Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects: Genesis Hall

We were delighted to introduce you all to Katherine Lile of The Mountain Thread Company last week and are excited to now feature three of our Artisans as they take on projects from Katherine’s new book. It’s always exciting to see how different makers will interpret a project and we love a good collaboration! Check out the full series schedule below and click on the button to grab a copy of Katherine’s book, Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects (Fox Chapel).

9/15 — Meet Katherine Lile of The Mountain Thread Company
9/22 — Guest Post by Aurifil Artisan, Genesis Hall (YOU ARE HERE)
9/29 — Guest Post by Aurifil Artisan, Ama Frimpong
10/6 — Guest Post by Aurifil Artisan, Tina Curtis

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Genesis Hall (@gennyfromthequiltblock). At age 12, Genny is our youngest Artisan, which makes the sheer quality of her work even more remarkable. She has been sewing and quilting for 3 years. We’d encourage you to read a little more of her story via this sweet post on Instagram.

We’ve been thoroughly impressed with Genny’s creativity and her skill and love that she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, wide ranges of projects, and most of all, with all of the available Aurifil thread weights. We have a feeling that you’ll be hearing about her for years to come and we are honored that we get to be the smallest part of her creative journey!

Huge thanks to Genny for working with us on this project — we’re certain you’re going to love what she’s made!

When given the opportunity to collaborate with the rope project, without hesitation I was completely on board! The Mountain Thread Company is right down the road from where I live, therefore I was honored to have been asked.

While browsing Katherine Lile’s new book Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects, I immediately marveled over the colorful market tote and was eager to make my own. It’s a practical project; something I’d use often, maybe even daily. I desired something that I could take along with me anywhere. The market tote was a perfect choice!

To add my own personal touch, I chose the fabric-wrap technique using strips mid-basket of orange and green for personalization. Aurifil 50 weight variegated thread in 4654 was specifically used for color dimensions and depth for a nice splash of teal and a fade of white to coincide with the fabric. Katherine’s recommendation for an added swivel-clip gave the tote a utilitarian aspect that I found quite brilliant! 

Katherine’s instructions were clear, precise and I had absolutely no challenges making the tote. Detailed photos and added tips were helpful and demonstrated visual examples that makes it possible for anyone to execute any task in her book. She provides recourses and in-depth context about supplies, techniques and customization specifics.

My most favorite part about the project was Katherine’s very own designed rope, unlike no other. Manufactured in North Carolina, Katherine’s rope differs from others by its 100% solid braid providing an unmatched structure. It has the ideal size, fiber content and method of make up.


Genesis is a highly motivated 12 year old sewist and quilter. She’s eager to learn any new technique and aspects of sewing. Since she was 10 years old, Genesis has excelled in quilt piecing, fashion seaming, bag making, and stuffed sewing projects.

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