Spring is such a delightful time to be outside – the flowers start to bloom, the trees and grass turn beautiful greens, and the weather is comfortable. It’s a great time to sit outside with some handwork -- we explore the basics of hand-embroidery for anyone who wants to get started! We also chat with Mary from The Quilting Season quilt shop in Saline, Michigan.

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Dive Into Hand-Embroidery

Doris, the editor of Quilt Sampler magazine and also our handwork expert in the office, dives into the basics of hand-embroidery. She shares the tools needed to get started, as well as some of her favorite products. She also dives into basic stitches to know, tricks for working with embroidery floss (and how to avoid those pesky knots on the back of your work), as well as ways to use your creations in other sewing projects. She even shares tips for what to do when your embroidery project ends up wrinkly after stitching.

Get patterns for embroidery projects here and here.

Love Your Local Quilt Shop

Doris then chats with Mary of The Quilting Season quilt shop in Saline, Michigan. The Quilting Season has been in business for 20 years and is making such an impact on their community. When the shop had to close from the pandemic, a customer started a Go Fund Me page, so the shop could continue to pay for bills until they could open again. And the community is better for it -- The Quilting Season has become a hub for a variety of charity work, including making pillowcases and medical education dolls for the hospital, Preemie Pals quilts to cover premature infants (they make over 1,400 a year), and raise money, collect supplies, and knit hats and mittens for local school children in need.