New! Quilt Panels from Polstitches Designs

Angel Quilt panel

A Year of Angels Quilt Panel © Joan A. Elliott for Polstitches Designs
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I am so excited to tell you that I have teamed up with Jo Critchley at Polstitches Designs to create this beautiful printed quilt panel based on my cross stitch design “A Year of Angels”. My thanks to Jo for coordinating the project and finding the best fabric and printing techniques to create this panel.

The design is printed on 100% Cotton Calico and is priced at £16.99 (about $22US). The size of the printed panel is 59.5cm w x 79cm h (2.5cm white border)  23.6 in w x 31.1 in h (.75 in white border). Polstitches does ship internationally too. You can go directly to Polstitches Designs website to order :

I added borders from some fabric samples I designed years ago so when you make up the final quilt you will be choosing fabric patterns and colors to your liking and adding them as you see fit. It would be fun to pick up any number of colors from the printed panel in your borders. Your finished quilt will be unique to you, so let you creativity soar! The best news is that there are more to come, so stay tuned.


Upcoming Cross Stitch Retreats!

This is going to be quite a year for attending cross stitch retreats! I have three to attend  in 2016. Get out the traveling bags everyone it’s time to finally meet in person.


I will start with first things first. Coming at the end of this May,  I will be making my second trip to Canada to attend the Stitch-It-Central weekend. When I attended two years ago it was a wonderful event thanks to all my Canadian friends and to Maria and Rui Santos, the owners of  Stitch-It-Central in Ingersoll , Ontario. This year we will meet on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. For the details of this retreat please click here

By the way, the shop is just across the street from where we will be gathering so you can stock up on supplies too. I will be doing a special design to celebrate our time together!


You all know how the fabrics from Polstitches Designs are so perfect for my designs… Well I am so very happy to tell you that we will be having a fabulous day of friendship and stitching in Cardiff, Wales on September 17, 2016! This will be the first chance I have to meet some of my UK stitching friends in years. Jo Critchley has chosen a lovely venue for us and we are pleased that Bothy Threads will also be joining in. All details are on  Polstitches website and you can just click here to link to it all. You will also see a link to the Facebook group that was started for the event where you will find info on hotels and ride sharing and also get to meet some of us that will be attending. I will be presenting a special new design in celebration of our gathering.

I am really looking forward to both of these events and I do hope you will be able to join us.


If you love the beach and you love stitching you may want to join in on Stitching At the Beach. The dates are  October 12th-16th, 2016 and it will be in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sounds like an ideal time to be there! All details for their event can be found here. I am planning on being a vendor at this retreat. Stay tuned…




Cinderella © Joan A. Elliott Photo Courtesy of Cross Stitch Gold

I love the imaginary world of Fairy Tales and still have my well worn childhood books to treasure and bring inspiration to my designs. I am so happy to introduce a new series of Fairy Tale Princesses I’ve designed for Cross Stitch Gold magazine. Cinderella is the first of three and you will find her in issue #90. She’s  filled with sparkling beads and shimmering metallic threads. For extra depth she is stitched on Polstitches 28 count hand dyed Fairy Dreams Jobelan. You can test out different fabric choices by going to Polstitches’ fabric viewer where you will find all of my fairies and goddesses ready to try out on Jo’s beautiful hand dyed fabrics. Also coming in future issues of Cross Stitch Gold are Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel. What fun!

Indian Brave

Now that folks are beginning to receive copies of Cross Stitch Gold issue 75, you will also see a preview of the Indian Brave  coming in the next issue, number 76. Yes, the Indian Maiden does have a partner! Stitched on the same beautiful ‘Earth’ hand dyed Jobelan from Polstitches he is also embellished with lovely metallics and beads. Please note that in the magazine Mill Hill Glass Seed Beads were used on both designs. If you would like to add an extra touch of elegance, I suggest trying Mill Hill Magnifica Beads for two of the colors. Stay with 02038, but for 02022 use 10028, and for 02088 use 10079. These  beads have an extra sparkle and a jewel-like delicacy that is perfect for these two  designs.

Native American brave © Joan A. Elliott

Native American Brave © Joan A. Elliott