Welcome to episode 007 of the Me Being Crafty podcast, where we explore creativity in your life.
In this episode I talk to Rebecca Roach, a quilter and quilt designer living in Austin, Texas. She and I had a great conversation about the first thing she sewed as a young girl and how that was just not fun and she wasn’t interested in sewing again for years. We talk about the tv show she watched that inspired her to take up quilting again and her journey into becoming a quilt designer and what she has coming up. Rebecca is thinking of more quilt designs and fabric designs. Living in Austin, she has access to resources that will allow her to create a small fabric collection and I am excited for what she has to come!
Rebecca and I visit about symbols used in Hawaiian quilting and how she didn’t feel comfortable using the same symbols, since being Hawaiian isn’t part of her culture. I feel the same as Rebecca and I am very aware of my culture and belief system when I am designing something because of that awareness. I would love to have fabric with Native American symbols not be pan-Indian in nature. Scratch that, I would love to have fabric designed by Native Americans. It’s an important topic for us to talk about in terms of the what is out there and is representative of who we are as a people.
I am a member of the Modern Quilt Guild and one of the perks of being a member is that we receive quilt patterns that were designed by fellow guild members. Rebecca’s Broken Bars pattern was the first one we all received in January 2014 and I started following her then. I loved visiting with Rebecca and hope you enjoy our conversation. Thanks again for being on the show Rebecca!
Links for what we talked about – Aunt Debbie quilting, she is no longer here with us and her granddaughter teaches Hawaiian quilting although according to the website, she isn’t teaching currently; Austin Modern Quilt Guild; Fresh Modern Quilts on flickr; Abby Glassenberg: An Inside Look at What Fabric Designers Earn; Nike N7
Listen to episode 007 and let me know if you once really didn’t like the creative thing you do now. It can be a common occurrence – if we have a bad experience with something, it will take some work to bring us back to trying it out again.
Leave me a comment and let me know how you were creative today. Me, I’m designing a few baby quilts!