CraftSanity Episode 111: An Inspiring Conversation with Rashida Coleman-Hale, author of “I Love Patchwork: 21 Irrestistible Zakka Projects to Sew

This week my podcast guest is Rashida Coleman-Hale, 33, of Atlanta, who writes the I Heart Linen blog. A busy mama and talented designer, Rashida’s story is sure to inspire you run to your fabric stash for a quick patchwork project fix.

We chatted about her creative journey to becoming a craft project designer and published author and the challenges she’s encountered along the way. Rashida has a contagious laugh, so we did plenty of giggling. But we also had a serious discussion about how making beautiful things helped Rashida through postpartum depression. So if you’re going through a rough patch, this episode might be particularly helpful.

Rashida’s first book, “I Love Patwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew” just hit bookstores and features great designs including instructions to make the lovely blossom pincushions pictured above (and on page 71 of the book).  Projects in the book include a combination of machine and hand sewing and feature lots of linen (no surprise there!) and the English paper piecing techniques that I find so fantastically additive.

Rashida’s designs carry a strong Japanese influence reminiscent of the time she spent living abroad as a child. So if you love Zakka  craft, you’ll enjoy making Rashida’s designs to adorn your creative space.

On the left is the photo of the lovely, fabric Christmas tree Rashida made for her family this year. Check out her Flickr for more great pictures of her work.

Enter to a copy of “I Love Patchwork”

UPDATE: A winner has been selected.

During this interview Rashida and I talked about finding inspiration in the world around us. Leave a comment below about what inspires you and enter to win the book. Feel free to include links to your Flickr photos or blog, so we can get the full effect. A winner will be selected at random in about a week. Good luck everyone!

Thanks to my sponsors
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