The Quilters Circle Podcast

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National Quilters Circle is your go-to resource for quilting instruction and information. Now, we’re bringing you The Quilters Circle Podcast, where our host Ashley Hough will interview various quilters about their lives and stories.

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Conversation with Annabel Wrigley

Annabel Wrigley is an Australian fabric designer, textile artist and author living in Virginia. 

She is the author of five sewing books for children with C&T Publishing and has spent the past 10 years teaching sewing classes to children and adults. 

Her latest book, Sew Unicorns, Dragons and Mermaids will be released in November, and is the perfect sewing book for kids and kids at heart. 


Instagram - @littlepincushionstudio 

Website – 


Oct 08, 2020
Interview with Teri Lucas

I’m Teri, the Chief Creative Weirdo at TerifiCreations, and the author of Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting Learn to Stitch with Reckless Abandon. I’m an accidental free motion quilter, starting after working on a hand quilting project for several years, and just wanting that quilt done. I offer quilters the information they need to do the free-motion quilting they want.
Instagram @terilucas
Twitter @terificreations

Sep 21, 2020
Interview with Bernie Tobisch

Bernie Tobisch was born in Germany and moved to Canada as a young boy. He grew up in Saskatchewan and moved to Alberta in his early twenties, where he began his career as a sewing machine technician with Singer. He became a dealer after a few years and continued to service machines. In the late 1980s, he moved to the Vancouver region, opened up shop, and has been there since. He has a daughter, Bonnie and son, Gord. He also has one grandson, Dylan, whom he thinks would make a great technician! 

Bernie is happily married to his wife Shelley. They met in the sewing machine business and have worked together for the last twenty years teaching classes on Precision Piecing, machine quilting, and getting to know your sewing machine. He also still services sewing machines. 

Bernie enjoys sailing and fishing and if he ever retires, would love to sail off into the sunset!

Aug 14, 2020
Interview with Amanda Niederhauser


I’m a Southern California girl, wife, and mom to 3 children and one spoiled cat.  I’ve been a quilter for 23 years and a sewist since I can remember! I design and sell quilt patterns, I am a fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs, and I write a blog called Jedi Craft Girl. I love connecting with the quilting community, let’s be friends!  



IG: @jedicraftgirl

FB @jedicraftgirlblog

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Scaredy Cat Fabric:

Jul 23, 2020
Interview with Mary Hertel

You can call me by my nickname “Marney”, but my real name is Mary Hertel.  I design paper pieced patterns.  I am an art instructor, pattern designer, mother and friend. You can find me in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but I do not have a “brick and mortar” shop. I sell on-line and at Quilt Shows around my area.  You may also find some of my patterns at your local quilt shop.  I’ve had a super creative drive all of my life.  My designs are fueled by my past.  Growing up in a rural farm community gave me a love for nature and animals, as you will see from my designs.  My great love for children’s artwork is also evident in my wonky animals…which no doubt comes from teaching children’s art for thirty-five years.  My motto:  “A Day Can’t Go By Without Creating Something…”

Jun 25, 2020
Interview with Mary & Jen Cannizzaro

Mary Cannizzaro and Jen Cannizzaro are mother and daughter, friends and business partners. They are two of the most energetic people you will ever meet.

Mary remembers the sewing machine on the dining room table of her childhood home, moved only on Sunday’s to make room for the family’s dinner. Mary learned how to sew at an early age and began quilting in the early 1990s, when her hometown asked for volunteers to make blocks for a raffle quilt. She is an award-winning quilter who has shown her quilts in international shows.

Jen is a software trainer by day, quilter by night and weekend. Quilting fell into her lap accidentally in the early 2000s, when she took the place of one of Mary’s friends who was unable to attend classes she had signed up for. Her first quilt, Self-Portrait of Jen as a Redhead, finished at 7” square and became their company logo years later.

In 2014, the duo opened Cannizzaro Creations, a quilting studio in Rockland, Massachusetts.  They began longarm quilting for many quilters in the area, with Mary traveling to Massachusetts a few times a month to quilt. They have been commissioned to created dozens of quilts for fans of their work.

Jun 11, 2020
Interview with Catherine Redford

Catherine Redford was born in England where she learned to knit and sew as a young girl. After relocating from London to Naperville, Illinois, she learned to quilt and never looked back. She's an award-winning quilter, an active member of her local guilds, and a popular teacher at the local and national level. Catherine is a frequent magazine contributor and has enjoyed being a guest on Quilting Arts TV. She is enjoying the resurgence of interest in handwork with a new embroidery book published this fall, and with two DVDs and a book on Modern Machine Quilting techniques, Catherine delights in finishing her own quilts on a domestic machine!

May 29, 2020
Interview with MJ Kinman

I like to tell people I make the biggest diamonds in the world. The adventure started nearly 30 years ago when an image of a gorgeous gem captured my imagination. As a new quiltmaker, I was unsure how to transform that image into a quilt, but knew there had to be a way. I began searching for the right techniques and, seven years later, made my first gem. 

My series entitled “Bourbon Diamonds” celebrates Kentucky’s favorite spirit. My current series is based on the National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

My work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and national competitions. The National Quilt Museum (Paducah, KY) is planning an exhibit of my work in 2020. My gems have been featured in print and online publications such as Quilting Arts Magazine, McCall’s Quilting, Quiltfolk, and Les Nouvelles: Patchwork et Creation Textiles (France Patchwork). My first book with C&T Publishing, “Gemstone Quilts”, is scheduled for release in October 2020.

