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Terry Albers began writing patterns for her students while teaching at her sister’s quilt shop. She now has a line of patterns and has authored three books with her friend Pam Puyleart of Cottage Creek Quilts. Contact her at: www.hedgehogquilts.
Tonya Alexander enjoys everything scrappy and bright. Her love of quilting started with one quilt as a decoration project, and many quilts later, it has become something she never imagined enjoying so much.
Elizabeth Allocco is addicted to playing with fabric. She loves the possibilities of designing, and has a long list of patterns waiting to become actual quilts.
Janice hails from West Haven, Connecticut and is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology. She says she switched to quilting because it’s more practical and never goes out of style!
Alene has been sewing since age three, when her mother started her piecing a Four Patch quilt block. Besides making quilts, she likes to embroider and do counted cross stitch. Retirement gives Alene the time to belong to three quilt guilds, three small quilt groups, and to be in charge of her church’s quilting group.
Emily is happy when she’s designing new quilts and sharing them with other quilters. She loves the creative process and says meeting wonderful quilters through her ventures is a bonus.
Christine designs quilts, punchneedle projects, and felted wool projects under her business name Fairfield Road Designs.
Alpine, Utah quilter Jina is inspired by beautiful new fabrics, and loves to create quilts that bring love and comfort to others.
After she began piecing quilts in the early 90s, Lisa was quickly hooked and soon began teaching classes. With a degree in graphic design and a love of color, designing quilts was the next logical step. She formed a quilt pattern company with her daughter in 2009, and spends her time designing new patterns and quilting on her longarm.
Debbie Beaves is the designer and author at Violet Patch Quilts, and has been quilting and teaching for over twenty-five years. Her ability to blend visually stunning designs with highly detailed and easy-to-follow patterns makes Debbie a favorite among her students. Contact her at: Debbie@violetpatch.com
A world-renowned fabric and quilt designer, author and teacher, Jinny is well-known for her distinctive border print fabrics and her 150-piece Quilters Palette fabric collection. Jinny’s recent book, Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, is an encyclopedia of 4,050+ blocks with historical information and instructions for drafting the blocks in any size. Contact her at www.jinnybeyer.com.
A designer and the technical writer for It’s Sew Emma, Nova enjoys sewing and has recently taken up Karate.
Pam learned sewing while sitting on her grandmother’s lap, “helping” her sew. She is a member of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild and enjoys the modern aesthetic because of the bright colors and simplicity in quilt design.
After forty years of pattern making, first in a theater and then in fashion, Hilary is now “following her bliss” by patterning and making quilts. She recently started publishing her own patterns.
Lisa Bongean is known for her primitive style in quilting. She designs and stitches for her company, Primitive Gatherings, where she features homespuns, hand-dyed wool, and reproduction and designer fabrics. Lisa and her husband, Nick, keep busy with their popular booth at numerous trade and quilt shows across the US. www.primitivegatherings.us.
Natalia grew up watching ladies sew at her mother’s custom curtain shop. She kept scraps and started making her own quilts, one of which won a ribbon at a state fair. She is now a prize-winning quilter and teacher of machine quilting and her raw-edge appliqué technique. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.pieceandquilt.com.
Colette Rose Marie Boring
Colette is a quilter with an enthusiastic attitude of “I want to learn more.” Since opening a shop in Boydton, Virginia, Colette has learned to machine quilt and continues to learn new techniques. “It’s phenomenal for me to start with an idea, develop it, put it in words and pictures, then see another quilter bring it to life! That truly makes me smile.” Contact Colette at www.pennyslatedesigns.com.
Marie Bostwick is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the popular Cobbled Court Quilt series. Her new book, Between Heaven and Texas, was released on May 1, 2013. Learn more about Marie at www.mariebostwick.com.
Christy L. Bowman
Christy is a longarm quilter. She started quilting in 1988, after she bought her first quilt book for $1 at a yard sale. Her business evolved from there. Christy likes making quilts for her boyfriend, two daughters, one granddaughter, and three grandsons.
Lynn Roddy Brown
Lynn Roddy Brown is a master at making scrap quilts, and is a member of a quilting bee that trades blocks for scrap quilts. Lynn lectures and teaches, and is the author of three books, all published by Martingale & Company.
Patterns, texture, and color inspire Cynthia’s designs. She shares her love of quilting on her blog and Facebook page.
