Friday, September 26, 2014

General Conference is coming!

EDITED: Since I've received so many requests for this pattern, I've made a Google doc for the instructions and the patterns. You can view all of them through the link on HERE on my Free Cross Stitch Patterns page -- I hope you enjoy them!  Please let me know at smileynann@yahoo.com if you've made either of these -- I'd LOVE to see! :)

It's not often I talk about religion -- but with five kids you know I'm either Mormon or Catholic, right? :) I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and sometimes we're called Mormons. And twice every year, our church has a General Conference, two days of meetings (always at 10:00 and 2:00 for 2 hours each, and another meeting just for the men of the church. The ladies have a similar meeting a week before General Conference).  Many people outside of the western United States have to dress up and go to their local ward (church) building to watch the broadcast, but you can now stream live online at lds.org. Or, if you're around Utah, you can watch it on TV, and sometimes our family calls it Pajama Church. :)

I just love General Conference time. It's always a really peaceful couple of days; we're all together as a family, and the kids know they need to be quiet so we can listen. I've been surprised at how much they really absorb, even though they're playing with cars or dollies in the corner. There are so many wonderful talks -- and the Spirit is so strong - I always feel SO recharged when we're done. And now I'm done preaching at you, and we'll get to the reason why I'm even talking about it.

When I was growing up, my Mom was pretty strict. We were pretty young when we were required to watch all four sessions of Conference -- and for kids whose Mom didn't let them watch much TV, it was a pretty clear indicator to us that she thought it was important. One of my favorite things to do during Conference was to have a cross stitch project. It kept my hands busy and gave me something to do when the talks got a little long. :)

Lately, I've been working on the "Once Upon a Time" sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It's so, so darling -- follow those links! I haven't gotten very far, and I've found a girl on Instagram (@lumablumahandmade) who is doing the storybook names instead of month names in each block, which I really like. The biggest thing I'm planning to change is the month of March -- it's my birthday month, and I just REALLY don't want to use the three little pigs for my month, even though the big bad wolf is so darling!

So, I'm a little overwhelmed by how behind I am. I started in March, so I was already behind, and I've only completed one full month. And, since I'm the Mia Maid counselor in my ward, I thought the Young Women might really like to have a simple little free project to work on during Conference. They have a symbol, a torch with a girl made of flames.  Is she the original "Girl On Fire"? I think so!  I found a cross stitch pattern on Pinterest that I really liked, but it linked directly to an image and I can't find the original source. It was hand-drawn, and I wanted something a little more professional and easy to read. So, I worked my magic and made a pattern for my girls. Since it was a free pattern in the first place, and quite simple, I think it's probably okay to distribute -- so if you want a copy, I'm happy to email it to you. Just comment with your address and I'll send it to you as quickly as possible. {EDIT} just follow the link at the top to get the instructions and charts you need!
Isn't she cute?!
 

** Random story: When I was a Young Woman (ages 12-18) myself, I took a sweet little Precious Moments coloring page, and the Young Theme, and made a cross stitch pattern of both. It turned out so so cute! I ended up making two -- and giving them to both my sisters. :)  Before my little girls are in Young Womens, I'd love to make them each one too!

Since you need choices in your life, I also made a Provo Temple cross stitch pattern, but I used a pattern from etsy for the Angel Moroni, so I don't feel comfortable distributing that part of the pattern.  But here's the part I used; it took quite a long time to work up, and I'm so happy with how it turned out!

And I last-minute had to reverse the Angel Moroni -- you want to make sure the Angel Moroni is pointing the right way! Again, just comment with your email and I'll send my part of it. {EDIT} just follow the link at the top to get the instructions and charts you need!   And then you can have a great General Conference project too!
 

 

49 comments:

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  2. How do you cross stich? Is it easy to pick up? I do embroidery, never heard of cross stitching. I would love the pattern! Kenpaw13@gmail.com Thanks!!

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    1. Kayleigh (: -- cross stitch is so easy! It's like the easiest embroidery there is. :) I just sent the pattern to you, along with some instructions that I gave to my YW -- it should be enough to get you started, but if you need a more visual tutorial, I'm sure google or youtube could help you out. I hope you like it!

