Listen to a conversations about Hand Sewing and more…

I hope you enjoy listening to Roxane Cerda and me chat about handwork, thread, teaching online, the realities of staying sane and creative while at home, and much more!

Click here to listen to the podcast of our conversation. And here’s the cover of my new book, Hand Sewing, that will be out very, very soon. Sign up for my newsletter (link in the right sidebar) and you will know the minute that the book is available!

Starry skies…

I am home from my starry vacation. We enjoyed the quiet and time away from home… but mostly we enjoyed the stars in the night sky.

I tried my hand at long-exposure night photography. Isn’t it amazing how much the earth moves in 15 minutes? (I think the very bright line is Venus.)

I already miss seeing the stars but I know they are there, all the time, day and night, shining down on us. That is a happy thought :-).

Wednesday Giveaway…

Sharon Rutledge is this week’s winner and she will receive some Thread Magic! It’s not beeswax, it may be silicone but I’m not for sure about that. It does help to prevents tangling and fraying in my hand appliqué thread. 

If you are not Sharon, you might want to order some Thread Magic for your sewing kit :-).

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

Show and tell…

I taught two virtual classes to the Austin Area Quilt Guild last weekend. Jennifer Padden is the first to send me a photo of her finished Bullseye block. Isn’t it fantastic?! I don’t remember seeing this block made up in reproduction fabrics before and I do love it :-). Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing!

My video Bullseye class on Creative Spark is open to anyone—you don’t have to be in a guild to take it. It’s an excellent class if I do say so myself :-).

The ebook with the pattern and instructions is free with class. Click here for more information.

What is a traditionally crafted scissor snip?

I do love a good tool and even though have a variety of scissors that clip threads and snip fabric, I can’t resist these Cohana snips. They are sturdy, forged from one piece of steel, with a handle wrapped in silk cord. Each one comes with its own lovely leather sheath.

My husband has more than a dozen different kinds of hammers and each does a different job. It’s the same with our scissors… we want to have the right tool for the job at hand. And if that tool makes us smile when we hold it, so much the better :-).