May 14, 2020
Interview with Heather Black & Daisy Aschehoug

Heather’s passion for quilt design is founded in her past as a landscape oil painter and her desire to be creative.  She first tried quilting in 1995 but didn’t catch the quilting bug until 2011 when she designed, pieced and hand quilted her first queen size quilt.  Shortly after that she discovered modern quilting and from that point on Heather has been designing and making quilts whenever possible.  Her quilts and patterns have been featured in various quilting publications and is an active member in various local guilds included The Modern Quilt Guild. 

Daisy Aschehoug’s quilts have been published in Modern Quilts UnlimitedLove Patchwork and QuiltingSimply Moderne, and Modern Patchwork. She’s won awards and has projects included in multiple compilations. Before quilting, Daisy guided rafts, fought wildfires, and facilitated contentious natural resource management plans.

Apr 30, 2020
Interview with Holly Brown

Holly Brown works as a Tour Escort for Craftours.  She loves her work, bringing together her two passions- travel and crafts.  Holly was introduced to a variety of traditional crafts as a child, and has carried this interest with her throughout her life.  She is outgoing and loves making new friends, and she takes pride and pleasure in her job, introducing her clients to the places she loves and the crafts that excite her.  When she’s not away on some Craftour expedition she loves to spend time in her studio quilting.  She shares her life with her husband and two cats.

Apr 16, 2020
Interview with Laura Coia

Laura is a registered professional, with over 45 years of sewing experience including Seamstress, Quilting, Tailoring, Garment Repairs & construction, as well as teaching.  Laura is also a published Pattern Designer and writes for various sewing & quilting magazines.

Laura has been awarded the Silver YouTube Award, issued by YouTube.  Also, in 2018, she was awarded “The Ultimate Zoomer Award” by ZoomerMedia LTD.  Laura has signed a book deal with C&T publishing featuring quilting patterns “as seen on YouTube” – book scheduled release for Spring of 2020. Laura is also a freelance educator, and the founder of “Sew Very Easy” which is a very active educational, entertaining, and award-winning YouTube Channel.

Apr 02, 2020
Interview with Lilo Bowman

Lilo Bowman has worked as a floral designer, translator, tour guide, wedding planner, and is now editor-in-chief of Her work has been varied, often challenging, but always creative. Since early childhood, she has been instilled with the desire for and love of doing something with your hands, learned by observing the varied and beautiful items crafted by both of her grandmothers. Raised in a German culture, Lilo was always keenly aware of and fascinated with objects (whether utilitarian or decorative) that were attractively displayed while still being orderly.

Mar 19, 2020
Interview with Jo Avery

Jo Avery has been playing with fabric and yarn for as long as she can remember, culminating in her current role as a designer, teacher and entrepreneur. 

She is also an Aurifil Designer with three of her own thread collections and in 2020 her first solo book, New Patchwork and Quilting Basics, will be published by Stash Books.

Feb 27, 2020
Interview with Amanda Murphy

Amanda Murphy is a quilt and fabric designer whose style bridges the modern and traditional.  She is a BERNINA Expert and Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson; in 2018 she designed both a quilt and a fabric line to commemorate BERNINA's 125th Anniversary. 

Feb 13, 2020
Interview with Colleen Tauke

Colleen Tauke is a quilter, designer, and quilt educator with 40+ years of sewing experience, of those, the last 17 years have been centered around quilting. Presently, she works for a local quilt shop in central Iowa, teaches classes, pattern testing, color options and proof reading for American Patchwork and Quilting, longarm quilt for a variety of local quilters, and create custom quilts. 

Jan 30, 2020
Interview with Pam Heller

Pam Heller is an international educator and cutting expert for AccuQuilt.
For the past 7 years, Pam has taught quilters how to get the most use out of their
AccuQuilt GO! fabric cutting systems at quilt shop events, guild meetings, and
to tour groups from all over the U.S. and Canada. She is also an AccuQuilt
presenter on Create & Craft TV in the UK.

Jan 16, 2020
Interview with Toby Lischko

With an early interest in all things crafty, Toby has taught herself everything from knitting to crochet, cross stitch to needle point and even tatting. While she came from a long line of sewers, no one else in her family had quilted. 

Jan 02, 2020
Interview with Rebecca Palmer

Born in Bedfordshire in England, Rebecca studied fashion and textiles at college in the 1980’s and then launched into a tedious office career working in sales for 15 years.  In 2003, after professional burnout, Rebecca returned to her first love- sewing.  Rebecca, her husband and daughter moved to rural Ireland 14 years ago. 

Dec 05, 2019
Interview with Ellen March

Ellen March is the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former editor-in-chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, she hosted Sew it All on PBS for nine seasons. She loves sharing her love of sewing, quilting and embroidery through in-person events, online tutorials and videos.


Nov 14, 2019
Interview with Nicki La Foille

Nicki began sewing when she was young, studied Apparel Design in college and went on to work for several sewing publications. Currently she writes patterns, films instructional videos and answers sewing questions in a monthly Q&A series for National Sewing Circle. She lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband, daughter and red worm colony.

Oct 31, 2019
Interview with Andrea Smith

Andrea has loved sewing and being crafty since she was a little kid. She opened her business, Happy Cloud Creations, in 2011 after she became a stay-at-home mom. She runs her shop out of her home and loves creating all sorts of things! Her favorite hobbies are sewing, quilting, and knitting. 

Oct 17, 2019
Intro Promo
Oct 17, 2019
NQC LIVE! April 2019

In this month’s NQC LIVE with Toby Lischko, learn how she measures and marks her 1/4″ seam allowance for accuracy and consistency every time, learn what needles and thread to use for all steps of the quilting process from piecing to quilting, and learn whether or not you can combine different fabric types in your next quilt.

Jul 30, 2019