New Embroidery Patterns for Spring

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!


  1. Barb Johnson - April 24, 2012

    My Mother-in-Law did beautiful embroidery – I did cross stitch for a while – but would love to do some embroidery again. Have lots of thread – and a few patterns. Will have to see what I have. Some tea towels for Christmas would be fun!

  2. Jenni Calo - April 24, 2012

    Nice job Melissa, this looks awesome!

  3. Joana - April 24, 2012

    I first heard that phrase at a La Leche League meeting when I was a young mom, and it has been a motto for me ever since.

  4. Alisha from Connecting Threads - April 24, 2012

    Now that I’m working on my first real embroidery pattern, I can truly appreciate the work that went into this! You did an amazing job.

  5. Agnes Gates - April 25, 2012

    I love doing stitchery’s( hand embroidery), so glad to see it is becoming popular again.

  6. JoAnn - April 25, 2012

    Would you be able to find and sell some good quality hemmed flour sack tea towels? They would be so useful for those of us who like to do embroidery.

  7. Alta Cornelison - April 25, 2012

    I would like to find some flour sacks also. I have been teaching my grandchildren for years and now ladies from my church. It has been hard finding fun patterns. Thank You. Alta

  8. Barbara Jhnson - SD - April 25, 2012

    I learned this time honored hobby at the knees of an old Aunt who babysat us in the 40’s. She was an expert and very critical of stitches,if they did not meet her standards you took them out and redid them till they were tiny and perfect. I love the art of embroidery and have got my granddaughterds interested. Glad to see the resurgance of an old type stitchery. Barb

  9. Melissa - April 26, 2012

    Thanks for the flour sack tea towel request! I will be going to Quilt Market in a couple of weeks, so I will look for some there.

  10. Pat Coble - April 26, 2012

    First, I’m not sure what the website is that I’m asked for, but I followed a link from Connecting Threads to get here. Anyway I am very glad that hand embroidery is getting attention again. It never really left my house, but it is exciting to see new patterns as well as the old ones coming back. It is so portable and can be as challenging as you want it to be. It is easy to alter to rearrange designs, add to or leave out any element to customize the design.
    I first learned to embroider on a Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer project in a plastic frame. I was about 6 years old. I started sewing on the old sewing cards a couple of years earlier. I drew my first design a couple of years later on a sheet for a doll’s bed. I still love this craft.

  11. Amanda Best - April 28, 2012

    I love this Melissa! My grandmother loved embroidery, and she left behind a huge amount of intricately embroider pillowcases. I have a large tote bag full of them that I am intending on making a quilt for my mom and aunt with. I also have been teaching my seven year old niece to cross stitch, so hopefully the love of crafts with continue with her.

  12. Melissa - April 30, 2012

    Glad to hear from all the embroidery lovers out there. Amanda, I LOVE the idea of the quilt from your grandmother’s embroidered pillow cases. Very cool.

  13. Margaret Parks - May 2, 2012

    I really love doing embroidery. I have a collection of vintage embroidered pieces.