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HtbaS 336: Hard Ghosted Power Quilting

In this quilting podcast I talk about finishing 3 of my previous 5 quilt tops (and the addition of 3 more to replace those I finished!), our Quilt Market prep for The Stitch TV Show, my lack of progress to kick off the 4th season, how lack of planning really can make more work, and of … Continue reading "HtbaS 336: Hard Ghosted Power Quilting"

30mins

24 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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HtbaS 327: Full of Beans

In this episode of the quilting podcast, I talk about my minimal  progress on Dresden Garden, progress in various quilt blocks, and my first attempt to cook beans in a pressure cooker. The Glass Magician and The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #2 & #2) by Charlie Holmberg Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng … Continue reading "HtbaS 327: Full of Beans"

23mins

6 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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HtbaS 325: Baby quilts and books

In this episode of the quilting podcast, I talk about what’s under my needle, some books I’ve finished recently, our new Facebook group “What’s Up, Stitches?” Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) by Sylvain Neuvel Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) by Gayle Forman The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach … Continue reading "HtbaS 325: Baby quilts and books"

27mins

2 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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HtbaS 334: Spinning Circe

A brief quilting podcast this week as I catch up on my pile-up of quilt tops, including one that I can’t even remember what it looks like! Gah. We’re also busy pattern writing and prepping for various upcoming events, including our live filming for The Stitch TV Show on August 4 at Red Hen Stitch … Continue reading "HtbaS 334: Spinning Circe"

30mins

27 Jul 2018

Rank #4

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HtbaS 329: Hooters and Hot Reads

In this episode of the quilting podcast, I talk about two recent quilting finishes and meeting my target to read ALL the library books I had checked out at the same time!  Links to reviewed books (via Amazon Affiliate link): Tropical Attire Encouraged by Alison Rosen I See You by Clare Mackintosh The Immortalists by … Continue reading "HtbaS 329: Hooters and Hot Reads"

33mins

4 May 2018

Rank #5

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HtbaS 331: Summer Plans, Patterns, and Books

In this episode of the quilting podcast, I talk recap end of school year, summer vacation, summer reading, changes at work and what’s going on with The Stitch TV Show!  Links to reviewed books (via Amazon Affiliate link): The Things We Do for Love by Hannah, Kristin Ghost (Track Book 1) by Reynolds, Jason Ferris … Continue reading "HtbaS 331: Summer Plans, Patterns, and Books"

39mins

16 Jun 2018

Rank #6

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HtbaS 335: The Great Happiness Lie Next Door

A good old fashioned quilting podcast catch-up as I talk about my current top pile-up (5 quilts waiting to be quilted! insanity!), our recent live filming for The Stitch TV Show to kick off the 4th season, dipping my toe back into garment sewing, and of course some books. Links to reviewed books (via Amazon … Continue reading "HtbaS 335: The Great Happiness Lie Next Door"

36mins

10 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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HtbaS 344: One of Us is Quilting

I go over some recent challenges in my sewing room, and how I’m going to try to overcome them. Books reviewed below (link via Amazon Affiliate program): The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus Kingdom of the Blind by Louise PennyStay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.  Or join us on Facebook in What’s Up, Stitches?

29mins

27 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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HtbaS 338: Crazy Rich Quilts

In this episode of the quilt podcast, I chat about designing a new quilt for a magazine submission, thoughts on our booth at Quilt Market, a preview of some of the activities for Quilt Festival, finishing a quilt for an upcoming video, and making samples for our pattern line. Links to reviewed books (via Amazon … Continue reading "HtbaS 338: Crazy Rich Quilts"

22mins

15 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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HtbaS 337: Something Literary in the Quilt

A quick update this week on some guild meetings, lectures, and quilting this week, and of course some book reviews. Links to reviewed books (via Amazon Affiliate links): Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows Stay in touch! Follow my … Continue reading "HtbaS 337: Something Literary in the Quilt"

19mins

31 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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HtbaS 324: Reading and Quilting and More Reading

I finally manage to record a decent quilting podcast, and included all the books I read while I was laid out with the flu! And recap some quilting and sewing, too. Margaret Goes Modern by Frances O’Roarke Dowell (so good it’s worth mentioning twice!) Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) by Sylvain Neuvel If I Stay … Continue reading "HtbaS 324: Reading and Quilting and More Reading"

