Just Wanna Quilt

Elizabeth Townsend Gard

Conversations with quilters, designers, tool-makers, all kinds of people connected to the quilting industry.

Hobby quilters, famous quilters, and everyone in between.

All Episodes

Barbara Garlock and Virginia Hodge of DC Quilters talk to us today about a quilting challenge for DC statehood, disenfranchisement, and the importance of voting and staying informed on local politics. Learn more about them at https://lwv-va.org/2021/07/30/quilts4dc-statehood-quilt-challenge/

Sep 10

18 min 33 sec

Tara Miller of the Quilt District joins us to talk about her new projects including the Quilt District on the Road and the series Six Know It Alls (quilters of course). Her website: http://www.quiltdistrict.com. She also talks about American Quilt Study Group, which is she very involved. https://americanquiltstudygroup.org/.

Sep 9

24 min 16 sec

Sara Seuberling has worked at EQ since college, and tells us about the software company, the relationship with AccuQuilt, and the creation of the new edition of the Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, https://electricquilt.com/online-shop/encyclopedia-of-pieced-quilt-patterns/. We also talk about EQ Academy, which has its upcoming session in Ohio on September 9-11.

Sep 8

56 min 13 sec

Brandy is a fellow quilt podcaster, and also is active on TikTok as Quilter on Fire. She joins us to talk about her latest project, and the role of social media in building her brand. See https://www.quilteronfire.com.

Jul 16

56 min 25 sec

Christa Watson, who has been on the show twice before, comes back to tell us about her year. (See Episodes https://www.spreaker.com/episode/15172864 and https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17863739. She's a fabric and pattern designer, and an entrepreneur. Come here her discuss her last year, and her thoughts on the future.

Jul 9

1 hr 2 min

Dora Carey, of Orange Dot Quilts, http://www.orangedotquilts.com, come back to chat with us about her COVID-19 year, where she made a mask pattern and video that got 2 million hits, transforming her business almost instantly. Now, she's getting ready to open a shop. Listen to her original interview from 2018 here: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/14253174.

Jul 1

49 min 23 sec

Stacy Harding, a long time member of the Quilting Army, talks about the last year, and how she's starting to get back into the quilting grove.

Jul 1

30 min 41 sec

Jamie and Jessica, sisters, join us to talk about Sewtites, a magnetic system for quilting that eliminates the need for pins. See https://sewtites.com/. We talk about their entrepreneurial journey of how this idea became a big hit in the sewing and quilting world.

Jun 24

52 min 40 sec

Quilting Army quilters Jeannette Floyd (from California) and Robin Siler (from Nevada) catch up with Elizabeth on how they are feeling about quilting and how their year was. It's just three quilters hanging out and catching up.

Jun 24

38 min 39 sec

Joel Sellers and Wendy Starn, both quilters and part of our Quilting Army (what we call ourselves) join us for a brief chat at the beginning of Season 4. Come join us at our Facebook group, Just Wanna Quilt, http://www.facebook/groups/justwannaquilt. We'd love to get to know you.

Jun 17

22 min 40 sec

Nicole Schneider from Checker Distributors talks with us about her job as a developer and previously as a buyer, and also about the Gypsy Quilter line of products. Gypsy Quilter link on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gfDCzU. She also talks about Creative Grids,https://amzn.to/2RzDXVQ, which is also an exclusive Checker Distributor line. https://www.checkerdist.com.

Jun 10

49 min 15 sec

Quilting Army member Amy Reitzel gets us started with Season 4, and we talk about coming back out into the world after COVID, and we fangirl about Cassandra Beaver's " Zoo Family Portrait" pattern, which is English Paper Piecing. (We'll have Cassandra on as a guest soon, but you can find the pattern on Etsy! http://bitly.ws/e2ff). Listen to Amy's first podcast with us here:Amy Reitzel, quilt pattern maker and part of our Quilting Army talks about her quilting lifehttps://www.spreaker.com/episode/15471890 (from 2018).

Jun 10

15 min 38 sec

Elizabeth Townsend Gard, host of Just Wanna Quilt, and law professor at Tulane University Law School says a quick hello to begin Season 4.

