I am so excited about my new series on the podcast called MY side. I have three friends in real life that keep me grounded, inspired, and feeling normal. You have met January so far and today you will meet Lacey. Lacey is also the only one in the group I have talked into sewing with me. She currently has three quilt tops ready for the longarm and I can’t wait until she comes over to sew all day with me again. We chat about learning to listen to ourselves in this episode and how that is changing the more we age. Click on the link to listen in.
Blair Stocker, from WiseCraft Handmade, is a creative with a passion for teaching others how to use what they have to make warm and snuggly quilts. Using different textiles to create one of a kind quilts, wall hangings, and pillows. I struggle with cutting into beloved fabrics to make something special but Blair’s new book, WiseCraft Quilts, guides you along in such a way that it is sacred and not scary. We chat on this episode about Blair’s background as a creative, her books, having a creative business, her new videos focused on guiding you to make your first quilt. Click on the post title to learn more.
I am over on the Janome Blog today with my Modern Ditty Bag tutorial. This is a special project for me for many reasons and I am so happy I get to share it today. I gave these two bags to my daughter’s teachers the first day of school to carry when they aren’t in the classroom and they have commented so many times how much they love them. This is an easy project to sew up and such a perfect project to make for someone special.
Victoria Finlay Wolfe does modern classic like no other. She often takes a traditional block and puts her own modern spin on it. I remember finding Victoria’s work in her book titled Double Wedding Ring Quilts and I was blown away. She really made me see that using fabric can really make your quilts look unique. I wanted to get to know more about her dive into the sewing world, what she had going on with her fabric collections, opening up a brick and mortar store in NYC, and how she handles the juggle of it all. We also chatted about her new book that just released called Modern Quilt Magic, which is full of seriously cool projects that look harder to make than they are hence the magic part. I can’t wait for you to learn more about Victoria and if you are anything like me you won’t be able to resist checking out her shop!
Andrea Tsang Jackson, of 3rd Story Workshop, is my guest today on the Modern Sewciety Podcast. I first noticed Andrea’s work on instagram and instantly fell in love with her unique style and patterns. She recently released patterns for her unique gemstone patterns that she has been selling for some time now at crafts shows. We chat about her background and how she started her business, 3rd Story Workshop, and what she is looking forward to in the future. We also talk about the ups and downs of releasing your own patterns, selling your own sewn items, and trying to figure out how to price goods for sale. Andrea is such an amazing creative and I know you are going to enjoy this chat as much as I did. click on the link to listen.
I have had this idea on my heart for a long time… Show more of my side as I chat with my dear friends about every day life topics. I have three childhood friends who I still text, call, and hang out with on a regular basis. We are all different in many ways but we really value and cherish those differences. We are also so similar too which is the thread that brings us together as well. I will have each of the ladies on to discuss one topic and once they have all talked about it with me then we will move onto another topic. I love how you will hear each of their thoughts, stories, and commonalities. We will laugh, cry, agree, and probably disagree but my hope is to celebrate our friendship. I want to share the legacies of these amazing women with you dear listeners. Click on the link to meet my dear friend January and listen to our chat. Our topic is:: What it feels like to be almost 40 and finally trusting your heart and intuition.
Stephanie Kendron chats with Michelle Bartholomew about all things sewing. I met Michelle in real life at Quiltcon in Savannah, Ga this year. A group of us met up at an oyster bar one night and Michelle tried oysters for the first time. I am not lying when I say there were so many laughs that night mixed with a lot of quilt talk. I invited Michelle on to talk about her adventure into pattern design for her own brand and collaborating with friends in the industry for Quilt Theory. I also ask a ton of questions about her tiny house that she used to call home, her fabric stash, and newsletters. You won’t want to miss this episode. Click on the link to listen and see the show notes.
The one thing I get to do as the host of the Modern Sewciety podcast is chat with authors in the sewing industry. It is a pretty dreamy job I must admit. I am a cheerleader of others accomplishments so the podcast just seems to be a the perfect form of media for me. My guests and I can have a chat while we are still in our jammies which is a win/win for both of us. The relaxed format for the podcast really helps me have a genuine chat with my guest. I feel like it really let’s us get talk about the details of the book they have just written, the real nitty gritty details. I love those chats when the guest really tells us the ups and downs of the reality of writing a book. Today I am sharing my top 5 picks for your quilting library and many have been on the podcast so I have added those links as well. I hope you will check out the books and the podcast.
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.