Stitching a simple life: Q & A with Maggie Bonanomi (+ special giveaway!)

Welcome to the warm, woolly world of Maggie Bonanomi, where whimsical wonders await!

Come on in, take a seat, and enjoy some slow stitching with this celebrated maker—she’ll lead you on a creative journey inspired by a simpler time.

Pure & Simple

In Maggie’s world, hand-drawn patterns and hand-dyed wool combine with artful motifs and casual stitches. The result is Pure & Simple, a rustic collection of primitive projects that are a delight to make, use, and enjoy.

From Pure & Simple

No fancy skills to learn, no expensive tools to buy: needle, thread, and wool are about all you need to begin. Create pillows, runners and toppers, wall art, and even clever vegetables crafted into sewing essentials—make them in minutes to warm up any nook or cranny.

Early Radish and Sweet Peas
Early Radish and Sweet Peas

A few things to know about Maggie:

  • Her small appliquéd projects feature an indulgent mix of cozy wools, textured linens, and crisp cottons.
  • When stitching her primitive designs, Maggie uses only ONE type and color of thread: Coats and Clark’s Summer Brown (how simple is that?).
  • Maggie uses a whipstitch to appliqué raw-edge shapes. That’s it! No turning under edges. Although she might toss in a sprinkle of embroidery stitches from time to time.

Little Brown Bird
Little Brown Bird

  • She prefers hand-dyed wool by Blackberry Primitives, and the colors she uses are listed in Pure & Simple. (We hear Blackberry Primitives will be hosting a sew-along for the book—stay tuned!)
  • Sometimes Maggie uses found items, like twigs and bits of book pages, in her projects. The results are enchanting.

May Basket Pin Keep
May Basket pin keep—note how the paper behind the top button transforms it into a flower!

  • You’ll instantly be put as ease once you learn Maggie’s stitching philosophy: perfection isn’t the goal. It’s supposed to be fun, after all!

Maggie’s simple, casual style will charm you—as all things do when they’re handmade and from the heart.

We asked Maggie to answer a few questions about her creative life—read her answers below. And don’t miss the opportunity to enter to win a copy of Pure & Simple AND one of three adorable kits from Blackberry Primitives!


Maggie BonanomiStitch This!: How did you come to write Pure & Simple?

Maggie: The way Pure & Simple came to be written is a bit of a roundabout. I started to miss writing a book; it had been a few years since my last one. I put together a monthly newsletter, which included a few wool projects that became a monthly girls’ club through the Country Sampler shop in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Once I had contact with Martingale, those projects became part of an idea for a new book. I guess you’d say the rest is history.

ST!: Your work is known for being primitive, unfussy, and, well . . . pure and simple! Can you tell us more about your aesthetic? How did it develop?

Maggie: I just find that working with a muted color palette and simple designs is more pleasing to my eye. I design things I’d want to live with.

Life is Good pillow
Life Is Good pillow

ST!: What’s your typical process for designing, and where do you find inspiration?

Maggie: I can’t say I have a typical process for designing. I may do some simple drawings, I may be inspired by a purchase of some wonderful wool, or there may be an idea for something I want. Inspiration comes from many places. Most often it’s nature and color, and occasionally a scrap on the floor that I see in a different light!

ST!: It’s obvious that you love wool and hand sewing; what is it that draws you to them over other fabrics and techniques?

Maggie: Wool, particularly hand-dyed wool, is wonderful to work with. It’s easy. You can cut out a piece and just stitch it down!

Sunshine on a Stem
Sunshine on a Stem

ST!: What do you love about being a designer?

Maggie: What I love about being a designer is that I’m able to share what I love, simple as that. Well, and getting to travel to places to teach!

ST!: Tell us about The Purple Turnip!

Maggie: The Purple Turnip is my studio and shop in Lexington. It’s in a wonderful building on Main Street, built in 1869. It’s only about four blocks from home. It’s a bit antiques/collectibles, old textiles (if I can part with them), ironstone, wool, my books, and an assortment of things I love. The shop is where I can work and also occasionally hold workshops.

Potted Topiary
Potted Topiary

ST!: Finish these sentences for us:

One reason working with wool is so satisfying is: there are such great colors and textures, and you don’t have to turn under the raw edges!

If I had a three-word sewing mantra, it would be: stitch, stitch, stitch. It can be very meditative.

My best tip for new stitchers is: NOT to worry about perfection. A lot of time, and sometimes money, is spent on our projects. The process should be enjoyed, and we don’t need to waste time worrying about how we’re doing.

Before I begin designing a new project, I must have: the materials I think I might want to use as well as a simple drawing to help direct me.

If I had a sewing superpower, it would be: being able to get to and make all the ideas I have!


Many thanks to Maggie for answering our pressing questions—and now for more about that warm-and-woolly giveaway!

Our friends at Blackberry Primitives generously sent us THREE of the cutest little kits we’ve ever seen! They come with all the wool and ribbon you need to make this pretty White Tulips pillow from Pure & Simple, plus a fun little tape measure too!

To enter your name in the giveaway to win a kit plus a copy of Pure & Simple, tell us:

Pure & SimpleHow often do you set time aside for a little slow sewing?

  • As often as I can squeeze it in.
  • At least once a week.
  • Every day!
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there!

Share your answer in the comments! We’ll choose three random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you feel like you can’t own Maggie’s slow-sewing book fast enough, order Pure & Simple at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are:

Kathie, who says, “I’d say at least once a week.  More often if I have a wonderful project like these in the book.  Thanks for the giveaway.”

Linda, who says, “I slow sew as often as I can squeeze it in. It’s my preferable way to sew. In the winter when life slows down, I try to sew a little every day and always with wool. Thank you Maggie, Blackberry Primitives, and Martingale for this delightful giveaway!”

Sharon, who says, “As often as I can, but at least once a week. I love to embroider (as well as machine sewing/quilting), and it’s so enjoyable. Thank you for the giveaway!”

We’ll email you about your prizes, ladies—congratulations!


472 Comments

  • as often as I can!

    Karen on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in! It is like therapy, lol!

    Martina on May 23, 2018
  • I do most of my sewing on the machine; however, I do have "slow sewing" somewhere in my spare time!

    Nancy Jo on May 23, 2018
  • Not nearly as often as I would like to stitch slow. I enjoy it every time I do it. The projects look like fun.

    —Tamara Isaacs-Smith on May 23, 2018
  • I sew every day. Happiness consists of a needle and thread and a pretty project.

    Gail on May 23, 2018
  • Every day, of course !!
    I love it…

    —del on May 23, 2018
  • Every day–it is so calming after a busy day.

    —Anna Allard on May 23, 2018
  • Spend alot time speed sewing. I love hand stitching need to get back to it.

    —Janet Flugum on May 23, 2018
  • I sew whenever I can find the time. All the quilts I have made have been hand pieced and hand quilted, just like my Grandma used to do! I find it much more relaxing than machine sewing.

    —Margaret Hynes on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can! It’s sort of like meditation.

    —Allison Evrard on May 23, 2018
  • Every day! What a lovely book!

    —Janey Cook on May 23, 2018
  • I stitch by hand as often as I can squeeze it in! Love every minute devoted to wool appliqué.

    —Karen Higgins on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent at the sewing machine but I would love to try my hand on Maggie’s little treasures & read her Pure & Simple book.

    —Patricia Anderson on May 23, 2018
  • Everyday! I love the relaxing that hand stitching affords me – love his pillow! Thank you, Susan

    —Susan Spiers on May 23, 2018
  • D. Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there! I want to learn to work with wool but just haven’t taken the plunge.

    —Liz K on May 23, 2018
  • I squeeze in slow hand sewing as often as I can at home-it’s so relaxing! I also have several small carry along projects for when I travel or wait in doctor offices. That is the only time I work on them so they are really slow projects!

    —Debbie on May 23, 2018
  • I don’t stitch as often as I would like. I think I need to get off the electronics in the evenings and back to stitching!

    —Diane on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. I keep some handwork ready to go to take when I’m traveling or going for an appointment where I’ll probably have to wait.

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in! The word "Peace" would be great for Maggie’s book title too – for me, the last few years have had some hospital visits either for my mom or for my 17 year old (also named Maggie!) – I have a bag of wool applique things that are easy to take with me and doing wool applique helps me to pass the time away in a peaceful manner. Often other folks, nurses or patients will ask me what I am working on and it’s a great conversation starter that does not focus on illness!

    —Jane Gehring on May 23, 2018
  • I do hand sewing every evening – even if only for 1 hour. I consider hand sewing, slow sewing. So relaxing and meditative.

