Meet Our Recent Contributors
Anthony (issue 8/2018)
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
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)
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 4/2018)
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.
Anna Branch (issue 9/2018)
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 D'Amelio (issue
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.
Elizabeth DeMoo (issue
my name is Elisabeth DeMoo. I am a graphic designer by trade
with a degree in visual communications. I learned to sew when
I was 9 years old from my 4-H sewing leader, who is also my
mom. I started quilting in 1999, and ever since that first
quilt I have not been able to stop. I started my own blog
called brownbirddesings.com. There I strive to create fresh
and modern quilts by breaking apart techniques to show how
fun and easy quilting can be. I hope to inspire quilters at
every level. I try to cultivate our quilting community through
news, challenges, and giveaways.
Carol Dockery (issue
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
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
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
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.
Eisenman (issue 8/2018)
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!
Franzese (issue 9/2018)
I have been a professional cellist,
cello teacher, and artist my entire adult life. When I turned
60 (2010), I decided Id 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!!!
Sandra Healy (issue 1/2018)
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
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.
Jeanne Hewell-Chambers (issue
and torn frilly little girl dresses; gloves and aprons; and
cloth and clothing received from those who just dont
know what to do with them bring Jeanne Hewell-Chambers to
tears. Rescuing other womens unfinished textile projects,
wearing skirts that flit and earrings that dangle, and seeing
what others have created from cloth makes her smile. Southern
to the bone, she lives and breathes, attracts and collects,
sees and senses stories. She writes them - witnesses them
- performs them - and stitches them.
Big, fat, crazy ideas are no stranger
to Jeanne, and shes been known to whip out a pen and
give her ideas to fictional women to see too. This time, however,
Jeanne chose to push her own sleeves up and breath the big,
fat, crazy idea called The 70273 Project into life,
and oh my goodness, what a life-changing, astonishing experience
it has been. www.The70273Project.org
Belinda Jones (issue 9/2018)
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 childrens 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 9/2018)
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:
Sharon Kirkpatrick (issue 12/2017)
Ive sewn since I was 6, and
quilted for about 30 years. I taught quilting for over 20
of those years. One of my classes was designed to teach quilting
to those who had never sewn. It is a challenge to try to explain
why a seam allowance is needed! For my classes, I designed
patterns to help with teaching new and different techniques,
as well as to instill a knowledge of how quilting began, and
some of the history of the craft.
While with the QuiltDesigners group
on Yahoo, I became aware of the need for a good pattern-testing
community to support and complement designing. Thats
how the QuiltPatternTester group, which has been mentioned
in Quilters Home Magazine, came into being
in 2005, and grew from a few quilting teachers and designers
to over 250 members, producing new designers along the way.
I am really excited about this ezine,
which represents the best of hi-tech blending with a craft
that dates back to before King Menes. Quilters are great at
blending the two.
Selina Kuyp (issue 1/2018)
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 dont make mistakes.
So quilt on!
Jaci Lawson (issue 9/2018)
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.
is Valerie Le Pont, and I have been married to Jean Le Pont
for 47 years. We have two daughters, seven grandchildren,
and one precious great granddaughter, Paisley. We have lived
in Derby, KS, since 1986 when my husband retired from the
Air Force after 20 years.
I have been sewing since I was 12
years old. I made all my clothes when I was in school. After
our marriage, I began making new lines of clothes - maternity
clothes and then baby clothes. Having daughters, there were
then prom dresses and wedding gowns.
I started quilting in 1992. A friend
and I took a class together and it started us on a whole new
adventure. We quilted together for over 20 years. We were
each others critic yet still best friends. After she
passed away, Peggys Angels was formed and all quilts
were donated to charitable causes. Now I quilt for great grandchildren.
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.
Isobel Meekins (issue
I have enjoyed sewing and doing other
crafts since childhood. In 1993, I caught the quilting bug
and have been addicted ever since. After over 10 years as
a middle school special education teacher, I moved on to teaching
quilting classes for local and state quilt guilds, numerous
quilt shops, and the Newport News Department of Parks and
Recreation in Newport News, Virginia. In addition to teaching,
I write my own simple-to-follow quilt patterns, organize quilting
events and trips including an annual quilt retreat in Capon
Springs, West Virginia, and work for various quilting vendors
and pattern designers. My motto is, "Quilting should
be fun and relaxing!"
