I met Leah Day at Fall Market last year I believe. We quickly started chatting about business and Leah couldn’t stop smiling. I love to chat business and Leah is always so open about what works for her and what doesn’t. She is honest about the ups and the downs in her business. I love that in a person. I love when someone shares their story, sure, but when someone shares their business secrets I get giddy. You see so many people don’t want to share what is working for their business because you might take some of their business. That could happen but I don’t think Leah is threatened by that idea. She is confident in who she is and what she is doing. She loves to share her passion for sewing and her passion for having a business that makes money. She is a pro at videos and patterns and she runs a thriving online shop as well. She even has a new sewing podcast called Hello My Quilting Friends. We chat about all of her many talents in this episode of the podcast. I think you are going to love it. Click on the link for this blog post to listen.
This is a list of the top 5 podcasts I listen to while I create. I like to have diversity in my listening because I don’t always feel the same while being creative. It is great to have a good variety so no matter your mood you have something to listen to while you work.
I am excited to have Taylor from Blueprints for Sewing on the show today to chat about her journey into designing clothing patterns. She has such a sense of style and really puts a lot of thought into her patterns and fabric choices. I have her Geodesic top, the longer version, and A-Frame skirt, version 1, printed out to make as soon as I can get market sewing finished. Taylor teaches classes in her hometown of Boston and if you are near you should totally look into taking one. I wish I were near because I love the thought and time Taylor puts into each project she works on. You will hear the love she has for teaching others to make garments they will love to wear. I love a designer that really thinks about what the maker would feel great wearing on a daily basis. I think it is so cool that so many of her patterns combine garments with patchwork elements. I just can’t wait to experiment with the pockets on the A-frame Skirt maybe adding a peak of my favorite fabric I have been hoarding. And the Geodesic I think will be perfect for using up some coveted fat quarters. I can’t wait to experiment.
Cheryl Arkison is someone I could chat with all day long about sewing, quilting, fabric, family, and how I love warm weather and she loves cold weather. She just inspires me to look at my process and think about it in a new way. We chat about her new fabric line with Connecting Threads called Tag. She also shares why she thinks her time in the morning being creative helps her to stay creative even when she may want to take a break. I need to adopt her process in some way because I think it would help me to stay in the creative zone. I tend to stray sometimes and getting back on track can be difficult. I wanted to know all about her process of sorting scraps. We really just had a great chat and I can’t wait for you to listen. Cheryl always has some great tips and advice. Click on the link to listen.
Following your heart can be risky sometimes but Melissa Mendez did just that when she decided to leave the corporate world to go out on her own. I so enjoyed chatting with Melissa about all things business and patterns. I have always wanted to know more about designing clothing patterns because it looks so difficult to me. I enjoyed hearing Melissa’s process and also how she could helps any listeners who want to have their own pattern line. I am not the best at writing patterns and working on the technical part of things but that is where someone like Melissa could help. She also has a great podcast I think you will enjoy as well. Click on the link to listen to this episode.
I love talking to creatives that find what they really love doing with their skills. Kristy and Nissa are the team that wants to help you have the best patterns, books, and photography in your business. They know what will sell in this industry and they will help you get an online visual identity like no other. I loved chatting with them on how Page + Pixel started, what they learned along the way, and what they want to help you do in the future. They are such a powerhouse of talent and I seriously can’t wait to see their work evolve for years to come. Their Page + Pixel toolbox will be so so cool to use in your own business and there is so much more to come. These ladies want to help you look your best online and I can’t wait for you to hear this chat. Sewing has never looked so good. Click on the link to listen.
Katy from Greens and Blues Co is here to chat about getting your creativity. Whether you need to fine it for the first time or help getting it back Katy is your one stop resource for all things creative. She has developed online classes, as well as an email course, to help you ignite your creativity and keep it. Lauren McAfee is chatting with me about her family’s company, Hobby Lobby. I am a huge fan of Hobby Lobby because of their excellent service to their customers. They have a store full of everything you need in your creative life. Click on the link to listen to the episode.
Suzy from Suzy Quilts and I met up in Savannah, Ga to attend #Quiltcon2017. Suzy has attended Quiltcon before but this was my first time. We chat about what we loved and what we wished had been different. We also tell the crazy story of what happened with our airbnb because we hope that it will help others if they are ever in the same situation. We also talk about having a business in the sewing industry. Suzy has been an amazing friend to me since we met and we often talk about business. Okay we talk about business all of the time and I wanted to share some of our chat with you as well. It is an episode packed with so much great information.
The reason I love this podcast so much is the ability to the hear stories of others. I don’t think I will ever tire of talking and chatting about how life has its up and downs but it is how we all get through it that speaks volumes. I couldn’t have been happier when Melody said she would come on the podcast to chat with me about Cotton + Steel, the company she and her fellow designers build. It is like the coolest sewing related episode of How I Built This! Melody saw something in herself and her art to really pave a new creative path for her life. She opens up about the struggles, the doubts, as well as the triumphs and perks of paving your own creative path in an industry that can be reluctant to change. This is an interview you won’t want to miss. It is just so packed with information, inspiration, and pure awesomeness.
Chris is back for a bside episode. It was a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants last minute thing but hopefully those of you who have been wanting another bside will enjoy it. We chat about what has been going on in our lives, what is trending, and Chris talks about his new line with Riley Blake.