We’ve been looking forward to this SAL for ages! Susan Ache (@yardgrl60) first came to us with the idea early last year and provided us with the charts shortly thereafter. She’s incredibly organized and always has everything planned well in advance, but we wanted to wait until just the right moment. That moment is now!! The Collecting Colors SAL kicks off today!
This month, you’ll lay down the framework for your entire stitched sampler. Susan gives you the option to work on the fill or to save that for later. She’s a woman with a plan and we’re pretty sure you’re going to love it! We’ll let her fill you in — happy stitching!!
It’s finally time to start our Collecting Colors SAL. I’m Susan Ache — or yardgrl60 on Instagram — here to kick off eight months of fun stitching and color collecting.
Some of my most loved quilts are samplers that I have made straight from my fabric stash. Why not do the same thing here with floss and stitch some fun quilt blocks to make a cross stitch sampler?
Just like sewing a sampler quilt, you’ll need blocks, sashing, and a border. For the Collecting Colors SAL, we’ll name them like a menu. The sashing is the appetizer, the blocks will be the entrée, and the border will be the dessert.
This month we are beginning with the appetizer. It is really only one color and the entire sashing itself is a repeat of the same pattern.
The extra colors that will be used for the sashing fill are not entirely necessary now unless you want to jump ahead… All of the fill colors will be introduced later in the cross stitch sampler, so if you’d prefer to wait and do them later, that is an option! I’m giving you charts for both;). (Click on the button below to download the PDF)
Last time we talked, I gave you the stitch count for your project, but here it is again– 162 x 201. Make sure to leave an extra inch in addition to what you would normally leave for your outer edges because we still will need to add the dessert at the end.
The color you need for this month is 2318. If you really want to jump ahead, the other colors used in the sashing are 6729, 2425, 1114, 2725, 5002. You will see the chart with and without the colors, so, this is totally up to you right now.
Because I love to stay ahead of the game myself, I am now going to give you the colors that will be used next month (February) for 2 “entree” blocks. Those colors are:
- 5002 (also used in the sashing fill)
- 1114 (also used in the sashing fill)
- 6729 (also used in the sashing fill)
Have a great month stitching, and I will be back next month with some entrees.
Huge Thanks to Susan — we’re so excited to see your progress as this SAL progresses!!
- Introducing Collection Colors SAL
- Storing Colors by Susan Ache
- Stitching with Susan, Part 1
- Stitching with Susan, Part 2
- Stitching with Susan, Part 3
- Aurifil’s Aurifloss
- Susan’s FREE pattern 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.