Jun 2

6 min 39 sec

Scott Fortunoff, of Tales of a Fourth Generation Textile Executive (https://scottfortunoff.com/) and President of Jaftex Fabric Company joins us to talk about the fabric industry and COVID-19, his weekly trivia contest for 20 weeks, and his relationship with the Quilt Shops and with fans. 2020 marks the 90th anniversary of Jaftex in the fabric industry, and he is especially interested in the 3rd year of the Facebook Live Video Challenge for shops. It's not to late to enter and participate.

Aug 2020

56 min 2 sec

Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit: Part 2On June 17, 2020 and June 20, 2020, Tulane University held the Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit, organized by the Just Wanna Quilt team of Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Hailey Barnett, Whitney Chatmon, John Spartz, and Becky Blank. Hosted by Newcomb Institute, and co-hosted by the Phyllis Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, and the Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. More information can be found at http://www.justwannaquilt.com.Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit is where we celebrate the entrepreneurial activities of the mask makers around the country, talk to industrial hygienists about how to safely move around in this world (including how many people should be in an elevator at one time), talk to the scientists, and connect the compassion of caring and making masks with BLM.The audio link to Day One: Part 2 Guests include:The Story of One HospitalDr. Robin Womedou, Chief Medical Officer, Methodist University Hospital, Memphis.TN.The Science of Mask RecapHailey Barnett with Dr. Jocelyn Songer (MakerMask.org)Masks in PrisonsAngelique Thomas, Innocence Project New Orleanswith Hailey Barnett Artists and Performer ProfilesJulian McCleary, professional performer on cruise ships that turned to making masksCeeley Pedescleaux is a quilter who is everything I aspire to be.  Her pieces are nationally known. She is the heart of the Beecher Memorial Quilt Group  in New Orleans, and she has, like so many of us, been making masks.  She made quilts after Katrina, and she is now working on projects about COVID as well.Wendy Starn is a fiber artist.  We’re going to talk to her about her COVID-19 piece.Will Nemitoff is the owner Curious Form, a local art fabrication and design business based in New Orleans. He pivoted from making large-scale artworks for events to addressing the PPE shortage with the production of over 10,000 Face Shields.Industry PivotsMattie Rhodes, Quiltsmart, creates products printed on about interfacing and creating custom patterns for them.  The mondo bag is legendary in the sewing world.  She pivoted to making printed cotton patterns for masks.Chris Larson, Mattress King, is a mattress maker who began using the same materials to shift and make masks. Inventions and 3d PrintingJuan Borbon, who began making bias tape for local groups making homemade masks with a personal 3D printerAlan Puccinelli s the founder of Operation Shields up where he fabricates PPE face fields for front line caregivers.  Broadway, Film, and Designers RepurposingRachna Chandra of Taj Cottage, a clothing brand that shifted to making masks
Alison Parker costumer in the film industry, and  is also the founder of Ric Rack, a local group whose focus is educating the public on textile recycling.
Jeff Whiting gave studio space to Broadway costumers to make masks. Jeff is the owner and Artistic Director of The Open Jar Institute, a music theatre training program founded in 2003 for the development of music theatre artists of all ages.  Jeff is extraordinarily impressive with a long  resume of directing and choreography credits on broadway.   
Sewist in ActionChelsea Cooper, new to sewingRaymond Houston, an author of quilt books, and quilt designerMisty-Anne Harold, wildlife biologists and quilterMeghan Romere, Texas law student who started making masksBeth Strand, long-time quilter who made capsMaddie Kertay of BadAss QuiltersSeth Hackler of Quilting on a Budget and Million Masks a DayJeannete Floyd, art quilterTamy Silvers, quilt businessJudy Walker, quilterEdith Gross, art quilterThe Story of AccuQuiltPam Heller and Joy BanfieldPreservationFrances Dowell and Amy Milne, Quilt AllianceMask Making and CultureRachel McCrafty, Executive Director at Ace Makerspace, a 10-year-old space in Oakland, CA. She has participated in several large mask making projects including an ongoing project serving at-risk communities. Learn more at thecraftyavenger.comThe Power of Students and What’s Happening NextSunshine Best, Ph.D. student, Tulane School of Public HealthHailey Barnet, 2020 Tulane Law School graduateWhitney Chatmon, 2L Tulane law SchoolAlexa Magyari, Ph.D. student, U.S. Berkeley School of Public HealthBecky Blank, alumni, Tulane UniversityElizabeth Townsend Gard, Professor of Law, Tulane University

