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Joan Ballard (issue 5/2019)

I was introduced to the world of quilting about 20 years ago. With each quilt, I tried a new technique, pattern, or fabric line. I loved them all. Soon my stash started to grow. I was already working full time, and once my two boys were in college, I applied for a part time job at a local quilt shop, on a whim. For the past 12 years, I have continued to work my full-time and part-time jobs while I have also been teaching classes at the quilt shop. Recently I purchased a long-arm machine and have started my own quilting business.

I am a self-taught knitter who loves to cook, relax at our lake house, and most of all, spend time with my family who have always supported me and given me their honest opinions.

Quilting has opened up a whole new world for me, and over the years I have met so many wonderful people, many of whom have become good friends. For that I am forever grateful.

My designs have been published in the books Quilted Gifts from Your Scraps & Stash (DRG), Baby Bright Quilts (Leisure Arts), The Quilt Pattern Magazine, and Quilter’s World Magazine.

Alma Barkman (issue 6/2019)

With a maiden name decidedly Scottish, scrap quilting appeals to my thrifty nature. While I enjoy looking at the beautiful endeavors of artistic quilters, my personal satisfaction comes from fulfilling a certain “waste not, want not” mentality. Growing up on a Canadian prairie farm, one of my best memories was snuggling down under patchwork quilts when the temperature dropped to 40 degrees below zero. Those quilts were pieced together with whatever odds and ends my mother could salvage from her meager resources. On quilting days, one of my favorite pastimes as a youngster was ironing scraps of percale cotton with a flat iron heated on the McClary wood stove. I then watched my mother sew them together into crazy quilts on her Singer treadle machine.

My other hobby is writing. I have authored nine books, the contents of which combine humor, nostalgia, and Christian inspiration. Feel welcome to visit my website.

Anna Branch (issue 10/2019)

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.

http://arkangelcreations.blogspot.com
www.arkangelcreations.org

Penny Brian (issue 2/2019)

I have only been quilting for five years, and like so many others, I started quilting when I retired and discovered I needed a diversion in my life.

My very first quilt was made for my daughter’s baby shower and as with most first quilts, it certainly was not perfect. But it hooked me to the craft and I have spent time learning as much as I could about quilting and trying to master the techniques involved. I have had plenty of opportunity to practice quilting as I have six children and sixteen grandchildren all of whom I have made at least one quilt for. I also make quilts for baby showers, wedding gifts, Christmas gifts, and birthday gifts for my friends and family to give to their friends and family. When I don’t have a specific recipient for a quilt, I donate the quilt to charity.

Barbara Douglas (issue 9/2019)

Barbara, quilt pattern designer, teacher/lecturer, art quilter and author, became a quilter at the age of 8 when her grandmother outfitted her with a cardboard template and pencil to begin her first nine-patch quilt. Over the years, she designed her own blocks and quilts for personal use and taught classes for the major fabric store where she was employed. After resigning from her long-term managerial position in 1999, she began her quilt pattern design company, Stone Cottage Designs. Though she teaches far and wide, her favorite teaching venue is in The Dungeon; her in-home studio space with its rock-lined walls and fireplace.

She shares her 76 year old stone cottage and a section of The Dungeon with her woodworking husband, Duane Douglas. Between the fabric and the wood, one can only imagine the amount of dust this old house generates. Barbara is also a mother of three and grandmother to six.

www.stonecottagequilts.com

Deanne Eisenman (issue 11/2018)

I began my pattern design company, Snuggles Quilts, in May of 2003. I have since successfully marketed my patterns to shops around the country from my home based business in Osage, Iowa. I have been quilting for almost 30 years and have been designing quilt patterns about that long. Those patterns range from pillows and table runners to wall hangings and lap quilts. My patterns are displayed at my shop on www.snugglesquilts.com.

My first book, Country-Fresh Quilts, was published by Martingale & Company in August 2008. In February 2011 my second book with Martingale, Scrap Quilts Go Country, was released. My third book, Blooming Patchwork, with Kansas City Star Books (now C&T Publishing), was released in July 2014 and is still available.

