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Stitch A Little Happiness

Bluebonnet to Hand Embroider, just $2 on Craftsy, 7″ x 9 1/2″

This has been the summer of stitching for me. Almost immediately after finishing my last block for the Doctor Who Stitch Along (it posts on Fandom In Stitches next week…so exciting!), I started thinking about what to stitch next. While digging through some old stencils, I found a bluebonnet I designed ages ago and the lightbulb went on! The bluebonnet idea was doubly perfect, because I was also thinking about what to give my mom for her birthday.

Bluebonnet Stencil

This is the original stencil, created for a class I taught several years ago. I’ve never made this stencil available to the public and it seemed perfect for conversion to hand embroidery.


 Why a bluebonnet? The are the State Flower of Texas. Photo by Shauna.

Bluebonnet Quilt Square

After stitching my bluebonnet in a variety of stitches, I added simple 2 1/2″  sashing to each side of the white 12 1/2″ square to create a 16 1/2″ block.

The background fabric is Sketch by Timeless Treasure. I have another big project coming in the same fabric soon…Mmmm, can’t wait to share that one! 😉

Bluebonnet PillowThe simple quilt block became a pretty pillow that I gave to my mom for her birthday which is coming up in just a few days (it was an early present!). She lives in a country house and her decor is green and blue, so…perfect! The pillow is shown here in my own squashy chair.

You can stitch my Bluebonnet, too. It’s just $2 on Craftsy!

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Featured pattern: Wee Lil’ Penguin, now in two sizes! $2 on Craftsy

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Beginning Paper Piecing (3)

Friday, August 2 –Beginning Paper Piecing The Stitching Studio, Austin, TX; 9 am – 12 pm

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Doctor, Doctor

The Sixth Doctor

Wow, week 6 of the Doctor Who Stitch Along! How did it roll around so fast?

Oh, right. End of the school year. Graduation. Vacation. AND I gave away a Harry Potter quilt.

Time flies when you’re busy!

Stitching The Doctor has been a very zen experience for me. For some reason, I have gravitated towards backstitching and I’ve very much enjoyed sitting in the evening stitch, stitch, stitching away.

The Sixth Doctor, who I designed for the SAL, is the obvious exception for backstitching. French knots, and lots of! Mmm, texture!

The Sixth Doctor on Fandom In Stitches


The Doctors so far, stitched by me. Designers are noted below.

Doctor Who Stitch Along - The First Doctor The Second Doctor

The First Doctor, Designed by Aalia Zaman

The second Doctor, Designed by Jennifer Ofenstein (me!)

The Third Doctor The Fourth Doctor

The Third Doctor, Designed by Aalia Zaman

The Fourth Doctor, Designed by Kim Kuehn

The Fifth Doctor The Sixth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor, Designed by Kristel Carnahan

The Sixth Doctor, Designed by Jennifer Ofenstein

I’ve been playing with the idea of adding additional sashing to each of my blocks, or possibly adding another block in between. This Doctor Who quilt will be for my daughter and she’d like to take it to college with her in the fall. I’d like it to be the right size for the super long twin bed that will be in her dorm room.  Fortunately, I still have a little time to decide which direction to go from here!

Now that The Doctor has had his day (Wednesday, of course!), it’s back to work for me. I am in the process of updating each pattern in my Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends Series. For the first time ever, I’ll be offering each block from every set individually, something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time! These will be available exclusively in my Craftsy shop.

Until next time!


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Featured Pattern: Fleur-de-lis (paper pieced), just $2 on Craftsy!

A Little Happiness

Smile Every Day

I love to make gifts to my friends, especially when that friend is someone I have not seen in quite some time.

So, when presented with the opportunity to see a friend from my childhood, I decided to embroider a little something just for her.

I adapted this free pattern so that it would reflect what I wanted to say with my gift.

Stitch up one of these for yourself or a friend, just as a reminder to smile every day!

You can get my version of the pattern for free right here.

Smile Every Day

All that practice on The Project of Doom has come in handy…

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