Meet Our Staff
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 TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team.
Nan says her position with TQPM
is "purrfect" as quilting is good therapy, therefore
good for your health!
an artist, painter, fabric designer, and quilter, but I started
out as a spinner, weaver, and dyer. My fibre work exists in
collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.
I have also been a guest artist on HGTV's Simply Quilts
designed fabrics for RJR and Northcott and spend the majority
of my life designing quilt patterns and fabrics. I have written
two books for C&TPublishing,Off the Shelf Fabric
Painting and Dancing Dragonfly Quilts.
My work has been featured in numerous magazines. Additionally,
my son and I own a pattern company, Trillium Ridge Quilt
pup, and I live in central New York State. I love to travel
and present trunk shows, give lectures, and teach workshops.
Contact me for a description of my lectures and workshops
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.
love of quilting started a little less than 30 years ago when
she was overwhelmed and blown away by the quilts displayed
at the Ohio State Fair that year. A great class on the basics
of quilting got her set up well to fly into this obsession!
She has especially enjoyed going to retreats and quilt cruises
over the years with family and friends. Have machine, will
travel - anywhere and often!
She splits her quilting time between
charity projects (Bed Brigade quilts, Lutheran World Relief
quilts, Days for Girls) and fun, although usually challenging,
"just because" projects. She has never seen a new
technique or tool that she isn't willing to try.
Diane lives in central Ohio and is
a recently retired public school librarian. She was also a
public school choir director in the distant past, and she
still directs her church choir. She lives with a very much
loved half corgi, quarter beagle, (the last quarter is anybody's
guess) dog and is down to only two sweet old cats.
Michele Duffy is a new memberof our
team, signing on as one of two grammar editors at TQPM.
As the former editor-in-chief of American Quilter
magazine, she's excited to keep honing her skills in editing
and quilting while making new friends within our online community
of quilters. She has been quilting for over 30 years and enjoys
piecing traditional as well as modern designs. When she's
not working on a handcraft, Michele teaches critical reading,
writing, and grammar at the local university.
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.
born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula in central California,
a beautiful area that served as an inspiration to set me onto
a creative path for life. Art drawing, painting, and
crafts in other mediums have been the passion of my life.
In the early '70s, I turned my attention to fiber and fabrics
with a focus on quilting and embroidery.
In 1991, we moved to the Pacific Northwest,
and soon after, I began teaching fiber/quilting classes and
designing quilt patterns. My work has won awards at local,
regional, and national shows. In 2006, I was a finalist for
"Teacher of the Year" by Professional Quilter
magazine. My quilts have appeared in various publications,
including the cover of Quilter's Newsletter
magazine in 1998. I have written articles for various magazines,
have designed fabrics for Northcott Fabrics, and continue
to design quilt patterns.
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.
My first sewing experience was my
apron for 4-H. My grandmother taught me garment sewing, and
my mom taught me how to sew my vast collection of doll clothes
and how to quilt. My hobbies include baking, writing, researching
my ancestral roots, reading, and taking pictures in the historic
areas around my house. I like to do small quilted projects
and lap quilts but give most away as gifts. I make kennel
quilts for the fur babies and charity pillowcases for Ryan's
Case for Smiles through my local coordinator.
I have been quilting for over 30 years
and collecting fabric for even longer. I started learning
needle arts in 4-H when I was very young. Back then, we did
a lot of different crafts, not just needle arts, although
they were the main focus. Sewing was never a strong point
for me, so I didnt get into it much, but I did acquire
a love of fabric. My stash started long before I started quilting.
I now have EQ 8 for designing quilts. I write patterns for
my local quilt shop when needed. I teach classes in many different
fiber arts. I enjoy knitting, tatting, embroidery, crochet,
and some spinning and weaving, along with my quilting. I also
foster kittens for our local Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) rescue
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