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  • In Ann's words - "For 40 years I have been making original quilts that use color, fabric and tradition to create abstract landscapes of the imagination."

    Ann's creations are made one strip of fabric at a time, and are so evocative of wide open outdoor spaces. They range from eyeglass cases to a 140-ft series. She gives us a little tour through her studio (open to the public!) and even her village in Massachusetts, which supports artisans of all kinds.

    We chat about creator's block and how to get around it, fabric choices and storage, and even good reasons to have works-in-progress at your fingertips.

    Here's where you can find Ann:
    http://www.annbrauer.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/annbrauer
    http://www.instagram.com/annbrauerquilts

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  • Karlee Porter is an artist! In her own words: "I excelled in the clay pencil holders of elementary school; I dominated the 10 minute drawing warm ups of my inner city middle school art class; and, against my mother’s most polite wishes, I skipped most of my high school core classes to escape to the art studio on the 3rd floor of my art-deco-from-the-great-depression high school."

    Happily for us, these days she considers fabric and thread her medium. We chat about her first entry at Houston Quilt Festival (1st place ribbon winner, woot, woot!), her signature graffiti quilting, the art and business of digital quilting designs, plus the roses and thorns of being an entrepreneur.

    Karlee has built a unique business that prints full-size quilt tops. These gorgeous "panels" are a wonderful stepping stone for quilters that is low-risk, and still beautiful.

    I know you'll appreciate Karlee's thoughts about where our validation comes from. Solid life lesson in that one.

    You can find Karlee in all these places:
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    honestfabric.com
    IG: @karleeporterdesign
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    FB Group: Quilting with Karlee

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  • Jenny Kae Parks came to this (audio only) interview in clothes coordinating with the quilt behind her. That's how passionate she is about color and its appeal!

    Jenny Kae home-schooled for many years, and has honed those teaching skills to now teach quilters to develop their own eye for color and style. In Jenny Kae's words: "Don't stop until the combination is something you LOVE."

    We chat about the difference between an OK quilt and one you LOVE, rhubarb pie and chutney, mountain retreats, and lots of things in between.

    You can find Jenny Kae in all these places:
    Website: here you'll find classes (Quilters' Color Course, Color Courage, stash goodies, and more
    YouTube
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  • Tiffany Groff's words about herself: "Insomniac Quilter, Random Conversations, Disabled living with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and still LOVE & LIVE Life!"

    Tiffany knows all about the therapeutic qualities of quilting. She has MS, and at one point was wheelchair bound. Quilting became her passion, her motivation, and her joy, and these days she shares all of these on her YouTube channel, Tiffany's Quilting Life. Like Tiffany herself, it's casual, often impromptu, and a bit scrappy. I know you'll be encouraged by her stories.

    Tiffany can be found in all these places:
    YouTube: Tiffany's Quilting Life
    Etsy for premade quilts: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GroffQuilting
    Instagram: @tiffanysquiltinglife

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  • Sue Heinz is a gem of a teacher, but WHAT she teaches is equally remarkable. Her quilting tools and designs are in a class of their own.

    Sue shares some rich (and maybe never-before-heard?) stories about personalities and history in the quilting industry. We chat at length about the value of giving credit where it's due, and the life-changing power of connections.

    Plus we give a good plug for Elmer's sticky stuff (NOT glue, you understand).

    Sue is absolutely genius in her development of tools that make complex measurements and marking very do-able for the machine quilter. And she follows that with incredibly creative and original quilting designs and motifs. I know this firsthand, as I personally use her tools and designs A LOT.

    You can find Sue and her fabulous tools and classes right here:
    Website: Kismet Quilting

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  • Audrey Esarey is an artist - no doubt about it! Her quilts are graphic, highly original, layered in interest and details, and, well....just a feast for the eyes.

    Audrey and I chat about her journey from her first quilt class to here - how that involved exploration, and trying out new skills, and even a complete hiatus for some years. But all those things served to clarify and refine her esthetic. And who knows what other new things may be over the horizon? For now, hand-dyed fabric, radial designs, and intricate line quilting are hallmarks of Audrey's style. It's fascinating to peak behind the scenes on some of these skills as she's developed them.

