I was hooked by the title, Hand-Stitched Home. That seems to embody what so many of us feel about making things for our family, friends, and our home. Susan Beal is the author, and she writes at West Coast Crafty about all kinds of amazing topics. The fun thing about Susan's book is that it uses wool fabric in unique ways!
Kerry Goulder like many of us, has sewn since she was little, starting with clothes for her dolls. She has taken that creative energy and developed patterns, techniques and written books on making everything from quilts to dolls. Today I'm delighted to chat with her about Doll making and her lates book 'Sewing Tales'. I used to make dolls and it is so magical. My great grandmother and great aunt used to give me hand made Barbie clothing, all packaged like they were bought from a store! I remember the magical moments of opening those gifts and I can't wait to talk with Kerry about dolls.
I love how the quilt world works. I was teaching quilting out of town, and one of the hosts told me I really should look at her friends work. Her friend is the super delightful and talented Jessica Alexandrakis who writes at Life Under Quilts.. that name alone is enough to make me jump online to see what she is about! Jessica believes we can all Quilt on the go, and I agree! Today we talk about what you can accomplish on the go and how to make it happen, plus she has a book about it 'Quilting on the Go'.
I happened upon Jera Brandvig's quilts while looking around on Pinterest. I love the fresh look of her quilts and really love her thoughts about being able to quilt your own quilts. Jera does a quilt as you go method that is up to date and super fun. Today she is going to talk about and her book 'Quilt As you Go made Modern'.
Antique quilts are the core of our heritage. I am always drawn to them and follow (or stalk) the curators, dealers and authors who write about antique quilts. Bob Shaw is a noted scholar, curator, and lecturer who has written several comprehensive books about quilts, some new and some antique. Such as Art Quilts: A Celebration, The Art Quilt, Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces and American Quilts: The Democratic Art. His newest book is upgraded version of the American Quilts book, which has been out of print. I'm super excited to talk to Bob about this book.
Have you ever thought about selling something you made? A quilt, table runners, maybe a bag? I started my business selling finished items at craft shows and I know if there had been some information about doing that I would have loved to have read it. Virginia Lindsay sells finished goods and now patterns to make things at Gingercake.org and she has written a great book called 'Sewing to Sell', beginner's guide to starting a craft business. I can't wait to her about it today!
Sujata Shah is the fiber artist and designer at The Root Connection. She creates amazing quilts using exciting fabric combinations that make me want to run to my sewing machine to stitch! Sujata is a new author with her first book called “CULTURAL FUSION Q U I L T S - A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions.” I can't wait to have her tell us about how she creates quilts.
Nancy Mahoney has joining me monthly the whole year to chat in depth on topics! This has been so fun to have good friend to talk with each month! For our last in depth talk of 2014, we decided to talk STORAGE and Organization!! I always want to spent the last few days of December getting my room organized so it seems fitting for a December talk. I have asked Nancy to return in 2015 a few times to chat and she said yes, so happy! And her pattern above is free at the link, a great strip quilt!
I have loved the quilts Nancy Kern makes for many years. She is an applique artist and specializes in quilts that look like the antique masters, often in the Baltimore style. I really enjoy Nancy's masterful use of fabric to in her applique shapes. She is going to share how she does that with me today!
Great video on how Nancy selects her fabrics
And a wonderful technique video
I listed a few Baltimore album books if you are interested in learning more!
April Rosenthal is a Quilt designer, new fabric designer with Moda, and she has a book coming out soon! April is also a busy mom with twins and another on the way. She has written about her quilting journey at her site and is so encouraging to everyone that they CAN be creative. I'm excited to have her share some tips and encouragement today, and give us a peek at her design process!
And April has this free pattern, which is just one block in a series. I think it would be great as a whole quilt of stars with just one embroidered, or as a pillow!
If you have ever asked anyone what to put inside the quilted totes and bags you are making, someone will suggest the interfacings created by Annie Unrein! ByAnnie is her company name. She has a whole suite of bag making products and patterns. Plus tutorials and videos. I'm excited to have Annie here to share about how to make an awesome looking bags and other projects that need a firm inside layers.
Lindsay Fullington is the multi-media editor at American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. She and I work very closely together for the podcasts and she is also in charge of all the wonderful newsletters that are sent, the great links from the magazines facebook pages, blogs and instagram. Lindsay, like all the editors at the magazine, is a quilter and she told me she was curious about what I have been up to! So today Lindsay has some questions for ME to answer! If you have one to add, put it in the comments!
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