Eleanor published her first book in 1978, and has since written more than 100 quilt books and patterns. She teaches a wide variety of techniques for piecing and appliqué, border treatments, and finishing methods.
Janine has been around needlework of some form for as long as she can remember. Inspired by her love of fabric and the graphics of everyday life, she designs from her home in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.
Deb is a second generation owner of Country Fabrics and Quilting. She is the creator of the Country Fabrics and Quilting Apple Core Template.
Kim started sewing clothing as a 4-H member when she was nine years old. Presently she designs quilts that showcase new fabric lines.
Patti Carey enjoys playing with new fabrics, and hopes to inspire other quilters with her creations. Contact her at email@example.com
Designer Kari Carr’s passion for quilting is obvious. She is a quilt instructor, author, and pattern and notion designer. Her company, New Leaf Stitches, is known for its creative and well-written patterns. Watch for Kari’s books from Martingale & Co. including Just Around the Corner and Quilts with Easy Mitered Borders. www.NewLeafStitches.com
Marlous was born in Singapore to Dutch parents, and traveled the globe before emigrating to the United States. She studied art history at University and explored several mediums, only much later discovering a passion for patchwork quilting. In 2005, Marlous created her pattern
company, Marlous Designs.
AnneMarie Chany discovered her true passion in quilting seven years ago when making a baby quilt for her son. As a trained engineer, designing quilts perfectly suits both her analytical and creative sides.
Vanessa is a fabric designer for Moda Fabrics, pattern designer for V And Co., Ambassador for Bernina, and designed a thread collection for Aurifil.
Colette is a quilter, educator, and the founder/owner of Quiltology: The Urban Quilt Space, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Learn more at www.quiltology.com.
In 2008, Christine woke her family at 4 a.m. with the idea of starting a business called Amélie Scott Designs. She survived that morning, and today the company publishes quilting and sewing patterns, embroidery designs, and helpful free video tutorials on sewing and quilting topics.
Mary Coolsaet, from Grosse Ile, Michigan, is a registered nurse. Quilting is a relaxing down time for her after a long shift in the ICU. Mary is married, and has two grown children and three grandchildren.
Melissa Corry started quilting as a hobby in 2005. In 2010, that hobby turned into a passion. Starting a quilting blog seemed the natural thing to do to share her passion. She never would have guessed that blog would lead to creating her own designs that she shares as tutorials, published works, and even her own
pattern line. Melissa loves designing, and finds inspiration everywhere. Melissa, her husband, and their five little children live in Cedar City, Utah.
A lifelong resident of Rosedale, West Virginia, Tresha has been quilting for twenty-one years and teaching for eleven years. She also enjoys painting, basket weaving, and spending time with her grandchildren
Needing a creative outlet after long days working as an Army nurse, Tia Curtis started quilting 12 years ago while stationed in Germany. After leaving the Army to be a mother she started a bag business (Camp Follower Bags and Quilts) and now is a long arm quilter and quilt designer living with her husband and three children in Leavenworth, Kansas. Learn more at www.tiacurtisquilts.blogspot.com
Elizabeth is a modern quilt blogger and pattern designer. She shares her quilty adventures on her blog, Don’t call Me Betsy. Elizabeth loves quilts with lots of color and simple patterns that have striking results.
Donna has been a quilter for more than twenty years, and is a charter member of the Jewel Box Quilt Guild in Grinnell, Iowa. She and her husband, Bryan, farm, raise Belgian draft horses, and keep honeybees. Their two daughters live close by with their families, which include two grandsons and a granddaughter.
Jodie Davis has a busy schedule as host of “Quilt Out Loud” and “Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show” on QNNtv.com. She likes to make quilts that are easy and quick so she can share them with her viewers. Contact her at: www.QNNtv.com
Jean has been making clay buttons for more than forty years. Her education and background in art has been helpful. Using the sewing skills her grandmother taught her, Jean combines her buttons, fabrics, and patterns to design whimsical and beautiful creations.
Kim Diehl, author, fabric designer, and award-winning quilter, travels nationally, sharing her quilts and teaching her easy techniques. Her website is www.kimdiehl.com.
