Q&A: Latifah Saafir on sewing and quilting during the pandemic

Jul 02, 2020

Latifah Saafir is a Los Angeles maker known for her bold, modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing Latifah teaches workshops, develops quilting products and just launched her latest product line, Quilt Cadets, for children who sew. A co-founder of the Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah has been featured in Country Living and Ladies Home Journal as well as over a dozen quilting books and magazines.

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Today we will be chatting about the world of quilting and sewing with Latifah Saafir, an accomplished sewist known for her beautiful quilts,  inventive pattern designs for kids and her social media savvy as an influencer in the sewing/quilting world. Let's chat.

I’m so happy I get to chat with you all today! Thanks Jura for having me. I can run my mouth or chat all day about sewing and quilting - especially after having been isolated for the last few months. I must warn you in a chat situation I may type with lots of exclamation marks but I’m not screaming, I’m just really excited!!!

How do you find motivation to sew during this pandemic? I'm finding myself unable to focus on anything other than absolute necessities like work and household chores.

This is such a personal question. My experience is that in order to thrive under these circumstances requires extreme self care - whatever that means for you. When it all started I couldn't think of anything until I was able to grocery shop and stock up for our necessities. In LA that took a couple week. Then I had to set myself up mentally and emotionally to be successful. First, I stopped listening to the news. Then I DECIDED to figure out how to thrive. A big part was releasing fear. And doing the work to keep my mind clear and my spirits high. Sounds abstract and has very little to do with sewing, huh? :) But only then was I able to clear my mind enough to be able to sew. First came sewing masks but I quickly new I would burn out on those so I started to sew JUST FOR ME. Goof luck! It's tough out there!

Hi Latifah- How are you doing? Second: how has your creative process, or what’s coming to your mind to express yourself creatively, changed over the last 6 months? Or has it? Third: do you feel hopeful... yet? Thanks and love from your friends at the DCMQG

Thanks for the check in from my friends at the DC Modern Quilt Guild! Hi friends! I’m actually doing well! Being the caregiver for my 99/100-ish year old grandfather has had me sorta 'quarantined’ for the past two years and taught me loads about self care and patience which is especially important now. The Covid-19 uncertainties were scary at first but once I learned how to ride the wave of the quarantine instead of fighting it I have been able to take advantage of the time that has been freed up from cancelled events. As a result I’ve been unusually prolific in my quilting. So the creativity hasn’t changed but, I have had time to play and explore. Regarding hope, I almost always feel hopeful. Well, after I let go of fear. If we have breath left to breathe then we have another opportunity to live to our fullest.

Is that one of your kits ? Adorable.

It is one of the Quilt Cadets patterns called Enchanted Travel Pillows! Isn't it great?! I believe in working with the best and had my amazing friend Annabel Wrigley from Little Pincushion Studio design a couple projects and this is one of four. She's taught kids to sew for years at her studio and develops projects that are both cute AND easy. I have to admit that I've made a few of these for myself as well.

Hi Latifah, Do you have recommendations for how to display quilts and textiles in the home besides on the bed? How to hang on walls or other places? Thank you!

Hanging sleeves are brilliant. I then put a rod through the sleeve and there are a number of ways you can then hang it. I've known people use a curtain rod and those clips that attach to curtains. I've recently thought about making quilt 'tops' and stretching them on frames and I'm excited to explore this possibility! Also, if you have a LOT of quilts, quilt ladders are a fun way to display quilts several quilts at a time.

Latifah, I heard you are making a quilt for SJSA for Steven taylor, an Oakland black man who was killed by OPD in Walmart. Can you share your motivation for doing and design process with this project thus far?

It is so important that we try to give a little bit of humanity and respect to those who our society has failed. When I'm making a quilt for a person or a family I try to find out as much about that person/family that I can and tune into making a quilt that reflects the essence of who they are. So, for this project I talked to the Social Justice Sewing Academy and asked a ton of questions about Steven and his family. I learned a lot about his journey and life story. It's a story about how the system basically failed him and how he did everything in his power to survive and thrive with the hand he was given. It's a story of mental illness and getting caught up in the system without an easy way out and then finally losing his life at the hands of the police. I was blessed to get a box of his clothes to work with and just sitting with them has helped to guide the design as well. I'm really excited to see this quilt come to life. I hope I can catch a glimpse of his essence in this quilt to show his family that we see him, we see them and that they all are loved.

