Crafty Planner Podcast

A podcast about crafting and the creative process.

Tara Faughnan {Episode #129}

Today's guest is Tara Faughnan. Living in Oakland, California, Tara is a textile designer, quilter, teacher and wife. During our conversation, we talk about how she has developed her sense of color, her double wedding ring and Pine Burr quilts, the importance of valuing your work, and her upcoming role as a Quilt Con judge. I hope you enjoy this interview. 

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com.

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Amy Butler {Episode #119}

Today's podcast guest is Amy Butler. Living in Ohio, Amy is an artist, fabric designer for Free Spirit Fabrics, teacher, author, and wife. Considered to be one of the leaders and community builders in the modern quilt movement, we delve into her work style, what motivates her, how she met her husband and best friend, her decision to start Blossom Magazine and more. I hope you enjoy the episode.

 
For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com
 
Special thanks to The Confident Stitch for sponsoring this episode. 
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Karen Lewis of Blueberry Park {Episode #115}

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, quilting, makers, fiber arts, surface design

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 following her passion led to her fabric lines. I hope you enjoy the episode. 

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website
 
Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
 
Special thanks to Dharma Trading Company for sponsoring this episode. Dharma has all of your fabric printing, painting and dyeing bases covered. Serving the fiber artist community since 1969 with great prices and the best customer support in the industry, Dharma Trading is your source for textile art supplies. You can find them online at dharmatrading.com or call toll free at 800-542-5227. Podcast Listeners can save 10% off their order with promo code Dharma10
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Jennifer Moore of Monaluna {Quilty Box April Edition}

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, makers, fiber arts, quilty box

Today's guest is Jennifer Moore of Monaluna. Living in Walnut Creek, California, Jennifer is a designer, textile artist, wife and mother. During our discussion, we talk about her design process, the importance of developing an organic fabric line, what she included in her Quilty Box and more. I hope you love our fun conversation. 

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com.

Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.

Special thanks to Quilty Box  for sponsoring this episode.

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Jen Hewett {Episode #105}

Today's podcast guest is Jen Hewett. Living in San Francisco, Jen is a printmaker, surface designer, textile artist, teacher and mother to Gus, her adorable dog. During our discussion, we talk about her personal challenges such as Print, Pattern, Sew along with her 52 Weeks of Printmaking. We delve into the importance of self confidence while making, the sensitivity to nuance created when in between "worlds", how anxiety can shape creative work, and more. I hope you enjoy our conversation.

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website
 
Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
 
Special thanks to Hunter's Design Studio for sponsoring this episode (and check out her latest quilt pattern: a tribute to Carrie Fisher and General Organa with proceeds going to ChickTech)
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Alison Glass and Chen Wu {Quilty Box March Episode}

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, quilting, modern quilting, makers, quilty box

Today's podcast will be different than past episodes in that there are two guests! As Alison Glass is the curator of the March Quilty Box and I interviewed her last year, we decided to interview Alison along with Chen O'Malley/Wu, known as mushyhed on Instagram. Chen works with Alison and is behind the hashtag chenisthebest and now a new one called sidekickchen. This is a fun conversation about stalkers who become friends, the reality of artistic inspiration, what Alison choose for this month's Quilty Box and more. I hope you enjoy this giggly conversation. 

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Melody Miller {Episode #102}

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, quilting, modern quilting, makers

Today's podcast guest is Melody Miller. Living in Atlanta, GA, Melody is the Creative Director and Founding Designer of Cotton and Steel, author of Ruby Star Wrapping, wife and mother. Since the debut of Cotton and Steel at the Spring 2014 Quilt Market, Melody has been at the forefront of a powerful commitment to the modern aesthetic. I wanted to hear how she created Cotton and Steel, her thoughts on fabric design and her personal and professional vision. While we talk about those questions and more are discussed in the podcast, I also came away with confirmation of the power of collaboration, the importance of pursuing your dreams and how friends can push you to be your vest best. I am grateful to the Modern Quilt Guild for providing a place to podcast at Quilt Con. It gave Melody and I an opportunity to record in person and Quilt con participants a behind the scenes glimpse at the recording process. I hope you enjoy our conversation.  

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com
 
Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
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Angela Pingel {Quilty Box February Edition}

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, quilting, modern quilting, makers, quilty box

Today's podcast guest is Angela Pingel. Living in Indiana, Angela is a textile designer, author of A Quilter's Mixology about curved sewing, pattern designer, wife and mother. During our conversation, we talk about what she included in her Quilty Box, how quilting has become therapy, and her self proclaimed #nerdalert status. I hope you enjoy the episode. 

