Super crafter Susan Beal is everywhere. With five craft books to her name, contributions in Bust, ReadyMade, Venus, and Craft, as well as many appearances at craft fairs and conventions, Susan has become one of the major craft forces in the Pacific Northwest. From jewelry and beading to quilting and sewing, Susan's talents are a sight to behold. Often using her family, friends, and the beautiful state of Oregon as inspiration, she focuses on making crafts accessible — and fun — for everyone, regardless of skill level. Her two most recent books, Modern Log Cabin Quilting and World of Geekcraft, have been a huge hit with us crafty folk here at Powell's. On top of it all, Susan is quite possibly one of the kindest women I have ever met.
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Rachel Consolo: Did you have a crafty childhood? Was there anyone in particular who you were inspired by?
Susan Beal: My biggest influences craftwise were definitely both my grandmothers. My mom's mother sewed beautifully and made me sundresses and doll clothes, and we had so much fun working on projects together. I ...