Meet Those Behind TQPM
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 annual TQPM Quilt Kitties Contest.
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
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! So when
Cindy asked me to join TQPM as the Pattern Editor,
I enthusiastically said, "Yes!" and I'm having a
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.
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.
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'm married to a wonderful man
who understands the need for a good stash for whatever craft
in which I'm currently immersed. Between us, we have 7 children
and 16 grandchildren. We live in Joplin, Missouri, where he
is the manager of a furniture store, and I stay home, homeschooling
our youngest and playing in the sewing room. I'm retired from
a career of quilt designing and online publishing for health
reasons. Currently, I spend my (nonworking) time making things
for my grandbabies, learning to make my own garment patterns,
couture sewing, quilting, and knitting lace. I'm happy to
be on this journey with The Quilt Pattern Magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
Allston (issue 2/2013)
Having retired in 2004 from
careers, first, in teaching mathematics, and last in management
and teaching of ICT (Information and Communications Technology)
in secondary school, I took up quilting after seeing a wholecloth
quilt being made. The geometric patterns and the sheer beauty
of the fabric with its highlights and shadows inspired me.
I enrolled in a local quilting class
in 2005 and was hooked. The creative side of quilting, with
the use of maths everywhere, the tactile aspect of the fabrics,
and the satisfaction when an item is completed, have taken
me to heights I had never anticipated.
I am now area representative for East
Sussex in The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles. I have
also just started up a Yahoo group for this organisation (members
only) and occasionally design projects and write articles
for the British version of Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
I organise coach trips from my local area to national quilt
shows here in the UK. When I do get time to sew, I find it
very relaxing as I have the Bernina Artista 630 with embroidery
module and Designer Plus software, which is another outlet
for my creative streak!
Barber (issue 5/2013)
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."
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!
Bassett (issue 11/2013)
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.
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
Anna Branch (issue 11/2013)
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.
Linda Carlson (issue 2/2013)
Carlson has been involved with quiltmaking since 1975. She
has written four books on 4-block quilts and celebratory/memorial
quilts. Linda loves teaching quilting classes, judging quilt
shows across the country and in international waters on quilt
cruises! Her students enjoy her sense of humor, flexible teaching
approach, patience, and ability to allow and encourage creativity.
Since 2006, she and twin sister Diana
Henage have designed four Grammie & Mimi's Baby
Geniuses! collections for Benartex, Inc. Watch
for Grammie & Mimi's Geniuses Go Wild! January
2013! Diana Henage has been teaching online for 5 years after
retiring from 27 years in the classroom as an Art, Elementary
and Gifted Education teacher. As the artist half of the Grammie
and Mimi fabric designs with Benartex, Diana uses inks, paints
and markers to bring their collaborative ideas to life. Her
love for high contrasting, bright colors and bold patterns
excites children, teens and adults alike.
web site: www.lindacarlsonquilts.com
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 www.quiltsforsale.ca
Cheryl A. Coville
Cheryl Coville is a designer/illustrator
living in rural Ontario, Canada. She has been producing her
own line of quilting/knitting patterns since 1993. Most of
these patterns are for wearable art. Being a bit of a rebel,
she also likes to think outside the box to develop new ways
of doing things. Fool-proof and labour-saving
are words she likes. As well, Cheryl is interested in story
telling through art quilting.
Be sure to plan a visit soon to the
Kingdom of Coco, http://grandmacocosdesigns.blogspot.com
where she and Grandma Coco explore their many interests .
. . quilting, knitting, drawing, beaded micro macramé
and cookie decorating, to name a few.
Judy Damon (issue 11/2012)
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 www.quiltopia.com.
Mary Kay Davis (issue
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 www.threadsonethefloor.com
Karen Dever (issue 12/2012)
Karens love of quilt history
has led her to become an AQS Certified quilt appraiser, but
she has been involved with quilting over the past 20 years
as a quilt designer, teacher and lecturer. I enjoy the
opportunity to view wonderful quilts from the past brought
across my appraisal table and to hear their stories, even
if it is only for a short while! I also enjoy viewing what
fabulous works of art the present-day quilters are creating.
Many of her pattern designs are inspired
by unusual block designs from her antique and vintage textiles
collection. She has had several designs published in McCalls,
For the Love of Quilting and Quilters
Currently, Karen is a member of many
guilds, professional quilt groups, and quilt study groups,
while finding time to work at The Village Quilter Quilt Shop
in Mt. Holly, NJ. Karen lectures to guilds on changes in our
quilting styles through the years, how to date our textiles
and the importance of appraisals.
Deanne Eisenman (issue
Deanne started her pattern design
company, Snuggles Quilts, in May of 2003. She
has since marketed her patterns from her home in Osage, Iowa,
to shops around the country. She has been quilting and designing
patterns for over 20 years. She enjoys designing seasonal
and holiday patterns as well as scrappy quilt patterns. Her
patterns range from pillows and table runners to wall hangings
and lap quilts. Her web site, www.snugglesquilts.com,
showcases all of her designs.
Deanne has taught many classes in
quilt shops and at guilds in Iowa. Her first book, Country-Fresh
Quilts, was published by Martingale & Company
in August of 2008. She has also had quilt patterns published
recently in Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting,
McCall's Quick Quilts, Quilter's World,
McCall's Quilting, The American Patchwork
and Quilting calendar for 2006 and 2009, and
in the APQ (Australian Patchwork and Quilting)
calendar for 2011. In February 2011, her second book with
Martingale, Country-Fresh Scrap Quilts, will
Deanne enjoys working in her home
studio, loves the entire process of developing patterns, and
believes there is no better way to spend a day. Her cat, Snuggles,
the company namesake, believes she owns every quilt sample
Linda Franz is an award-winning Canadian
quilter. You may recognize her from Simply Quilts with Alex
Anderson, or from her appearances on qnntv.com 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 www.lindafranz.com
and the All About Inklingo blog www.lindafranz.com/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
I never get tired of quilting quilts
for my customers. Every day involves a new quilt to machine
Chris Hammacott (issue 11/2013)
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 beginners
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 11/2013)
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.
Sally Anne Johnson (issue
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
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
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
Mary Marcotte (issue 4/2013)
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
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 www.fleurdelisquilts.blogspot.com.
Rochelle Martin (issue 11/2013)
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.
Cottage Quilt Designs
Susan-Claire Mayfield (issue
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.
Tutorials are available on www.GourmetQuilter.com.
For more downloadable patterns see www.gourmetquilter.com
For other exciting quilting products see www.susanclaire.com
Jo Moury (issue 5/2013)
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,
Maarika Neiland (issue
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.
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
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 www.QuiltyStuff.com/blog
Helen Stevens (issue
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.
Thomas (issue 2/2013)
born in 1954, the son of a Welsh coal miner and a Sunday School
teacher. I went to State Infant and Primary Schools. I gained
a place at Westfield College of London University and read
Pure Chemistry, graduating with Honours, and have a B.Sc.
in Pure Chemistry.
I spent a lot of time during my formative
years with my maternal great-grandmother. She owned a Singer
hand-operated sewing machine. Eventually, I was entrusted
with the 'powering of the machine'. My Gran would get the
sewing machine out, and I would become absorbed by the mechanics
of the machinery. I was, and still am, a lover of steam locomotives
and all things mechanical. I absorbed, quite unintentionally,
a basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine.
I love the great outdoors and whilst
hill-walking, fishing, and camping, spend as much time in
the open air as I can. For the past 18 years I have endeavoured
to give something back to society and have taught Science
at a State Comprehensive School.
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.
Get in touch with Marija any time:
FB page: www.facebook.com/MaraQuiltDesigns
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
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