Very excited about this chat and Latifah Saafir. Since I didn't make it to a fabric store before everything shut down, I've resurrected an old quilting project that I've been working on off and on (mostly off) for 20 years! It's a "quilt as you go" crazy quilt. The only downside is 20 years ago I picked very trendy fabric for the backing - Soo not what I would pick today but that just becomes part of the quilt's story. I'm am going to finish it this time!!!

Yay!!! One of my first pandemic finishes was one that I looked at and wondered what was I thinking when I picked that fabric?! But, it's finished and gifted and loved now. And one more WIP (works in progress) marked off my list! You can do it!

I love the freedom many of your quilts demonstrate in terms of appearing free-flowing and improvisational. What specific advice can you offer to quilters who want to break out of "Pattern World" and embrace a more improvisational approach? Thanks - Barbara

Hello Barbara! There are a few people that teach improvisational quilting REALLY well. Sherri Lynn Wood has an excellent book called The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters that is brilliant. Also, Denyse Schmidt has wonderful workshops on Improv if you ever get a chance to take a class from her. My advice is learn to listen to your heart. I don't do a ton of improv but, I do design my own quilts. I respect rules but I'm not afraid to challenge them. I quilt with my heart first and trust my own voice. If you can learn to do this you will be on the right path. Also, if you want to use a pattern to start then many of my patterns are written so you can find your own voice in them with plenty of room to explore within the confines of a pattern.

Hi, Latifah. I am very glad you are offering to answer our questions today! I make crazy quilts and have enjoyed playing with textures and contrasts. But I think I need to become a little more conscious of the overall design. When you make crazy quilts, how do you think about the result before you begin? What elements do you consider for picking fabrics and a plan for the quilt?

I have to be honest that I've never made a crazy quilt before but, I've always thought it would be fun to put a modern spin on them! But, in general when I quilt I start with how I want the quilt to 'feel" when I finish it and work towards that goal. Do I want it to be light and airy? Edgy? Saturated with color? I also stack up ALL of my fabrics and look at how those make me feel. I snap pictures with my phone so I can see it from different perspectives. Then I dive in and let the quilt guide me. 

Here is the article on sewing and quilting during the pandemic that featured Latifah and other sewists. Read it by clicking here.

I was so sad to hear about Bluprint closing down. Will you be offering your bias class on another platform anytime soon? I know you will offer a class at Quiltcon, but will there be a class similar to that on Bluprint that lives online?

I have lots of plans to start to offer online offerings but they do take a bit of time to come out. Also, in the last few days we've heard that Bluprint was bought out by another company so yay! So hopefully we'll see that content online again soon. Stay tuned to me on social media or sign up for my newsletter to hear about direct offerings I'll have coming up!

I was lucky to have been taught to sew at an early age and have used the skill my whole life, including now to make masks for friends and family. How can we help be sure that young people see the value in these skills? How are your raising that awareness?

I was lucky enough to learn early too! I think it's important to teach kids sewing just like we teach them other basic life skills but it's good if we are able to find projects that they are interested in. That's why I developed Quilt Cadets. It's a whole line for kids who sew with lots of 'fun' built in. The patterns are written in their language and they're cool projects for kids to sew. Plus, they get a free 'prize' in every pattern and can earn badges as they sew projects!

I just checked out your website and wanted to let you know how modern it looks and would be so appealing to children and teens! How did you decide to focus on children sewing and quilting ? Do you have noir own children? Love your patterns!

Aw, thank you! I learned how to sew as a kid. And that experience was so powerful and life changing for me as far as my creative journey is concerned I wanted to offer that to kids. Also, there were no products on the market that really were made JUST for the kiddo's so I decided to dive in.

Hi Latifah! Do you think the increased interest in sewing and crafting projects designed for kids (like your Quilt Cadet patterns) will inspire a new wave of young that will carry over past the pandemic? Hoping it might be an upside of this interruption --more creativity and less consumption amongst youth.

