Meet Our Recent Contributors
Anthony (issue 9/2017)
my first quilt for a doll when I was 5 years old and I still
have that quilt. I also received my first sewing machine that
year. My parents encouraged all my sewing and craft ideas.
Years later I saw an aunt's quilts and vowed that someday
I would make quilts also. I made my first quilt when I was
15 and have been making quilts since. I started long-arm quilting
in 1999. When I make quilts, I just start cutting and sewing.
I get inspired by a piece of material I have on hand, something
I see, or my need for a gift. My favorite quilts are scrap
I do not write my patterns down. I
calculate the math on scrap paper, then throw them out. I
guess if I plan to have any more patterns published I better
do a better job of record keeping. I was born and raised in
St. Marys, PA and moved to Cambridge, MA, seven years ago
to become a full time grandma to my 6 grandchildren.
Alma Barkman (issue 6/2017)
After each member of the family gradually
left the nest, I had no one to sew for except myself. Upon
experiencing middle age spread, I decided quilting
would be easier than altering patterns, which I hate doing.
I have not been disappointed, since quilting gives me a creative
outlet without all the hassle of trying to fit my bulges!
You can see dozens of my quilts on my website: www.almabarkman.com
Bette Beane (issue 6/2017)
I started sewing in junior high school
back in the days when there were still home economics classes.
My first project was a pink shift, and so began my journey
of making clothing, craft items and finally, quilts. My first
quilts were traditional types until family and career occupied
my life for three decades. Then a quilt made by the ladies
of my church entered my life. One night under that quilt and
I havent looked back. I enjoy the comfort of a quilt,
the interplay of color and design, and exploring ideas and
possibilities. In recent years, I discovered art quilts and
batiks. I find inspiration in many things, especially nature.
It is particularly rewarding when my quilts or designs find
a new home.
Anna Branch (issue 9/2017)
Anna Branch is an avid quilter who,
with her husband and little dog, is enjoying the benefits
of country living. She has been a writer for many years and
is currently being published in the Almaguin News
and in Quilter's Connection Magazine. You can
read more about her life in the maple bush on her blog. Anna
also has a web site where you can see her patterns, get tutorials,
and enter her contests.
Donna Buck (issue 4/2017)
up in a very small hamlet in Alberta, Canada. My mother sewed
most of the clothes that my two sisters and I wore. In grade
7, we started sewing classes in school. Our teacher insisted
that we rip out seams until they were perfect.
When I married, I continued to sew
for myself and my three children. Most of the clothes we wore
were sewn by me.
I sewed the wedding dresses for both
of my daughters. When I reached my 50s, I did continue sewing
for my grandchildren, but for the most part I had switched
to sewing quilts. Working full time, I had little time to
sew. I was just planning what I might sew when I retired.
Now retired, I really enjoy being
challenged by trying something new. I rarely sew the same
thing twice and, mostly, I make up my own pattern design.
I have made five queen-size photo quilts as grandchildrens
graduation presents. My quilt label is DonnaMiaMine.
I also really enjoy scrapbooking and genealogy.
Bev Crouse (issue 4/2017)
quilter, Bev grew up with quilts, literally, in rural Prince
Edward Island, Canada. She developed a love of fabrics and
colours at an early age and never wavered.
From the time she got her first sewing
machine (a gift from hubby on their first Christmas), she
sewed dresses, doll clothes, bathing suits, tailored suits,
and was always ready for a new sewing adventure.
The 1980s brought quilts into Bevs
life. It all started at a workshop with a traditional patchwork
sampler quilt. She has since stitched, designed, taught, and
played with all shapes, sizes, and techniques. Primarily self-taught,
Bev is fascinated with computer design a perfect match
for this self- confessed technique and gadget junkie.
Bev enjoys the view from Moose Harbour,
Nova Scotia, and can always be reached online at email@example.com
or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuiltersNet.
Donna D'Amelio (issue
I have been quilting since
2003, the same year I retired from work. I was a graphic artist
and website manager. After I retired, I missed designing and
the work associated with graphic design. My mom and sister
were quilters, and both encouraged me to take up quilting.
I loved the hands-on aspect of quilting but what I really
liked was designing my own quilts. My first designs were done
in Photoshop and on drafting paper. Then, a few years ago,
I discovered EQ (Electric Quilt). I really enjoy designing
with it, but still like to dabble on paper as well.
