Casual conversations over coffee with award-winning author and sewing instructor Deborah Moebes, based on her blog, Whipstitch. Deborah shares insights about the connections sewing provides each of us: our relationships, our history, our homes, our community, our hearts, our minds. Engage with ideas that will enrich your sewing, make it more rewarding, and enjoy some time visiting together.
Episode Seventeen: The Murder Mystery Quilt 2023--Murder Of The Viking
Listen as Deborah Moebes shares the history of the Murder Mystery Quilt, her subscription clue where quilters join Clue Crews to read an original detective story while sewing a quilt they've never seen, so they can sew the quilt to solve the crime!
Registration for the 2023 Murder Mystery Quilt is now open:
Episode Sixteen: How to Hit Holiday Sewing Deadlines, and a Project of Doom Quilt Update
Almost exactly one year ago, Deborah set a goal to sew FIVE quilts as a Christmas gift for 2022. But they aren't any old quilt--they're the Project Of Doom, a notoriously challenging foundation paper pieced Harry Potter-themed bookcase quilt. This episode, she updates us on her progress, even though it's only October, and discusses how she sews Christmas pajamas every year for the whole family by starting far soon in the calendar than she really likes.
Along the way, join in this thought-provoking discussion of how handmade is a part of YOUR holiday, how ambitious plans can be handled with some self-compassion, and how we can evaluate our progress on sewing projects by viewing it through the lens of how much joy it brings us IN THE PROCESS.
Read more about the Whipstitch Project of Doom here:
Episode Fifteen: How To Shop For Fabric When Sewing
Follow the process of shopping for fabric for your sewing project--even when you don’t have a pattern!
Episode Fourteen: TheLeague of Dressmakers and Me Made May
Deborah Moebes shares the history and structure of her subscription club, The League of Dressmakers, and how that relates to the annual online showcase of handmade clothing called Me Made May. Hear her talk through the design and intention behind structuring a membership club for garment sewing, how the League inspires her & other members to learn new sewing skills, and what the flow of images shared during Me Made May means for club members.
Read the first public post about the creation of the League here:
Learn more about the League and join here:
See the League Instagram account here:
Episode Thirteen: How To Design A Sewing Project Kids Will Really Use
Deborah Moebes talks through the thought & design process behind the Junior Ranger backpacks she sewed for her three children as a way to display the embroidered patches they've earned at the US National Parks. This coffee-date talk also includes conversation about the Junior Ranger program itself, how Deborah thinks through projects as part of an intentional design process, how to sew with bias tape on thicker fabrics, and why it's worth it to design with longevity in mind.
Read more and see photos of this project here:
See the Continuous Bias Tape tutorial and download the guide here:
Episode Twelve: How To Store Wool Yarn & Fabric
Deborah Moebes discusses how learning to knit changed how she stores her textiles; how pantry moths taught her how to prevent infestations; and where to get the goodies to keep your preciouses safe. Brief mentions of Helen Mirren and the "ephemeral nature of all making."
Transcript of this episode (abridged):
How To Store Wool Yarn & Fabric
Links for items mentioned in this episode:
two-gallon zip-top storage bags
tips for preventing moth infestation
wool dryer balls
lavender essential oil
dried organic lavender flowers (bulk)
Martha's basics for mothproofing
That Helen Mirren film Deborah mentioned? Is called Gosford Park, and it's spectacular.
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