    Audrey can be found in these places:
    Instagram: for the eye candy, and lots of process details
    Website: classes available to guilds and via Zoom

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  • Christa Watson's quilting accomplishments are enormous! Pattern writer, fabric designer, quilting TABLE designer, and now host of ChristaQuilts.TV. Her enthusiasm, and heart for teaching and sharing is so evident in all she does.

    We chat about...so many things! How to chase your dreams. How to take a quilt from bright idea to finished product. How to build a business as a couple. How to refine your quilting style. How to mask mistakes in machine quilting. You'll have to listen to find that one out!

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  • PJ Jacobsen is a quilter with a story! She's been a lot of places in her life, but a massive medical emergency resulted in a complete start-over for her and her husband. They purchased an abandoned church from Ebay, and set out to build a home for their family, and then a quilting retreat, with their own hands.

    These days the Crazy Quilter Retreat Center (in central Washington state) hosts up to 20 crafters with all kinds of lovely amenities like sauna and hot tub, and PJ even washes the dishes for her guests!

    PJ is also a midwife, quilting shop owner, and teacher of all things quilt-y. You'll love her stories!

    PJ and the retreat center can be found right here:
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  • Tammy Thielman has a remarkable clinical practice - she offers counselling on her farm in southern British Columbia, Canada. Animals...corrals...forest trails...toy herds...quilts...cabins...fireside armchairs...all these are part of her multi-faceted approach to therapy.

    Tammy and I chat about these points of connection, and also about how quilting and creating helps fill up HER mental cup. It's so true, the value in creating has nothing to do with skill level, and everything to do with the heart that goes into it.

    If you'd like to see a little of the beautiful environment Tammy's created, check out her website here.

    And Tammy shares some of her littlest makes on Instagram here: @little_cabin_quilts

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  • Brett Lewis (of Natural Born Quilter) is a very talented fabric designer, and a fellow northern Canadian. His fabric collections are rich with flora and fauna from his life and travels, and even family mementos and stories. And color! Lots of gorgeous color!

    In this episode we chat about the process of creating fabric, from concept to sketch to color, and the "roses and thorns" of being a quilt and fabric designer.

    Brett's newest collection, WILD, will be coming to quilt shops in August 2022. Watch for it!

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  • Connie Kincius Griner is a quilt artist with a twist. Word play, puns, and many pi references are the hallmarks of her signature style. She is so gifted at telling a story, or indeed a joke, in her original designs. Even her labels and show ribbons continue the narrative.

    So we chat about how Connie got started making quilts, where some of her ideas spring from, and her love of quilt shows and the connections that are formed there.

    Take a quick sec and follow Connie's Instagram feed - you'll be glad you did!

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  • Shereece Spain combines her love of sewing, crocheting, and pirates in her business name - such an impressive play on words!

    We talk about all these loves, and how they've grown to provide a source of income for Shereece's family, allowing her to stay closely involved in her kids' lives, and to have them involved in her business too. Her upcoming pattern release was in fact inspired by a Shrek marathon with the kids. What's not to love?

    Shereece recently designed and donated the pattern for the 2022 Stronger Together quilt along, which raised funds to help underrepresented students earn a college education. This project celebrated Black History month. You can still take part in this fund raiser! Find the pattern at the Fat Quarter Shop. It's FREE, but you'll be offered a chance to donate to this excellent cause.

    Clearly, she has a huge heart, plus some great encouragement for finding and expressing your creative side.

    Shereece can be found in these places:
    Website
    Instagram @sewhookedontreasures
    2022 Stronger Together (FREE pattern by Shereece, and a chance to donate)
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  • Linzee McCray has a deep love for textiles of all kinds, and feedsacks in particular. She shows them...speaks about them...and has written a book about them with 850 gorgeous images!!

    Linzee has stories galore, both about her experiences and opportunities as a writer, and about the people and circumstances which made feedsacks the collectible fabric they are today. And bonus connection - she learned to sew on a treadle sewing machine too!

