Have a safe and happy holiday season

Have a safe and happy holiday season

This morning I want wish all my readers a safe and happy holiday season.

A free hand embroidery pattern.

I hope readers enjoy this pattern. You can outline the tree decorations in stem stitch or chain stitch and I have left plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them. I came up with idea as I was looking for something simple and quick to put on a small gift bag but you could use it on a card too. Anyway I hope people enjoy it.

Many readers have noticed my revamped newsletter. I often give away a free pattern for my regular subscribers. I don’t pester people too much, but write every 2-4 weeks. In the process of creating these patterns, I have really enjoyed rediscovering my pleasure using Illustrator. They have been a lot of fun and I plan to continue sharing these.


Other free resources

If  you need to know how to work hand embroidery stitches, I have provided free,  12 Surface Stitches for Beginners. Follow the link for a direct PDF download.

For more stitches can also visit my stitch dictionary

cq seams tutorial screenshot In this past year apart from running the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge, and giving away free crazy quilt block patterns from my I Dropped the Button Box Quilt I gave out a tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. In case you missed it, here is the  download and keep it as an ebook on a tablet, or print it out easily.

holding my book in front of quiltHave you seen my book?

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. I teach you how to balance colour, texture and pattern, in order direct the viewers eye around a crazy quilted project. I show you how to build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways using a handful of stitches. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both practical and inspiring.


  1. disfrutar de lo que se hace es maravilloso, eres fuente de inspiración para las que estamos empezando, felicitaciones, soy Colombiana, estoy muy lejos como para saber de su libro. Gracias por todo lo que que me ha aportado a mi gusto por el bordado, he aprendido muchas puntadas , gracias de nuevo. un abrazo que la pase muy bien.

  2. Dear Sharon,
    Congratulations on your long-running blog!
    Anyone who has made daily postings, with so much information, eye candy and inspirations for others to enjoy, deserves a good break.
    I will miss the daily treat, but I am looking forward to your newsletters, the much anticipated book and the day you take up TAST again; it has given me so much.
    Wishing you a jolly Christmas and productive, yet relaxing year.

  3. Sharon, I’ve only recently found you and your talents! While you take a well deserved rest I will be reading backwards, learning from your talents which you so kindly have shared. Best on your book, I’ll look forward to seeing it published! Happy Holidays and a restful 2015!

    Christine V
  4. Dear Sharon: I am so glad that you are re-grouping and taking good care of yourself! Talent and generosity like yours are a precious thing that must be guarded lest they be snuffed out! I can hardly wait to see your book and buy it, please let us be the first to know! Thanks for all the beauty and knowledge you share with us, and take lots if time to rest and rejuvenate! A Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, and may 2015 bring many blessings, good health and happiness to you! Love , Amy Britt in Louisiana
    A happy former student of yours!

    Amy Britt
  5. Hi Sharon,
    Merry Christmas and a very happy New year to you. you have been quite busy and definitely deserve a break. yes , the blogging will take important time away from your book. you are best time manager I have ever seen. will keep in touch with your newsletter and face book. I wish you complete your wonderful book as per your satisfaction and return to blogging especially TAST challenge, it has become an addiction!
    Thank you and Best wishes,

  6. Sharon, you have been so generous sharing your time and talent and knowledge. You have had a big impact on my stitching life, taking your online classes (how I wish I could have been in a live class as well) and reading your blogs and web site materials.

    I wish you joy and fulfillment wherever your path goes. I’m glad you’ve left breadcrumbs so I glimpse new worlds too

    Beth N in AZ
  7. Where does the line form to buy your book?
    I like seeing your blog, but certainly understand why you would need a break. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy your blog.
    I can recommend the newsletter, I have a file in my email for it, as I want to be able to refer back to it when needed. I’ve used at least one of the embroidery designs.

    Marci Hainkel
  8. First of all, it is not babbling! We love hearing what you are doing and thinking. Second of all, your well deserved sabbatical is critical to both your well-being and your creativity…and I am really excited to see what comes forth in the new year. Thanks for everything, Sharon.

  9. From my heart I thank you for changing, enriching. and embellishing my life with your creativity! Bless you for all you do to carry on the needlework tradition. As the pied piper of stitch, we all follow along trying to catch a few notes of your song, dreaming of being just like you when we all grow up. Best wishes and may all those dreams come true.
    From Utah,

  10. Dear Sharon,

    You have given so much to fills around the world. Thank you! We will look forward to whatever you send out as well as your book. Take care of yourself and enjoy some unscheduled time.

    Happy 2015!

  11. As others have said. Thank you for all of your inspiration and help over the years (whether in ‘real’ or ‘internet’).

    Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas and a new year full of wonder and joy!

  12. Enjoy your break knowing you will be missed…I am looking forward to what the new year will hold…I already subscribe to your newsletter so will know when you come back…may you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year!

  13. thank you for sharing with us and very best wishes for 2015. I hope you come back to us revived and refreshed. Anticipation is rising for your completed book. Merry Xmas to you and your family.

    Marj Denton
  14. Some times it takes a complete break to reset your life and your mind. Enjoy this time. Thank you for all your posts, especially your TAST. This has been a wonderful incentive to learn new stitches and make like minded friends.
    I wish you and your family a wonderful Xmas and a Happy New Year.

  15. I love to see the intricacy with which you treat your subjects. I can imagine you need a break. Please, don’t let all your break be work related.

    Sit somewhere the sun can shine on your face, the breeze blow gently in your hair, close your eyes and dream your dreams that seem an impossibility.

    Thank you for sharing with us

    Sheila Herman
  16. Hello Sharon, you will be well missed, but I know you need a break as the work load has been heavy. I look forward to the changes in 2015 and in the meantime will see you on Stitchin’ Fingers and Tones and Tints. I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Thank you for all that you do for us, it really is appreciated, though I’m not sure it’s said often enough. God bless Mandy Currie.

    Mandy Currie
  17. Enjoy your break! It’s something I’m feeling close to doing myself and I’m not far behind you in terms of blogging years as I ‘celebrate’ my decade this coming June. I’m trying to think of something special to do to mark it, but ideas are a bit thin at the mo. Maybe just do nothing!!

    All the best for the next year and I’m looking forward to finding out more about your book. =)


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