Monique’s love of quilting was nurtured by relatives who taught her the art of handwork and sewing. She was a regular teacher at her local quilt shop; for fifteen years until her budding quilt design business steered her career toward a national audience. These days you can find Monique teaching across the United States at quilt guilds and weekend retreats. Several trips to Europe have resulted in not only new beautiful quilt pattern designs, but also her fabric collections with Maywood Studio. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A familiar face in Youtube quilting videos, Jenny has taught hundreds of thousands how to make quilting fun, fast and fulfilling with her short videos and classes. She runs a local quilt shop in Hamilton, Missouri called the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Her shop is home to the largest selection of precut quilting fabric anywhere. Jenny’s greatest joy is helping others realize their creative potential through quilting. Learn more at www.MissouriQuiltCo.com.
Designer Carol Dockery is the owner of Quilter by Night Designs, a small pattern company dedicated to providing patterns for fun, unique, and useful items to quilters and sewing enthusiasts. She specializes in small projects that promote the art of quilting. Learn more at www.quilterbynight.com.
Jan developed a passion for quilting ten years ago. She enjoys working with a variety of fabrics and quilt styles, and has had her work published in numerous quilting magazines. Learn more at www.jandouglasdesign.com.
Aubry has been sewing as long as she can remember, and loves the process of having an idea and seeing it develop into a quilt. She started her career as a geophysicist, but after moving twice in less than two years due to her husband’s military career, she decided to start her own longarm quilting business. Contact her at www.aubrysquiltingstudio.com
Natalie works behind the scenes at Missouri Star Quilt Company, answering phone calls and sending emails to customers. Natalie’s designs and ideas have been made into tutorials and templates that reach millions of quilters worldwide. She helps us see complex, modern, and traditional patterns so anyone can make them. She is a single mother of five children, an artist, and a quilter.
Barbara j. Eikmeier
Barb grew up in Willows, California, where she learned to sew in 4-H. She made her first quilt in high school, but
began to quilt seriously after her marriage in 1984. Barb is a fabric designer and is the author of four quilting books.
Deanne is a quilt designer and the author of two books: Country Fresh Quilts and Scrap Quilts Go Country. Show owns her own business in Osage Iowa. Her website is www.Snugglesquilts.com.
Marianne has been designing fabric collections and patterns since 1977. Known for her use of color, she often chooses very rich, saturated colors that, she says “are alive, have depth, and sparkle.” The result is a unique style that is sophisticated yet approachable.
As a lifelong lover of fabrics and sewing, Susan studied textiles and fashion design and has loved working in the quilting industry for more than twenty years.
Amy is an author, fabric designer, and quilter. Look for her books, fabrics, and patterns anywhere quilts are made.
Susan Emory and Christine Van Buskirk
Susan and Christine are friends who combined their talents to form Swirly Girls Design. Their contemporary approach to traditional quilting has led them to designing fabric, patterns, and buttons.
Born and raised in Iceland, Gudrun has published several patterns and nine books and is also a fabric designer.
A published author, Lynne is an avid fabric artist known for her botanical soft sculpture art. Lynne’s designs are often featured on HGTV and in your favorite magazines. In her books you will find a variety of creative projects to make for your home and for gifting.
Tanya made her first quilt at age 17, but it wasn’t until she became a full-time stay-at-home mom that she was able to pursue quilting more seriously. She loves creating new patterns that utilize scrap fabrics.
Scott Alan Flanagan
Scott’s quilting journey spans more than 20 years. He started his own pattern design company, 4th and Main Designs, in 2011. Scott’s patterns are sold exclusively at the Country Traditions Quilt Shop in Fremont, Nebraska.
Mary co-hosts the nationally-airing PBS program “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting” along with her mom, Marianne Fons. Mary is also the host of Quilty on QNNtv.com and Editor of Quilty magazine.
A creative free spirit who dips her toes into both the traditional and the art quilt worlds., Stephanie lives in Minnesota, and creates in her home studio with her kitty helpers, Penny and Zoey.
Catherine’s love of color, fabric, and sewing moved from garment and home decor construction to quilting in the early 80s. Cathy says: “I only wish I could play with fabrics 24/7! Lately, I‘ve been experimenting in the design world, which is chock-full of opportunities to grow as a quilter.”
Love of Quilting‘s art director, Megan Franck, is a new quilt designer with a modern style. She likes quilt designs with graphic shapes and fun use of color.
Lorrie is most inspired to create quilts for life events — those things that change our lives and inspire us to create something special. She has published patterns for many baby and lap quilts that focus on simple designs that beginners can accomplish.
Patricia is a quilter from Wisconsin who has been quilting since the early 1980s. She has attended many classes at local quilt shops and technical schools.
