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’m a pattern person. I like learning from patterns and books, and I like my projects to have a defined size and shape before I start sewing. With clear and detailed instructions, you can focus all of your energy on creating something that really reflects you.
I live in Kansas City, MO, with my husband and our three young children. I’m also the 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.
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
- A comprehensive supply list
- Instructions for a pieced backing
- Easy-to-understand instructions, diagrams, and photos
- Each quilt made in multiple sizes