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!
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.com
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.
Penny Barnes is mother of six, grandmother of ten. She has been quilting for over twenty-five years. She started her own longarm quilting business and soon started making her own quilt designs. She loves to travel to Ireland, where she is co-founder of National Quilting Week of Ireland that is held June 1-7 each year.
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
Allison is a pattern designer who works with her mother, Kay, in their design business, Vermont Quilt Design (VDQ). She also sews many samples for their business.
Kay is a professional quilter, teacher, and quilt designer for Vermont Quilt Design. She finds inspiration in unexpected places, and always has new design ideas ready to go.
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.
Laura is a pattern designer and teacher. Her company, Plum Tree Quilts, provides patterns for all skill levels with designs from traditional to modern.
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 is not only an award-winning author, but she’s also an accomplished quilter. She had many diverse experiences until, in 1994, she found her identity as a writer. After several successful books, Marie began her Cobbled Court Quilt series. Her books are devoured by quilters and non-quilters alike. She and her husband, Brad, live in Oregon where they enjoy spending time with family and friends and playing with their grandsons. Marie travels extensively, speaking at libraries, book stores, quilt guilds, and quilt shows. To read more about Marie Bostwick, go to 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.
Kelly is a self-taught quilter who began sewing in 2010 as a way to challenge herself and express her creativity. Currently, she works making samples for fabric companies, co-designing quilt patterns for Hearts & Bees on Craftsy, and taking the occasional custom order. You can find her on Instagram @kelbysews or on her blog at www.kelbysews.com.
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.
In 2006, AnneMarie taught herself to thread a sewing machine and began quilting at the same time. It quickly turned into a passionate hobby and, in 2010, she started her quilt pattern company, Gen X Quilters. For trained engineer, AnneMarie, creativity and precision make the perfect combination. She has appeared on Quilting Arts TV and her designs have been published in numerous magazines. AnneMarie released her first book, Sister Sampler Quilts, with Fons & Porter Books/F+W in December 2015. She lives in Plain City, Ohio, with her husband and three sons.
Writing, art, and sewing have always been a part of Lisa's life. Through the years she has experimented with almost every imaginable art and craft but is always drawn back to surface design and quilt making. She received her degree in Journalism with a minor in Art from the University of Utah while she and her husband raised their four children. Lisa loves to share her discoveries through social media, printed publications, and teaching. She has been published in Quilting Arts and Modern Patchwork, as well as several other magazines, and has appeared on several episodes of Quilting Arts TV.
Vanessa is a fabric designer for Moda Fabrics, pattern designer for V And Co., Ambassador for Bernina, and designed a thread collection for Aurifil.
Ellen Cicak is a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor and co-owner of the company Running With Scissors Quilters. She and her partners love to share by teaching classes, lecturing, and giving trunk shows.
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.
Kate Colleran is a quilter, writer, and instructor. She is co-author of Smash Your Precut Stash, published by C&T Publishing, and is the designer of the pattern line Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs. Kate lives, works, and hikes in Colorado.
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
Violet is a fabric and pattern designer and an active member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.
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
By day, Stacey Day is an unassuming X-Ray Technologist in hot pink scrubs living in beautiful British Columbia. At night (and naptime) she transforms into an experienced quilter, pattern writer, and designer. A third generation quilter, Stacey caught the sewing bug early in her life, and earned a Diploma of Fashion Production in 2005. Her work has appeared in numerous quilt shows and trunk shows across North America, and her library of patterns can be found on her website.
Kathy is an appliqué enthusiast and teacher. She likes to teach various techniques to her students, knowing that a technique that works for one person isn't the best one for another. Kathy hopes to spark her students into loving appliqué as much as she does. She is active in several guilds, and held positions on the board of directors in the Kansas Quilters Organization and the Heartland Quilt Network. Kathy's work has been widely published in magazines and books since 1998.
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.
Liz and Elizabeth Evans
Liz and Elizabeth Evans are not sisters, but two girls names Elizabeth who married brothers and ended up with the same name. They are a creative team, and share their projects and adventures at simplesimonandco.com.
Marcia Eveland is a retired yarn shop owner and enthusiastic quilter who enjoys collecting vintage quilts. She and her husband, Greg, live in historic Winterset, Iowa, with their two Westies and a boxer.
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.
Deb is the managing editor for Love of Quilting. She’s an avid quilter and knitter and enjoys spending time redecorating her home in Pennsylvania.
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.
Marianne Fons is a beloved leader in the quilting community. One of the namesake founders of Fons & Porter, Marianne now devotes her time to various quilting initiatives, including the Quilts of Valor foundation and the forthcoming Iowa Quilts Museum in Winterset, Iowa.
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.
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.”
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.
A self-taught quilter, Julie Gates, dives into Quilty.com and Pinterest.com for ideas, learning, and creativity to incorporate into her quilts. She has a long list of knitting and quilting projects that she daydreams of completing which will keep her busy and her family and friends warm.
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.
Pam Goggans has been a stitcher for most of her life. After many years of hand embroidery, counted cross-stitch and other decorator sewing, Pam started quilting twenty-five years ago. She has been a longarm quilter for the past fifteen years. Pam teaches quilting classes for all skill levels.
