Guest Video Blogger: Laura Coia

collage_featured2_lauraannHi everyone!

Today, we’re very excited to introduce you to an amazing video blogger, Laura Coia. From sewing tips to quilting tutorials, her YouTube channel, SewVeryEasy, features twice weekly videos that are great for all sewing enthusiasts! We’ve been following her channel for a while now, and every week her very original videos have inspired us to get sewing! If you haven’t already, I highly suggest subscribing to her channel to keep up-to-date with all her videos.

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SewVeryEasy: A New Quick Way to Applique

We reached out to her recently and we were more than excited that she accepted to feature some our fabrics in her upcoming videos! With this in mind, we’re pleased to officially announce that every month, Laura will be creating fun projects using our best-selling fabrics. Some of these projects will feature our suppliers’ free project patterns, which is a great way to finally get to see these projects come alive! Keep reading our blog in the upcoming weeks to watch Laura’s new videos.

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SewVeryEasy: Shades Of Grey Gets a New Look for Spring

We recently spoke with Laura to ask her a few questions so that you may get to know her a little better! Here’s an excerpt from our interview:

Q: Hi Laura! Could you introduce yourself?

A: My name is Laura Ann Coia, and I’m 55 years old. My home is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and has been all my life.

Q: How and when did you first start sewing?

A: My mother will tell you that I was born with a needle in my hand, which means I can’t remember not sewing! Ever since I was little I was sewing beside my mother. She would give me her scraps and let me go. Our (OK, her) sewing machine was on the dining room table within view of the kitchen stove so I could sew. I had to sit on phone books to place me high enough for the machine, and had to have a box on the floor for the petal (I still have to use a box! I’m still short). My first sewing machine I bought from my neighbour when I was in grade 7. As they say, the rest is history!

Q: What’s your all-time favorite sewing or quilting memory?

A: That’s easy! I was in maybe grade 7 and the ladies of our church asked if, “since I like to sew”, I could help with a quilt. I was so happy to help! They gave me a paper bag with fabric and written directions to take home… little did I know, I was making a Cathedral Window! It was my first quilt and I loved it.

Q: Could you tell our readers about your sewing experience more generally?

A: Other than sewing forever, I worked in a leather factory on industrial sewing machines making wallets. I also worked and as a tailor doing alterations and as a seamstress. I have also worked as a teacher for both quilting and sewing.  Further, I also worked in a quilt shop, selling and doing long arm quilting – and of course my best job ever…mother to the rescue sewing!

Q: Do you have a block or a technique that you use over and over again?

A: Yes, I have three. They are “Dimensional Pinwheel”,  “The Bowtie” and the “Melon Block”. All can be done with two colors and are very simple; lots of colors and scrappy; bold, soft, cute and fun. And yet they always look harder than it is. Such fun blocks!

Q: What is your quilting “signature” style?

A: Although it’s not really a “style”, I have always liked quilts with high contrast and mitered corners. Soft colours and bold colours, as long as there is contrast and beautiful mitered corners!

Q: What’s your favorite colour palette, or combination, for a quilt?

A: I do seem to gravitate towards jewel colours the most. I love richness of dark colours.

Q: Where do you find inspiration for your sewing and quilting projects?

A: Inspiration for me is found in many places….not only fabric, thread and new techniques, but emotions and events, such as births, birthdays, weddings and friendships. Events are always a good starting point for me, but sometimes I just need to make a happy quilt! So off I go :)

Q: Can you tell us how and when did you start your YouTube channel?

A: I started my Youtube channel  “sewveryeasy” in February 2014, after years of my son telling me to start a channel. I thought I would give it a try… and I’m glad I did, it is very gratifying! It is now a way for me to teach and help others on a whole new level. I love making the videos, teaching, and I especially love the comments and interaction. It also gives me an excuse to sew and create all the time. What a great job!

Q: What project featured on your channel are you the most proud of?

A: Hard to say, so many fun things! I loved making the “Fabric boxes”, they were like potato chips I couldn’t stop at just one and they can be made with your leftover fabric. It makes me so happy to see that so many people are enjoying making these simple boxes.

Q: Who’s your favorite fabric designer?

A: There’s so many great designers! I don’t think I could have a favorite. However, I just found a new designer that I just love: Susy Bee. She has her own little world called Susybees home of adorable baby animals. So very cute. I love it!

Q: What would be your #1 tip for someone struggling with a sewing project?

A: Breath! Relax! Ask for help! And don’t be so hard on yourself! The “hard to do projects” are the best teachers and can turn out to be your favorite project. Ask for help at your local shop! And don’t try to rush it…”it’s all good”.

Q: Do you have an organization or a cause that’s particularly close to your heart?

A: I have many but a new one is “Beads of Courage”. It is for children with cancer. They get beads for each step of their treatment. Such great encouragement!

Q: Anything else you would like to add about yourself and your work?

A: I am so happy to be able to teach this way. I absolutely love the comments and the interactions with everyone. I’m talking with people all over the world. It is “sew” much fun coming up with new ideas and projects. I think sewing should be fun.  Gone are the days when we had to sew and quilt, now we choose to. I like to say “Life taught me how to quilt but quilting has taught me about life”, and I’m still learning.