Needle and Thread Chart

We compiled and initially published this chart in the Fall 2017 Designer Notes column. The recommendations are from the designers in that issue. The chart now appears in every issue of our little magazine. We thought it would be helpful to give it a shout out here, and in our long-overdue blog post...For the different types of stitching you do, what types (and sizes) of needles and threads do you…

Sneak Peek Fall 2020 Project - Crazy Quilt and Paper Piecing

Jeni fell in love with Emily Hardwig's (Red Button Quilt Company) little project in our soon-to-be released Fall issue. It has a little bit of everything a stitcher could want: appliqué, embroidery, flying geese, pinwheels, crazy quilt blocks, and paper piecing.Here is a video showing Jeni's method to create the paper pieced crazy quilt blocks.…

Jeni's Quilting Styles

Jeni has a handful of hand-quilting projects in the works. I envy her nice straight stitches. I started hand quilting several years ago when I discovered the ease and informality of being able to quilt anywhere--even while tent camping! My stitches are far from perfect, but they do have personality.The pretty quilt above is a Jo Morton design, and illustrates Jeni's small-stitch hand quilting.Belo…

Do-Si-Do Sneak Peek

When I saw Kay Harmon's Nestled in the Woods quilt, I knew I had to make it. So why not make it for our Fall issue Do-Si-Do feature? This week I ordered the kit from Sew Graceful Quilting, a wonderful quilt shop that sells Kay's patterns and kits. I can't wait to get it!And I can't wait to start the quilt! This will definitely push all my other projects aside, but it will be worth the accommo…

Support for Helpers and Victims of Coronavirus Disease 19

Once again, the generosity of stitchers worldwide shines through in the midst of the CoViD19 pandemic. We are hearing about so many efforts—group and individual—to help healthcare workers, caregivers, essential frontline workers, patients, families, and so many more. In our upcoming Fall issue, I'd like to summarize your efforts in this unusual time. To let us know how you're helping,…

Henley's Apron

Many of you know that Jeni has an adorable 4-year granddaughter, Henley. She received a pretend cupcake-baking kitchen set, and is totally into it. She plays for hours on end, taking orders, baking the goods, and serving them.Of course, her Grammy (AKA Jeni) couldn't pass up the opportunity to make some aprons and oven mitts (or "mittens," as Henley calls them).If you are interested in making simi…