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Crystal Facets , Barbara Douglas, utilizes Foundation Paper Piecing and traditional piecing to create the faceted block.

Catch a Falling Star was made and designed by Joy Cook using the block Merry Xmas (page 26), from C&T's book, The Storyteller's Sampler Quilt by Cinzia White.

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Alma Barkman (issue 11/2019)

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 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.

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

Barbara Chojnacki (issue 7/2020)

I have been stitching in one form or another for most of my life. After having dabbled in all types of embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and even bobbin lace, I discovered quilting and it stuck!

I began my own pattern company, Six Gables Designs, in 2005 and shortly thereafter became a founding member of the New England Quilt Designers Cooperative. In 2010, I created the Outside the Grid rulers, and I recently published my first book, Tidbits & Twiglets; Stash-busting strategies for creating quilts from five easy pieces.

I love working with scraps, especially other quilters' unwanted and unloved scraps. I can truly say I have never met a scrap I didn't like. The uglier the fabric, the more I want to play with it! I even hosted an ugly fabrics challenge on an online quilt group a while back.

I live in Westerly, Rhode Island and belong to guilds in Rhode Island and Connecticut. I teach locally and vend and demo at quilt shows throughout southern New England.

By the way, my house DOES have six gables!

www.sixgablesdesigns.com

Barbara Douglas (issue 2/2020)

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

Barbara Gavlick Hartnett (issue 4/2020)

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

Connie Kaufman (issue 5/2020)

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

Midge Kincaid (issue 1/2020)

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.

Jaci Lawson (issue 6/2020)

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.

Jane Lay (issue 7/2020)

I first got into quilting in Europe twenty years ago while my husband was posted to NATO. I learned from an international group of ladies and was hooked. I have always loved sewing and knitting, but quilting is my passion now. I especially love to do difficult piecing patterns but recently have branched out to appliqué.

Having a family full of engineers has had a huge influence on my quilting and has led to quilts with very intricate geometric designs. My daughter has often approached me with a suggestion from her mathematical background and away we go. I have been teaching locally for a few years and have just started designing. As a pattern tester, I have discovered how difficult it is to put pattern instructions down on paper. My mind races with new ideas and I look forward to designing more patterns in the future.

Joanne Maner (issue 6/2020)

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.

Denise Mohler (issue 3/2020)

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 7/2020)

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.

Victoria Rice (issue 4/2020)

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!

Kathy Seaman Shaw (issue 5/2020)

Kathy 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 (www.shawkl.com) where she shares current projects, tutorials, and free online classes.

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

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.

Amy Stirrup (issue 7/2020)

I've been a cross stitcher, crochet fan, knitter, and quilter as an escape from teaching elementary school for many years. I was a serious cross stitcher after retiring, but my primary focus shifted to quilting as therapy after my mother passed away. It has become a passion. I enjoy the designing, making, quilting, and especially the giving of myself through the quilting process.

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 2/2020)

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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