Home is where the heart is, and in 2022, my heart is in the barn! Barn Sweet Barn is my latest creative adventure with one of my new favorite Lori Holt cross stitch patterns, Flea Market Baskets! If you know anything about me, you know that I have a habit of taking my favorite cross stitch designs and putting my own special twist on them.
Barn Sweet Barn is as simple as it looks. All we are doing is taking the center block of the Flea Market Baskets Pattern, and cross stitching it in different colors each month for a total of 12 stars, for each month of the year. The center block is a gorgeous traditional quilt star, and I’m so excited to see all of the different ways we can stitch it in. PLUS, I’ve handpicked my favorite DMC floss colorways for each month!
This year-long stitch along is perfect for a beginner cross stitcher. It’s a cross stitch project that everyone can join! Please join me in 2022 as I start stitching along for the Barn Sweet Barn Stitch Along.
- Flea Market Baskets Cross Stitch Pattern by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet with It’s Sew Emma
- 10 Count Buttermilk Vintage Cloth by Lori Holt for Zweigart (You will need a total of 3 of packages of cloth for a total of 12 Barn Sweet Barn Stars)
- Called for DMC floss (make sure to bookmark this blog to see each new floss change for each month!)
If you’re stitching on 10 Count like me, then I recommend stitching with 4 floss strands and using a 24 size needle. I’m going to be stitching with 4 strands as well, and I’ll be using the loop method!
You can find all of the supplies you’ll need on the Barn Sweet Barn Stitch Along Page.
One aspect of this stitch along that I’m most excited about is the DIY cross stitch finishing project! We are using the Wooden Barn from 141 Design Company, staining it with Classic Grey Wood Stain, and then we’re making the cross stitch piece and the trimmings interchangeable using a magnetic mount on the board. On the first Monday of each month, we will update this blog with the coordinating DMC floss and fabric SKU’s for the month.
You’ll only need a handful of supplies to complete the cross stitch finishing:
- Wooden Barn from 141 Design Company
- Wood Stain – Classic Grey
- One Bee Cross Stitch Fat Quarter Bundle
- Magnets from your local craft store or hardware store.
Now you can display pretty cross stitch decor for your home (all year round!). If you’re looking for more cross stitch finishing inspiration, I recommend checking out the Fat Quarter Shop FlossTube for some fun video tutorials!
The stitch count of Barn Sweet Barn is 43w x 43h! You’ll want to make sure to leave a 2 to 3-inch border around your stitches when you cut your cross stitch cloth for Barn Sweet Barn.
You can find all of the finishing supplies you’ll need on the Barn Sweet Barn Stitch Along Page.
My Barn Sweet Barn Variation
You have lots of finishing options with this stitch along – you can either DIY one cross stitch finish for the whole year, OR if you want to finish yours like me, you can make 12 houses for every month of the year, with a new Star Block for each!
Instead of FFO’ing one barn for the whole year and interchanging the center – I’m going to take a different wooden house every month and finish it with my new Barn Sweet Barn cross stitch design. By the end of the year, I’ll have 12 little houses with 12 different cross stitch versions of Barn Sweet Barn!
And instead of cross stitching on 10 Count Buttermilk, I’ll be stitching on 10 Count Daisy!
My Barn Sweet Barn Floss Changes
The original colors of the Star Block are from the Flea Market Baskets Cross Stitch Pattern. On the first Monday of each month, we will be posting a new DMC colorway featuring 5 new skeins. January is up first, with 5 pretty skeins of blue floss!
We’re stitching Barn Sweet Barn throughout 2022, so you can choose your stitching pace. I hope you all can stitch with me, and remember, it’s never too late to join us for some stitchy fun in the barnyard!
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You’ll also want to keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram at @fqsxstitch. You can share your stitching progress with the hashtag #BarnSweetBarnSAL, and be sure to tag us so we can see and share your work!