About Loretta

Stitcher from a young age. Mom of four amazing boys. Wife to the 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.

Quilted Heart Dozen

Available on Craftsy and Etsy — and soon on Amazon

quilted heart cross stitch pattern set

Stitch them individually. Stitch them all together. With a border. Without a border. Whatever you decide on, I want you to have fun and enjoy your stitching 🙂 [Read more…]

Cat Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern Trio

Available on Craftsy & Etsy

Cat Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern Trio Previews

Choose your own fabric and threads for a custom stitching experience.

Pattern 1: meow pose ~ 74 x 100 stitches
Pattern 2: cat pair ~ 70 x 80 stitches
Pattern 3: sitting with heart ~ 50 x 100 stitches

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!

Halfway Point Stitching Azul Calavera

I’ve reached the exciting tipping point of a Mill Hill kit where all the solid cross stitching is done and it’s time to add the beads.

A photo posted by Loretta Oliver (@retta719) on

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Just a Panda Face

More panda, as requested by Ethan. This time we made a more realistic panda face.

Available on Craftsy & Etsy

panda face cross stitch pattern

Pattern size is 70 x 68. There’s no color legend since it’s single color stitching. While black DMC 310 is of course the obvious choice, there are no rules that say your panda can’t be grey, purple, orange, pink, or any color you want to stitch with.

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

It’s hard to choose a favorite book. I love to read and I love stories. But if I were forced to choose just one book to have and to hold forever and ever, I would choose this one.

In case you didn’t know; This is NOT a Horror Novel

When most people see Stephen King as the author of a book on the shelf they expect a good scare, a bit of blood and gore at the very least. This is not that book. Nor is this a book On Writing, which Mr. King is also very well known for. This a fairy tale with a twist that only Stephen King could provide.

It has everything that a good fairy tale should have. A vast kingdom, tales of dragons and beasts, peasants frustrated with their way of life who are ready to stand up for what they believe is right and true, princes who will take over their father’s throne some day, and of course a magician. It’s a story of growth, bravery, magic, and forgotten lore.

I’ve read almost everything Stephen King has published over the years, including those published under the pen name of Richard Bachman. This is my favorite of all of them – and truly one of my favorite books ever. I have a first edition hard cover copy (the green cover pictured here) and the pages are very well worn from reading it over and over again. [Read more…]

Butterfly Gifts Stitched by Jan

Jan shared this photo of her finished butterflies in the Stitching the Night Away Facebook group recently. She stitched them up as gifts for a weekend family gathering and everyone got to pick one to take home with them!
How awesome is that?

butterflies stitched by jan

stitched by Jan – free pattern here

Each one is different and has it’s own little bit of personality. [Read more…]

Making a Pocket Pillow from an Old Shirt

I had the sewing machine out on the dining room table to make some repairs to a few old shirts. One of them wasn’t going to survive so I set it off to the side thinking I’d use the fabric when I needed to adjust tension or run a test stitch. Then I remembered the throw pillow with the busted seam and figured I’d play around with a quick project idea…

how to make a pocket pillow from an old button shirt

… and this is what happened. A super easy to make pillow with a pocket for a notepad and a pen. [Read more…]

Stitcher’s Sunday Social Link Party

This is a little different than our usual blog hop. It’s the weekend, we’re just hanging out and being social. Share your latest blog post (or your favorite blog post, or any blog post) in the widget below.

Stitchers Sunday Social - a link party hosted by Stitching the Night Away [Read more…]

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