Friday, February 26, 2010

getting set up...

To celebrate my birthday this month, I'm going to do a grid-style sampler with a square for each of my 39 years. I will do a square per day starting March 1 until April 8 and will post the squares here.

Want to play along? If you'd like to stitch a square per day for the next 39 days (or however many days you'd like) post a comment here with your blog address. Start by drawing a grid on your fabric (mine is 8 inches by 5 inches with 40 one inch squares (I'll leave the last one blank)). Then starting on Monday March 1, stitch and post the first square. Work sequentially across the grid.

If you're really busy, maybe just sew a button that day. Take your sampler with you and maybe you'll find an extra hour in a waiting room or something and then you can do an elaborate square. Or maybe you can make it your winding-down project to keep next to your bed. However you want to do it, complete each square and post it on that day.

(You may have to work on the first one the night before so you'll have time to work on it and still post it on March 1. I don't think that's cheating, do you?)

Be sure to comment here with your blog address if you want to stitchalong I will add you to the blogroll on the side. I think I'll also do a slideshow of squares we all do to inspire us. Won't that be fun?

69 comments:

  1. Yay! I would love to do this - I will try to post everyday and really excited to see what everyone does! My blog is http://wrensnest.typepad.com.

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  3. Yes, I am still inspired and want to play along. We have a snow day today so it will be the perfect opportunity to gather up my supplies. I have my blog setup and the address is: http://3catcreations.blogspot.com/

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  4. i totally want
    to play, amy!
    this year will
    mark my 40th,
    holy stink...that
    is the first time
    i think i've said
    "my 40th" eeeek!
    anyway, sign me
    up!
    happy day!

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  5. I would love to play along~ except I will need 40 squares! eek! I turned 40 last August, it is really not so bad! Two moms at preschool this week couldn't believe I was ACTUALLY 40! Gasp! That is a compliment, right?

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  6. I'd love to do this! It will be a nice way to wind down from Thing-a-Day 2010.

    http://erincomptondesign.blogspot.com

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  7. Hi Amy!!! My daughter and I would LOVE to play along! I have been wanting to try a little embroidery, so this will be a fun way to get started!

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  8. I would love to embroider along! I will get my squares set up tonight. FUN!

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  9. I would love to stitch along! What a clever and fun idea! My sampler might be a little bigger :P Thanks, Amy.

    http://studiobibelots.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh Amy, you are such an inspiration. Loved seeing your first sampler at Kim's artistic affair, where you taught. I haven't embrodiery for 30-35yrs, but between you & Teresa I have the bug again. Almost finished with the heart sampler on Teresa's last Ezine, have signed up on her current Ezine (I'm a little behind), but looking at your blog today, I'm completely blown away at how you take off & create so many beautiful samples, how I love your work!! Your hope sampler just took my breath away, I looked at it for about 15 mins, just couldn't take it all in. I don't have a blog, but I would love to follow along, I don't know if I could come up with 67 squares. A very happy Birthday to you, a little early! Love seeing that darling boy of yours growing with your family.
    Hugs, Nancy

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  11. I would love to participate haven't tried to do one of these before..any hints as to where to locate some of the materials I'll need?

    My blog is sewmood.blogspot.com

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  12. count me in, it'll be inspiring & challenging & rewarding! http://beadoer.blogspot.com

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  13. Add me too! www.juliesartlife.blogspot.com

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  14. I want to play too... I'll try really hard, but I haven't done any embroidery since I was a little girl! Should be fun though! http://oohlalacestmagnifique.blogspot.com/

    Tania

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  15. I haven't embroidered since I was a teenager, but I really have been itching to get back into it. I'll give it a try:D I better get over to the store and get my supplies! Yippy! I'll post it on my new site: www.handmade-today.com

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  16. I've never heard of a sampler, but your little summer one on the other blog is so cute I have to play along. What do you do with it when your done? Frame it? Did you just pull your little designs out of thin air? Is there somewhere we can find little things like the cupcakes and layer cake and what not for inspiration? I'm going to have to be a copy cat for my first sampler I think.
    maryjanesandgaloshes.blogspot.com

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  17. I'd love to join in. I need something small to do - a little bit every day sounds just right.

