the mid-80s, I started cross stitching. Not only was it all the rage then, it was affordable, relaxing and fun—projects were portable, too—so it was something I could do when my kids were little. I spent several years at it and I made a lot of things, but eventually I tired of it or I simply didn’t have time for it, so I gave away all my materials and never looked back.

In the fall of 2019 I started seeing pretty cross stitch projects popping up on Instagram posts which got me thinking about taking it up again. It seems like it’s made a resurgence in today’s craft world, and I always enjoyed it so I figured why not.

While I love quilting and have no plans to stop (doubt I could if I wanted to) I thought a cross stitch project might be nice to do in between large quilting projects. This time around I’m only making smaller items since I lean towards minimalism and don’t want to fill my space with too many things. 🙂

That said, I made a quick trip to JoAnn Fabrics, picked up some supplies and started again. I was happy to see a skein of DMC floss is only 56 cents! Still affordable.

But what to make? I wasn’t sure if I’d still enjoy it, so for starters I designed a small project to help me get back into the swing of things. It’d been probably over 20 years since I’ve cross stitched.

And who’s surprised, the design I made is about sewing. 😉

I’ve completed my stitching and yes, it was as enjoyable as I remember…

While my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be, I’m pretty sure I’ll stick to it anyway. And I still love all the beautiful colors.

Once my little project is finished I’ll happily share it. And I plan to have a pattern available too!