    —Janet on May 23, 2018
  • Every day!!

    —Brenda on May 23, 2018
  • I slow sew as often as I can squeeze it in. It’s my preferable way to sew. In the winter when life slows down, I try to sew a little every day and always with wool. Thank you Maggie, Blackberry Primitives, and Martingale for this delightful giveaway!

    —Linda B on May 23, 2018
  • Every Night! I wish! But as often as I can and always a slow stitch,I find it so gratifying so see it come to life. What a great interview with Maggie! Thank you very much for the lovely giveaway!

    —Teri Pierce on May 23, 2018
  • I stitch everyday. I usually appliqué cottons but sometimes wool. I am not good at piecing or machine sewing to makes me nervous and I make a lot of unsewing time for myself. 🙂

    —Barb W on May 23, 2018
  • Several times a week. Wish I could every day!

    —June on May 23, 2018
  • At least once a week! I love a grab and go project! My current piece is for Christmas so I’m stitching as often as I can right now.
    I love your simple designs.

    —Karen on May 23, 2018
  • I slow sew whenever I watch TV at night. Slow but sure progress. Love it!

    —kathy on May 23, 2018
  • I sew everyday! I do wool hand projects every night. Daytime sewing is either machine or hand, depending on my mood.

    —JoAnn on May 23, 2018
  • Every day! Sometime all day!

    —Ruth on May 23, 2018
  • I try to make time as often as I can to do some slow stitching. Its so relaxing.

    —Joanne O'Neal on May 23, 2018
  • Every night when watching TV. New ideas always welcome.

    —Ulrica Healy on May 23, 2018
  • I’d say at least once a week. More often if I have a wonderful project like these in the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Kathie L on May 23, 2018
  • Lately, I have been doing handwork almost every day. I love Maggie’s books!

    —Sheri Bennett on May 23, 2018
  • I stitch every day and was introduced to primitives and stitching with wool last fall – I’m in love! This book and these delightful projects will absolutely be on my "must do" list!

    —Celene on May 23, 2018
  • Not often enough! Agree with all that it’s time to cut back on machine sewing and enjoy the slow lane.

    —Marsha on May 23, 2018
  • I love hand sewing, especially with wool. While I use my domestic machine to finish larger quilts, I always find comfort and calm in a hand project. My once a month small group gathering with fellow hand sewers keeps me inspired!

    —Pat on May 23, 2018
  • i do my slow stitching in the evenings while watching tv and catching up with my family.

    —carolyn montgomery on May 23, 2018
  • I try to stitch a couple evenings a week and every Tuesday with 2 friends. Thanks for the opportunity to win this fantastic giveaway!!!

    —Nancy Johnson on May 23, 2018
  • At least once a week. Hoping to increase that time.

    —Kathy h on May 23, 2018
  • I do some “slow sewing” at least once a week — typically several times a week. Maggie’s designs are enchanting, and I agree with her about how relaxing it is to work with wool. Honestly, I’m pretty sure that if we all took a couple hours every week to stitch quietly and just breath … it would solve a LOT of the world’s troubles on both a personal and community level.

    Thank you for these interviews and book highlights. I can’t purchase all of them — more’s the pity — but I read and enjoy every one.

    —Terril on May 23, 2018
  • You know I was all about the speed but recently I hand quilted for the first time and loved it!
    Been embroidering more and just loving the pace!

    —Katie Shanahan-Jones on May 23, 2018
  • I leave hand sewing in a badket next to my chair in the living room. I pick it up when we watch tv.

    —Sharon on May 23, 2018
  • I try for at least 15 minutes a day, more if I have the time, it’s my "me" time.

    —MarcyP on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in as I find it relaxing and fun.

    —Dotti Wahlers on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. It’s great on road trips!

    —Kathy G on May 23, 2018
  • I don’t do slow stitching as often as I would like. I should do more because it is my favorite thing to do!!

    —Jill on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. I shoot for every day, but settle for somewhere between that and once a week. lol. Thanks so much for sharing. This looks like a great book

    —Bonnie Larson on May 23, 2018
  • Almost every evening. It is a great time to have something to do with my hands while watching TV.

    —Debbie on May 23, 2018
  • I mostly machine sew but would love to try wool hand stitching.

    —Joannejoanne_l_ on May 23, 2018
  • I slow sew in a class of great quilt makers every Monday morning. A great way to get the week started.

    —Becky DuBose on May 23, 2018
  • Maggie got me thinking. I do need to slow down and do some hand sewing.

    Jocelyn on May 23, 2018
  • I have a hand sewing project ready to take with me any time I might have to sit and wait. I try to squeeze in as much time as I can! If only I didn’t need to sleep or eat…
    What an awesome giveaway! Thank you

    —Terri Tresise on May 23, 2018
  • I stitch as often as I can. I like to have a stitching project to do while I’m watching TV. It makes me feel more productive!

    —MoeWest on May 23, 2018
  • as often as I can!

    —Amy W on May 23, 2018
  • Watching Netflix or Amazon Prime or movies from the library in the evenings after dinner I almost always have a stitching project in my hands. It’s amazing how much can be done in those otherwise idle hours. I think this little book is delightful and so aptly named and would really love to have a copy. Thanks, Maggie, for putting it all together and to Martingale for bringing her to all of us.

    —sharon butera on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. It is so relaxing!

    —Cathy on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. I will have something to do while watching (listening) TV. Even after hand surgery (left hand) I was doing YoYo’s! Have to keep the hands busy.

    —Karen H on May 23, 2018
  • I try to spend a little time each day doing something slow and easy — it might be some stitching, maybe some reading, maybe a simple cup of coffee listening to the birds chirping. This book appeals to me.

    —Carol Schon on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there! ❤️❤️❤️

    —April J on May 23, 2018
  • Hand stitching is my relaxation. If I’m sitting down in front of the tv it is usually with a hand project.

    Kristie on May 23, 2018
  • In my spare time, I use the machine more. Great giveaway!

    —Sunnie on May 23, 2018
  • As often as possible!

    —Alice on May 23, 2018
  • I enjoy slow sewing while riding in the car. My answer is as often as I can squeeze it in.

    —Janie M on May 23, 2018
  • This book just flew to the top of my must have list!

    —Trudy A Stubbs on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can which usually works out to daily. Even if it’s 10 minutes just choosing fabrics for something. I speed sew and LOVE handwork with wool especially. Can’t wait to get my Maggie book!!!

    —Judy Zei on May 23, 2018
  • Every day and as long each time that I can.

    —Betty Thiel on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can.

    —Linda on May 23, 2018
  • Slow sewing is part of my weight loss program. Busy hands, no cookies!
    So answer? As often as possible.

    —Mimi on May 23, 2018
  • Once a week . It really helps to relax me. Time to start on Christmas gifts. And these projects are very portable. I like that in the summer. My husband likes me to have something to do in the car so I don’t watch him drive. Sounds like a plan.

    —Joyce on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze in!

    —Jetta on May 23, 2018
  • I do a little hand sewing everyday, whether it’s applique, EPP, a binding or a little cross stitch. I have something going at all times.

    —Cinda Thompson on May 23, 2018
  • Slow stitching is done while watching TV. Working on round robin cloth book currently with different themes for each person, fun!

    —Marilynn on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can… usually cross stitch and applique for labels, definitely I prefer to hand sew bindings, and I’ve even got a big stitch table runner in progress. We need the slow down for our heart’s sake! Too much go go go wears us down physically and mentally. I know, lots of stress at work right now (this, too, shall pass) and sitting quietly stitching in the evenings helps me slow down and shut off the inner noise!

    —Sharon Schipper on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent sewing on a machine, but I really like her designs. I used to love to cross stitch and am interested in the "big stitch" movement.

    —Shari K. on May 23, 2018
  • I try to get in some hand sewing every day, and I love wool applique. Maggie’s designs are a delight and a great inspiration!

    —Jan Davis on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can even if it is only for 10 minutes.

    —Lewcrese S on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed seeing but every now and then I like to slow down

    —Louise Haddon on May 23, 2018
  • EVERY DAY!!

    —Angelia Ulrich on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there!

    —Liz J. on May 23, 2018
  • Ditto with Janie – car trips, long meetings, whenever I sit for a few minutes. Love Maggie’s designs.

    —Mona on May 23, 2018
  • I sew a little every day. It’s my reward for getting my chores done and keeps me sane!

    —Delinda on May 23, 2018
  • At least once a week. It’s so relaxing.

    —Betty Jansen on May 23, 2018
  • Every day! I consider it my "therapy time"!

