It’s time to settle in for a new What’s in Your Sewing Bag with special guest Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts!
I think this is the first time I’ve had a guest on that I haven’t connected with beforehand. But I just know that we have quite a bit in common and will hit it off once we do! If you spend any time on YouTube watching quilting content, then you’ve definitely come across some of Karen’s videos. I love how straightforward and approachable Karen makes things, it reminds me of watching Marketplace 😊.
Which is why I reached out to Karen and invited her to share more about her quilting journey and give you a sneak peek inside her sewing kit!
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Introduction – tell us a little about yourself! How did you get started on your quilting journey?
I sewed on my own for many years before I joined my first stitch N-chat with my cousin Leslie. Then my whole world changed. Once a month I would pack up my sewing machine and kit and head 90 minutes out of town to sew with an amazing bunch of quilters. I had been suffering from a bad work burnout and that day of sewing amongst friends really helped me heal. They taught me so much and many years later supported me as I launched my Youtube channel.
Isn’t it amazing how healing quilting can be? It really surprised me. I’m just thrilled to hear that you found comfort and joy in stitching with your quilting crew 😊 Driving 3 hours round trip is a sure sign of your enjoyment!
What kind of sewing bag do you have? (e.g. did you make it? Buy it?)
I’m pretty sure that it’s a scrapbooking bag. I picked it up from Michaels with a 40% off coupon. It’s on wheels and I’ve had it for years. The only drawback is that it’s black…and black is not my colour.
But your bag works and that always trumps aesthetics in my book 😉plus, you got it on sale, that’s hard to resist.
What are your all-star essentials? Your tried-and-true must-haves that you can never run out of?
I have a core collection of tools. First, my hen pincushion that my Aunt made me, my LDH snips, clover stitch ripper, Kai scissors, painter’s tape, my 3-in-one tool, quilting gloves, walking foot, +2.50 reading glasses, and my foam square.
I recognize most of those except the foam square, what’s that one used for?! Your hen pinnie is adorable!
What is your favourite item in your kit? Why?
My hen pin cushion. My Aunt gave it to me when I first started quilting. Since my grandmother passed we don’t see much of each other. But when I look at my hen I am reminded of all the support and kindness my aunt gave me as a teenager. Which then led to some some big moments in my life. I often wonder if I would be where I am today without those early successes to launch myself from. And then I say a prayer of gratitude
Oh, I love that, Karen! I’ve always been drawn to sewing notions that have been gifted and yours seems to carry extra special meaning. It’s fun to have a positive reminder that you see and use regularly.
What’s one thing we’d be surprised to find in your bag?
My foam square. It’s just Upcycled electronics foam but it’s by far the easiest way to clean my cutting board and gather in fluff. And we make a lot of fluff.
Oh, how cool, I haven’t heard of that trick! I normally use batting leftovers, but I’ll definitely give that a go.
QUILT KITS WILL TRAVEL
When do you find yourself using your kit the most? (Travelling, on the sofa, attending sew-ins?)
I keep a separate kit for travelling then for sewing at home. I am far enough along in my sewing that I have triplicate of almost everything. This past QuiltCon I picked up a beautiful wood sewing caddy that I just love to use when sitting quietly, sewing on a binding and listening to an audiobook.
So fun that you got the wood sewing caddy at QuiltCon, it’s gorgeous! I remember popping by Shaker Sawdust‘s booth and was just amazed at the quality of the items. It was evident that Tim was super passionate about his craft. I have a mug that I picked up and it reminds me of my trip every time I use it 😊
What’s your favourite travel memory with your sewing bag?
This past weekend, going on a retreat with friends from that original stitch N-chat group. We laughed so hard and shared so many stories. They are some of my favourite people.
That sounds so fun! Nothing quite beats spending time with friends that make you laugh so much.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?
Tell people where we can find you?
- Website: justgetitdonequilts.com
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/JustGetitDoneQuilts/videos
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www/instagram/justgetitdonequilts/
Anything else you’d like to share?
How have we missed meeting in person? We know so many quilters in common.
Ha! I know! I was thinking the same thing. Hopefully, our paths will cross in person, and we can have a proper quilty chat! Until then, thank you so much for participating in the WIYSB Series. I love how practical and approachable your kit is, with a little sprinkling of sentimental notions to keep it fun and special!
For more What’s in Your Sewing Bag fun, check out these guests:
- Ally from Ally Ryde
- Megan from Megan Collins Design
- Cristina from Ships and Violins
- Laura from PreQuilt
- Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs
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