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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Shamrock Quilt Block - A St. Patrick's Day Cross stitch Freebie

 Hello there , Sunshine!!! It is a beautiful day with the highs expected to reach 80 !๐ŸŒž

Today I thought I would share a super quick teeny weeny stitch and thrifty finish with  you. 

                                      

 I whipped this Shamrock Quilt Block up all why watching my favorite  super sleuth , Columbo who solved a  mystery all within a 2 hour span. He is amazing!!!   You can see how small it is compared to the nickle. Mine is stitched on 14 count aida. 

                     

Earlier this month, I found a wooden chalkboard house at the Dollar Tree and just knew it would be perfect for a future finish.

So would you like to help me finish it? I sure would appreciate all the help I can get. Some of you may remember that I have confessed  in the past that I am not great at finishing, but I do try. Anywhoo !!! As we are finishing, please promise to not call the FCP's on me. Who is the FCP' you ask? Well you know- the Finishing Cross Stitch Police who just might throw me in jail and toss away the key. ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿš“๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ˜€

I  will gather  up our  supplies for finishing which includes some clips, batting and fabric  and Aelene's tacky glue.  I do not always have mat or foam board to work with and when I do not have those items, I just use a thick cardboard. If the cardboard is not thick enough I layer a couple of pieces together and glue them with Aelene's tacky glue. So if you do not mind, cut   3 pieces of cardboard measuring 2",  2 1/2" and 3". 

Now we are ready to get to the fun part. As I press the stitch, you can cut 2 layers of scrap batting for the 2" cardboard. Then  center the stitch onto the batting covered cardboard and glue. Yes I said glue the stitch to the piece. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Just turn the edges over to the back of the finishing board and add a thin line of glue. This is just a quick stitch so I am ok with glue rather than lacing, but you certainly can lace yours if you want.  

                   

While you are doing that , I am going to take 2 old green shirts and cut some  fabric for the 2  1/2" and 3" square and then cover those. I just fold the edges of the fabric to the back and add a thin line of glue and tack the fabric  down.  I often use clips or clothespins to help keep everything in place as the glue dries. 

 Now that we have all 3 boards covered, we simply layer them in a pleasing manner and glue them together. 

Today I have my trusty ole' cast iron to weight them down as they dry, but I will put a piece a fabric over my finishing piece so the old iron doesn't touch the stitch. You can also use a stack of books.  

Now for the little house, I think we should add a magnet to where we want to put our stitch . Let's use the glue gun to add the magnet just in case I want to use the house for another piece. What do you think? 

 I can then add a washer to the back of the cross stitch and change out the cross stitch monthly. You know what that means- I will need to make more of these little quilts for the holidays.๐Ÿ˜€

 I think our stitch is ready so if you add the piece to the house, I will grab some chalk and do a little doodling on the bottom of the chalkboard. Wahlah!!! our piece is complete. 

Oh what a joy it was that you was able to lend a hand. Thank you so much. I could not have done it without you.  

If you are interested in stitching Shamrock Quilt Block  ,grab the images below. Many of ya'll know but I always encourage you to read my little disclaimer and note about getting my charts. 

NOTE: Normally I have been able to create links to the charts and instructions which were in JPG form. For some reason, recent updates on Google Docs. has prevented me from doing that and I am not able to create a pdf without having to deal with storage issues.  Many dear stitchers say they right click, save the image and then print.  I think some have copied and pasted it to a Word document that they can print off as well. I hope you are able to find a way to enjoy this chart. You will have to click each page to save. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding and for all of the helpful tips and ideas. 

I stitch my little designs for fun and to decorate my home. I feel very blessed by this community and love sharing my little charts, but I am not a professional designer. And I do not have professional software. Thank you for understanding . I am always grateful for your kind encouragement , your visits, and for stitching my little designs.


This is a choose your own color stitch , but if you are interested in the floss colors I used they are DMC 3346, white, black and 782. 

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Now speaking of finishes , I wanted to share my 4th Christmas finish for the year. This is just one of the charts that sweet Stacy sent me. "Love" is from the  Advent Candles Ornaments from Heartstring Samplery  I finished it similar to the way Beth did. I loved it so much. Thank you my dear friend. Bear hugs to you.๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿค—  I am including this in   #12in23ornamentstitchalong hosted by Carol at Stitching Dreams.


Wishing you the most beautiful day!!! Thank you for the sweet visit!๐Ÿค—☘

As always,

Happy Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. - Winnie the Pooh. 

Hugs and Stitches!!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงต

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. I love and miss you so much. ❤❤

32 comments:

  1. Oh, it's a lovely embroidery!!
    I love how you have mounted it on the slate-house, Melisa
    It's always a pleasure to visit you, friend.
    A hug from Seville

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    1. You are so kind, Isabel. Thank you so much, It was a quick little stitch and I was so glad to have a piece waiting to finish it on .Have a wonderful week, dear.