    —Mary Kastner on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. Whenever I sit down I have some hand stitching in my hands at all times. So I’m constantly stitching all day long

    —Barbara Bowen on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there! Beautiful display items

    —Angie L on May 23, 2018
  • Hand stitching with wool is so relaxing. I like doing it as frequently as I can.

    —Cecelia A Samuelson on May 23, 2018
  • The softness and colors of wool are amazing. With all the wonderful designs or coming up with one of our own, you can’t beat the peace of hand sewing
    the different projects. It is truly an art to pass onto the younger generations to try.The projects I make are always given as gifts and they are the most appreciated. The thoughtfulness of every stitch makes it
    a special gift to treasure for years to come. Not only is it relaxing but it makes the heart feel so good when it is appreciated so much by others!
    I try to stitch something every chance I can get, it’s the best medicine
    to help you relax!!

    —Darlene on May 23, 2018
  • I mostly do speed sewing. But I need to start doing more slow sewing to relax and enjoy.

    —Kris on May 23, 2018
  • Every day! And at least one hour every day!

    —Laurie Towle on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can – generally when watching TV in the evening or while traveling.

    —Kim Wolter on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing by machine but Maggie has me thinking about trying some relaxing hand sewing this summer while I have some extra time.

    —Kathy Kranenburg on May 23, 2018
  • I do handwork (mostly applique) every day. And, I love the description “slow sewing” because it conveys relaxation and comfort.

    —Susan Wadsen on May 23, 2018
  • I try to do some slow sewing every evening–I find it very relaxing. I love Maggie’s faded color palette and perfectly imperfect designs!

    —Karen in Breezy Point on May 23, 2018
  • Every spare moment at the lake I spend slow sewing, best way to relax.

    —Joan on May 23, 2018
  • I sew everyday. I machine sew during the day and hand sew (applique) while watching my favorite tv shows in the evening. I also take my hand sewing with me everywhere I go.

    —Emily on May 23, 2018
  • I love handwork – it’s great at meetings; waiting in the car and in front of the tv at night. I’m working on Wool around the Garden right now! doni @ Oregon coast

    Doni Boyd on May 23, 2018
  • I am a speed sewer. Haven’t even made yo-yo’s or cross-stitched in ages.

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on May 23, 2018
  • Whenever possible, but especially when I need to de-stress, to slow down and enjoy the feeling rhythm of needle going through fabric.

    —Barbara Milgrom on May 23, 2018
  • In the evenings in the winter I like to do some slow stitching.

    —Debbie Gallett on May 23, 2018
  • I try to spend some time each day working on projects. Hand sewing is more relaxing and I usually do it while watching TV (actually more listening than watching) in the evening. Machine sewing gets fit in whenever possible. Thanks for the great give away and chance to win.

    —Jill on May 23, 2018
  • Most every day! I always have a slow sewing project to do in the evenings – many of my days are spent speed sewing so that I have something prepared to do at night!

    —Cathy B. on May 23, 2018
  • I stitch as often as I can, even if it’s only a few minutes. It’s my refocus, down time.

    —Jo on May 23, 2018
  • Any time I’m in need of a little stress reduction!

    —S. Lynn Young on May 23, 2018
  • Usually in a hurry. I need sometime to slow down.

    —Carol M on May 23, 2018
  • I do at least a little wool applique or embroidery every day! I usually have 3-4 pieces ready to work on at one time. I carry a small project in my purse to work on during wait times, have a project near my recliner for TV watching, and even one at my computer for while I’m watching streaming videos. I have 5 BOMs in progress this year that I am keeping current. I would love to have Maggie’s book and kit!

    —Marcia Gilbreath on May 23, 2018
  • OMG, these are just lovely. I used to do lots of handwork, now I mostly piece quilts by machine. These projects make me seriously think about doing handwork again. I DO love doing hand stitching!

    —Susan on May 23, 2018
  • Every night at least!! Sometimes (actually often) during the day too! I love love love wool appliqué! So easy and very rich in texture. I am currently working on a Jo Morton appliqué project using her back basting method with cotton and needle turn. Just can’t get enough!!!

    —Susan on May 23, 2018
  • I enjoy slow stitching in the evenings while my husband and I watch TV…..also when I travel, I also take a project or two with me to work on too. Very satisfying!

    —Sheri Lesh on May 23, 2018
  • Hand sewing is my thing and I try to work on something everyday or squeeze it in anytime I can. I love Maggie’s newest book!

    —Tanya on May 23, 2018
  • I’d love to be able to find time for stitching every day, but alas, it has to be whenever I can fit it in. I do try to stitch every single day, but it isn’t always possible.

    Shasta on May 23, 2018
  • Hand stitching when I get home at night from work and try to get a some stitches in and in the weekend at night while watching tv.

    —Linda Tucker on May 23, 2018
  • I love to sew and embroidery. I just made fabric paper dolls for my two youngest granddaughters. I felt like I was in kindergarten. I have a grandmas bag that is filled with my embroidery projects. My husband always reminds me, don’t forget your bag. Our trips consist of over 300 miles as we travel once a month for medical. I love to sew on the road while still enjoying the beautiful landscapes and quality time with my husband of 49 years. I hope I win. I love these projects you shared.

    Carol Neufeld on May 23, 2018
  • I love to sew and embroidery. I just made fabric paper dolls for my two youngest granddaughters. I felt like I was in kindergarten. I have a grandmas bag that is filled with my embroidery projects.

    Carol Neufeld on May 23, 2018
  • I try to do 15 minutes a day. And for sure if I am watching TV!

    —Inger on May 23, 2018
  • At least once a week and more often if I can fit it in.

    —Cheryl on May 23, 2018
  • I set aside as much time as possible to sew, when I’m not baby sitting my grandchildren. I sew mostly at night.

    —Joan Nacoste on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can.

    —AnnaMarie Werner on May 23, 2018
  • Not enough! I am SO interested in learning to work with wool & applique. I have so many tops done, but not quilted or bound….grr!

    —Priscilla C on May 23, 2018
  • "As often as I can!" I do enjoy handwork…although tendintis in my hands will slow me down.

    —Estie on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can!

    —Christine E. on May 23, 2018
  • Every day! I feel deprived if I can’t do at least a little slow sewing!

    —Jane on May 23, 2018
  • I try to slow sew several times a week. I have fallen in love with this type of sewing.

    JaniceCarole Allen on May 23, 2018
  • I love stitching quietly in the morning before my household is awake! Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful book!

    —Kerry Linklater on May 23, 2018
  • At least once a week, more when I am working on a project.

    —Carolyn on May 23, 2018
  • I can’t remember the last time I have taken time for some fun, simple slow sewing just for me.

    —carol on May 23, 2018
  • I used to do lots of hand sewing of various kinds. Arthritic thumbs caused me to switch to machine sewing. Now I am much better due to meds and exercises,so I am eager to start some new hand projects. Love the look of wool applique and can`t wait to jump in!

    —Kathleen Barton on May 23, 2018
  • I do some hand stitching every day. In the evening, I have to have something in my hands to work on. I do my machine sewing during the day. I love Maggie’s simple patterns and ideas. The simplicity helps you be able to enjoy the process!

    —Patty on May 23, 2018
  • Most evenings is my time for slow sewing..I am particularly into EPP right now but love to embroider too!

    —Pamela Reim on May 23, 2018
  • Once a week

    —laura mitchell on May 23, 2018
  • I hand stitch whenever I can find time. I take something with me all the time, just in case I have a free minute.

    —Judy Maggio on May 23, 2018
  • I wish I could say everyday, but the reality is I squeeze it in when I can. Sometimes that’s only 15 minutes a week. But I do love to do a little slow-down meditative hand sewing whenever I can.

    —Susan Burney on May 23, 2018
  • EVERY DAY…It’s what keeps me sane.

    —Amy Cofer on May 23, 2018
  • I try to do hand sewing most evenings. I sew by machine during the day and hand sew at night while watching TV with the husband. I love keeping my hands busy and have wanted to add wool applique to my tool kit!

    Deb Johnson on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can! I am just beginning to work with wool and would love to win Maggie’s book and pillow kit. Thanks for an awesome giveaway.

    —Nancy B on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can fit it in.

    —Kirk Debbie on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine. Hand quilting a lap quilt is my slow project at the moment. I have a wool project in my UFO pile that is up next. I pick up a project any time I have a few moments. I love the primitive look and hope to sew more of it soon!

    —Linda B on May 23, 2018
  • Hand work isn’t my first choice, but I have a quilt that needs wool applique and I find I enjoy doing it during tv commercials!