I hope so but it's so hard to tell what the long term implications are. Incidentally, many adults are also sewing for the first time. There is something so grounding and important about creating with your hands. My hope is that this exposure will have some of them falling in love with making!

Can you recommend a simple sewing machine without all the computerized attachments and features? Does such a thing exist?

What kind of sewing do you do? For garment sewing you at least want a machine that has an automatic button hole and a zipper foot. There are a LOT of smaller computerized machines that are pretty simple and straightforward. If you're a quilter you might like a straight stitch only machine. I have a Janome 1600P-QCP and love it. It's mechanical and does one thing exceptionally well - sew a straight stitch. To be completely transparent I used to be an Educator for Janome Sewing machines and I'm currently an ambassador of sorts. But even before that I've loved my Janome machines. I'm a research things to death kind of consumer and I landed on Janome as a consumer because from their lower end machines to the super expensive top of the line machines they have consistent quality and reliability. Check out your local Janome dealer or even your local sewing machine dealer that carries a number of brands and talk to them. Multi-line dealers often tell me that Janome machines end up in the service center the least. :) But, most importantly, go test drive the machines, go home and do  your research and I'm sure you'll find one you love no matter the brand.

Hi, I have a pattern that is 40 by 50 (inches). I'd like to make it into a lap quilt or single bed quilt by adding plain fabric around the pattern (a blue, or maybe blue and red). What would be your recommendation for what to add that isn't going to throw off the proportions of the pattern?

The thing about quilts is that you can play, explore and make it your own. Lest look at a couple options. First decide what your final quilt size will be. A generous lap is about 60” x 70”. That means you could add a 10” border to each of the four sides. If you want to make it a twin quilt for instance it may be longer than it is wide. Lets say you decide on 70” x 90”. In a case like this I would divide it equally in each direction. With your original dimensions of 40” x 50” you would add 15” to either side. And 20” to the top and bottom. Or, if you want to give it a bit more of a modern spin how about offsetting it so the patchwork is in the bottom left or right corner? Have fun!

Wonderful fabric stores have gone by the wayside over the years- do you have any websites where you find some unique fabrics?

Sadly, some of my favorite online stores are also now defunct. :( I hate to list any here because my other fabric store friends will hate that I didn't mention them. But off the top of my head Superbuzzy.com is amazing and where I get a lot of my Japanese fabrics from! Fancytiger.com has a GREAT curated selection. Purlsoho.com is an all time favorite where I also find metallic linen - yum! Sewtopia.com has great kits and clubs. . . I could go on and on. . .

Do you find quilting to be an inclusive or exclusive experience? Expand please.

No, it is not an inclusive space. It is a reflection of the society in which it lives which is by and large not inclusive. As our country has been faced with dealing with the awareness of the pervasiveness of systemic racism the quilting and sewing communities has been dealing with it intensely as well. And it hasn't been pretty. The little spark of light is that I do see some people willing to start to do the work that will help to start to create more inclusive environments. It will be work but it's time. We will all be better for it.

Your work is always so on point and BadAss, how do you feed your soul and keep your creative well filled?

Keeping my eyes open for beauty in unusal places, taking time to recharge and surrounding myself with other BadAss people that inspire me!

What advice would you give for teaching kids how to sew?

Patience. :) And don't get tied into perfection. Don't hover and criticize. There is a balance of teaching good solid technique and criticizing the joy out of sewing. Let them pick their own fabric and add crazy details. And, recognize if this is something you don't have the patience/bandwidth/interest to do and look for classes or clubs where they can learn in other ways. The biggest blessing my mom gave us was to teach us the basics and then give us the machine when we got interested.

What kind of sewing machine do you use? Do you have more than one? If so, how do you use them for different projects?

Don’t you know it is rude to ask a quilter if they have more than one machine? :) Just kidding. Of course I do! They are all from the Janome brand. The features I can’t live without as a quilter are a thread cutter, knee lift, a great walking foot and as much throat space as you can give me! And speed. I sew like I drive - pedal to the metal! Hey - I’m drive in LA! I sew primarily on my Janome 6700QCP. The dual feed walking foot is sublime! And I love the Janome 1600P for piecing since it is strong and 1600 stitches per minute fast. And I have a small machine for travel - yes, I said for travel. :) And I have my eye on a few more. . .