Jun 2020

4 hr 38 min

Dr. Roy is the Director of Infectious Disease Aerobiology at the Tulane National Primate Research Center and faculty in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine. His career focus is on respiratory health and the aerobiology of airborne infectious diseases, including biological threat agents such as anthrax and ricin to name a few. He is currently leading a research team to advance vaccine development for COVID-19. He talks to us about his latest work, and how we should think about the virus in relationship to masks.

Jun 2020

43 min 7 sec

On June 17, 2020, Tulane University held the Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit, organized by the Just Wanna Quilt team of Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Hailey Barnett, Whitney Chatmon, John Spartz, and Becky Blank. Hosted by Newcomb Institute, and co-hosted by the Phyllis Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, and the Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. More information can be found at http://www.justwannaquilt.com.Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit is where we celebrate the entrepreneurial activities of the mask makers around the country, talk to industrial hygienists about how to safely move around in this world (including how many people should be in an elevator at one time), talk to the scientists, and connect the compassion of caring and making masks with BLM.The audio link to Day One: Part 1 Guests include:Our Call to ActionEdith Gross, Judy Walker, Seth Hackler, Whitney Chatmon, Hailey Barnett, and @Tal Sherman.Mask MobilizationAlexa Magyari, co-organizer, a Ph.D. public health student at U.C. Berkeley, and an early organizer between hospitals and makers of masks.Becky Blank of We Have Masks, The Mask Makers Collective, Gina Livingston of Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals - AtlantaCathy Dickey of Face Mask Shortage (New Orleans local area) Sewing InitiativeSophie Faroushani and Alex Woodbridge TUSOM COVID Response Group, Tulane Medical StudentsJayna Zweimal of Masks4humanity@Scott Bishop, @Chippawa Thomas, and @Christine Schnittka from Auburn University.Science and MedicineDr. @Roy Rando, industrial hygienist Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical MedicineDr. Mark Wilson, industrial hygienist @ Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical MedicineDr. Chad Roy, Director of Infectious Disease Aerobiology, Tulane National Primate Research CenterDr. Scott Segal, Prof of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest, with a forthcoming article on evaluating homemade mask materials. Keynote: Dr. Jocelyn Songer, Masks Unmasked: A Look at the Science Behind Fabric Masks for COVID-19, founder of MakerMask.org (a great site of information). Dr. Jocelyn Songer is the founder of MakerMask.org, a group of volunteers providing science-based mask information and designs to community mask makers by studying and testing them. She holds a BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology from MIT.Joel Sellers: Q and A with Dr. Songer (with sample masks)A Culture of Caring: From Masks to BLMSaru Matambanadzo, Tulane Law School.That was Day 1.

Jun 2020

4 hr 51 min

John Christie, the Executive Director of Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development talks to us about the science during Covid-19, and how NDS, provisional patents, and other legal tools allow for sharing information between scientists in this very difficult times.

Jun 2020

24 min 54 sec

Dr. Songer joins us for part 2 of our discussion of Polypropylene and masks. For more information, go to: http://makermask.org/. There is lots of cool science and mask information.

Jun 2020

1 hr 28 min

Dr. Songer is the founder of MakerMask.org, a group of volunteers providing science-based mask information and designs to community mask makers. She's been studying and testing masks, and we talk to her about all kinds of things, especially Polypropylene. This is Part 1 of 2. For more information go to: http://makermask.org/.

Jun 2020

1 hr 5 min

Michael Hecht, the President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc, the economic development agency for southeast Louisiana, joins us to talk about the health of the city and entrepreneurship during Covid-19. Here is more about Michael: http://gnoinc.org/uploads/M.Hecht.Biography.pdf and https://gnoinc.org.

Jun 2020

22 min 53 sec

Professor Roy Rando, an industrial hygienist from Tulane talks to us about masks. We have a great conversation about how to think about Covid-19.

