New Kathy Schmitz embroidery patterns to “fall” in love with (+ fabric giveaway!)

First Kathy Schmitz graced us with her exquisite embroidery in Stitches from the Garden; now she’s back with another season to celebrate in stitches!

Stitches from the Harvest

This best-selling author returns to celebrate the warm, welcoming hues of Autumn in Stitches from the Harvest. Inspired by the everyday beauty of the season, Kathy shares her spectacularly embroidered nature scenes, charming hand-drawn sketches, and beautiful watercolor paintings in page after page of elegant designs.

Give Thanks framed embroidery art
A peek into the pages of
Stitches from the Harvest

Create a needle keeper, pincushion, table runner, pillow, and more featuring embroidered leaves, vines, and berries. You’ll also find Autumn’s favorite woodland friends—squirrels, birds, and bunnies—frolicking among the pages. They’ll inspire you to start some seasonal stitching!

Here’s a peek at all the lovely projects you can make in the book:

We had the opportunity to film Kathy at Spring Quilt Market, and she showed us her method of transferring embroidery designs to fabric. Although she prefers a light box for the task, in a pinch she got creative and used . . . an iPad!

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We’re thrilled to have Kathy here at Stitch This! as a guest writer today to tell us more about her love of autumn.

But first . . .

FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Moda Fabrics sent us a beautiful bundle of Kathy Schmitz’s latest fabric line, Oak Grove Lane, so we could give it to one lucky winner. (Shhh . . . Kathy’s latest line isn’t even officially available until November!)

Learn how you can win the bundle plus a copy of Stitches from the Harvest at the end of this post.

Kathy SchmitzGrowing up in Oregon I loved every season; sweaters in the winter, fresh-cut grass in the spring, sprinklers in the summer, and then there was fall. The smell of a new box of crayons, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and long evening shadows still bring peace to my soul. Not to mention those sweet little acorns! To this day I have a hard time walking by an acorn without picking it up.

The embroidery projects in Stitches from the Harvest were all created with these memories in mind. Little projects, like the Black Satin Sachet and the Plentiful Coat Pin, are small enough to stitch in a couple of evenings.  Projects like these are great for gifts!

Black Satin Sachet
Black Satin Sachet

Plentiful Coat Pin
Plentiful Coat Pin

I can never have too many cute ways to carry my sewing notions. I designed the Nutty’s Nest Notion Keep with practical pockets on the inside and my take of a Robin Hood squirrel on the outside. The zippered Nature’s Finest Pouches are just the right size for storing small sewing projects too. There are three zippered pouch embroidery designs to choose from—a feather, oak leaf and acorn, and a fall berry branch. Or stitch all three!

Nutty's Nest Notion Keep
Nutty’s Nest Notion Keep

Nature's Finest Pouches
Nature’s Finest Pouches

Having small projects satisfies my need for quick gratification, but I also love to have a larger project in the works. I like to know I have something I can pick up and stitch whenever the mood may strike. One of the bigger projects in Stitches from the Harvest is the Gather Together Runner. This table runner features my favorite fall treats. Of course, there must be acorns and Chinese Lantern plants. The design is finished with the addition of a fall harvest of pears, figs, pomegranates, and blackberries.

Gather Together Runner
Gather Together Runner

This table runner is also a great way to use a variety of embroidery stitches—satin, stem, seed, wagon wheel, fern, and fly, to name a few.

When I’m not stitching, I’m drawing and painting. I hope you enjoy the preliminary sketches for the projects and my watercolor paintings included in Stitches from the Harvest.

Welcome Home quilt
Welcome Home from
 Stitches from the Harvest

Stitches from the HarvestKathy, thank you for sharing your beautiful new book with us!

To enter the giveaway and win the Oak Grove Lane bundle from Moda plus a copy of Stitches from the Harvest, tell us in the comments:

What’s your level of embroidery expertise?

  • I’m an embroidery expert.
  • I love embroidery, and I’m still learning.
  • I want to learn how—now!

Good luck! And if you’re ready to start stitching with Kathy today, you can order Stitches from the Harvest at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.






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