Like many (I assume), I've gotten into sewing during the pandemic. I'd received a sewing machine for Christmas and started in earnest by sewing masks. What would be a good next project to hone my skills that could be really fun? Making clothes seems appealing but extremely challenging.

There are tons of simple sewing projects. One is pillowcases. As an experienced sewist I still LOVE to make pillowcases and they are great for gifts. If you want to try quilting, quilted pillows is a great way to dip your toe in the water. If you want to try garments, pajama pants are a great first project. There are tons of online tutorials and videos to get you started. Also don't be afraid of bigger projects if you have the motivation to make them. Just take it one step at a time. As a sewing teacher I still think classes are key to learning quickly. Once our quilt stores and fabric stores open up be sure to check out your independent shops to find out their class schedule! Plus, it's always fun to sew with other people.

Hi Latifah & Jura... I frequently find old hand-made quilts at country auctions. You can see the work someone has put into them, and when they don’t sell, I know that they will be pulped or used as packing blankets. I can’t stand the thought of that, and so pick them up for a few dollars each. Most have condition issues, so I remake them into coats, https://www.instagram.com/p/B9hFEx9pFXR or Christmas stockings. https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ehrKxJrDa It gives the old quilt a new life and I don’t feel so bad about cutting them up. And I’ve made more than 200 masks from my collection of fabrics. It’s been a lot of fun. Meg at PigtownDesign

That sounds lovely! I'm sure those quilts are happy to have found a new life. And thanks so much for your service of making masks. Who would've thought our fabric would get used like this?!

Before the pandemic I was sewing regularly. Once the pandemic hit I feel too guilty and have stopped sewing for pleasure. I really dislike sewing masks. How can I find a ba lance?

OMG! I so feel this! Just remember that in order to have our well full enough to do the 'required' sewing that we have to take care of #1 first - ourselves. Look at selfish sewing as your self care because that is what it is! Make the decision to sew for you for 1 hour first - or longer if you need it. Or dedicate a day or week to doing it. Then you wont resent making masks so much. You deserve it and will be more productive with your mask sewing is you do that. Thank you by the way for your service in making masks. Those that don't sew don't know the toll it has taken on those that do!

How do your organize your quilt project? and do you prewash?

I may not be the best person to ask this. :) As a creative I am ALL over the place. Lately, I've been forcing myself to finish a project before I start a new one and I've even thought if I am to get through the huge pile of UFO's (unfinished objects in quilt speak) then I may have to start to finish two projects before I start another. :) I only prewash if I think my fabric may bleed or if I'm making garments. I personally LOVE working with fabric with the sizing still on it. And I'm a bit of a lazy ahem, I mean efficient quilter as well so I question steps and only do them when absolutely necessary.

Since people have more time? What are people most interested in?

Oh, it's about as varied as the people. But, in talking to others in the industry there is a LOT of interest in beginner projects since we now have so many new sewist! Yay! Entry level machines have been selling like wildfire! There is a huge interest in learning online since all of our in person events have cancelled as well. It will be interesting to see how the pandemic changes the quilting and sewing worlds in the long term.

Hi! I'm interested in starting to sew some of my own garments, I have a sewing machine, and am not a sewing newbie, but I don't have any of the notions--what would recommend as starting essential equipment??

I started out in garment sewing! First I have to remind you that garment sewing comes with a built in 2nd hobby called ‘garment sewing supply collecting’. This include garment fabrics AND notions so you can really have a lot of fun/get yourself into trouble. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself buying stuff because there are a TON of different notions and supplies. My advice is to decide on a pattern and then buy what you need to make that garment. As you gain experience you will have no problem at all building a collection. I have faith in you.

Would love to take your online class on bias quilting. Signing up for your newsletter and I’ll keep an eye out for announcement.


Never heard of that brand- for all purpose sewing - simple clothing/mending , perhaps quilting in my future - any thoughts? I think those computerized ones have too many features I would never use- but yes to a zipper foot and buttonholer. Thank you !

Check it out! You will be happy you did!

