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Nan Baker
Marketing Director

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, and on

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!

Barbara Chojnacki
Editor in Chief

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!

Carol Dockery
Pattern Editor

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! So when Cindy asked me to join TQPM as the Pattern Editor, I enthusiastically said, "Yes!" and I'm having a great time!

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.

Barbara Douglas
Copy Editor

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.

Karen Gass

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.

Maria Hrabovsky

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 Designs.

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.

Sharon Kirkpatrick
Article Editor

I’ve 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. That’s how the QuiltPatternTester group, which has been mentioned in Quilter’s 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.

Cindy Mccoy

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.

Isobel Meekins
Copy Editor

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!"

Recent Contributors

Donnely Barber (issue 2/2014)

I have been working with fibers of some kind since I was 4 years old. Thanks to my grandmothers, I learned to love fibers and to be creative. Grams bought me my first sewing machine when I was 5. It was a Betsy McCall chain stitch. I fell in love with sewing. She also taught me that it was all right to be a free-to-be-me kind of artist.

While the rest of my family were musicians, I was the lone artist. One of the most important goals I have had in my life is to share and pass on the knowledge of creating. I was gifted with a wonderful talent; to keep it to myself would be selfish.

Life has not been easy. When you find that you are a survivor, you want to live your life to the fullest. Creating has been a lifeline for me.

To my great-nephew, who passed from this life way too soon, I dedicate my favorite saying, "Cherish the laughter of a child, for it is the sound of the stars."

Janet Barker (issue 10/2013)

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!

Joan Bassett (issue 4/2014)

Joan has been designing quilts since 2005 and teaching quilting since 1998. She has had a number of patterns published in major magazines and her first quilt book, One Unit Mystery was published by QuiltWoman in 2010.

Joan finds it difficult to choose her first love in quilting, but thinks it is designing and taking a pattern from paper to the finished product. She finds great satisfaction in seeing the results. She prefers piecing to appliqué and favors small projects, such as table runners and wall quilts. Changing a traditional block at times is another rewarding challenge for Joan. She loves teaching quilting and presenting lectures. She says, “To pass on the knowledge of quilting is a passion and pure joy.”

Inge Baum (issue 6/2013)

Inge has been quilting since 1996. Her favourite aspects of quilting are hand appliqué and hand quilting, and she has won several prizes for both. Excellence for Bed Quilts is just one of those prizes which was awarded her at the National Juried Show in Waterloo, Ontario, in 2005. Inge uses the highest quality fabrics for all of her quilts and her work is of the highest quality, too. She enjoys designing and creates many original, appealing designs.

Inge sells her quilts on Quilts for Sale.

Anna Branch (issue 4/2014)

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.

Angele Comeau (issue 6/2013)

I was raised in New Brunswick and had a love of sewing from an early age. I started out sewing doll clothes but when I got older I was inspired by quilts I saw from neighborhood ladies. I finished my first quilt at age 14. It was a twin size for my bed. Others saw my quilt and encouraged me to make more. I would work to clean houses and when I saved $1.00, I would purchase fabric from the corner store, 1 yard for $0.10. I have just begun selling my quilts, but for many years have made quilts for family and friends.

Angele sells her quilts on Quilts for Sale at

Judy Damon (issue 2/2014)

Sewing has been a part of Judy's life for as long as she can remember. It includes everything from clothing to home decorating to industrial sewing jobs. But after taking up quilting in the 1980's, all other types of sewing took a back seat.

In 1999, Judy left a job in the software industry, and opened Quiltopia in Hollis, NH. “Owning a quilt shop was a fantastic way to turn my love of fabric into a career. Being surrounded by creative people and colorful projects is simply the best!”

She began teaching quilting classes there and at local shops, and continues teaching in her own studio since closing the retail store in 2006.

Judabelle Quilts is the latest excursion in her sewing journey. Designing quilt patterns combines her love of color and fabric with her talents as a quilter and experience as a technical writer.

