Meet Our Recent Contributors
Anthony (issue 8/2018)
my first quilt for a doll when I was 5 years old and I still
have that quilt. I also received my first sewing machine that
year. My parents encouraged all my sewing and craft ideas.
Years later I saw an aunt's quilts and vowed that someday
I would make quilts also. I made my first quilt when I was
15 and have been making quilts since. I started long-arm quilting
in 1999. When I make quilts, I just start cutting and sewing.
I get inspired by a piece of material I have on hand, something
I see, or my need for a gift. My favorite quilts are scrap
I do not write my patterns down. I
calculate the math on scrap paper, then throw them out. I
guess if I plan to have any more patterns published I better
do a better job of record keeping. I was born and raised in
St. Marys, PA and moved to Cambridge, MA, seven years ago
to become a full time grandma to my 6 grandchildren.
Joan Ballard (issue 5/2019)
introduced to the world of quilting about 20 years ago. With
each quilt, I tried a new technique, pattern, or fabric line.
I loved them all. Soon my stash started to grow. I was already
working full time, and once my two boys were in college, I
applied for a part time job at a local quilt shop, on a whim.
For the past 12 years, I have continued to work my full-time
and part-time jobs while I have also been teaching classes
at the quilt shop. Recently I purchased a long-arm machine
and have started my own quilting business.
I am a self-taught knitter who loves
to cook, relax at our lake house, and most of all, spend time
with my family who have always supported me and given me their
Quilting has opened up a whole new
world for me, and over the years I have met so many wonderful
people, many of whom have become good friends. For that I
am forever grateful.
My designs have been published in
the books Quilted Gifts from Your Scraps & Stash
(DRG), Baby Bright Quilts (Leisure Arts), The
Quilt Pattern Magazine, and Quilters World
Alma Barkman (issue 6/2019)
a maiden name decidedly Scottish, scrap quilting appeals to
my thrifty nature. While I enjoy looking at the beautiful
endeavors of artistic quilters, my personal satisfaction comes
from fulfilling a certain waste not, want not
mentality. Growing up on a Canadian prairie farm, one of my
best memories was snuggling down under patchwork quilts when
the temperature dropped to 40 degrees below zero. Those quilts
were pieced together with whatever odds and ends my mother
could salvage from her meager resources. On quilting days,
one of my favorite pastimes as a youngster was ironing scraps
of percale cotton with a flat iron heated on the McClary wood
stove. I then watched my mother sew them together into crazy
quilts on her Singer treadle machine.
My other hobby is writing. I have
authored nine books, the contents of which combine humor,
nostalgia, and Christian inspiration. Feel welcome to visit
RaeLyn Boothe (issue 5/2019)
Boothe (known as RB online) was raised by a quilter who was
raised by a quilter who was raised by a quilter. However,
she didnt embrace quilting until she was about to become
a grandmother for the first time. Five years and six grandchildren
later, quilting has become a passion she enjoys every day.
RaeLyn lives in the beautiful mountains
of Utah with her very supportive husband Bryan, two old cats,
a big, silly golden-doodle puppy, and a couple of goldfish.
In addition to grandkids, quilting, and blogging, she enjoys
board games and puzzles of all kinds. She believes there isnt
much wrong that a nap and a diet Pepsi cant fix.
She developed a piecing technique
she calls seamless piecing and recently started
a blog by the same name. She offers a free pattern every month
as well as skill-building tutorials and a little bit of zaniness.
RaeLyns ebook, The Fast Track to Seamless Piecing,
will soon be available at www.seamlesspiecing.com.
Anna Branch (issue 6/2019)
Anna Branch is an avid quilter who,
with her husband and little dog, is enjoying the benefits
of country living. She has been a writer for many years and
is currently being published in the Almaguin News
and in Quilter's Connection Magazine. You can
read more about her life in the maple bush on her blog. Anna
also has a web site where you can see her patterns, get tutorials,
and enter her contests.
Penny Brian (issue 2/2019)
only been quilting for five years, and like so many others,
I started quilting when I retired and discovered I needed
a diversion in my life.
My very first quilt was made for
my daughters baby shower and as with most first quilts,
it certainly was not perfect. But it hooked me to the craft
and I have spent time learning as much as I could about quilting
and trying to master the techniques involved. I have had plenty
of opportunity to practice quilting as I have six children
and sixteen grandchildren all of whom I have made at least
one quilt for. I also make quilts for baby showers, wedding
gifts, Christmas gifts, and birthday gifts for my friends
and family to give to their friends and family. When I dont
have a specific recipient for a quilt, I donate the quilt
Bev Crouse (issue 10/2018)
quilter, Bev grew up with quilts, literally, in rural Prince
Edward Island, Canada. She developed a love of fabrics and
colours at an early age and never wavered.
