I’ve been following Sharon’s creative explorations for years now and even participated in the Sewcial Bee Sampler she co-hosted with Maureen Cracknell back in 2017. My most recent connection was featuring her Fleuron Haven in flannel on the back of my Etched Diamond lumbar pillow – swoon!
Sharon has no shortage of inspiring ideas, quilt patterns, and textiles to encourage you to dive into creating, which is why I’m so excited for you to get to know her a little better and sneak a peek inside her newly stitched sewing kit!
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Introduction – tell us a little about yourself! How did you get started on your quilting journey?
Thank you, Shannon, for inviting me to be a guest blogger on your What’s in Your Sewing Bag series. I began quilting when I was first married in the mid-80s and am self-taught. None of the women in my family made quilts, even though they knew how to sew, it was mostly to make garments so I’m a first-generation quilter. I eventually met a group of older women who quilted and learned many things from them about quilting and have been sewing and creating ever since.
Fast forward to the present day, I’ve taken my love of sewing and fabrics to a whole new level and am not only a quilt pattern designer but a surface pattern designer for Art Gallery Fabrics. I’ll be releasing my 14th and 15th collections for AGF this fall!
Oh, I would love to sit down with you one day and chat about what made you curious to dive into quilting! And would love to chat about all things textiles!! What a glorious creative evolution you’ve had 😊 I’m just thrilled that you dove in and stuck with it because your quilts and fabric designs are gorgeous.
What kind of sewing bag do you have? (e.g. did you make it? Buy it?)
True confession, I just made a new sewing bag for this feature using prints from my newest Listen to Your Heart collection—because what better way to promote a collection and show off new prints! The sewing bag pattern is the Open Up Box Pouch by Aneela Hoey which makes the perfect size bag for my hand sewing supplies and now I have a cute new bag!
I don’t blame you and I couldn’t agree with you more! Pretty new fabrics are just begging to be stitched into pretty and practical goodies! This combo is beyond lovely and I adore Aneela’s designs too, they’ve snuck into the WISYB series before in Karen’s post😉
What are your all-star essentials? Your tried-and-true must-haves that you can never run out of?
My sewing kit has a permanent home on the end table in my family room. It’s most often used when there’s a quilt to bind. I’m a hand-stitched binding girl and love to spend an evening or two snuggled under a newly finished quilt slow-stitching binding. My must-haves in my kit include:
- Small, sharp embroidery scissors and small fabric scissors
- Clips to hold binding down
- Assorted size needles
- Assorted thread (quilting thread, DMC floss, sewing thread)
- Seam ripper
- Colonial Thimble Pack of thimbles with adhesive backing
- Ruler or seam gauge
Isn’t that just the best?! Snuggling under a newly finished quilt while slowly hand-binding away is a fave step of mine in the quilt-making journey. I love that you get to spend some up-close and personal quality time with the fabrics you selected!
What is your favourite item in your kit? Why?
The vintage Singer seam gauge belonged to my mother.
Oh, I love having sentimental items in my sewing notions stash. I tend to think of that person or event whenever I use them. Love that your favourite item belonged to your mom 😊
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?
Tell people where we can find you?
To learn more about me, get free patterns and tutorials, shop my patterns, and read blog posts, visit my blog online at www.sharonhollanddesigns.com and for daily inspiration and updates on my patterns and fabric collections I can be found on Instagram @sharonhollanddesigns.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m a fabric designer for Art Gallery Fabrics and have two new collections coming out this fall. See the Listen to Your Heart and Fanciful collections at https://liveartgalleryfabrics.com
And you do it so well, Sharon! Congratulations on your latest fabric collections for Art Gallery Fabrics! And thank you for participating in the What’s in Your Sewing Bag Series, it’s been so lovely getting to know more about your creative journey and sneak a peek inside your sewing kit! Keep up the amazing fabric designs 😊
For more What’s in Your Sewing Bag fun, check out these guests:
- Chery from Cheryl Arkison
- Kathleen from Cowden Quilt School
- Elizabeth from Quilter’s Candy
- Megan from Megan Nielsen Patterns
- Brittany from Lo & Behold Stitchery
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