Working at home in my studio has been a dream come true. I love the entire process in developing a pattern. Seeing a project emerge from the initial drawings on graph paper to a finished quilt is what keeps my days interesting!

Valerie Franzese (issue 1/2019)

I have been a professional cellist, cello teacher, and artist my entire adult life. When I turned 60 (2010), I decided I’d better start working on my bucket list. I had never quilted, and making a quilt entirely by hand was on my list. I figured if I made a sampler quilt with half-pieced and half-appliqué 6" blocks that by the time I finished, I would have a good idea of how to make a quilt. I fell in love with quilting!!!

Barbara Gavlick Hartnett (issue 10/2019)

Ever since I was a child, I sewed, crocheted, embroidered, and made my own clothes. That’s when I found my love of textiles. As an art major, I added batik and weaving to my interests.

My career was spent designing embroidery, lace, and emblems for manufacturers and for over 30 years designing and constructing costumes in my own business Costumes by Barbara (which I retired from in March 2018).

Creating quilt designs are fun for me. I have been working on my designs for almost 40 years. My grandmother, my mother, and my aunts were all hand quilters. (I like to think I inherited that gene.) Although I learned to quilt by hand, I found myself more interested in the design, color, and construction of the quilt tops.

I enjoy seeing my designs come to life and I am always humbled when others appreciate my work. After decades of practice, I still feel like a novice.

Reeze L. Hanson (issue 8/2019)

Reeze Hanson is a prolific designer, entertaining speaker, and an award-winning teacher whose company, Morning Glory Designs, features an eclectic variety of whimsical florals and bold geometrics. Reeze teaches and lectures widely on one-patch quilt techniques that offer both traditional and modern methods geared toward the busy/working quilter. Her floral appliqué work features machine applique shortcuts and tips to make beautiful quilts in less time without sacrificing accuracy. She also teaches all levels of EQ8 quilt design software. A sewer, quilter, and custom dressmaker for more than 50 years and now a retired college professor, Reeze has lots of experience, wisdom, and humor to share.

www.morningglorydesigns.com

Vicki Holloway (issue 6/2019)

Vicki has been quilting with her mother since childhood. Her interest in quilting continued as she enjoyed her family’s collection of traditional quilts. She made her first quilt, a small, traditional wedding ring quilt, when she was expecting her first child.

In 2010 when Vicki was recuperating from an illness, her mother bought a long arm, and Vicki has been free motion quilting ever since! Her love of quilting has grown from blogging, designing, and longarming to always talking about quilting on her podcasts. She teaches both traditional and improv technique classes at her local quilt shop. She classifies her personal esthetic as “traditional fusion quilting”–it isn’t any one style! Over the years, she has made several quilts that were in magazines and quilt shows.

Vicki has two adult children and three grandchildren and has been married to her husband for 32 years. She resides in rural and snowy northern Michigan. The long winters are very conducive to making and using quilts!

Blog: www.mycreativecorner3.wordpress.com
Podcast: www.mycreativecorner3.podbean.com

Belinda Jones (issue 12/2018)

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 children’s 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 1/2019)

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:
www.conniekauffman.com
www.kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com

Judith Kennedy (issue 3/2019)

I started sewing at the age of 5 on a farm in Kansas. I watched my 10-year-old sister sew doll clothes on my mother’s 1910 treadle sewing machine. I made my first quilt at the age of 12, a Dresden plate pattern that my mother found in the newspaper to keep me busy for the summer. I started using flower sacks and scraps from my mother. With a long sewing history out of necessity and enjoyment in my family, I was hooked on sewing and quilts.

Off to college at 18, I graduated in 1978 from Wichita State University with my Physical Therapy Degree.

I continued to sew throughout the the years by tailoring clothing and making baby clothes for my daughter and son while I continued my career.

As my adoration for quilting progressed, I started buying patterns with an interest in early American quilt blocks, including a variety of stars, Log Cabin, Dresden Plate, and Grandmother’s Flower Garden. As I progressed with each design, I would alter the pattern to make it my own.

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Midge Kincaid (issue 4/2019)

Sewing and needlework have been part of my life since childhood, but it wasn’t until I attended my first guild meeting that the quilting bug got me. It’s been my passion since the 90s when I began with utility quilts. Since then, I’ve developed a sincere appreciation for the art of quilting, which encompasses countless mediums. I’ve never found just one thing to center down on. I love it all.

