30 March 2009

Simple Arts Podcast



When I was teaching in Asilomar at the Empty Spools seminar a couple of weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of meeting Annie Smith, podcaster extraordinaire. She interviewed me one evening and we really hit it off. You can head to her website to listen to the podcast and hear us chatting about art and quilting and life and everything. Please leave a comment for me here - I'll be giving away a copy of my new book, Art Quilts at Play, on Wednesday, April 1st (no fooling!)



So you can follow along, in the podcast I talk about the books I've written with Elin Waterston, the shop that my mom and I opened in 1990 (that will continue as an internet store) and my husband's artwork.

UPDATE: The winner of the free book is "sewjoe"! Please contact me with your mailing address and I'll get an autographed copy of Art Quilts at Play right out to you. Thank you everyone for your very kind comments! And thank you Annie for the opportunity to talk to your listeners!

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

I loved your interview with Annie! I especially liked hearing that we are not born to draw, we have to learn how. Am looking forward to seeing your books. Susan in Florida

Dale Anne said...

LOVED hearing YOUR voice! GREAT interview!!!

Nanabarb said...

Isn't Annie great, I really enjoy her podcasts. Having your new book would be wonderful!

D2Quilter said...

It is an inspiration to listen to artists of any genre and you cover several. Thanks for sharing!

Julie Filatoff said...

Jane, just watched you on "The Quilt Show," and now get to listen to you on "Quilting Stash." You are such an inspiration. Thank you.

Karen L R said...

Jane, you sly friend.. what a fun interview!

Teresa said...

Your books are on my wish list!

Linda said...

Fun interview Jane & Annie. I would love to win any of your books. I am more of an art quilter. I'm signing up for your rss feed.

Linda in Pinole

Lisa said...

Looking forward to your interview with Annie.

Would you please enter me in your drawing? Your book looks like it would be so much fun!

Karen L R said...

PS I think I was "slate", right? But who knows, at 1:30am I might have been anyone!

Joy Ely said...
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Joy Ely said...

JANE!!!!
I loved it!
It's soooo cool to put your voice with your face, too.

You go, girl - you inspire me!!!!

[this computer is screwy... this time...]

Renee said...

oh Jane... as always just lovely!

Are you breathing yet?

Cindy Green said...

Hi, Jane! Wow, I'm speechless! I guess my claim to fame will be I knew you back when, when you and Ellen taught Art Quilting 101 with a looseleaf notebook and all those handouts (I still have mine!). It was great to hear so much about your background and philosophy about art and life and mothers and daughters. I'm honored to know you. I haven't bought your new book yet, so I'll throw my name into the pot too...

Diane said...

I just subscribed to Annie's podcast a couple of weeks ago. I can't wait to hear your interview with her.

Margaret said...

Hello Jane,

I am totally inspired by your interview with Annie. I am a "former artist" who now is an engineer by day and a quilter on evenings/weekends, and have had in my mind that I need to learn quilting techniques better before I start making the quilt-in-my-mind (which is rather painterly). Would love to win your book, or even just have a conversation with you some day!

Margaret

Carol Sloan said...

I' running over to listen right now. Please add me to the book give away list. I loved your first book and often refer back to it (and the dvd!).
Thanks Jane!

Anonymous said...

Pods are great! I listen while sewing; it feels almost like a quilting bee. . . well, maybe more like an art and fabric free-for-all!
Thanks for sharing, Suzanne G in NC Gwycon2@yahoo.com

velveteena said...

Great podcast! Really motivating to do an art quilt, I would love to have your book. Happy Spring....

Jenny Williams said...

I love your work and your work books. I have the first & your dvd, and had planned to buy the new one, but am being RIF'd in 2 mos. and have to cut way back on the art stuff, until our new Pres gets us back on our feet. Love the podcast!

Sewjoe said...

Thank you so much for giving your time for the interview! I am hooked on podcasts and how they take me to a new world of creativity. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Ellyn said...

I really enjoyed the interview! Annie has introduced me to so many new wonderful artists... thanks for sharing so much with us

Bette said...

Hi Jane,

I have your Art Quilt Workbook and I am working through the activities there and I am really enjoying it. Your interview with Annie was really enjoyable and I especially appreciated your comments about needing to keep working on our skills as we create art. Since I am too often guilty of expecting myself to be "perfect" immediately, your advise about repeating a process 100 times is what helps us perfect our craft. Thank you for the inspiration and the reminder!
Bette in Arizona

suehenyon said...

Hi Jane
I just listened to your interview with Annie Smith. Your words of advice came to a new quilter at exactly the right time. I've been at quilting about a year and 3 months, and am in the middle of my first bedsized quilt & second guessing my choice about colors. Since I'm trying to keep up with someone else's schedule for this quilt (BOM from The Quilt Show ((love it))) I was thinking I should just go with what I have. Your words about "do the work" and "you have to do a lot of bad art to get to the good" have encouraged me to take the time to use my design wall and find what works for me, even if I get behind. Thank your for your wisdom. PS I'd love that copy of your new book!

sewinggeek said...

