building block dress book tour wrap-up

Hello, friends!

Well, that was a long trip! It’s good to be back home after three weeks away, but what fun it was to visit so many different cities and meet so many of you who showed up for book signings and workshops! I especially enjoyed getting to know you and spending time with you. And your questions during the workshops helped me to understand some of the areas where you’re unsure about your sewing as well as areas where I can continue to help you improve your skills and gain confidence. So I learned a lot during the workshops, too. Thank you for coming!

It all started in Houston at Quilt Market, where the Robert Kaufman team designed the cutest booth for the Building Block Dress book and all the samples I made using their fabrics. Didn’t they do a lovely job?


I’ve been having fun with these book signings. Each person gets a dress design of their very own on the title page, and while I’m drawing we have time to chat!


It was wonderful to catch up with friends at the show. It’s been so long since I’ve seen many of my colleagues!

From there, it was straight to Fancy Tiger in Denver, Colorado. I’m lucky because my sister lives near Denver, and we were able to spend the day together before my workshop. (Little Bear goes everywhere I go, and I send photos back to S.)


Then on to Seattle, where my friend Keli showed me around town and we had such a wonderful time together before my workshop and book signing at her fantastic shop, Drygoods Design.

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After Seattle I took a short break to spend a few days with my parents in Madison, Wisconsin. I don’t get to see as much of my family as I would like, especially now that we live so far away. And this time I even brought my laundry home!


From there I headed to Cincinnati for a workshop and signing at Fibergé in conjunction with Sewn Studio.


Next, two workshops and a book signing at CraftSouth in Nashville, Tennessee. I always enjoy hanging out with Anna Maria, who was busy packing for her gigantic Australia trip but still took time from her schedule so we could have dinner and spend some time catching up. Her street is hopping–lots of new shops and excitement in the neighborhood.


And st but not least, a stop at Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair, New Jersey, where I stayed in the most beautiful B&B.


I still had about 36 hours in New York before catching my flight back home, so I dropped in to Butterick to do a little work with the team on some upcoming Lisette patterns. I’ll tell you more about my two newest Lisette patterns (including this coat!) soon.


Even though it was a really short trip, it was wonderful to be back in NYC. I got a quick kidney check-up and spent a little time with our friend who received the kidney, and I was able to run a few errands and catch a couple of museum exhibits I really wanted to see. Not nearly enough time, but I needed to get back home to the family, after all.


Thank you again to everyone who helped to make this trip into quite an adventure! I really enjoyed meeting you and hope we can do it again sometime.






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  1. Nicole

    It is so good to see you well and out and about after your kidney donation.

  2. Linda Adam

    Loved reading about & seeing photos from your tour. I would have loved to have been able to be at one of your workshops. Maybe next time you could have a visit to Toronto on your schedule. Can’t wait to hear & see more about your newest coat pattern. It is gorgeous! The collar is wonderful & the colour is perfect on you. Cheers, Linda A, Ontario, Canada.

  3. Jenny

    Loved meeting you in Seattle! It was extremely helpful and you are so kind and patient! Definitely a highlight of my sewing career!!

    1. Thanks so much, Jenny. I loved meeting you too!

  4. Jacqueline

    Congratulations on the book – and – I love the new coat!!…

  5. Susan Terrill

    What an amazing tour! I love the photos of Madison but I do not see Mrs Rennebohm on top om the capitol dome. I certainly ate a lot of ice cream from their drug store to help me study when the temps went to -30degrees or so. That’s when I needed your beautiful new coat, what an incredible gift to give a kidney on top of everything else. you are an amazing person. Also, please tell me again where the daily Building Block dresses can be found. I searched all over and could not find them, And one more also, I think I have noticed that many of Robert Kaufman’s fabrics are GOTS. I am very interested in the Fashion Revolution and try to keep an eye out for which fabrics are labeled and which are not. I do not know much about labeling for linen or other fibers.
    Thank you, susan

    1. Susan, isn’t Madison a lot of fun? It was a great place to grow up.

      The daily sketches on our the Building Block Dress Facebook group, which I think you’re a member of? It’s a private group for people who bought the book the first week it was released. And you can probably find information about Kaufman’s fabrics on their website. I hope that helps.

      1. susan terrill

        Yes. I loved Madison as a French major many years ago. So cold.

  6. Cynthia Tennant

    Sounds like it was a wonderful trip? I love the coat you’re wearing! Since this is an old post and it’s now July of 2022 is that pattern available? Thank you for your time!

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