2019 September Bonus


The new PatternBee Bonus transfer for September went straight to the heart.  This cozy cottage can be stitched as a framed picture to adorn the wall or made into a cushion to feather the nest. 


The original old motif (shown above) has been reproduced at about 8" x 10" and can be done using basic embroidery stitches.  A pleasant fall project to pick up when you are seeking a quiet diversion from modern hectic daily life.

UPDATE:  This motif is now included in the 2019 Bonus Collection.


2019 August Bonus


What to do with all those cute vintage embroidery motifs?  How about eco friendly cloth gift bags.  This was a fun project.  These and my honeycomb flower bags are in my shop.

It's hard to believe, but August starts tomorrow.  Summer is sailing along isn't it?  Here's a sneak peek at the new bonus transfer with sweet nursery themed motifs.  The applique lamb is one of my favorites.  

UPDATE:  This August motif now included in the 2019 Bonus Collection

2019 July Bonus


The NEW July BONUS Transfer is "hot off the press" and includes this cute kitty and her, albeit teeny, catch of the day

I'm always amazed at the number of stitching patterns that were produced over the years and just when I think I've seen them all, another little dandy comes along.  Like this one.

A few months back, I was contacted by a stitching friend who had seen this motif embroidered on an old tea towel and asked if I had it.  I didn't; thought maybe it was one of those pre-stamped Vogart towels that were so popular in the 1960's since I couldn't find an actual pattern number for it.  (If anyone reading this has any information about it, please let me know.)  Anyway, I was provided a photo to work from to reproduce it for her. 

Having done that, and tickled with how it turned out, I decided it would make a great summer addition for the 2019 Bonus Collection.  I added a few more details along with the catch phrase and proceeded to stitch one up for my dear cousin who just happens to live on a lake and has spent a lifetime fishing--and loves cats.  It was perfect.


Before personally delivering it to her last week, I snapped a few pictures of it first.  As you can see, it looks quite dashing with my red plaid dish towels as a backdrop. 


So, here we have the July line up. 

Along with kitschy kitty motif, there are darling water ducklings, an apron wearing bear-cub hostess and a few other small embellishments for your stitching pleasure. 

This BONUS transfer is FREE with any purchase from the PatternBee website for the month of July.  After that, it will be added to this year's Bonus Collection (available next year).

Stitch by Stitch


My (crazy epic) embroidered table topper is coming along nicely.  So far, I've put thousands of stitches into this thing!  Click on the image to enlarge.

Be true to what you love


Spring Stitching


Shop News:  I'm tooting my horn for finally getting the 2018 Bonus Collection finished and added to the PatternBee website!  Looking back at those, month by month, it's amazing how fast the year went by.

This Redwork motif (Ingall's late 1800's), with a wording modification, was part of the Bonus pattern for February 2018.  I wanted to stitch it up as soon as I saw it.  I think it works nicely as a decorative towel.  I'll be adding it to my Etsy shop soon, along with some more adorable tea towels that Ginger stitched up (below).  This one from a 1940's Laura Wheeler embroidery pattern:  Dog & Cat Dishes #628

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Aren't these sweet?  And another one, a vintage mail-order newspaper pattern: Kitchen Songbird #524.

She's been doing them up in pairs for the shop, rather than stitching an entire set.  
And I've got some more *fresh* vintage patterns to finish up.  I'm still working my way through that shoe box of vintage transfer patterns.  So stayed tuned for those.  Happy Stitching!

November Update


November is off to a busy start!  I'm going in all directions.  Happily so.  But at times, I feel like I can't catch my breath.  I'm reminded of the words spoken by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."  That just about sums it up I guess.  It's that enthusiasm that keeps me up and running and spinning in dizzy circles.  Three cheers for enthusiasm!  Hip hip hurray!  Enthusiasm is key.


And speaking of enthusiasm . . this week, I received a wonderful HUGE box of vintage embroidery patterns.  They were generously donated to the PatternBee archive and online vintage embroidery shop, by a sweet and generous lady from Arizona who just wanted to make sure they got a good home.  And did they ever!  They are all right at home on my desk, in that little room at the back of my house we call 'PatternBee Headquarters'.

I'm taking my time and carefully sorting through all these amazing works of art.  Some are so brittle from age that I'm afraid to open them.  Like really, really old Walker's, before they were Walker's dating them at least 75 years old!  Found some other gems too that I hadn't seen before.  The plan is to repair and reprint some of these after the holidays. 

Actually, I haven't been adding as many new patterns to the site these past months because of all the other projects I've taken on.  But I still try and do at least one "new" pattern each month.  This month, it was Peasant Folk Dancers.


Just look how cute they are!  Kicking up their heels and all.  I can almost hear the lively fiddles and the old kitchen spoons clicking and clacking keeping time.  So fun!


Fall Folk Towel


More fun fall stitching!  This pattern is new to the website this month:  Finnish Folk #8012 


This old Finnish embroidery pattern was gleaned from a 1960's Woman's Day magazine.  There are six motifs in all, featuring country folk sharing chores on the farm.  I found this motif especially charming. 

100_9722a I think it was probably intended to represent spring, but with bright autumn colors it works well for fall too. 


This plain olive-green dish towel made a lovely background!  I wish I could find more soft cotton dish towels like this.  They came in a set of different colors. 


The border is optional.  I like it!

Autumn Stitching

100_0080AFor awhile I thought maybe the golden autumn light would escape us with all the rain, wind, fog and frost.  But so far this week the weather has been amazing and I took the opportunity to get some more pictures of my 'Field & Forest' quilt (in progress) while the light was still good. 


I rarely work with oranges, golds and greens.  They're not usually my first choices when quilt making, but clearly I need to break from tradition more often.  These rich earthy tones beautifully compliment the embroidered blocks of flora and fauna.  


The addition of feather-stitching highlights the embroidered blocks.  The embroidery motifs I used are a random mix from a wonderful vintage collection I tagged Field & Forest.  


The pattern includes over forty designs with all sorts of mushrooms,  acorns, ladybugs, leaves and wildflowers in varying sizes from 1 to 7 inches.  Such fun stitching!  

Field & Forest Quilt Update

My quilt-top is done!  Somehow, miraculously, all my little bits and bobs, odds and ends, and jellyroll scraps came together nicely to make this vibrant autumn-themed patchwork.  







I still need to do some feather-stitching detail around the embroidered blocks.   This will be a good project to sit under on cool evenings.


Stitching Up A Storm



Making a bit more progress on my 'Field & Forest' quilt.  I haven't had a lot of time to work on this and have just been passing through the studio and stitching up one or two blocks at a sitting.  Sometimes when waiting for the tea kettle to boil.  Sometimes to recover from mopping the floor.  Then a soft chair becomes an oasis and my quilt project a happy little respite. 


I am also finding it immensely satisfying to be able to use up a bunch of scraps, odds and ends and left-over jelly-roll strips.  The colors seem to go together in a weird sort of way.  The green ties everything together, I think.  Once I removed the blue blocks the colors worked better.  Funny, because it started out as a summer themed quilt (with the cool blues and greens), but then was transformed into "fall".  I will have to do something else with the blue blocks now.  


These seams are just begging for some feather-stitching and fancy embellishment though, don't ya think?