In 2010 my quilt, Elements of Change, was published in Ricky Tims’ book, Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts, after I attended his seminar. In September 2011 my article about that experience was published in The Quilt Pattern Magazine.

Over the years I’ve received numerous quilting awards, and most recently I’ve enjoyed teaching an occasional craft class through my Maze Stone Guild. In 2021, I will chair the philanthropy quilt project for Valley Quilters Guild. Proceeds from this endeavor will provide several scholarships for graduating high school students. The world of quilting is interesting and diverse, and for me it continues to hold fascination and a curiosity to try new things.

Lorie Lkeiner Eckert (issue 1/2019)

Lorie Kleiner Eckert makes quilts-with-words and symbols pieced (NOT appliqued) into the design. Usually her quilt letters are five inches tall and three inches wide, but sometimes the letters are half that size. For TQPM she has tried a new way to add words to quilts – using a topical application of buttons connected in dot-to-dot fashion.

Lorie’s quilts-with-words have been widely seen. She has three books in print and two of them are adult picture books illustrated with her quilts. The books are NOT pattern books. Instead, they are motivational books about having the courage to live life fully. She has also used her quilts as visual aids in motivational talks she has given to over 22,000 people in 11 states and to every sort of group from PTAs to Procter & Gamble, including, of course, quilt guilds. Lorie’s latest endeavor is to print her quilt designs on gorgeous giftware that she sells on Etsy.

To learn more about Lorie, please check out her website: www.loriekleinereckert.com and her Etsy shop: LorieKleinerEckert.Etsy.com.

Jaci Lawson (issue 9/2019)

When 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 friends.

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 embroidery designs.

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.

Nancy Noah (issue 10/2019)

Quilts have always been part of my life. As I grew up, handmade quilts were often the only blankets we had. Most of them were made to be "used and abused", although there were special quilts used only on the guest bed.

I started quilting in the early 1980s to relax from what was, at times, a high emotional energy vocation. I taught my first beginners’ quilting class in my local church and then at a local fabric store. I was asked to teach more techniques, and being very conscious of copyright laws, I designed quilts to illustrate those techniques, using verbal directions in the classes.

When asked for written directions for a pattern, I discovered pattern writing is not as easy as verbal and visual demonstration, so I began testing patterns to get a feel for writing them. Since then, I have discovered I enjoy the technical side of quilt making.

Veronica Norris (issue 6/2019)

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.

Kitty Pearl (issue 1/2019)

Kitty Pearl writes quilt stories, poems, and patterns. You can follow Pearl’s posts on her blog, Road Home Quilting.

Pearl’s first quilt book, 9 Lives: A Quilt’s Tale, is nine short stories telling the life of one quilt.

Pearl says, “I was always enamored of quilts, but I never believed I would have the skill level to create one. I still remember that magical day in 10th grade geometry class when I learned to bisect angles and divide squares into triangles. I thought, ‘This must be how quilts are built!’” Now Pearl enjoys sharing these practical math solutions with her quilting students.

Pearl also likes canning, which she learned from her Grandmother. So along with pattern design news, you’ll find original recipes on our Road Home Quilting blog. You can find Pearl’s ten original recipe jams at KittyPearlsEmporium.Etsy.com.

Did you know Road Home Quilting patterns are also available in wholesale sets for shops, fundraisers, workshops, and craft parties?

RoadHomeQuilting.blogspot.com

RoadHomeQuilting.Etsy.com

Victoria Rice (issue 9/2019)

I live in colorful Colorado. I am married with eight children, 21 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. My favorite pastime is sewing.

I have been quilting for over 40 years and love creating beautiful quilts. I never dreamed I would design a quilt pattern but when the opportunity came to create my own quilt, I took the plunge. I enjoy going to quilting retreats and spending time with other quilters. The shopping part of quilting is my favorite part. Choosing the right fabrics for a pattern is so much fun. I love to experiment with different fabrics and colors. There seems to be a shortage of time, though, for sewing and quilting all the projects I want to do. Happy quilting to all!