    Lorrie

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  18. I'd love to join, just hope I can keep up. How big are the squares and how many? I think I already have some onsaberg.

    Hugs,
    gina
    www.fabricsilove.blogspot.com

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  19. this looks like great fun
    my supplies are ready

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  20. I'm inspired to join! I've had my two grandsons here for 7 months, and they're going home on March 3. What better way to combat those empty-house blues than to work on a sampler? Please count me in. ::Jill

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  21. oops, here's my blog address...
    http://bailiwickdesigns.typepad.com/bailiwickstudio/

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  22. Yes, please add me to your blog roll, this should be fun. I am also stitching along with Teresa!

    Valerie
    blog address:http:// valarty.blogspot.com

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  23. I'd love to join you :)
    Michelle

    http://hippiedog.typepad.com

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  24. I'd love to join - I am housebound with snow, lots of it - so I might be a bit behind as I have to get out tomorrow and get supplies. Would you add me to the blog roll and I will try to play catch-up?

    Claudia at
    mockingbirdhillcottage.blogspot.com

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  25. I would love to join also! This should be fun!
    Leslie @
    www.junkgirl-studio.blogspot.com

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  26. Hi Amy!! I would love to join this, if you would please add me. Ive never stitched before but have wanted to do so for a long time. I am hoping this will be the push in the right direction.... I am going to cheat, though and start today... hee hee hee!!
    xo
    Bryanna
    www.thecanaryscupcake.blogspot.com

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  27. What a great idea to get me stitching. Please add me to the list.

    Kathi
    www.piecetime.blogspotcom

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  28. this is exciting! I even started my own blog so I could participate - looking forward to a daily dose of creativity.
    ros
    www.roswistful.blogspot.com

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  29. I want to play!!!
    maijalepore.com

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  30. Hi Amy,
    Please add my name to your blog roll. I'd love to play along.

    Will probably post 1-2 per week as I have a lot of traveling coming up soon. :)

    I'm excited. Now to figure out the direction I want to take. :)

    hugs, Joanna
    www.sweetfinds.typepad.com

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  31. Hi Amy, I want to play too but don't have a blog. Here is my email address. Thanks for your inspiration and Happy Birthday!Teah

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  32. Count me in! I even created a blog for goodness sake (gulp). By the time the 39 days are up I might just be an embroiderer AND a blogger. yeah!

    http://ArtalaMode.typepad.com

    Thanks for the inspiration Amy!
    Suzanne

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  33. okay...i am jumping in here!

    please add me to your blogroll!!

    thanks miss amy!

    blessings,
    danielle muller
    www.thevintagedragonfly.typepad.com

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  34. Guess I better get over to the store!!!

    -Amy
    www.craftingbycandlelight.blogspot.com

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  35. This sounds like fun Amy. I'd love to play along!
    xo
    jeanne

    http://jeanneszewczyk.blogspot.com

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  36. id love to join myself but im just getting started and still need to get the materials. sounds like a ton of fun
    frilyyfrolic.blogspot.com

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  37. Hi Amy! I don't think my comment went through the other day but I would love to be added to the list! Can't wait to see the others squares!
    ~Molly P

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  38. How great!! I hope I can catch up quickly!

    http://doahdiddy.blogspot.com/

    ~Catie

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  39. I would love to be added to the list as well, have half of my supplies ready now just have to get that first square done! Can't wait to see what everyone creates.
    angela
    www.missmollycottage.blogspot.com

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  40. I'm joining up! I'm late getting started, but I'll catch up. Yay! I'm excited!

    http://www.allinadaysdream.blogspot.com

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  41. I would love be added too...This sounds so fun! I'm getting my supplies right now! Yah, connie
    www.constantlyvintage.blogspot.com

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  42. I have been putting off my beloved embroidery for a long, long time. Thanks for giving me a great excuse to dive back into it!
    gen

    ratherdarling.blogspot.com

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  43. I would love to play along. I need some inspiration to get me stitching again!
    Blog is: http://cindygilstrap.typepad.com/junqueart/

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  44. Hi Amy & stitchers!
    I would love to join and Ive completed my first square (over at my blog).
    Im so excited for tommorrow to do another one! x x
    http://cottage-home.blogspot.com/

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  45. i am thinking of joining in on the fun. i have my first square done. yeah.

