7 episodes

Why do we sew? Everyone's story is different. We interview sewing stars & industry professionals, quilters & embroiderers, menders & makers to bring you inspiring stories that give you all the feels. Listen while you sew or on the go and learn about sewists from all walks of life. Then go make something great!

Why I Sew Sulky of America

    • Leisure

Why do we sew? Everyone's story is different. We interview sewing stars & industry professionals, quilters & embroiderers, menders & makers to bring you inspiring stories that give you all the feels. Listen while you sew or on the go and learn about sewists from all walks of life. Then go make something great!

    Sewing as therapy & finding a community with Desiree Habicht of Desiree's Designs

    Sewing as therapy & finding a community with Desiree Habicht of Desiree's Designs

    Desiree Habicht, owner and designer of Desiree's Designs, creates machine embroidery designs, patterns and more. She truly has an artist's eye and loves sharing her creations with others. Learn how she honed her sewing skills through her competitive Girl Scout spirit. Plus, hear how a family tragedy sparked her creativity and rejuvenated her spirit.

    Take a free class from Desiree and learn:


    How to Make a Unicorn Hooded Towel In the Hoop>
    How to Make a Steampunk Pumpkin Pouch>
    How to Make a Chameleon Quilt>
    How to Make a Moonlight Serenade Mug Rug>
    How to Make a Lovely Llama Pillow>

    Find Desiree:


    DesireesDesigns.com
    Instagram @desireesdesignstudio
    Facebook @desireesdesignstudio

    "I was so isolated and looking for a friend and [sewing] gave me a community." ~Desiree

    • 44 min
    Accidental successes, big-ass books & making things for mom - Mark Montano, Meet Your Makers Showdown

    Accidental successes, big-ass books & making things for mom - Mark Montano, Meet Your Makers Showdown

    Mark Montano strives to make the world a better place through creativity. He's a Best-Selling Author, Designer and TV Host. He writes THE BIG-ASS CRAFT BOOK series (Simon & Schuster) which are best-selling craft books in the U.S. Mark has worked in television for over 12 years and can be seen on the new Discover + show, MEET YOUR MAKERS SHOWDOWN with co-hosts Chrissy Metz and LeAnn Rimes. Learn about his background and what motivated him to dive into the world of sewing and creating.

    Find Mark:

    Facebook: MarkMontanoLA

    Instagram: themarkmontano

    Pinterest: MarkMontano

    YouTube: Subscribe to his channel for DIYs aplenty!

    Shop Mark's favorite Sulky Thread - Glowy™: https://sulky.com/glowy-sampler-pack-6-spools

    • 34 min
    From peek-a-boo to patternmaking and perfectionism with Angela Wolf, Fashion Sewing Club

    From peek-a-boo to patternmaking and perfectionism with Angela Wolf, Fashion Sewing Club

    Angela Wolf specializes in fashion sewing and is the host of the PBS show "It's Sew Easy" and "Behind the Seams" on YouTube and Facebook. She's the founder of Angela Wolf Patterns and Angela Wolf Academy. Learn about her journey into fashion design and how she keeps things fresh for her students in a variety of mediums.

    Find Angela:

    FACEBOOK @AngelaWolfCouture

    TWITTER @Angela_Wolf

    INSTAGRAM @AngelaWolfFashion

    PINTEREST @AngelaWolfPins

    YOUTUBE @aboapparel

    BLOG www.FashionSewingwithAngelaWolf.com

    • 33 min
    Breaking away from home-ec sewing with Michelle Morris, That Black Chic

    Breaking away from home-ec sewing with Michelle Morris, That Black Chic

    Michelle Morris is the Editor-in-Chief of the colorful fashion, sewing and DIY blog That Black Chic. This is a platform on which she shares her own fashions, sewing tips, reviews and tutorials. Michelle is a sewing influencer on the scene who has become known for her loud and unusual prints and her ability to mix and match. She's also known for working with her fabric of choice, denim, and making showstopping pieces of clothing. In 2017 Michelle took this same idea to the pages of a new sewing publication called Sewn Magazine. This multicultural magazine is a space to showcase makers and artist of all colors.

    Find Michelle: 


    That Black Chic
    SewnMagazine
    Social: @thatblackchic & @sewnmagazine

    "I love creating textiles with denim and dying denim with my bleach art. I love creating wall décor items, and right now I’m into creating framed food art."

    • 37 min
    Finding a path to joy through quilting with Mary Fons, self-proclaimed Quilt Nerd

    Finding a path to joy through quilting with Mary Fons, self-proclaimed Quilt Nerd

    Mary Fons, editorial advisor of Quiltfolk magazine and host of her live video magazine, "Quilt Nerd" on Twitch, talks about her sewing journey and what keeps her coming back for more.

    Mary is a writer, editor, and livestreamer who specializes in quilt history and the life of quilts in popular culture. 

    From 2017 to 2021, Mary served as editor in-chief of Quiltfolk magazine; she now serves as an editorial advisor to Quiltfolk publications and occasional workshop instructor. From 2010 to 2015, Mary was editor and creative director of Quilty magazine. She has hosted a combined 250 episodes of instructional programming on public television (Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting) and the internet (Quilty). She is the author of Make & Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century (C&T/StashBooks, 2014) and Dear Quilty (F&W Media, 2015) and wrote a bi-monthly column, The Quilt Scout, for Quilts, Inc. Her articles on quilt history and culture have appeared in Quiltfolk, Curated Quilts, Modern Patchwork, and Love of Quilting, among others. 

    Mary serves on the board of the International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and lectures across the country at universities and major quilt events, such as QuiltCon. She holds a BA in Theater from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

    She is currently in pre-production for America’s Quilt, a 10-part docuseries on America’s untold quilt histories. Mary was born in a small town in Iowa but she lives in Chicago (and sometimes in London), with her husband, Eric. 

    Find Mary:


    maryfons.com
    social: @yomaryfons

     

    • 50 min
    Addicted, smitten and obsessed with making quilts - Suzy Williams of Suzy Quilts

    Addicted, smitten and obsessed with making quilts - Suzy Williams of Suzy Quilts

    Suzy Williams produces handcrafted quilts, original designs and thoughtfully constructed patterns on her site, SuzyQuilts.com. She takes us through crafting a quilty career, with two littles in tow.

    “At age 15, I would wander into my friend's basement to peek into her mom's sewing room. To me, it seemed like such a magical place with its miniature towers of jelly rolls, stacks and stacks of yardage, a shiny BERNINA regally perched in the corner, and quilt blocks lined up on a design wall. After timidly asking if I could "maybe sew a little," my quilt mother and mentor, Brenda Winkelmeyer, taught me the basics of piecing a quilt. Sixteen years later, I am still completely addicted, smitten and obsessed (some may say) with making quilts.” - SUZY

    Find Suzy:


    SuzyQuilts.com
    Instagram @suzyquilts
    Facebook @SuzyQuilt

    • 42 min

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