Collecting Colors SAL, August

The Collecting Colors SAL with Susan Ache (@yardgrl60) has been an epic 8 month FREE Cross Stitch Along that kicked off in January of this year. Susan wanted to give stitch enthusiasts the opportunity to create a mini masterpiece while building a library of luscious Aurifloss. We’ve loved following along with progress via  #collectingcolorsSAL on Instagram and can’t wait to see all of the finished projects.

Susan arranged the SAL like a menu…

January — Appetizer
The sashing + fill.

February through July — Entrées
Main blocks in the “quilt” sampler.

August — Dessert
This is the border and the finishing of the sampler! (YOU ARE HERE!)

If you’ve been stitching along, you’ve likely already completed a delightful stitched quilt sampler with the Appetizer and all 12 Entrées (shown below). If you’re just joining us, have no fear, all patterns are now available on our website and will remain available. Feel free to grab blocks here and there and stitch at your own pace!

Today, we’re excited to present the Dessert! This is everything you need to know to finish this delectable and colorful SAL!

(Click on the button below to grab the PDF patterns.)

At this point, you’ve collected ALL of your colors! Feels pretty amazing, doesn’t it? Are you already planning out what else you’ll make with this delightful little spools?

The border will use 3 of our January spools:

2318, 2725, & 5002

If you are still looking to grab these spools and more, you might try Pumpkinvine CornerFollow That Thread, or Fat Quarter Shop online.

Finally, don’t forget to tag us as you’re stitching along — #collectingcolorssal!! We want to see and celebrate your progress! Thank you so much for stitching along with us!

Huge Thanks to Susan — we’re so excited to see your progress as this SAL progresses!! 


InstagramSusan’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.


  1. what a truly beautiful project . It was a bit of a surprise that the August instructions were so less informatiive than the entire project has been throughout. The photographs displayed for assitance would have been better served if the critical areas had been perhaps circled to bring attention to the subtle differences. The graph having those details are on the fold and not easiy followed. Perhaps instead of the comment given, a more explanatory statement to be aware of those differences would have been more helpful. Bringing me to ask, do we follow the graph or the photo for the pattern as they are not the same? The design of this beautiful cross stitch is so stunning and gracious of Ms. Ache to share with us. Thank you.

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