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epp // jam of the month club mini quilt pattern

Jam of the Month Club EPP Mini Quilt Pieces

Want to stitch a free mini quilt with me? You may have already seen the first pattern in this yearlong free embroidery stitching club. If you haven't, jump back and check it out.

The embroidery is only part of the fun with this. Of course, you can use the embroidery patterns on their own, but I like to piece them together with English paper piecing. But what to do? Well...

There's something so charming about shelves lined with, well, almost anything when they are cute and color coordinated. But I thought that it would be especially adorable if I were to take all the Jam of the Month Club embroidery patterns I'm making this year and place them on EPP shelves in the form of a mini quilt.

That's the idea behind this:




The printable templates have all the pieces you see in the graphic. I'm not including full piecing instructions, because it's pretty easy to follow the diagram. If you're new to English paper piecing, I have a few tutorials around on my blog, plus the stitching clubs in my shop have full photo tutorials.

I'm using a light gray crosshatch fabric for my embroidered hexagons and the triangle pieces (basically the back of the shelves). For the shelves and the sides, I'm using the mix of aqua fabrics in the photo above. All the colors in the embroidery will be light, bright, and kawaii.

You can use any colors you like, but to get the shelf effect, it'll work best to have similar colors for all the shelves/sides, and for each shelf backing. You could even change the color for each shelf backing, but keep in mind that you're stitching over these.

This is my big quilty project for 2019. I can't wait to see this come together. Both for me and for you! Be sure to tag your photos #wildolivestitchingclub.

Questions? Leave me a comment or reach out via email or social media!

pattern // january's jar of orange marmalade

2019 January Jam of the Month Pattern


Are you ready for some stitching this year? Throughout 2019 I'm releasing a free pattern a month for my latest Wild Olive Stitching Club. This time, it's the Jam of the Month Stitching Club!

I've hosted a variety of paid stitching clubs, and those will still come around occasionally, but I like letting everyone join in with no pressure. It's also less pressure on me, because while I'll make sure you get a pattern each month, I let the schedule be a little more relaxed. Check back each month for your freebie, or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, where I'll always post when a new pattern comes out.

The Jam of the Month Stitching Club is more than just embroidery. First, I'll be sharing a fun EPP mini quilt project to make with the 12 patterns coming your way. The printable paper templates and layout are coming in a day or two.

Plus, I had a request for cross stitch patterns too, and why not? Those will release separately from the embroidery patterns and will be their own growing chart. Yay!


I do hope you'll stitch some jam with me each month! I'm really excited about this (and some other jelly, preserves, and compotes I'm concocting!). When you stitch and share photos, be sure to use the tag #wildolivestitchingclub and tag me too! I'm @molliejohanson on Twitter and Instagram.

Finally, as I mentioned, this is a free stitching club, open to anyone. I LOVE sharing free patterns, projects, and printables, and I can't imagine ever stopping. I also wanted to make a way for you to support me and the freebies I share. So if you're so inclined, I made a way for you to "buy me a coffee" (kind of like leaving a tip!). No pressure though, okay?

calendar // january orange marmalade wallpapers



Happy New Year!

Every year, I choose a theme for fun things on my blog. That theme doesn't show up in every post, but it is on every wallpaper I share, plus some projects and free patterns. Over the years, I've had woodland friends, craft supplies, guinea pigs, birthstones, and more. Finding something new and fun that I don't think I'll get tired of is always a challenge, but I think I'm ready for 2019.

Because this year I'm hosting the Jam of the Month Club! This may sound silly, but I'm crazy excited about this!

So excited, in fact, that I need to not share my plans for this just yet. Because I have a lot of ideas, and I don't know if I can make them all happen. But just know that some very cool things might just show up around here throughout the year.

For now, let's start with some orange marmalade. I made a bunch of jars so you can fill your shelves!

Add these calendar wallpapers to your computer, phone, or tablet. Or...print one to hang on a memo board!


