I love quilting. I love reading about quilting and I love looking at quilts. I also love watching quilts on TV and I love listening to people talk about quilts. One of my most favorite ways to listen to quilting is via Pat Sloan’s podcast, “American Patchwork and Quilting Radio.” Seriously guys, it’s fantastic!
Pat serves up an inspiring hour-long show each week, usually featuring 3-4 guests, for about 15-30 minutes each. About 90% of the shows are live and Pat does a fantastic job rolling with the punches! The rest of the time she’ll throw in a few pre-recorded interviews such as when she travels out of town or attends fun events like quilt market. The quilt market episodes are some of my favorites because she’ll usually interview several exhibitors on the spot and it almost feels like being there!
In fact, not only do I enjoy listening to episodes while I quilt; I also enjoy listening while I run and workout at the gym. It really makes the time fly!
I recently asked Pat a few questions about the show and invited her to share some of her most memorable moments. One of her most unique guests was Astronaut Karen Nyberg. Karen actually sewed together a block in space! Be sure to click here to see more great space hair pics plus a video of Karen in space! She’s further proof that quilting really is out of this world!
Every episode is such joy to listen to! Pat’s warm and inviting manner is so contagious and she treats the guests like they are her best friends. It’s amazing how she and her guests can describe their quilts and quilting processes without the aid of video! I’ve found many a fun new artist to follow and her show is very well rounded. She features the who’s who in quilting whether it’s a modern blogger, or one of the best known traditional quilters in the industry.
One of my favorite episodes was from August 2012 when Pat went to the International Quilt Convention in Africa. It was so inspiring to listen to Pat interview local African quilters and shop owners to learn more about quilting from their perspective.
Pat’s been on the radio since January of 2010 and she joined forces with American Patchwork and Quilting in May of 2011. So far, I have gone back and listened to all of the episodes since APQ began sponsoring it, and it’s been fun to listen to the evolution of quilting during that time. When Pat told me she’d been on the radio for 5 years, I thought, “perfect – that gives me lots of time to listen to quilting, while quilting!”
Link to all of Pat’s current shows:
The early years – her first 2 1/2 years:
How about you? What are some of your favorite podcasts, quilt-related or not?