Crosses and Cross Stitching. How alliterate.

So it’s Wednesday WIP day!

Lots of crosses in my crafty business this week.

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First, I’m sure you’ve seen it so I won’t overdo it, I posted my Cross Block Tutorial, and I actually need to finish the quilt for which I actually started the blocks. So that is definitely a major WIP.

Next up, my Fierce Quilter’s Bee block for Kitty. Kitty is a new quilter, and she asked us to make blocks inspired by her travels to study European architecture. So here’s the photo I chose:

And here’s the block I made:

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I made one little booboo and it irritates me to no end, See the little extra point sticking up on the right side of the cube? Ugh. But Kitty loves it, so that’s all that matters.

I’m not usually a cross stitcher. I started a project last year, picked it up again in January, decided I hated it and threw the whole thing out. Seriously. But then. OHHHHHH the prettiness. I saw these awesome cross stitched quilt blocks popping up all over instagram and I HAD to jump in.

So far I have chosen my floss colors, sort of. I just went into JoAnn’s and grabbed one of everything I liked 😉 I had to get enough of the same color to make a gradient for the March block, hence why there are gradients on each color.



And here’s the progress on my January Swoon block just from last night. I actually started two nights ago but scrapped the first attempt completely. It’s been a long time since I’ve cross stitched.



It’s called Quilty Stitches and Little Miss Shabby is the blog in charge.

I think my overall frustration is the lack of instruction provided. LMS hasn’t answered all the multitude of questions in her blog comments at all, which is concerning, but I ended up finding two resources that really helped me out. First is Missouri Mel’s 1/4 and 1/2 stitch instructions at the bottom of this post. And I really preferred the cross stitch instructions found here at Mochimochiland. Now notice all my stitches are going the same direction!

So that’s it for my WIP Wednesday, linking up at freshly pieced!


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10 Responses to Crosses and Cross Stitching. How alliterate.

  1. knitnkwilt February 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    From photo to quilt design is a new process for me; I’ve enjoyed the couple times I tried it. That red addition is just wild and led to a fun block.

  2. Anne February 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    Wow, you’ve been busy!!
    I’ve been seeing those cross-stitched blocks showing up as well! I just started The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Woodland sampler though, so I’m not taking on any more cross stitch for a while. 😉

    Beautiful work!

  3. corina February 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    I love the block you made for Kitty!

  4. wombatquilts February 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Loving those cross blocks.

  5. Audrey February 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Dude! Your block for Kitty is serious awesomeness. I’m really excited about her quilt because I think it’s going to push me, but I’m also really really nervous because I’ve never made blocks in this manner before! 🙂

  6. Sara February 19, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    Love the fun and funky cross blocks!! lol

    I have been wanting to get on the X stitch bandwagon for those quilt blocks as ,but it will have to wait for now. Thanks for the links to instructions. Your stitching looks very well done!

  7. Anna February 20, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Wow, your building block is fantastic!! And I love your cross stitch… I need to learnt o cross stitch. There are so many cute pixelated things I could be making O.O

    • Sarah B. February 20, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      I know right?! Pixelate all the things!!

  8. Cindy February 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    I’ve done a lot of counted cross stitch, and I mean A LOT. If you have questions, just ask. Basically, looks like you’re doing great.

  9. Julie Hirt February 22, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    How I love those cross stitch blocks! Thanks for the info. Looks like I may be heading to the store for some floss.

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