There are four days until Christmas… do you know where your Aurifloss is? Seriously though — Susan Ache of @yardgrl60 is a magical holiday unicorn who just sent us a brand new cross stitch chart. It is so brand new that she doesn’t even have her beauty sample stitched up yet! (She sends her apologies, btw — it’s coming soon!) She simply didn’t want to wait to share this with you all.
Two Turtle Doves is a quick-to-stitch, simple chart with 3 colors of Aurifloss, measuring in at 59 x 60. It’s likely you already have everything you need for this one at home!
Grab your Little Quaker Christmas box and pick out your favorite red & green combo. Add the grey from Little Band Sampler (6738) or sub in a pink or a gold for a little extra oomph! For her stitching, Susan is using 2255 (Red), 1147 (Green), and 2606 (Gray) — though she might go for the ‘bluebird of happiness’ with 2725 (Blue)! Susan always stitches over 2 with 2 strands of floss, but she encourages other stitchers to find their own stitchy happy place.
So, queue up your favorite holiday movie, curl up under your go-to snuggling quilt, set your hot cocoa (or hot toddy, we don’t judge!) on the table next to your stitching chair, and you’re set for an evening of creative bliss. Your toughest decision? Who gets your newest little stitchy masterpiece?
Happy Holidays & HUGE thanks to Susan for her generosity and passion for the craft!
SUSAN’s FREE PATTERNS
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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Little Quaker Christmas
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Large Spools, Aurifloss (18yds/spool)
1231 – 2886 – 1147 – 5016 – 2140
2420 – 5002 – 2255 – 2270 – 2250
Little Band Sampler
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Small Spools, Aurifloss (18yds/spool)
2530 – 2335 – 1148 – 2865 – 2535
2225 – 5015 – 4182 – 2606 – 6738
A love of color, makes it is easy for Susan to grab inspiration from her native Florida surroundings. With no idea other than knowing she wanted embroidery and nine patches in her first quilt, a new world opened up to this mom of now five grown children. Self taught and many hours of reading about the makings of a quilt and quilt blocks has made this an a lifelong passion. Susan is always searching for new and fun ways to show off as many colors as she can in a quilt. Most of her quilts are a creative impulse from trips to the garden center, a photograph, or browsing through paint chip selections. “I really never see just the quilt, I seem to see the quilt in the room that it belongs in”. Working in a quilt store for years helped to pursue that passion of color and the fabric inspired life she enjoys while she constantly striving to make her next favorite quilt.