Rachel Clark {Podcast Episode # 118}

When the passion to make quilts meets the desire to turn those quilts into clothes, the emerging marriage becomes wearable art. Several wearable artists took the marriage one step further and turned their art into an extension of their life story. One such artist is the talented Rachel Clark. Growing up in a family full of sewists and armed with skills …

Jane Dunnewold {Podcast Episode #116}

When I decided to produce a surface design podcast series, Jane Dunnewold was a natural choice. Spanning a thirty year career, Jane has worked in various surface design medias, written several books including Complex Cloth: A Comprehensive Guide to Surface Design, Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric and Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging …

Karen Lewis of Blueberry Park {Podcast Episode #115}

The first in my three part series on surface design is Karen Lewis. Living in Leeds, England, Karen Lewis is a quilter, screen printer, teacher, fabric designer for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, wife and mother. During our conversation, we talk about how she designs her screen prints, the biggest unfounded fear about screen printing, the importance of handmade products and how …

Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi {Podcast Episode # 114}

Today’s podcast guest is Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. Carolyn is a quilt historian, curator, author, lecturer, artist, wife and mother. She also founded the African American Quilt Guild of Los Angeles and the Women of Color Quilters Network. Passionate about educating the public about African American quilts, Carolyn has curated 17 exhibits including the largest travel exhibit of African American quilts …

Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness {Podcast Episode #110}

Continuing my garment sewing series interviews, today’s podcast guest is Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness. I recently discovered Peter on instagram and started following his classwork from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He posts about his thrifting adventures, the books inspiring him on his journey along with his creations and finds for his “cousin” Cathy. During our conversation, we …

Dan Rouse {Podcast Episode #108}

As a landscape designer, Dan Rouse has an eye for aesthetically pleasing designs that evoke emotion. His quilts are visual treats with various textures, backgrounds and details. As one of the more prominent male modern quilters, Dan also has the advantage of time in the industry. He has explored fabric dying to find the perfect color, raw edge applique, improv background piecing and now garment …

Sarah Bond {Podcast Episode # 101}

Quilt shows are a great way to observe quilters “in their natural environment”. We can talk about flying geese, color selection, crinkle texture or burying our threads and suddenly we are speaking the same language. Offhand, I can’t remember who introduced me to Sarah Bond at Quilt Con but I am eternally grateful they did. As happens at large events, …

Aneela Hoey {Podcast Episode #99}

While paying for fabric, I spotted a charm pack of Aneela Hoey’s Little Apples fabric line. The whimsical illustrations along with perfect coordinating pieces were perfect for an upcoming baby quilt and made me anxiously await her next line. I have continued to follow Aneela’s career and was grateful to meet her at Quilt Market two years ago. She was warm …

Interview with Patrick Claytor of Quilty Box

Since last year, I have had the privilege of partnering with Patrick Claytor of Quilty Box and producing podcast episodes with designers who curate their monthly boxes. (Some past episodes include Jeni Baker, Natalie Barnes, Kaari Meng and more). When we first talk about our collaboration, I asked Patrick about his passion for the industry and measure of success for someone …

Lisa Congdon {Podcast Episode # 97}

Today’s podcast guest is Lisa Congdon. I had the privilege of hearing her keynote address at Craftcation a few years ago and wanted to share her wisdom on the podcast. Lisa is a surface designer, illustrator, author of seven books, speaker, teacher, wife and animal mom. During our conversation, we talk about her creative journey starting in the education field and …