From the time she got her first sewing
machine (a gift from hubby on their first Christmas), she
sewed dresses, doll clothes, bathing suits and tailored suits
but was always ready for a new sewing adventure.
The 1980s brought quilts into Bevs
life. It all started at a workshop with a traditional patchwork
sampler quilt. She has since stitched, designed, taught, and
played with all shapes, sizes, and techniques. Primarily self-taught,
Bev is fascinated with computer design a perfect match
for this self- confessed technique and gadget junkie.
Bev enjoys the view from Moose Harbour,
Barbara Douglas (issue
quilt pattern designer, teacher/lecturer, art quilter and
author, became a quilter at the age of 8 when her grandmother
outfitted her with a cardboard template and pencil to begin
her first nine-patch quilt. Over the years, she designed her
own blocks and quilts for personal use and taught classes
for the major fabric store where she was employed. After resigning
from her long-term managerial position in 1999, she began
her quilt pattern design company, Stone Cottage Designs.
Though she teaches far and wide, her favorite teaching venue
is in The Dungeon; her in-home studio space with its rock-lined
walls and fireplace.
She shares her 76 year old stone cottage
and a section of The Dungeon with her woodworking husband,
Duane Douglas. Between the fabric and the wood, one can only
imagine the amount of dust this old house generates. Barbara
is also a mother of three and grandmother to six.
Eisenman (issue 11/2018)
began my pattern design company, Snuggles Quilts, in
May of 2003. I have since successfully marketed my patterns
to shops around the country from my home based business in
Osage, Iowa. I have been quilting for almost 30 years and
have been designing quilt patterns about that long. Those
patterns range from pillows and table runners to wall hangings
and lap quilts. My patterns are displayed at my shop on www.snugglesquilts.com.
first book, Country-Fresh Quilts, was published
by Martingale & Company in August 2008. In February 2011
my second book with Martingale, Scrap Quilts Go Country,
was released. My third book, Blooming Patchwork,
with Kansas City Star Books (now C&T Publishing), was
released in July 2014 and is still available.
at home in my studio has been a dream come true. I love the
entire process in developing a pattern. Seeing a project emerge
from the initial drawings on graph paper to a finished quilt
is what keeps my days interesting!
Franzese (issue 1/2019)
I have been a professional cellist,
cello teacher, and artist my entire adult life. When I turned
60 (2010), I decided Id better start working on my bucket
list. I had never quilted, and making a quilt entirely by
hand was on my list. I figured if I made a sampler quilt with
half-pieced and half-appliqué 6" blocks that by
the time I finished, I would have a good idea of how to make
a quilt. I fell in love with quilting!!!
Gavlick Hartnett (issue 5/2019)
since I was a child, I sewed, crocheted, embroidered, and
made my own clothes. Thats when I found my love of textiles.
As an art major, I added batik and weaving to my interests.
My career was spent designing embroidery,
lace, and emblems for manufacturers and for over 30 years
designing and constructing costumes in my own business Costumes
by Barbara (which I retired from in March 2018).
Creating quilt designs are fun for
me. I have been working on my designs for almost 40 years.
My grandmother, my mother, and my aunts were all hand quilters.
(I like to think I inherited that gene.) Although I learned
to quilt by hand, I found myself more interested in the design,
color, and construction of the quilt tops.
I enjoy seeing my designs come to
life and I am always humbled when others appreciate my work.
After decades of practice, I still feel like a novice.
Jeanne Hewell-Chambers (issue
and torn frilly little girl dresses; gloves and aprons; and
cloth and clothing received from those who just dont
know what to do with them bring Jeanne Hewell-Chambers to
tears. Rescuing other womens unfinished textile projects,
wearing skirts that flit and earrings that dangle, and seeing
what others have created from cloth makes her smile. Southern
to the bone, she lives and breathes, attracts and collects,
sees and senses stories. She writes them - witnesses them
- performs them - and stitches them.
