True love: pairing patchwork and embroidery (+ giveaway!)

Want to know a little secret? We started an office sew-along from a book almost four months before it was published. What can we say? It’s a work perk—and we couldn’t resist! It’s just a little hand stitching among friends, every Wednesday at lunchtime, like clockwork. And we love every minute of it.

Patchwork Loves EmbroideryThe book we accosted—Patchwork Loves Embroidery—is a delightfully fresh way to enjoy a little handwork. Australian designer Gail Pan’s marriage of patchwork and embroidery is gentle and sweet, her projects are small in scale, and her motifs will tug at your heartstrings.

Now that the book is available to everyone, you can treasure some solitary stitching time or invite your stitching friends to join in the fun. But we’re talking from experience when we say that you’ve got to try these pretty embroidered quilts, bags, pincushions, and more. (Frankly, we’re obsessed.) So if you don’t mind, let’s get straight to show-and-tell. Check out what we’ve made from Gail’s fun book so far—then enter our big giveaway below!

Made by Cathy, author liaison
Cathy's projects from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Cathy says:
“From the moment Gail’s book proposal arrived, I knew I would be making several projects. I love the look of embroidered treasures and the feeling of tranquility that comes over me as I relax with my stitching in my lap. I was thrilled when asked to lead the Martingale embroidery group. What a fun way to spend lunchtime, chatting and stitching with friends. Once I introduced Gail’s techniques, there wasn’t much ‘leading’ to be done. Everyone quickly grasped the concepts and were off and running with their projects.”

Made by Karen J., director of sales and marketing
Karen's projects from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Karen says: 
“I hadn’t embroidered for awhile, so when Gail’s projects arrived for photography, I couldn’t keep my hands off them! Seems my coworkers felt the same. We quickly agreed we needed to have a lunchtime embroidery group, led by our own in-house embroidery expert, Cathy. I was pleased at how quickly I became adept at the simple stitching, and the projects went surprisingly fast. Gail’s designs are so sweet, I couldn’t stop at one!”

Made by Mary B., marketing coordinator
Mary's project from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Mary says:
“It was so hard to decide which pattern to choose! I started with the ‘Redwork Tote’ pattern because it uses several different stitches and has a little of everything: flowers, hearts, and a cute little bird to top it off. But I have so many tote bags and I was short on time, so I made a small wall hanging instead of a tote. I decided to use some of the beautiful bright flosses that Aurifil sent us because Spring has finally sprung! I love that they come on spools so I don’t have a big twisted mess of floss in my kit bag. Make a gift for my mom for Mother’s Day? Done!”

Made by Durby, copywriter
Durby's project from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Durby says:
“I’m thoroughly enjoying Gail’s designs—they’re fun to stitch and they can be adapted so well to other projects. I turned the ‘Pretty Bluebird Pincushion’ pattern into a sweet little candle mat by simply adding a green felt backing. Love it!”

Made by Tracy, customer service manager
Tracy's project from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Tracy says:
“I have to admit I cheated a little and made a pincushion for a friend even before our little group got started. That was so much fun that I made a bag for my daughter. Then I made another bag (pictured here) for a friend. The projects are so much fun to make and to give. I’m working on my next one already!”

  See all the projects from Patchwork Loves Embroidery.

From Patchwork Loves EmbroideryReady to thread your needle and give Gail’s projects a whirl? Order Patchwork Loves Embroidery today for just $24.99 and download the eBook instantly for free; or download the eBook version by itself for just $16.99.

Have you embroidered—and if yes, for how long? Leave your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of Patchwork Loves Embroidery. To sweeten today’s giveaway, our friends at Red Rooster Fabrics have provided a bundle of Gail’s new “Baskets in Bloom” fabric line to give away to you—and our friends at Aurifil have provided a dozen spools of their “Sashiko Collection” embroidery thread to give away too! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

Red Rooster and Aurifil giveaway!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Jane, who says:

“Looking at these gorgeous projects makes me itch to grab my box of embroidery threads and stitch away. My youngest daughter requested a pair of monogrammed boot socks for her birthday last year. Hadn’t embroidered in a while, but it was so much fun and she loved them. This book looks like a treasure!”

Jane, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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