...each 9" unfinished block has 31 pieces--gulp! I'm developing an assembly line method and trying to sew a block in about 20 minutes. My plan includes 24 blocks so quite a number of hours of stitching are left for these "A" blocks. The "B" alternate blocks will be much simpler with only the center cross and some sashing, but I will choose a solid blue for those blocks per the pattern (APQ mag April 2017).
Regarding cross-stitch, I visited a new-to-me needlework shop that I wish was in my city and not 25 minutes away, but the traffic wasn't bad today. I was in search of Lizzie Kate cross-stitch patterns and a source for floss and found both at A Thread Garden and Beadtime. The owner, Michele', was very helpful and fun to chat with. I left with great information, some beautiful floss and patterns. She has open sew hours during the weekdays, and perhaps sometime I'll be able to join in.
The cast acrylic black and ivory needle keeper she gave me as a gift--among many to choose from, I was captivated by the octopus. I will enjoy stitching this little Lizzie Kate pattern with yummy hand dyed threads. The shop carries multiple cotton as well as silk lines of floss.
The Christmas patterns were just as irresistible and I had a hard time choosing. The "Mistletoe Testing Here!" phrase pushed this chart to the top. I'll look forward to stitching these. Supporting local craft businesses is important to me and I'll definitely be back to A Thread Garden.