Brandi found her love of quilting in college, and has been quilting and sewing ever since. She and her family live in Seattle, Washington.
Cassi has been sewing for as long as she can remember, and started quilting in high school, all thanks to her talented mother. She enjoys designing simple variations of traditional blocks.
Co-author of You Can Quilt! Building Skills for Beginners, Leila began quilting after her first daughter was born, and still loves it thirteen years and four daughters later. She enjoys drafting quilts, picking out fabrics, and seeing it all come together into something beautiful and lasting.
Sandy has always been an artist. When met with little encouragement from a high school counselor, she was challenged to prove him wrong. Sandy started her own greeting card company, which allowed her to express her love of art and design. In 1992, she launched her pattern company, Pieces From My Heart, and in 1994, she was discovered by Moda. Sandy says, “I like people to look at my designs and see a little piece of me. I love what I do and I want to convey that to my customers.”
Bev has been sewing since she was a small child—just big enough to hold a large needle with double thread. Now she is a prolific quilt designer who loves to make quilts for magazines.
Kathryn is a recently retired longarm quilter. In her tenure of twenty years, she quilted over 6000 quilts.
Owner and creative mind behind Pink Sand Beach Designs, Nancy offers a collection of contemporary purse patterns. Her engineering background helps her design purses that feature the utmost attention to detail while still being easy and fun to sew.
Inspired by her passion for quilts and home decorating, Ro Gregg takes inspiration from mother nature and flowers. She has designed thousands of fabric collections with a trendy romantic freshness. Ro believes styles come and go, but good designs last forever. Contact her at: email@example.com
Marianne has been sewing most of her life, or so it seems. She bought her first sewing machine as soon as she got home from her honeymoon. She is the mother of four wonderful, grown children and grandmother to two beautiful baby girls. She is married to a saint of a man, who, when asked if he minds her fabric obsession, just shrugs and says that he doesn’t want to know what goes on in her sewing room. Contact her at www.thequiltingedge.com
Desiree Habicht is an award-winning art quilter who teaches, lectures, and designs fabric. She also owns her own company, Desirees Designs. She and her husband work to bring her images to life on fabric and other products.
Lynne learned to quilt over twenty-five years ago. Her love of quilting evolved and, in 2000, she was asked to design fabric. Her husband joined the business full-time and, presently, they travel several times a year to quilt shops and guilds across the country to offer programs and workshops from Lynne’s quilt books and patterns.
Sarah, now in her twenties, has been quilting since she was six. She is the author of a longarm quilting workbook titled Dynamic Designs—New York Beauty Edition, and has her own line of stencils from Quilting Creations International.
Nancy designs quilt patterns and creates project books since 1992 and designs fabric for Benartex since 1996. Her innovative and appeasling Art To Heart designs are recognized and loved around the world. Nancy has created and sewn all her life and just published her 47th book. She’s currently hard at work on new fabric and project designs. Contact her at www.arttoheart.com
Judy’s passion for art and all things sewing has led her to a place in her life that is full of both. She is owner of the Quilt Shop in DeLand, Florida, has authored three books on quilting and over seventy-five quilt patterns. Her latest love affair is designing fabric. Contact her at www.quiltshopofdeland.com
Scott’s love of color, fabric, needle, and thread took him on a quilting journey that has been expanding for many years. He runs his design company, Blue Nickel Studios, from his home in Sultan, Washington, where he lives with his wife, Linda, in a country house they built themselves.
Reeze is a designer and teacher specializing in original designs from nature and architecture. Adapting traditional patterns using modern techniques for busy quilters is the hallmark of her Charming Botanical pattern line.
Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught quilter from Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the popular blog ohfransson.com, and The Practical Guide to Patchwork, which was the winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Best How-To Book of 2011. Her second book, Modern Patchwork was published in May 2012.
Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar
Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar combined Sue’s work as a freelance quilt editor and Sandy’s longarm experience to form their business, Pine Tree Country Quilts. They published their first book, Polka Dot Christmas, in 2010. Contact them at: www.pinetreecountryquilts.com.
A designer and machine quilter, Tiffany is the owner of Needle in a Hayes Stack. She also works at Bolts in the Bathtub in Lancaster, California. Tiffany has a great husband and
three young-adult children who keep her very busy.
Leigh started designing quilts as a hobby, and it morphed into a business. Her company, The Sweet Tea Girls Patterns, creates patterns ranging from beautiful quilts to whimsical gift items.