    —Jan on May 23, 2018
  • Did hand sewing when my children were small. Then time became of the essence, and I sewed exclusively on the machine. Funny enough, to slow down, I knit and did embroidery – usually cross stitch. After seeing these beautiful little pieces of art, I think I may just have found my next favorite thing.

    —Marcia Gault on May 23, 2018
  • I have to stitch at least a little everyday!! I love having a small something,in my purse just so I can stitch a little while waiting at the doctors office or whenever I can!

    —Barbara Thomasi on May 23, 2018
  • I love to hand stitch, so the portable projects get to go to the borough meetings with me. Can’t just sit idly by, without doing something.

    —jenny on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in. Thank you

    —Anne on May 23, 2018
  • Most days I do some hand stitching. When I have completed a project and haven’t organized a new one, i’m at a loss! I love stitching with wool!

    —Pat on May 23, 2018
  • I love wool work so as often as possible!

    —Lena T on May 23, 2018
  • Almost every day.

    —Sherry Sartin on May 23, 2018
  • I try to every day, but not enough hours in the day to do all I want!

    —Deborah on May 23, 2018
  • I used to only stitch on the machine. However, I have always been entranced by woolies and wool applique. I bought a few items, but never worked on them, until my spouse was hospitalized and subsequently had a leg amputated in March. He did not return home until the end of April. I had a lot of hospital waiting time to start stitching and it has been an escape for me. As he is still very needy, I cannot sew on the machine, but try to set aside some time every day to do some handsewing.

    —Geri on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can!

    —Denise F on May 23, 2018
  • I try to sew every day, but that doesn’t always happen. I sew mostly by machine, but I enjoy hand work in the evenings. I would love to work on some of your lovely designs. Jean

    —Jean Greene on May 23, 2018
  • I try to hand stitch every evening in front of the TV. I am currently working on Settler’s Pride by Maggie.

    —Cathy W. on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my sewing is on the machine. I have started to go back to doing some hand embroidery. So moving on to wool is the next step. I have collected a couple of kits so I need to get them out.

    —Cindy on May 23, 2018
  • I’d like to say everyday but it is more like as often as I can altho I do love hand work.

    —ANN R on May 23, 2018
  • I keep handsewing projects close by when I wind down in the evenings. Surprisingly, I actually finish projects sewing sometimes for a few minutes each evening!

    —Beverly Flowers on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can!

    —Dorthy Clendenning on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. I haven’t worked with a lot of wool, but still have the 1st wall hanging I made with felt over 50 years ago.

    —ELIZAJANE on May 23, 2018
  • I have started working with wool and it is exciting….I need more time for all my sewing projects…..

    —Linda Berwaldt on May 23, 2018
  • I enjoy hand stitching – applique, embroidery, embellishing, and any other project I can do by hand. I have not tried working with wool but would like to add that to my list. Wonderful book!

    —Eileen Heinze on May 23, 2018
  • I love to stitch every day!

    —Pam on May 23, 2018
  • These are lovely. I have been working some embroidery kits and am looking to expand on and learn something new. This looks like what I’ve been looking for.

    —Gloria on May 23, 2018
  • I love to hand applique and am currently starting my first wool project. I love doing it. I have been doing a little hand applique everyday for at least 10 years. It is so very satisfying.

    Cynthia Wood on May 23, 2018
  • I do hand sewing at least once a week. I love it!!

    —Marg on May 23, 2018
  • I hand stitch most evenings. I’m new to wool applique and find I enjoy it a lot. My supply of wool is small, so I’m still doing mostly embroidery with cottons.

    —Sandy May on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can and most times there is not enough time.

    —Katherine Hanson on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. Wish it was more!!

    Eileen on May 23, 2018
  • Not enough! I have a couple projects in the works and many others to be done. Every time I sit down and work on handwork I ask myself what the problem is that I don’t make time to do it daily.

    —Gail on May 23, 2018
  • A day without sewing is a sad day for me as I love to sew and I wake up each day looking forward to working on a project. I love Maggie’s designs. They carry a simple design message that touches my heart.

    Myra Katz on May 23, 2018
  • I try to stitch something every day, either hand or machne.

    barb h on May 23, 2018
  • Since I have retired I often have the luxury of sewing all day. I sew on the machine in the daytime and hand sew on either quilts or wool projects in the evening. Still, with other projects or housework, it is not as often as I would like. Love her new book!

    —Bette on May 23, 2018
  • As often as possible!

    —Laura Benthien on May 23, 2018
  • I try to stitch a few times a week. Wish I had time for more.

    —Marlene on May 23, 2018
  • Oh, everyday! I agree with Maggie, hand sewing is very meditative and satisfying.

    —Robin M. on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my sewing is at the machine, but hand stitching is wonderful for taking on vacation or long car rides!

    —Shannon on May 23, 2018
  • Not nearly as much as I’d like, but I squeeze it in when I can!

    —Amy on May 23, 2018
  • I stitch whenever I get the chance, though my favorite is stitching on the deck in the shade of my trees surrounded by flowering potted plants.

    —Beth on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing. But I do enjoy slowing down a bit here and there. And I am finding I like working with wool and felt.

    —Kim Brownell on May 23, 2018
  • I try to spend at least 30 minutes each day.

    —Lisa Garrett on May 23, 2018
  • I mostly sew by machine. Occasionly, I bind by hand.

    —Renata on May 23, 2018
  • I just retired so I have time to stitch almost everyday. I love machine quilting and am enjoying taking time for hand applique with wool and cotton.

    —Karen Lambert on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in.

    —Denise McIntosh on May 23, 2018
  • Would love to stitch every day, but some days by evening I am too tired to thread a needle, much less stitch. Love these simple, charming designs.

    —ADKKate on May 23, 2018
  • I always have a basket holding my current HAND sewing project next to my favorite chair😍😍😍

    Carol on May 23, 2018
  • I mostly do my work on a machine, but do enjoy doing handwork whenever I can squeeze it in. Especially on vacations and trips sitting g the airports

    —Bonnie Ferguson on May 23, 2018
  • I love love love slow sewing. I usually do a bit every evening before bed.

    —Nancy Roraback on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can, depends on my schedule.

    —Kathy on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there! Really enjoying the look of wool with hand stitching.

    —Pandora on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can, almost everyday!I try to keep some hand work to work on at night or on my lunch break at work.

    —Dianne Craig on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. It used to be every day but I’m back in school working on my masters so it’s not as often as I’d like.

    —Robyn Brown on May 23, 2018
  • Love the pin cushion and topiary! Looking forward to seeing the entire book up close.

    —Karen Bennett on May 23, 2018
  • Every day! I mostly do hand piecing and quilting so slow sewing a lot❤️

    —Helle S. on May 23, 2018
  • I slow stitch every day. Usually at night while watching tv.

    —Jan Scherbinski on May 23, 2018
  • Love love to hand stitch especially with wools I “listen” to tv shows cuz my eyes are on my stitching. Lori

    Lori Hossack on May 23, 2018
  • I slow stitch every day.

    —Jan Scherbinski on May 23, 2018
  • I sew every day. When I was working, I Quilted infrequently. Now retired, it is my goal to at least do a little sewing every day. Find it relaxing.

    —Jan Doyle on May 23, 2018
  • I like to stitch each day as it gives me time to relax.

    —Karleen Miller on May 23, 2018
  • Most every night while everyone is watching tv.

    —Pam on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in…..Thanks

    —MARTHAIA on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in, which is most days, even if I just quilt a few stitches.

    —Lynn Menich on May 23, 2018
  • I mostly sew on the machine but lately trying some hand appliqué, would love to do more as time permits.

    —Karen on May 23, 2018
  • I see as often as I can. Love these patterns. Wonderful job:)

    Lisa Abbey on May 23, 2018
  • I sew as often as I can. Love these patterns. Wonderful job:)

    Lisa Abbey on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can stitch I will do it. The best way to relax after long hours of work. Deb

    —Deb on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in.

    —Jo Brozinski on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. I love slow stitching.

    Sue O'Quinn on May 23, 2018
  • Have to sew every day! Even if it’s just for a few minutes.

    —Patti on May 23, 2018
  • Her book has me interested. It looks relaxing, and I love her "rule" about not worrying about perfection!

    —gail on May 23, 2018
  • I do one kind of slow stitching every single day. Whether it’s wool, punch needle, knitting, or doing some binding, I just about can’t not stitch every day. Thanks for this awesome opportunity!

    —Maggi Honeyman on May 23, 2018
  • At least once a week, and sometimes it becomes more of an every day thing, especially during lovely spring or fall weather when I can sit outside and stitch away while enjoying the woods in which I live!

