Happy Holidays! and little gift

Happy Holidays! and little gift

I want wish all my readers a safe and happy holiday season and wish all the best for the coming year. I really do appreciate my readers. I have a little gift of a free hand embroidery pattern which I hope readers enjoy.

Free Christmas tree pattern colouredA free hand embroidery Pattern of a Christmas trees!

Free Christmas tree patternYou can outline the trees in stem stitch or chain stitch and there is plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them. I have also made it available in PDF file format so you can print it out easily. Download the PDF file here

Other free resources

There are many other free resources on this site.

Probably one of the most useful resources for crazy quilters is a tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. I have a screenshot below of one of the 17 page mini ebook. In case you missed it, here is the  download  and keep it as an ebook on a tablet, or print it out easily.

screenshot of tutoralIf  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.

There are also free modules in my stitchers worksheets which cover the basic stitches. They are free and none of my stuff asks you to subscribe to anything or join this or that, they are a simple give away.

In this past I regularly give away free crazy quilt block patterns from my I Dropped the Button Box Quilt  follow the links to each block that is listed on CQ Details FAQ page

This last year

In this last year I have been working on my book. In August I announced that I had signed with C&T Publishers. I was thinking of self publishing but I decided the traditional route as I think I will write a better book if I work with a good publisher. I did have to do some re-thinking but it is still on track.

The other thing I have been working on is my second set of stitchers templates. I now have two sets of templates available and both have a ebook of patterns that go with them.

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

dove from Crazy Quilt Templates set 2


In July the hand embroidery Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) challenge re-run came back by popular demand.The   TAST facebook group is really very popular and at the time of writing there are over 2,400 members. That makes for a very active and fun stitch along!  All are welcome

Next year

I plan to carry on working on this book and make the publishers deadline…

Take a stitch Tuesday will continue. I will recommence posting a new TAST stitch on January 12th. If you want to know more about the challenge you can see the guidelines on the TAST FAQ page.

As many of you have noticed I have been posting stitch tutorials as  I am moving my stitch dictionary here. Just about every page needs updating and I am re-writing many bit by bit and this will continue. Also an index page listing all the stitches will appear soon. With this project it’s a chicken and egg situation I need the pages created on pintangle before I can create an index page of links to them. So that is happening steadily.

I will of course be writing about other things too


Anyway from wherever in world you are, my home to yours, my best wishes and stay safe this holiday season. I hope all your needles are easily threaded, your floss stays knot and tangle free.

Happy Holidays and see you next year!


  1. Hi Sharon

    I echo all the good things said above (but none of the bad, if there are any, lol) and wish you, Jerry and Eve all the very best for the coming year. We have been away for a couple of weeks hence the belatedness of this.

    Still waiting patiently for the book……

  2. What more can I add to all the accolades? Your generosity and willingness to give is a glorious gift to all interested persons. I thank you from the bottom of my heart- lovely lady!!

    Have a wonder, safe and joyous new year 2016

  3. Thank you Sharon for a wonderful year of tutorials, patterns, and crazy quilting ideas, hints and tips.
    I can’t wait to start using the Template Set #2. I believe they are waiting for me under the Christmas Tree. (My husband purchased them for me and I know they have arrived!)
    Happy Christmas to you and I pray you have a peaceful 2016 and time to finish your book. Looking forward to it.

  4. You are amazing Sharon! Thank you so much for all you do to enable us to do our best stitching. I just received your second template set. Can’t wait to try it out.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Zoe Albert
  5. Crazy quilting is on my agenda for next year. I downloaded your seams and stitches tutorials – a great solstice gift, thank you.
    I love your work, your posts and your generosity!
    I wish you and yours peace, health and happiness in the coming year.

  6. DearSharon
    Your Tuesday Stitch tutorials really brighten the week: they are so good. A big thank you for your work throughout the year, it is greatly appreciated.
    Very happy Christmas to you and Jerry.

    Mrs Andy Lloyd Williams
  7. Sharon, thank you so much for the freebies…….you are so generous! May you have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and the very best of New Years! I appreciate all you do for us……stitching is so relaxing for me and you have opened up “my creative self” with all the beautiful stitch combinations you have…..again, thank you so much! Josie in Texas

    Josie T. Trevino
  8. A Book? How wonderful, I’ve been hoping you would eventually get around to doing a book!
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New year!

    Blessings to you and your family.


    Shel Jensen
  9. How Sharon, thanx so much for the free embroidery pattern and modules. A good way to de-stress and practice over the coming week! Happy stitching and de-stressing holiday. Enjoy your Christmas break. Good luck with the book.

    South Kilkenny

  10. Dear Sharon, Many many thanks for all the hard work you put into TAST & your blog etc. I know these things don´t just happen. I hope your holidays go well & Happy New Year to you too.

    Yvonne Wright
  11. COUCOU
    je vous remercie pour ce jolie cadeau, et voulais vous souhaiter à mon tour tous mes vœux bonheur de joie de bonheur et surtout de santé pour l’année 2016 beaucoup de broderies!
    je vous souhaite également un très joyeux Noël.
    Mille merci pour tout votre travail que vous partagé si
    gentillement avec nous, ce n’est que du bonheur!
    bonne et heureuse année 2016.


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