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Donna Westerkamp's new pattern, Highland Breeze, is a nice way to show off your themed prints and solids too, as you only need four coordinating fabrics.

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Penny Brien

I have been quilting for two years. Self-taught, I learn from patterns and YouTube videos. I have just completed my first pattern testing job for TQPM and loved the experience. I hope to continue learning new skills and garnishing new experiences with continued use of the TQPM patterns.

Kathryn Errante

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.

Bonni Feltz

I have been testing for TQPM since 2012 and love it. I am a self-taught quilter and learned how to quilt from magazines and the internet using card tables for my cutting and sewing. TQPM has played an important part in my growth as a quilter.

Colleen Froats

I've been sewing for 53 years and counting and made my first quilt in 1976. I became an avid quilter about 20 years ago. I live in northern Michigan with my husband and work as a resident assistant in an assisted living community caring for an Alzheimer's gentleman. Quilting is what keeps me grounded.

Meloney Funk

I started quilting in 1986 when I was stationed at South Dakota State University in the AFROTC department. I bought a Gammill long arm when I retired in 2005. I enjoy charity work by quilting for Quilts of Valor, Covered In Love, and the guild charity programs. I love trying new things. Pattern testing for TQPM is fun because I get to try new techniques and help out the community with the tests I quilt.

Donna Garrett

I have been sewing for over 50 years and made my first quilt for my first child 44 years ago. It is my privilege to make quilts for charity donations, friends, and family, but mostly my 5 children and 14 grandchildren. I tell them it's a hug from me when I can't be near. I love learning new techniques and enjoy testing patterns for The Quilt Pattern Magazine!

Denise Mohler

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!

Dottie Newkirk

I always admired my Grandmother's quilts and decided when I "retired" in 1994, I would start quilting. My first quilting experiences were drafting my patterns and hand piecing as well as hand quilting. I quickly decided to machine piece and quilt (or send out) because there were too many projects I wanted to do and not enough time to do them. I am enjoying my quilting adventure and definitely enjoy testing the patterns for TQPM.

Nancy Noah

I have been quilting for over 30 years and testing patterns for TQPM since 2010. One of the things I like about pattern testing is trying new techniques and making quilts from designs and colors that have been outside my normal comfort zone. I like working with the technical aspects of quilt making.

Bonny Peters

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

Susan Smith

I learned to quilt by watching Eleanor Burns and Alex Anderson on HGTV and PBS over 17 years ago. I loved Eleanor because she was so easy going with how she did things. I love Alex because she was left-handed, and I could follow along because it was reversed and looked right to me. LOL

I was introduced to appliqué by my sweet friend Bonni Feltz when she acquainted me with TQPM. I have found yet another love of quilting. I can't wait to see what is next, maybe EPP.

Zsuzsanna Sziva

I started quilting in 2013 when I took a class in flush (heat of the moment). I was hooked immediately. In March 2016 I bumped into the possibility of testing for TQPM. It was the On a Wing pattern with vizslas and ducks - a perfect pattern for my father-in-law. Since then I am in love not only quilting but also testing too

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