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com
 
Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
 
Special thanks to Quilty Box for sponsoring this episode. 
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Aneela Hoey {Podcast Episode #99}

 
Today's podcast guest is Aneela Hoey of comfortstitching. Living in England, Aneela is a textile designer, author of Little Stitches about hand embrodiery and an upcoming book called Stitched Sewing Organizers. She has designed fabric for Moda Fabrics and now designs for Cloud 9 Fabrics. She is also a pattern designer, wife and mother. During our conversation, we talk about her creative journey training as a commerical textile designer to today, her thoughtful design process including the story behind the cat print in her Hello Petal fabric line, her role in the e-zine Fat Quarterly, her decision to share her cancer diagnosis and so much more. 
 
For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com
 
Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
 
Special thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this episode. 
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Carolyn Friedlander / Mighty Lucky December Edition

Today's podcast guest is Carolyn Friedlander. Living in Florida, Carolyn is an author, teacher, fabric and pattern designer. During our podcast, we talk about her design process, the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club challenge about project overwhelm and her advice on developing your own advice. I hope you love the episode!

 
For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com
 
Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
 
Special thanks to Lucky Spool Media, Fat Quarter Shop and Sewtopia for sponsoring this episode. 
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Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis / Quilty Box November Edition

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, quilting, makers, quilty box

For today's episode, my guest is Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis. With over twenty years of sewing experience, Tammy is a pattern and fabric designer, wife and mother. Tammy talks about her love for batik fabrics and her upcoming line with Island Batiks along with her tips for a successful sewing project and what she included in her Quilty Box. I hope you enjoy the episode. 

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com
 
Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
 
Special thanks to Quilty Box for sponsoring this episode. 
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Brenda Ratliff / Episode 92

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, quilting, makers

Today's podcast guest is Brenda Ratliff. Brenda is one of the most prolific producers in the industry between owning Pink Castle Fabrics, designing fabric 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 for someone starting out in the industry. You wouldn't want to miss this episode.

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com

Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.

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Amanda Jean Nyberg / Mighty Lucky November Edition

As part of my continuing series with the designers of the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club, today's guest is Amanda Jean Nyberg. Also known as Crazy Mom Quilts, Amanda is hands down one of the queens of scraps. She is a pattern designer, has a fabric collection called Good Neighbors with Connecting Threads, co-wrote Sunday Morning Quilts and is a wife and mother. For this month, she is teaching color for her design challenge. During our podcast, we talk about her scrap collection, designing fabric and the importance of good friends. I hope you enjoy the episode. 

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Patrick Lose / Episode 90

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, quilting, diversity, makers

Today's guest is Patrick Lose. Living in Arizona, Patrick is a quilter, pattern designer, fabric designer and teacher. During our podcast, we talk about his twenty years of experience in the sewing industry, how traditional and modern quilting interact along with why he is starting his own fabric company. Patrick and I barely scratched the surface with this conversation and hope for a part two in 2017. 

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com

Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
Special thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this episode. 

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Kaari Meng of French General / Quilty Box September Edition

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, quilting, fiber arts, quilty box

Today's podcast guest is Kaari Meng. Living in Los Angeles, California, Kaari is the owner of French General, author of six craft books, creative retreat organizer, wife and mother. During our podcast, we talk about her love for French design, her pursuit of things that make her happy and what she has included in her Quilty Box. I hope you enjoy this inspiring episode


Special thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this episode.
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Annabel Wrigley / Episode 82

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, quilting, modern quilting, makers

Today's podcast guest is Annabel Wrigley. Living in rural Virginia, Annabel is the author of the "We Love to Sew" series, owner of the Little Pincushion Studio, fabric and pattern designer, teacher, mother and wife. During our podcast, we talk about how she became a children's sewing teacher, the best lesson she has learned from teaching and how she finds balance in her life. I hope you enjoy the episode.

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com

Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
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Kathy Hall of Andover Fabrics / Episode 80

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, quilting

Today's podcast guest is Kathy Hall. Living in New York, Kathy is a fabric designer, sewist, and Design Director for Andover Fabrics. During our podcast, we talk about her work as a fabric designer including the Little House on a Prairie fabric line, what she looks for in a new fabric designer, the process of creating a fabric line and her thoughts on modern and traditional quilting.

Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop and Andover Fabrics for sponsoring this episode!
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Heather Jones / Episode 79

Today's podcast guest is Heather Jones. Living in Cincinnati, Ohio, Heather is a quilter, two time finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards, author, teacher, fabric and pattern designer. During our podcast, we talk about why she declined her first book offer and waited to write Quilt Local, how she followed her heart and pursued art as a career and her thoughts about the idea of "derivative" work in modern quilting.

