Meet Our Recent Contributors
Joan Bassett (issue 5/2023)
lives in Oregon where she loves designing and creating quilts.
Over the last 30 years, shes designed and marketed nineteen
quilt patterns. For free patterns and more, visit her blog
RaeLyn Booth (issue 2/2023)
Boothe (known as RB online) was raised by a quilter who was
raised by a quilter who was raised by a quilter. However,
she didn't embrace quilting until she was about to become
a grandmother for the first time. Five years and six grandchildren
later, quilting has become a passion she enjoys every day.
RaeLyn lives in the beautiful mountains
of Utah with her very supportive husband Bryan, two old cats,
a big, silly golden-doodle puppy, and a couple of goldfish.
In addition to grandkids, quilting, and blogging, she enjoys
board games and puzzles of all kinds. She believes there isn't
much wrong that a nap and a Diet Pepsi can't fix.
She developed a piecing technique
she calls "seamless piecing" and recently started
a blog by the same name. She offers a free pattern every month
as well as skill-building tutorials and a little bit of zaniness.
Anna Branch (issue 7/2023)
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.
Gavlick Hartnett (issue 7/2023)
since I was a child, I sewed, crocheted, embroidered, and
made my own clothes. Thats 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.
L. Hanson (issue 4/2023)
Hanson is a prolific designer, entertaining speaker, and an
award-winning teacher whose company, Morning Glory Designs,
features an eclectic variety of whimsical florals and bold
geometrics. Reeze teaches and lectures widely on one-patch
quilt techniques that offer both traditional and modern methods
geared toward the busy/working quilter. Her floral appliqué
work features machine applique shortcuts and tips to make
beautiful quilts in less time without sacrificing accuracy.
She also teaches all levels of EQ8 quilt design software.
A sewer, quilter, and custom dressmaker for more than 50 years
and now a retired college professor, Reeze has lots of experience,
wisdom, and humor to share.
Kris Holderness (issue 1/2023)
and raised in Eastern Utah and Western Colorado, Kris grew
up enjoying hiking, camping, horses, dogs, cats, and all kinds
of arts and crafts, including drawing and painting. Later
in life, she picked up photography and of coursequilting!
Kris started writing patterns
several years ago after getting excited about creating something
unique and different. Today, she loves designing new patterns
with fun shapes and beautiful fabrics to share with the rest
of the quilting world.
Connie Kaufman (issue 1/2023)
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:
Jaci Lawson (issue 9/2022)
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.
Isobel Meekins (issue 7/2023)
enjoyed sewing and doing other crafts since childhood. In
1993, I caught the quilting bug and have been addicted ever
since. After over ten 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 Department
of Parks and Recreation in Newport News, Virginia.
In addition to teaching, I write simple-to-follow
quilt patterns, organize quilting events and trips, including
annual quilt retreats in Capon Springs, West Virginia, work
for various quilt vendors and pattern designers, and work
part-time at Sunshine Quilt Corner in Newport News, Virginia.
Several of my patterns can be found at www.blockpartystudios.com
My motto is, "Quilting should
be fun and relaxing!"
Shereece Nicole (issue 1/2023)
I'm Shereece! My quilting and crocheting journey began in
2010 out of boredom. I was living in a new, small town and
I was looking to meet new people. Thanks to a local program,
I started to learn to crochet. Then I was reintroduced to
quilting (the "correct" way). My travels and everyday
life began to inspire patterns I wanted to create. And now,
I'm sharing those designs with you and teaching others skills
I've learned along the way.
Renette Opperman (issue 9/2022)
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.
Peters (issue 6/2023)
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.
Nancy Scott (issue
Scott is the creative spirit behind Masterpiece Quilting and
The Schoolhouse on Shackley.
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
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
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 doctors 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.
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