Monday, April 9, 2012

Design Wall Monday - Pigs and Cross Stitch

Hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend.  This was a quiet one for us, so I had a little chance to work on my Pork-a-Dots quilt.  I moved the ears around - you can see them a lot better this way.  So now everybody is joined into the center of the quilt, and I'm ready to start thinking about borders.  The pattern suggests a pinwheel border, but I didn't trim these pigs to the right dimensions, so I think that's out.  I didn't want to make that many pinwheels anyway!  I thought I had plenty of the black polka dots to sash and border this, but since I didn't stop and measure before I got started, I had to improvise a little.  We'll just pretend I planned it that way!

I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch, but haven't done much now for a number of years.  We had a great cross-stitch shop here in town, but it closed about 15 years ago, and no one nearby carries the supplies anymore.  Lately, though, I've seen some pretty cute patterns on With Thy Needle and Thread website, so I've dived back in to cross stitch.  My first project was the Word Play pattern for April.
The designer shows them finished to hang on a doorknob, but my linen was bigger than the pattern called for, so I finished mine to fit around a purchased pillow.  This way, I can do one each month, and slide it over the same pillow.  Both March and April are finished, so I need to order May and get going! 

There are just never enough hours in a day, are there?


  1. love the pigs and what a good idea with the cushion.xx

  2. OMG - Pork-a-Dots! I love them! Can you tell me where you got this pattern? And your cross stitch is lovely too. I like the pillow band idea - very clever!

  3. Your pig quilt makes me smile.