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Episode 5 – Christa Watson, Sue Reich and Quilts of Valor

July 01, 2016

Welcome to Episode 5 of Sit & Sew Radio!

We have a winner in the Oliso Iron giveaway. Congratulations to Gena Raban the winner of the Oliso® Smart Iron from the Episode 3 giveaway.

This week we’ve got some great guests on, and some patriotic quilting topics for you all to listen to while you sew this Fourth of July weekend.


Christa Quilts, Christa Watson, ChristaQuilts.com

Christa Watson, author, blogger QuiltCon 2017 instructor

Christa Quilts, Christa Watson, ChristaQuilts.comChrista Watson is an author, blogger and teacher. She is known for her free motion quilting which is done entirely on her domestic sewing machine.

Christa has a new book out that she co-wrote with Angela Walters, “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting Long-arm and Sit-down” and is teaching at QuiltCon 2017.

Listen to the interview to hear here quilting tips and tricks for managing a large quilt on a domestic sewing machine, get a preview of her QuiltCon 2017 courses and hear about how she met Angela Walters.

Click here to visit Christa’s website where you can learn more about her, check out her upcoming classes. Click here to see all the classes available at QuiltCon.


Sue Reich, author “Quilts Presidential and Patriotic”

Presidential Quilts Presidential and Patriotic, Sue Reich, Schiffer Publishing, patriotic quiltsSue Reich is a quilt historian, collector and author. Her latest book and accompanying quilt exhibit examines patriotic and presidential quilts throughout our county’s history and how they made a statement about the political and social times of the day.

One of the best parts of the interview was when Reich explained that until women received the right to vote, they didn’t have a voice in the public forum. Quilt-making was how they expressed their opinions on the matters of the day.

Click here to check out Sue’s website to learn more about quilt history and the travel schedule about the exhibit accompanying the book. Click here to visit Schiffer Publishing where you can purchase the book.


Quilts of Valor, Ann Rehbein

Ann Rehbein, Executive Director, Quilts of Valor® Foundation

Ann Rehbein, Quilts of Valor FoundationIt wouldn’t be a Fourth of July episode without talking to Quilts of Valor. I caught up with Ann Rehbein, the executive director of Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Since the organization was created in 2003, more than 140,000 quilts have been awarded to veterans to thank and honor them for their service. Many of those quilts have been given in the last few years as the organization grows rapidly.

Click here to visit the Quilts of Valor website to learn the requirements for creating a Quilts of Valor Quilt. And make sure you sign up for email updates to learn about the Quilts of Valor pattern I am releasing on Monday.

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