It is amazing how fast these days go by, it always feels like a “hurried” part of the year when December rolls around and I knew when I started this three years ago it had the potential to stress me out. Over the years, the only thing that seems to stress me out is the hurried nature of it all, people rushing to get that certain gift, crying when they are told “wait for Santa” (I so remember those familiar words spoken by my parents) the rush to get the tree up, decorations, cookies and candies made, and by our own nature, we either just soak it in, or we stress out about it. This year, my only stresser was day 2, and the wedding… I wondered if I was going to be able to keep up. Well… for the most part I have. I held off posting this morning until now because my hosting service was doing routine maintenance last night and it was very slow trying to write the post, so I finally said to myself, awwww Screw It and went to bed.
Today’s pattern is one of my favorite things about Christmas… A beautiful Poinsettia. I wish it were real so you could have the scent also, but the 9-inch free pattern will just have to do. I hope you love it as much as I do.
This pattern has approximately 27 shapes. 26 of them have embroidery on them.
I’ve included this fun little how to for your sewing machine on using decorative stitches and making the stitch out directions in the pdf.
It is very basic, but the idea simply is that you start with a straight stitch, turn the shape and come back on the same stitches with a decorative stitch. When working up a “main” center line, use your straight stitch until you get to the top, then use a different decorative stitch, such as a triple, or bean stitch to come back on that line with. By using a different stitch on your stems going out in to the leaf for instance above, you allow the feather stitch to stand out better than if you used the feather stitch to also come down the straight main line. You can also stitch it this way and never have to remove the shape from your machine until you’ve stitched everything, there are no jump stitches or threads to cut and while it can be a little tedious, it gets done very quickly. Once I have a bit more time, I’ll create a photo tutorial of this method for you, but I’m hoping the above image will help you learn this technique for now.
Today’s Free Pattern is via the artork of Carrie Stephens Art.
The full pattern with 9, 12, and 15-inch blocks are available on Craftsy, with SVG cutting files and machine embroidery files.
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Please enjoy your free pattern today, and Happy Holidays.
The free pattern is available until tomorrow Tuesday, December 19, 2017 11am mst
Previously Released Patterns for 12 Days of Presents
Be sure you visit Janeen today if you haven’t already, Click the picture to visit her site.
Janeen and I are in different timezones, she is 8 hours ahead of me. I am in mountain standard time, so when it’s midnight for me, it’s 8am for her. I will try to have my posts online at midnight, but no guarantees, it may be 6am or so when they go online.
Please keep in mind, Janeen and I do this as a yearly event, both events have basically the same rules, the downloads are available for 24 hours only, and then they are gone. Janeen uses Craftsy as her download choice, I use Payhip. Mine are deleted. Janeen’s are still available if you made sure to take your pattern thru the cart at Craftsy. This is why you can download hers forever, but mine you can’t. You need to download my pattern.