33mins

17 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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HtbaS 343: Just in Big Quilts

I catch you all up on the quilting progress I made over my Christmas break, what I read, a little bit of what I ate (and maybe didn’t finish eating), and how I finished the Good Fortune mystery from Bonnie Hunter. Books reviewed below (link via Amazon Affiliate program): The Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare Look Alive Twenty Five by Janet Evanovich The Girl you Left Behind by Jojo Moyes The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate Just in Time by Marie Bostwick Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.  Or join us on Facebook in What’s Up, Stitches?

25mins

13 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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HtbaS 339: Lethal Rush and Frantic Quilting

In this episode of the quilt podcast, I update on the all the crazy things and travel happening at my day job and our prep for Quilt Market, and give some book reviews for recent reads! Links to reviewed books (via Amazon Affiliate links): Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness A Spark of Light by Jodi … Continue reading "HtbaS 339: Lethal Rush and Frantic Quilting"

30mins

13 Oct 2018

Rank #13

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HtbaS 341.5: Quilt Market Recap!

Rather than record a stand-alone episode of me recapping all of Quilt Market and Festival from earlier this month, I took advantage of the live stream Lynn and I did Friday night and am posting the audio from that.  Tune in for tales of Shower Chicken, Delightfully Awkward Sewlebrity Encounters, and how much pie we actually ate in Houston. I’ll update this post with links to the raffle we mention at the end when it’s live. Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.  Or join us on Facebook in What’s Up, Stitches?

1hr 18mins

2 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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HtbaS 326: Dresden Garden, Travel, and More Books!

In this episode of the quilting podcast, I talk about finally starting to quilt Dresden Garden, working on a side project with some low volume log cabin blocks, and review some books I managed to read while travelling! La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1) by Philip Pullman The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman The Forgetting Time … Continue reading "HtbaS 326: Dresden Garden, Travel, and More Books!"

32mins

30 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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HtbaS 328: All the Books, Some of the Quilting

In this episode of the quilting podcast, I talk about my clamshell owl quilt, Scrappy Trip Around the World, and a variety of books I’ve finished recently! Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.  Hang out with us on Facebook!

32mins

20 Apr 2018

Rank #16

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HtbaS 342: Quilt People Problems

It’s short little quilt podcast update to give a peek into my holiday sewing, how I’m spending the upcoming holiday, and what I’ve been reading! Book reviewed below (link via Amazon Affiliate program): Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.  Or join us on Facebook in What’s Up, Stitches?

23mins

15 Dec 2018

Rank #17

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HtbaS 341: Perfect Quilt Lies Sleeping

It’s been a few weeks since I last checked in with you all, and a lot has happened! Detailed Quilt Market and Festival recaps will wait until Lynn can join me but in general it went well and we were exhausted! In the mean time, on the homefront there’s been appliance replacements, DIY projects, Thanksgiving, children interrupting all over the place, cats, and even some sewing of quilts! Books reviewed below (links via Amazon Affiliate program): Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant, #7) by Ben Aaronovitch Nine Perfect Strangers by Moriarty, Liane The Book of Hidden Things by Dimitri, Francesco Magic Hour by Hannah, Kristin An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1) by Harris, Charlaine The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2) by Scalzi, John A Stranger in the House: A Novel by Lapena, Shari Snap by Bauer, Belinda Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.  Or join us on Facebook in What’s Up, Stitches?

34mins

23 Nov 2018

Rank #18

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HtbaS 340: A Two-Family Quilt

It’s crunch time for Market and Festival so I take a few minutes to catch you all up on what’s happening, all while Morelli the cat yells at the ceiling in the background. I managed to read one book: The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or … Continue reading "HtbaS 340: A Two-Family Quilt"

17mins

26 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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HtbaS 333: Swedish Death Quilting

In this episode of the quilting podcast, I open with some talk of the giant list of things to do before Quilt Market, much of which does not include quilting, but does include other things like woodworking, graphic design, and writing.  I also talk about a couple recent finishes, like the one in the header … Continue reading "HtbaS 333: Swedish Death Quilting"

30mins

13 Jul 2018

Rank #20