    —Penny on May 23, 2018
  • I spend time slow sewing each night while “watching” tv with my husband.

    —Tammy Smith on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can but not nearly as often as I want. My main passion is my slow stitching, but my fingers aren’t as nimble as they used to be.

    —Pamela Dorman on May 23, 2018
  • Not often enough, probably once a week.

    —Dora Gibson on May 23, 2018
  • I do a little slow sewing whenever I get a chance. I love to embroidery, have wanted to do some wool work but for some reason it intimidates me, I even have a couple small kits I haven’t touched.

    —Susan on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can

    —Leslie Wittenberg on May 23, 2018
  • I do work on a sewing machine and hope to
    do hand work again soon.

    —Nancy Norris on May 23, 2018
  • Sometimes, in the midst of an overload of projects, i just lean back and grab a very small project and give it my 15 minutes of luxurious time. then the world can capture me again!

    —MARY ELLEN ORCHARD on May 23, 2018
  • Pure and Simple makes me want to stitch every day!

    —Margaret Dalmer on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent at the sewing machine.
    I am inspired to do some hand stitching.

    Joyce on May 23, 2018
  • Everyday even if it’s just for a little while. It’s so relaxing and I love the simplicity and choice of colors.

    —barb s on May 23, 2018
  • "Gram, will you watch me play (some game on the computer or X-box)?" is one of my favourite opportunities to sit and slow-sew – that and sitting on the sheltered deck on a summer day.

    —Gloria Fradsham on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can! I do a lot of hand stitching on my quilts, so I slow things down petty often.

    Diane Rose on May 23, 2018
  • I try for several times a week, sometimes I can do every day, sometimes not at all–that’s my life….

    —Joni Giancola on May 23, 2018
  • I sit down with handwork every evening. I actually resent it if I have to go out and miss my quiet time.

    —Debra Freese on May 23, 2018
  • I am a quilter who does speed sewing for some time most days, but I save and savor my slow hand sewing for night time. While I visit with my hubby and watch or listen to a little television, I practice my crafts learned as I was growing up and regained a few years ago. I had forgotten the joy and satisfaction from pulling a needle with thread through fabric but it didn’t take long for me to realize that this touches my soul where few other things do.!!!

    Sandi Henderson on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in.

    —Susan L. on May 23, 2018
  • I enjoy hand sewing when I can squeeze it in. I especially like the control in stitching and the mobility of hand sewing. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Lisa on May 23, 2018
  • I slow stitch everyday. It feels like something is missing or off if stitching is not part of my day. A truly zen experience for me. I really dislike being held captive sitting at my machine. My stitching friends call me “Handwork Marianne.” I smile and tell them they should try it sometime. When I finish a hand stitched project they all look at it in amazement. Slowing down and enjoying the process is life-enhancing.

    Thank you for asking this.

    —Marianne Udell on May 23, 2018
  • i’d be a speed stitcher!!!

    Ali on May 23, 2018
  • I try to spend some time each week slow sewing, particularly watching PBS series such as Little Women.

    —Regina Harris on May 23, 2018
  • I spend every evening slow sewing, by doing wool applique or handquilting. Sometimes both.😀

    —JoAnn on May 23, 2018
  • Slow sewing/stitching more than several times a week…do not always get to stitch daily.

    —Marilyn Fite on May 23, 2018
  • Much of my time is spent in front of the sewimg machine but every once in a while I get to do some slow sewing. It’s very enjoyable

    —Karen Anderson on May 23, 2018
  • I slow stitch a few times a week–I really love hand binding!

    Tanya Fredrick on May 23, 2018
  • I work on a bit of sewing each day either early in the morning or in the early evening. Working on something each day makes sewing projects a simple process that is totally enjoyable, and all those UFO’s do get completed!

    —Melanie D on May 23, 2018
  • Every day but I have yet to try using wool!

    —Jacqui Delchau on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can make it happen, usually several days each week.

    —Becky on May 23, 2018
  • I can do it – but just do not tend to do it often…

    —Karen on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze sewing time in.

    —Betty Gracie on May 23, 2018
  • Every day

    —Barb guenther on May 23, 2018
  • I have 3 projects going right now …embroidery, rughooking and a table runner (by machine). So when I’m tired or watchinga show I do slow sewing, usually week nights .

    —Joyce Jose on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there!

    —Lana Drum on May 23, 2018
  • It is a bit rare because I don’t have the right projects to do handwork on for now. This kit would be a great way to get started with slow stitching.

    Gene Black on May 23, 2018
  • Every day while watching tv and sometimes after lunch

    —Kerry Grose on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in.

    —Sue Cahill on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. Can’t wait to start working part time (next week) so I can have more time to do what I love!

    —Paula Saunders on May 23, 2018
  • I love stitching with wool appliqué! I wish football was on all year, cuz then I would get lots of stitching done:). I squeeze it in whenever I can; so fun!

    —Mary on May 23, 2018
  • I sew as often as I can squeeze it in.

    —Jill Hicks on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can fit in.

    —Karen Rodriguez on May 23, 2018
  • I try every day, slows my mind at the end of a day of lots of patients, handcraft yoga 🧘‍♂️

    —Gary on May 23, 2018
  • I stitch as often as I can fit it in which is nearly every day. Hand work is sooo relaxing

    —Phaye Geiger on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in!

    —Karen McMahon on May 23, 2018
  • I sew every day, if not at the machine I’m doing some hand sewing or quilting.

    Jeanette Jensen on May 23, 2018
  • I try to sew every day, if not on the machine, then by hand. Hand stitching is so relaxing, no 1/4″ seams to worry about, just getting those stitches on the redwork even.

    —Connie in Florissant on May 23, 2018
  • I do my hand sewing projects daily, while watching TV with the family

    —Maureen P on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can…love to do wool work while watching TV in the evenings.

    —Joyce on May 23, 2018
  • Whenever I can, I try to do some handsewing. That’s my favorite- I love handquilting especially.

    —Bebe on May 23, 2018
  • Most nights as long as I have something prepped!

    Carole on May 23, 2018
  • Wool is my fabric of choice so I use it as often as I possibly can.

    —Nell on May 23, 2018
  • I try to do slow sewing every day along with some speed sewing. My slow sewing is usually done in the afternoon or evening and I find it very relaxing.

    —Mary Jean Price on May 23, 2018
  • I try to do slow stitching, embroidery, every day.

    —Sandy Trachsel on May 23, 2018
  • I use my sewing machine but those are cute projects. Tempting to make them. I do do cross-stitch but I suppose that does not qualify for sewing. 😊

    —Martha Cook on May 23, 2018
  • Once in awhile for me. Life is so busy!

    —Judy Anderson on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my creative time is spent machine sewing. I love Maggie’s designs and plan to set aside more time for slow sewing. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

    —Bonnie on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can. I have three wool BOM’S going currently and one of them is Maggie’s Settlers Pride.

    —Liz Dyer on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in, but at least once a week.

    —Denise Campbell on May 23, 2018
  • At least once a week!! thank you!

    —Lee on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Carol on May 23, 2018
  • At least once a week.

    —Wilda Ernst on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can! I love hand stitiching, it’s very therapeutic!

    Jody M on May 23, 2018
  • Almost every day!

    —Susan K. on May 23, 2018
  • An evening relaxation.

    —Sandra Rassel on May 23, 2018
  • My goal is at least 30 minutes per day but don’t always hit it!

    —Diane on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in!!

    —JOYCE LUKAS on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in

    —Karen on May 23, 2018
  • as often as possible

    —Roz Agulnik on May 23, 2018
  • Usually I am sewing speedilly on the sewing machine but I do like to sew by hand and today, I actually sat down to sew by hand. I had 2 small quilted blocks that I had no real use for, so I put binding on them and sewed the back of the binding by hand. Now they are mug rugs. TaDaa!!

    —Angela Bowling on May 23, 2018
  • Once a week.

    —Rebecca Boukikaz on May 23, 2018
  • As often as I can find time, however would love that to be more!

    —Carol on May 23, 2018
  • I don’t set aside much time for slow sewing, but have been thinking about how I want to do more of it. Really like the topiary in this book.

    —Kay McCaffery on May 23, 2018
  • Everyday.

    —Kaye Walker on May 23, 2018
  • Almost every day I either do some sewing or some crocheting.

    —Judith Martinez on May 23, 2018
  • I enjoy handwork while watching a show or 5 in the evenings.

    —Rebecca B on May 23, 2018
  • Everyday,even if it’s only for an hour I find it relaxes me.

    patricia mccullagh on May 23, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there. I’ve made one thing with wool and liked it a lot. But supplies around my area were hard to find, until I read this post! Would love to win and try a kit! Thank you for the giveaway.

