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Christina Aliseo (issue 10/2021)

Chris Aliseo has been quilting for over 20 years. Her journey began when her sister taught her to quilt via long-distance phone calls between Michigan and California.

Chris has spent a wealth of time experimenting with design elements. After converting a closet door to a design wall by adhering batting to it, Chris loves to move blocks around until a cohesive and striking quilt layout emerges.

When Chris is not quilting, collecting fabrics, or working on ideas for a new quilt, you can find her line dancing or filling her home with the smell of a fresh-baked treat.

Alma Barkman (issue 12/2020)

With a maiden name decidedly Scottish, scrap quilting appeals to my thrifty nature. While I enjoy looking at the beautiful endeavors of artistic quilters, my personal satisfaction comes from fulfilling a certain “waste not, want not” mentality. Growing up on a Canadian prairie farm, one of my best memories was snuggling down under patchwork quilts when the temperature dropped to 40 degrees below zero. Those quilts were pieced together with whatever odds and ends my mother could salvage from her meager resources. On quilting days, one of my favorite pastimes as a youngster was ironing scraps of percale cotton with a flat iron heated on the McClary wood stove. I then watched my mother sew them together into crazy quilts on her Singer treadle machine.

My other hobby is writing. I have authored nine books, the contents of which combine humor, nostalgia, and Christian inspiration. Feel welcome to visit my website.

Anna Branch (issue 8/2021)

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.


Barbara Douglas (issue 10/2021)

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.


Dee Eisenman (issue 11/2020)

I began my pattern design company, Snuggles Quilts, in May of 2003. I have been quilting for over 30 years and have been designing quilt patterns about that long. I love to design seasonal and everyday patterns, many of them scrappy. My web site, www.snugglesquilts.com, showcases all of my designs.

I teach many classes in quilt shops and at quilt guilds around the country. My classes are based on two of my favorite techniques — needle-turn hand appliqué and wool appliqué. I also lecture and do a trunk show of my work focusing on scrap quilting with a bit of color theory thrown in. Many quilters have a hard time choosing fabric for a project and it is my goal to help them get over this fear.

My work has been published in many quilt magazines since 2006, including McCall's Quilting, American Patchwork & Quilting, Fons & Porter's, Primitive Quilts & Projects, and The Quilt Pattern Magazine (an online publication). My book, Blooming Patchwork, is available in my online store.

Kathryn Errante (issue 2/2021)

I have been sewing since I was about 12. While raising my three children, I loved making clothes for them. In the summer of 2013, I started quilting when I retired from teaching special education (after 35 years). I love learning all the new skills that quilting brings. I also love to hand embroider and combine those techniques into my quilts. I am so grateful to have found TQPM. It's an honor to test patterns for them.

Barbara Gavlick Hartnett (issue 2/2021)

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 1/2021)

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 10/2021)

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.

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Jaci Lawson (issue 3/2021)

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.

Denise Mohler (issue 4/2021)

I started quilting in 2001. I needed a hobby to keep me busy as I had some life-changing events happen. I went to a sewing machine dealer and they were having classes. I watched for a while and then the teacher asked me if I have ever quilted. Of courseI said no. I had an older machine at the house and barely knew how to use it. A week later I took that old machine to the dealer and traded for a newer computerized model. I was hooked! I kept taking classes and was feeling more confident. I have made over 100 quilts since then. Some have gone to charities and friends and family. In July 2015, I joined TQPM and in August 2015 I became a tester and I love it!

Nancy Noah (issue 8/2021)

Quilts 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.

Renette Opperman (issue 10/2021)

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.

Amy Stirrup (issue 2/2021)

I've been a cross stitcher, crochet fan, knitter, and quilter as an escape from teaching elementary school for many years. I was a serious cross stitcher after retiring, but my primary focus shifted to quilting as therapy after my mother passed away. It has become a passion. I enjoy the designing, making, quilting, and especially the giving of myself through the quilting process.

Zsuzsanna Sziva (issue 6/2021)

I started quilting in 2013 when I took a class in the heat of the moment. I was hooked immediately. In 2016 I bumped into the possibility of testing for TQPM. I love the inspiring and encouraging community around this magazine. While I tested a couple of patterns for TQPM, I sewed many other patterns too. Usually I modified them slightly following my own ideas. Maybe these were the first steps of designing a pattern. The other inspiration was seeing my daughter’s drawings about planets. Some of them are really great for appliqué. I chose Plútó and his friends as a base of my first pattern. I live in Budapest (Hungary) with my supportive husband and two wonderful kids.

Noémi Sziva (issue 6/2021)

I live with my family in Budapest. I am currently in high school. I love reading and drawing. (I even had drawing and painting classes when I was younger.) I have never sewn although I often help my mother with choosing colors for her quilts. Once I started to sketch a series of planets with personalities. (When I was younger, I was very interested in space and planets and used the knowledge to create personalities for the design.) Some of them have too many details, but others can be sewn. Plútó was one of them.

Donna Westerkamp (issue 9/2021)

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.


Cinzia White (issue 6/2021)

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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