Here's to a sweet new year!

looking back // 2018 in review

2018 Review

At this time of year, you see a lot of "top nine" posts popping up on Instagram. You can see mine above, but I wanted to do a little more here on my blog to look back at 2018. You see, I'm really good at keeping track of the things I didn't get done and feeling bad about them. But I forget about the stuff I did accomplish.

Do you do this too? Seriously, I get down on myself. And that's not helpful. So that's why I put together this list. Not to show off. But to celebrate good things. I'd encourage you to do the same. Look back over your year and celebrate the blessings of work, leisure, people, projects, food, fun, and more.

Ready for my list? Here's a look back at why I'm so tired as the year comes to a close. In 2018, I...

Kawaii Unicorn Dreams Pattern
Silly Sushi Hand Embroidery Pattern
Sending Christmas Cuteness

  • released 3 new patterns, including an advent calendar with 25 patterns in it


  • Wild Olive Birthstone Stitching Club

  • made and gave away 12 free gemstone embroidery patterns


  • DIY Needle Minder Keeper
    Happy House Enamel Pin

  • designed a new needle minder for Cloud Craft and a pin for The Pink Samurai


  • Tooth Fairy Pillow
    Christmas Tree Scarf Free Crochet Pattern
    Succulent Terrarium Free Embroidery Pattern
    Sylvia Poncho Wrap Knitting Pattern

  • created or updated ~90 posts for The Spruce Crafts, including designing my first knit and crochet patterns


  • Birthday Cake Crown
    Felt Leprechaun Doll
    Kawaii Bow Gift Topper

  • designed 25 crafts for Handmade Charlotte


  • Simply Sewing Magazine
    Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine

  • stitched 12 embroidery projects for Simply Sewing Magazine

  • designed 4 cross stitch charts for Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine


  • The Very Serious Crafts Podcast - Season 1 Episode 19

  • started The Very Serious Crafts Podcast and became great friends with Haley from Red Handled Scissors and Heidi from Hands Occupied

  • released 19 episodes of said podcast, including a new episode out today


  • Secret Stitching on Denim

  • designed and made 8 secret projects for some secret somethings, which I look forward to sharing in 2019


  • Mollie, Katie, and Anna in Paris!

    In addition to these, there were more posts and projects I didn't even count. I traveled to a few fun places, spent time with incredible family and friends, made personal projects and gifts, volunteered with amazing people, ate yummy food, and laughed and cried through it all.

    What a full year, filled with God's blessings! Thank you so much for spending this year with me. I truly appreciate every view, comment, pin, click, and share.

    May your new year be filled with good things and lots of creativity!

    pattern // a princess-cut zircon birthstone



    So here we are, almost at the end of December (okay, so since this is the 29th, it IS the end of December) and I'm just now posting this last free pattern of the year? Honestly, it feels quite apt. I'll get into that soon, but I don't want to let the year end without posting this.

    Ironically, I had this pattern ready on December 1, but I hoped to actually stitch it for a photo. That STILL hasn't happened, so whatever. Done and shared is better than perfect and stitched, right? Right.

    For all those who have been stitching along with these birthstones this year, get ready for the last one! It's a princess cut blue zircon (or whatever color stone you want!). So pretty!


    I wasn't sure about what the 2019 theme would be for my calendars and patterns...until perhaps right as I was typing this. But you'll have to wait just a few more days for that!

    printable // kawaii christmas lights garland

    Kawaii Christmas Lights Garland

    Today in my Sending Christmas Cuteness pattern advent calendar, the pattern is a few twinkle lights. And I thought it would be fun to share a printable version as well. So in a short and sweet post that will help you get in the holiday spirit, I present my Kawaii Christmas Lights Garland!

    Kawaii Christmas Lights Garland

    You will need:

    Cardstock
    Scissors
    Yarn
    Stapler

    DOWNLOAD THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS GARLAND PDF

    Note: The PDF shows the bulb on the far left as a more teal color, which is the intention. But for some reason, my printer interprets it closer to turquoise. Just a little heads up if yours prints as a different shade too!

    Kawaii Christmas Lights Garland

    Print the PDF on cardstock and then cut out all the pieces.

