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While she naps
March 20, 2019
On today’s episode of the While She Naps podcast we’re talking about building a business as a quilt pattern designer, author, and blogger with my guest, Amy Friend. I had the pleasure of visiting Amy in her home studio in West Newbury, Massachusetts, and recording this interview in person which was lovely!

A former museum curator, Amy designs unique modern quilts with a specialty in paper piecing. She’s written two books and travels to guilds and national events to teach. Amy has a large portfolio of patterns for sale on her website, During Quiet Time, where she also blogs.


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Timeless Treasures, the manufacturer of quilting cotton, has acquired Marcus Fabrics. Both companies are located in New York City. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Marcus Fabrics, formerly known as Marcus Brothers, was founded in 1911 and was until now owned by Martin Marcus, the son of one of the founders. Martin Marcus is the youngest of 11 children. Timeless Treasures is also family-owned and has been in business for more than 50 years.




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Sewing and Making
My 15-year-old and I have been making paper houseplants from this book for about two weeks now. It's so fun! And they totally look real. 

Rachel makes giant pompoms and they are wonderful (as is her entire Instagram feed).

Mathew demonstrated this 3-in-1 needle puller, thimble, and cutter and I'm sold! I've been tempted to use pliers to pull a needle through really thick fabric. No more. 

Have you checked out YouPatch? It allows you to turn any photo into a pixelated quilt pattern with yardage requirements and assembly instructions. 

GQ did a roundup of patchwork jeans. Check out the prices! We can totally make these (and better!).

Blogging and Social Media
I like these sensible Pinterest tips from Amanda. Making pins for other parts of your business, like your newsletter and YouTube videos, is smart. And mixing manual pinning with Tailwind helps keep Pinterest enjoyable. 

Business
The February/March 2019 issue will the final one for Vogue Patterns magazine. CSS Industries, the company that now owns all of the Big 4 pattern companies, has decided to shut it down.

Fab Shop Network, the trade group for independent quilt shops, has a new advertising opportunity for designers of digital patterns. Called Pattern Connection, it's a newsletter for shop owners. Get the details. 

Podcasts, Videos, and Other Neat Stuff
This is a fun 60 second documentary about crochet prodigy Johah Larson.

Cartoonist Liana Fink sums things up so well. This is right on. (This, too.)

I appreciate that Etsy is featuring an LGBTQ couple in their latest video campaign. 

Bluprint launched its own podcast this week. Called Created, it's an interview show with creative people. (open in iTunes)

And F+W might have filed for bankruptcy, but Interweave also just launched a podcast, Fiber Nation, telling the stories of the culture of knitting. (open in iTunes)


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Do you cosplay? If you don't know what that is, cosplay (costume play) is dressing up in a costume and attending an event, outside of Halloween. It's actually been around for a long time and might be more familiar than you think. Military and historic reenactors? That's cosplay. And, of course, teenagers dressed up as their favorite comic book character at ComicCon is also cosplay.

What's interesting to me is that the desire to make cosplay costumes is motivating a whole new generation to learn to sew. Earlier this week I talked to Cheryl Sleboda, owner of Sew Much Cosplay, about her experience teaching at traditional sewing shows like the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo and bringing cosplayers there for the first time in a big way.

A cosplay outfit has to be wearable all day which means it needs to be lightweight, yet sturdy. It should still look great after being packed in a suitcase. And, of course, it should fit you and represent the character you're playing. To create something like this you need a good sewing machine, fabric and notions, and sewing skills. 

Many local quilt shops are in crisis right now; quilting fabric is such an easy product to buy online. It's going to be necessary to diversify to survive. Adding yarn or garment sewing supplies into the mix are good options, and catering to the cosplay market is worth considering, too. 

Wishing you a creative and productive day.

Best, 

Abby
P.S. Go watch this 2-minute Women's History Month video from Creativebug. Then get out there and make stuff!

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