    —Amy Transue on May 24, 2018
  • I do a some stitching nearly everyday. I love to hand quilt, and I must say your book looks amazing!

    Carolyn Sweetman on May 24, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there!

    —Debbie Chenoweth on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can. I stitch during my lunchtime, I love to stitch while relaxing on the porch, I stitch while attending sports practice with my daughter. No better way to escape the rushing of a busy life.

    —Debra Walsh on May 24, 2018
  • I try to stitch everyday, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. It helps me relax and slow down.

    —Heather Anderson on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can….which is not nearly as often as I want! Thanks for a chance to win! Lls

    —Laurie Sanders on May 24, 2018
  • Almost every evening, when it’s wind-down time from a busy day, I spend a little time slow stitching. Often it’s English paper piecing or hand embroidery. The best time of the day!

    —Ruth on May 24, 2018
  • I set 1 day a week to do some slow sewing, that is my only day that I can do it and it is good mental therapy.

    —Stacey Smith on May 24, 2018
  • I try to have something I can stitch on every evening when I sit down with my husband after supper and watch TV. These projects look perfect; just my style❣😊

    —Beth Esser on May 24, 2018
  • I try to do hand sewing everyday

    —Sue singer on May 24, 2018
  • Speed sewing here but learning to enjoy the pure and simple:)

    —Denise on May 24, 2018
  • Almost everyday.

    Kara Overman on May 24, 2018
  • Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down!

    —Debby T on May 24, 2018
  • I would do it more often if I could settle on a pattern or kit. Don’t have wool locally, but I really want to get into some hand sewing in the evenings.

    —Michelle Cyr on May 24, 2018
  • I always have something to do handwork on my coffee table. I like to work on it in the evening. I also find it helps me calm down when I am stressed or worried about something. It’s a very good "medicine".

    —April Lopez on May 24, 2018
  • I try to sew on something every day. I find it relaxing and takes away some of the stress of our everyday busy lives.

    —Kaylene Nelson on May 24, 2018
  • I don’t squeeze much time in for sewing, but I love the simplicity of Maggie’s designs, and the texture and beauty of the hand-dyed wools from Blackberry Primitives! I hope to do more sewing in the future.

    —Linda Green on May 24, 2018
  • Just about Everyday! My grandmother always had her “handiwork “ by her side at night to sit and sew. I am just like her !

    —Jackie Brett on May 24, 2018
  • I try to sit and hand stitch every day, as often as I can! I love handwork and I now use Maggie’s summer brown thread for nearly everything. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Faye Schilling on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in!
    Love Maggie’s designs – they’re what got me started loving wool appliqué!

    —Lori Jones on May 24, 2018
  • As I often as I can but runs in cycles depending on life demands!

    —Sherry on May 24, 2018
  • At least once a week!

    —Patti Feuerhelm on May 24, 2018
  • I sew every day!

    —Suzanne Bingley on May 24, 2018
  • When I can but more often in warm weather than cold. I’ve only just started working with wool and discovered that it is more forgiving on arthritic fingers.

    —GloriaB on May 24, 2018
  • Everyday, thanks for offering this awesome giveaway!

    —Geni Pickens on May 24, 2018
  • I try to sit down & have quiet time with slow sewing every day! It may be in the middle of the day when I need a break or sometimes not until evening. My favorite sewing time is outside on my deck where I can enjoy the beauty of the flowers & listen to the birds! I have several of Maggie’s books & enjoy her slow process of hand sewing & creating!

    —Jo Wick on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can!!

    —Karen Sikes on May 24, 2018
  • I usually stitch every other day. Thanks for you generosity for this amazing giveaway!!

    —Cindi W. on May 24, 2018
  • She does beautiful work! Love her patterns

    —Jane Kloosterman on May 24, 2018
  • Q: How often do you set time aside for a little slow sewing?

    A: As often as I can squeeze it in and/or at least once a week!
    I love your designs, Maggie – thank you for serving your gift

    —Mary on May 24, 2018
  • Every day!

    —Marcia Jacobs on May 24, 2018
  • I do handstitching almost every evening as I watch and listen to TV or music. I have completed two of Maggie’s wool quilts as well as numerous smaller projects. One is in progress now, there are three waiting for backing. I also attended a rug hooking camp in Fredericksburg, Texas, where Maggie was an instructor. Several of us did wool appliqué under her tutalege. It was a wonderful experience and one I will always cherish. I don’t have Maggie’s newest book as yet and would love to be able to add it to my collection.

    Thank you!

    —Ginger Jackson on May 24, 2018
  • Usually every day or every other day.
    It’s what I do at work between sessions with clients…
    It’s also how I unwind once I get home from work & after I’ve eaten dinner.

    —Chandra on May 24, 2018
  • I try to stitch every day. It just makes me feel happy and there are so many beautiful things I have waiting to be stitched. Maggie has been my favorite designer for years.

    Bettie Depue on May 24, 2018
  • I try to hand stitch every day. I keep a project going.

    —Rhonda McAninley on May 24, 2018
  • Every day.

    —Sandi McKell on May 24, 2018
  • Everyday unless life gets in the way! My happy time.

    —Marilyn Higgins on May 24, 2018
  • I try to do some hand work every day, I don’t always make it but I try.

    —Brynne Wyatt on May 24, 2018
  • At every opportunity I sew on wool peices. Maggie’s books are among my favorites! I’ve completed most all of the patterns in her "Buttonwood Farm" Book. Love this new book!

    —Teresa on May 24, 2018
  • Every night in front of the tv. Sometimes into the wee hours 😬😊

    —Lana Richey on May 24, 2018
  • I do hand stitching 2 or 3 times a week—hand piecing, EPP but mostly wool applique. Recently have participated in Walnut Valley monthly stitch along projects focused on Maggie’s patterns.

    —Mary Kinsey on May 24, 2018
  • I love hand sewing but don’t spend as much time as I’d like doing hand projects right now because of work responsibilities. I tend to stitch more when I’m on vacation and have time to slow down. I love Maggie’s simple style…it’s a good reminder to slow down and enjoy the simple things.

    —Becky Coykendall on May 24, 2018
  • I see whenever I can- usually every day!

    —Deb Blaufuss on May 24, 2018
  • I stitch almost every day. I find that it is a perfect way to unwind at the end of thr day! I love the feel of wool and have found that working with wool is very addictive!

    Deb Rawalt on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in.

    —Sherry Jurykovsky on May 24, 2018
  • Every day. I don’t always succeed but I do really try. Nothing distresses me like needle and cloth in any form.My husband loves to watch me stitch. He says I’m in my own little world and my expression is so stress free.

    —Krissy Butorac on May 24, 2018
  • Every day!!! It is my therapy!!!!

    —Patricia Wolf on May 24, 2018
  • I try to do some hand sewing at least once a week. Usually there is something near I could pick up and do

    —Barbara lotthammer on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in. I am really hooked on slow stitching. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

    —Joan Moore on May 24, 2018
  • At least once a week, sometimes more if the weather is bad!

    —Diane Poirier on May 24, 2018
  • I do more fast sewing. Have to work in slow stitching in small amounts (numb fingers if I do too much at once). Looking for a bit more time, though. Maybe some daily time at lunch…

    —Stephanie on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in but most evenings as the day winds down. Even though retired the days fill up & there never seems enough time for slow stitching!

    —NANCY L BACHAND on May 24, 2018
  • My Friend and I get together once sometimes twice a week to sew Maggie Projects. We have a lot of Maggie’s Projects all cut out and pinned on but not finished. We need time to not think about anything and Maggie’s Projects help us to go to another place dreaming. We love everything we know about Maggie and all her projects and ideas. The Wool colors she uses couldn’t be more beautiful. We are just finishing the long log cabin design right now. WE love it! My Friend and I are excited about going to Maggie’s get together/ open house in Lincoln, NE. We just keep on dreaming!

    —CAthy Peterson on May 24, 2018
  • I usually used a machine, but I love these projects!

    —Terry on May 24, 2018
  • Maggie’s designs just speak to me on some level and put me in that special place when I stitch.
    I need to slow life down this year and start stitching again!

    Cindy Gonsowski on May 24, 2018
  • I try to hand sew every day as I find it very relaxing and enjoy seeing progress.

    Tracey Roberts on May 24, 2018
  • EVERY DAY – or I get grumpy!

