As a gift to you, I’m sharing a hack a day with “recipes” for using my latest book, Hack that Tote!, to create the projects. Some hacks are super easy; others combine elements from multiple patterns in the book. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to hack a few totes for your holiday gifts! The fifth Happy Hack-mas project is … An insulated lunch bag with zippered top! This project is part scaled-down Basic Tote Bag (pg. 36) and part Zippered Cross-Body Bag (pg…. Read more »

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Happy Hack-mas! It’s Dec. 1 and I’m full of holiday happiness — and sewing. This year has just flown by and one of the high points for me was the release of my third book, Hack that Tote!, in September. When I was in the planning stages for the book, I talked with my publisher about including a gallery of additional projects as inspiration. In the end, it didn’t make the cut. But as a gift to you, I’m sharing… Read more »

Today is STEM Day here in Georgia, a day for schools and companies to increase awareness of career paths in science, technology, engineering and math. Miss L’s school observed STEM Day a day earlier and invited parents with STEM careers to talk to their child’s class about what they do. To: Teacher From: Me Subject: STEM day My job isn’t typically considered STEM but if you are still looking for speakers, I’m happy to come share about my work and… Read more »

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.