Meet Our Recent Contributors
Joan Ballard (issue 5/2019)
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
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 Quilters World
Alma Barkman (issue 11/2019)
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
Anna Branch (issue 2/2020)
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.
Barbara Douglas (issue
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.
Gavlick Hartnett (issue 2/2020)
since I was a child, I sewed, crocheted, embroidered, and
made my own clothes. Thats 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.
Vicki Holloway (issue 6/2019)
has been quilting with her mother since childhood. Her interest
in quilting continued as she enjoyed her familys collection
of traditional quilts. She made her first quilt, a small,
traditional wedding ring quilt, when she was expecting her
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
quiltingit isnt 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!
Connie Kaufman (issue 1/2020)
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:
Judith Kennedy (issue 3/2019)
sewing at the age of 5 on a farm in Kansas. I watched my 10-year-old
sister sew doll clothes on my mothers 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
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 Grandmothers Flower Garden. As I progressed
with each design, I would alter the pattern to make it my
Midge Kincaid (issue 1/2020)
and needlework have been part of my life since childhood,
but it wasnt until I attended my first guild meeting
that the quilting bug got me. Its been my passion since
the 90s when I began with utility quilts. Since then, Ive
developed a sincere appreciation for the art of quilting,
which encompasses countless mediums. Ive 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 Ive received
numerous quilting awards, and most recently Ive 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.
Jaci Lawson (issue 9/2019)
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.
Denise Mohler (issue 12/2019)
Denise started quilting in 2001 when
after some life changing events, she needed a hobby to keep
her busy. She went to a sewing machine dealer, and they happened
to be having classes. She stayed and watched for awhile, and
the teacher asked if she had ever quilted. Of course, Denise
said no. A few minutes later, the teacher sat her down in
front of a machine, gave her some instructions and fabric
swatches, and showed her how to put them together. Densie
made a 9-patch. Then she wanted to make more. She had an older
machine at the house but barely knew how to use it. A week
later she traded that old machine for a newer computerized
model. She was hooked! She kept taking classes and began feeling
more confident. Since then, Denise has made over 100 quilts.
Some have gone to charities and some to friends and family.
In June 2015, she subscribed to TQPM and became a tester
that August. "I love it!"
Nancy Noah (issue 10/2019)
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.
Victoria Rice (issue 9/2019)
in colorful Colorado. I am married with eight children, 21
grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. My favorite pastime
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!
Kathy Seaman Shaw (issue
Seaman Shaw began sewing in her pre-teens. No one taught her;
it was just something she wanted to do. So, she researched
and then just jumped in. That has become a constant repeat
throughout her stitching experience. Now, she is the family
seamstressor as she says, "Apparently the only person
who knows how to thread a needle in the family". Nothing
is too hard for her to attempt. Her most impressive accomplishments
include family wedding and christening gowns.
Wherever she has lived, she has shared
her knowledge and passion for the needle-arts by teaching
basic skills in sewing, crocheting, cross-stitch, ribbon embroidery,
beading, jewelry making, doll making, and quilting. She is
passionate about teaching and learning. Today, she continues
to nurture that love through her daily blog Shawkl Designs
where she shares current projects, tutorials, and free online
She is a prolific writer (books available
at Amazon and C&T Publications). She teaches primarily
within the southern United States and hosts an annual retreat
for her readers and students
Carol Sterns (issue
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 companys 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
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
Jennifer Strauser (issue
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.
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.
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
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 doctors 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.
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 Storytellers Collection
developed. It is this quilt that lead to the publication of
The Storytellers Sampler Quilt by C&T.
Cinzia lives in Gerringong, NSW Australia.
To learn more, visit her website, www.cinziawhite.com.
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