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
Debbie Grifka has been sewing all her life and quilting for thirteen years. She writes quilt patterns for Esch House Quilts and teaches classes. Debbie is the president of the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild.
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.
Mischele is a former Floridian and quilt shop owner who retired to the hills of East Tennessee where she participates in the local quilt guild, does volunteer service with women who live in poverty, ferries around the grandchildren, spends lots of time with family and friends, and attempts to do all the quilt projects she promised herself she'd do when she retired.
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 is the co-author of three quilting books, Circle of Nine, Log Cabin Quilts—The Basics and Beyond, and Quilting a Circle of Nine. She is a professional designer, quiltmaker, and workshop leader from Bellevue, Idaho.
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 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.
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.
Sandi Irish has been sewing forever and has designed quilts for the past twelve years. She likes traditional patterns—updated!
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 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.
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.”
Deborah has an online quilt store, and lectures and teaches as a certified instructor for Studio 180 Design.
Gail Kessler is a fabric designer and owner of Ladyfingers Sewing Studio in Oley, Pennsylvania. www.ladyfingerssewing.com
Trina Kirkvold and Doris Brunnette
Trina and Doris combined their talents and experience to design patterns as Row House Creations, LLP. In 2014, they won Best Modern Quilt in the AQS Des Moines Show. Doris has a background in art and design, and Trina is an award-winning longarm quilter and quilt shop owner.
Ulrike Kittel is the person behind lieblingsdecke, a small label for quilts made in Germany. Ulrike has been making quilts for some years; her aim is to combine traditional blocks with modern fabrics.
Thomas holds Masters of Fine Art from both Ohio University and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Before he started designing fabric and quilts he was a professor of art and design at Drake University and the State University of New York. He began sewing in 2010 after leaving academia due to health concerns. The first time he sat down at a sewing machine he made his wee daughter a dress. He now designs fabric with Andover Fabrics; his quilts are starting to be published in an array of magazines. He still loves making things for his wee daughter. Contact him at www.thomasknauersews.com
Diane D. Knott
Diane has been quilting since 1997, and she started Butterfly Threads Quilting in 2012. She loves to share quilting through pattern writing, designing, teaching, and trunk shows. To learn more about Diane, visit her website: www.butterflythreadsquilting.com
Debby Kratovil is a prolific quilter, designer, and illustrator. She regularly creates new projects for her popular workshops and trunk shows. Debby lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband, Phil, and dog, Belle. She has three grown daughters. Contact her at: www.quilterbydesign.com
John Kubiniec has been a quilter for over ten years. He runs Big Rig Quilting-a quilt design and longarm quilting service. He was a runner-up in the 2010 McCall’s Design Star Challenge. Contact him at: www.bigrigquilting.com or www.bigrigquilting.blogspot.com
A quilter for nineteen years ands a longarm quilter for twelve years, Jackie has owned an online quilt shop owner for three years. She loves designing quilts and is an avid quilting blogger.
Diane’s mother was a Home Economics teacher, and taught Diane to sew at age ten. Diane, who works for Baby Lock, says, “It’s nice that my job and hobby are so
Nancy caught the quilting bug in 1992, when she finished her first quilt. She has been an active member of her local guild, and currently edits the guild newsletter and maintains their Web site. In 2008, Nancy joined the staff of Quilts for Kids, Inc., where she designs many of the patterns that are used for monthly workshops. In her spare time, she is busy making quilts for Quilts for Kids, and occasionally finds time to make one for herself or friends.
L & L Studios
Lacey J. Hill of Golden Thyme Designs and Lorraine Freed of Legacy Quilter are two freelance designers who publish their designs with www.QuiltWoman.com.
Julie creates quilt designs under the label Jewel’s Jewels. She gravitates to traditional quilt designs. Her favorite approach to designing is pairing old favorite quilt blocks with modern fabrics and bright colors.
Carol Lampe is a third-generation quilter taking up the hobby after retirement in 1995. She soon discovered quilt guilds, quilt classes, and the chance to learn from several nationally recognized teachers. Today Carol enjoys teaching quilt classes and designing patterns for Grizzly Gulch Gallery.
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.
Devon Lavigne and Sharon Smith
Friends Devon Lavigne and Sharon Smith are quilt designers and co-owners of Prairie Quilt Mercantile, a design studio and quilt shop in the heart of the Canadian prairie. Both love reproduction fabrics and use them to infuse their designs with a fresh look and a smart, prairie-inspired style with an invigorating edge.
Kristin Lawson is a Minneapolis-based designer and quilter and is the author behind a little crispy patterns. She caught the quilting bug when she was expecting her first child. When not designing or sewing quilts, Kristin spends time with her husband, three young kids, and pet rabbit.
Bea was born and raised in Denmark before moving to the US to attend college. In 2004, she was introduced to quilting in a church class, but Bea really became passionate when she bagan making charity quilts and entering quilt shows a few years later. She now has her own longarm machine and has won numerous ribbons for her quilting.
