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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 went to my first quilt retreat last year called Quilt Bliss which was so much fun. My guest today didn’t get to attend the retreat but she lives nearby and I needed a ride to the airport so I sent her a text with hopes that we could catch up. It was only several months before that we had shared a cab to the airport in Houston after Quilt Market. I can’t tell you how happy I was when she picked me up and we chatted all about our families, sewing, fabric, struggles of being in this industry met with the abundant blessing as well, the retreat, and well just about everything. I love that quilters just make me so happy and I always feel like whether we know each other or not I can always talk fabric and we will get each other instantly. This episode is a chat between two online friends who have also met in real life. Click to listen.
Bonnie Hunter is a quilter that is full of helpful information that will make you a better and more efficient with her tips and tricks. She has taught at so many guilds and retreats I have lost count and she even hosts vacation tours and cruises for quilters. She is someone I had to have on the podcast so you can know more about her amazingness! Click on the link in the profile for more.