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com

Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
Special thanks to Gotham Quilts for sponsoring this episode!
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Amy Barickman / Quilty Box August Edition

Posted by craftyplanner in garment sewing, fabric design, quilting, makers, quilty box

Today's podcast guest is Amy Barickman. Living in Kansas City, Amy owns Indygo Junction and designs both patterns and fabric. During our podcast, we talk about the role her mother has played in her career, her design process, what she included in her Quilty Box and the changes she has seen in the last twenty five years in the industry. I hope you love the episode!

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com.
Special thanks to Quilty Box for sponsoring this episode. 
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Heather Givans / Quilty Box June Edition

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, makers, quilty box

Today's podcast guest is Heather Givans of Crimson Tate. Located in Indianapolis, Heather is a fabric and pattern designer, store owner, wife and dog momma. During our podcast, we talk about designing her fabric collections, what is in her Quilty Box, why you don't want to be "like Pauline" and so much more. 


Music by Mekanism Sound.

This episode is sponsored by Quilty Box and StoryPatches.


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Elizabeth (Libs) Elliott / Episode 67

Today's podcast guest is Elizabeth (Libs) Elliott. Living in Toronto, Canada, Libs is a fabric and quilt designer, teacher, wife and mother. During the podcast, we talk about her work with textiles and the design world, her relationship to music, how she designs her quilts using a computer program and so much more. 

Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.

Special thanks to Andover Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this episode. 

For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com.
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Sarah Watts / Episode 62

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, quilting, makers

Today's podcast guest is Sarah Watts of Wattsalot. Living in Atlanta, Georgia, Sarah is an illustrator, fabric designer, co-founder of Cotton + Steel, wife and mother to Pennie Pants. During our podcast, we talk about fabric hoarding, her path as an illustrator, the latest collaboration with Anna Bond and so much more. I hope you love the episode!

Podcast music by Mekanism Sound.
Special thanks to Cotton + Steel, Fat Quarter Shop and Sewtopia for sponsoring this episode. 
For more information about this episode (including show notes), please check out my website craftyplanner.com.
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Jeni Baker of In Color Order / Quilty Box April podcast

Today's podcast guest is Jeni Baker of In Color Order. Jeni is a pattern and fabric designer along with wife and mom to George, the bunny. During our podcast, we talk about her creative journey, why she is no longer designing fabric and her love of color.


Music by Mekanism Sound. 

This episode is sponsored by QuiltyBox (quiltybox.com) 

You can find the show notes on my website (craftyplanner.com)

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Alison Glass / Mighty Lucky April Edition

Today's podcast guest is Alison Glass. Living in Virigina, Alison is a wife, mother, author, fabric and pattern designerDuring our podcast, we talk about her motto to "live in the new", how she design fabric and why sewing is important to her. I hope you enjoy the episode.


This episode is sponsored by Lucky Spool MediaA Gathering of Stitches retreat and Fat Quarter Shop


You can find the show notes here (craftyplanner.com/podcast).

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Brandon Mably / Episode 55

Today's podcast guest is Brandon Mably of Kaffe Fassett Studio. Living in London, England, Brandon is a knitwear designer for Rowan Yarns and Vogue Knitting. He also designs fabric for the Kaffe Fassett Collective. During our podcast, we talk about his instinctive use of color, how he never stops learning and his positive and inspiring perspective on life.

This episode is sponsored by Creativebug and Fat Quarter Shop. 

You can hear the show notes at craftyplanner.com/podcast.

*Please note that the previous version omitted ten minutes at the end of the interview. This is the latest version. Thank you!*

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Valori Wells / Episode 54

Today's podcast guest is Valori Wells. Living in Sisters, Oregon, Valori is a fabric and pattern designer along with the daughter of Jean Wells. During our podcast, Valori talks about the day to day life of a fabric designer, working with her mother, the challenges of living in the moment when you are self employed and how traveling has changed her perspective. 

*This episode has been labeled explicit due to language.*


This episode is sponsored by Creativebug and Fat Quarter Shop. 

You can find the show notes at craftyplanner.com/podcast.

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Violet Craft / Episode 52

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, quilting, modern quilting, makers

Today's podcast guest is Violet Craft (violetcraft.com)Living in Portland, Oregon, Violet is a wife, mother, fabric and pattern designer. During our podcast, we talk about growing up with crafty grandparents, the inspiration behind her fabric and pattern collections and the importance of doing what you love.


Music by Mekanism Sound. 

