There is a reason we call Susan Ache (@yardgrl60) the cross stitch magician. She is always creating, charting, and sharing… thinking of new ways to turn the floss from our little wooden spools into mini masterpieces. She has so much passion for the craft and truly wants nothing more than to share that passion with anyone who has ever been curious about what might be possible with needle and thread.
Susan has been particularly busy this year, giving us all the gift of stitch to calm our tired minds and focus on the little joys in life. The Collecting Colors SAL kicked off back in January and stretched for 8 fun-filled months resulting in a gorgeous cross-stitched quilt sampler. The Sanctuary SAL, a project that had been planned for Summer, gave us some Springtime stitch therapy — it is now available in its entirety on our website with the quilt finishing tutorial on our blog.
Today, we’re excited to launch a brand new pattern that Susan created inspired the latest fabric collection by French General for Moda Fabrics. Thank you, Susan!!
I’ve loved French General fabric since the very first fabric line, each one just speaks to me. This newest line “Jardin de Fleurs” was not an exception to my love of the fabrics it just really inspired me to design a super busy little cross stitch, as busy and colorful as the flowers in the prints.
I am holding the fabrics close to me until the right inspiration hits to make a quilt but the cross stitch design is something I couldn’t put down as soon as the design was made.
Because I stitched mine on a 36ct linen over 2, I am going to be able to make a nice size pin cushion but, no matter the size this is stitched on or the fabric you choose to stitch it on, it is sure to release thoughts of living in a villa, surrounded with gardens of flowers and of course in the French countryside.
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 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.