    —Katherine on May 24, 2018
  • I try to sew at least a little every day, maybe some wool work, maybe make a binding, maybe piece a block or maybe spend a whole day long arming a finished project. Some days I sew for fifteen minutes, other days maybe five or six hours. Lately… the garden! The garden takes so much time it’s hard to sit and sew, but soon it will be self sufficient, at least for a while! And maybe I will stitch a Maggie project!

    —Carol on May 24, 2018
  • I get the most hand sewing done when I get together twice per month with our applique groups.

    —Elaine Carney on May 24, 2018
  • Try to stitch daily! Makes me happy and best therapy ever. Love Maggie and her style.

    —Barb Reininger on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can, which is almost every day 🙂

    —Kathy Holmertz on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in!

    —Susan Smith on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can.

    —Angela Adams on May 24, 2018
  • Love her Pea Pod in Thistle Down Moon. Love her new book with the Radish and other cute patterns!!!

    —karin levy on May 24, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there!

    —Maureen Haynes on May 24, 2018
  • i stitch everyday, it is as much a part of my day as eating and breathing. meditation in action. maggie’s work is a wonderful way to honor the materials and the process, and keep them relaxing and fun.

    —patti on May 24, 2018
  • Several times a week. I try to gather small hand projects to work on in the evening when I’m relaxing.

    —Rebecca Logsdon on May 24, 2018
  • My job is long arm quilting, do I don’t get too much time to do slow stitching! I take every chance I get!! I’m working on settlers stride right now!

    —Linda on May 24, 2018
  • At least once a week, I love doing cross stitching 🙂

    Tatiana Kishchinskaya on May 24, 2018
  • My goal is to work on a project for a couple of hours every evening. There is no better way to unwind after a busy day!

    —Cheryl Baunoch on May 24, 2018
  • I try to fit it in every day as it’s such good therapy,

    —Mary B on May 24, 2018
  • As often as family allow. But what a wonderful way to wind down after a hectic day

    —Karan Quartermaine on May 24, 2018
  • As often as I can, usually more than once a week. Would love to be able to do it every day – it’s therapeutic.

    —Vicki P on May 24, 2018
  • Not as often as I would like. I do a lot of it when I am riding in the car.

    —Karen A on May 24, 2018
  • I need to find more time to stitch. It is such a relaxing and enjoyable thing to do. I am vowing to make more time to stitch this year.

    —Diane Johnson on May 24, 2018
  • Love working on Maggie’s projects. Find the slow method very relaxing. Try to have a project going all the time and work on one at least a few evenings a week!

    —Sharon Fox on May 24, 2018
  • Everyday after dinner. Love that time!

    —Carol Santos on May 24, 2018
  • I love handwork, so as often as I can squeeze it in!

    —TheQuiltedDog on May 24, 2018
  • Slow sewing is an essential for me, each day, but with all these new beautiful, gorgeous designs from Maggie, I am going to need to speed up to keep up!

    —Sue Maddox on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can. I always have a few projects started. Love working with wool!

    —Jane Aumiller on May 25, 2018
  • I am mostly on the machine, but looking to add more slow stitching into my life.

    —Regina Arlauckas on May 25, 2018
  • Whenever I can!! Love the sense of calm and the feel of wool!!

    —Trish Probandt on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can fit it in.

    —Jo Barr on May 25, 2018
  • I try to have a slow stitching project in process at all times. Even if I don’t have opportunity to stitch every day, I have it close by!

    —Molly M on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can, there are usually 2-3 wool projects in progress to work on in between my machine piecing projects.

    —Marie Beers on May 25, 2018
  • Not enough!

    —Barbaraben on May 25, 2018
  • I do do a little slow sewing specifically EPP. I have not attempted working with wool but could be persuaded to do so.

    —Lisa Toth on May 25, 2018
  • I love slow stitching and hooking, so have a project nearby at all times, working on it most evenings.

    —Judy Smith on May 25, 2018
  • I love Maggie’s work and books! I do some handwork every day, I love it. Hugs,

    —Sandi on May 25, 2018
  • Almost every evening! Looking forward to these projects.

    —Judy on May 25, 2018
  • I try to a least once a week to fill the need for fun!

    —Tamara Eaker on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in and am mainly on my machine. But Maggie’s designs are amazing and that may change the amount of time dedicated to hand work!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Patti Levine on May 25, 2018
  • Wowser! Not enough! I love all those veggies!! Would love to try this as it’s so portable!

    —S Haddad on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in.

    —Sharon on May 25, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent sewing on the machine

    Lucy Askin on May 25, 2018
  • I hand stitch mainly on long car trips, I keep small projects in the glove compartment, and when flying–I keep a travel sewing kit in my carry-on.

    —Vin M on May 25, 2018
  • I try to squeeze in bit of time each evening for hand sewing. I’d love to try the projects shown here.

    —Judy Allen on May 25, 2018
  • At least once a week,the other days I am sewing on a machine. I wish I could do more slow sewing…

    —Rachel on May 25, 2018
  • Wow-
    I would love to sit and stitch those designs.
    Currently, most of my creative time is spent with the sewing machine.

    Teri Thompson on May 25, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing on the machine—but Maggie’s got me thinking about slowing things down here and there!

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can – never enough!

    —Louise on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can, and usually in the evening.
    A comfy chair and good lighting a must plus a series or movie and I’m set!

    —Karen on May 25, 2018
  • Comfort……….

    —Jo behrle on May 25, 2018
  • I absolutely love hand sewing, and I do it as often as I can! I’m discovering that applique is my favorite pass-time, and I love the primitive look of Maggie’s designs.

    —JJ on May 25, 2018
  • Everyday–I try to always have a hand stitching project to work on in the evenings.

    —Janna Lee on May 25, 2018
  • Slow sewing is relaxing so I slow sew as often as I can squeeze it in. I often like to add french knots for texture to small art pieces. These are quick to do and add so much depth.

    —Laura M on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in, would have to be my answer. Wool appliqué would sure cut down on some of the prep work.

    —Nancy on May 25, 2018
  • Most of my sewing is on the sewing machine, but I always have a slow stitch work in progress, or 2, or 3.

    —Janet Parker on May 25, 2018
  • The last option would be nice.

    —Joye Cox on May 25, 2018
  • I like to cozy into my chair in the evening and stitch away.

    —Arlene on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can. I love wool appique. It is so peaceful and relaxing.

    —Claudine Geisel on May 25, 2018
  • I go in spurts–I do a lot of machine sewing and then I slow down and hand sew for a while. I do try to do some type of sewing every day.

    —Kris B on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can, but at least once a week. I love to embroider (as well as machine sewing/quilting), and it’s so enjoyable. Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Sharon Vail on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in. Maggie has been a wonderful inspiration to me for working with wool.

    Lorene Soderstroom on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in. So relaxing.

    —Teri on May 25, 2018
  • I enjoy the process of creating wit a needle and thread. I love knitting with wool and full or felt the wool. I am very interested ib learning more I can create with wool.

    —Charlene RYAN on May 25, 2018
  • I do hand sewing each evening while my husband and I watch tv together. I also belong to an applique group. I do a lot with wool as well as needle-turn applique,

    —Jaxine Andersen on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can squeeze it in!
    I honestly just love her work!
    The older I get the more I am drawn to it!

    —Ann Austin on May 25, 2018
  • I usually try for once a week, at least, and I always have a take a long project for waiting somewhere.

    —Glenda McCarthy on May 25, 2018
  • Most of my time is on the machine, but if I see something that draws me in, I go for it.
    Thanks!
    Judy

    —Judy on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can, which is not often enough. I recently taught a hand-sewing class to a group of elementary school girls and it reminded me of just how much I love slow sewing.

    —Pearl on May 25, 2018
  • Love wool. Have a kit to work on.

    —Diane Melton on May 25, 2018
  • I love hand-stitching and I usually only get to do it when I’m binding a quilt or hand-quilting, but I’ve been wanting to start doing something like this for a long time! I love the look of these projects!! They are so beautiful! And I’d love to begin working with wool, too.

    Daisy on May 25, 2018
  • I do most things on the machine it I do like handwork for car trips and while watching tv…but I need to do it more often!

    —Rosalie on May 25, 2018
  • I sew and stitch as much as I possibly can. I love the end products!

    Anita Jackson on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can. I love slow sewing.

    —Vicki Allen on May 25, 2018
  • My so slow sewing only happens occasionlly because it seems I’m not sitting down lonb enough ever. I think long road trips are my best time because I am forced to sit still

    Anita Jackson on May 25, 2018
  • I try to take a few minutes each day to thread a needle and stitch a bit,
    it makes me feel great!

    —Lynne Fallis on May 25, 2018
  • I slow stich about 4 times a week for long periods.

