Quilt with the Stars!

In each issue, Love of Quilting will feature a quilting celebrity, her sewing space, and a trunk show of her work.

Join host Mary Fons as she interviews the quilting celebrity, shows her works of art and shares a project with us. Step by step instructions will be found in the corresponding issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.

Quilt with the Stars

You’ll find links to all of Mary’s interviews on our Quilt with the Stars video homepage.

  Eleanor Burns

Since 1978 with the publication of her first quilt book, Make a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin Pattern, Eleanor has written more than 100 quilt books and quilt patterns. Here publications and classes teach a wide variety of quilt techniques: strip piecing, applique, scrap quilting, crazy quilts, paper piecing, piecing stars, triangles, and squares.

View Eleanor’s slide show.

Nina McVeigh

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
guest spots.

View a slide show of a few of her favorite quilts.

  Vanessa Christenson

Vanessa — mother of four, business owner, fabric designer and quilter extraordinaire — enjoys a cadre of fans who appreciate her clean style and elegant eye.

View a slide show of her work.

Jenny Doan

With millions of video views under her belt, Jenny can rightly claim to have taught hundreds of thousands of visitors to her YouTube channel. Additionally, her shop supplies quilt fabrics and tools to quilters around the nation.

Enjoy this slide show of this quilting star.

  Patrick Lose

Patrick Lose is a professional designer and a true trendsetter in the quilting industry. He is most well-known for his successful collections of fabrics from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Timeless Treasures and Moda, which include his trademark marbelized solids. Patrick’s quilts, clothing, home decorating accessories and crafts have appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, Country Crafts, and American Patchwork and Quilting, just to name a few. In September 2010, Patrick launched Quilting Celebrations magazine.

Enjoy this slide show featuring a few of Patrick’s projects and workspaces.


Bonnie Sullivan

Quilting is in Bonnie Sullivan’s genes. As a fifth-generation quilter, she learned to sew as a child, and is now a popular designer known for her wool and flannel quilts.

Enjoy this slide show featuring Bonnie’s workspace and studio.

  Deb Tucker
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.Enjoy this slide show featuring Deb’s quilts, workspaces and feline helpers.

  Amanda Murphy
Amanda Murphy juxtaposes the modern with the traditional in her quilts and her fabric lines for Blend Fabrics. Her first book, Modern Holiday, with C&T Publishing, came out this year.Enjoy this slide show featuring quilts from Modern Holiday and tour of Amanda’s studio.

TailorMade by Design
Sisters Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth design projects to highlight new fabrics. Their business, TailorMade by Design, provides them the opportunity to do what they love every day.Tour the studio and enjoy the work of this dynamic pair in our exclusive slide show.Don’t miss Mary Fons’ interview with Joanie and Melanie:

Lynne Hagmeier
Lynne Hagmeier helped found Kansas Troubles Quilters in 1984 with two friends. Today, her “empire” embraces fabric lines, books, workshops and even cruises for quilters.Enjoy our slideshow of Lynne’s shop, home and quilts in this slide show.Don’t miss Mary Fons’ interview with Lynne:

  Kim Diehl
After winning a national challenge with her third quilt, Kim’s new-found hobby quickly blossomed into a full-time career. In addition to designing quilts and authoring her “Simple” series of books for Martingale & Co., she has designed several fabric collections. Kim travels nationally, sharing her quilts and teaching her easy techniques.View our slideshow of Kim’s home and workshop and view a selection of her quilts in this slide show.Don’t miss Mary Fons’ interview with Kim:

  Nancy Halvorson
Creative chaos reigns when Nancy Halvorsen pulls out all the stops—fabrics, threads, patterns—to work on yet another design project. Loving every minute of having her own business since starting it in 1992, Nancy designs, creates, and writes from home while orders are shipped from the warehouse in town.View our slideshow of Nancy’s studio, workstation, warehouse and a sampling of her work.Don’t miss Mary Fons’ interview with Nancy:

  Edyta Sitar
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. Learn more at www.laundrybasketquilts.comCheck out this slideshow featuring Edyta’s studio and a few of her designs.

Lisa Bongean
Lisa is the brain behind Primitive Gatherings-a juggernaut of an operation, specializing in hand-dyed wool goods. She is a popular fabric and pattern designer who loves to share her ideas with other quilters. If you love a traditional or primitive look, Lisa’s designs are sure to be some of your favorites. You can check out on of her designs, primitive-style wool table topper, here.Check out this slideshow featuring Lisa’s studio and a few of her designs.

Sandy Gervais
Sandy Gervais 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.”

Click her to see a slideshow of Sandy’s studio and work.

Lori Smith
This time, our celebrity spotlight shines on Lori Smith, a traditional designer and quilter. Lori is known for her beautiful handwork, which combines patchwork and appliqué.

Click here to see a slideshow of Lori’s studio and quilts.

Nancy Mahoney 
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

Click here for a slideshow of Nancy’s studio.

Watch Mary Fons’ video interview with Nancy on YouTube.

Kelly Mueller
Our first spotlight fell on Kelly Mueller. Her whimsical characters and popular designs delight quilters of all ages, and her projects are quick and easy to make. Click here to see a slide show of Kelly Mueller’s studio and quilts.More information about Kelly, click here.