Julie Letvin started her quilt company, Me & My Stitches, in 2008. In addition to her foundation-pieced pincushions, she makes tiny quilt blocks and encases them in glass, creating miniature quilt jewelry. www.meandmystitches.com
Mark has raised a son while keeping up with a busy career in TV, including being a talk show producer, the host of “Quilt Out Loud” on QNNtv.com, an outstanding lecturer, as well as a quilt and fabric designer. Contact him at www.marklipinski.com
Toby is a pattern designer and award-winning quilter who makes quilts for many fabric companies. She is the author of St. Louis Stars, published by Kansas City Star Quilts. Contact here at Gateway Quilts & Stuff, 5625 Jenny Lane Robertsville, MO 63072; email@example.com; or www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com
Patrick Lose has been a trendsetter in the quilting industry since he began designing fabrics and patterns in 1992. Millions of yards of his cotton quilting prints have sold worldwide and he currently licenses his designs to RJR Fabrics. For more of Patrick’s designs for quilters and machine embroiderers, please visit www.PatrickLose.com
Mari Martin’s love for quilting began with her first child, and the first quilt she ever made—the first of many! Now, forty years later, her hobby has grown from that first simple nine-patch baby quilt to a successful career designing quilt patterns.
A lover of quilting and gardening, Randy always finds time for both hobbies. He prefers to appliqué outdoors while enjoying the fresh air. Randy teaches appliqué classes to share what he’s learned over the years.
Marsha McCloskey lives in Eugene, Oregon, and has her own small publishing company, Feathered Star Productions, Inc. She has written or co-authored twenty-nine books and designed three ingenious rulers for rotary cutting.
Christina started quilting in 2001, and began designing her own quilts in 2008. She has four children, and lives in New London, Missouri. In addition to designing quilts, she is a substitute school teacher.
Susan McDermott loves to make traditional quilts with a bit of twinkle. Fabrics and antique quilts are the inspirational sparks for her quilts.
Mary McGuire, an avid fabric and quilt designer, creates nature-inspired fabric designs. She works with both traditional and digital artwork to create fresh fabrics that inspire creativity.
Designer Norma McKinnon is “living the dream.” She is the owner of Hickory Hill Quilts in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her husband, Joe, also works in the business, and three of her four daughters are quilters.
Carol McLeod is enjoying life as a pattern designer after retiring from a twenty-year career in banking. She was introduced to crafts at a young age by her mother, who always encouraged her to create. Carol’s first pattern happened by chance in 2001, when she was left with an abundance of cotton clothesline after a neighborhood project. Carol’s designs and patterns have evolved into her current projects using precut batik strips and batting. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.auntiestwo.com
Nancy has been quilting for almost twenty years. In addition to creating and publishing her own patterns, she teaches quilting and is a longarm quilter. She often wonders how she could live without quilting!
Nina is a National Educator for Bernina of America. She has a lifelong love of sewing and enthusiastically passes that on to others through online webinars, classes, and
Author, teacher, fabric designer, and award-winning quiltmaker Nancy Mahoney has been making quilts for more than twenty years. She enjoys combining traditional blocks and updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Nancy has authored twelve books, all published by Martingale & Company. Her latest book is Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing. Contact Nancy at www.NancyMahoney.com
One of the many highlights of Leslie Main’s quilting career is mentoring and coaching the Country Traditions design team in Fremont, Nebraska. Leslie lives to share her knowledge and passion for quilting through teaching, designing and hosting quilting retreats at her quilt shop. Learn more about Leslie’s work and her shop at countrytraditionsonline.com
Tricia Lynn Maloney
Tricia began quilting in 1996, and hasn’t stopped yet! She is the author of Orphan Block Quilts: Making a Home for Antique, Vintage, Collectible, and Leftover Quilt Blocks and A Russian Journey in Quilts: the Story of Nicholas and Nina Filatoff. Her work has been featured in a variety of magazines as well as several books.
Barb began quilting in 1976 in a quilting class that included Marianne Fons and Liz Porter. The members of that class formed a club that is still active today. Barb lives in rural Madison County, Iowa, where she enjoys quilting and working on community landscape projects as a Master Gardener.
Ellen learned sew at the age of 8 and sewing has been an important part of her life ever since. At age 16, she starred in the Franklin Clay Films educational feature “Picking Your Pattern, Fabric and Notions.” Upon graduating from USC, she started her own business selling clothing made from original patterns. When she was able to try an embroidery machine for the first time, she was hooked! And now she sews, embroiders, embellishes, creates and writes every day for Sew News, Sew it All and Creative Machine Embroidery. She’s also the host of the PBS series Sew it All.
When not quilting, Nicole can be found blogging at thegirlwhoquilts.com or exploring the northeast with her husband, daughter,and two dogs. She has been quilting for 11 years.
