A few years ago, the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild went on a “fabric buying” field trip to fabric stores in the Los Angeles area. We sent out emails to the leadership of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild to see if they wanted to meet up with us. Luckily, Latifah Saafir decided to join us at Momen+. After giving me a big hug, we bonded over fabric buying and learning more about our families. I grew up less than a mile from where she lives. Over time, we have seen each other at quilt shows and she came to the Southern California Modern Quilt Guild Sew In. After seeing the interest in hearing more about different perspectives in the crafting/quilting community, Latifah was a natural fit for a podcast guest. As one of the founders of the Modern Quilt Guild, a Janome sewing machine teacher and an accomplished pattern designer, Latifah has unique access to various components of the industry.
During the podcast, we talk about the founding of the Modern Quilt Guild, how quilts are judged at Quilt Con, and her experiences as an African American woman in this industry and society overall. Since I have a more personal relationship with Latifah, I admittedly share more of my emotions on the podcast.