To learn more about Judy and Judabelle Quilts, visit

Mary Kay Davis (issue 4/2014)

I began sewing as a child. Like everyone else, I made clothes for my dolls. My mother had me take a few sewing lessons and eventually, I ended up making her clothes. My mother was a smart woman.

I began quilting around 1996 when I walked into our local quilt shop and signed up for a 'quilt-as-you-go' class. I haven't stopped quilting since. I now work at that quilt shop, belong to my local quilt guild, work for a quilting website, and design patterns for fabric manufacturers and my own company, Threads on the Floor. I love to enter quilt contests and have won a few ribbons. I also love attending quilt shows. I have a wonderful husband and two great boys who have, on occasion, accompanied me on Shop Hop. I have a silly black Labrador, too.

Visit Mary Kay at

Monique Dillard (issue 4/2014)

Monique Dillard of Rockford, Illinois, was born in Manitoba, Canada. Her love of quilting was nurtured by relatives in Canada who taught her the art of handwork and sewing. She parlayed her degree in mathematics into a genuine understanding of the need for an accurate 1/4” seam, squared blocks and precise cutting. She taught at her local quilt shop for 15 years until her budding quilt design business, Open Gate, steered her career toward a national audience. Monique teaches across the United States at quilt guilds and weekend retreats. Her classes always fill up fast with fans from previous classes and students eager to learn from this talented designer.

Monique has 93 Open Gate patterns and 6 rulers: Fit to be Square©, Fit to be Geese©, Mini Fit to be Geese©, Fit to be Quarter© Fit to be Quarter 2.5©, Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion©. She has written 3 books with C&T Publishing: Fat Quarter Winners, Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts, and Diamond Traditions.

Kris Driessen (issue 12/2013)

Kris Driessen is a quilt shop owner and the designer for PhoebeMoon Designs. She has been creating traditional quilt patterns and online mysteries since 1996.

PhoebeMoon Designs patterns are original designs for quilters who enjoy the creative journey. Many teach new techniques, or offer practice with specialty rulers. These patterns have full color illustrations with clear, easy-to-follow instructions making it easy to learn new techniques while creating spectacular quilts. Beginning quilters will love the step-by-step instructions. Seasoned quilters can challenge themselves by experimenting with new and interesting ideas.

Phoebe Moon Quilt Designs patterns were named for the brightest and most inventive of all the goddesses in Greek mythology. We hope they will inspire the creative goddess in you!

Visit the Phoebe Moon Quilt Designs website at

Linda Franz (issue 10/2013)

Linda Franz is an award-winning Canadian quilter. You may recognize her from Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson, or from her appearances on Her first hand-pieced bed quilt won a First Place ribbon at the AQS show in Paducah, among other awards. Linda has taught in Canada and the US, including at the AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky.

Linda has a BA in English Literature and graduated from the University of Toronto Law School with an LLB. She started her first quilting web site in 1998, and self-published two Quilted Diamonds books and DVDs in 2002 and 2004. Her famous directions for a scalloped binding have been available free online for over ten years.

Linda has been on the leading edge with her self-published CDs, DVDs, books-on-CD, downloadable books, and books, but Inklingo (US Patent 7,814,832) is her proudest achievement. Her love of hand piecing inspired her to invent Inklingo, but its most profound effect will ultimately be on the way quilters machine piece and appliqué.

Linda is introducing new Inklingo shape collections as quickly as she can, responding to requests from designers and quilters in at least 60 different countries. For more about Linda visit and the All About Inklingo blog

Virginia Gore (cover)

I've owned my own fabric shop and I have also worked and managed other quilt shops.

I've taught machine quilting for about 15 years. For the past 7 years, I have been semi-retired, spending my time working from home in my quilting room on a Gammell Optimum. Everything I do is freelanced, inspired from my imagination, designs on fabric, and a collectionof quilting design books I've collected for over 20 years.

I was active in my local and state quilt guilds and involved in many quilt shows and classes. For many years, quilt piecing was my 1st love, but now machine and longarm quilting is my 1st love and piecing is now my 2nd.

I never get tired of quilting quilts for my customers. Every day involves a new quilt to machine quilt.

