I’m Susan and my husband Andrew and I live in Portland, Oregon with our kids Pearl + Everett. I’m a freelance writer and I love to make things!

I’m the author of Sewing for all SeasonsBead SimpleButton It UpModern Log Cabin Quilting, and World of Geekcraft.

I’m also a contributing editor at Stitch Magazine  – I write regular features about sewing and craft history, as well as design projects from time to time. I am the historian for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.

I’ve also contributed to CRAFT:, Selvedge, ReadyMade, BUST, CraftStylish, Adorn, Cutting Edge, Venus, geekcrafts.com, getcrafty.com, and other magazines and sites.

I've also been writing regularly for the Coats and Clark Sewing Secrets blog! (http://coatsandclarksewingsecrets.com)

I co-wrote Super Crafty with the ladies of the Portland Super Crafty collective, and I’ve contributed how-to projects to Get Crafty: Hip Home Ec, Tease, Making Stuff, The Crafter Culture, Applique Your Way, and Vintage Craft Workshop.

In my spare time, I love to sew dresses from vintage patternsembroider, make quilts, read, and drink coffee. And one of these days I swear I’m going to learn to crochet…

Here I am in a few other places…
Susan Beal, craft writer on Facebook
westcoastcrafty on twitter
•also westcoastcrafty on instagram
•and Susan Beal on Pinterest

About West Coast Crafty

I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1997 to go to jewelry-making school after college and fell in love with the West Coast. I learned how to sew and started a little handmade business called susanstars, and started writing craft articles and how-tos around the same time. My West Coast Crafty blog began as a monthly column for getcrafty.com in 2005, the year I moved to Los Angeles with my husband, Andrew - you can still see those early pieces in my archives! I wrote more and more posts, and eventually moved it over to a Wordpress site. 

We moved back to Portland the next year, and I've been lucky to keep up my freelance writing and publish six of my own craft books. I have two young children now and not nearly as much free time, but I love keeping this little blog as a place to write just for fun, about things I like and projects to make. Thanks to a lovely re-design by Alyssa of Pile O Fabric, I am so happy to have my book sites, tutorials, and events all in the same place. Thank you for visiting me over here, and please drop me a line if you'd like to!

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