The Pieceful Life May 5, 2021

May 2021 – Greetings from Flower Box Quilts!

Thank you sew much for the great support for my “new and improved” newsletter! I appreciate all the new subscriptions, and hope you are enjoying the new FREE patterns! Thank you to the quilters that joined me for my 1st Stitching with Michele virtual quilting bee on May 1! The next one is June 5 so mark your calendar.

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey



For EPP stitchers, there are a variety of virtual 3-hour technique classes in May including:

  • Lucy Boston – Patchwork of the Crosses (May 19);
  • Clam Shells Aren’t Always Found on the Beach (May 23);
  • Scrappy Jewel Hearts (May 24); and
  • Elongated Hexagons (May 26).

Click on the link, and then each date noted for more information!!


EPP Stitching with Michele is also a FUN virtual and casual “sewing bee” for those quilters and stitchers that love to do English Paper Piecing every other month from 8 – 11 a.m. (PST) starting on Saturday, May 15.  Click here to register for the Zoom link to be emailed. Please invite your friends, too!


Some news in the quilting world:

~ Quilts, Inc. is planning their annual in-person quilt show, Quilt Festival, in Houston, TX on October 28 – 31. 

~ Here’s a fun little read from my friend, Mel Beach, about How Ida Holdgreve’s Stitches Helped the Wright Brothers Get Off the Ground.


“Spring has spring” here in Spokane, WA earlier, and it’s time to start planting flowers instead of waiting until Memorial weekend. I definitely have a brown thumb, and my husband, Tom, is the “master gardener”. Also, we’re well into “Celebration Time” here in the Crawford home which lasts from April 18 – May 25 with 6 family birthdays, Mother’s Day, an anniversary, and sometimes Easter. I think every family has a “Celebration” time or month and can understand the joy and craziness!

AND, to celebrate my 67th birthday, my gift is to you! Every quilt pattern and book I’ve designed and written is ON SALE 20% OFF on May 14 only!! Free shipping included on orders shipped within the USA!!

As a subscriber, I value YOU, my readers, students, customers and friends very much, and would like to offer you another free pattern of mine. Please click here.   

Whether it’s piecing, machine applique, counted cross stitch, hand embroidery or English paper piecing, I’ve designed a pattern, book or class for you to create a quilt that will “bloom from your heart”! Please email me if you have any questions, comments or want to chat more about quilting!!

Happy quilting! Thank you!

Michele Crawford