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    2. Hi Im currently working in the Responsibility projects, I would love to have the pattern, keithlynhn@gmail.com, thanks

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  3. I want one please !!!!!
    Thrive.welch@gmail.com

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  4. I would love one please!
    mrbboslovely@hotmail.com

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  5. May I please have the pattern? Thank you for your hard work.
    leslieandsteve@hotmail.com

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  6. I would love to have this pattern for my girls to work on during conference or even at camp this summer. Thanks!
    jenniferyoung@q.com

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    1. I hope your girls enjoy it! I think it's really nice to have a project to work on during General Conference -- it keeps me from falling asleep! :)

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  7. I would love to have the YW logo pattern, pretty please. :) Thank you! candacewhite757@gmail.com

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  8. Thank you so much. Phaheh@gmail.com

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  9. Thank you so much. Phaheh@gmail.com

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  10. I'd love the YW logo pattern please. Thanks! ct20brown at gmail dot com

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  11. Please send me the pattern. kenyonsclaim2@msn.com

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  12. I'd like the YW torch please - family.smith01@gmail.com

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  13. I would love the torch pattern please
    madisonhouston@gmail.com

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  14. I would love the torch pattern. Lewis-n-clark@hotmail.com

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  15. I would love the torch pattern! CheletheCello@gmail.com

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  16. Oops, I'm not sure if my previous comment went through. If I could get the torch pattern emailed I would love that! My email is lukejulie@msn.com

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  17. So cute! I think my YW would love this! Please email me the torch pattern :-D My email is lover_o_frogs@hotmail.com

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  18. Can I have one please. giseliflockton@gmail.com

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  19. This is great. Wish I saw this before today, but I would like to have the pattern please. sutersociety@hotmail.com THANK YOU

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  20. Could I possibly have one? It is such a cute idea!!! I LOVE cross stitching, and these patterns are soooo cute!! my email is texasbreeze17@gmail.com

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  21. Could I get a pattern too please? Thank you so much.

    anissaboo@gmail.com

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  22. I would love the pattern too, please! Thanks so much! Danbectyl@aol.com

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  23. I love to cross stitch. I would like to share the torch pattern with my young women. Frostedflake92@comcast.net. Thanks for sharing your talents!

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  24. I love the young women cross stitch. Could you please send it to me at aaliyahbensondubei@gmail.com? Thank you so much. Happy Easer :)

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  25. This is soooo great! My daughter just turned 12 on Wednesday and I would love to teach her to make this. Thanks so much for sharing!!! writemyownstory @gmail.com

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  26. I would love the torch for my granddaughter. Thank you so much. What a kind, generous off. Januaryquilts@yahoo.com

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  27. Could you send me this as well! - SarahStout@hotmail.com

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  28. Could you please send me the pattern as well? Thank you so much! lesliemaeofthetetons@gmail.com

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  29. Could you also email me this pattern of the torch? I'm the beehive advisor in my ward and this would be an amazing project for our girls to work on. jilligan35@hotmail.com
    Thank you so much!

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  30. Im a counselor in YW and would love to have the pattern and directions for my girls. my email is donetta3@hotmail.com Thanks!!

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  31. hi i would absolutely love one of these patterns it is sooo cute!! klmacbethi4030@gmail.com thanks!

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  32. I would love to have the pattern. I'm in the YW Presidency in my ward and would love to make these as a gift for our girls. Thanks. jmebj125@yahoo.com

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  33. Could I please get a copy of this pattern? I would love it for my girls. Thank you! k4@hoths.com

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  35. Could I get a copy as well?
    Cindybarratt@hotmail.com
    Thank you!

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  36. Please send me the pattern! Thanks so much! jmc2go@gmail.com

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  37. can i please have the pattern? it is a great idea for YW! thanks! ckrucker@hotmail.com

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  38. Are you still distributing the pattern? awirthlin1776@gmail.com

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  39. If you are still sending, quimerali.lm@gmail.com

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  40. If you are still sending, quimerali.lm@gmail.com

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  41. Hi Natalie I am the Young Women's President in a small branch in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada and would love to have a copy of your pattern to make for my girls. They would like to learn how to cross stitch and I thought that this would be a great one for them to learn. It looks simple and I love it.
    I can't seem to get it to give me directions. Could you please send it to me . Thanks Janet

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  42. ops I forgot to check notify me. lol

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  43. I would like to do this cross stitch project. Could you please send me the instructions. My email is heidijaredj@gmail.com

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  44. I would love to do this with my Young women as well. Could you please send me the pattern and the instructions if you still do ? It would be great" Thank you IN advance. Eden.tomadon@gmail.com

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  45. Hi, I would like to do this cross stitch for my Faith project for personal progress but I can't seem to find the directions. Could you send them to me please? Thank you! lindybsmith@gmail.com

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