Welcome to the Sunday Mystery Sampler!

Good morning to you all!

Is your printer plugged in? Is it loaded with paper? Are your stitching supplies gathered? It's time for the mystery project to begin! (This is so exciting, even though I know how it ends already..)

If you're just now finding out about the Sunday Mystery Sampler, you may want to scroll backwards just a few posts to catch up on what supplies you'll need to participate. And then you will need to decide if you want to stitch twelve individual ornaments, or one large sampler.

Here we go!

First, for those of you who are stitching one large sampler, here is a picture of what your layout will look like. The picture is not the chart; the chart file link will be shown below the picture. (Please feel free to orient the boxes however you like; just make sure your fabric size will accommodate any changes you make!)

Your outline should be stitched in whichever red fiber you chose.

Twelve Days outline

Here is the printable chart for the above sampler layout (1 page): Download Twelve Days Outline Layout

If you prefer to print out the layout in larger print for easier counting (and coloring, if you like to color in your charts), then print out this chart (4 pages): Download Twelve Days Outline Chart

And now for the ornament charts! Rather than posting pictures of each individual design, I will show them as they are added to the sampler blocks. Those of you who are stitching ornaments will still be able to see what your individual ornaments will look like when you're finished with them.

If the Twelve Drummers Drumming were here, I'd ask them for a drum roll… Here are the first three ornaments for the Sunday Mystery Sampler!

Week 1 Sampler Layout

Click here to print the First Day chart: Download A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Click here to print the Second Day chart: Download Two Turtle Doves

Click here to print the Third Day chart: Download Three French Hens

And that's your Week One portion of the Sunday Mystery Sampler! I hope you have a wonderful time stitching, and if you're stitching the sampler, you don't necessarily have to stitch the entire outline first. I tend to get very bored with straight lines, so I would stitch one box and then fill it, and move on to the next box when I was finished. (But that's just me.. I'm always amazed at people who can just keep going and going and not want to throw their stitching down and stomp on it when it grows monotonous. And have you ever noticed that the word monotonous has repeating o's? What kind of a sick joke is that, anyway?)

I'll see you next Sunday for Week 2, but I may be back here for other topics before then.. Enjoy this beautiful day of rest!


54 Replies to “Welcome to the Sunday Mystery Sampler!”

  1. Thank you, Paulette – I may try a 4 sided stitch for the border – just to make it interesting. Even though I have already stitched the first 2, I’m going to stitch these all together!

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing these ornaments! You are so sweet and generous! Who thought Christmas would be on our minds already but this will make it fun to enjoy in the next few months!

  3. This is almost like Christmas Morning!! Such a sweet and wonderful gift you are “giving” us. Can’t wait to get this one started. On my way to choosing fabric and threads to stitch this as one piece. Thanks so much!!!!

  4. So excited and just about ready to start. I do have a question, in the first post, you said we’ll need two skeins of red. Is that for just the ornaments or does that include the border too? I have 20-yards of the perfect red but can’t get anymore of it. I’m pretty thrifty with my fiber but would rather not stress about running out.

  5. How lovely…thank you so much. I do ornaments for each family member each year, but I think these will be mine. Maybe I will duplicate a couple for others…they are so nice.

  6. Hi Susan! Im honestly not sure what the answer to that is! So what I would do is just stitch the ornaments without the border, and if you want to add a border in the end, youll know if you have enough.. If you dont, then you can stitch it in the black or green? Just a suggestion! 🙂
    Im sorry I couldnt be of more help to you!
    Sent from my iPhone

  7. Thank you so much! This is going to be great!
    I am thinking about stitching them on one piece of fabric using the CC cranberry and Weathered Vine.
    I was wondering how many skeins I should get to do the whole thing. I’ll be using 1 strand on 36 ct and I’m even thinking of stitching it over 1…not sure what count linen I would use if I did that.

  8. Thank you so much for those downloads. I don’t think I will be able to stitch them this year, but I will be saving them for the future. They will make great ornaments to give my adult children.

  9. Such an amazing project. Thank you Paulette that you are going to complete your wonderful designs and sharing the charts for free as a mystery sampler.
    Just printed out the first three charts!

  10. This is wonderfully perfect… I have always wanted to stitch a 12 Days of Christmas sampler but could never find the design that spoke to me… I took one look at this and yes, it spoke volumes 🙂 Thank you for your generosity… Take care…

  11. I cannot find the colors Cranberry and Weathered Vine under Classic Colorworks. I’ve been to their site and these colors are not listed. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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