On today’s show, we’re talking about a fun solution that will let you enjoy the nice summer weather while also getting some sewing done! We’ll also be chatting about how to make a handwork sewing kit, simple ways to corral the mess on your work space, and a fun project a member of our staff is working on.

July 20, 2020
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Sewing on the Go

Summer is usually a time of travel, heading to outdoor sports events, and attending backyard barbecues. And if you’re a quilter, it also may be a time to bring handwork projects with you. Lindsay Mayland and Alison Gamm chat about how to embrace sewing on the go, even during a pandemic! They talk about different types of projects that travel well, such as EPP or embroidery. They also share their favorite ways to store different types of handwork projects, so you can easily grab them and go.

Ask Us Anything

Then Lindsay and Alison tackle a popular reader question -- how to pack a basic on-the-go sewing kit and what to include. We recommend packing the following: scissors and snips, needles, pins and a pincushion, threads, seam ripper, and marking tools. If you’re working on more intensive projects, consider bringing a travel iron, small pressing and cutting mats, a rotary cutter, and acrylic rulers. Be sure to pack extra machine needles if you’re taking your sewing machine along.

Sweet, Quilty Home: Week 3

We are so excited to share all these tips about on-the-go sewing, because this week’s Sweet, Quilty Home challenge is to handwork sewing kit! For those who don’t know, our Sweet, Quilty Home challenge is something we’re hosting on the podcast and social media! This challenge will last for 10 weeks this summer (July 6-September 13). This program focuses on creating your best home -- a beautiful place to relax and be creative. Each week, we'll issue a challenge: one small step you can take throughout the week to brighten your home and set your space up for sewing success. If you participate, you can use the hashtag #sweetquiltyhome on Instagram.

Get Organized

Elizabeth Stumbo shares a storage tip meant to corral the mess in your sewing room. It’s unrealistic to think that you can sew without having some sort of mess. And sewing tools aren’t the easiest things to store – their weird shapes and difference in sizes really make it hard to find a one-size-fits all solution. So, she introduces us to something she calls a catchall.

 What's On Your Work Space

Elizabeth then shares what’s on her work space right now. She's making a mini version of Flight Pattern by Stephanie Luiere, which appears in the Summer 2019 issue of Quilts & More magazine. She shrunk the blocks to about half the size to make a wall quilt in a striking red, white, and blue color palette.

Reader Tips

Lindsay then tackles this segment where we share your best advice to common quilting struggles. Since we chatted earlier about some simple solutions to keeping your work space clean, we wanted to highlight a few other creative ideas our readers had -- some very smart storage solutions.

We always love hearing your tips! If you have one you want to share, email us at apqtips@meredith.com. We may feature your tip on an upcoming podcast or magazine!