Sue Marsh has sewn and crafted most of her life. Her parents encouraged her creativity and even let her paint characters on her bedroom walls! Until a few years ago, Sue worked as a software engineer but has retired to design patterns full time for her company, Whistlepig Creek Productions. She credits her husband, Bernie, and her family and friends for their support. Contact her at: email@example.com or www.wpcreek.com
After designing and making quilts and teaching for many years, Rochelle Martin started her business, Cottage Quilt Designs, in 2007. She is the author of Man Cave Quilts (Leisure Arts) and the Publisher and Author of Strangled by Wild Geese. Visit Rochelle’s website at www.CottageQuiltDesigns.info or her blog at http://cottagequiltdesigns.info/blog/
Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith
Sarah and Dolores, owners of Homestead Hearth™ pattern company, have a passion for creating original patterns using many prints from their stash or from a single fabric line.
April Mazzoleni says, “Creativity is something that has been encouraged and handed down for generations in my family. Whether it is sewing, sketching, music, writing, or dreaming, everyone should create something every day.” After relocating from southern California to Utah with her husband and three children, April began quilting to express her creativity and keep her family warm at the same time! Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Mednick is a self-taught quilter, and made her first quilt in the early 1970s. Janet teaches all types of piecework and domestic machine quilting, has had her designs published in various magazines and books, co-authored Perfect Paper Piecing in 2007, and volunteers with the Bay Area Sewing and Quilting Collaborative. When not quilting, Janet is an avid gardener, knitter, world traveler, and lawn bowler.
Cathy has great fun sewing all kinds of things—over the years she has made children’s clothes and stuffed animals, but she most enjoys being involved with quilting friends and longarm quilting at her local quilt shop.
Cheryl Miller is a retired R.N. who has been quilting for 25 years. She currently teaches beginners to piece at the Olde World Quilt Shoppe.
Angie Milligan was raised in a family of quilters with a love for fabric and design. Her mother (Lisa Beeson) and grandmother (Rita Swain) have made well over a thousand quilts, and currently run a professional long-arm business, The Quilted Stitch. Angie stays busy as a Graphic Designer for all the titles at 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.
Kate Mitchell is a quilt designer and teacher who loves sharing her passion for quilting. Contact her at: www.KateMitchellQuilts.com
Deb is the Creative Director responsible for all fabric collections and quilt projects for Exclusively Quilters.
A Human Resources professional, Florence has been quilting for nearly twenty-five years. She enjoys designing quilts, trying out new quilt gadgets, and adding to her fabric stash while traveling. She also enjoys teaching quilting classes. Contact her at email@example.com
Jaimie’s mom taught her to sew when she was a young girl, and now they work together as a design team called SunFlower Quilts
Kelly Mueller has her own pattern design company called The Wooden Bear. She likes to design quick, simple projects that usually center around a whimsical character. Kelly also designs fabric for Red Rooster, incorporating the same whimsy found in her patterns.
For twenty-five years, renowned quilter and artist Debbie Mumm’s charming designs and distinctive style have captured the hearts and imaginations of millions. The head of the company that bears her name, Debbie is a creative and talented designer who finds a steady stream of inspiration everywhere she looks. The author of more than 65 books on quilting and home decorating, Debbie Mumm currently partners with more than two dozen companies to create her delightful products. Visit Debbie’s website at www.debbiemumm.com
Kathy has made and designed quilts for many years. She is also a full-time farmer in Minnesota.
Amanda Murphy has been designing and sewing since she was a child. She has worked as a graphic designer and an art director while continuing to sketch and sew her own designs. Amanda loves quilting because it marries her passion for design and her enthusiasm for handwork. Her designs have a modern look, but they are deeply influenced by the past. Learn more about Amanda at AmandaMurphyDesign.com or
Diane Nagle designs quilts and has her own pattern company, Peddlecar Quilts. She has been quilting since the 1970s, and loves color and fabric. Diane and her husband live in Henderson, Nevada.
Jenn Nevitt discovered quilting after the birth of her oldest child, and she hasn’t been able to put down the rotary cutter since. She stays home with her four children and teachers knitting and sewing classes to keep her sanity.
Ashley lives in Vermont with her husband and their son, Max. Her day job is finance, but her passion is quilting, which she discovered 5 years ago. She blogs online at www.filminthefridge.com.
Jean is the Fons & Porter Product Director. Quilting for nearly thirty years, she is always excited to try a new technique. Her fabric stash contains more yardage than she can possibly use in a lifetime, but she is having lots of fun trying. When not quilting, Jean loves to travel, knit, or spend time with her family.
You’ll often find Gayle Noyes up all night quilting! She and
her husband make Post Falls, Idaho their home.
Amanda Jean Nyberg
Amanda Jean Nyberg is a self-proclaimed scrap hoarder and user. She is the co-author of Sunday Morning Quilts. Amanda Jean lives in Minnesota with her husband and three kids.
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. Her first book Peeled Back Patchwork: Curves without Piecing, published by AQS, features her technique for making curved shapes in blocks, without piecing curves. For more about Annette and Southwind Designs, visit www.southwindquilts.com.
Jennifer Paganelli is a fabric designer who uses everyday inspiration and memories from her past to cultivate new ideas. Jennifer’s love of texture and blending of vivid colors makes her fabrics popular around the world.
