I had no intention of doing handwork. Heck, I had no intention of ever quilting but you can see where that’s led. Handwork, though. That’s another animal entirely. It’s slow. It seems crazily meticulous. It’s slow. These are not things most would associate with me. And yet … It’s a little different for me, working in a quilt shop. Being immersed in a world of fabric and sewing and quilting and a variety of techniques that lead to these beautiful… Read more »

Last year, I chose a word for the year: evolve. I used it throughout the year to remind myself to be more, try new things, stretch myself. In many ways, I think I did. I took part in a handful of online mini quilt swaps, took some classes and learned new skills (free motion and hand quilting, English paper piecing and hand piecing). I used tools I have in new ways. And I initiated a couple of business related things… Read more »

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I don’t know that I’ll ever stop hacking patterns, especially my own. I get bored making the same thing over and over again, so tweaking things here and there just helps keep things fresh. When I was working on Modern Style for Girls, I kept thinking of new ways to hack the patterns in the book. At times, I had to force myself to stay focused because an idea was so appealing that I wanted to get started right away!… Read more »

My love for Lizzy House knows no bounds. In addition to being an amazingly talented artist, she’s also just an incredible human being. Smart, kind, warm. The kind of person to whom you’re just instinctively drawn. Seeing her at Quilt Market in Minneapolis this past May was a complete surprise and filled me with such joy. It was wonderful to hug on her and catch up — including chats about her newest fabric. Lizzy and I have chatted about knit… Read more »

I am beyond excited to be a guest on the Aug. 10 episode of the American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast with the delightful and oh-so-talented Pat Sloan! Tune in and listen as we chat about my books, sewing and a bit of my costumed hi jinks. You can listen to the show live, starting at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

Another DragonCon is over and out! Four days of costumes, fandom and friends is really one of the highlights of my year. This year was a little different in that I went solo Friday. My wonderful Honey had to work that day so we put Miss L on the bus Friday morning as usual, since he was working from home. It felt a little odd to head off without them and I was definitely glad it was just one day…. Read more »

10. My husband has completely forgotten how unavailable I was while writing my previous book. 9. Daughter’s nine hours of gymnastics each week equals prime writing time. 8. I finally cleaned my sewing room. Why should it stay that way? 7. The rest of my house needs to be cleaned. 6. My 30th high school reunion is creeping up and I need something to talk about. 5. Sleep is overrated. 4. Nothing motivates me quite like a deadline. 3. So. Many…. Read more »

Another June and another session of Fashionista Sewing Camp is done. This year I had six girls, aged 10-17, for six hours a day. I’m not going to lie: It wears me out. But it’s also incredibly fun and rewarding to work with these kids, who inevitably teach me something, as well. Most years, my campers don’t know each other. Occasionally, I’ll have a pair who are friends sign up to take camp together but usually Monday morning is the… Read more »