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.
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.
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.
I am excited to have Taylor from Blueprints for Sewing on the show today to chat about her journey into designing clothing patterns. She has such a sense of style and really puts a lot of thought into her patterns and fabric choices. I have her Geodesic top, the longer version, and A-Frame skirt, version 1, printed out to make as soon as I can get market sewing finished. Taylor teaches classes in her hometown of Boston and if you are near you should totally look into taking one. I wish I were near because I love the thought and time Taylor puts into each project she works on. You will hear the love she has for teaching others to make garments they will love to wear. I love a designer that really thinks about what the maker would feel great wearing on a daily basis. I think it is so cool that so many of her patterns combine garments with patchwork elements. I just can’t wait to experiment with the pockets on the A-frame Skirt maybe adding a peak of my favorite fabric I have been hoarding. And the Geodesic I think will be perfect for using up some coveted fat quarters. I can’t wait to experiment.
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.
Following your heart can be risky sometimes but Melissa Mendez did just that when she decided to leave the corporate world to go out on her own. I so enjoyed chatting with Melissa about all things business and patterns. I have always wanted to know more about designing clothing patterns because it looks so difficult to me. I enjoyed hearing Melissa’s process and also how she could helps any listeners who want to have their own pattern line. I am not the best at writing patterns and working on the technical part of things but that is where someone like Melissa could help. She also has a great podcast I think you will enjoy as well. Click on the link to listen to this episode.
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 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
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.