Jennifer contracted an incurable case of “Quilt-pox” in 2001 with her first project, quilted place mats. “I was fascinated by how the placement of colors changed the whole look.” Several years and many projects later, she brought her fun and relaxed style to the staff at Holly’s Quilt Cabin in Centennial, Colorado. I tell my students “Don’t stress yourself, nobody ever took up quilting to add stress to their lives.” Her experience in teaching, public speaking and quilting make Jennifer’s classes entertaining and informative. For more information, check her out on her Facebook page, Jenny Kae Quilts.
Jerelyn H. Parmelee
In the 1970’s, Jerelyn made a patchwork quilt for her daughter. Now she loves playing around with design elements without using a pattern. This leads to surprise quilts, and some have been award winners! Jerelyn teaches and shares her quilting ideas with her guild, friends, and classes.
Designer Marcie Patch learned her love of the needle and thread from her grandmother, who taught her how to sew and also how to “unsew.” Marcie has a love of old quilts, reflected in her quilt designs which are traditional with her own twist. Marcie’s pattern company is Patchalot Patterns.
Army wife Maria Pate wanted a home-based business that could relocate along with her family. In 2007, she created Airborne Heirlooms, a pattern design and quilting
Jan Patek is a beloved teacher, designer and lecturer. She resides in Missouri.
June Pease began quilting in 1978, after dabbling in arts and crafts for many years. She has taught quilting in her home and quilt shops, and is now a fabric designer. June enjoys all aspects of quilting, but her greatest passion is hand appliqué.
Kymberly Pease is a modern quilter, designer, and blogger. She shares her latest quilting adventures at her blog, Peas in a Pod Creations. Kymberly loves to use historical quilt blocks to make modern designs.
Jeff is a wedding and event coordinator who designs with Debbie Kemp for their business Metropolitan Quilt. Debbie left the corporate world to teach quilting and is also a busy longarm quilter.
Anita Peluso has been sewing since she was eight years old. Twenty-five years after making her first 4-H sewing project, the transition from sewing clothing to quilting was a natural process. She now works in a quilt shop, teaching and designing quilt patterns. Her work is influenced by vintage textiles and old architecture. www.BloominWorkshop.com
Kristine Peterson is the Technical Writer for all Fons & Porter titles. She enjoys learning new techniques, machine appliqué, and piecing scrap quilts.
Mary Kate Karr Petras
Mary Kate Karr Petras is Associate Editor for Quilters Newsletter magazine. She learned about quilting by buying magazines—including Quilters Newsletter. When on the road, Mary Kate’s small, trusty stash and basic model sewing machine travel with her, always ready whenever she feels the itch to stitch.
Sue Pfau was inspired to design her first pattern when she brought home a jelly roll and didn't know what to do with it! Most of her designs use pre-cut fabrics, and she sells her patterns on Etsy. Sue is the author of Quilts from Sweet Jane. Visit her blog at www.sweetjanesquilting.blogspot.com
Liz Porter is a leading light in the quilting industry. One of the namesake founders of Fons & Porter, Liz lives in Texas, publishing gorgeous quilts in the pages of Love of Quilting, and makes guest appearances of the PBS “Love of Quilting” show.
Brenda designs quilts and writes patterns for traditional, themed, and memory quilts, and creates commissioned pieces for magazines, fabric companies, and individuals.
Dodi Lee Poulsen
At the age of ten, Dodi created her first sewn garment, with her mother’s guidance, and she started quilting over 40 years ago. In 2006, she launched her pattern company, Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow and later added a children’s division, Little Londyn, which she runs with her daughter, Megan Miles. Dodi loves teaching the art of quilting, and for nearly 30 years has taught students throughout the country. She has authored 5 books and has more than 70 published patterns, and is now a fabric designer for Riley Blake.
Kristine is a quilter and designer who enjoys sharing her love of sewing, quilting, and fabric with others. Her project ideas are based on her view that quilters can develop skills with smaller projects that encourage experimentation with color and technique. Kristine lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband and two sons.
Heidi Pridemore has been designing fun and easy quilts since 2001. She designs for fabric companies, magazines, and her own pattern company, The Whimsical Workshop. Learn more at www.thewhimsicalworkshop.com.
Sarah Price is an integral part of It’s Sew Emma both as a technical editor and as a creative force.
Stephanie specializes in designs that combine easy patterns with eclectic fabric collections. She first started designing quilts when she worked with her mother in their California quilt shop. Stephanie now designs for her online company, A Quilter’s Dream.
Linda’s lifelong passion is quilts, old and new. The timeless Mountain Mist designs are some of Linda’s favorite quilt patterns. She has won international awards for her quilting.
A a fabricaholic with a passion for quilting, Kimberly is constantly working to expand and use her stash. She enjoys designing patterns for her company, Lilac Cottage Designs. She loves bright colors with a modern flair, but her work as a professional interior designer has taught her an appreciation for all colors and styles.
Linda is the National Training Manager for Baby Lock USA. An avid seamstress, Linda gets much of her inspiration from the bright colors and fabrics that delight her seven-year-old daughter, Elaina. When she’s not on the job teaching people how to use their Baby Lock machines, she’s lost in the inspiration that can easily occur when surrounded with more sewing machines than anyone could ever keep running all at the same time.
