Meet Our Staff
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
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!
Editor in Chief
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
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
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
By the way, my house DOES have six
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.
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
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.
Ive sewn since I was 6, and
quilted for about 30 years. I taught quilting for over 20
of those years. One of my classes was designed to teach quilting
to those who had never sewn. It is a challenge to try to explain
why a seam allowance is needed! For my classes, I designed
patterns to help with teaching new and different techniques,
as well as to instill a knowledge of how quilting began, and
some of the history of the craft.
While with the QuiltDesigners group
on Yahoo, I became aware of the need for a good pattern-testing
community to support and complement designing. Thats
how the QuiltPatternTester group, which has been mentioned
in Quilters Home Magazine, came into being
in 2005, and grew from a few quilting teachers and designers
to over 250 members, producing new designers along the way.
I am really excited about this ezine,
which represents the best of hi-tech blending with a craft
that dates back to before King Menes. Quilters are great at
blending the two.
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.
I have enjoyed sewing and doing other
crafts since childhood. In 1993, I caught the quilting bug
and have been addicted ever since. After over 10 years as
a middle school special education teacher, I moved on to teaching
quilting classes for local and state quilt guilds, numerous
quilt shops, and the Newport News Department of Parks and
Recreation in Newport News, Virginia. In addition to teaching,
I write my own simple-to-follow quilt patterns, organize quilting
events and trips including an annual quilt retreat in Capon
Springs, West Virginia, and work for various quilting vendors
and pattern designers. My motto is, "Quilting should
be fun and relaxing!"
have always been part of my life. As I grew up, handmade quilts
were often the only blankets we had. Most of them were made
to be "used and abused", although there were special
quilts used only on the guest bed.
I started quilting in the early 1980s
to relax from what was, at times, a high emotional energy
vocation. I taught my first beginners quilting class
in my local church and then at a local fabric store. I was
asked to teach more techniques, and being very conscious of
copyright laws, I designed quilts to illustrate those techniques,
using verbal directions in the classes.
When asked for written directions
for a pattern, I discovered pattern writing is not as easy
as verbal and visual demonstration, so I began testing patterns
to get a feel for writing them. Since then, I have discovered
I enjoy the technical side of quilt making.
I am honored and privileged to join
TQPM as part of my quilting adventure. Quilting has become
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.
She welcomes the opportunity to work
with the staff of TQPM.
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