Big hi to my favorite lady, Latifah! What areas of life do you most often find inspiration for your beautiful creations? Also (and I know this is a hard one) when someone wants to buy one of your quilts, how do you navigate pricing them with a price that feels right for you?

Hello! The short version of the inspiration answer is EVERYWHERE especially in unexpected places. Regarding pricing, that is a super tough question that I'm working on answering now since I'll for the first time be listing some of my work for sale soon!!!

I know you sewed and sold masks during the pandemic. What was your motivation and how did it make you feel?

When wearing a mask became mandatory in LA I was THIS close to just buying mask from my awesome friends that were making them. Then I thought about the other people in my circle that needed them - both family and friends. So, I decided to make a bunch. After I made them I realized that it wasn't THAT bad and also with business being so uncertain early on I thought that was an additional stream of income. So I went to the fabric store and bought all the materials I needed, cut them all out, sewed most of them and posted them for sale. It was a head down, pedal to the metal sewing experience for me. I still sew a few but, I'm so over it now. I was happy to have the skill set to do it but I'll also be happy if I never have to sew another mask again! :)

Latifah's work uses lots of curved piecing - what was the first project she made using curved piecing?

I started sewing garments as a child and after setting in sleeves or sewing a collar you are no longer afraid of curves!  I also like to tackle techniques that people find difficult. I added curved corners on my first quilt - does that count? :) I don’t quite know the first time curves showed up in my quilts but one of the first techniques I learned was the “Six Minute Circle Method” by the brilliant Dale Fleming. I was hooked after that and have explored just about every type of curve out there! I’m now exploring how I can use my tool “The Clammy” to make even more curved quilts!

Your quilt designs are so clean and thoughtful, what inspires you?

I’m literally inspired by the world around me. I LOVE beautiful things but I really love to find beauty in things that aren’t usually considered beautiful. I also love ‘accidental’ beauty - like when something is laid next to another and it works so perfectly together. Living in Los Angeles I have access to amazingly beautiful things whether its views of the Pacific or seeing art at the Getty. But, I almost always get more just out of living in South Central LA and searching for unexpected beauty whether it’s capturing the artistry in a low rider or the accidental beauty of random paint colors used to cover up a tagged wall.

So happy to have you on the chat today, Latifah! My mother taught me to sew when I was nine years old. I realized that this fall will mark my 50th anniversary of sewing! Any ideas on how to celebrate, other than finishing all my unfinished projects? Many things have changed since I learned to sew, and I was excited to get back into it seriously a couple of years ago. So much creativity and individuality and independent patterns and more. No real question for you. I'm just excited for the topic. Currently I am making a baby quilt, using a modern pattern. The only other quilt I've made was a Dresden plate quilt as a wedding present way back in the early 1980s. Thanks!

So exciting!!! Congratulations! The first thing that came to mind is your bucket list quilt - whatever that is. I'm working on developing a Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern right now using my Clammy templates called Put a Ring On It and I'm excited because that was always a bucket list quilt for me! Good luck and send pictures when you finish whatever it is.

How did the template come about. I really like the patterns you designed. Thanks

When I first designed Glam Clam it had paper templates. People loved the pattern but hated paper templates. But I didn't want to make a single use (one quilt) template. So, I figured out how to use the clamshell shape to cut out all sorts of curved shapes! With the help of a successful Kickstarter I was able to bring it to Market and launch my first product line!

Hello! I used up all of my fabric stash to make masks in the early weeks of quarantine. But now as I am starting to look to build it up again, I find that the cotton fabric being sold in my local fabric store is not as high quality as it used to be! Additionally, where I had three large fabric stores 10 years ago, I now only have one. Small quilt shops have been steadily closing up as well. I’ve found a few places online that offer good quality, but it just doesn’t compare to being able to judge color and scale in person. Where do you shop for quilt fabrics? Do you think that fabric stores, quilting, and sewing will come back in the coming years?

