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Linda Anthony (issue 11/2016)

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.

Janet Barker (issue 6/2016)

I first took a quilting class in the late 1970's, but I did not enjoy the template and scissors method, so quilting did not “take”. My millennium New Year's resolution was to use up all of my fabric left over from making kids' clothing. That year I made over 50 gift bags for friends and relatives. I decided to appliqué the bags as decoration. The appliqué books are in the quilting section of the library. I was soon hooked, and, of course, I now have more fabric than I ever owned while sewing kids' clothes! Ironically, appliqué is my least favourite form of quilting.

I have been designing almost as long as I have been quilting. I am always analyzing quilts, looking at different methods of construction or colouring. In 2011, I started publishing my patterns. I sell online, at local quilt stores and through trunk shows to guilds. My customers and students have been very happy with their results.

I have an engineering degree and worked as a geophysicist in Calgary for thirty years. Colour plays a huge role in geophysical pattern recognition. Perhaps that is why I love the geometry and colour of quilting!

Anna Branch (issue 3/2017)

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)

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 or on Facebook at

Donna D'Amelio (issue 2/2017)

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.

Tina Dillard (issue 10/2016)

Tina’s 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.

Debra Doherty (issue 9/2016)

I have been sewing since I was 15 and quilting since 1998. My grandmother was a hand-piecer and hand-quilter. I have many memories of watching her and her quilting bee around the quilting frame, talking and laughing. I love making quilts, wall hangings, and home decor. My favorite type of quilting is appliqué. I love the more whimsical side of quilting designs, which is obvious in many of my projects. My husband and I have 9 grandchildren, so baby quilts are a specialty!

Reeze Hanson (issue 4/2017)

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.

Tammy Harrison (issue 7/2016)

I read the saying 30 years ago, "When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love.”

I was hooked before even learning to quilt. You see, I was orphaned when I was 11 and lived in 5 different foster homes without my siblings, never really feeling at home or loved in any of them. I knew that if I could make a quilt that would give someone a feeling of love, that's what I needed to do - something they could hopefully take with them no matter where they lived.

I quilt, I design quilts, I sleep with quilts, and I love quilts. I work very hard to keep my assignment quilting (magazines, commissioned quilts, etc.) interspersed with my charity quilting - continuing to supply quilts to kids in need and families who are sick and/or grieving. My family endures my obsession, as only a loving family can.

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 4/2017)

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 1/2017)

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.

Krisi Lehane (issue 5/2016)

I am a military spouse who took up quilting as a hobby to stay busy when my husband and children are at work and school. We have moved around every two to four years for the last fifteen years and I took up quilting to stay busy. I am an amateur quilter who has taught myself through blogs, books, YouTube videos, and trial and error. Last August of 2014, I decided to try to make my niece a quilt that required the technique of paper piecing. After learning the technique and seeing other patterns out there, I decided to start making my own patterns. In March of this year, I decided to start making my own patterns and thought it would be fun to use pictures I have taken for the patterns. May 1, 2015 my sister-in-law (Jennifer Griffith) and I opened up an online shop on Etsy called Peach Blossom Patterns to sell our patterns.

Rochelle Martin (issue 9/2016)

Rochelle Martin has been quilting for over 20 years and has owned Cottage Quilt Designs since 2005. She has been published in magazines and books by DRG. In 2010, Rochelle coauthored the book Strangled by Wild Geese, with her daughter Laura Day. The book contains a quilt mystery written by Laura and 10 quilt projects using Flying Geese segments by Rochelle. Her latest book, Man Cave Quilts, containing seven quilts for men, was recently published by Leisure Arts.

Cottage Quilt Designs

Kathy McNeil (issue 8/2016)

Kathy McNeil is an internationally-known, award-winning quilt artist, judge, author and teacher. Sewing thousands of little scraps of fabric together by hand, she creates quilts that look like paintings. Her pictorial quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars and international shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections.

You can find out more about Kathy’s art quilts at -

Carol Milne and Angie Maddaleni (issue 12/2016)

Angie 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 so love.”

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, Jerry.

Lisa Muilenburg (issue 2/2017)

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.

Bonny Peters (issue 4/2017)

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.

Mary Warner-Stone (issue 3/2017)

As a self-taught applique artist, Mary has been creating applique quilts and original designs for twenty years. Her first love was hand applique, but then learned amazing machine applique 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.

Visit Mary Warner-Stone Designs

Marilyn Strowmatt (issue 10/2016)

Having 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 start.

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, and organizations.

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 husband’s 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

Mary Warner-Stone (issue 12/2016)

As a 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.


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