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pattern // february's jar of cherry preserves

Cherry Preserves Embroidery Pattern

Are you ready for more Jam of the Month Club stitching? Becuase it's time for the Cherry Preserves embroidery pattern!

This little jar has the same cherries that were on the jar cover that I shared, and you may notice that the ruffled top looks a little familiar too. Do I have a pattern of a project or a project of a pattern? It's probably both.

As a reminder, all these jam jars are designed to fit on 2-inch hexagons to make a mini quilt. But you can use them on their own too! Also, I'm just gonna be up front and say that the scale of these jars to each other might be a little strange along the way. Hopefully nothing too terrible!

If you're a cross stitcher, I shared the first two matching charts the other day, but I have an update for you. I mentioned that they would look great stitched as one large design with stitched shelves. More than one person said they wanted to do this, so I'm going to make that shelf chart so you can work on that and add in the little jars one by one.

Sorry to delay the start of stitching for that! But it will come soon, and I think we'll all be happier.

Finally, I LOVE sharing my patterns and projects for free here on my blog. Like seriously love sharing them (you may notice I have more freebies that just regular blog post like things). That said, if you ever want to say thank you in a tangible way (although your likes and shares do that too!), I drink a lot of coffee, and you can help support that habit below. (And MANY THANKS to all who have already done so!!!)

pattern // cross stitch marmalade and preserves

January and February Cross Stitch Patterns

If you like the kawaii Wild Olive style, but you do cross stitch instead of embroidery, I'm here for you! Today I have two free counted cross stitch Jam of the Month Club patterns!

A few years back Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine asked me to design some cross stitch charts for them, and my first response was "you know I design embroidery right?" They said if I'd be willing to try designing for cross stitch, they still wanted to work with me. Fast forward a few years and I've now contributed to the magazine a few times a year, and I love working in this different (but similar) medium.

So when someone asked if there might be Jam of the Month cross stitch patterns, I couldn't resist!

I'm a crazy slow cross stitcher, so these ones you only get in chart form. I was also apparently slow on even getting the first pattern finished, so you TWO this month. Hooray!

I've never incorporated cross stitch into english paper piecing, but in theory, you could use these with the mini quilt project. But I think these would also be cute as one large cross stitch with stitched "shelves". OR, work them up individually, frame them in hoops, and hang them in your kitchen!

No matter how you use these, I'd love to see your stitching. Tag your pics with #wildolivestitchingclub on Instagram!

project // embroidered cherry jar topper

You're Cherry Sweet Embroidered Jar Topper

Need a last-minute gift to give someone sweet? You can stitch this embroidered jar topper while watching a few episodes of your favorite show! Fill the jar with some treats and you have a gift that shows you care...even if you are working down to the wire...

I'm posting this on February 12th, which isn't ideal for Valentine's Day making. But I really did make this last night and take the pictures today. Just to show you that you really can make this in a hurry. And if you find this after Valentine's Day, you can still give this as a gift for someone sweet anytime. Think teacher or thank you gifts, or you could even save it for Sweethearts day.

At any rate, it's fast and fun, and you can fill it with lots of cherry goodness!

You will need:

Fabric (at least 7 inches square)
Embroidery floss (I used DMC 598, 472, 351, and 310)
Basic Embroidery Supplies
Circle Template (I used a lid)
Pinking Shears
Jar with Canning Lid
Something to Go in the Jar


You're Cherry Sweet Embroidered Jar Topper

Transfer the embroidery pattern on your fabric and stitch the design. I used 3 strands of floss throughout. I used back stitch for all the outlines, french knots for the regular eyes, and scallop stitch for the smiles and smiling eyes.

The pattern is sized to fit a wide-mouth canning jar lid, but if you want to use a standard size lid, print the pattern out at 75%.

You're Cherry Sweet Embroidered Jar Topper

Find something that can work as a round template. You want the circle to be a few inches larger than the lid of your canning jar. For mine, I used a lid that's about 7" in diameter.