    Linzee's work can be found in all these places:
    Website - look here for details of upcoming talks and curated museum exhibits
    Instagram - @seamswrite

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  • I first met Heather as a dealer of the longarm brand I use. She's joining me to tell waaayy more stories - we cover shop hops, converting a husband to a quilter, raising kids in a barn, and even micro mini cows.

    You can find Heather in all these places:

    www.quiltbarn.blogspot.com
    www.gammill.com

    And to see the mini cows:
    https://www.facebook.com/idahogallowaycattle
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  • Tracey Russell of Whirls n Swirls Quilting is a dynamo! She made her very first quilt out of triangles, and taught herself to quilt on a longarm machine way before YouTube University was a thing. Now Tracey finds great pleasure is helping new quilters "flatline the learning curve", and find confidence in their quilting. She teaches and encourages both online and in her brick and mortar shop in Whitby, ON, Canada.

    In this episode we chat about how to approach new skills without fear, getting in the quilting groove, and who longarm quilting is suitable for (hint: it's everyone who wants to do it!) plus how to avoid sabotaging our own learning journey.

    Tracey can be found in all these places:
    Website online classes available
    YouTube LOTS of great freehand quilting ideas here!
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  • As we talk, Joan Parker's face shines with warmth and enthusiasm and hospitality. She has been making (many!) quilts for many years, all while raising and home-schooling 8 children. Her story is one of great creativity, often propelled by financial needs, and the desire to serve and help others. She has a mother-heart the size of her whole state.

    PLUS, she's got some great tips for a bullet journal to corral your project to-do list, and some thoughts on creating frugally and finding ways to learn anything you want to know how to do.

    You can find Joan's work in all these places:
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  • Giuseppe Ribaudo is definitely a man of many talents. His background is in theater, but over time he has focused his creativity on fabric and pattern design.

    For sure he brought his storytelling skills into his design process, and I, for one, can't wait to see the lovelies in store for us quilt makers in the coming weeks.

    In this episode Giuseppe gives us some Andover history, introduces us to his Nonna's fabulous lamps and chairs, and has tips for keeping creativity fresh.

    Look for the fabric line Nonna in stores already, and From the Attic shipping to quilt shops soon!

    His work/fabric/patterns can be found in these places:
    Profile on Andover
    Instagram

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  • Liz McDade is passionate about pursuing a zero waste lifestyle, and no trace products. In her own words "no trace products are reusable, washable alternatives to their evil disposable twins". So we chat about how that passion grew, how her hobby has grown into a business, and Liz gives great tips for reducing waste in your cooking, and even in your bathroom!

    Liz has tons of YouTube tutorials for making re-usable storage and shopping solutions, publishes patterns, and if you're in a hurry to get started using them, you can find ready-made products in her Etsy shop.

    To read or learn more about Liz's projects, look for her in all these places:
    Website: http://notraceshop.com
    YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnIjx8fXbc5vJmchPJqkUwQ
    Facebook Group for zero waste sewing & crafting:
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    Instagram: @no_trace_shop
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    Facebook: @NoTraceShop

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  • Get your 70s on!! Maude MacDonald lives in the gorgeous Niagara area of Ontario, Canada. She's a mom and wife, making and designing modern quilts with retro vibes and flair. She's a newcomer to the world of quilting, but in a short space of time has mastered many skills and is now sharing her passion with others. Sewing...quilting...pattern designing...all with unmistakable retro style.

    We chat about haircoloring and how that translates into quilt design....competitive roller skating...and how to achieve a bright and cheerful studio (wink,wink).

    Maude's first pattern release, "Boogie Nights", came out on Feb 9, 2022, CHECK IT OUT!

    Maude can be found in these places:
    Website: https://theretroquilter.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theretroquilter/

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  • Sheila Drevna woke up one early morning unable to use her hands and feet, and even lost her sight over the next few weeks. Doctors said she'd never walk again. Scary stuff.

    But Sheila is a calm, matter-of-fact and determined woman, and today she is an award winning longarm quilter, with a business and blog of her own. Lucky for us she loves to teach and pass on what she has learned - both in her craft, and in her life.

    I know you'll be encouraged and even energized by our visit. Never say never.

    You can find Sheila in all these places:

    Website: https://www.longarmlove.com/
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