Sew Powerful Podcast

Sew Powerful Podcast

The Sew Powerful Podcast shines a light on the people behind the mission to keep girls in school and create purposeful products in Zambia. Join us every week for a new 30-minute episode to meet new people, hear inspiring stories, and learn how you can join us in this global movement. Whether you sew or not, make purses or not, you will find something to enjoy in every episode. Listen today.... Show More

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February 25, 2021 31 min
Eavesdrop on Session 1 of "Speak Up for Sew Powerful" training. In this orientation for the 6-part program you will hear instructor, Betty Johnson, provide background and techniques for delivering a 30 second elevator talk about Sew Powerful. Participants relate personal anecdotes about situations we have all experienced that make having an elevator speech in your 'back pocket' so important. This and all the remaini...
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In these challenging times, having a purse challenge may be just what the doctor ordered. Two of our UK volunteers, Ginny Buckley and Louise Ambrosi, take us on a delightful journey as they explain how they will revive the purse challenge, what it is, who it is for and how often they will issue the challenge. Lots of laughs and giggles in this episode so be prepared to share in the merriment.
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February 11, 2021 18 min
Kylie Gersekowski may be in Australia but she had a vision that Sew Powerful would need her talents globally. And she sure was right. As the founder and original member of the Sew Powerful Purse Project on Facebook, Kylie pulled together other Aussie bag makers to sew for Sew Powerful. But soon the word spread far and wide and behold, we now have a 4000 member Facebook group that supports and encourages each other. Listen as Kylie ...
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Listen as the founder and dedicated members of TELAS (The East Los Angeles Stitcher) share how their organization came to be and the passion they have for Sew Powerful. They seemed to appear out of nowhere, sending in 292 purses in 2020. But it turns out they have been there all along, finding and supporting worthy causes every year. But Sew Powerful struct a chord when a few of the members happened upon the Sew Powerful booth at t...
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January 28, 2021 20 min
With a degree in Fashion and Merchandising, it is no surprise that Natalie Wellman was instantly drawn to Sew Powerful back in 2015. Since that time she has challenged herself to make many, many purses including making a purse a day during the month of January. Don't be fooled by the quantity of purses Natalie sends to Sew Powerful every year. She is all about quality and the photos of her purses prove it. In this episode Natal...
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January 21, 2021 24 min
Meet Pat Quigley, a retired nurse with a passion for helping others. Whether she is on a medical mission trip with her church, making quilts for animals affected by natural disasters, or sewing purses for Sew Powerful, Pat puts her whole heart into her efforts. She is a talented seamstress and we talk about her unique fabric choices, making the purse photos she posts on Facebook instantly recognizable as Pat Quigley originals.
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January 14, 2021 24 min
Betty Johnson is one of the newest purse makers to join the ranks of the Sew Powerful Regional Coordinators. Betty finds inspiration from Sew Powerful in the way that lives are changed for school girls and members of their communities in Zambia. Betty enjoyed a long career as the VP of HR for Goodwill Industries. While there, she introduced Toastmasters to her staff to help them speak at public events. Betty is brimming with enthus...
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Our first guest of the 2021 season is Daryl Perry of Patchouli Moon Studio. Daryl is an enthusiastic blogger who recently discovered Sew Powerrful. With a history in the textile arts, Daryl starting documenting her creations 13 years ago. As a professional handbag maker, Daryl was excited to discover Sew Powerful. Not only did the purse speak to her creative side, the mission spoke to her heart. She has been making purses and docum...
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2020 was quite the year. In this nod to Clement Moore's original ''Twas Night Before Christmas', Jan Cancila takes us on a journey through the ups and downs of 2020, yet heralding the accomplishments of Sew Powerful and ending on a note of optimism.
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More than 25 years ago Rose Turner and 5 others started the Texas PinPals. This charity serves the North Dallas area by providing underprivileged children with a wonderful Christmas experience. The children not only receive, buy learn the joy of giving as well. Rose's connection to Sew Powerful came through Liberty Jane as her group searched for patterns for clothes for the dolls the group donates every year. Listen as Rose sha...
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This episode will inspire you the next time you sit at your sewing machine, work at your craft table or even cook your signature meal.The Sew Powerful Massachusetts Regional Coordinator has a philosophy about creativity. Listen as Maryann Gubala talks about the source of creative impulses for all of us. She shares her interesting family background, how she contributes at the non-profit where she works but also how she uses her God-...
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Meet Sandy Simm, the Sew Powerful UK Regional Coordinator, as she extoles the dedication and contributions of Team UK. An accidental internet search result became a lifeline for Sandy at a time when things were at their gloomiest. Sew Powerful turned things around for her and gave Sandy wings to soar and she's brought along several other purse makers on the journey. Lots of 'shout outs' in this episode so listen for you...
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For Thanksgiving 2020, we catch up with Jason and Cinnamon Miles and find out what makes them thankful about this year. It turns out, there is a very long list of Sew Powerful accomplishments that bring gratitute to their hearts. As you prepare your turkey today, listen as Jason and Cinnamon recount a year full of amazing blessings. So, happy Thanksgiving to our US listeners and to those of you elsewhere, please enjoy this recap of...
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November 19, 2020 25 min
In this special episode, we talk with Shirley Utz, the Social Media Regional Coordinator for Sew Powerful. Shirley shares her passion for Sew Powerful but she also takes us on her journey with pancreatic cancer. We learn where Shirley was when she received her diagnosis, her surprising reaction and how she has coped with the treatment regiment. You will feel hopeful as we learn of her progress, how friends and family have stayed cl...
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Mary Inchauste is an architect with a unique design aesthetic. In today's podcast, Mary shares the life challenges that made her appreciate education as the pathway to success. As a woman in a field dominated by men at the time she entered architecture, Mary became an unwitting trailblazer, mentoring and coaching younger women and students interested in pursuing a career in design and architecture. Listen as Mary shares her exp...
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November 5, 2020 21 min
In this episode we get to know Kathleen Broadfoot. Kathleen's degree in textiles and clothing from Indiana State University has served her well in her many contributions to Sew Powerful. Whether it is making over 250 purses or designing and making the purse panels to display our purses at Quilt Shows, Kathleen's life- long love of sewing coupled with her degree makes her a natural. You will enjoy learning about her family, ...
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Pour yourself a nice cup of tea and sit back and listen as one of our British volunteers, Ginny Buckley, shares her life in Yatton, England. She is an aspiring equestrian, hen rescuer, dog lover, snail aficionado, camper, puzzler and prolific knitter. Add to those interests her passion for Sew Powerful. Ginny shares how she got started with Sew Powerful and then held very lucrative fund raisers in her village, giving us great ideas...
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Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach." This quote by poet Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a favorite of our guest, Donna Moscinski. It speaks to her heart as she shares her talents with a number of non-profits; but Donna feels it especially applies to our work with Sew Powerful. You will see a pattern of giving as you listen to Donna&...
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October 15, 2020 31 min
A series of seemingly chance encounters brought David Derr to purchase land in Zambia, partner with Sew Powerful to benefit the families of the Needs Care School, and find Nicholas to manage the farm. But on further inspection, the words in Esther 4:14 provided a more divine explanation: "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this." Listen as David recounts the early trials in gettin...
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October 8, 2020 21 min
This week we switch things up a bit by looking back at our most popular podcasts. Without revealing who made the list, we can hint that we had international guests, industry influencers and some very dedicated Sew Powerful volunteers. We will play short snippets from each of the ten podcasts that made the list. If you've not listened before or maybe missed a few episodes, this will give you a shortcut to the episodes everyone i...
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