Rose Smith (issue 2/2019)

Rose was born in Zambia and moved to the United Kingdom in the seventies to attend university. When her three children flew the nest, she moved to Birmingham, UK, where she finds plenty of quilt inspiration.

She has sewn for most of her life, making all her own clothes as a teenager, but came to quilting much later in life. When she began quilting, she sometimes found the jargon and pattern instructions difficult to follow. This led her to set up a website, where she could provide beginner quilting tips and ideas in bite size chunks. Now through her website, she provides easy patterns for many different types of projects – bags, cushion and pillow covers, wall hangings as well as quilts of all sizes and designs.

www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk

Carol Sterns (issue 4/2019)

Carol Stearns is a professional Interior Decorator and owner of Decorating Den Interiors in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. During her 34-year career, she has received many awards and accolades. The Franchise Owner of the Year Award recognized her leadership in promoting positive changes in the company’s image and presence within the interior design industry.

Stearns’ design work has been recognized in the annual international Dream Room Contest. She has been published in numerous magazines, writes a monthly decorating article for the Northwest Florida Daily News, and is regularly interviewed by news reporters for input in the design field. In addition, she is retired from the United States Air Force Reserve having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Carol started her quilting passion in 2010 when she took a beginning quilting class at a local quilt shop. Since then, she has created and designed hundreds of quilts and bags, many donated for charitable purposes. Her creative design talents lend themselves well to selecting fabrics and colors for a quilt.

Her websites are www.decdens.com/cstearns and http://tealeafquilts.blogspot.com.

Jennifer Strauser (issue 8/2019)

Jennifer is a married mother of two sons - one in college and one in high school. She lives in New Jersey with her family and their two dogs. Jennifer is a professional longarm quilter working with a shop in Manhattan. She enjoys designing original quilts and keeps busy filling up sketch books with ideas.

The quilting bug bit her in 1999. Jennifer started watching "Simply Quilts" with Alex Anderson. Much like the TV show, she explored all kinds of techniques and styles. She loves everything about quilting: the feel of the fabric in her hands, the smell of fabric, watching the little pieces of fabric she cuts out turn into beautiful quilts. Creating texture through quilting makes Jennifer's heart sing.

Combining scrappy designs and using up stash are two of her all time favorite goals while quilting. She is always amazed that she can pull a whole quilt worth of fabric out of her bins and not make a dent in the scrap pile.

See more of Jennifer's quilts at her website, www.DizzyQuilter.com.

Donna Westerkamp (issue 10/2019)

Hello, my name is Donna Westerkamp and I am the mother of one daughter and five sons. I live in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

My career began with making cloth dolls for craft shows. I was also published on the cover of several major magazines for my original designs. Then, I freelanced my sewing and craft ideas with a team of designers for Ben Franklin Crafts magazine and Leewards Creative Craft stores (now Michaels).

As life got busy at home, I found quilting by hand was all I could do in doctor’s offices and on sports fields. I taught myself how to use the computer and became proficient in EQ.

I have been designing quilts for local quilt shops and Internet stores ever since. In 2008, I started my longarm quilting business and learned the art of free-motion quilting. I am a member of the Faithful Circle Quilt Guild and past President of Northern Illinois Longarm Guild.

Thank you for reading my story. Please visit my website for more information.

www.DonnaWesterkamp.com

Cinzia White(issue 7/2019)

Cinzia White has been quilting for over 30 years and has taught throughout Australia. She has published numerous patterns in most Australian patchwork magazines and some American.
Influenced by her mathematics teaching background, Cinzia enjoys designing traditional quilts based on geometric designs. With perseverance and a desire to explore new directions, she has created many award-winning quilts.

Cinzia enjoys working with colour and with no prearranged plan. She has a tendency to incorporate points and curves into her intricate patterns that alternate between two distinct styles: one scrappy and haphazard, the other involving intricate handwork.

It is through her love of handwork that the quilt Raconteur - The Storyteller’s Collection developed. It is this quilt that lead to the publication of The Storyteller’s Sampler Quilt by C&T.

Cinzia lives in Gerringong, NSW Australia. To learn more, visit her website, www.cinziawhite.com.

 

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