This episode is sponsored by CreativebugFat Quarter Shop and Sewtopia

You can find the show notes at craftyplanner.com/podcast.

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Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle Designs / Episode 48

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, makers

Today's podcast guest is Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle Designs. Living in Nashville, Tennessee, she is a fabric and stationary designer. During our conversation, we explore how her childhood dreams of being a designer were revisited after a stressful work experience, how her parent's love for music influenced her Beatbox fabric line and the story behind her Girlfriends series. 


This episode is sponsored by 
Creativebug (creativebug.com), Fat Quarter Shop (fatquartershop.com) and Sewtopia (gosewtopia.com). 

Music by Mekanism Sound. 
You can find the show notes (craftyplanner.com/podcast).

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Kathy Doughty / Episode 44

Today's podcast guest is Kathy Doughty of Material ObsessionLiving in Australia, Kathy is a quilt store owner, fabric and quilt designer, teacher, wife and mother. Well known for her love of color and modern interpretations of traditional quilts, Kathy and I talk about the promise of joy with each new project, her fabric crusade for the love of brown, how she shares the permission to be "you" and so much more. 


This episode is sponsored by Sewtopia (gosewtopia.com), Fat Quarter Shop (fatquartershop.com) and Free Spirit Fabric  (freespiritfabric.com)


Music by Mekanism Sound. 


You can find the show notes here (craftyplanner.com).

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Anna Maria Horner / Episode 38

Today's podcast guest is Anna Maria HornerDuring our conversation, we talk about how her childhood supported her career as an artist, the progress of her career starting out as a boutique fabric store owner to her new space at Craft South, the inner workings of the fabric industry, her advice about living your brand, why she loves recording Creative Bug classes and how she stays true to her brand and artistic vision. 


This episode is sponsored by 
Sewtopia (gosewtopia.com) and Sew Modern (sewmodern.com). Music by Mekanism Sound. You can find the show notes here (craftyplanner.com/podcast).

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Tula Pink / Episode 34

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, quilting, modern quilting, makers

For today's podcast, I chat with Tula Pink. She is a fabric and quilt designer, illustrator, author and overall fun person. We talk about growing up in Los Angeles, how her work embodies all of her skills, a message she has for her "Tula Troops" and her thoughts on out of print fabrics. I hope you enjoy the conversation!


For show notes, please check out this post.  My introduction music is by the Beastie Boys

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Lizzy House / Episode 30

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, quilting, modern quilting, makers
Today's podcast guest is Lizzy House. We talk about the perceived differences between artists and makers, societal expectations of women, the inspiration between her mystery and meadow quilts and so much more. This thought provoking conversation is one of the reasons I started the podcast. I hope you enjoy the conversation. 

For show notes, please check out this post.  My introduction music is by the Beastie Boys

If you want to donate to the podcast, you can find the details here. Thank you! 
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Amy Sinibaldi / Episode 29

Today's podcast guest is Amy Sinibaldi from nanacompany. We talk about her creative journey starting out as an etsy store owner to today, why she still loves blogging and how she balances her work and life with four children.
For show notes, please check out this post.  My introduction music is by the Beastie Boys

If you want to donate to the podcast, you can find the details here

I hope you enjoy the episode!
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Jen Kingwell / Episode 28

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing, modern quilting
Today's podcast guest is Jen Kingwell. We talk about her transition from being a midwife to a quilt store owner, how she designs her quilt patterns along with her approach to teach hand sewing classes. It is a very fun conversation and I hope you enjoy it. 

For show notes, please check out this post.  My introduction music is by the Beastie Boys

If you want to donate to the podcast, you can find the details here. Thank you! 
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Denyse Schmidt / Episode 27

Today's podcast guest is Denyse Schmidt. We talk about how vintage fabrics influence her design process, her approach to teaching improv sewing and the connection between the past, being present one moment at a time and her work. 

For show notes, please check out this post.  My introduction music is by the Beastie Boys

If you want to donate to the podcast, you can find the details here. Thank you! 

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Samarra Khaja

Posted by craftyplanner in fabric design, sewing

Today's podcast guest is Samarra Khaja. We talk about being the #quiltconartist, her creative inspiration from growing up around the world and being a crafty person without one niche. 


For more information, please check out this post.  Music by the Beastie Boys. 

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April Rhodes

Posted by craftyplanner in garment sewing, fabric design, sewing, quilting

Welcome to Episode 3 of the Crafty Planner podcast.  My guest is April Rhodes. We talk about the explosion of her Staple Dress on the garment sewing scene, the inspiration behind her two fabric lines and how our husbands play a role in our creative process.  For more information and show notes, please check out this post.  

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