Roderick Kiracofe {Podcast Episode #124}

Continuing my mini podcast series on quilt history and preservation, today’s podcast guest is Roderick Kiracofe. Growing up in the Midwest, Roderick valued items from the past and attended auctions. Thanks to a quilt on his bed and one seen hanging as home decor, the quilt industry added Roderick into the fold. In collaboration with Michael Kile, he became a quilt …

Amy Milne of the Quilt Alliance {Podcast Episode #123}

Amy Milne Continuing my podcast series about quilt preservation and history, my guest is Amy Milne. Living in North Carolina, Amy is the Executive Director of the Quilt Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s …

Nancy Bavor : San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles {Podcast Episode # 122}

Today’s podcast is the second in a mini series on the historical role of quilts and their preservation. After interviewing Dr Carolyn Mazloomi, I became fascinated with this topic and thinking about what quilts are preserved and how those quilts will tell stories for future generations. To start the series, I interviewed Laura McDowell Hopper of the James B and …

Laura McDowell Hopper of Sonic Stitches {Podcast Episode # 121}

One of the aspects I love about hosting the podcast is the ability it gives me to explore topics of interest. Having spent hours working on a quilt, thinking about the connection we have to makers in the past and making individual decisions about the quilt, one aspect I haven’t considered is what happens to the quilt in the long …

Tricia Royal {Podcast Episode # 120}

Today’s podcast guest is Tricia Royal of Bits and Bobbins. Living in Chicago, Tricia is a sewist, quilter, teacher, artist, wife and mother. She is the founder of the Flickr group, Wardrobe Remix, a DIY street fashion community. With over 20,000 members and 88,000 pictures, Tricia encourages others to celebrate their every day outfits. While exploring textiles, she fell in love …

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 …