Jun 2020

49 min 52 sec

Dr. Mark Wilson, an assistant professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is a molecular toxicologist and industrial hygienist that have been deeply involved in how we keep our home and especially our work environment safe(r) with Covid. A fascinating chat. He will also be a panelist at the Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit. And he's got a lot to say about Covid-19: Volunteered on the frontline of NOLA coronavirus testing response: Here's an article: https://www.nola.com/news/coronavirus/article_0452555c-6b9b-11ea-b1f3-db5e17d5412e.html. He has as a daily COVID podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHxkG1SlFxM Here is an article he was a part of for PPE, but it does not mention homemade PPE: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/04/we-must-redefine-frontline-providing-ppe-all-workers. And the T-Cell Clinic at Tulane Featured in TIME:https://news.tulane.edu/pr/tulane-t-cell-clinic-featured-time.

Jun 2020

40 min 43 sec

Professor Chris Schnittka of Science Education, Professor and Director of Faculty Engagement, Chippewa Thomas, and Scott Bishop, Director of Lifelong Learning joins us to talk about the mask making efforts at Auburn University. It is remarkable. https://www.auburn.edu.

Jun 2020

40 min 56 sec

Bailey Boynton from Glowforge talks to us about 3D laser printers and their 2 Million Essential Ears initiative (glowforge.com/earsavers). https://glowforge.com

Jun 2020

24 min 38 sec

How was the Ronald MacDonald House in New Orleans coping with Covid-19? We asked Marianne Addy.

Jun 2020

22 min 14 sec

Lauren Skinner, a nurse, talks to us about her life, and the BaLA mask. She started a facebook group, BaLa N95 Cover for Frontline Healthcare Workers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/890875771382856/. Hailey Barnett interviews her.

Jun 2020

42 min

Shannon Kittrick is a chemistry and biology teacher, who owns a custom clothing line, www.youenjoymygoods.com, and a Beeswax Wrap Company www.beegoodwraps.comHer sewing Group, You Enjoy My Goods Sewing and Crafting Community has been sewing masks for Doctors and Nurses in the Phish Community.Her husband, Bryan Sylvain has also designed special custom fabric to make masks. Note: we talk about miscarriages and still births, and it gets a bit sad. (That's my fault).

Jun 2020

31 min 7 sec

Heather Grant is the Executive Director of the Strategic Sewing and Quilting Summit, a non-profit organization of high-power industry leaders thinking through ways to increase consumer participation. We talk about the impact of Covid-19 on the sewing community. For more info, see https://www.sewquiltsummit.org/.

Jun 2020

39 min 6 sec

Alison Parker joins to to talk about the amazing efforts of Ric Rack, a local group whose focus is educating the public on textile recycling. She is part of the costumers in the film community here, and she used her organizing skills in amazing ways. For more, see https://www.ricracknola.com.

Jun 2020

36 min 27 sec

William Nemitoff talks to us about Curious Form, a local art, fabrication and design company in the Bywater in New Orleans. Like many other local businesses, Curious Form has pivoted to assist with COVID-19 related shortages by transforming our space to a PPE Face Shield production site. They are also taking this opportunity to employ laid off workers & those in need of income. To date they have donated a total of 1,200 face shields through crowd and community fundraising. The masks also display inspirational lines of poetry written by local poets on the front of the face shield. They also sell them to the public to raise money: https://curiousform.com.

Jun 2020

17 min 55 sec

John Spartz, a Tulane medical and public health student, joins our Just Wanna Quilt team as we plan the Homemade Mask Summit for June 2020. We interview him so that you can get to know him!

Jun 2020

16 min 56 sec

Juilian McCleary had his whole year planned: singing on cruise ships. And then, things changed. He talks about making masks and his life in Las Vegas.

Jun 2020

26 min 40 sec

Gina Livingston joins us to talk about their efforts in the Atlanta area. We've been watching their amazing response for masks on Facebook. Gina joins us. She also talks about having a spouse in the medical profession, and how they are keeping the family safe. For more on the efforts, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/SMAHAtlanta/.

