Maya Angelou Quote “Be a Rainbow” Free Cross Stitch Pattern

rainbow-in-cloud-representationMy kids and I love this quote from Maya Angelou. It’s such a beautiful way to remind ourselves to be kind to each other because you never know what storm someone else is weathering in their life. Giving a smile to someone may be the small thing they need to help lift them up again.

Since the first time I read Letter to My Daughter this quote has been stuck with me and I’ve used the phrase with my kids on many occassions in teaching them to be be kind to other people.

With the recent passing of Maya Angelou, my youngest son has recently taken this quote to heart even more than before and he has been using it quite frequently. He asked me to chart it out so I could stitch it, frame it, and hang it near our front door. Once I had it charted out, of course I wanted to share the pattern with everyone as a free gift here.

The truth of the matter is, you are all rainbows for me. Having such a wonderful community of stitchers and crafters means so much to me, you are the reason this website even exists. This pattern is being made free to everyone to celebrate that spirit of community and the passions that bring us all together.

Pattern Size: 130w X 88h ~ I did include a legend for the colors in the chart, but if you have a rainbow varigated thread, that could easily be used instead. You could probably even just pull a rainbow from your leftover thread stash, there’s sure to be enough colors in there somewhere. Feel free to mix it up and get creative ~ I look forward to see everyone’s finished stitches šŸ™‚

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Thank you all for being here and for being a part of my stitchy world.
Happy Stitching!

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preview of pattern, Maya Angelou's quote: Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
If you stitch this piece I would love to see your finished work. You can leave a comment here, send me an email, or share your stitching photos on our Facebook community!

The quote comes from Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou, which if you haven’t already been through it I highly recommend you read (or listen)…

It’s available from Amazon in several formats; hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, and also in Audible book or traditional audio cd set.

About Loretta

Passionate stitcher. Mom of four amazing young men. Wife to a comic book geek who makes me smile every day. Transcriptionist by trade. Gluten-free by necessity. Writer at heart. Seeker of knowledge and reader of novels. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.


  1. Shelley via STNA's Facebook Fan Page says:

    ohhh thanks!

  2. thanks Loretta! I used this in my You Can Quote Me post today šŸ™‚

  3. Thank you for this. It’s lovely.

  4. Love this!

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