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Hi! I’m Shea Henderson. Welcome to my blog!

I started this blog in 2007 as a way to document my sewing projects and to interact with the fantastic online quilting community. Today, it is also home to my sewing pattern business, Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio.

Why the name “Empty Bobbin”? I picked that as my blog name years ago as I just love the idea of an empty bobbin– it means you have been sewing and sewing and sewing for someone special.

I am a former middle school math teacher turned sewing pattern designer– two careers that are, surprisingly, not so different from each other! I am the author of the book School of Sewing and my work has been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quilts & More magazines and I am a contributor to the book Modern Baby.

I live in Kansas City, MO, with my husband and our three young children. I’m also a co-founder and past President of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. The KCMQG is home to some of  the most wonderful, talented and completely hilarious people I know.

About My Book, School of Sewing:  School of Sewing (Lucky Spool, 2014) allows you to follow in the footsteps of a group of beginners who shared one goal- to learn to use their sewing machines. This book is an engaging, detailed lesson plan designed to guide you along that same journey, whether you are learning alone or as a group. It begins with easy-to-follow instructions for how to use a sewing machine and advice on buying fabric and tools and then progresses through 12 projects- one three-hour lesson a month, perfect for friends to learn together. Your own School of Sewing will be proud to show off or to gift these trendy projects, which include a pillowcase, zippered pouch, tote bag and patchwork quilt, each with optional details for “extra credit.”

School of Sewing is available wherever books are sold. Find out more at

About My Patterns:
All of my designs begin on graph paper. I love the calculation part of the design process, from figuring out yardage requirements to finding the best way to cut each piece of fabric. (My years of teaching 7th grade math come in handy during this part.) After I make my initial sample, the pattern is sent off to my testing crew. They test every single size and variation to make sure that you’ll have a great sewing experience. A few things you’ll find in all of my patterns:

  • Booklet format with full color instructions
  • Full-size pattern pieces
  • Instructions for a pieced backing
  • Easy-to-understand instructions, diagrams, and photos
  • Each quilt made in multiple sizes
If you are looking for a store to purchase one of my sewing patterns, check out the list on my patterns page.
If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at

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