The idea is that you purchase mini stitchery kits containing a piece of pre-printed linen fabric which has two identical stitchery designs printed on it. You complete the two embroideries, keep one for yourself and then swap the second embroidery with a friend who is also participating in United Stitches. Alternatively, you could just make something with the second block to share as a gift for a friend.
The little kits also contain two swap cards where you can note down who stitched the block and where it was sent.
That way, you know the origin of the blocks you collect to make up your final United Stitches Quilt and where you sent your blocks to.
The starter kit includes the first two embroidery designs, details of the ideas behind United Stitches, a 4.5" square ruler to help you trim your embroidery blocks, the instructions to make the United Stitches Quilt and a cute little tin where you can collect and keep all your swap cards safe.
You don't have to buy all of the kits or make the final quilt if that is too time-consuming. There are also suggestions for other projects that you could use the embroidered blocks for or, you can use them to decorate a project of your own design.
Rosalie has used Cosmo threads to stitch the embroidery designs and has used her own fabric range, Chirpy Lola to make the final quilt. However, I don't have easy access to Cosmo threads and, I have decided to make the final quilt using my newly purchased Tilda fabric. I bought DMC threads to stitch the embroideries with and I have matched them as closely as I can to those recommended in the pattern as well as the fabrics I will use.
I love the embroideries that Rosalie has designed for this quilt project and, I am looking forward to finding other quilters to swap blocks with.
I am also participating in a United Stitches Stitch-a-long that Melody of House on the Side of the Hill is hosting. I am looking forward to joining in all the fun!