Tina Dillard (issue 10/2016)
Tinas story, like that of so
many other quilt designers, is the story of a journey. She
grew up watching her mom quilt, and her love of quilting began.
She married her high school sweetheart and spent the next
20+ years as a military wife, raising two boys and making
a home wherever the military sent them. During this period
she quilted off and on when time allowed, winning Best
of Show with one of her original quilt designs at the
Charles County Fair, Maryland. In 2011, she made the decision,
with the full support from her family, to quit her government
job and work full time creating a quilting business. Tina
combined her piecing talents with her mother-in-law, Diane
Dillard, who created original appliqué designs, to
start Quilting Affection original pattern designs.
With their combined love of the fiber arts, Quilting
Affection is devoted to making delightful, easy, and
accurate appliqué and pieced patterns for all skill
levels to enjoy.
Frost (issue 8/2017)
is a quilt pattern designer who evangelizes through fabric.
She designs patterns from large quilts celebrating the Christian
faith to an array of small sewing projects and gifts. Her
patterns can be found on Craftsy, Amazon, and in print in
a select number of shops. When shes not in front of
her sewing machine, she can be found at the beach with her
husband and son with her toes happily buried in the sand and
wine glass in hand. She writes and quilts each week at Faith
Furber (issue 9/2017)
Mary is a native of New Milford, CT,
and currently resides in Portsmouth, NH. She has been working
with fabric since she was a child and has experience in quilting,
quilt pattern design, embroidery, penny rugs, rug hooking,
crocheting, clothing construction, and folk painting. She
has been teaching crafts for three decades to both children
and adults. After working as a computer programmer for many
years, she owned Little Lamb Quilt Shop in Barrington, NH.
Now retired, quilting is her passion.
Reeze Hanson (issue 7/2017)
L. Hanson has been a quilter since 1997 and has taught numerous
quilt classes, workshops, retreats, and shop classes in a
wide variety of project and skill levels. She is a skillful
quilter, pattern designer, and lecturer with her own pattern
company, Morning Glory Designs, started in 2007.
She already has more than 12 patterns on the market and more
in development. Her patterns have appeared on the pages of
Quilter's World and McCall's Quilting
and have been featured in several books including Jumpstart
Your Quilting and Golden's Journal.
Reeze's design style was inspired
by her busy life and by wanting to make complex-looking pieced
and applique quilts using simple and fast techniques geared
toward working women and beginners. If I didn't speed
up the process somehow I would never get anything done! There
are just too many designs running around in my head and too
little time to get them all completed. I want to share them
with other busy quilters so they can enjoy beautiful quilts
even as they are developing their skills. In addition,
teaching beginning quilters revealed the need for pattern
instructions that are clear, detailed and illustrated so a
quilter of any skill level could follow them successfully.
Roschelle Heuberger (issue
Heuberger is a self-taught quilter who has been quilting for
over twenty years. She currently resides in Midland, Michigan,
with her senior rescued animals. She is a professor at a large
university. For years she has donated her quilts to animal
rescue groups to raise funds for abandoned senior animals.
After being diagnosed with breast
cancer, she decided to start a 501c3 charitable organization
that would benefit these animals nationwide by using quilts
as fundraising tools. After the charity Quilts to the Rescue
was born she taught herself to use a computerized long arm
in order to quilt tops sent to her from all over the country
by animal-loving quilters.
Quilts to the Rescue allows her to
meet wonderful animal rescuers and quilters from all over
and has actually saved her as well as hundreds of abandoned
critters. She attributes her survival of breast cancer to
the hope and joy the charity has brought to so many.
Belinda Jones (issue 9/2017)
Watching her great-grandmother tat,
crochet, and quilt inspired Belinda Jones interest in
the sewing arts at an early age. Great-grandmother Corkran
advised Belinda to keep her hands busy, and she has followed
that advice, never failing to leave home without a bag containing
some sort of hand-sewing project inside.
Becoming interested in quilting in
her early twenties, Belinda spent a week with her paternal
grandmother learning how to hand piece. With the help of family
members, her first quilt top was hand quilted on a frame in
her grandmother's living room. This first attempt at quilting
led Belinda to take quilting classes in piecing, appliqué,
and color application.
Today, Belinda enjoys all types of
sewing including heirloom smocking, home decoration, quilting,
and childrens clothing. She enjoys the challenge of
designing her own quilts, especially those using scrappy,
reproduction fabrics. Along with her own quilting designs,
she has created patterns for 18" dolls. Belinda and her
husband Steve live in Monroe, LA.
