‘Tis the season for some Slow Stitching

Sashiko coaster

What is slow stitching, you ask? Well, in my book that would be hand sewing, hand piecing, and time taken to learn new hand stitching skills. We recently completed the latest #wisecraftstitchalong, the Sashiko coasters (slow and satisfying stitching) over in the Wise Craft Quilts Facebook group and it was loads of fun. I’m finding my comfort level in front of the camera more every session of these Facebook Live videos, and I am loving being able to connect with everyone in real time! But if you aren’t a fan of Facebook, or you didn’t get a chance to follow along with the FB Live stitching sessions, not to worry. I’ve created playlists of both of the #wisecraftstitchalongs we’ve done so far and they are now up on my YouTube channel. You can join in with supplies you may have on hand, or grab some from my shop (sashiko starter kit or EPP templates), and make some time for a little slow stitching during the holidays.

English Paper Piecing fussy cut

I am stitching up a new version of the Handstitched stitchalong using some bits of yardage picked up at Drygoods to make an appliqué pillow. The fussy cut version I did for our stitchalong (pictured above) turned out pretty cute (fabric is from Betz White’s “Juxtaposey” line), but now I’m running out of wall space, so a pillow is definitely in order.

Look for a brand new #wisecraftstitchalong coming in late January!

New #wisecraftstitchalong starting soon! Learn to stitch Sashiko!

Sashiko coaster

Samples for our next #wisecraftstitchalong.

(Added- Scroll the end of post for downloadable templates and supply list as they are available.)

I had such a great time demonstrating the way I English Paper Piece in our recent #wisecraftstitchalong.  Let’s do another one! What do you say?

Let’s put these stitchalongs I am doing in context first. You see, there are several different techniques in the quilts I designed for Wise Craft Quilts. I wanted to show in my own way that it doesn’t take years of intense study and practice to have fun with different quilting techniques and produce a beautiful quilt. Some may gasp, I get it. But in my opinion, mastery isn’t always the goal. In an effort to bring some fundamental understanding and clarity to the different ways I make quilts, I have found that doing these FB Live stitchalongs is the perfect way to demonstrate and also get immediate feedback from the viewers. Plain and simply put, I love teaching these methods I have grown to love and use in my quilt making.


Splendorous Quilt Look book

Splendorous- A New Free Quilt Pattern for You!

Splendorous Quilt Look book

I was asked by my good friend Bari J to create a quilt pattern to celebrate Wild Bloom
, her newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics hitting stores as we speak. I don’t often create quilts for full fabric collections, but sometimes I get really inspired when I see a collection by folks whose work I truly love, like Bari. Her beautifully floral and happy world of Curated Maximalism makes me smile whenever I see it. So, inspired by her world of blooms and this collection, Wild Bloom, this is what I came up with.READ MORE

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