I am looking forward to listening to your podcast. I have been listening to Annie for awhile now and it is nice to hear about all kinds of quilting. Who knows maybe I will be inspired to do art one day

doug said...

Hi Jane, I enjoyed your interview with Annie. I am so excited to be going to Assilomar in about 3 weeks. It sounds like you really enjoyed your time there. Please enter me into your drawing for your new book. Hope to meet you one day.
Vicki Conley.
pinonpottery.com

Anonymous said...

I'm, once again, inspired! I have your first book and DVD, will get your new book the next time I visit my favorite quilt shop. Didn't know that "country quilter" was such a wonderful place -- yes, I ordered. Thank you for giving to our community.
Margi

debby said...

I enjoyed listening to Annie's interview with you as I was sewing this morning. Sounds like you lead a very busy life. I would love to receive your book. I often pick up items that I think would be great for an art quilt but I guess a bit of fear has kept me from actually trying to make one. I'm hoping your book will give me the inspiration I need.

-debby
crowefan0517@yahoo.com

Cindy said...

Hi Jane,
Really enjoyed the interview on Annie's podcast. The new book sounds like a great addition to the first book and DVD.
Enjoy your work and hearing your story.

dianedoodles said...

Jane, I am so glad Annie added you to her fabulous list of interviews!
Wishing you GREAT success,
DianeL

Lily Kerns said...

What fun! And so nice to see as well as hear..

Phyllis said...

I listen to Annie Smith and I'm happy to say she's a friend of mine. I loved the interview you had with her. It was so nice to hear how you started. I hope I'm not to late to be entered in the drawing for your book. Thanks for donating one to one of us.
Cheers,
Phyllis

Carole said...

Hope I am not too late Jane, loved this... I am an ardent follower of yours.
Carorle

Roberta C M said...

Very interesting to hear your views, especially on young women and the creative effects of Project Runway. Thanks for your great books!

Rona Duncan said...

Thanks for being willing to be on Annie's podcast. Just finished the second half of the interview today during my lunchtime walk. Hopefully I am not to late for the drawing.

Janice m said...

Love your work. Very interesting podcast, truly enjoyed it. Always interesting to find out where an artist "comes from" skill wise!! Will have your second book whether I win the drawing or not, even though I'm not finished with #1. Happy creating.
Janice

Alex said...

Great work! Will look for your DVD locally here...

Deborah Relf said...

I love the interview with Annie. I loved hearing about your daughter using your sewing machine feet. My teenage daughter and I share the same machine despite having a machine each of our own!

Linda said...

I loved the podcast with Annie. (Isn't she fantastic?) Hearing you was so inspiring. I am somebody who is doing traditional quilting but moving more toward art quilting. I love both. I also didn't want to take sewing in Jr. High for many of the same reasons as you, plus, girls had to!! I

'm in the process of closing down my business of 30 years, thanks in part, to the economy. This is not a bad thing as it is leading me in a completely different direction; quilting, sewing, art, etc. Life is full of surprises, eh? One door closes another door opens! See you in Asilomar in 2010 :-) Linda

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the interview that you did with Annie Smith.
I just previewed your new book at a local shop and would love to own a copy. Hopefully I haven't missed the chance to be in the drawing.
Thank you for sharing your story with all of us.
Errin

errin said...

Jane,
I loved to hear your interview with Annie. It was great to hear that great art just doesn't happen, that you must practice. You have inspired me to work harder at making better art.
Thank your for your inspirational story.
Errin

Anonymous said...

Gotta run into work, but will listen to the podcast when I get home. Have been looking at Art Quilts at Play and have it on my wish list...

tesuque said...

I love peeking into the lives of people in the quilt world - often very different from the impressions I've formed from seeing and reading about their work.

kimquiltz said...

Ack! I have my iPod full of podcasts and haven't gotten to yours yet (it's a Shuffle, can't "see" the contents). Can't wait to hear!

suequilts said...

I cannot wait to hear this podcast! I'm a fan of both of you!

momid5 said...

thanks to both of you for sharing yourselves with us; I would love to win your book!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Such a great interview with Ann - I loved hearing about how you started your career and where it is headed now. Your book looks amazing.

Sewjoe said...

I received the book and it is wonderful!!! I can't wait to try some of the techniques. Thank you for sharing your talent through such a nice visual. I will have to look for some of your other books. Thank you again!

Jaye said...

I loved the podcast! Thanks for taking the time. I missed the drawing but have renewed vigor in reading your first book. I am thrilled to have found your blog as well. Thanks!