I’m sure by now everyone has seen Amy’s amazing Be Joyful embroidery. I am so inspired by her attention to detail and amazing skill with a needle and thread. Amy kindly sent me a copy of her pattern and I was/am dying to stitch it up, but to be honest I am a bit intimidated by Amy’s amazing work…afraid mine will fall flat. So, I decided I wanted to do a “trial run” before stitching the real thing.
Enter a heart to heart and joke between my husband and I. We were having a talk about some parenting frustrations we were having. We decided to take a new approach to the problem, I read the following quote to my husband- “Life by the inch is a cinch, life by the yard is hard”. We both liked it and thought it would be a perfect approach to our problem. My husbands response was that we needed to have it displayed somewhere we would see it often. I jokingly said that I would embroider it on a pillow- he took me seriously!!
So, I set about creating a pattern, and decided that really it was a silly phrase (good sentiment, but wrong for a pillow). I found another quote I liked that also reminded us of the same sentiment.
“Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved”-Thomas S. Monson
I decided to stitch it up and let this pillow be my trial run for Amy’s pattern. I am really tickled with how it turned out- and my husband of few words (and fewer compliments) has commented multiple times about how impressed he is!
I was absolutely inspired by Amy’s work, I just loved her flowers! Here is my pattern (free download) in case anyone else wants a trial run before staring Amy’s gorgeous Be Joyful pattern. The pattern shows only the green vine and words, I made the flowers up as I went along. I really liked the blackeyed susan at the top and wish I had done a few more.