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.
I love the creatives in our industry that see something missing and fill that gap. The online duo, Rachel and Kate, from The Fold Line did just that. They saw something they wanted and decided to build an online pattern database with loads of resources, patters, and information. It is like a one stop awesome shop for anything a garment sewing and it is so simple to use. I chatted with Kate, as Rachel is still rocking a job elsewhere, about how it all started, what some of the pros and cons to tackling a dream like this, and what they have to offer their users. And Kate’s voice is so soothing to me which made it even a cooler chat. I hope you will tune in and be inspired just like I am.
When I started sewing on the regular nine years ago I remember finding Elizabeth Hartman’s blog, Oh Fransson. She always had super colorful projects that were our of this world cool. She is still the same oh so cool pattern designer but has expanded to fabric design, books, craftsy class, and I can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve. Elizabeth knows how to make patterns with cool creatures and doesn’t shy away from color. We chatted about her journey, her patters, fabric lines, and so much more. She has always been so kind and helpful to me in my own sewing journey. I think you are going to love this chat as much as I did.
Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S was the first blogger who took being scared of garment sewing away for me. I think she is that person for so many of us in the sewing industry. She always has patterns that with detailed directions with video tutorials on her website for the parts that might trip you up. She is the queen of diagrams that don’t leave you guessing. She is just a powerhouse and I am constantly referring to her website and instagram feed for inspiration. Her latest book, Building Block Dress, which she self published is amazing. We talk about all that because I think that is the next trend in publishing. I mainly geek out about all the things. I really enjoy Liesl and if you ever have the opportunity to meet her in person you will feel like you are instant BFFs.
I invited two of my favorite podcasters on the show to chat about business, newsletters, and everything in between. I loved everything about these chats and I know you will too. Abby Glassenberg, from While She Naps and Craft Industry Alliance, really talks the nitty gritty of podcasting, blog numbers, making money, and, of course, newsletters. Rachel, from Maker Style, is a college student with a blog and podcast that I love. She is really on fire these days. I can’t wait for you to learn more about these ladies and get some inside information on what is working for us and what is not. Click the blog title to learn more.
Today’s episode is full of inspiration on so many different levels. The Crafter’s Box is a subscription box that I thought my creative audience would love to know more about. I love that Morgan has a podcast with her featured maker each month to help learn more about them and their process. Sandra Clemons from Make It Blossom is a new Michael Miller Fabrics designer and her debut line is Front Yard. It is full of great color and scale and I can’t wait to share what I am making with it. Hint, hint. garments YEA! And Erica from SewEMG ran a successful etsy shop but she decided to change directions and start fresh. Erica chats about her new mission on her new website. I think you will love this episode for sure. Click on the link to read more.
She is an amazing quilter but also an awesome photographer.. this makes Emily Dennis a powerhouse on instagram. I love her work. I always find inspiration from her instagram feed. Her blog is full of beautiful pictures and projects. She is just inspiring. We chat all things quilty, small business, fabric, patterns, oh my and so much more. Click on the link to listen.
Ivete from Gotham Quilts in New York City is on the podcast today. I am a huge fan of the Gotham Quilts newsletter and their shop so I invited Ivete on to chat about the company’s story and some of the up and downs of a storefront and online fabric shop. Let’s just say that fabric does really help overcome the downs for all of us. I really enjoyed getting to know Ivete more and there is some really great information in this chat. Fabric for the win. So click on the link to hear the podcast and also all of the show notes from our chat.
Stephanie chats with her #QuiltMarket roomies Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting and Suzy from Suzy Quilts. We talk about meeting up, the things we loved, our takeaways, what we would do differently next time, and well a lot of giggles. We really had a great time and learned so much about what we think of our brands and the goals we wanted to set in the aftermath. WARNING:: I am so excited and I am really loud in this episode. This isn’t the last chat about #quiltmarket, either, because I have others planned with creatives who were also there as well. So stay tuned. Click the link to listen.