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 think writing a book has always been a dream of mine so when I have friends who actually do write books I can’t wait to ask them all of the questions. I want to know the details because I can only imagine the process being difficult but so much fun when it is finished. So Carole Lyles Shaw is self publishing her own books and I think that is something I have heard a lot of buzz on lately. We talk about her process and why she chose to self publish. She is one modern quilter that is on fire. Sarah and Jen are two friends I met at Quilt Market in the Fall. We instantly hit it off and chatted the whole weekend. They have teamed up to co author a new book, Transfer Embellish Stitch – 16 Textile Projects for the Modern Maker. It is a book full of fun projects for all kinds of creatives. Click on the link to learn more.
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.
I am on the Front Yard Photo Hop today for Sandra Clemmons‘ new line with Michael Miller Fabrics. I love, love, love this line and how versatile it is with the prints and colors. I decided to make Sandra’s Maple Blouse pattern with several of the prints from the line. I can’t tell you how… Read More
Hey everyone! It is my stop on the Curious Dream blog hop! Angela from Cut to Pieces has a new fabric line with Windham Fabrics called Curious Dream and it is so cute. I was asked to mix Curious Dream with another Windham fabric line and I love a challenge. I picked Iza Pearl’s Blush… Read 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.