I wish someone had told us we would use up our stash during the pandemic - then we could’ve justified buying more fabric BEFORE! Quality at big box stores has traditionally not been the same as buying quilt shop quality fabrics and sadly that is the only option that some towns have. I don’t have any great advice for the immediate replenishing of your stash. And I do hope that quilt shops can find a way to become successful again. On principle I try to always shop local when I can. It’s super important for me to have access to fabric I can touch and feel and the only way we can keep our shops open is to shop there. Luckily I live in LA were we have options but even those are dwindling. Quilt shops/fabric stores have huge inventories and small margins and can be hard to make profitable. During the pandemic I also have had good luck shopping at smaller shops on Etsy especially if I’m looking for something in particular!

What do you recommend? Thanks.

Start simple with items like pillowcases or simple bags. From the Quilt Cadets line Kid Cave Pillows are a really easy sew. Especially the pillowcase pattern - it has two pieces. Moonbeam Pillows and Enchanted Travel Pillows are great beginner sewing patterns. Just remember when you are teaching kids to sew, teach them how to use the machine safely then let them explore. It’s in the play time that we really learn to create and also that’s when we fall in love with creating! Also, don’t impose your fears on them. We include things like zippers and quilting in our projects so they can learn and kids knock them out of the ballpark!

I just skimmed your tutorial about text on fabric (although the photos don't show, for some reason). Thanks for the specific advice on markers. Have you tried anything else, like paint or ink?

Oh, I'll have to go back and see if I can get the pictures back on that old post. I am currently playing with screen printing my labels on the back of my quilts which is super fun. But, I haven't explored any other mediums. Too many ideas. Not enough time!

The country is experiencing so much right now- the negatives of the global pandemic and ensuing economic hardship for so many. And then there was the George Floyd killing which, in my view, has had the unexpected positive consequence of raising awareness in Americans to the issue of use of excessive force by police disproportionately against Black men. What positive and constructive role can the quilting community (and their respective guilds) play in this social movement? How can we change to step up to this moment in history?

That is such a HUGE conversation. The first thing that comes to mind is for us to not be afraid to deal with it in our communities. It's not a political issue, it's a human rights issue. As a Black woman in this industry I'm VERY aware of the lack of inclusivity and discrimination in this industry and I've been appalled (but not surprised) by the push back that many in our industry have had to dealing with these issues. The conversations can he had in groups but the individuals have to do the work within themselves. It is deep and ingrained in ways that many don't even realize. So start. Anywhere. Be deliberate and intentional.

Hello Latifah, I'm an avid follower of your work and thrilled about Quilt Cadets! DO you think you'll be offering online tutorials and classes for kids? Thanks!

I'm in the middle of finalizing the details of a big quilt along where we work through the projects together. I will be launching a few tutorials to support that and have plans to do even more tutorials and more patterns and projects as well.

What are some things a quilting group can do to be more inclusive? What are the root causes?

The root cause is that our country was built on racism. Period. So tearing it down will take a lot of work collectively and individually. As an organization make it part of your mission to promote inclusivity and to be anti-racist. Some will challenge it but hold it up as a standard that you will seek to live up to. Then measure your actions by that. How many POC teachers do you bring in? Are you asking your fabric companies where are the Black designers. Are you making sure your literature and website are inclusive? This is just off the top of my head but, just start. And keep moving in the direction of creating and maintaining an anti-racist organization.

I noticed the first question from the DC quilter's group ..... I also signed up for your newsletter. I would love to take a class. But I notice you have 2 websites! Make that clear for the chat readers...... I had only looked any the children's website .

Haha! Never lived in DC. Just have some people there. And thanks for asking. My main site is latifahsaafirstudios.com. And I have a site specifically for the kids quiltcadets.com!

When the Amer. Craft Council celebrated a milestone anniversary recently, they printer a small poster that I call a statement of faith. I think you (and chatters) would love it. It begins, "We believe in a world where everyone is inspired to live a creative life."

I'll have to check that out!

Latifah you rocked it! This was a wonderful chat and your enthusiasm is contagious. Thank you so much. Next week joing me for British paint diva Annie Sloan. You can post questions right here on this link starting now.

See you next week. Happy Fourth of July all and be safe.

That was SO much fun! I told you I could run my mouth forever about sewing. And that I would use lots of exclamation marks! Thank you, thank you for joining me today! And thanks Jura for having me. It was a blast.

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