Brenda Ratliff is the owner of Pink Castle Fabrics, a blogger at JustaBitFrayed.com, a fabric designer for RJR Fabrics, and Sew Pro convention coordinator.
JoAnn Rasch has been married for 55 years and has three daughters and a son. She learned to quilt at evening classes, after work. JoAnn is a member of the Quilt Sew-ciety Club in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Cynthia LeBlanc Regone
Cynthia was born in the heart of Cajun country in Lafayette, Louisiana. She started quilting in 1981 and within ten years was producing award-winning quilts. She lectures and teaches throughout the United States and has served on the board of several state and local guilds in Oklahoma and Texas. Cynthia designs under her own quilt pattern label named Cajun Classics.
Jill Reid’s admiration for nineteenth-century scrap quilts has ignited her passion for making vintage-style quilts using the many wonderful reproduction fabrics available today.
Krista Robbins designs patterns for magazines and Four Robbins Designs and is an active member of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild. She loves to share quilts, food, and family on her blog. Krista lives in St. Louis with her awesome husband and sons.
Virginia Robertson has been working in the fabric industry for thirty years. Virginia has designed thousands of fabrics for different fabric companies. She has been the art director for Bali Fabrics for the last five years. She and husband, Lynn have a publishing company of fine books and patterns and a history of opening interesting quilt shops in unlikely places. Contact her at: www.virginiarobertsondesigns.com
Madeleine is the co-founder of ThePrintedBolt.com, a Web site that hosts national fabric design competitions on its blog. Madeleine enjoys playing with fabric and designing modern quilts.
Gerri Robinson is a multitalented fabric and pattern designer and author. Her latest book, Quilted Living, is published by Fat Quarter Shop.
Jackie is best known for her stylish, easy-to-make pieced quilt designs. A semi-retired international teacher and lecturer, she still keeps busy designing fabrics and quilts to showcase her fabrics.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Siobhan comes from a photography background. She is currently teaching patchwork and quilting, and designs quilts for publication.
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.
Collector and certified quilt appraiser Gerald E. Roy is also a quilter, painter, and antique dealer. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
A quilt pattern and fabric designer, McKenna is loved the world over for her nature inspired themes. She began her company, Pine Needles, in 1995, and has consistently delighted her fans over the years with hundreds of Simply Beautiful, Beautifully Simple quilt designs.
B. J. Santema
B.J. is a semi-retired fabric collector who loves to start new projects.
Darci and Lacey Schipnewski are a mother/daughter design team from rural Minnesota, who create Pasttyme Patterns at their quilt shop. The “Pastthyme Gals” mostly enjoy creating with pre-cut fabrics for smaller projects and are also known for designs with wool.
Shannon began her quilting journey in 1996 while in the Peace Corps, piecing and quilting her first quilt by hand. Since then she has learned to machine piece and machine quilt her projects. She has made hundreds of quilts for family, friends, and customers.
Anna began quilting eleven years ago and, in 2005, published her first quilt design. She loves bright colors and enjoys experimenting with her own hand-dyed fabrics.
Maho Schwartz is a wife and mother of four active children, who loves to design quilts. She also enjoys wakeboarding and snow skiing in the beautiful mountains of Utah.
Michele is a teacher, lecturer, fabric designer, and award-winning quilter. She has just published her first book, Bobbin’ Quiltin’ & Fusin’ Fun! Michele lives in Deptford, New Jersey with her husband, Tom, and her dog, Lucy. Contact her at www.piecefulquilter.com
Pam See began designing her own patterns in 1998, and established Vanilla Latte Quilts in 2004. She also teaches and lectures. Pam lives in Wisconsin with her very supportive husband, Dave, fifteen-year old son, Ben, and eight year old cat, George.
Deborah Shafer is a quilter and knitter from Winterset, Iowa, home of Fons & Porter. She works part-time in a senior center and spends much of her free time traveling to quilt shops and sewing with her furry friend, Kitty.
Wendy Sheppard, originally from Southeast Asia, trained and worked as a chemical engineer. Currently she resides in northern Virginia with her family. In her spare time she loves to do hand applique, heirloom needlework, and smocking. Her popular quilt designs have been published internationally. Contact her at: www.wendysheppard.net or www.ivoryspring.wordpress.com
Stephanie has had a sewing studio in her home for as long as she can remember. Her mother, Linda Leathersich, taught her to quilt when she was just 8 years old. In 2009 she turned her lifelong hobby into a career, partnering with her mother to create Stitched Together Studios.
Avis Shirer is one half of the design team Joined at the Hip. Together with longtime friend Tammy, they design quilts and blog about their quilting
Tammy is a quilt pattern designer, lecturer, quilt instructor, and the founder of Tamarinis. Her first love is designing patterns for quilters who are looking for a little something different, without being too difficult. Tammy is a Georgia native.
Edyta credits her family for her love of quilting and constant inspiration. As a designer for Moda, she shares her fabrics, quilts, and experiences with enthusiastic audiences worldwide. See more of Edyta’s wonderful quilts in her book Friendship Triangles, published by Landauer Publishing.
