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One Hobby Leads to Another…

by Beth Cooper

I know a gal who loves to go to quilt shops.  She loves to shop for fabric and has a beautiful collection of all different colors of cottons, batiks, and precuts.  This woman never sews.  At all.  Ever.  Her hobby isn’t quilting – it’s shopping for quilting fabric!  And that is a-ok.  She’s happy and her hobby is therapeutic for her.  No judgement here, but isn’t it interesting how one hobby branches out and leads to other related hobbies?

Shopping and sewing are two completely different, but related hobbies.  Another hobby related to sewing or quilting is reading about sewing or quilting.  There are magazines about everything from sewing garments to knitting to quilting.  When I can’t be at my sewing machine, I love to read about sewing!

Block is my favorite quilting magazine. It is chock-full of patterns (with step-by-step instructions), ideas, and stories that go with each pattern. Each publication is a great read. You can subscribe to the print version or the digital version here. Trust me, you’ll be so inspired by this magazine!

Block Magazine is full of ideas and patterns! Get your subscription here.
American Patchwork & Quilting by Better Homes and Gardens is another of my favorite quilting magazines. I have made a ton of quilts from past issues of this magazine. You can subscribe here.
Threads is wonderful sewing magazine! It is full of beautiful ideas and inspiration. Subscribe here.

Did you know there are so many novels out there that involve quilting and sewing?  There definitely are!  And they are sooo good!  I love to curl up with a good book in the evenings – and if one is centered around quilting or sewing, even better!

Jennifer Chiaverini has an entire series of quilting-themed novels and they are so good! I’ve loved them all! Find them here.
Ann Hazelwood is an author that has written many books with a quilting theme.
You’ll want to read them all! Find them here.

There are really too many sewing and quilting-themed novels out there for me to list them all. A quick google search will bring up a ton of options! I recently found some that I had never heard of and now they are on my reading list. I can’t wait to dive in!

Sometimes hobbies related to our main hobby are just as much fun (if not more!) than the main hobby. Now, excuse me while I go curl up on the couch with my quilt and my book…

‘Til next time!


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Mea Cadwell
Mea Cadwell
1 year ago

Having been sewing for over 15 years now, I’ve learned sewing entails many hobbies.

The hunt for the right fabric, the right notion, the right ruler, the right pattern, the right sewing machine, the right interfacing, the right…well, you get the idea.

I have adopted the phrase “I am not a hoarder. I am the curator of an extensive collection of (insert product here)”. LOL

1 year ago

I was interested in learning more about the Block Idea Book. I imagine putting out a magazine requires many, many people reviewing it. I was disappointed to see that the second feature item on the cover of the magazine begins with “Chose” rather than the correct word “Choose”.