Meet Our Designers!

Welcome to the Fons & Porter Designer page!

We are proud to introduce you to the talented and valued designers who have contributed to our magazines. They have shared gorgeous and impressive quilts, quilt patterns and quilt arrangements, as well as a wide variety of quilted projects. Take your time and look through the designer profiles – get to know them. And, Happy Quilting!

Amy Ellis -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Amy Ellis is an author, fabric designer, and quilter. Look for her books, fabrics, and patterns anywhere quilts are made.

Angie Milligan -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Angie Milligan (right) was raised in a family with a love of fabric and design. Her mother (Lisa Beeson) and grandmother (Rita Swain) are award-winning quilters. Angie is a Graphic Designer for Fons & Porter and loves designing quilts for her mother and grandmother to make. She also enjoys riding her hot pink Harley Davidson and traveling with her husband, Jeremy, and dog, Clydesdale.

Anita Peluso -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Anita Peluso started sewing in 4-H twenty-five years ago. She now works in a quilt shop, designing quilt patterns and teaching. Her work is influenced by vintage textiles and old architecture.

Ann Hermes -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Ann Hermes 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.

Ann Lauer -- Fons & Porter Contributor
This Helena, Montana designer is an award-winning fiber artist who has been designing quilts and fiber art pieces for over twenty years. She is the founder of Grizzly Gulch Gallery, a pattern design company featuring exciting and unusual patterns.

Annemarie Yohnk -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Quilt teacher and lecturer Annemarie Yohnk is the designer for Quilts Remembered patterns. She has combined her fascination with, and knowledge of, antique quilts with her teaching experience. At home in Burnsville, Minnesota, Annemarie is surrounded by antique quilts that serve as inspiration and lend a connection to our quilting past.

Annette Ornelas -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Annette Ornelas is a German-born quilt artist, teacher, and designer. She lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with her husband and their three dogs. Annette started her pattern company Southwind Designs in 2000 to offer her students unique patterns that were easy and fun, and could be enjoyed by quilters of all levels.

April Rosenthal -- Fons & Porter Contributor
April Rosenthal is a fabric designer and a pattern designer for her company, Prairie Grass Patterns. Look for April’s book, Bedroom Style, published by Lucky Spool Media, at your local quilt shop.

Avis Shirer -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Avis Shirer is one half of the design team Joined at the Hip. Together with her longtime friend Tammy, they design quilts and blog about their quilting adventures.

Barb Cherniwchan
Barbara Cherniwchan loves appliqué, is a former quilt shop owner, and she has been designing patterns since 2008. She is married and the mother of four.

Barbara Eikmeier -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Barb Eikmeier 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.

Brenda Ratliff -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Brenda Ratliff is the owner of Pink Castle Fabrics, a blogger at, a fabric designer for RJR Fabrics, and Sew Pro convention coordinator.

Candy Hargrove -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Candy Hargrove has been quilting for almost 25 years. In 2007 she began designing for Jo Morton and Andover Fabrics.

Carmen Geddes -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Carmen Geddes was raised in a big family of 17 kids – 10 girls and 7 boys! From an early age she was taught to quilt and sew by her mother and sisters. For 15 years she was a freelance educator for Viking and Pfaff and is an award winning longarm quilter, named HMQS Teacher of the Year 2013. The Tensisters Piping Tool, Easy Piecing Grid and companion book is available on her website,

Carol Burniston -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Carol enjoys using bright, fun colors in her quilts, and combining contrasting colors to create playful, light-hearted designs. Carol’s second quilt book, Color-Splashed Quilts, as well as her first book, Wonderfully Whimsical Quilts, published by C&T Publishing, are available in quilt stores.

Carolyn Beam -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Carolyn Beam has been sewing and crafting since she was little girl. After taking her first quilting class more than 20 years ago, she has been involved in local quilting guilds and small quilting groups in each community where she has lived.

Carolyn Edwards -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Carolyn Edwards began quilting in 1976, so 2016 is her 40th year in the wonderful world of quilting. She has made countless quilts and says “the best part of quilting is the friendship of quilters”. Carolyn belongs to and is active in six guilds and seven quilting mini-groups. That’s a lot of friends!

Carolyn Hughey -- Fons & Porter Contributors
Carolyn Hughey lives in the mountains above Boise, Idaho, where she began her joyful quilting adventures after inheriting a stash of quilting fabric and supplies. Carolyn lectures on “Unleashing Your Creativity” and hopes to encourage other quilters through her lectures and designs.

Christine Stainbrook -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Christine Stainbrook has been designing and making quilts for more than twenty-five years, and has been teaching classes for five years. She likes using traditional blocks and patterns, modifying them to show off current fabrics.

Christy Bowman -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Christy L. Bowman 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.

Corey Yoder -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Corey Yoder is a quilt designer who resides in Ohio with her husband and two young daughters. Her love of fabric led her to quilt design, and she has been merrily creating ever since.

Cynthia LeBlanc Regone -- Fons & Porter Contributor
Besides playing in three different tennis leagues, this busy mom of three still finds time to pursue her passion for quilting, reading, “doing lunch with friends,” performance cars, cooking, and traveling. Cynthia started quilting in 1981 and within ten years was producing award-winning quilts. She lectures and teaches throughout the United States. She has served on the board of several state and local guilds in Oklahoma and Texas. She was a featured teacher at the 31st Annual National Quilting Association Show in 2000 and teaches at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

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