Last spring I wrote an article about Penny Gold’s quilt, “Self-Portrait, Year 2” for GenerationQ magazine. I continue to be so struck by this quilt and the story behind it that I’m republishing the piece on my blog with the magazine’s and Penny’s permission.
If you were at QuiltCon in Austin last year you remember this quilt. Read the story behind it.
On this week’s episode of the While She Naps podcast we’re talking about creativity and drawing and making art with my guest Alisa Burke.
We talk about quitting your day job, creating online classes, rejection, motherhood, and designing a life with intention. I love Alisa's work and I think you'll come away from this episode feeling inspired.
This episode is sponsored by Spoonflower. Do you want to learn to design, print and sell your own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap? Try the Spoonflower Intro to Custom Fabric Design ebook. It’s a free download you can read in about 10 minutes and it takes you through every step from uploading your design and creating a repeat pattern to searching the Spoonflower marketplace.
Quilt Your Heart Out, the podcast by Marianne and Mary Fons, is no more. Apparently a very aggressive non-compete clause from F+W shut it down.
Heather tells a powerful story of making a quilt while dealing with a very difficult life experience. The quilt was shown at Quilt Con. (And now I'm crying watching this again. Craft is such a powerful force in our lives.)
And then there was a sea change. Crafty Connect was discontinued. Instead Craftsy partnered with Joann stores for in-store sales and started their own retail program, selling fabric and yarn (including in-house brands of both) on Craftsy.com, often below MSRP. Although they continue to exhibit at Quilt Festival, the consumer show that happens in the days following Market, they've been absent from Market for a long while.
For designers filming a Craftsy class is a great opportunity to build your platform and the opportunity can be quite financially lucrative as well. Yet, many local shop owners I've spoken with feel betrayed by the company that once offered to be their partner. Craftsy has put their instructors in the awkward middle.
Now Craftsy is returning to Market, albeit with a different purpose. The fellowship they'll be announcing on Saturday is to help a new designer get their quilting pattern business up and running. Prizes will include a booth at Fall Market plus a software and consulting package. Encouraging new designers is in Craftsy's best interest, but will the company be greeted with the warm welcome they once were?