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It’s that time of the month again. I didn’t fare too badly in terms of controlling wanton additions to stash, despite joining another stash sale group on Facebook.  This is a new group for sale of sampler patterns only.  To compensate, I left three other stash groups 🙂

Here are my purchases this month – both from the aforementioned Facebook group. I could not resist the Lydia Sharp sampler in the Spring 2013 issue of the magazine. I love the colors, the slightly morbid verse, the oversized flower, the trees, birds, and the two animals below the trees. This is another sampler where I don’t like the colors in the reproduction (inside the magazine) and I will have to choose colors to match the cover photo. The second pattern attracted me because of the border, the pink house, the ribbon roses on the top, and the specialty stitches.


I had been wanting to stitch a Carriage House Samplings pattern for the longest time. I had bought a whole stack of her patterns when she announced her retirement a couple of years ago, and they just sat there while I stitched other things. I finally started The Birds & the Bees last weekend. I am really enjoying it right now, although I am sure I will be complaining about the million leaves and fruits at some point (the full design can be seen at the top of this page).


Pattern: The Birds & the Bees
Designer: Carriage House Samplings (Kathy Barrick)
Fabric: HDF 40ct Cream
Threads: HDF silks (BeSeeded, BeVexed, Rubbed Fuchsia, Rubbed Dark Gold, Kodiak5139/Quernstones5169/Jackalope5271
Started: February 9, 2014