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I’m a big fan of Sam Hunter (website -- IG) so when she put the call out for a community stitching project I opted in. I don’t generally do hand work, but the initial details assured us that it would be minimal and easy to complete.

The prompt arrived and I took a very literal, mathematical approach to it. In the moment, I wasn’t overthinking it at all. I was simply following the instructions.

I mailed my block from San Jose, California ???????? to Sam and waited for reveal day. Today is the day and I’m already blown away with the Myriad Interpretations of Language.

After cutting a piece of solid-colored cotton fabric to 6'' x 6'', marking off a half-inch border all around to leave a 5'' x 5'' window in the middle, and marking our name along the bottom of the fabric, we were to stitch:

-Don't consult with anyone about it!
-Choose a thread that contrasts with your fabric.
-Using the thread, stitch a line on the fabric.
-Choose another color of thread.
-Stitch a second line that crosses the first.

???? I chose dark purple for my fabric. I stitched with Aurifloss, starting with Bright Turquoise (#5005) and then Light Lemon (#2110). My name is stitched in White (#2021).

A peek at the back. :-)

Take a look at all the colors of fabric the 220(!) participants chose.
See them all at: #MyriadInterpretationsOfLanguage


This week's Project QUILTING challenge is You're Crazy, inspired by the "crazy quilt" movement of the late 1800s. I honestly hesitated a bit about participating, because I've become more aware of ableist language and I've tried to edit the word crazy out of my everyday vocabulary. Ableism is defined as discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities based on the belief that typical abilities are superior. It includes the use of ableist words, many of which people don't realize have an impact on people with disabilities. If this isn't a concept you're familiar with, I encourage you to check out those two links above.

But in the context of this challenge the word "crazy" is being used as a historical reference to a widely known style of quilts from another time. I've chosen for my small piece to be inspired by crazy quilts by the style of piecing, use of a non-quilting cotton fabric (the denim I used to back it), omission of batting, and use of embroidery (which I used to hand quilt my little art quilt).

I chose a variety of embroidery stitches in five colors of Aurifloss. MMXXI = 2021 for the year.

My piece finished at approximately 6" x 6".

Old jeans for the backing.

I'm linking up with Project QUILTING. Hop over to see how others were inspired by the quilts of the 1800s.

P.S. My Show Me Something March linkup post will be coming out soon. But, FYI, this month it's Show Me Something with Squares! (I hope to see some creative uses of squares, but welcome


The thread featured in this post was given to me by Aurifil.

The September Aurifil Artisan challenge is cross stitch and embroidery featuring 12wt or Aurifloss. I'd been feeling the pull toward embroidery and knew this was the perfect opportunity to finally get started on my Hanauma Bay embroidery hoop. I learned cross stitch when I was 8 years old, but I haven't done any in decades. My daughter has learned some embroidery stitches at school and recently I've been helping her to expand her repertoire of stitches.

In March 2018 on a family trip to Oahu I taught my kids how to snorkel. This is something that I really loved as a kid (and still do) and it was so nice to share my passion with them. I grew up vacationing to Kauai and had never snorkeled on Oahu. Our last day on the island we did the long drive from the north shore down to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. The parking is restricted so you either have to arrive early, or show up after lunch. As people start leaving the beach they open parking to let in a limited number of cars. The parking lot was closed when we arrived. That stretch of road is highway with one lane in each direction. We drove back and forth past the parking entrance for about 20 minutes, turning around in two nearly lookout points. We were about to admit defeat when finally the parking lot was open and we were able to enter.

What a view! And the beach was so lovely with super calm water from the protected bay. We spent a lovely afternoon snorkeling and then the kids played in the water while I read my book on the beach.


Fast forward, I've been following Rosanna Diggs, an embroidery artist from Alameda, California, on instagram for a while when she made her Hanauma Bay embroidery hoop. Her work is beautiful and I really enjoyed the nostalgic memories from our trip a year before. I really considered purchasing this hoop and had a little regret when it sold. A couple months later she put out a PDF pattern and two finished mini hoops for sale. I immediately knew that I wanted to purchase one of the hoops. She had made one with a cloud and one without a cloud and I elicited the help of my kids for which one to purchase. I mentioned that there was also a pattern to make your own and my daughter immediately indicated that the pattern was the right choice and that she was interested in working with me on the project. Rosanna sells a Hanauma Bay full kit now as well.

I used a DMC to Aurifloss conversion chart to select my Aurifloss colors. I love these wooden spools and how easy it is to keep the floss tidy.

My daughter helped with most parts of the project (though I did the entire mountain and cloud while she was at school or asleep). Either we sat together and passed the project back and forth to take turns, or if she happened across it left out on the couch she would add a few stitches. She's already talking about what to stitch next. I think she might enjoy picking a piece of printed fabric and using embroidery stitches to embellish it.

The project had a nice variety of different stitches (and oh so much satin stitch!). There were two different kinds of knots, couching, and the shrubbery in the foreground is made of little loops. Rosanna included detail shots and directions for each type of stitch in the project as well as a photo walk-through with directions and tips. (We improvised a little on the shrubbery. :-)) I especially love the texture of the cloud (fluffy 6-strand french knots) and the shrubbery.

We had a little disagreement about where this should hang in the house, but we've settled on it living in my daughter's ocean themed room. I'll enjoy visiting it. ;-)


The water was such lovely colors and I enjoyed the beautiful view!

I've linked up to the Q3 Finish Along Finishes post. Check out my whole Q3 list of projects.