Big, fat, crazy ideas are no stranger
to Jeanne, and shes been known to whip out a pen and
give her ideas to fictional women to see too. This time, however,
Jeanne chose to push her own sleeves up and breath the big,
fat, crazy idea called The 70273 Project into life,
and oh my goodness, what a life-changing, astonishing experience
it has been. www.The70273Project.org
Vicki Holloway (issue 6/2019)
has been quilting with her mother since childhood. Her interest
in quilting continued as she enjoyed her familys collection
of traditional quilts. She made her first quilt, a small,
traditional wedding ring quilt, when she was expecting her
In 2010 when Vicki was recuperating
from an illness, her mother bought a long arm, and Vicki has
been free motion quilting ever since! Her love of quilting
has grown from blogging, designing, and longarming to always
talking about quilting on her podcasts. She teaches both traditional
and improv technique classes at her local quilt shop. She
classifies her personal esthetic as traditional fusion
quiltingit isnt any one style! Over the
years, she has made several quilts that were in magazines
and quilt shows.
Vicki has two adult children and three
grandchildren and has been married to her husband for 32 years.
She resides in rural and snowy northern Michigan. The long
winters are very conducive to making and using quilts!
Belinda Jones (issue 12/2018)
Watching her great-grandmother tat,
crochet, and quilt inspired Belinda Jones interest in
the sewing arts at an early age. Great-grandmother Corkran
advised Belinda to keep her hands busy, and she has followed
that advice, never failing to leave home without a bag containing
some sort of hand-sewing project inside.
Becoming interested in quilting in
her early twenties, Belinda spent a week with her paternal
grandmother learning how to hand piece. With the help of family
members, her first quilt top was hand quilted on a frame in
her grandmother's living room. This first attempt at quilting
led Belinda to take quilting classes in piecing, appliqué,
and color application.
Today, Belinda enjoys all types of
sewing including heirloom smocking, home decoration, quilting,
and childrens clothing. She enjoys the challenge of
designing her own quilts, especially those using scrappy,
reproduction fabrics. Along with her own quilting designs,
she has created patterns for 18" dolls. Belinda and her
husband Steve live in Monroe, LA.
Connie Kaufman (issue 1/2019)
Connie is a quilter/designer/author
living in Nappanee, Indiana. She has a love of color and design
and enjoys creating a wide variety of projects. Many of her
patterns appear in books and magazines. She has published
6 books: Piecefully Amish, 24 Kids Quilt Blocks, 24 Sunbonnet
Sue and Overall Sam Quilt Blocks, The Scrap Savers Solution
Book, Put Some Charm in Your Quilts, and Little Gems.
Visit her website and blog at:
Judith Kennedy (issue 3/2019)
sewing at the age of 5 on a farm in Kansas. I watched my 10-year-old
sister sew doll clothes on my mothers 1910 treadle sewing
machine. I made my first quilt at the age of 12, a Dresden
plate pattern that my mother found in the newspaper to keep
me busy for the summer. I started using flower sacks and scraps
from my mother. With a long sewing history out of necessity
and enjoyment in my family, I was hooked on sewing and quilts.
Off to college at 18, I graduated
in 1978 from Wichita State University with my Physical Therapy
I continued to sew throughout the
the years by tailoring clothing and making baby clothes for
my daughter and son while I continued my career.
As my adoration for quilting progressed,
I started buying patterns with an interest in early American
quilt blocks, including a variety of stars, Log Cabin, Dresden
Plate, and Grandmothers Flower Garden. As I progressed
with each design, I would alter the pattern to make it my
Midge Kincaid (issue 4/2019)
and needlework have been part of my life since childhood,
but it wasnt until I attended my first guild meeting
that the quilting bug got me. Its been my passion since
the 90s when I began with utility quilts. Since then, Ive
developed a sincere appreciation for the art of quilting,
which encompasses countless mediums. Ive never found
just one thing to center down on. I love it all.
In 2010 my quilt, Elements of Change,
was published in Ricky Tims book, Kool Kaleidoscope
Quilts, after I attended his seminar. In September
2011 my article about that experience was published in The
Quilt Pattern Magazine.
Over the years Ive received
numerous quilting awards, and most recently Ive enjoyed
teaching an occasional craft class through my Maze Stone Guild.
In 2021, I will chair the philanthropy quilt project for Valley
Quilters Guild. Proceeds from this endeavor will provide several
scholarships for graduating high school students. The world
of quilting is interesting and diverse, and for me it continues
to hold fascination and a curiosity to try new things.
Lorie Lkeiner Eckert (issue
Kleiner Eckert makes quilts-with-words and symbols pieced
(NOT appliqued) into the design. Usually her quilt letters
are five inches tall and three inches wide, but sometimes
the letters are half that size. For TQPM she
has tried a new way to add words to quilts using a
topical application of buttons connected in dot-to-dot fashion.
Lories quilts-with-words have
been widely seen. She has three books in print and two of
them are adult picture books illustrated with her quilts.
