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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.
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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.
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Sewing and Making

Meg McElwee explains why she took a break from sewing, and her company Sew Liberated, and why she's back. This is was the best piece of writing I read this week.

Springs Creative is looking for brand ambassadors. They're asking designers to work for free product which I know is a good deal for some, but I've asked them to reconsider. I hope they will.

Registration for Craft Napa is now open and the teacher line up is amazing.

Blogging and Social Media

Twitter will soon stop counting images and links as part of the 140 characters.

You can now use the hashtag #save to keep your Periscope broadcasts forever.

Affiliate links are now allowed on Pinterest. Here's some tips on how to use them.


Aaron Hoffman is the fourth generation to run Hoffman Fabrics and he's innovating on their signature product: batiks.

Quilting Arts is looking to hire an assistant editor.

Craftsy will be sponsoring a fellowship for a new quilt designer. The prize will include a booth at Fall Market plus a bundle of tools to launch your business. Details will be announced Saturday morning during the Making it as a Maker panel at Spring Market.

Podcasts, Videos, and Other Neat Stuff

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.)
I'm struck by Craftsy's reemergence at Quilt Market. A few years ago Craftsy had a strong presence at the trade show. They sponsored Fabric 2.0, the evening party, in 2012, and put time and energy into building a partnerships with local fabric and yarn shops through the Craftsy Connect program which enabled in-store pattern and class sales.

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, 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?

Wishing you a creative and productive day.


P.S. Patricia went to Surtex and bombed. But she lived to tell the tale. Here's what she learned.
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