The Stych – My Weekly Newsletter

The Stych

I thought I would do something different with my weekly newsletter this week. I love sharing my newsletter picks each week – it is my sunshine to my subscribers. So welcome if you are new here and welcome if you are coming over from your weekly email.

This week has been full of wishy washy for me. I have this gut feeling that I am going in the right direction but where I am going is fuzzy. These are the things I know lately and get ready because they are random so hang with me:

  1. I know the book is something that I have to do and I have imposed a deadline on myself to have the proposal ready to send out by Sept. 1. I have asked several close colleagues to look it over before I officially send it out. I have worked on one project for that this week but I think it could have been more.
  2. I know the podcast is something I feel compelled to do. I think it is a gift I really enjoy sending out into the world. I actually wish it was easier to make money with it. That will happen – I feel it. I am not letting go of what I feel in my heart on this.
  3. I know this community is filled with some of the coolest people on the planet. They make the world a better place with their creativity and kindness. It is humbling.
  4. I have the best listeners a girl could ever ask for. I have gotten some of the sweetest comments, messages, and emails this week that made me smile. My heart filled up with happiness. I am truly blessed.

We all have seasons in life and I am in a listening season. I am okay with that and I think being quiet and listening is an important part of the creative process. I wonder how much easier this quiet time was before so many distractions like technology. If only my grandma was around to have a chat with on the screened porch.

One distraction that is welcome around my house is talking about the Total Solar Eclipse. My husband took the day off and the kids were home so we could all watch it. We were in 88% totality and it was really cool. I think my husband and I were the most excited about it, lol. On a completely different note, we visited with friends from England that were in town and now my kids and I are all chatty in our British accents. So, as you can imagine, we are just a crazy crowd this week.

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On to the links:: (I had to include some eclipse stuff but I promise only this one time!)


MS episode 092:: Christa Watson from Christa Quilts

Machine Quilting with Style, Christa’s first book. Also have a listen to episode 077 when she chatted about this book.
Christa’s Shop, The Precut Store
The new Julian Fellowes show on amazon, Dr Thorne. (affiliate link)

Stephanie’s Podcast Picks::

Heather Dubrow’s World

Bon Appetit Foodcast

Allegedly with Theo Von and Mathew Cole Weiss

Elise Gets Crafty

Fat Mascara 

Masterpiece Studio (PBS podcast)

I also mentioned

Joe Rogan (this is a podcast my husband listens to. Just a warning:: there is a lot of bad language usually)

Serial (loved the first season and not really the second season)

Christa’s Podcast Picks::

Hip to Be a Square

Hobbies up to Here

Explore Your Enthusiasm

The Simple Show

Seamwork Radio

Link to another list of podcasts to listen to (From Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams): 

MS episode 080:: Alyce Blyth from Blossom Heart Quilts


Blossom Heart Quilts

Blossom Heart Quilts Blog

Blossom Heart Quilts Book:: DIY Block Design

Modern HST Sampler

Blossom Heart Quilts Pattern Shop

Blossom Heart Quilts SHOP

Blossom Heart Quilts Tutorials

Blossom Heart Quilts Instagram

Blossom Heart Quilts Facebook 



featured blogger:: Christina Lane from The Sometimes Crafter


image from The Sometimes Crafter website

Okay that gorgeous lady up there is Christina. I have to confess I want her skin. Okay that is a little weird. Sorry. Seriously Christina is the sweetest person you will ever meet. Actually I have only met her online and well she has always been more than kind and helpful. I love that and I love that she has a new book out to share with all of us called Quilting Happiness. Don’t you love that name?!?!? Well it is just that finding what makes you happy in this craft we all love. The book is full of exercises to help you understand why you do this craft called quilting and how you can find your happiness. There are so many great exercises in the book that make you look at the why of making a project for you… yea you. It is like your own little class to get to know yourself better. Well your creative self that is. Go check out the QUILTING HAPPINESS book website.

image from Quilting Happiness website

One thing I love about Christina is that she gets math because someone in this world needs to because I don’t. She is awesome and putting together patterns and has some really great ones in her shop. I have been wanting to make the Ornate Mini Quilt for a long time and I really need to get on that.


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