Cross Stitch Flower Pattern- Free Download

 

Fun Fact- I used to be an obsessive cross stitcher. Way back in high school. (I think even then I knew that hand stitching brought me comfort.) I use to buy those preprinted pillowcase kits (Aunt Martha’s, maybe?), the ones with the floral patterns printed around the edge of the pillowcase. It was the 1980’s, what can I say.

I still have some of those. In fact, my daughter is probably resting her head on one of them in her college dorm room, right now.
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Hold Tight Sew Along Week 2, Cutting and Piecing

Hold Tight W2

 

Sharon and I are starting Week 2 of our Hold Tight Quilt Petit Sewalong this week. Have you been following along so far? Last week was all about choosing your colors and fabrics. I was in the Wise Craft Quilts FB Group live to choose my palette for my own quilt. (If you are a member of the group, you can watch the replay any time, just go to “videos” and Look for Hold Tight Quilt Week 1.READ MORE

The Hold Tight Quilt Sew Along

Sharon Holland Hold Tight

 

Let’s kick off the Hold Tight Petit Sew Along!

The Hold Tight quilt is a PDF pattern designed by Sharon Holland, this month’s Ruby Ambassador, and features a bouquet of balloons. We will be making a mini, 6 balloon version of the original quilt. Color value plays heavily in this design heavily, and it;s the perfect design to show how understanding color value and using the Ruby Ruler™ or Ruby Minder™ as a value lens will help you create a successful layout. Because you know what makes the balloons look like some are behind others? Color value! Get that part right and your quilt is successful!

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How to make a Snowball Quilt Block- new Youtube video

Snowball Block

 

I recently traveled to some very warm areas recently to visit family (North Carolina I’m looking at you!). That is likely the very reason why I started thinking about making a snowball block quilt. This is one of those blocks that’s super easy to make, and endlessly customizable. The corner block colors can be all the same, or all different. Its fun to see how the quilt changes. Its also a great project to keep set up by the sewing machine, at the ready for any time I have an extra half an hour (like while I’m waiting for computer problems to be resolved…).READ MORE