Veronica Norris (issue 8/2018)
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 5/2018)
Pearl writes quilt stories, poems, and patterns. You can follow
Pearls posts on her blog, Road Home Quilting.
Pearls first quilt book, 9
Lives: A Quilts 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, youll find original recipes on our Road Home
Quilting blog. You can find Pearls 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?
Bonny Peters (issue 8/2018)
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 6/2018)
Im 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 Ill 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. Im happy to be included on this journey with
The Quilt Pattern Magazine.
Nancy Scott (issue
Im an author, designer, and
teacher who loves being crafty. Growing up in a family of
makers, Im a proud DIY / MIY enthusiast.
My current favorites include sewing and quilting, refinishing
antiques, chalk painting, and photography. In 2006, I changed
careers from the academia / corporate world and started my
business Masterpiece Quilting, LLC where I was
a sales representative and certified trainer for Gammill /
Statler. My business evolved to specialize in long-arm quilting,
show quilts, and custom-made memory quilts.
In 2012, I submitted my first
design to a magazine for publication. It was accepted and
my calling was found that day! Since then, I have sold over
50 designs to publications and fabric companies. Ive
established myself as a leading author and instructor for
creating with sentimental textiles through my top-selling
book T-shirts, Memories & More along with
DVDs on T-shirt quilting and restyling vintage quilts.
Right now Im working on another book and launching my
own line of quilt patterns.
Noémi Sziva (issue
I live with my family in Budapest.
I am currently in high school. I love reading and drawing.
(I even had drawing and painting classes when I was younger.)
I have never sewn although I often help my mother with choosing
colors for her quilts. Once I started to sketch a series of
planets with personalities. (When I was younger, I was very
interested in space and planets and used the knowledge to
create personalities for the design.) Some of them have too
many details, but others can be sewn. Plútó
was one of them.
Zsuzsanna Sziva (issue
I started quilting in 2013 when I
took a class in the heat of the moment. I was hooked immediately.
In 2016 I bumped into the possibility of testing for TQPM.
I love the inspiring and encouraging community around this
magazine. While I tested a couple of patterns for TQPM,
I sewed many other patterns too. Usually I modified them slightly
following my own ideas. Maybe these were the first steps of
designing a pattern. The other inspiration was seeing my daughters
drawings about planets. Some of them are really great for
appliqué. I chose Plútó and his friends
as a base of my first pattern. I live in Budapest (Hungary)
with my supportive husband and two wonderful kids.
Jennifer Varney (issue
started her journey into quilting in 2004 and credits her
mother-in-law for urging her into the hobby since Jennifer
liked looking at her mother-in-laws quilts and fabric
stash. The elder Mrs. Varney bought Jennifer a four-week introduction
to quilting class at a quilt shop for her birthday, and the
flame was lit! By the time her first quilt was pieced, Jennifer
was already planning fabrics for her next quilt. She was never
shy in deviating from printed patterns and was soon mixing
elements of one pattern or block with another. Jennifer entered
a quilt in the 2008 Maine Quilt Show and immediately was contacted
by an interested buyer. She lamented the decision for a day
before deciding to sell it. Her husband assured her that she
could make another quilt even prettier. Since then, Jennifer
has earned one first place ribbon and two second place ribbons
in her local quilt show and has made scores of quilts to give
away, sell, and use at home.
Jennifer lives in New Hampshire with
her husband and son.
She opened an Etsy shop in 2011. www.etsy.com/shop/PeachPalaceDesigns
Shari Williams (issue
inheriting my mothers sewing machine in 2000, I taught
myself to sew. Inspired by my grandmothers star quilt
and kaleidoscopes, I used graph paper to draw patterns. I
have designed, sewn, and sold over 500 quilts on Ebay (SewCrafty-2008)
Being self taught, I consider myself
an amateur in designing easy quilt patterns.
In addition to The Quilt Pattern
Magazine, I have been or will be featured in McCalls
Quilting November 2017, Quiltmakers 100 Blocks
- Volume 16, American Quilter July 2018, and
Modern Patchwork September 2018.
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