After trying her hand at quilting in 1989, Pat never looked back. While working her day job, she started her design business in the evenings and on weekends. In 2000, she transitioned to working full-time in her quilting business. A self proclaimed “geek,” Pat has built blogs, quilting groups, and facebook communities, and loves to connect with quilters across the world. Look for Pat in your area— she and husband Gregg travel all over the world to visit quilters and play with fabric!
Amy Smart is a wife, mother, blogger, and quilter from Utah. She creates to stay sane and blogs to avoid her hermit tendencies.
Betsy has been quilting for eleven years. She started out with hand quilting, but now quilts exclusively by machine. She has been a longarm quilter for three years. Betsy is married and has three grown sons. Contact here at BetsySmith001@gmail.com
Lori Smith lives in Minnesota and is an artist, designer, author and quilting instructor. She combines hand appliqué with machine piecing to create her stunning designs. Contact her at: www.frommyhearttoyourhands.com
Rebecca Smith lives in sunny Florida. She loves to make quilts and apparel, and generally just play with fabric with the help of her two kittens. You can read more about her misadventures at sewfestivehandmade.blogspot.com
Ramona Sorensen grew up on a small Utah farm where her grandmother taught her mother to hand quilt. Ramona's first sewing chore was to thread needles for neighborhood ladies that came to quilt. Years later, challenged to design by a quilting friend, she began designing her own quilts and learned to quilt on a long-arm. Ramona currently works at Corn Wagon Quilt Company.
Designing and making quilts for more than 25 years, Christine also has been teaching classes for five years. She likes using traditional blocks and patterns, modifying them to show off current fabrics. Contact her at www.projecthouse360.com
A pattern designer whose specialty is small, easy-to-complete projects and quilts, Deb’s handbags, lap quilts, and pillows have appeared in many quilting magazines.
Dawn Stewart’s quilting life began more than twenty years ago when she made a crib quilt for her daughter. Now she teaches, and loves to start beginners on their quilting journey. Contact her at www.springwaterdesigns.com
Marinda Stewart is a designer, writer, and teacher. Her work has been published in many books and magazines, and she has been featured in museum and gallery exhibitions.
Bonnie is a fifth-generation quilter. She is also an enthusiastic quilt designer, author and fabric designer.
Lisa Swenson Ruble
Lisa Swenson Ruble started sewing as a child, making clothes for her Cabbage Patch Kid. She graduated to quilts after finishing college and now she blogs about her sewing projects. Lisa lives in Michigan with her husband and three busy sons.
Tailormade by Design
Sisters Joanie Holton and Melanie Gresseth design quilts to highlight new fabrics. Their business, Tailormade by Design, provides them the opportunity to do what they love and to work with fabulous people every day. Contact them at: www.sewquiltcraft.com
Colleen is the Sewing Specialist for Love of Quilting magazine and television show. She has also assisted with video tutorials for Quilting Quickly magazine. Though she has sewn for over 40 years, Colleen has been quilting for “only” the last 12. She loves designing quilts that are simple and quick. Colleen says her quilts are meant to be used and loved, “so I can create more quilts!”
Calli’s popular blog called Make it Do, shares quilting, sewing, cooking, and cleaning projects and tips. She writes about being resourceful and finding happiness in simple, everyday activities.
Gina Thackara grew up among women who worked with thread, fabric, and yarn as a means of artistic expression and a way to fill long evening hours. Gina, a Spanish professor, and her husband live in Kingston, Pennsylvania, where they enjoy the mischief of the two Wheaten Terriers that dominate the household.
Alyssa is an accomplished illustrator, crafter, author, and fabric designer. As a child, Alyssa made everything from beaded bracelets to large papier-mache masks to be bartered for at her “trading post” outside her bedroom door. Today she sells her line of lovely, quirky hand-embroidery patterns, kits, and sewing patterns through her company, penguin & fish.
Janna Thomas is the President of Bloc Loc Rulers and is a self-described “ruler junkie.” She loves both piecework and appliqué and specializes in mixing unrelated techniques to achieve new quilt designs. Janna has written five books and co-designs Bloc Loc Rulers with her husband, Paul.
Jennifer Schifano Thomas
Jennifer has always had a love for color and design. She currently enjoys designing and making quilts for magazines, her online shop, and her blog.
Katrina started sewing in 4-H when she was eight years old, and has been teaching quilting for many years. She began designing a few years ago, and loves to find easier ways to make traditional designs. Katrina is a certified instructor for Deb Tucker, Studio 180 Design. To learn more, visit her website: thehopechestquilting.com
Associate Editor of Love of Quilting, Diane enjoys designing quilts on her computer, changing blocks and colors until she has a pattern she loves. She likes to make intricate quilts with lots of small pieces, and is always busy designing her next quilt.
Designer Deb Tucker has been an avid quiltmaker since 1981, and describes herself as a “Machine Piecing Efficiency Expert.” (We agree!) She has developed numerous streamlined construction techniques and tools to ensure high quality success for quilters of all skill levels. Deb and her husband, Jeff, reside in north central Pennsylvania.
