Free Pattern Friday – Bethlehem Star Quilt Block

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I've always loved the look of this block and have seen it called both a Bethlehem Star and the Swoon block. It's on my list of quilt blocks I want to make, but until I finally do it, I'll have to settle for this cross stitch pattern version. Between this and my Alternating Stars pattern, I really want to make a huge cross stitch quilt sampler so you can expect more of these! When stitched on 14ct Aida the block will be 5″ square. Download the PDF here – Free Pattern Friday - September 2015 There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to ... Read More

Deluxe Pincushions!

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I've seen pictures of Deluxe Pincushions floating around Instagram and I fell in love. The project comes from the book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl* and I just love all the ways it can be customized. I made my first one as a gift for a friend on Instagram. I haven't done much patchwork but the tiny squares are so easy to match up and kind of sent me into a spiral of wanting to do tiny patchwork squares on everything. I had this piece of camera fabric that I've been saving and figured this was the perfect project to showcase a piece of fabric. Due to some ... Read More

A New Look!

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My husband originally designed my website and has been talking for awhile about changing it up and it's officially ready! I really love the new look and there's some other little changes. I've been toying with the idea of changing up my tagline for awhile. It was "Modern Cross Stitcheries" but I've been feeling like that just isn't enough to describe me anymore. I have been doing so much more than that lately. I have spent far more time with my sewing machine or embroidering lately than I have been cross stitching. I kept obsessing over coming up with something new and ... Read More

Hexagon Bee Pouch

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Ever since I tried foundation paper piecing I've been itching to do more. There are so many amazing patterns out there, Swoodson Says has a great post with free patterns if you're looking for one to try out! I had made this bee, the pattern is free from badskirt, and I wasn't sure what the final plan was for it. I had this crazy idea to make it into a hexagon pouch and it was mildly successful but I found some serious problems along the way. I probably should have done a prototype first using something that wasn't time consuming like paper piecing, but what fun is ... Read More

Stitch-Love-Along! A Giraffe Pocket Pal

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Over on Instagram there is a super adorable stitch along going on for Mollie from Wild Olive's book, Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small: Cute Kitties and Cows and Cubs and More...and a Yeti*. Today is the end of round one, to stitch a Pocket Pal. You can read more about the #StitchLoveAlong here. I had a hard time finding a garment for this. Neither of my girls own any jeans and I've stitched on a regular t-shirt before and wasn't eager to do that again. So I found this old hoodie of Evie's and went with it. Since the pocket is at an angle I ... Read More

Cactus Hexie Wall Art Pattern Release in One Thimble Magazine

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Issue 8* of One Thimble launched and it includes my cactus hexie wall art pattern! This is my first time writing an English paper piecing tutorial and I love the finished product. It's a great way to get started with EPP without committing to a quilt. One Thimble is an Australian sewing magazine and this issue is full of awesome patterns, articles, and tutorials. There are tons of really great projects and I am so pleased to have a pattern included with them all! You can get Issue 8* right now or purchase the standalone pattern on One Thimble's ... Read More

1000 Crane Quilt Update – 10% Complete!

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When I started the 1000 crane quilt, I knew I needed to set a goal so that I would finish it, but I also knew that I needed to give myself plenty of time. I settled on making it a 10 year anniversary project, which gives me a deadline of July 5, 2018. Here I am 3 months in, and I have 10% of the cranes embroidered. 100 feels like a big milestone, but it also feels like there is so much to still go. I was having breakfast with Mollie from Wild Olive and she put it in the perspective of having 10% finished. That seems much more impressive, it really is quite a dent. ... Read More

Free Pattern Friday – Back to School

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I can't believe how many back to school pictures are already popping up on Facebook! Evie is going to preschool this fall but doesn't start until the end of August. But with so many kid's already back in school, perhaps you want to stitch up a little something while they're gone. When stitched on 14ct, this will be 5x7". You could easily add some text onto the lines, or leave it as is! Download the PDF here – Free Pattern Friday - August 2015 There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy. ... Read More