Connie Kaufman (issue 1/2017)
Connie is a quilter/designer/author
living in Nappanee, Indiana. She has a love of color and design
and enjoys creating a wide variety of projects. Many of her
patterns appear in books and magazines. She has published
6 books: Piecefully Amish, 24 Kids Quilt Blocks, 24 Sunbonnet
Sue and Overall Sam Quilt Blocks, The Scrap Savers Solution
Book, Put Some Charm in Your Quilts, and Little Gems.
Visit her website and blog at:
Selina Kuyp (issue 9/2017)
a self-taught quilter and I have been on this incredible quilting
journey since 2009. Since the beginning I have searched and
tried countless techniques, spent hours learning new vocabulary
and information pertaining to fabric, thread, block assembly,
and stitching. My main goal was to get my quilt tops completed
and the prettier they were, the better! I soon realized that
I also needed to focus on getting the tops quilted! That process
in itself became a whole separate journey of learning.
I currently switch between piecing
frenzies, where I will cut and assemble patchwork tops in
varying difficulties, to quilting weeks where I want nothing
more than to sit and free-motion quilt for hours. It is through
this cycle that I have developed a love of both piecing and
quilting, both of which are very integral to this craft.
For all new quilters, or those who
ask me about making a quilt, I say, Just do it!
Pick something and start. Will there be mistakes? Of course!
You cannot learn anything new if you dont make mistakes.
So quilt on!
Jaci Lawson (issue 9/2017)
I was 9 , I saw a knitted bikini in a magazine. I thought,
I can do that! I've been creating ever since,
and my projects tend to ensnare husband, family, and unsuspecting
An art quilter from Dover, NH, I made
my first quilt in 2009. My quilts have since been shown in
local art exhibits, local and regional quilt shows, and a
local craftsman outlet. I have also designed other craft projects,
including a luggage tag design published in Quilts and
More, Summer 2011, and have given demonstrations on
art quilting techniques, fabric collage, and other art techniques,
including a 3-D challenge at the Cocheco Quilt Guild
Art Bee, of which I am a founding member. I am currently
working with a partner to create Zentangle®-style
My greatest achievement is living
happily with the same husband for over 30 years, despite dragging
him into every home and garden project I could dream up. He
lives in fear of 5 words: Honey, I have an idea!
We have 3 extraordinary daughters and 3 exceptional grandchildren.
Truly, the Lord has been good to us and blessed our home.
Carol Milne and Angie Maddaleni
and Carolyn met at their local quilt shop and became instant
friends. Each has her own skill set which compliments the
other. Carolyn loves designing and trying out new techniques.
Angie is an expert quilter and has an eye for color combinations.
Their friendship developed into a business partnership, The
Bling Sisters, pattern company; a part of Computer
Craft Designs. CCD is dedicated to creating
unique designs with easy-to-read quilt pattern instructions.
Border designs in both digitized and printed form are some
of the unique features included in some of their patterns.
The best part of our partnership
is the fun we have and helping others to learn the craft we
Jo Moury (issue 12/2016)
I've been quilting since 1988 and
designing since the mid 1990's. The first version of Electric
Quilt opened my eyes to the wonderful world of creating
my own ideas in fabric, and I've been addicted ever since.
I was selected as a Beta Tester for the past two versions
of Electric Quilt. My favorite types of quilts
are those that incorporate piecing and appliqué, and
two-block quilts where the blocks combine to form a happy
secondary surprise. My evenings find me with appliqué
or embroidery on my lap while I watch TV. When
I'm not engaged in some aspect of quilting, you'll probably
find me at the gym, gardening or traveling with my sweet husband,
Lisa Muilenburg (issue 5/2017)
My name is Lisa Muilenburg. I am fortunate
to be a stay-at-home mother of three.
I grew up helping my mother with all
sorts of crafty projects. I started designing in 2006 when
my mom was in need of a unique idea for a bunny baby quilt
for a certain granddaughter. After that success, we had a
few other custom requests for Grandmas quilts. It didnt
take long before I was hooked.
I started designing faster than my
mother was having grandchildren and decided to start my own
business in 2011 so grandmothers, mothers, and aunties everywhere
could make easy and adorable quilts for the ones they love.
My daughter asked me one day when
we were making our next quilt-that-counts. I told her my business
was called Counted Quilts, but I think she had it right. I
love being part of making a gift that really counts.
