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Nan Baker
Marketing Director

As a designer, teacher, speaker, consultant and owner of her company, PURRFECT SPOTS, Nan Baker strives to create unique and beautiful designs for quilting and needlework enthusiasts.

Her designs have appeared in numerous needlework catalogs, plus the Quilting Professional, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, The Quilt Pattern Magazine, QuiltsandCreativity.com and on QNNtv.com.

As an animal advocate, Nan promotes animal disaster preparedness. As a former member of the Disaster Animal Response Team for The Humane Society of the United States, she created The CASEY Plan (Caring for Animals Safely in Emergencies during the Year) which is a nationwide program. She has received several awards because of her efforts. A portion of her sales is donated to animal disaster relief education.

With a degree in Health Care Marketing, Nan establishes new and innovative programs for our readers. One example is the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team.

Nan says her position with TQPM is "purrfect" as quilting is good therapy, therefore good for your health!


Sue Beevers
Editor in Chief

I am an artist, painter, fabric designer, and quilter, but I started out as a spinner, weaver, and dyer. My fibre work exists in collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. I have also been a guest artist on HGTV's Simply Quilts twice.

I have designed fabrics for RJR and Northcott and spend the majority of my life designing quilt patterns and fabrics. I have written two books for C&TPublishing,Off the Shelf Fabric Painting and Dancing Dragonfly Quilts. My work has been featured in numerous magazines. Additionally, my son and I own a pattern company, Trillium Ridge Quilt Patterns.

My husband, pup, and I live in central New York State. I love to travel and present trunk shows, give lectures, and teach workshops. Contact me for a description of my lectures and workshops and availability.


RaeLyn Booth
Technical Editor

RaeLyn Boothe (known as RB online) was raised by a quilter who was raised by a quilter who was raised by a quilter. However, she didn't 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 isn't much wrong that a nap and a Diet Pepsi can't 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.


Barbara Chojnacki
Corel Formatter

I have been stitching in one form or another for most of my life. After having dabbled in all types of embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and even bobbin lace, I discovered quilting and it stuck!

I began my own pattern company, Six Gables Designs, in 2005 and shortly thereafter became a founding member of the New England Quilt Designers Cooperative. In 2010, I created the Outside the Grid rulers, and I recently published my first book, Tidbits & Twiglets; Stash-busting strategies for creating quilts from five easy pieces.

I love working with scraps, especially other quilters' unwanted and unloved scraps. I can truly say I have never met a scrap I didn't like. The uglier the fabric, the more I want to play with it! I even hosted an ugly fabrics challenge on an online quilt group a while back.

I live in Westerly, Rhode Island and belong to guilds in Rhode Island and Connecticut. I teach locally and vend and demo at quilt shows throughout southern New England.

By the way, my house DOES have six gables!


Phyllis Harvell
Technical Editor

My quilting journey began in 2005. Others tried to get me interested in quilting earlier, but my life was just too busy with family, work, and community orchestra. As the children grew up and moved out, I was able to explore quilting and found a new passion. Over the years I have evolved from piecing quilt tops to quilting on my longarm to designing mystery quilts. At our annual quilting retreats, my niece and sisters generously endured (tested) my mystery quilt designs, and that gave me the courage to lead my local quilt guild through a successful mystery quilt endeavor. My latest accomplishment has been selling some of my patterns to local quilt stores.

My family includes my husband (30+ years), five children, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two dogs who think they rule the house here in Arkansas. I have been retired ten years and continue to look forward to many more years of buying fabric (my favorite part), designing quilts, and quilting with friends and family.

Maria Hrabovsky

Maria's fascination with quilts started in first grade with stories about pioneers and their quilts. She began quilting in 1985. In 2001, inspired by her husband's art work, they became a design team: Maria Michaels Designs.

Their quilts have appeared in The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Quiltmaker, The Canadian Quilter, and Miniature Quilt Ideas. They were interviewed for the article Couples in the Quilt Business for The Professional Quilter. Maria later wrote a two-part article for the magazine. Her quilts have been shown at three International Quilt Markets. She was invited to submit a quilt to the juried show, Kindred Spaces as part of the celebration of 100 Years of Anne of Green Gables in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island,Canada. Her quilt won third place. She is a former elementary school and quilting teacher.

In 2005, realizing how difficult it can be for quilters to find a venue to sell their work, she created the website Quilts for Sale for that purpose. At last count, it represents over 140 quilters.


Kari Lippert
Corel Formatter

Kari began needlework early through knitting and crochet. Her first sewing project (age 6) was a doll dress (donated back to the Salvation Army once clothed). From ages 7 to 12, she embroidered a willow pattern tablecloth as her first serious project and the only thing (other than reading) she would sit still for. After completing a velvet evening gown and vest for her orchestral performances, Kari saw a Lone Star quilt pattern when she was 16.

Her love of stitching has taken her to master counted thread, crewel, needlepoint, bobbin lace, and tatting in addition to piecing and appliqué She has created hundreds of pieces, many of which have won first place ribbons. She enjoys teaching and has numerous ongoing projects, not to mention a sizable stash that she refers to as her "retirement plan"!

Cindy Mccoy

Cindy Mccoy, known to many as MsDesigns, discovered the world of quilting in 1993. She created the company CD Designs for the purpose of selling her own appliqué patterns. In 1997, she fell in love with English Paper Piecing. Her first finished project was a gift to her mother - a king-sized Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. Cindy traveled around the USA doing quilt shows as a vendor. She also taught Freezer Paper Appliqué and English Paper Piecing at the shows. After about 5 years of traveling, Cindy moved her company to the Internet. As an experienced, professional web designer, she has created all of her web sites.

Cindy is the CEO of The Quilt Pattern Magazine which is her latest big adventure.


Bonny Peters
Corel Formatter

Bonny started sewing almost 50 years ago but did not start quilting until 2012. On a whim, she decided to try her hand and quickly became addicted to the myriad of fabrics available. Santa brought her Electric Quilt 7 that year and she has been designing quilts ever since. Since retiring in June 2013, Bonny has devoted many hours to designing and quilting. December 2015 began a new adventure for her with the launch of Cat Den Mountain Quilts. Her goal is to sell enough patterns to supplement her fabric budget.

Bonny lives with her husband of 30-plus years in the woods of southwestern New Hampshire. They retired from the Tampa Bay area of Florida. They have many pets, although none indoors. Their outdoor pets include many mammals, birds, and amphibians. Notable among these are a bobcat, scarlet tanagers, and spotted newts.


Roxana Whitner

Roxana Whitner has been quilting since 1982, but her life with four children took precedence for a time. She returned to quilting about ten years ago and has loved following the process from the design level to its completion. Her goal is to always improve on her last quilt.

She is a retired English teacher, Copy Editor, and Media Project Coordinator. She has also devoted much of her life to volunteerism, primarily with the American Heart Association where she was awarded a top award in 2014 for her commitment to heart health. She has quilted high-end, auction items as continued support of the AHA.

She lives with her husband in Arkansas where they own a small golf club business. She belongs to her local quilt guild and the American Quilter's Society. Her other interests include reading, sewing crafts, and watching sports with her husband.

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