Podcast Review – The Quiltcast with Amy and April

Today I’m excited to share with you another fun quilting podcast that I enjoy listening to. It’s called The Quiltcast and is hosted by Amy Ellis and April Rosenthal.

The QuiltCastI first met Amy last year when I participated in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival that she hosts twice a year. I had the great opportunity of being one of the featured quilters and I thought Amy was such a wonderful person to get to know!

Our paths crossed again when I had the chance to review her third book with Martingale, titled Modern Neutrals. Later, when I found out about Amy’s idea for hosting a podcast about quilting, I simply had to become a regular listener!

Modern NeutralsThe QuiltCast is a delightful 1/2 hour weekly radio show. As you listen, it feels as if you are involved in a fun conversation between friends.  It’s inspiring to listen to Amy and April as they share what they are working on, plus fun little “behind the scenes” tidbits here and there and how they work quilting into their “regular” lives as moms. That’s how I found out Amy is on her fourth book and April just started writing her first. How cool is that?

I love how they keep it real and they let you know that no, it’s not all hearts and roses when running your own business, but yes, they love what they do!

April's Bolster Pillow, Part of "The Pillow Collective"

April’s Bolster Pillow, Part of “The Pillow Collective”

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Amy via email about the show and wanted to share a little bit of that interview with you. My questions below are in bold and Amy’s responses are in italics.

 What made you decide you wanted to start a podcast?

I’ve noticed that for many, online time is more mobile and less in front of a computer, and I was wanting a way to communicate with followers in a more personable way, and started looking into podcasting, and a co-host. 

What is your ultimate goal for the podcast?

I really want to encourage everyone to follow their dreams, in life, quilting, wherever they might need encouragement. And give them the tools that are needed, to be the best that they can be. I hope that the sincerity is obvious in our conversations.

How do you and April decide on your topics for the week?

Our topics generally flow from our “conversations” through out the week. We are both on iMessage and chat back and forth quite a bit. Sometimes, I’ll have something specific in mind early in the week. Other times is the night before, and I’m struggling to find something great. Show topic ideas are always welcome!

With all that you manage to accomplish, how do you ever get any sleep? Just kidding on that one, but I’m sure inquiring minds want to know!

Lol – I get that question occasionally! I do sleep, but when I’m up, I’m busy!  I like to set schedules and deadlines for myself so that I can always be working toward those goals. Even if they are little goals for each day – it makes a difference!

Anything else you’d like to add?

The Quiltcast is a lot of fun, and full of information about quilting. We are committed and fully entrenched in the quilting industry, and look forward to sharing our insights, along with personal projects and how we work to get so much done week to week. I hope you will try listening if you haven’t yet!

I echo Amy’s words and encourage you to check out the Quiltcast. It’s available via iTunes and Stitcher. There’s also a player in each of the Quiltcast blog posts along with notes from the show.

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