Alison just can’t sit still! She is driven by a passion for transforming beautiful and unique geometric images into colorful quilts. When not quilting she enjoys gardening, cooking, rockhounding, and home improvement projects. Alison lives in San Marcos, Texas. Contact her at www.sewandtellquilts.com.
Jocelyn is blessed to love her position with It’s Sew Emma, which allows her to constantly create beautiful quilts.
Maria depends on careful use of color, contrast, and simple shapes to produce crisp uncluttered designs for her quilts, which appeal to quilters of all skill levels.
Heather Valentine is the creative talent behind The Sewing Loft, a sewing community focused on inspiring you to “reclaim” your creativity, one stitch at a time. This self-proclaimed fabric hoarder likes to stitch the night away and dreams of one day discovering a better way to detangle her thread collection.
Jane Vaughan began quilting in 1993. In 2007, she was given the opportunity to design a mystery quilt for Mill House Quilts in Waunakee, Wisconsin. Since that time she has designed over thirty mystery quilts and patterns under the Thornberry Quilts name. She teaches classes and is president of the Mad City Quilt Guild in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact her at: ThornberryQuilts@yahoo.com
Tammy Vonderschmitt is a mother of two and grandmother who has sewn all her life. She owned a quilt shop in Indiana for many years and now lives in Texas.
For about 40 years, Krisanne Watkins been designing and making quilts. Her inspiration came from her grandmother Marie Wood and her amazing Singer foot-powered treadle sewing machine.
Sally Weber began sewing as a young child, and gradually worked into garment making. She learned to quilt after the birth of her first child. Sally is the Chapter Coordinator for Quilts for Kids.
After working twenty-seven years in a school library, Kathie Webster now enjoys working at Sew Nice in Norwich, New York. She likes to make quilts, work in her garden, travel, and spend time with her grandchildren.
Jean is the owner of The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon, founder of Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, and author of twenty-seven quilting books with C&T Publishing. Her last book was Intuitive Color and Design and her new one, due to be released this summer, is Journey to Inspired Art Quilting. Contact her at: www.stitchinpost.com
Kathleen loves designing and sewing. Read the blog she and her daughter write at www.PieceAndQuilt.com.
Lindsay Wilkes is the owner and designer of The Cottage Mama. She is a wife, mother of four young children, author, and business owner.
Designer/author/teacher, Cathy Wierzbicki, has numerous patterns and five quilting books to her credit, but that’s not all. She is the developer of The Quilter’s Boot for making perfect mitered binding. Her preferred technique is changing the way quilters across the country apply binding to their quilt tops.
Dee Wittmack has been designing in all the areas of the needlearts for many years. Seven years ago she turned her graphic needlepoint designs into an applique quilt and she has been quilting ever since. DeElda’s designs are a cheerful blend of whimsy and folk art that will surely bring a little sunshine into any day. Contact her at email@example.com
Karen has been interested in historical fabrics and quilts for many years. In 2005, she started Reproduction Quilts to market her original designs. Karen also sells fabrics and notions for replicating quilts from the eighteenth and ninteenth centuries.
This country girl has been an artist from the time she could hold a pencil. She is a wife and mother of two rambunctious little boys. Jamie is currently a fabric designer with a focus on designing collections that are boy friendly and boy approved.
Jean Ann Wright
Jean Ann Wright is a quilt designer and co-author of Circle of Nine featuring a creative new setting system for quilt blocks. Jean Ann is available for quilting programs and workshops.
Rachael Wright and Christine Sharp
Rachael Wright and Christine Sharp are a mother-daughter team operating under the name Kids Quilts, based in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges near Aukland City, New Zealand.
Dee, a former quilt shop owner and current fabric sales rep, is a quilting fanatic. When she’s not assisting quilt shop owners in finding just the “perfect” fabric line, she’s either designing her next quilt, piecing, or quilting away on her longarm.
Annemarie S. Yohnk
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.
Corey is a quilt designer residing 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.
Evelyn Young has always loved fabric and sewing, but never expected to be a quilter. She made her first quilt when she became an empty nester in 1998 and has made hundreds of quilts since then. She is a “controlled” scrap quilter who is equally fond of piecing, machine appliqué, and machine quilting. She loves reproduction fabrics, including African Shweshwe. Contact her at: MarulaDesigns@gmail.com
In 1984, Alice Zeman’s daughter encouraged her to begin piecing, and she hasn’t stopped since. Alice likes to make scrap quilts using leftovers and trimmings supplied by her friends.
Nancy Zieman is an author, pattern designer, businesswoman, producer, and national sewing authority. She is best known as the host of the popular television show Sewing with Nancy®. Nancy lives in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, with her husband, Richard. The couple has two sons, Ted and Tom.
Darlene Zimmerman is a fabric designer specializing in reproduction prints. She has also designed many quilting tools for EZ Quilting, is the author of a variety of books, and designs individual patterns. Darlene teaches and lectures nationally and internationally. Visit Darlene’s website at www.feedsacklady.com
Phyllis Zylstra enjoys replicating historic quilts. Her mother gave her free rein with her sewing machine and helped her appreciate the satisfaction of “homemade” clothing and gifts. She lives in Pella, Iowa, where she is also a Dutch costume seamstress.