Santa Squared

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Santa Squared

Here’s a project from last year that I was so excited to hang up this year!

SantaSquaredIt’s a cross stitch pattern from Just Cross Stitch magazine and designer Nancy Greenberg of Pickle Barrel Designs. This project was a big time learning experience for me (as they all seem to be, huh?) Nancy used felt backgrounds with memory thread between the squares to finish up the project, but I decided I wanted to give each square a quilt treatment with hardware between them.

After a bit of trial and error, I found a good stitch length to tightly and permanently attach the quilting fabric to the adia cloth – TINY. I made a mistake and attempted to take one apart. The stitching was so effective, I completely damaged the adia and had to stitch a new square!

I like the hardware between the squares, but for some reason I made it really hard on myself. I had this idea that I would make them so the squares could be swapped out. I put button holes in the back so the metal pieces could be put in and out. I absolutely wouldn’t do it that way again. It is a bit messy and I can think of three better ways right off the top of my head!

Thank you all so much for your kind words regarding the passing of my Mema. Your words of encouragement sprinkled in and always seemed to come right when I needed them. I’m looking forward to catching up with what you all are up to over the next few days and have a fun project for you Saturday.

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    • heh, deconstructed! I like it, perfect word! :)

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  1. Oh, that is super cute!

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    • I thought so too! I suspect it will inspire a few things in the future. :)

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  2. I was thinking about you just this morning. These are so very cute, Susan!! They add such whimsy to the wreath!

    -Soma

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    • awww, thanks Soma, so nice to be thought of! Whimsy is a perfect word for it and probably what puts it right in my wheel house. :)

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  3. Those are very cute! Great little decoration!

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    • Thanks Renee! I really like it. One of the few things that was small enough to start and finish in a week or so. I should pick more projects like that!

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  4. Super cute! I had grand plans to cross stitch an advent calendar this year… so didn’t happen! Maybe next year!

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    • I do enjoy cross stitch! It can take SO long though. I worked on a project on vacation and I might actually finish it this year. Simple color blocking with black outlines. We’ll see!

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  5. I love your little Santa squares, such a cute idea. They look great hanging on the wreath.

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    • Thanks Rachael! I think that designer has done a few with all sorts of characters. I kind of love the idea of a set of sashed Frankenstein squares… Too many projects, too little time!

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