Once Upon A Time cross-stich sampler


Once upon a time, a long, long-12-months time ago, I signed up for the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s 2014 cross-stitch sampler – Once Upon A Time. Each month, I’ve been receiving the new month’s pattern, and each month, I look at them wistfully wishing I could start. But I haven’t because I knew I didn’t need another project just yet, nevermind deciding whether to try linen or stick with trusty aida! Spoiler – in the end, I went for a linen-look aida from DMC! Best of both worlds – gorgeous colour but the ease of aida.

So why start now? Well, I had been wanting to get a Q-snap frame to use instead of a hoop because I don’t like holding a hoop for long periods of time. My hand gets crampy at the weird angles and the bonus of the square-over-circle shape is that you can stitch more before needing to move the frame! But I couldn’t justify buying it just for a project that would most likely take a year or two to finish. Until QuiltCon class supply lists came out and I realised that 2 of my classes required a hoop or Q-snap frame! Add the factors of winter nights on the sofa all rugged up plus long flights and road-trips for QuiltCon next year and you’ve got plenty of stitching time to get a good start on this adorable pattern. And start I did on the weekend!

Once Upon A Time sampler

I think I’m breaking all the rules by starting in the middle, but this helps me to know I’ve got the count right – I’d really hate to do the borders first and then find I’ve made it too short! So Jack has one bean for May and the beanstalk has also been started. I’m now really excited to have a creative project to work on at night under the warm quilts on the sofa!

Alyce (226 Posts)

Living in Japan, Alyce spends her days mothering 2 little monkeys, quilting, blogging at Blossom Heart Quilts, and revelling in the fabrics of Japan!


  1. I´m trying to get the pattern but it´s out of order. If you still have it , could you please send it to me? Thank you


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