I love having past guests coming back on the podcast for an update of what they are up to. In case you didn’t catch Giuseppe on the previous episode just check out episode 074. Giuseppe, aka Giucy Giuce on instgaram, is back to share what he is up to these days including his latest pattern release with DIY Addict called Moonstone and his job at Andover Fabrics. I always enjoy having a chat with Giuseppe as he is just the kindest person that makes you feel like you are the only person in the room. He just makes you feel so special when you talk to him and he is like that in real life, as well, as online. I love being around someone with such love and happiness. I love watching someone’s story unfold online but I was so happy to have him back on to give us an updated chat. He even spills some of his sewing secrets. Tune in!
There aren’t many times I have guests on the podcast that I meet in person before I have the chance to invite them on the podcast. Aaron Hoffman is one of the few and I am so happy it happened that way. Aaron is a quiet guy that sees this industry from a completely unique perspective who happens to always have a place to charge a cell phone at events. You have to know the secrets and Suzy from Suzy Quilts was in the know. We have chatted with Aaron at several events and it was so much fun to hear Aaron talk about the story of Hoffman Fabrics and Me + You, the modern batiks division Aaron created. The story is so unique and without a doubt legendary. I mean Magnum PI’s famous Hawaiian shirt was made with Hoffman Fabrics. That is epic. So I convinced Aaron to come on the podcast for a chat so you, too, can hear this story. We also had a surprise guest, Michelle Flores, Markering Director and the official Hoffman Fabrics guide. She gives tours of the Hoffman warehouse in California and knew so much about the story of the company. It is an honor to be able to share the stories in this amazing community.
My guest today is Mia Whittemore who is the winner of the Uppercase Magazine contest to find the next Windham fabric designer. Mia entered the contest thinking it would be a good experience but she didn’t imagine winning a prize that would land her artwork on fabrics. Mia and I talk about her background in art and how she is flexing her skills in the classroom as an art teacher. Mia hasn’t always thought of her art as a daily practice until she challenged herself to just get creative after her nine to five job. She says it was the thing that changed the way she felt about herself as an artist and eventually gave her the courage to enter the Uppercase Magazine and Windham Fabrics contest. I so enjoyed chatting with Mia and learning more about her process. I have also worked with her first fabric line, Flourish, and it is gorgeous. I am so excited to see what Mia has in her future.
I have two chats today because I thought you would enjoy learning about both of the companies and how they can help you with your sewing business. I so enjoyed chatting with Stephanie Hackney from Hobbs Bonded Fibers. Stephanie is a marketing guru and we talk all about how that led her to work for Hobbs. She is learning so much about the sewing industry and turning that into profit for Hobbs. But don’t think profit is all she is thinking about because Stephanie is making it her mission to visit local quilt shops as she travels around to trade shows. She is sharing this journey on Instagram for all of us to follow along and meet some amazing shop owners. I learned so much in this chat about batting but also about business. I am thinking of ideas to have Stephanie back on the show for sure. I also chatted with David from Quilty Cloud. I had never heard of Quilty Cloud until a super funny email landed in my inbox from Kerry, David’s wife. Kerry is a quilter and David in the tech world. They worked together to build a service to allow quilters to give quotes to potential customers easily and professionally. This service will streamline your process as a quilter trying to estimate how much thread, batting, etc will be needed in a project and also the cost. This is an episode jam packed with valuable information to help you save time and money in your sewing business.
On this episode I chat with Gina from Cloud 9 Fabrics about all things organic fabrics. I wanted to know more about the process of having an all organic fabric company with amazing fabric designers. I have enjoyed working with Cloud 9 Fabrics for several years making samples for their Quilt Market booths. I love their fabrics because the quality is superb with every little detail thought about like the colors, the feel, the designs, and it is organic. It just doesn’t get better than this. Gina talks about how Cloud 9 Fabrics started, their process of sourcing the fabrics, and she even teases that they have something new that is amazing. I love getting to know more about the sewing and fabric industry. I really think you will enjoy this chat as much as I did.
If you have ever had the chance to meet Mathew aka Mister Domestic in person there is one thing you won’t stop doing… smiling and laughing. He is the happiest person and it is infectious. I was so excited at Quiltcon in Savannah to be able to hang out with him and get to know him a little bit better. To be honest we laughed a lot and talked about fabric, sewing, thread, and creating nonstop. It was the best time ever. I knew I need to have him on the podcast for a chat because I wanted to share his enthusiasm about the sewing industry with you all. Mathew and I chat about his introduction to sewing, his surprising background in the industry, his new project with English Paper Piecing, and so much more. I enjoyed this conversation so much and I know you will too.
I love improv quilting and when I saw Patricia Belyea’s new book, East Meets West Quilts, I was intrigued. I couldn’t stop looking at the colors of the fabrics, the quilting, and the binding. I know binding isn’t usually something I get excited about but I really loved how Patricia showed the purpose and beauty of a faced binding. I really want to try that technique out and that says a lot because I don’t hand bind very often.
Erin Dollar is my guest on the podcast today. Erin is the owner and creative mind behind the popular handmade home goods brand, Cotton and Flax. Erin creates small batch textiles using natural materials in her sunny studio in Los Angeles, California. We chat about running a small business, how she continues to grow her business and collaborations including her new fabric line, Arroyo, with Robert Kaufman, and so much more. I learned so much in this chat with Erin. She is full of so much business knowledge and I loved getting to ask her questions about how she is finding success online. Click on the link to listen to this fun chat.
Laurie Baker from Modern Quilts Unlimited joins us on todays episode to share more about being an editor for the magazine. Modern Quilts Unlimited recently changes some things up including bringing on Laurie as the new editor, updating the look of the magazine, and redesigning the website. Laurie wants to reach more modern quilters and has attended various functions to meet more makers. We chat about the redesign of the magazine to give it a fresher look and also Laurie’s quest to find contributors with amazing projects. I know so many listeners would love to submit a project to a magazine so we chat about how you would go about doing that and I have included a link in the show notes. I hope you enjoy the episode.
My guest today is Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill from Whole Circle Studio. Sheri was a recommended guest from an Instagram live I did not that long ago. I was excited about the suggestion because I have been a long time follower and fan of Sheri’s work. On our chat we discuss Sheri’s beginning into sewing and how she has turned a passion into a side hustle. She also chats about her upcoming Quiltcon class, her patterns, and what inspires her work. Sheri is also going to be a guest on the upcoming season of Fresh Quilting which is so exciting. You are going to be so inspired by this episode so click on the link and have a listen.