It seems that embroidery is really making a comeback lately, which makes me happy because I’ve always been a fan. It’s great to see some fresh, new patterns out there. Some of our in-house designers have been bitten by the bug as well. Have you seen Mari’s sheep embroidery on the Three Sheep Tote? Or Jenni’s super-cute free embroidery patterns for her Sailor Girl and Boy pillows to go with our new Smooth Sailing collection?
Ever since I saw Sarah Jane’s “Make It Do” pattern at Quilt Market last spring, I’ve had it on my to-do list. Being on maternity leave finally gave me the spare time to actually do it!
(Sorry about the wacky colors–my camera did not like the bright coral lettering!)
Anyway, I just love the phrase on this pattern as well as the imagery. Sarah Jane found it on a World War 2 poster, and it’s a great message, especially for us quilters. After all, quilting came about as a way of “making do”, right? It makes me think of my great-great-grandma who I never met, but I’ve seen some of her quilts. My grandmother talks about how she always had her quilting frame set up in the living room. She was definitely a “make it do” quilter, quilting through the early 20th century, the great depression, and World War 2. I think this is really my favorite aspect of quilting, so I’m glad to have this cute little embroidery piece to hang in my sewing room as a reminder. Sometimes the most satisfying quilting projects are those that have to use a bit of quilting ingenuity!