The 2015 Sunday Mystery Sampler!

When I announced the first Sunday Mystery Sampler in 2013, I was so surprised at the enormous response! I couldn't believe how many of you tuned in each week on my blog to download each installment of the mystery… and what fun it was to see everyone's progress on all the Mary's Samplers out there! (For those of you who missed out, the installments are all still there under Sunday Mystery Sampler in the right side-bar of the blog.)

I've been mulling over doing one again this year for some time now, but just couldn't figure out what it was I wanted to do. And then it slowly dawned on me…

Back in 2011, I submitted an ornament to Just Cross Stitch for their annual Christmas Preview Issue. I went with a "Twelve Days of Christmas" theme, and proudly titled my ornament submission "First Day."


Then, in 2012, I followed it up with "Second Day."


Shortly afterward, I started receiving the occasional email from various subscribers, gently mentioning to me that it would take a full twelve years at that rate to actually have the whole set. I was absolutely stunned that I had never thought of that before!

So to the back burner the Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments idea went… until I realized very recently that it would be awfully fun to finish the entire series in one fell swoop and offer them for free – and all in time for Christmas 2015!

This year's Sunday Mystery Sampler will be all twelve days, and they can be stitched individually, as ornaments, or all together, as one large sampler! (I can't decide which option I like better.)

If you have the first two stitched, then you've got a good head start. But if you don't, it's okay! Here are all the details you'll need to know… (ETA: The original red was Belle Soie (now Classic Colorworks) Cranberry, and the original green was Belle Soie (now Classic Colorsworks) Weathered Vine. The original fabric used was Lakeside Linens' 36 ct. Vintage Light Examplar.)

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SMS p2

 I'll see you soon!

ETA: I found a photo for Second Day! I can't seem to find one for First Day though..

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83 Replies to “The 2015 Sunday Mystery Sampler!”

  1. SO excited & a great idea, love the 1st two… can’t wait! Thank you so much =) (I’m stitching “Love Thy Neighbor” right now and might even be done by Sunday)

  2. May I ask what threads and linen you used for the first two? I am away from home and cannot reference the originals. I would like my ornaments to be on the same linen and with the same threads. Thank you.
    Amy Varnell-Miller

  3. i will be out state on the 18 & 26 so can I get the patterns at any other time . I have a tree with the 12 days of Christmas on it would love to add these to the group. I put up 22 trees in the house always looking for something to add. Have about 1000 santas birthday is 24 that is why Christmas is so big in our home. Thanks, linda

  4. Thank you so much, was looking for a small stitch to keep me motivated on my current one, will you be designing a border to tie them althogether if we decide to stitch them as a sampler?.

  5. I am thrilled at getting to do a SAL with you again! And thank you for your generosity. I look forward to doing these (and I will try to keep up) Love Love Love your patterns!, Connie

  6. Paulette!!! I was soooo hoping you would do a Mystery Sunday Sampler again!! I lovey other one! You are truly such a wonderful person and it is so thoughtful of you to do this! I can’t wait till Sunday and will be going to get my supplies today!! Thank you friend!!!

  7. I am so excited. I was one of those asking when the ‘third day’ was going to come out. I can’t wait to get started. I have First Day almost finished from way back in the ornament issue.. But I’m sure I won’t be done by Christmas, with the Twelve Days. But you give us so much incentive to work on something Christmas. I’m so grateful for what you are doing. Thank you, Paulette.
    Donna Bowers

  8. This is awesome!!! I looked forward to the Mart Sampler each week a couple of years ago so I’m excited to have the opportunity for a fun weekly Christmas stitch again. Thank you so much Paulette!!

  9. Paulette I notice that the pattern of the second day you are giving us is in mirror image of how it was in the magazine. Is this the correct one or is the one from the magazine the correct one?
    Don’t know on which side the words come in pattern four?

  10. Thanks a lot Paulette, you are so generous, I love your patterns 🙂 I haven’t decided at this time if I make a sampler or 12 ornaments ….
    Happy Christmas to you too

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