Chris Hammacott (issue 4/2014)

My whole life has been enriched by textiles. I trained and worked as a weaver for years; taught spinning and natural dyeing long before they gained their green credentials. The love of cloth led me to embroidery and stumpwork, the 17th century raised embroidery that offers so much potential for humour and detail.

Eventually, I found patchwork and felt at home. I included collecting old quilts with making useful, decorative items. Designing for magazines seemed a natural step. Creating different projects is great fun, and I hope readers like my designs. Even better, I hope they feel able to adapt them and make them their own.

I love to teach through my own distance learning, City & Guilds Centre, and also beginner’s classes, Guild and Group workshops, and master classes. In teaching, I can set a student off on an exciting journey. It is wonderful to see a beginner master a technique or a block, and see a more experienced patchworker learn another way of approaching a technique. I try not to take myself too seriously and my workshop here in West Wales is a riot of fabrics, threads, strong tea, Bruce Springsteen and, of course, Pearl and Precious, my Pugs.

Reeze Hanson (issue 4/2014)

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 3/2014)

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.

Michele Hill (issue 4/2014)

I was introduced to the wonderful world of quilting in the late 1980's when I was looking for a diversion from my role of motherhood and part-time nursing – the rest as they say is history! This hobby has led me to amazing opportunities that I never expected and it is through my love of applique and William Morris that most of this came about. In 2009 I retired from 35 years of nursing and took up a 'new career' - to keep the “genius of Morris alive”.

Opportunities to share my passion have resulted in writing two books and designing three ranges of Morris inspired fabrics. I have been a proud member of the Quilters' Guild of South Australia for over 20 years and have had the honour and thrill of winning awards at our shows, including Best of Show four times.

My main love is machine applique – piecing and precision are not my strengths! More recently I have added hand embroidery and beading to my quilts. All these skills I share in my workshops.

Sally Anne Johnson (issue 4/2013)

My name is Sally Anne Johnson, and I have lived here on Cape Cod in Massachusetts since 1974. I have sewn since I was a young girl, and love when I can sit down and just create. In 2010, I left my

high-powered, and very stressful position as a corporate health consultant for a local nursing home. Then, I chose to work as a private-duty nurse. It was a life-changing experience to have so much time on my hands. This is when I taught myself to quilt. I find quilting to be very therapeutic, and creating items of such beauty gives me a sense of accomplishment.

You can see more of my quilt projects at or see me on Facebook and Twitter.

Jane Lay (issue 6/2013)

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 own 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.

Mary Marcotte (issue 4/2013)

I am a school librarian and teacher, so my quilting must take a back seat to work. However, I have the most wonderful, supportive husband who encourages and appreciates my sewing and quilting by giving me fabulous gifts: a serger, Bernina, and an Innova longarm machine.

Some of my earliest memories include sewing on my grandmother's treadle machine and making doll clothes with my mom's scraps. By high school, I was sewing some of my own clothing, and when our sons were little, I made theirs as well.

I made my first quilt 32 years ago by piecing my sons' receiving blankets together for backing and found my passion. Today I enjoy designing, piecing, quilting, and every other aspect of quilting. I switch between traditional, modern, stained glass and my own designs. I've begun writing patterns and found it rewarding. I hope to begin selling patterns in the near future. I also keep a blog to record my sewing, writing, and quilting adventures. It can be found at

Rochelle Martin (issue 2/2014)

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. She has coauthored a book with her daughter, Laura Day, titled Strangled by Wild Geese in 2010. The book contained 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.

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Susan-Claire Mayfield (issue 6/2013)

I have been a quilter for over 30 years and a sewer for most of my life. I was blessed with a mother who understood my need to create. She taught me to knit and sew. During my boarding school holidays, I was allowed to use her sewing machine. I gathered all sorts of things (leaves, plastic, etc.) and stitched with great enthusiasm! The machine had to be serviced at the beginning of each term so that she could use it again!

Later, when friends started having babies, I began making quilts as gifts. There were very few books, courses, or fabrics available at that stage, so I made it up as I went along and used whatever materials were at hand. My childhood included travelling overseas, so I was exposed to the many colours and designs of different cultures.