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  2. I don't think there's much chance that you'll be taken off in handcuffs by the FCP! Haha! Sweet finish and a cute little block.

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    1. Lol thank you so much, Susie for bringing a smile to my day. I can not tell you how much I struggle with finishing, but I am glad to have my pieces stitched and out to enjoy whether perfect or not. Lol. Happy stitching.

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  3. That was a cute way to write your post today! And a great finish we helped you with;)

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Vicki. I had a lot of fun with this project and post. I am so grateful that you stopped by for a sweet visit. Hugs.

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  4. Great finish, Melisa!!! No need to call the FCP on you! That is cute as the dickens, and switchable to boot!

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    1. Wheew! I am so glad the police want be called on this finish. Lol and I am so grateful for your kind words, Nancy. It was a fun quick stitch. Hugs.

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  5. Beautiful daffodil picture, Melisa! What a pretty quilt block you shared! Thank you!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Robin. I do love when the daffodils bloom. These were at the edge of the woods and were like bits of sunshine. Hope your week is off to a great start. Hugs.

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  6. That's a sweet finish, Melisa! I think you have all kinds of fun ideas for finishing your designs. Love it displayed with all those festive green dishes!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Diann. It was a fun little stitch . I was happy that I pulled this finish off smoothly ; I struggle normally. I have been pulling out my greens for St. Paddy's Day. It will be here in no time.

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    1. Aaw you are so welcome, Brenda. You are so very kind. It was a quick fun stitch and a pretty easy finish as well. Happy Tuesday.

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  8. What a darling finish for the Shamrock Block, I am looking forward to more "holiday" quilt blocks. Such a great tutorial, easy to follow and finish!! Have a wonderful warm spring?like day! It is sunny here but I don't think it is going to make 80*, it is only 48* at 9:30am here. Sending warm hugs from sunny Arizona.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, dear Mary. I am already dreaming of a new teeny quilt block to add to the house. I am so glad that it is sunny in your area too . I hope you was able to enjoy some time outdoors once it got a bit warmer. It was a nice day here, but rain is supposed to move in tomorrow evening. Hugs and blessings.

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  9. Cute finish, Melisa. love the block pattern. Have a nice week.

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    1. You are so very kind, Ivani. Thank you so much for the sweet visit. I hope your week is a blessed one. Happy quilting.

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  10. As always, thanks for the quick and cute holiday stitch. And if the FCP come knocking at your door, just send out a signal for the PPP* to come to your rescue! I so appreciate being given "permission" to skip all the rules and just have fun with what we have at hand. Kris

    *Pinker 'n Punkin Posse!

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    1. Lol it does my heart good to hear that a PPP would come to my rescue, because I just might them with some of my finishing. Having fun is the number one in my book when stitching and quilting. Thank you for the giggle and warm words, Kris. Hugs.

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  11. I love the magnet idea...there are several pieces I can do that with that I have finished! Thanks for a great idea!
    Blessings

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    1. Aaah thank you so much, Donna. I bought a bunch of magnets years ago and have been putting them to use here recently to change out displaying pieces. I think it will make it easy to store my cross stitch pieces too. Have a great week. Hugs.

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  12. Awe its so cute and your finishing is perfect!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Susan. I was so glad to use what I had available. It was a quick and fun piece to work on. Happy March. Hugs.

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  13. What fun that is! The finish looks great to me.

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    1. Oh thank you so much ,dear Susan. I struggle with my cross stitch finishes, but this one came out better than I thought. Hugs.

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  14. Comme c'est mignon ,j'adore la finition bravo !

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    1. Thank you so very much, Monique. It was such a fun fast stitch and I am thrilled to have it finished and on display. Have a wonderful day and thank you for the sweet visit.

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  15. What a sweet little shamrock stitch! Making a changeable finish is a great idea! It will be good for all the months and occasions you choose. Lovely Christmas ornament! What a great shot of a Mrs. Cardinal She is a pretty little thing.

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  16. It was a fun quick stitch , Ginny and I am so glad to be able to use it on the little chalkboard. It would look great as a Christmas ornament. I can imagine a tree of wee little quilt blocks. I enjoy watching Mrs. Cardinal and all of her friends. They have been quite active lately. Thank you for the sweet Wednesday visit. Hugs.

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  17. Thank you for eveything you do, love waiting for your emails and then coming over and learning

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    1. Oh , Suzie. I am so very touched . Thank you so much. I am very honored that you take time out of your day to visit me as well. Hugs.

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