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I’ve Learned to Cross Stitch!

After watching several Fat Quarter Shop FlossTube episodes and oogling over all of the super cute cross stitch patterns available, I finally gave it a try. Oh my word! It’s so relaxing. I love stitching away and watching the pattern come together. I love counting the little squares and not having to trace a pattern. That was the one thing I didn’t like about embroidery. It seemed like no matter how carefully I traced a pattern, it never turned out quite like the designers.  I’ve purchased so many cross stitch supplies. If you saw the cross stitch drawer in my sewing room, you would think that I had been cross stitching for years. Is anyone else pandemic panic shopping for crafting supplies? With supply chain delays and shipping delays, you never know when something is going to be back in stock once it sells out. I’ve been jumping at the opportunity to purchase floss and patterns as soon as they are offered or I receive a notification that something is back in stock. I know. It’s bad. I

A Completed “Orange You Glad” Quilt

My first finished quilt since 2011! This is the Orange You Glad Quilt from the Fat Quarter Shop's June 2020 Sew Sampler Box . The box included the Orange You Glad Quilt Pattern and five orange and green fat quarters from All Hallow’s Eve and Christmas Figs II, both by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics. I used a combination of fabrics from my stash and scraps from the fat quarters to finish my quilt. The border and backing fabric are both from Lori Holt’s Sew Stitchy fabric line. I used a plain white fabric for the background and added a scrappy binding using 2.5” strips of leftover orange prints. There was the option to purchase a finishing kit from the Fat Quarter Shop, but I’m really trying to use up my stash. I have so much leftover fabric from my days of bag making.  The Fat Quarter Shop has an amazing set of videos called The Ultimate Beginner Quilt Series . I watched the videos on making a quilt sandwich and straight line quilting to finish my quilt. I loved all the tips and