Podcast Episode #92: Brenda Ratliff

Today’s podcast guest is Brenda Ratliff. Brenda is one of the most prolific producers in the industry between owning Pink Castle Fabrics in Ann Arbor, Michigan, designing two fabric collections for RJR Fabrics, hosting Glamp Stitchalot, co-organizing Sew Pro, and being a wife and a mother. We talk about how she balances her family and work, designing her fabric lines, and her advice …

Sarah Thomas of Sariditty : Quilty Box October Podcast

Sarah Thomas (also known as Sariditty) went to a quilt show two years ago and fell in love with a Handiquilter machine. Since then, she has designed breath taking patterns, combined color with reckless abandon and quilted gorgeous quilts. Now living in northwest United States, Sarah continues her quilting journey by producing patterns and teaching for Handiquilter. She is also an …

Podcast Episode # 83: Jo Packham of Where Women Create

Jo Packham is a classic example of the saying, “looks can be deceiving”. As a petite woman with a perpetual smile and infectious laugh, you might not realize Jo is a publishing industry leader. Nicole Stevenson introduced us at the CHA Show and I was immediately charmed by her kind nature and thoughtful conversation. When she agreed to be a guest …

Mighty Lucky September Podcast: Jacquie Gering

Today’s podcast guest is Jacquie Gering. Living in Kansas City, Jacquie is a modern quilter, author, teacher, Chair of the Modern Quilt Guild, wife and mother to two sons. This is the second time I have interviewed Jacquie (here is the first) and I enjoyed having a second chance to talk about her work and how things have changed since our …

Podcast Episode # 77: Melissa Mora

When I first started making clothes, I found Melissa Mora also known as MellySews through her website. As a former teacher, Melissa uses her educational background to produce helpful, well photographed and researched tutorials. (Check out her latest tutorial for a bolster pillow!). After seeing Melissa’s new book, Sundressing, I was excited to have her as a podcast guest. During our conversation, we talk …

Mighty Lucky August Podcast : Sarah Fielke

Today’s podcast guest is Sarah Fielke. As a quilter, self proclaimed applique lover, teacher, author, pattern and fabric designer living in Australia, Sarah has an unique perspective on the quilting industry. Even though she learned to quilt and sew at a young age, she dedicated herself to quilting after the birth of her children. Moving on from selling baby items …

Quilty Box July Podcast: Kathleen Starr of Starr Fabric Designs

Hand dyed fabrics have always fascinated me. While their color can be replicated from one batch to another with careful planning, their texture is impossible to duplicate. Each piece is one of a kind. Kathleen Starr of Starr Design Fabrics has dedicated the last twenty years of her life to the hand dying fabric and designing quilt patterns to showcase their …

Podcast Episode # 57 : Jen Beeman of Grainline Studio

As someone who learned how to quilt first, garment sewing has intimidated me. With the exception of my curvy Meadow Quilt, most quilts are flat. 🙂  When you follow a well tested quilt pattern, you know you are going to make the same quilt as pictured on the cover of the pattern. That is not the case with garments.Bodies are …