The books are NOT pattern books. Instead, they are motivational
books about having the courage to live life fully. She has
also used her quilts as visual aids in motivational talks
she has given to over 22,000 people in 11 states and to every
sort of group from PTAs to Procter & Gamble, including,
of course, quilt guilds. Lories latest endeavor is to
print her quilt designs on gorgeous giftware that she sells
To learn more about Lorie, please
check out her website: www.loriekleinereckert.com
and her Etsy shop: LorieKleinerEckert.Etsy.com.
Jaci Lawson (issue 6/2019)
I was 9 , I saw a knitted bikini in a magazine. I thought,
I can do that! I've been creating ever since,
and my projects tend to ensnare husband, family, and unsuspecting
An art quilter from Dover, NH, I made
my first quilt in 2009. My quilts have since been shown in
local art exhibits, local and regional quilt shows, and a
local craftsman outlet. I have also designed other craft projects,
including a luggage tag design published in Quilts and
More, Summer 2011, and have given demonstrations on
art quilting techniques, fabric collage, and other art techniques,
including a 3-D challenge at the Cocheco Quilt Guild
Art Bee, of which I am a founding member. I am currently
working with a partner to create Zentangle®-style
My greatest achievement is living
happily with the same husband for over 30 years, despite dragging
him into every home and garden project I could dream up. He
lives in fear of 5 words: Honey, I have an idea!
We have 3 extraordinary daughters and 3 exceptional grandchildren.
Truly, the Lord has been good to us and blessed our home.
is Valerie Le Pont, and I have been married to Jean Le Pont
for 47 years. We have two daughters, seven grandchildren,
and one precious great granddaughter, Paisley. We have lived
in Derby, KS, since 1986 when my husband retired from the
Air Force after 20 years.
I have been sewing since I was 12
years old. I made all my clothes when I was in school. After
our marriage, I began making new lines of clothes - maternity
clothes and then baby clothes. Having daughters, there were
then prom dresses and wedding gowns.
I started quilting in 1992. A friend
and I took a class together and it started us on a whole new
adventure. We quilted together for over 20 years. We were
each others critic yet still best friends. After she
passed away, Peggys Angels was formed and all quilts
were donated to charitable causes. Now I quilt for great grandchildren.
Veronica Norris (issue 6/2019)
I used to be a pony breeder/trainer,
but in 2009 we had to sell all the ponies and move. Without
them, I was getting bored and needed a hobby. I remembered
learning how to quilt with my grandmother when I was very
young. In May 2013, I returned to quilting. I
am self taught from books and magazines. I jumped in with
both feet and haven't looked back. I love being able to create
using fabric. I also design with the help of EQ7.
Kitty Pearl (issue 1/2019)
Pearl writes quilt stories, poems, and patterns. You can follow
Pearls posts on her blog, Road Home Quilting.
Pearls first quilt book, 9
Lives: A Quilts Tale, is nine short stories
telling the life of one quilt.
Pearl says, I was always enamored
of quilts, but I never believed I would have the skill level
to create one. I still remember that magical day in 10th grade
geometry class when I learned to bisect angles and divide
squares into triangles. I thought, This must be how
quilts are built! Now Pearl enjoys sharing these
practical math solutions with her quilting students.
Pearl also likes canning, which she
learned from her Grandmother. So along with pattern design
news, youll find original recipes on our Road Home
Quilting blog. You can find Pearls ten original
recipe jams at KittyPearlsEmporium.Etsy.com.
Did you know Road Home Quilting patterns
are also available in wholesale sets for shops, fundraisers,
workshops, and craft parties?
Victoria Rice (issue 6/2019)
in colorful Colorado. I am married with eight children, 21
grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. My favorite pastime
I have been quilting for over 40 years
and love creating beautiful quilts. I never dreamed I would
design a quilt pattern but when the opportunity came to create
my own quilt, I took the plunge. I enjoy going to quilting
retreats and spending time with other quilters. The shopping
part of quilting is my favorite part. Choosing the right fabrics
for a pattern is so much fun. I love to experiment with different
fabrics and colors. There seems to be a shortage of time,
though, for sewing and quilting all the projects I want to
do. Happy quilting to all!
Ivy Mukherjee Sen (issue
in Huntington Beach, CA with my husband, but my home is Allahabad,
India. I would like to thank my husband Dr. Soumitro Sen for
his motivation and encouragement.
I started hand quilting while my husband
was in graduate school. Then in 2014 we moved to Greenville,
NC. I joined a formal quilting guild there and started machine
quilting. My first quilt was a twin size quilt for my mother-in-law
in India. The members of Greenville Quilters Guild in North
Carolina guided and motivated me to create a number of quilts.
