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Conversations with quilters, designers, tool-makers, all kinds of people connected to the quilting industry. Hobby quilters, famous quilters, and everyone in between. A research podcast from Tulane Law School hosted by Elizabeth Townsend Gard. Yes, some talk about copyright and intellectual property law too and how it connects to quilting.

Just Wanna Quilt Elizabeth Townsend Gard

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    • 4.1 • 131 Ratings

Conversations with quilters, designers, tool-makers, all kinds of people connected to the quilting industry. Hobby quilters, famous quilters, and everyone in between. A research podcast from Tulane Law School hosted by Elizabeth Townsend Gard. Yes, some talk about copyright and intellectual property law too and how it connects to quilting.

    Quilters Joel Sellers and Wendy Starn catch up on their Quilting Life

    Quilters Joel Sellers and Wendy Starn catch up on their Quilting Life

    Joel Sellers and Wendy Starn, both quilters and part of our Quilting Army (what we call ourselves) join us for a brief chat at the beginning of Season 4. Come join us at our Facebook group, Just Wanna Quilt, http://www.facebook/groups/justwannaquilt. We'd love to get to know you.

    • 22 min
    Crafter and Product Developer Nichole Schneider from Checker Distributor joins us

    Crafter and Product Developer Nichole Schneider from Checker Distributor joins us

    Nicole Schneider from Checker Distributors talks with us about her job as a developer and previously as a buyer, and also about the Gypsy Quilter line of products. Gypsy Quilter link on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gfDCzU. She also talks about Creative Grids,https://amzn.to/2RzDXVQ, which is also an exclusive Checker Distributor line. https://www.checkerdist.com.

    • 49 min
    We catch up with Quilter Amy Reitzel, a long time member of the Quilting Army

    We catch up with Quilter Amy Reitzel, a long time member of the Quilting Army

    Quilting Army member Amy Reitzel gets us started with Season 4, and we talk about coming back out into the world after COVID, and we fangirl about Cassandra Beaver's " Zoo Family Portrait" pattern, which is English Paper Piecing. (We'll have Cassandra on as a guest soon, but you can find the pattern on Etsy! http://bitly.ws/e2ff). Listen to Amy's first podcast with us here:
    Amy Reitzel, quilt pattern maker and part of our Quilting Army talks about her quilting life
    https://www.spreaker.com/episode/15471890 (from 2018).

    • 15 min
    We're Back! Season 4 begins now.

    We're Back! Season 4 begins now.

    Elizabeth Townsend Gard, host of Just Wanna Quilt, and law professor at Tulane University Law School says a quick hello to begin Season 4.

    • 6 min
    Scott Fortunoff of Jaftex Corporation catches us up and tells about the Facebook Live Video Challenge for shops

    Scott Fortunoff of Jaftex Corporation catches us up and tells about the Facebook Live Video Challenge for shops

    Scott Fortunoff, of Tales of a Fourth Generation Textile Executive (https://scottfortunoff.com/) and President of Jaftex Fabric Company joins us to talk about the fabric industry and COVID-19, his weekly trivia contest for 20 weeks, and his relationship with the Quilt Shops and with fans. 2020 marks the 90th anniversary of Jaftex in the fabric industry, and he is especially interested in the 3rd year of the Facebook Live Video Challenge for shops. It's not to late to enter and participate.

    • 56 min
    Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit - Part 2

    Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit - Part 2

    Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit: Part 2
    On June 17, 2020 and June 20, 2020, Tulane University held the Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit, organized by the Just Wanna Quilt team of Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Hailey Barnett, Whitney Chatmon, John Spartz, and Becky Blank. Hosted by Newcomb Institute, and co-hosted by the Phyllis Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, and the Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. More information can be found at http://www.justwannaquilt.com.

    Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit is where we celebrate the entrepreneurial activities of the mask makers around the country, talk to industrial hygienists about how to safely move around in this world (including how many people should be in an elevator at one time), talk to the scientists, and connect the compassion of caring and making masks with BLM.

    The audio link to Day One:

    Part 2 Guests include:

    The Story of One Hospital
    Dr. Robin Womedou, Chief Medical Officer, Methodist University Hospital, Memphis.TN.

    The Science of Mask Recap
    Hailey Barnett with Dr. Jocelyn Songer (MakerMask.org)

    Masks in Prisons
    Angelique Thomas, Innocence Project New Orleans
    with Hailey Barnett

    Artists and Performer Profiles
    Julian McCleary, professional performer on cruise ships that turned to making masks
    Ceeley Pedescleaux is a quilter who is everything I aspire to be.  Her pieces are nationally known. She is the heart of the Beecher Memorial Quilt Group  in New Orleans, and she has, like so many of us, been making masks.  She made quilts after Katrina, and she is now working on projects about COVID as well.
    Wendy Starn is a fiber artist.  We’re going to talk to her about her COVID-19 piece.
    Will Nemitoff is the owner Curious Form, a local art fabrication and design business based in New Orleans. He pivoted from making large-scale artworks for events to addressing the PPE shortage with the production of over 10,000 Face Shields.


    Industry Pivots
    Mattie Rhodes, Quiltsmart, creates products printed on about interfacing and creating custom patterns for them.  The mondo bag is legendary in the sewing world.  She pivoted to making printed cotton patterns for masks.
    Chris Larson, Mattress King, is a mattress maker who began using the same materials to shift and make masks.

    Inventions and 3d Printing
    Juan Borbon, who began making bias tape for local groups making homemade masks with a personal 3D printer
    Alan Puccinelli s the founder of Operation Shields up where he fabricates PPE face fields for front line caregivers. 

    Broadway, Film, and Designers Repurposing
    Rachna Chandra of Taj Cottage, a clothing brand that shifted to making masks
Alison Parker costumer in the film industry, and  is also the founder of Ric Rack, a local group whose focus is educating the public on textile recycling.
Jeff Whiting gave studio space to Broadway costumers to make masks. Jeff is the owner and Artistic Director of The Open Jar Institute, a music theatre training program founded in 2003 for the development of music theatre artists of all ages.  Jeff is extraordinarily impressive with a long  resume of directing and choreography credits on broadway.   

    Sewist in Action
    Chelsea Cooper, new to sewing
    Raymond Houston, an author of quilt books, and quilt designer
    Misty-Anne Harold, wildlife biologists and quilter
    Meghan Romere, Texas law student who started making masks
    Beth Strand, long-time quilter who made caps
    Maddie Kertay of BadAss Quilters
    Seth Hackler of Quilting on a Budget and Million Masks a Day
    Jeannete Floyd, art quilter
    Tamy Silvers, quilt business
    Judy Walker, quilter
    Edith Gross, art quilter

    The Story of AccuQuilt
    Pam Heller and Joy...

    • 4 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

Monroe9783 ,

So much great info!

I am a new listener and I absolutely love this podcast! I’m learning so much and finding new people to follow on social media. The only reason why I gave it four stars is because all of the episodes I’ve listened to so far have had some significant sound/editing issues. Many times the guest can’t be heard of the volume is way low for them. Because of this I’m constantly adjusting the volume. There are also times when you can hear dogs barking or children coming to ask either the host or the guest questions. In the long run, not a huge deal, but just a little distracting. Other than that, I think this is an awesome podcast!

Pat Seager ,

Mask episodes.

Why so many? I’ve deleted all but 2. Enough already!

Dee98632 ,

Move on

I enjoyed the podcast initially. I would like to see a reprieve from the current focus on masks. I need quilting talk.

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