On today’s episode of the While She Naps podcast we’re talking about building a career as a modern quilter with my guest, Jen Carlton Bailly. Jen is a founder of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, the largest modern quilt guild in the world. She had a career in retail before becoming a mother and modern quilter and carries many of lessons she learned in those years over to her current work.
In this conversation we talk about discovering a craft community online and in person. Jen explains how modern quilters first connected online via Flickr and then came together in her local community to form a guild.
The Hive by Jen Carlton Bailly. Jen is especially well-known for quilts with curves.
Jen’s blog is called Betty Crocker Ass and we discuss what it’s like to have such a standout name for your website. She explains her mixed feelings over the years about possibly changing it, and why in the end she chose to keep it.
Jen has a line of quilting templates out and she talks about creating and selling a signature product and the challenges with scaling the business. She also beginning to sell patterns and discusses what that decision entailed.
Jen’s first PDF quilt pattern, Scandinavian Flower Garden, is now available.
Jen grew up in a Mormon household and talks a bit about how being part of the Mormon church led her to learn to sew, craft, and be resourceful.
And, of course, I ask Jen to recommend great stuff she’s enjoying right now. Jen recommends:
- Quilt Canvas for designing quilts
- a spinning cutting mat (affiliate link)
- and staying off the internet when you are in a slump
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