Lee lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two daughters. She is a former graphic designer who now enjoys designing with fabrics. Lee’s blog, Freshly Pieced, can be found at www.freshlypieced.com.
Brigitte Heitland’s background as a trained interior and textile designer inspired her to create quilts which impress with their clear, peaceful, and refreshing look. The simple, minimalistic, clean patterns surprise and the generous use of solids enhanced by splashy bits of prints prove her beautiful sense of style, color, and design. Brigitte is a fabric and pattern designer and owner of Zen Chic. She has three children and lives with her family in Germany. Contact Brigitte at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at
Carl Hentsch learned to quilt in the late 1990s by reading and watching “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting” on public television. He teaches quilting and is the author of Stars and Stripes Forever, published by AQS.
Ann is a collector of antique quilts and a long-time student of quilt history. Inspired by her collection, Ann designs miniature quilts, many of which have appeared in national quilting magazines. Her first book on quilt history, Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures, 1820-1920, is now available.
Emily began her creative journey at a young age, drawing on her bedroom walls. Thankfully her talent has taken a much more productive turn. Dabbling in crafts most of her life, she started a quilt pattern company in 2006 under the name “Crazy Old Ladies”. In 2012, she self-published her first book, Geared for Guys.
Cyndi has been quilting for more than twenty-five years. Her education and background in interior design and textiles was helpful as her interest in quilting grew. Cyndi is also the author of two books published by Martingale & Co., Sudoku Quilts and Nine by Nine.
Holly began her career with a degree in Graphic Communications. She brands every project her multi-talented
hands touch with her unique style and color sense.
Lacey J. Hill
Lacey, of Golden Thyme Designs, and Lorraine Freed of Legacy Quilter are two freelance designers who publish their designs with www.QuiltWoman.com
Sharon is a landscape design artist and a textile designer. Designing fabrics has enabled Sharon to combine patterns, colors, and nature in vintage-inspired prints which have a fresh and modern look.
Janet Houts designs lots of quilts, and is also co-author of the book, Circle of Nine, featuring a unique system for arranging any nine quilt blocks into a creative quilt setting. Contact her at: www.circleofninequilts.com.
Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth
Sisters Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth design quilts to highlight new fabrics. Their business, Tailormade by Design, provides them the opportunity to do what they love and to work with fun, interesting people every day. Contact them at: www.sewquiltcraft.com.
Cherri creates quilts using simple, traditional blocks with a modern twist. She has a pattern design business called Cherry House Quilts, and is the author of City Quilts, published by C&T Publishing.
Carolyn and her husband, Tom, divide their time between an off-grid home in the hills of California, and a mountain home near Idaho City, Idaho. Several of her quilts have been published in magazines. Visit Carolyn’s website to take a look at some of the quilts she’s designed: quiltingupacreek.com.
A longarm quilting volunteer for Quilts of Valor, Barb and and her husband live in northwest Montana, where they enjoy running, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.
Erica lives in San Diego with her husband and two children. She loves turning pretty little pieces of fabric into big, pretty, snuggly quilts.
Tony Jacobson is the Art Director for Easy Quilts. He and his wife, Jeanne, share many of the same passions— historic architecture, gardening, auctions and, of course, quilting. They share their home in Winterset, Iowa, with two dogs, Harley and Howie, and one cat, Barnaby. Tony can also be found teaching online quilt classes at QuiltClassroom.com.
Lynette Jensen is recognized as a leading fabric and pattern designer and author in the quilting industry. Her passion is helping others create warmth and beauty in their own homes.
Kimberly began Fat Quarter Shop in 2003, and launched her pattern company, It’s Sew Emma, in 2011 to market her quilt designs. Learn more at www.fatquartershop.com.
Laura Jones and Lynnette Sandblom
This creative couple have been good friends and neighbors for years. They work together making quilt patterns and designing fabric.
Faith began quilting in early 2009, and has explored all aspects of the art from fabric design to pattern creation. She is an active member of the online modern quilting community, and enjoys sharing tutorials and quiltalongs on her blog, at www.FreshLemonsQuilts.com.
Yvette fell in love with graphic design at the age of thirteen and has never looked back. She comments, “Design is my passion and I feel fortunate to love what I do every day. Working with my mother to design quilts is a very rewarding experience and a natural extension of my design talents. I love the tactile nature of quilts and working with my hands to create something beautiful.”