    perchedontheedge.blogspot.com

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  46. This looks like so much fun! I'm behind as I don't even have the fabric yet but I'll catch up as soon as I can. Here's my blog that I'll use for this project: http://improvingthedash.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  47. i'd love to plAY!!!! I'm late i'm late for this very important date! (but i'll get right on it...!)

    www.123lavenderlollipoplane.blogspot.com

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  48. I'll gather up my supplies today and begin ~ such a great idea. Love the idea of the flickr group too! ♥ Thanks, Deb
    http://posted-from-home.blogspot.com

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  49. I just discovered the stitch-a-long today, March 3rd so have some catching up to do but I will get on it this evening and post tomorrow the first 4 squares. I haven't done any stitching lately and should get back to it. I will post on flicker as well as my own blog.
    http://agardenersart.blogspot.com

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  50. Hi there Amy,
    Is it too late to be included in this fabulous event!! I am a bit behind, but I will catch up, I am so excited, I have all of my items ready and I will post the button this evening and my first row this weekend!This will re-ignite my hand sewing passion...its been gone a long while!
    http://nicnacmaniac-nicnacmaniac.blogspot.com/
    Thanks so much!! xOxO Nerina

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  51. A bit late, but I can catch-up; would love to join. My sampler will 46 squares...to go with my years of life. Thank you so much for sharing, Amy!

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  52. Hi Amy, I'm jumping in (late and with a twist) and I'm so excited! Thanks for sharing your idea with us.
    http://tinkerverve.wordpress.com/

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  53. I totally want to join in the fun! I hope it's not to late to start! Pretty Please add me too! I feel so inspired!!!!
    http://justabunchofrandomscrap.blogspot.com/

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  54. Please add me. I would love to try this. I will have to find the fabric before I can start. Will have to catch up.

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  55. I'd like to join! I just finished a big embroidery project and am looking for another one to do! Great idea :-)

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  56. Just stumbled across this from some other blog (Long day -sorry I can't remember who sent me!)

    I wanna play too!! I'll have to catch up a bit but what fun!

    sewinstitches[dot]blogspot[dot]com

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  57. Hi Amy. I'm delighted to have wandered onto your beautiful blog and fell in love with your 39 squares project. Can I still join in? If yes, I will be stitching a "little" more than 39...41 to be exact! I'm a life long cross-stitcher, but due to two little ones, I haven't created any needlework in a long time and have been itching to get back into it. This looks like a delightful way to get back on track!

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  58. greetings, amy!

    am i too late to officially join in? if not,
    http://tinkeredtreasures.blogspot.com

    thank you & happy 39!

    xo
    elyse

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  59. Okay, I am hooked. I would love to join. I have posted a few of my squares on my blog. Thanks for the fun.

    http://mypinktickles.blogspot.com/

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  60. Me too! I'll be gathering up materials tomorrow to promptly start and get caught up. Blog at http://everydaycrafting.com/ (which desperately needs a makeover!). Thank you for the inspiration! Sharon

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  61. What a clever project. I want to play along, but I've never done any embroidery. Any suggestions for a great book and/or DVD to get me started?? I'm a quilter now, and I would love, love, love to add some spice to my work with embroidery.

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  62. I'm getting a bit of a late start on this, but would love to stitch along with everyone! I've been loving following along on Flickr! What a great spring (and birthday!) project this is!
    http://ivoryblushroses.blogspot.com

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  63. Can I join too? I found this blog this week, and have been hurrying to catch up. I'm up to square five.

    My blog address is:
    The Literary Haunt www.jessicadotta.blogspot.com

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  64. I have added your button to my blog and blogged about it. I have finished my first 2 squares. Very excited. Please add me to your list.

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  65. www.sewmanythingstosay.blogspot.com

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  66. I am late to the party but starting anyways. I am a new blogger but here it is! http://creatingmore.blogspot.com/

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  67. We just found this idea today! Love it and all the work everyone has been doing. My sister Rachel (40 squares)and I, Sarah (36 squares) are going to make one each starting today. I think we will get our mum 'the guru embroiderer' doing it as well (too many squares to count- haha). Will post our progress on our blog www.roxycreations.blogspot.com and on flickr. Have joined the group. Thanks for the inspiration.

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