X Marks the Spot

Hello quilters! It's Kristin S. from And Chips.  Are you almost ready with your Monaluna Meadow Challenge Yourself projects?  Are you stitchin' away on your Mystery Quilt Along blocks?  What else are you working on?

"Mr. Fox" by Samantha at Making Life Prettier

Sighted! The elusive jackalope.
I've picked up the cross-stitch bug this year.  Around January, it seemed like a lot of people in blogland were down with it too.  I have this book out from the library called Storyland Cross Stitch by Sophie Simpson of What Delilah Did.  It's full of beautiful, stark silhouette designs inspired by fairy tales.  

And online, Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby is hosting the Quilty Stitches Sampler Along (Flickr group and on Instagram: #quiltystitches).  She's turned several popular quilt blocks including the X-Plus and the Swoon block into free graph charts for easy stitching and many crafty people are following along.

But maybe you're there saying, "Hey.  All she's talkin' about is cross-stitch and all I wanna hear about is quilts!"  Hold your horses; I've got you covered.

On the quilting side of it all is Alyssa at Pile O'Fabric.  She keeps the crossover fires burning with lots of help to construct cross-stitch quilt blocks.  With new, easy instructions for block assembly from 1" to 5", the sky's the limit to what you can design!  (Join in the flickr group or Instagram #crossstitchblockalong).

My family portrait.  Inspired by this tutorial at Martha Stewart.

Vintage DMC pattern.
If making your own pattern sounds daunting, a Pinterest or Google search would be a good place to look for cross stitch patterns.  In books or larger samplers, pick out a small part you love and highlight it.  Any pixilated image works too so Perler/Hama bead creations popular right now with the young folk might be a great start off point too.

Remember to calculate how many down and across to assess the difficulty and finished size of your project.  Tiny or small patterns will be your friends like this and this and this! Sketch it out and take your time.  This is a terrific scrap buster!

Detail, Makoto Oozu's Cross-stitch Super Collection

What do you think?  Have you caught the bug?

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