cross stitch, hand embroidery
cushion, wall art
And Around We Go! Cushion Cover
The merry-go-round quilt pattern that inspired this cross stitch pattern is from the 1930s and was published in a blog post from Vintage Crafts and More, who found it published in the Kansas City Star, by McKim Studios.
To quote both the original article and blog, “This 1930s quilt pattern illustrates perfectly how the quilts of the depression era used odd scraps of fabric… Each block can be a different colour, so long as the light and dark values remain the same… So even when you’re using scraps from feed sacks, etc., pay attention to the colour values of the fabrics.”
Since the theme for this issue is traditions and folklore, Jo opted for the more antique DMC colours, light/medium/dark of four colours, then mixed in the four blocks. Change the colouring to match your décor. For a simpler look, it would look attractive stitched in simple black/grey/white, with the four dark triangles in the center stitched in deep red.
The quotes used are taken from actual samplers from the same era.
skill level Easy
cushion 14” [35.5cm] sq
11ct – 10½” [27cm] sq
14ct – 8¼” [21cm] sq
16ct – 7½” [19cm] sq
stitch count 114 x 114 square