Meet a Speaker: Allison Rosen


Allison Rosen is a crafty girl at heart: Her first business, at 9 years old, was selling pom-pom animals with googly eyes. Many years later, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Concordia University in Montreal. In 2002, with a master’s degree in accountancy, she and her new husband moved to Berkeley, CA, where she worked as an auditor and controller for a number of firms. During this time, Allison rediscovered her love of craft and jumped headlong into paper crafting and mixed media before settling on quilting. After the birth of her twins, her accounting career continued to grow and she began blogging and podcasting at Within A Quarter Inch. In 2008, she and her new family moved to Athens, OH, where it became clear her son had some serious disabilities. Allison left her finance position at Ohio University to raise her twins full-time and figure out what would help her son the most. She started a social website for quilters called SeamedUP, which she ran with a partner for three years before selling the site and taking a position in internet marketing with C&T Publishing. Now living in Wilmington, NC, with 9-year-old twins, Allison is finally working for herself as The Crafty Controller, an accountancy firm that serves indie crafters.

At Midwest Craft Con, Allison is teaching two sessions: Quickbooks for Crafters, and Price Point Checkup.

How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?

Funny and forgetful, exact-ish, driven (but I’ve only got 2 gears).

What is your earliest crafty memory?

Making a replica of my green docksiders out of polymer clay.

What is your favorite thing about the Midwest?

The people!

What would you be if you weren’t an artist/creative?

An engineer.

What three things would you recommend to makers?

  • Apple Pay
  • 3x reading glasses for close-up work
  • chalk-finish paint

What are your personal resolutions for 2017?

Make a cozier home

What are your 2017 resolutions for your business/professional life?

Work in a cozier home.


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