Trace around the template with the embroidered in the center.

You're Cherry Sweet Embroidered Jar Topper

Cut out the circle with pinking shears.

You're Cherry Sweet Embroidered Jar Topper

Fill the jar with something sweet. If it's cherry-flavored, that's even better. Here are some ideas:

Cherry Hershey's Kisses
Cherry Gummy Candy
Cherry M&Ms
Sour Cherry Candy
Cherry Jelly Bellies

...You get the idea! If you don't want to give candy, you could also fill the jar with notes. Because what's sweeter than kind (or romantic!) words?

You're Cherry Sweet Embroidered Jar Topper

Place the solid lid on the jar, then cover it with your embroidered circle. Hold the fabric in place with the embroidery centered on the lid. You do need to hold it as you screw the ring on the jar, because it will shift otherwise.

You're Cherry Sweet Embroidered Jar Topper

Once the ring is in place, you're ready to give this cherry sweet gift!

You're Cherry Sweet Embroidered Jar Topper

Of course, you could use this pattern to make other items, like cards or little pins. I even think you could use cherry-scented air freshener beads in this jar, and just leave out the solid jar lid. What do you think?

Oh, and for my Jam of the Month Stitching Club friends, this ISN'T the monthly pattern for the EPP project. That's still coming, but I wanted to use part of the design to make something else fun!

You're Cherry Sweet Embroidered Jar Topper

What will you fill your jar with and who are you going to gift it to?

printable // jam of the month valentines

Cherry and Orange Jam Pun Printable Valentines

I love a good Valentine's Day pun, and I chose a few to go along with some jars of jam! (Because apparently, I can only think about jam things this year...) And hoping that you or your kids are as excited about this sort of thing as I am, I made them into printables!

At one point these were only going to be orange marmalade. Then only cherry preserves. But finally I was like, why am I trying to choose? So you get two Jam of the Month features in one set of cards!

Cherry and Orange Jam Pun Printable Valentines
Cherry and Orange Jam Pun Printable Valentines

Yes, they're cheesy and maybe overdone, but that's part of the charm of Valentine's Day. In the download, you'll find two more designs not shown here (thanks, printer for running out of ink!). But my favorite is probably "We were marmalade for each other".

I'm sure you can think of some fun ways to give things along with Cutie oranges or cherry candies. If all goes to plan, I might even have a fun project to share that would pair well with these!

Cherry and Orange Jam Pun Printable Valentines

calendar // february cherry preserves wallpapers

When it was time to choose a jam for the month of February, I HAD to go with cherries for these wallpapers (and the other goodies I'll share soon). Cherries are pink and red like Valentine's Day and they remind me of George Washington, who's birthday was this month. So here we have some February cherry preserves!

It's probably also appropriate that they are preserves, as I seem to desperately want to preserve time these days. And with a short month like February, that gets difficult. So I guess we'll just be holding onto cherries in a jar instead of time in a bottle.

Okay, so how about some shelves filled with jam for your digital devices?

Add these calendar wallpapers to your computer, phone, or tablet for a cherry sweet February!

printable // orange marmalade recipe cards

Printable Orange Marmalade Recipe Card

At the risk of turning Wild Olive into one giant jam fest, I have more jam-filled goodness for you today, in the form of free recipe cards! (And be warned: lots more jam is coming your way...)

I don't know if you've ever made your own jam, jelly or marmalade before, but it's fun and worth doing at least once. To be fair, the last time I made jelly I nearly ruined the stove, but that's a story for another time.

Anyway, since the idea behind the Jam of the Month Club is this picture of little jars all in rows on shelves, I thought it would be fun to encourage some food crafting too. So today you can download 4x6-inch orange marmalade recipe cards! Fill them in with your favorite orange marmalade recipe (this one from Alton Brown is sure to be a winner) or any recipe you like.

Now tell me about your favorite marmalade or jam...

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!