Veronica Norris (issue 6/2017)
I used to be a pony breeder/trainer,
but in 2009 we had to sell all the ponies and move. Without
them, I was getting bored and needed a hobby. I remembered
learning how to quilt with my grandmother when I was very
young. In May 2013, I returned to quilting. I
am self taught from books and magazines. I jumped in with
both feet and haven't looked back. I love being able to create
using fabric. I also design with the help of EQ7.
Bonny Peters (issue 8/2017)
Bonny started sewing almost fifty
years ago but did not start quilting until 2012. On a whim,
she decided to try her hand and quickly became addicted to
the myriad of fabrics available. Santa brought her Electric
Quilt 7 that year and she has been designing quilts
ever since. Since retiring in June 2013, Bonny has devoted
many hours to designing and quilting. December 2015 began
a new adventure for her with the launch of Cat Den Mountain
Quilts. Her goal is to sell enough patterns to supplement
her fabric budget.
Bonny lives with her husband of thirty-plus
years in the woods of southwestern New Hampshire. They retired
from the Tampa Bay area of Florida. They have many pets, although
none indoors. Their outdoor pets include many mammals, birds
and amphibians. Notable among these are a bobcat, scarlet
tanagers, and spotted newts.
Kim Schaefer (issue
began sewing at an early age and was quilting seriously by
the late 1980s. Her early quilting career included designing
and producing small quilts for craft shows and shops across
the country. In 1986 Kim founded Little Quilt Company,
a pattern company focused on designing a variety of small
In addition to designing quilt patterns,
Kim is a best selling author for C&T Publishing.
Kims fabric collections with
Andover Fabrics feature her whimsical and contemporary
folk art designs.
Kim lives in Southeastern Wisconsin
with her husband Gary and their dog Boone.
For more information on Kim or Little
Quilt Company, please visit www.littlequiltcompany.com,
which offers Kims entire collection of patterns, books,
and fabrics. Little Quilt Companys Facebook
page has posts about new patterns, books, and fabrics and
an occasional look at Kims latest work.
Tammy Silvers (issue
been quilting since 1991. Ive also taught at a variety
of quilt shops as well as online and design and self-publish
my own quilt patterns under the label Tamarinis.
no different than most quilters. I enjoy working with almost
any fabric. But I must confessmy favorites (the ones
that will make me drool and blow a carefully constructed budget)
are batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. Having a background
in art and literature, another of my guilty, quilty pleasures
is finding ways to use words in my work, be it
in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. I am
a Georgia native and currently live in Acworth with my husband,
children (when they come to visit!), one grumpy dog, and my
favorite fat cats.
the label Tamarinis, my designs are regularly published
in a variety of quilt magazines, including McCalls
Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting,
and Fons and Porters Love of Quilting.
I also work with some of the major fabric manufacturers designing
projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines, including
Northcott and Fabri-Quilt. (You can find some
of the Fabri-Quilt projects under the Free Projects
link on the home page!!).
Marilyn Strowmatt (issue
sewn all her life, Marilyn began quilting in 1988 with an
unfortunate effort that to this day remains in the UFO pile
in her studio. It serves as a reminder of where many quilters
Too many moves as a military wife
led her to seek a more portable career. Her degree in Business
and Finance remained a valuable tool. She began sharing her
gifts of knowledge of crafts she learned in the many diverse
places they had lived by teaching individuals, area groups,
A chance trip to the LQS turned into
an offer of full-time employment and the real beginning of
her quilting career. She opened her own retail shop after
her husbands retirement. The real enjoyment she found
was in the design and creative aspect involved in quilting
and sewing. She sold the retail inventory and moved the classroom,
quilting, and design studio to her home.
The focus now is on design, construction,
and completion of quilting projects; hers, as well as those
of her customers
self-taught applique artist, Mary has been creating appliqué
quilts and original designs for twenty years. Her first love
was hand applique, but she then learned amazing machine appliqué
techniques that are as elegant as the hand work. Mary teaches
needle-turn hand appliqué, as well as machine appliqué,
at quilt guilds and shops across Michigan. She also lectures
with her trunk show of unique appliqué quilts.
Aside from her love of quilting, she
is also Director of DUSI; the non-profit for the historic
preservation of the Durand Union Station, which maintains
the Michigan Railroad History Museum and Information Center
in Durand, MI.
Mary and her husband Mike have three
creative children who keep them on the go with robotics, metal
sculpting, and music activities.