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CraftSanity Episode 116: A Conversation with West Michigan Fiber Artist Beth Ann Williams

On this episode of CraftSanity you’ll meet West Michigan fiber artist Beth Ann Williams, an accomplished quilter, teacher and author who never ceases to inspire the people around her. Tune in to hear the story of how Beth Ann turned to quilting after serious health problems forced her to edit her life plan.

Beth Ann, of Grand Rapids, is very skilled when it comes to making art and helping others set out on their own creative journeys. And she excels at figuring out ways to get around life’s biggest obstacles with humor and grace. With the deck stacked against her Beth Ann has continued to make art, teach and work as the creative director for Lakeshore Sewing.

If you’re struggling with a road block in your life, don’t miss this episode and the chance to be inspired by a woman who turned her wheelchair into a fashion accessory and reminds us all to hold our dreams lightly.Want to learn more from Beth Ann? She teaches regularly at Lakeshore Sewing and will be teaching at Fabrications at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Mich. at the end of the summer. She will present Fiber Collage & Three-Dimensional Embellishment on Aug. 30 & 31 and Machine Quilting and Thread Painting on Sept. 1, 2 & 3. She will also be co-hosting a “Storytelling in Fabric” retreat in November. Read more workshop details here.

And check out Beth Ann’s  three quilting books: “Celtic Quilts: A New Look for Ancient Designs,” “Colorwash Bargello Quilts,” and “A World of Quilts: 10 Projects Using Ethnic Fabric” all published by Martingale & Co. under the imprint That Patchwork Place.

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• Check out Mindy Tsonas’ wishstudio, a unique, exciting online art studio and supportive community where you can create, connect, and dive deeper into your creative life!

Visit the workshops page for wonderful class offerings, to teach your own workshop or use the virtual studio space to launch a creative dream or idea, sip life in the wishstudio virtual cafe, join a group project, read the collaborative blog, and get inspired to share your stories and creativity. There is always something new happening over at the wishstudio… stop by today, and give your wishes wings!

• Check out Jennifer Forest’s, featuring wet felting with merino wool tops and nuno felting with fabric and wool tops kits and projects.

You can also learn more about Forest’s book, Jane Austen’s Sewing Box, at It explores the craft that Jane Austen’s characters, friends and family did during the 1770s-1830s. Forest is a trained history teacher and curator, which is where this interest in historic crafts all started.

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Comment from melissa
Time: June 16, 2010, 1:12 pm

you are so right. i found beth ann amazing and such a well-spoken and supportive teacher even on the podcast! thank you.

Comment from Kari Hudson
Time: June 16, 2010, 9:42 pm

I had a blast sewing during this fabulous podcast. Like many of your interviews I think it could have been 10x longer. Thanks so much!

Comment from Brandy Aube’
Time: June 17, 2010, 8:24 am

Wow! You guys are really lucky to have this wonderful woman in your community. This podcast really made me stop and think. Thank you!

Comment from LINDA UK
Time: June 17, 2010, 12:47 pm

Thanks for another brilliant podcast, well done Jennifer and well done Beth Ann for being such an inspiration.
Jennifer the delights of camping awaits you, we have a touring caravan for weekends away and I always prepare some hand sewing to take with me, it all started with hexagons and patchwork! I find when we visit different towns I find charity shops and car boot sales with some great crafting finds. Wishing you many happy days of camping, its great for all the family.

Comment from Emily Lindberg
Time: June 17, 2010, 1:56 pm

Thanks for another great podcast Jennifer! I found Beth Ann’s story very inspirational but like Kari thought it could have been even longer because it seemed to only scratch the surface of her story. But that just gives you an excuse to talk with her again :)

I seriously appreciate all of your wonderful podcasts. They have been a life saver for me while I work because you make me feel like I’m not as far away from home as I actually am. Keep ‘em coming please!

Comment from Lynn Tyler
Time: June 17, 2010, 8:47 pm

You took off listen on browser now I can’t listen on my desk top .I Love your Pod cast thank-you Keep the Great work.

Comment from Ellyn
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:52 pm

Thank you for this interview, it was just what I needed. My 13 year old daughter suffers from chronic pain & mobility issues & we have been helping her find creative outlets for her frustrations. Beth Ann was so encouraging.

Comment from Nicci
Time: July 3, 2010, 9:42 am

Thank you so much for this wonderful interview. Beth Ann is definitely an inspiring person through her art and her persistence to create despite personal setbacks. Bravo to you both!!!

Comment from Tammy
Time: July 21, 2010, 7:28 pm

Great podcast, I really loved listening to it while I knit.
And I hope your head is ok!

Comment from Annette
Time: August 30, 2010, 7:31 am

Your podcasts are often very inspiring, but I think this is perhaps my no 1. I’m keeping it on my mp3-player so I can listen to it over and over again.

Comment from jennifer
Time: August 30, 2010, 10:29 am

Thanks, Annette! Your designs are pretty inspiring, too. Nice work!

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