    Kawaii Christmas Lights Garland

    Fold each lightbulb in half and place them over the yarn. Staple the lightbulb so the yarn is encased above the staple.

    Kawaii Christmas Lights Garland

    Hang your lights and enjoy!

    calendar // a zircon fit for a princess



    December is here, and that means we're at the end of these birthstone calendars. How can it be that a year could have passed? I'm just not sure.

    Even though it's December, this one isn't particularly Christmas-y, which I rather like. December has a few birthstone options, and most of them are blue. In this case, I chose blue zircon because it's a lovely teal color. And I made it a princess cut because, well, it's just a really pretty one and I love the lines in it.

    Now, add one of these to your favorite device for December while I start thinking about what might be on the calendars next year!


    pattern // a tri-corner topaz birthstone

    November Topaz Pattern

    What does it mean when the birthstone embroidery pattern for your own birthstone is the latest of all the pattern posts of the whole year? I think it means that November starts the busiest season of the year, and it doesn't end until that delightful week between Christmas and New Year's Day.

    At any rate, I at least printed my pattern, chose topaz-colored embroidery floss (DMC 725), and pulled out some golden fabric scraps.


    Maybe I'll even sneak in a few minutes of stitching in the next week!

    introducing the sending christmas cuteness advent calendar

    Sending Christmas Cuteness

    Every once in a while an idea comes along that I can't quite shake. And the Sending Christmas Cuteness Advent Calendar is one of those ideas. Mainly because I love the idea of sending a little Christmas cuteness into inboxes around the world!

    So here's the scoop:

    Each day from December 1-25, I'll send a surprise Christmas/holiday/winter-ish pattern. The designs are small and easy to stitch, so you could, in theory, stitch one a day and even make some gifts. Plus, some of the patterns will work for after Christmas too.

    I'm really so very excited about these! Especially because I'm offering these sweet designs in two formats: Hand embroidery (my favorite!) and counted cross stitch!

    If you love stitching little Xs, the cross stitch version is perfect for you, and if you like backstitch, french knots, and scallop stitch (the only 3 stitches needed), choose the embroidery option. And if you dabble in both, you can always sign up for both versions!

    Sending Christmas Cuteness

    Both clubs will have matching designs each day, although the style won't always be exactly the same. That means that everyone stitching along can still see how others are doing with the same pattern even if they are using another technique. To interact with each other, we'll use the hashtag #SendingChristmasCuteness. (The community part is always the best part of any of my stitching clubs!)

    Sending Christmas Cuteness

    When you purchase the advent calendar in my Etsy shop, you'll get a PDF with some basic info and the embroidery floss colors you'll need. Then, you just wait for December to start the fun! But don't wait to sign up...the price is just $8.00 for now, but will go up to $10.00 on December 1st.

    Whether you want to make some ornaments or other gifts, or you simply want to have something to craft and relax with, Sending Christmas Cuteness is going to be so much fun!

    To recap:
    • 25 Christmas Patterns (embroidery OR cross stitch)
    • One Pattern a Day, December 1-25
    • Digital Patterns via Email
    • $8.00 Introductory Price

    Purchase Sending Christmas Cuteness EMBROIDERY Advent Calendar

    Purchase Sending Christmas Cuteness CROSS STITCH Advent Calendar

    Questions? Leave a comment and I'll get back to you!

    calendar // a triangular topaz for november



    Welcome to November! Time for holiday preparations, giving thanks, and another calendar wallpaper!

    November is my birthday month, and I'm gonna be honest...growing up I was NOT a fan of my yellow topaz birthstone. When I learned that topaz came in other colors, like a lovely light bue, I was happier. But as I've gotten older, I've become a big fan of traditional topaz. I love it. Especially the rough, uncut ones.

    But since this is a year of gemstones, I felt like I needed a cut topaz for our wallpapers. And I chose a concave trillion cut, which is a fancy way of saying triangle! This is another one that I think would look so cool as English paper piecing, though for now I'll just be working on an embroidery pattern, which is coming soon.

    For now, have a wallpaper or three!