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The slogan of the Stitch Please podcast is "we'll help you get your stitch together." Now we're bringing it to you with our quarterly newsletter, The Stitch. This memo will update you on Black Women Stitch and the Stitch Please podcast while providing opportunities to connect in creative community. We'll help you get your stitch together practically, too!

This issue features the BACKSTITCH. A reinforcing stitch done by hand or machine, a backstitch is a return with a purpose as needle and thread return to the start to prevent loose ends. 

This issue's banner art is courtesy of @dood_ette. This image represented the month of May in the 2022 BWS wall calendar. 

Sew Black Summary

Sew Black, an affinity space at the Modern Quilt Guild QuiltCon in Atlanta, GA in late February, was an overwhelming success. The space was designed to provide Black makers with a much-needed space to connect, relax, create and recharge.  It is clear from participant feedback that the Sew Black space was a highlight for many. The warm vibe was as appreciated as much as the live podcast interviews with many QuiltCon All-Stars including keynote speaker Chawne Kimber, designer Rashida Coleman Hale, teacher/ancestral quilt keeper Sarah Bond and more! The Sew Black space was an oasis in the desert of whiteness and made attendees feel relaxed and at home. Visit the Memories section of the Black Women Stitch website to see why participants said things like this:

  • The Sew Black Experience was like no other experience I’ve ever had in my life, sewing related events or otherwise. 

  • I’m thankful for the space to just BE

  • It was awesome to see so many Black quilters. I only know one in my hometown.

  • As soon as I walked into QuiltCon, I had an experience with old white women that shot my nerves for the rest of the con, but when I was able to find the Sew Black space, I felt like I could find a place with folks who just get it. 

The Sew Black space also increased Black joy. Check out this article in Reckon magazine’s Black Joy Newsletter to find out how. 

We are grateful to our sponsors and partners for the resources to center and celebrate Black creativity at QuiltCon. We are especially thankful to the Modern Quilt Guild for taking the risk and living its values. Stay tuned to the Stitch Please podcast for special Sew Black episodes in the coming months. 

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ICYMI: Q1 Podcast Guests

From Black Sewing Network to the Blackest Quiltcon Ever, the first quarter of the Stitch Please podcast was sew much fun. 

Episode 163: Black Sewing Network
Episode 164: Carol's Sewing Corner with Couture Sewist Carol Ware
Episode 165: Make it Very Black: Stacey Watson, National Quilt Museum
Episode 166: Carole Lyles Shaw, Modern Quilt Innovator
Episode 167: Sandra Lee Chandler: Denim, History, Quilts
Episode 168: Geraldine Wilkins: Living Water Quilter
Episode 169: Valerie Goodwin: Quiltmaker. Worldbuilder.
Episode 170: Stitching History with Janda Lipker and Rebecca Christian-Lipker
Episode 171: Unearthing Unicorns with Simone Elizabeth Saunders
Episode 172: BTS with Sew Black Live Show Producer Latrice Sampson Richards
Episode 173: Sew Creative Lounge Quilting Conference

And prepare to get your stitch together in Q2 with our new guests:
Tasha Henry, Shorti J, Jaimie Black, Porfiria Gomez, Michael and Ava Gardner

DId you know that the Stitch Please podcast was nominated for Best DIY podcast for 2023 by The Podcast Academy?

Black Sewing Network Sewalong

Lisa is connecting with Julian Collins for Menswear Sunday, April 16th, at 3 pm on the Black Sewing Network on TikTok. They will sew the boxer brief pattern the Gable by Made for Mermaids. Lisa enjoys the Gable pattern because of its simplicity (3 seams, 2 hems, 1 waistband) and the size inclusivity. The kid size goes from toddler to teen; the adult size fits waist sizes 28" to 63". Not bad for $9. Get the Made for Mermaids Gable boxer briefs BWS affiliate link

Check out the BWS Amazon store for pinned supply list

Backstitch: A New Podcast Series

The backstitch reinforces. Sewn by hand or stitched by machine, the backstitch is a return with a purpose. The podcast’s BACKSTITCH series will recall early and/or favorite episodes of the podcast. The best news? It’s hosted by YOU! Do you have a favorite episode? Leave a voice memo. Remember, the Backstitch makes a seam stronger. If your voice message is chosen for Backstitch, you’ll receive an honoraria.

Upcoming Events 

This year, Lisa will be attending the Sew Much Soul Quilting Conference and hosting the VIP meet-and-greet of this virtual global gathering. April 14-16.  Click Here for more information.

Sewing My Style Bra Talk Retreat  Bowie, MD April 20-23, 2023

South Florida Frocktails  Miami, FL, June 10, 2023

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Lisa is writing a book! 
The first draft is due early in Q3. Please send thoughts, prayers, presents, Patreon subscriptions, 5-star podcast reviews, one-time donations, and/or Backstitch voice memos! 

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