We’re kicking off a brand new decade in the most glorious way we know how — with an explosion of color courtesy of our favorite cross stitch magician, Susan Ache (@yardgrl60 on Instagram). If you’ve been following along with us, perhaps you’ve been introduced to Susan via one of her two Aurifloss collections, Little Quaker Christmas & Little Band Sampler.
It’s possible you know her from her quilting, as a Moda maker and a Martingale author.
Take it away, Susan! <3
It’s a happy news day and I am here to talk all about it. Let me introduce myself or re-introduce myself if you don’t know me. I’m Susan Ache — if you are on Instagram I am yardgrl60 — and I am crazy about cross stitch and quilting. Well, I think that I am more crazy about playing with color when it comes to floss and fabric. There I said it, I love color and I love to share.
The Collecting Colors SAL is an eight month program, kicking off next week. I created this just like I would be sitting in my sewing room and sewing with my fabric stash — using lots of color and my version of traditional quilt blocks.
I thought that to make it a bit easier for you, I would break it down just like a menu.
January — Appetizer
This will be all of the sashing and the colors that go with that.Let me first explain the sashing. It’s kind of strange to start in that spot, but for this version of the sampler, I promise you’ll thank me because it will create a template and you’ll essentially just be filling in the blanks after that.
Even though I am giving you ALL of the colors for the sashing, you can also wait until the ‘fill-in’ colors are actually introduced in the block for that month to add those accent stitches.
February through July — Entrées
These are the main blocks in the “quilt” sampler. You’ll have the opportunity to download 2 per month for a total of 12 blocks.
August — Dessert
This is the border and the finishing of the sampler!
Every month, I will give you the colors for the next month’s stitching so that you can make sure to have them on hand. It will be super helpful to stay ahead of the game with your supplies so that once the new blocks arrive, you’re ready to stitch. Also, it’s a great time for you to have your own inventory system in place because there will be repeats in colors as we go along. Don’t miss my Storing Colors post to see how I store and keep my own Aurifil inventory of colors. It just might help you as we go along with our project.
For today, let’s concentrate on the background – you’ll need to select the linen and decide what count you prefer for this particular project. I feel comfortable with a 36 count and I always stitch over 2 with 2 strands of embroidery floss. To make a decision for the overall size of your linen, you really only need to have a total stitch count. The stitch count for this project will be 162 x 201 but I would suggest adding about an extra inch all the way around beyond what you would normally leave for your outer edge. The border will be the very last thing to go on!
The primary color you’ll need for this appetizer portion of the sampler is 2318. The accent colors are: 2725, 6729, 5002, 1114, & 2425. Again, these accent colors will pop up in our blocks throughout the SAL, so you can grab them now, or fill them in later.
Can’t wait to talk to you again…until next time…happy stitching.
SUSAN’s FREE PATTERNS
Click here for access to download all PDFs.
Instagram — Susan’s Book
A love of color makes it easy for Susan to grab inspiration from her native Florida surroundings. With no grand 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. Being self taught with 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 Susan to pursue that passion of color and the fabric inspired life she enjoys while constantly striving to make her next favorite quilt.