Jun 2020

31 min 18 sec

Pam, my neighbor, is a journalist for construction news, and she is also the person that introduced me to Judy Walker (a key person in the whole Just Wanna Quilt project). We talk about PPE from her perspective.

Jun 2020

27 min 59 sec

We've chatting with Hello Stitch, out of Northern California before, and we check in to see how they are surviving during the Spring 2020 and Covid-19. Go to http://www.hellostitchstudio.com.

Jun 2020

21 min 35 sec

Ebony Love of Lovebug Studios joins us to talk about all things happening to her during the Spring 2020. See http://www.lovebugstudios.com

Jun 2020

40 min 14 sec

Amanda Hayes, the Communication Manager for Joann's Stores joins us to talk about homemade masks, sewing, online shopping and so much more. We are thrilled that she made time to chat! Go to http://www.joann.com

Jun 2020

34 min 21 sec

Katrina Brees, a local artist and performer, has turned to making masks during the Spring of 2020 to supplement her income. She also talks to us about copyright.


Jun 2020

1 hr 2 min

Heather Ensley talks to us about her own journey in mask making: "I joined the Million Mask Challenge on April 5th. I decided I wanted to make affordable face masks for the everyman. The first day I sewed the Deconess pattern and found it cumbersome and time consuming. So I developed my own pattern called the Tootsie Roll because it kind of looks like a Tootsie Roll to me.I use a serger with a 4 thread overclock stitch a strip of fabric and two thin round hair elastics. I can make one mask in under 2 minutes. It is totally machine washable. I have test washed one through 10 machine washes in hot water and it has held up very well.I am the president of the Pensacola chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. I also have an interesting story about my guild that I would like to share."

Jun 2020

23 min 36 sec

Angelique Thomas talks to us about the Innocence project, and the state of the prisons in New Orleans. They are making masks for the prisoners. See more https://ip-no.org, This was recorded on April 28, 2020.

Jun 2020

36 min 26 sec

Chelsea is sewing masks in her off time, when she is not helping people through telemedicine with mental health issues. She's on the frontline helping people cope with so much during COVID-19. She's also got advice for beginning sewists!

May 2020

25 min 24 sec

Juan talks to us about his work making bias tape makers that he is giving out to sewists in the effort to make mask ties more efficiently. He is part of many with 3D printers across the country pitching in to help.

May 2020

20 min 49 sec

We Have Masks is a powerhouse organization that is only a few months old. We talk to two of their founders about their efforts to create masks, and how their entrepreneurial skills are helping with this effort. See: https://wehavemasks.org/ Like so many groups, we are not only making masks; we are organizing.

May 2020

29 min 9 sec

Rachna was already a very successful business person with Taj Cottage, her clothing line. Now, she is putting that know-how to work making masks. And it is amazing. For more go to http://www.tajcottage.com.

May 2020

29 min 50 sec

Toni talks to us about technology, Twitch, and how she's surviving COVID-19. For more go to https://quiltoni.com/.

May 2020

53 min 25 sec

Founder of Operation Shields Up, Alan Puccinelli joins us to talk about fabricating PPE face shields for front line caregivers in the current pandemic crisis. See more at http:://www.https://www.opshieldsup.org/. There's great videos too at the site!

May 2020

22 min 53 sec

Anderson fabrics, that normally make custom interior design textiles, is making masks, and they are beautiful. They also have a quilting component of their business. Go to https://www.andersonfabricsquiltshop.com for more information.

May 2020

38 min 20 sec

Koleene Herlocker joins us to talk about the Iowa Shop Hop, which is scheduled for the month of June. We recorded this in March 2020, as they were preparing in the midst of Covid-19. For more on the shop hop, go to https://alliowashophop.com. (And there's a copyright article by Elizabeth in the magazine!)

May 2020

1 hr 2 min

Carhartt, Inc makes uniforms, outdoor wear and other things for the last 131 years. But just as in WWI and WWII, they have joined the call, and are now making masks and gowns. Hailey Barnett (3L law student) and I talk to him about the fabric they are using, the choice of patterns, and so much more. For more info see https://www.carhartt.com.

Apr 2020

52 min 28 sec