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Meander, by Shereece Nicole, could be made with just two colors instead of the three colors shown which affords the quilter some opportunity to play with color.

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Nan Baker
Marketing Director

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 on QNNtv.com.

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!


Diane Christensen
Technical Editor

Diane's 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
Grammar Editor

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 Hrabovsky

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 Designs.

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.


Helene Knot
Corel Formatter

I was 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

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 as a vendor at quilt shows. She also taught Freezer Paper Appliqué and English Paper Piecing at the shows. After about five years of traveling, Cindy moved her company to the internet. As an experienced, professional web designer, she has created all of her websites.


Judy Morin
Technical Editor

As a chemistry major, I asked for (and received) a sewing machine as a graduation present. After several years of sewing for my family of boys, I celebrated the Bicentennial by learning an authentic American craft – Patchwork Quilting.

After I gifted the original quilt to the youngest boy, the other two said, "When are you going to make me one, Mom?" I felt I had found my calling, so I studied, sewed, and quilted for the next 46 years. My favorite quilts to make are stained glass quilted banners for my church, along with the quilts made for family members and friends as they celebrate special moments in their lives.

As a follower of Judy Martin, I learned early about fabric grain and the importance of accurate cutting and sewing in creating quilts to be used, not just displayed.

Several of my quilts have been accepted into the AQS shows. I felt that the acceptance was a "win" for me, and I did receive several nice compliments when I visited the show.

Cynthia Passaretti
Grammar Editor

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.

Cheryl Quigley
Corel Formatter

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 didn’t 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 group.

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