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Anna Branch (issue 2/2022)

Anna Branch is an avid quilter who, with her husband and little dog, is enjoying the benefits of country living. She has been a writer for many years and is currently being published in the Almaguin News and in Quilter's Connection Magazine. You can read more about her life in the maple bush on her blog. Anna also has a web site where you can see her patterns, get tutorials, and enter her contests.

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

Barbara Douglas (issue 2/2022)

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.

www.stonecottagequilts.com
www.etsy.com/shop/StoneCottageDesigns

Barbara Gavlick Hartnett (issue 2/2022)

Ever since I was a child, I sewed, crocheted, embroidered, and made my own clothes. That’s when I found my love of textiles. As an art major, I added batik and weaving to my interests.

My career was spent designing embroidery, lace, and emblems for manufacturers and for over 30 years designing and constructing costumes in my own business Costumes by Barbara (which I retired from in March 2018).

Creating quilt designs are fun for me. I have been working on my designs for almost 40 years. My grandmother, my mother, and my aunts were all hand quilters. (I like to think I inherited that gene.) Although I learned to quilt by hand, I found myself more interested in the design, color, and construction of the quilt tops.

I enjoy seeing my designs come to life and I am always humbled when others appreciate my work. After decades of practice, I still feel like a novice.

Belinda Jones (issue 4/2022)

Belinda Jones is an avid sewer, teacher, and reader. Her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother taught her different forms of handwork, and she has taught classes in smocking, shadow work, and embroidery.

Belinda received a sewing machine for Christmas during her junior high years and was soon making her own clothes and experimenting with quilting. After her marriage and move to south Louisiana, she began taking quilting classes and was soon begging her grandmother to teach her how to hand quilt. Today, Belinda makes quilts for family members and friends, enjoying the creative process as much as the finished product.

Connie Kaufman (issue 9/2022)

Connie is a quilter/designer/author living in Nappanee, Indiana. She has a love of color and design and enjoys creating a wide variety of projects. Many of her patterns appear in books and magazines. She has published 6 books: Piecefully Amish, 24 Kids Quilt Blocks, 24 Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam Quilt Blocks, The Scrap Savers Solution Book, Put Some Charm in Your Quilts, and Little Gems.

Visit her website and blog at:
www.conniekauffman.com
www.kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com

Jaci Lawson (issue 9/2022)

When I was 9 , I saw a knitted bikini in a magazine. I thought, “I can do that!” I've been creating ever since, and my projects tend to ensnare husband, family, and unsuspecting friends.

An art quilter from Dover, NH, I made my first quilt in 2009. My quilts have since been shown in local art exhibits, local and regional quilt shows, and a local craftsman outlet. I have also designed other craft projects, including a luggage tag design published in Quilts and More, Summer 2011, and have given demonstrations on art quilting techniques, fabric collage, and other art techniques, including a 3-D challenge at the Cocheco Quilt Guild Art Bee, of which I am a founding member. I am currently working with a partner to create Zentangle®-style embroidery designs.

My greatest achievement is living happily with the same husband for over 30 years, despite dragging him into every home and garden project I could dream up. He lives in fear of 5 words: “Honey, I have an idea!” We have 3 extraordinary daughters and 3 exceptional grandchildren. Truly, the Lord has been good to us and blessed our home.

Renette Opperman (issue 9/2022)

My name is Renette Opperman, and I am an Afrikaans-speaking South African. My husband, Danie, and I live and work on our cattle ranch in the northern rural part of South Africa near the small holiday town of Bela Bela. We have two adult children.

I have been a creative person since I can remember. Through the years, I have tried my hand at painting, sketching, crocheting, cross-stitch, blackwork, patchwork, and quilting. I really love the latter! I love all things vintage and quilting is the perfect way to create something with an air of yesteryear. My favourite techniques are appliqué and paper piecing. As a retired dentist, mirror images are no problem for me!

My quilting means a lot to me. It gives me a sense of achievement and something to look forward to every day. I have read somewhere that "a creative adult is a child that survived". I guess I am still a child who loves to create beautiful things to cherish.

Bonny Peters (issue 9/2022)

Bonny 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.

www.CatDenMountainQuilts.com

Stephanie Povey (issue 12/2021)

Stephanie has been sewing since she could hold a needle and has been quilting since the '80s. Before Covid-19, she taught sewing and quilting classes at the University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain, located in Mena, Arkansas.

In addition to teaching, Stephanie is an active member of her local quilt guild, the Nimble Thimble. Like everyone else, members have been social distancing since March of 2020 and are anxious to resume in-person meetings. The guild hosts an annual quilt show in the fall, and it is open to submissions from anyone, anywhere.

Nancy Scott (issue 11/2022)

Nancy Scott is the creative spirit behind Masterpiece Quilting and The Schoolhouse on Shackley.

She's an author, quilt pattern designer and teacher who loves being crafty. Growing up in a family of "makers", she's a proud DIY enthusiast. Her current favorites include sewing and quilting, refinishing antiques, chalk painting, and photography.

In 2006, she changed careers from the academia/corporate world and started Masterpiece Quilting LLC. In 2012, she submitted her first design to a magazine for publication. It was accepted, and her calling was found that day!

Since then, she has sold over 150 designs to publications and fabric companies in addition to publishing under her Masterpiece Quilting brand. Her patterns can be seen regularly in Quilter's World Magazine, The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Annie's quilting and craft books, Fons & Porter's Quick & Easy Quilts, McCall's Quilting, The Love of Quilting, and Exclusively Annie's.

She keeps busy designing modern-traditional quilts, writing books, teaching online classes for quilting and business, and honing her skills as a surface pattern designer.

Donna Westerkamp (issue 8/2022)

Hello, my name is Donna Westerkamp and I am the mother of one daughter and five sons. I live in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

My career began with making cloth dolls for craft shows. I was also published on the cover of several major magazines for my original designs. Then, I freelanced my sewing and craft ideas with a team of designers for Ben Franklin Crafts magazine and Leewards Creative Craft stores (now Michaels).

As life got busy at home, I found quilting by hand was all I could do in doctor’s offices and on sports fields. I taught myself how to use the computer and became proficient in EQ.

I have been designing quilts for local quilt shops and Internet stores ever since. In 2008, I started my longarm quilting business and learned the art of free-motion quilting. I am a member of the Faithful Circle Quilt Guild and past President of Northern Illinois Longarm Guild.

Thank you for reading my story. Please visit my website for more information.

www.DonnaWesterkamp.com

Cinzia White (issue 7/2022)

Cinzia White has been quilting for over 30 years and has taught throughout Australia. She has published numerous patterns in most Australian patchwork magazines and some American.
Influenced by her mathematics teaching background, Cinzia enjoys designing traditional quilts based on geometric designs. With perseverance and a desire to explore new directions, she has created many award-winning quilts.

Cinzia enjoys working with colour and with no prearranged plan. She has a tendency to incorporate points and curves into her intricate patterns that alternate between two distinct styles: one scrappy and haphazard, the other involving intricate handwork.

It is through her love of handwork that the quilt Raconteur - The Storyteller’s Collection developed. It is this quilt that lead to the publication of The Storyteller’s Sampler Quilt by C&T.

Cinzia lives in Gerringong, NSW Australia. To learn more, visit her website, www.cinziawhite.com.

 

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