    But I have to rest my fingers for a few days or I would do it every day!

    —Jonna Farrar on May 25, 2018
  • several times a week, having fun with EPP

    —Sue on May 25, 2018
  • #4. I’d love to do more handwork.

    —Alice on May 25, 2018
  • I mainly slow stitch when I’m on vacation. It helps me relax and reset.

    —JennyH on May 25, 2018
  • For me, it’s as often as I can squeeze it in!!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

    —Barb on May 25, 2018
  • I slow stitch at least once a week. Mostly small projects that are for gifts. Would love to start doing some for me and become selfish. H

    —Virginia Bronner on May 25, 2018
  • At least once a week. I mostly slow stitch small projects that are for gifts. I might become a little selfish and make some gifts for myself. Ha Ha! Thanks for this giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on May 25, 2018
  • Love! Love! Love! I stitch when I can and I’d love to be stitching some Pure and Simple projects real soon!

    Three Winners! Woot! Woot! Super generous!

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

    —usairdoll on May 25, 2018
  • AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE..APROX 4 HOURS A WEEK

    —MARIE on May 25, 2018
  • Everyday.

    —Nicole Mays on May 25, 2018
  • I need to slow it down and do more slow stitching. I am able to do some when we go camping as I sit outside enjoying nature. Very relaxing.

    —Michelle Eacret on May 25, 2018
  • I try to do some every day. Sewing with wool is my favorite thing to do and I have soooo many projects!!

    —Judy Wilson on May 25, 2018
  • I love to do this kind of sewing on a Sunday afternoon while listening to an audio book and some mindless TV.

    —Gail McHugh on May 25, 2018
  • As much as I can fit in my schedule. Wish it was more.

    —Donna Adams on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can. Love to work on it in the evenings while sitting with my husband.
    Love the book.

    —Judy Miller on May 25, 2018
  • At least once a week, but try for at least 4 times a week.

    —Jo Anne Hawks on May 25, 2018
  • Every day after dinner and before bed. It is my time to wind down.

    —Cheri Bergeron on May 25, 2018
  • I try to sew whenever I can! Most of the time it’s almost every day. Thanks so much for a chance, I love her work!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

    —Tabitha Keener on May 25, 2018
  • I try to find time every day

    —Sylvia Rainey on May 25, 2018
  • I usually do machine sewing but this looks so appealing!

    —Barb K. on May 25, 2018
  • I have not set time aside for slow sewing since I lost my best friend and quilting/wool buddy in Oct. of 2016. I keep saying it is time; yet have not done it. She would not be impressed because she used every free minute she had to either applique or quilt.

    —Nancy on May 25, 2018
  • I’ve only made one block of a sampler quilt in the slow stitch method. It was a little EPP 12 inch star. I would like to start on some wool stitching and winning a kit would be a perfect way to start. I’m with Maggie, I would like a superpower of being able to sew all the imaginary quilts in my head (and stash).

    —Linda Cejnar on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can

    —Cindy K on May 25, 2018
  • I try to squeeze slow stitching into my schedule a couple times a week

    —Carol on May 25, 2018
  • As often as possible! I always have a hand stitching project or two that I can work on either in the car or while "watching" tv in the evenings.

    —Mary Jo on May 25, 2018
  • Every day!

    —Sue Milanak on May 25, 2018
  • As often as I can! Not as often as I would like though.

    —Kathy on May 25, 2018
  • almost every day!

    —Jane on May 25, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing. But I love, in the evening to do bindings etc. So I guess that counts as slow sewing. I really love applique, wool or cotton, but don’t set much time aside for it.

    —stephanie Woodward on May 25, 2018
  • I usually do machine sewing, but this book makes hand sewing look very tempting–I have done embroidery work on tea towels when I was in grade school and started some embroidered quilt blocks which I would like to get back too at some time.

    —Barb K. on May 25, 2018
  • Speed sewing for me right now. I might have to try this slow sewing thing!

    —Renae on May 25, 2018
  • Every day! It is truly my meditation! And I, too, love working with wool.

    —Janice on May 26, 2018
  • I used to sew by hand all the time; looks like it’s time to bring it back into my life. Thanks for your generous gifts of sharing info and projects.

    —bookboxer on May 26, 2018
  • I don’t do slow sewing often enough any more and should get back to it (unless you count sewing on my old treadle and hand crank sewing machines!)

    —Kathleen on May 26, 2018
  • I would say at least once a week. There are times when i have a real hand stitching marathon. I truly enjoy these times. I love working with wool.

    —Carol Gouveia on May 26, 2018
  • Recently none. It is not what I want and I am trying to get back.

    —Sandra Boff on May 26, 2018
  • As often as I can. So relaxing to enjoy the process!

    —Caryn Goulden on May 26, 2018
  • As often as I can.

    —Donna W on May 26, 2018
  • At least once a week!!

    —Evonne Vaughn on May 26, 2018
  • As often as I can, usually in the evening while watching tv or in the car on trips.

    —Cathy Wilson on May 26, 2018
  • I try to get some slow sewing at least once a week. I haven’t sewn with wool fabric but I’m going to give it a try.

    Sheryl Harvey on May 26, 2018
  • As often as I can, a lot gets done waiting at appointments!

    —Sandy Steinke on May 26, 2018
  • Usually do speed sewing. However after looking at the great projects, I realize how much I miss slow sewing. Love her primitive style.

    —Rebecca on May 26, 2018
  • I do mostly speed sewing but after looking at this book I realize how I have missed enjoyment of sewing more slowly

    —Rebecca on May 26, 2018
  • Most of my time is spent speed sewing. But her book has reminded me of how much I miss slow sewing. Love her primitive style.

    —Rebecca on May 26, 2018
  • every day. I love to have a hand project to work on while I watch tv at night. thanks for the giveaway

    —Renea on May 26, 2018
  • I speed sew. Hand work cramps my hands, so it is not fun to hand sew.

    —Linda on May 26, 2018
  • Most of my sewing is fast on the machine, but I spend time hand stitching projects in the evenings at least three times a week I stitch and my husband reads aloud to me. We have enjoyed many good books together.

    —Maria Zook on May 26, 2018
  • I love to balance my machine quilting by having an embroidery project to do in the evening. Currently, i have two projects on the way which also include applique. Just loving the bag with the bird!!!

    —Jilly Anderson on May 27, 2018
  • As often as I can, I really want to try working with wool!

    —Mary on May 27, 2018
  • In between my large quilting projects I need a break, that’s when I get down to "relaxing".

    —Kathryn Smotryski on May 27, 2018
  • Mostly machine sewing, but a couple weeks ago I sewed my first wool applique projects, bookmarks!

    —Judy B on May 27, 2018
  • I try to do some slow sewing at least once a week. It is my favorite type of sewing. This book looks fabulous! Thanks for a chance to win.

    Pamela D Miller on May 27, 2018
  • I’m in love with the idea of slowing down. I mostly machine quilt and occasionally work on crewel kits from the thrift store, but I love the primitive wool look. What a great gift idea for my Mom!

    —Claire KD on May 27, 2018
  • I have several projects started…keep them in a basket in the living room so I can see them….that way whether its too hot or too cold outside I can do some hand work when the inspiration strikes!!!

    —Donna S on May 27, 2018
  • I do mostly speed sewing on the machine. But I do enjoy slow sewing and I love anything primitive.

    —Rebecca on May 27, 2018
  • oh dear I’m a bit of a speed sewer… I did do one project by hand & enjoyed it so I should do it some more. Thanks for the chance to win

    —suzanne on May 28, 2018
  • As often as I can. Have a great day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

    —Angela J Short on May 28, 2018
  • I like to have some hand sewing to do while watching TV. The wool stitching has been on my list of things to try. I just haven’t accumulated all of the products for a project.

    —Karen on May 28, 2018
  • I have two projects started but don’t seem to make time as much as I would like. Very cute projects!

    —Jackie on May 28, 2018
  • As often as possible! I do like my machine, but in front of the TV handwork is the best.

    —Linda Towers on May 29, 2018
  • As often as I can. These primitive projects are a whimsical delight. Each one brings a smile to my face. Very clever designs.

    —Annette F. on May 29, 2018
  • As often as I can.

    —Cindy Shelley on May 29, 2018
  • I sew about six days a week. Slow sewing helps my fingers stay nimble, as I have arthritis. I find it satisfying and calming. I appreciated Maggie’s words about not worrying about perfection, and I try just to find joy in the work! I look forward to hand sewing projects from her wonderful new book!

    —Linda Regan on May 30, 2018

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