Meet Our Staff
As a designer, teacher, speaker, consultant
and owner of her company, PURRFECT SPOTS, Nan
Baker strives to create unique and beautiful designs for quilting
and needlework enthusiasts.
Her designs have appeared in numerous
needlework catalogs, plus the Quilting Professional,
Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, The Quilt Pattern
Magazine, QuiltsandCreativity.com and
As an animal advocate, Nan promotes
animal disaster preparedness. As a former member of the Disaster
Animal Response Team for The Humane Society
of the United States, she created The CASEY
Plan (Caring for Animals Safely in Emergencies
during the Year) which is a nationwide program. She
has received several awards because of her efforts. A portion
of her sales is donated to animal disaster relief education.
With a degree in Health Care Marketing,
Nan establishes new and innovative programs for our readers.
One example is the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team.
Nan says her position with TQPM
is "purrfect" as quilting is good therapy, therefore
good for your health!
Editor in Chief
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
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
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
By the way, my house DOES have six
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.
Maria's fascination with quilts started
in first grade with stories about pioneers and their quilts.
She began quilting in 1985. In 2001, inspired by her husband's
art work, they became a design team: Maria Michaels
Their quilts have appeared in The
Quilt Pattern Magazine, Quiltmaker,
The Canadian Quilter, and Miniature Quilt
Ideas. They were interviewed for the article Couples
in the Quilt Business for The Professional Quilter.
Maria later wrote a two-part article for the magazine. Her
quilts have been shown at three International Quilt
Markets. She was invited to submit a quilt to the
juried show, Kindred Spaces as part of the celebration
of 100 Years of Anne of Green Gables in Charlottetown, Prince
Edward Island,Canada. Her quilt won third place. She is a
former elementary school and quilting teacher.
In 2005, realizing how difficult it
can be for quilters to find a venue to sell their work, she
created the website Quilts for Sale for that purpose. At last
count, it represents over 140 quilters.
Kari began needlework early through
knitting and crochet. Her first sewing project (age 6) was
a doll dress (donated back to the Salvation Army once clothed).
From ages 7 to 12, she embroidered a willow pattern tablecloth
as her first serious project and the only thing (other than
reading) she would sit still for. After completing a velvet
evening gown and vest for her orchestral performances, Kari
saw a Lone Star quilt pattern when she was 16.
Her love of stitching has taken her
to master counted thread, crewel, needlepoint, bobbin lace,
and tatting in addition to piecing and appliqué She
has created hundreds of pieces, many of which have won first
place ribbons. She enjoys teaching and has numerous ongoing
projects, not to mention a sizable stash that she refers to
as her "retirement plan"!
Cindy Mccoy, known to many as MsDesigns,
discovered the world of quilting in 1993. She created the
company CD Designs for the purpose of selling
her own appliqué patterns. In 1997, she fell in love
with English Paper Piecing. Her first finished project was
a gift to her mother - a king-sized Grandmother's Flower Garden
quilt. Cindy traveled around the USA doing quilt shows as
a vendor. She also taught Freezer Paper Appliqué and
English Paper Piecing at the shows. After about 5 years of
traveling, Cindy moved her company to the Internet. As an
experienced, professional web designer, she has created all
of her web sites.
Cindy is the CEO of The Quilt
Pattern Magazine which is her latest big adventure.
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.
I am honored and privileged to join
TQPM as part of my quilting adventure. Quilting has become
started sewing almost 50 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 30-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.
Roxana Whitner has been quilting
since 1982, but her life with four children took precedence
for a time. She returned to quilting about ten years ago and
has loved following the process from the design level to its
completion. Her goal is to always improve on her last quilt.
She is a retired English teacher,
Copy Editor, and Media Project Coordinator. She has also devoted
much of her life to volunteerism, primarily with the American
Heart Association where she was awarded a top award in 2014
for her commitment to heart health. She has quilted high-end,
auction items as continued support of the AHA.
She lives with her husband in Arkansas
where they own a small golf club business. She belongs to
her local quilt guild and the American Quilter's Society.
Her other interests include reading, sewing crafts, and watching
sports with her husband.
She welcomes the opportunity to work
with the staff of TQPM.
have been sewing practically all my life. I started quilting
in the late 70s when thin brown calicos were all the rage!
Things got busy for a while with jobs and careers, but in
the late 80s, I took it up again and immediately fell back
under the spell of patterns, fabric, and thread. These days,
I lean more toward hand applique and long arm machine quilting.
(I've even earned a national ribbon or two here and there.)
enjoy teaching others to hand applique, but I find that I
am my most creative when standing at my hand guided A-1 quilting
machine. Custom ruler work has become my favorite and I look
forward to honing my skills even more. I prefer to work on
my own projects and do not normally quilt for others outside
of charity projects.Every once in a while a dear friend will
tempt me with something challenging and I just can't say no.
These collaborations keep things fun and exciting for me.
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