From 2014 to early 2017, I quilted over 45 quilts. My mentor
Norma Stiles Nabut helped me throughout the year and shared
her expertise. I am also grateful to her for her invaluable
guidance throughout the process. In 2016 we moved to southern
California. I joined another guild, Quilters by the Sea.
It is my dream to excel in the fiber
art world by designing and using my own fabrics and creating
quilts that reflect the bright flair of India, the free styling
whimsy of California, and the southern comfort
of North Carolina.
Rose Smith (issue
was born in Zambia and moved to the United Kingdom in the
seventies to attend university. When her three children flew
the nest, she moved to Birmingham, UK, where she finds plenty
of quilt inspiration.
She has sewn for most of her life,
making all her own clothes as a teenager, but came to quilting
much later in life. When she began quilting, she sometimes
found the jargon and pattern instructions difficult to follow.
This led her to set up a website, where she could provide
beginner quilting tips and ideas in bite size chunks. Now
through her website, she provides easy patterns for many different
types of projects bags, cushion and pillow covers,
wall hangings as well as quilts of all sizes and designs.
Carol Sterns (issue
Stearns is a professional Interior Decorator and owner of
Decorating Den Interiors in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. During
her 34-year career, she has received many awards and accolades.
The Franchise Owner of the Year Award recognized her leadership
in promoting positive changes in the companys image
and presence within the interior design industry.
Stearns design work has been
recognized in the annual international Dream Room Contest.
She has been published in numerous magazines, writes a monthly
decorating article for the Northwest Florida Daily News, and
is regularly interviewed by news reporters for input in the
design field. In addition, she is retired from the United
States Air Force Reserve having attained the rank of Lieutenant
Carol started her quilting passion
in 2010 when she took a beginning quilting class at a local
quilt shop. Since then, she has created and designed hundreds
of quilts and bags, many donated for charitable purposes.
Her creative design talents lend themselves well to selecting
fabrics and colors for a quilt.
Her websites are www.decdens.com/cstearns
Noémi Sziva (issue
I live with my family in Budapest.
I am currently in high school. I love reading and drawing.
(I even had drawing and painting classes when I was younger.)
I have never sewn although I often help my mother with choosing
colors for her quilts. Once I started to sketch a series of
planets with personalities. (When I was younger, I was very
interested in space and planets and used the knowledge to
create personalities for the design.) Some of them have too
many details, but others can be sewn. Plútó
was one of them.
Zsuzsanna Sziva (issue
I started quilting in 2013 when I
took a class in the heat of the moment. I was hooked immediately.
In 2016 I bumped into the possibility of testing for TQPM.
I love the inspiring and encouraging community around this
magazine. While I tested a couple of patterns for TQPM,
I sewed many other patterns too. Usually I modified them slightly
following my own ideas. Maybe these were the first steps of
designing a pattern. The other inspiration was seeing my daughters
drawings about planets. Some of them are really great for
appliqué. I chose Plútó and his friends
as a base of my first pattern. I live in Budapest (Hungary)
with my supportive husband and two wonderful kids.
Donna Westerkamp (issue
my name is Donna Westerkamp and I am the mother of one daughter
and five sons. I live in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.
My career began with making cloth
dolls for craft shows. I was also published on the cover of
several major magazines for my original designs. Then, I freelanced
my sewing and craft ideas with a team of designers for Ben
Franklin Crafts magazine and Leewards Creative Craft
stores (now Michaels).
As life got busy at home, I found
quilting by hand was all I could do in doctors offices
and on sports fields. I taught myself how to use the computer
and became proficient in EQ.
I have been designing quilts for local
quilt shops and Internet stores ever since. In 2008, I started
my longarm quilting business and learned the art of free-motion
quilting. I am a member of the Faithful Circle Quilt Guild
and past President of Northern Illinois Longarm Guild.
Thank you for reading my story. Please
visit my website for more information.
Shari Williams (issue
inheriting my mothers sewing machine in 2000, I taught
myself to sew. Inspired by my grandmothers star quilt
and kaleidoscopes, I used graph paper to draw patterns. I
have designed, sewn, and sold over 500 quilts on Ebay (SewCrafty-2008)
Being self taught, I consider myself
an amateur in designing easy quilt patterns.
In addition to The Quilt Pattern
Magazine, I have been or will be featured in McCalls
Quilting November 2017, Quiltmakers 100 Blocks
- Volume 16, American Quilter July 2018, and
Modern Patchwork September 2018.
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