Stephanie Kendron is the voice behind Modern Sewciety where she shares the stories, projects, and inspiration of creatives in the sewing industry.
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Good morning and Happy FriYAY!
Many of y'all have probably listened to the Modern Sewciety Podcast, but maybe not many of us have "met" the woman who owns the sweet, Southern voice that keeps us company while we sew. Today, I'm pleased to introduce you to Stephanie Kendron!
1) Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your creative background, etc? HI! I am Stephanie Kendron from Modern Sewciety. I blog and podcast at Modern Sewciety. I am married and have two wonderful daughters. I grew up in a small North Florida farm town on my grandparent's family farm. I currently live about 20 minutes from that farm where my parents still live and farm. My mom and grandma were always gardening, sewing, cooking, and being creative growing up. My dad is a super talented creative as welder. I think being creative was just in my genes. When I was little my parents build the house they still live in by themselves, and it is amazing. They seriously built everything in the house including cabinets and all without google. I was surrounded by creative people constantly.
I discovered sewing seriously when I had my first daughter 10 years ago. I haven't stopped since. And my daughters are now old enough to sew and I often find them in my sewing room stitching up a project. I think I always knew I had a creative something in me but nothing ever stuck with me. When I started sewing after having my oldest it just felt so natural and it still does. I don't know why it didn't take hold earlier in life but I am glad it found me. I don't know that I can imagine not having fabric and thread in my life now.
2) The quilting world knows you primarily by your voice because of the Modern Sewciety podcast. Let's look behind the scenes a bit: What kind of quilts do you love to work on and what inspires your quilting? I love quilts with big blocks. I think bigger blocks are great to showcase amazing fabric and a quick sew. I also really love big quilts that I can rotate in my house on the beds and snuggle quilts for the couch. I really think life inspires me. I really love vintage quilts as well.
3) In addition to quilting, you also love to sew garments! How would you recommend a quilter dip her (or his) toe into garment sewing? In particular, what online resources would you recommend? hmmmm. I think anything from Rae of Made by Rae is amazing for sewing with any substrate. I think The Fold Line is an awesome website to resource by skill, garment, pattern, anything really. It is an awesome resource.
4) How is creative community important to your work? I really love this creative community. I really hope that I bring some of the community together on the podcast. I love the stories, the inspiration, the hustle, the everything in this community and being connected to it is what helps me to continue to learn and hone my skills.
5) What advice or encouragement do you have for other creatives along their journeys? I think learning to hear no is important. It is super hard but it also teaches you to keep going if you really want what you are going after. And persistence is key. People get a lot of emails and phone calls in a day and most are also creatives hustling a business. If you really want to work with someone keep at it. If one way doesn't work then try another but don't give up.
And of course-- the world needs to know:
Cotton or Poly (thread and batting)? Cotton but I am really wanting to try the Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting with a voile quilt.
Creative mess or neat and organized? OMG mostly a mess but I love a good cleanup too. I just did a big rearrange and clean up this week and it does feel so good. Until it is messy again! lol
Pattern or Wing it? A little of both. I use patterns for clothes and mostly make up my own patterns for quilts.
Thank you for joining us, Stephanie! And thank you for bringing your guests to keep us company as we sew! Y'all can find Stephanie on Instagram @ModernSewciety!
I had the fun of being on Modern Sewciety recently. I shared one of my favorite bits of my creative journey-- the time my dad cut a hole in the side of my parents' house! Listen in to find out why! Plus, I share a lot about both String and Story and Quilts for Cure.
In the interview, I talk about my ebook Anxious to Adventurous: 10 Weeks to Fabulous Free Motion Quilting. I'd love for you to check it out!
Finally, there's one more way I'd like to connect with you-- Instagram! I do my best to fill my feed with pretty, quilty photos and encouragement for y'all, and my stories are full of goofy, behind the scenes stuff with Hubster, our boys, and our cats.