Friends! We made it!
We made it all the way to FriYAY! I don't know what's going around where you are, but we've had dreadful colds here, and Jem has had croup and was on meds, and I'm coughing like it's going out of style. UGH. We may not complain about the weather, dear Frances, but I most certainly do complain about coughs and croup. It's been like that chapter out of Cheaper by the Dozen around here, when they go cross-country to visit family, and they have croup on the train. ACKKKK.
I have a couple of lovely interviews coming to you soon, but they are with happy quilty people, and if you don't know, there has been Fall Quilt Market and the International Quilt Festival happening over the last week, so basically every industry professional is totally swamped (including me--I'm up to my ears in Instagram eye candy! ha!). Anyway, I've had a couple of very exciting interview YESes recently, and it's going to be great.
In the meanwhile, I'm bringing you a whole bunch of my friends-- my podcasting friends! These are my quilting and crafting podcasting friends, mostly in the order I started listening to them. Maybe you already know all of them, and we can gush over how much we love these folks. If not, go take a listen and meet someone new!
WOOLFUL Ashley Yousling, my dear, you were my "gateway podcast" in those early weeks and months with Jemsy as a baby. You helped me understand more about natural fibers, fiber animals and plants, natural dying, and more.
KNIT.FM Though sadly no longer broadcasting, the expertise Pam Allen and Hannah Fettig bring along with their humor and friendship is unmatched.
HEAR MOTHERHOOD My darling Paige isn't podcasting anymore either, but her archives are still up, and I love her interviews with other creative mamas. Now she is busy with many other fabulous creative endeavors. She just drew this adorable car design that I'm dying to see on fabric!
HIP TO BE A SQUARE Pam, you make me laugh out loud every time. I love that you have way more sass than anyone ever pictures in a quilter. I want to hug you and have a drink with you and belly laugh with you all while sewing every time I listen to you podcast, even if that would be way too much social interaction for us introverts.
THE STITCH TV SHOW Pam plus best friend Lynn means I'm just crying laughing and trying not to sew thru my fingers while I watch/listen. Their camaraderie brings all of us in, all while passing on good info, food for thought, and gorgeous patterns.
QUILTING...FOR THE REST OF US Sandy, you are a force to be reckoned with. Folks love to ask me how I do all that I do, but I really should start saying, "Have you met my friend Sandy?" Quilter, Blogger, Podcaster, Embroidery Enthusiast, General Hand Craft Fanatic, Wife, Mom, Globe Trotter, AND Seminary Student. I love hearing about all your adventures whenever you have a moment to share!
THE OFF-KILTER QUILT Oh my Frances. Of all my podcasty friends, I think your voice is the most soothing. You're authentic, witty, and an amazing encourager. And I really wish you would podcast more often! ha! (PS I interviewed Frances a few weeks back, which you can read here.)
ANNIE SMITH: QUILTING STASH Annie's podcast has been a valuable source of information and tips as I'm still pretty new to this whole thing.
LAZY DAISY QUILTS (AND READS) Daisy quilts and long-arms, but she also sews AMAZING costumes. I know almost nothing about garment sewing, so she might as well be a magician. Also, her last episode was called Bodice Chillers which still has me giggling. I think I'll get one next time I'm pregnant in summer. HA!
MAGIC LESSONS WITH ELIZABETH GILBERT I don't know why I ever procrastinated on reading Big Magic. Not only was it fabulous, but it led me to Liz's podcast. Struggling with creative fear or hesitation? Liz will put an end to that right quick and make you laugh while she's at it. (Also, to quote Liz's opening: "These are adults having adult conversations, so there is the possibility of adult language." Listen with discretion of language bothers you or if you have kiddos around.)
CRAFTSANITY PODCAST Jennifer, you have the best jingle. I drive my Hubster nuts singing it. You also have marvelous content-- I love the variety of makers you talk to because I find makers outside my own current pursuit of quilting very, very inspiring.
MY CREATIVE CORNER 3 When I started listening to Pam and some of the other Twilter podcasters, Vicki was a fellow listener. We've gotten to know each other a bit via Facebook, and now she has her own podcast! Huzzah! She lives up in the land of snow, so I enjoy hearing about her weather challenges as well her quilting.
AMERICAN PATCHWORK AND QUILTING RADIO We all love Pat Sloan! She runs the show interviewing several guests in each episode and keeping me up to date on the latest quilty news.
WHILE SHE NAPS WITH ABBY GLASSENBERG Abby also interviews wonderful creative guests. I love that her focus is on business development-- something many creatives desire but don't always know where to start.
SIT & SEW RADIO Hosted by Stephanie of Quilt Addicts Anonymous, Sit & Sew Radio is also an interview show. Can you tell I just can't get enough? She currently sews in her sunroom/dining room which I deeply admire because I cannot imagine NOT having a DOOR (for closing) to my sewing room.
MODERN SEWCIETY PODCAST Just to cause confusion, another Stephanie hosts this podcast, the newest in my line up. I'm drawn to her because, though she's been at this quilting thing longer than I have, I feel like we're both figuring out the whole business thing (except that she's on a first name basis with amazing people like Bonnie Hunter, Tula Pink, and Alison Glass. No big). Like I said, I'm only a few episodes in, but I'm pretty much binge listening and loving it.
Dear Podcasting Friends, Thank you for recording and posting your episodes for all of us to enjoy! Happy listening, everyone! I hope you love at least some of these folks as much as I do, and I hope they keep you company while you work this weekend.
One other thing: If you haven't already, be sure to check out the Facebook Live videos I do periodically on the String and Story page. Be sure to "like" the page to maximize your chance of getting a notification when I go live, and click the "videos" tab on the left to see all previous recordings. Enjoy!