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Linda Anthony (issue 3/2018)

I received 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 quilts.

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.

Joan Ballard (issue 3/2018)

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 11/2017)

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 haven’t 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 2/2018)

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)

I grew 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 grandchildren’s graduation presents. My quilt label is “DonnaMiaMine.” I also really enjoy scrapbooking and genealogy.

Bev Crouse (issue 4/2017)

A third-generation 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 Bev’s 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 info@bevcrouse.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuiltersNet.

Donna D'Amelio (issue 11/2017)

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.

Carol Dockery (issue 1/2018)

I am the daughter of a Home Economics teacher and I've been sewing, quilting, and crafting my entire life. For over 25 years as a software professional, I squeezed my quilting passion into those few hours after dinner was done and before I collapsed for the night - hence my nickname, Quilter by Night.

I started converting years of handmade gifts into patterns and in 2009, Quilter by Night Designs was born. My mission is to promote the art of patchwork and quilting through all my designs and bring fun, unique, and useful patterns to quilters and sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels.

And, oh yes, I actually like to write patterns! I like to read, edit, and test them too!

Carol Dockery is the owner and designer behind Quilter by Night Designs. She lives in Los Altos, California with her two wonderful sons and very loving (and tolerant) husband.


Judy Duke (issue 12/2017)

hanks to my mother and my very supportive husband, I began quilting about 26 years ago. Later, I proclaimed that I would never do appliqué because it was too time consuming. Little did I know how wrong I was! After having enjoyed quilting as a hobby for two decades and using various techniques for piecing and appliqué, I decided to share my passion with others and opened Joyous Applique Designs in August of 2012.

I design both wool and fusible appliqué patterns that I use in teaching classes and guild program presentations.

My patterns can be purchased through my website, www.JoyousAppliqueDesigns.com, where you can also sign-up to receive a newsletter when new patterns become available.

Deanne Eisenman (issue 11/2017)

I began my pattern design company, Snuggles Quilts, in May 2003 and market it from my home in Osage, IA. I started quilting and designing patterns over 25 years ago. My patterns, ranging from pillows and table runners to wall hangings and lap quilts, are mostly seasonal, holiday, and scrappy.

Working at home in my studio has been a dream come true. I love the entire process of developing a pattern. Seeing a project emerge from the initial drawings keeps my days interesting. I’m lucky to have a great family support system in my husband Craig. Our late cat Snuggles was the company namesake and Addie now stars in my social media posts.

I teach classes at guilds and quilt shops based on needle-turn hand appliqué and wool appliqué. My first books, Country-Fresh Quilts and Scrap Quilts Go Country, were published by Martingale & Company in 2008 and 2011, respectively. My last book, Blooming Patchwork, published through Kansas City Star Books in 2014, is available through C&T Publishing.

All of my designs are showcased at www.snugglesquilts.com.

Valerie Franzese (issue 3/2018)

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!!!

Jen Frost (issue 8/2017)

Jen Frost 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 she’s 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 and Fabric.


Mary 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)

Dr. Reeze 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.

Sandra Healy (issue 1/2018)

I learned to sew as a child and have never stopped sewing since! After years of dressmaking, I made my first quilt when my eldest child was born, sewing one block each day while he took his nap!

For several years, I ran an online company designing and selling personalized pillows. Design was my true love however and in Autumn 2016 I launched my own patterns. My designs are usually quickish projects with a scrappy, whimsical feel.

You can check out my latest designs, tutorials, and blog at www.sandrahealydesigns.com.

Roschelle Heuberger (issue 7/2017)

Dr. Roschelle 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 10/2017)

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 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 2/2018)

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 1/2018)

I am 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 don’t make mistakes. So quilt on!

Jaci Lawson (issue 9/2017)

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.

Joanne Maner (issue 3/2018)

I started quilting in March 2006 when I joined a guild. In September of that year, I entered five quilts in our guild show and won my first blue ribbon. I started testing for TQPM in 2014 and love the entire process. Quilting is my passion; fabric and patterns, my inspiration.

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 Grandma’s quilts. It didn’t 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 11/2017)

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 3/2018)

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.


Karen Saari (issue 7/2017)

I’m a lover of all things textile, from quilts to garments, and from sweaters to ribbons. Learning to sew when I was 9 at my local 4-H Club set me on a journey which, so far, has no end. I was married to a wonderful man, who recently lost his battle with liver cancer. After that, I moved from MO to ID to be closer to my family. Between us, we have 7 children, and 15 grandchildren. I am working from home, as the Editor of this magazine, sewing doll clothes for a large company, and writing another book. I recently enrolled in a university online program where I’ll earn my BA in Creative Writing, hoping to further my writing career. I'm a quilt designer and I have learned couture sewing and patternmaking. I knit and crochet, and love to hit the thrift stores, yard sales and auctions looking for treasures of all kinds. I’m happy to be included on this journey with The Quilt Pattern Magazine.


Kim Schaefer (issue 9/2017)

Kim Schaefer 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 fun-to-make projects.

In addition to designing quilt patterns, Kim is a best selling author for C&T Publishing.

Kim’s 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 Kim’s entire collection of patterns, books, and fabrics. Little Quilt Company’s Facebook page has posts about new patterns, books, and fabrics and an occasional look at Kim’s latest work.

Tammy Silvers (issue 5/2017)

I’ve been quilting since 1991. I’ve 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.

I’m no different than most quilters. I enjoy working with almost any fabric. But I must confess—my 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.

Under the label Tamarinis, my designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, and Fons and Porter’s 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!!).



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