Imagine a world where only kindness exists...like when someone is honking at you in the drive up Starbucks and your first reaction is to pay for their coffee rather than be angry. What if, when someone cuts you off in traffic your first thought is that you hope everything turns out okay for them. There are these bits and pieces of time where the choice can be kindness rather than anger, grab kindness. It takes practice and grace to understand everyone's anger is not about you and that you can train your heart and brain to react in kindness first.

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I truly believe if the entire world took up stitching it would be a more peaceful place. Whether it be hand appliqué, quilting, cross stitch, knitting, needlepoint, crochet...there is a peacefulness that embraces the heart when you are stitching. Even Rosey Grier took up needlepoint because he saw the benefits to his soul. Maybe if schools taught stitching, and in "time outs" you got to stitch, the classroom would be more peaceful. The mind boggles with the possibilities!

I leave you this week with a link for a "Free" download laced with kindness by Modern Folk Embroidery.

I really enjoyed this cross stitch and I hope you do too :)

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Noriko Endo's quilt, White Trees & Butterflies, was inspired by a large screen of white trees waving in the wind. This gave her the idea of creating the trees on her quilt by stitching them with white thread. And, while the butterflies are beautiful, you'll notice she included a couple of scary little creatures that create their own lacy designs. Take a look.

This quilt was on display as part of the Alternative Techniques exhibit at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2018.




Melissa Mortenson from the Polka Dot Chair Blog and WeAllSew has created a tutorial to make these adorable embroidery hoop hanging baskets.
She writes, "I’m always losing my scissors and seam rippers while I’m sewing and thought it would be nice to have a small hanging basket to store them. I liked how my basket turned out so much that I made two of them. I’m going to show you how to make the smaller of the two baskets today and will include the pattern sizes needed to make the larger basket as well. These baskets are just the right size to hang on a pegboard to store small accessories."


The previous Cherrywood challenges featured WickedThe Lion King, Vincent Van Gogh and Prince. The challenge this year was to create a quilt using the artist Bob Ross as your inspiration. It had to measure 20" x 20" and you could only use the fabric provided in the challenge pack.

Click here to learn more about the challenge.

Click here to see the rest of the winners.




This is a very interesting block. What do you think it is called? Play the game and find out.



The Cotton Patch in the UK created this fast and fun video featuring 16 quilts from the NEW Quilts in the Cotswolds book by Kaffe Fassett.


Laura Coia of SewVeryEasy says, "You know the saying "When life gives you lemons you make a quilt"!!! Ok maybe that is not right, but it is for me :)"
Fabric by Northcott. A lot of shops do carry this line so please shop and support your local shops when you can. But if you cannot find it, you can get it here.


Esther Tronchoni Simo's quilt, Who on Earth Lives Here?, is based on a picture by the artist Roger Dean. Dean is known for his album covers, logos, typefaces and organic architectural designs. (If you own an album by the group Yes, you probably have some of his art.) She let her imagination run wild and created a mysterious world of her own. Can you figure out who lives here?
Esther's quilt was part of the Fantasy/Whimsy exhibit at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2018.


After watching Alex show an embroidered wedding ribbon technique (Show 2404), Terrie Welch (terriequilts) made one for a friend. It's a great gift. Try it yourself. After the wedding, they often remove the ribbon and frame it.


Mottainai roughly means "too good to waste" or "waste not, want not". All the pieces in Lisa's quilt have been recycled, including bits from a kimono.

Learn more about the quilt in Show 2503.

MottainaibyLisaWalton - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

MottainaibyLisaWalton - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

MottainaibyLisaWalton - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

MottainaibyLisaWalton - 35 Pieces Rotating

MottainaibyLisaWalton - 100 Pieces Rotating

MottainaibyLisaWalton - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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Apliquick Rods

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