To celebrate Thanksgiving, our staff is talking about what we're thankful for -- including the quilting communities we're all connected to and appreciate! Plus, hear an interview with Latifah Saafir.
Episode 447

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Find Your Quilting Community

Since it's the week of Thanksgiving, our staff wanted to share some things they were thankful for and we all just kept coming back to community. We're so thankful to our readers, our podcast listeners, our guild members, our quilting teachers, and our sewing buddies. So, on this episode we're all sharing a community we're a part of that gives great meaning to our lives. And ones we're all very grateful for.

Ask Us Anything

Quilts & More designer Alison Gamm talks about her Instagram post that ignited a huge discussion. After posting about using Clover fork pins to hold her seams in place for a project, so many people reached out wondering what fork pins were and why you would use them. And many avid fork pin users gave plenty of options -- everything from wool applique to foundation piecing.

What We're Loving

Alison shares about a book she loves -- Quilt by Color: Scrappy Quilts with a Plan by Susan Ache for Martingale. The author shares her secrets for making beautiful scrap quilts. Alison is making the quilt featured on the cover. Follow her on Instagram to see her progress.

Back to Basics with Joanna

Zippers are easy once you get used to adding them. Joanna Burgarino, the editor of Quilts & More, shares some tips to get you started. She talks about her favorite type and size of zippers to work with, and also what to do when your zippers get stuck. See tips for working with zippers here.

Getting Sewcial with Jess

On today's show, Jess Zeigler of Threaded Quilting Studio chats with Latifah Saafir, a modern quilter, fabric and pattern designer, co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, and brain behind the newly-launched Quilt Cadets. Quilt Cadets is a program that includes patterns, hardware, merit badges, and other fun items to encourage children to find enjoyment in the sewing process!

Follow Latifah and Quilt Cadets on Instagram to keep in touch.

Latifah Saafir Headshot