I enjoy quilt designing. I love the many fabrics to choose from, the tools, and the endless design possibilities. My imagination can run wild!

I now run an online business from my home in New Zealand, the wonderful Toad Hall, which is set on 3 acres of land, and love every minute of it.

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Jo Moury (issue 4/2014)

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.

Maarika Neiland (issue 7/2013)

I am originally from Estonia. My husband and I moved to the U.S. in 2008. I love to sew and have been sewing since I was 13 years old. I was always interested in designing something of my own - something nobody had done before - by changing and altering patterns. I began my new job in a quilting shop and that is where I learned to quilt. My coworkers helped me a lot, and it opened a brand-new world of colors, beautiful hand-printed fabrics, and fun prints. I absolutely love art and have an art school background, so am always in search of something new. Like all quilters, while working on one project, I am already thinking about the next project. It is so inspiring for me to see new fabric prints. I love to be creative and I especially enjoy landscape quilting. I like mixing traditional quilting techniques with modern, fun prints. It is a great way to keep traditions current.

Michelle Sargent (issue 11/2013)

Sewing is one of those things I just sort of absorbed growing up. I don't remember actually making anything, but my mom and grandmothers were all very talented sewing women. I believe I learned a lot from them just by watching and being around the sewing.

I started quilting over 20 years ago. I modified the pattern on my very first project and have never been good at following directions exactly. I always change things just a bit to make it mine. I have had patterns published in Country Woman Magazine, Miniature Quilts Magazine, and an article in Quilting Arts Magazine.

I decided to open my own pattern publishing company, Quilty Stuff, after working in a local quilt shop. I love teaching quilting to others, and I love designing quilts. I enjoy all aspects of quilting from hand quilting to machine quilting, to traditional, to modern, to crazy quilting. You can follow my quilting adventures at

Helen Stevens (issue 9/2013)

Helen was born in Williamson, West Virginia and educated at Smith College, where she studied, among other things, art and writing.

Helen has a long and deep-seated involvement with sewing. She stitched her first dress at age 14, and her first job was working as a seamstress. She has turned her talents towards quilt-making, as well as sewing garments.

In recent years, she has taken up photography, and has become a local success in her hometown. She is very well-versed in the elements of photography and knows how to make her photos look their best using Photoshop, and other photo editors.

Marija Vujcic (issue 8/2013)

Marija started sewing when she was 10 years old, mostly making doll's clothes, then her own and even some for the family. Interestingly, even then she always collected way more fabric than she needed. In 1992, Marija and her family immigrated to Buffalo, NY, from war-torn Yugoslavia, for brighter opportunities for her children, her work (cancer research) and a peaceful life. It wasn't until she moved to America that she saw her first quilt!

A colleague from work, now her best friend and quilting buddy, introduced Marija to quilting in 1994. The creative part of her soul finally found a home. She finally understood the reason behind her fabric collecting. Beautiful quilts, antique and contemporary, were such an inspiration as she fell in love with the amazing language of color and endless possibilities a simple pattern can make. Inspiration and new designs are constantly in her head, so it feels wonderful now to have an opportunity to share them with other quilters. Teaching others and designing new patterns is a pure joy that Marija is truly grateful for every day.

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Julyn Watkins (cover)

Julyn enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, photography, quilting, reading, horseback riding, yoga, and spending time with her family. She began quilting in 2004. Julyn decided it was time to learn something new and get away for some much needed ‘girl’ time. She purchased fabric, supplies, a quilt book, and registered for a local quilting retreat weekend. She is so thankful she did, because this is when and where she fell in love with quilting! She loves the peacefulness she feels while creating beautiful quilts, the proud moments when her quilts are finished, and the enjoyment felt every time she walks into a room where homemade ‘art’ is neatly displayed. Like all quilters, she wishes there were more hours in the day to devote to all of the projects she has stashed away. Julyn is so thankful for the simple joy quilting brings to her life, and most of all she is thankful to have a gift she is able to share with others.


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