Authors: Author List
Linda K. Johnson
Sisters Linda K. Johnson and Jane K. Wells are award-winning quilters who love every aspect of quilting and just happen to be crafty, old, and broad! In 2001, soon after they took their first quilt class, they started designing their own patterns, dreaming up new patterns while non-quilters were sleeping. They started the Crafty Ol’ Broads pattern and fabric company specializing in designing quilt patterns that appear much more complicated to make than they actually are. In 2005, Linda and Jane began teaching and lecturing as a team. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love of quilting by introducing quilters of all levels to their unique patterns. These sisters constantly challenge each other to create new techniques. Their quilts have been selected for distinction in shows and contests both locally and nationally. Three of their quilts have appeared in two recent “New Quilts from an Old Favorite” books that document a yearly contest sponsored by The National Quilt Museum (formerly the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society).
Books by Linda K. Johnson
DeLoa Jones has been a quilter since 1979 and started teaching quiltmaking classes in 1983. She has taught in several shops in several states and has won many awards in local quilt shows. One of her quilts was selected for the Houston International quilt show in 1991. DeLoa has made commissioned hand-done quilts and wallhangings and started her own machine quilting business in South Haven, Michigan, where she lives with her husband and eight children. She continues to teach quiltmaking workshops and lecture in shops and guilds throughout the country.
Liz Jones has been interested in sewing most of her life. Her BA was in fine arts, followed by post-graduate studies in art history, and a teaching diploma. Her paints are now fabrics, and her canvases are quilts. She and her husband are avid travelers and she discovered quilting in a magazine when passing through the Vienna airport in 1998—a life-changing moment! Much of her inspiration is gleaned from plants and designs from all over the world with photography an important recording tool. Historical textiles are also a great source of inspiration. Her other passion is choral singing. Liz’s quilts have won numerous awards both in the United Kingdom and America, including the Pfaff Award for Machine Artistry (TUDOR ROSE), Houston 2004; and the Best of World 2008 (HEARTS AND GARLANDS) and Best of Country 2009 (SUMMER RISING) awards in the Mancuso World Quilt and Textile Shows. HEARTS AND GARLANDS also won the World of Beauty Award, Houston 2009, and was the logo quilt for the International Quilt Festival, Chicago 2010. Flowers, Hearts & Garlands Quilt is her second book. As Liz Blacker, she wrote Bromsgrove School Memorial Chapel Tapestries, copyright Bromsgrove School 1993, a description of the 14 appliquéd wallhangings designed and made by her for Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire, U.K.
Books by Liz Jones
I started designing my own quilts (mostly art quilts) after I retired from my “real job” about 13 years ago and started working part-time at a local quilt store. That job really helped me to learn how to quilt by helping customers with color choices, determining fabric requirements, and answering questions about threads, needles, etc. during my years working there, I also taught many classes on various quilting related topics.
Around 2006, I began to write patterns for some of the quilts that I had designed. For a couple of years, I only sold my patterns in the store where I worked. By 2009 my husband retired and began to work for/with me. We expanded our pattern business by having a website created and having a booth at several Spring and Fall Quilt Markets. We now distribute our patterns directly to quilt stores all over the US and Canada and sell our patterns to distributors, one of which is in the UK.
Over the recent years I’ve been invited to speak to quilt guilds and teach classes on some of my patterns. While this is a real privilege for me, being a shy country girl from Kansas, speaking in front of a group is not my favorite thing to do. I’d much rather be designing quilts and playing with fabric.
I absolutely love my new career as a designer and pattern writer and being able to work with my husband, I only wish I could have started it 30 years ago. But most of all I love having the opportunity to meet wonderful like-minded people around the country
Jacqueline de Jonge
Quilts are beautiful!
I became interested in quiltmaking in 1978 and I am a self-taught quilter. I love to make quilts and try to reach a level of perfection, not to show people how hard I can work or to show people that I’m a perfectionist in my designs and color choices, but because I love to make beautiful quilts and enjoy working on my colorful designs. My goal is to inspire quilters all over the world with my beautiful and colorful designs.
I have always been creative in many ways, but when I met quilts, I was hooked. I love to make quilts and to do something that you really love is a miracle and a gift from God.
My quilts have won international awards and have been displayed worldwide. My quilts are based on traditional designs, but with a contemporary and colorful twist. Since 2004, I have lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. Several interviews in newspapers and magazines were published, and in 2011, I was profiled on the online The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson.
I’m not only a passionate quilter but I’m also an encouraging and personal teacher and I love to share my enthusiasm for my designs with quilters and bring them to a higher and different level to find their artistic skills in themselves.
I live in the Netherlands in the beautiful city of Delft, the city well known for the Royal Delft Ware. I live close to my family and I’m passionate for my Siamese cat, Mr. Pooky and my rescued greyhound, Amy.
Books by Jacqueline de Jonge
Dr. Flora Joy graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree and began teaching at age 18, just two years after high school graduation. She
still holds the record for being East Tennessee State University's youngest graduate. Four years later she received a Master’s Degree in Reading and was selected Teacher of the Year for the State of Tennessee. She taught full-time from 1963-2000 from elementary through college levels. In 2000, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Storytelling Network. From August of 2000 through May of 2004 she served as a Senior Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She then segued into full retirement from teaching in May of 2004. In 2011 she was inducted into the ETSU Alumni Hall of Fame for the College of Education. She has written over 30 books, published innumerable journal
articles, and her professional presentations have exceeded a thousand. In April of 2013, the campus of East Tennessee State University named a new street after her, “Flora Joy Lane.” This is an honor she deeply cherishes!
She has made numerous presentations with her fabric arts and quilting productions. Some of her works have been showcased at national and international quilt shows, such as IQA at Houston, Road to California, AQS QuiltWeek Lancaster, and Paducah, the National Quilt Show, the Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, the Asheville Quilt Show, Hands-On Museum, the Carroll Reece Museum, Tennessee Quilt Fest, the Blue Ridge Quilt Guild, and the Johnson City Arts Council. She has won dozens of ribbons, including five Viewers’ Choice awards at Houston (the International Quilt Show), Road to California, and the AQS QuiltWeek Shows in Lancaster and Paducah. Her passion is not only making art quilts, but in the discovery of different or unique quilting concepts and techniques. She would definitely rather sew than to eat or sleep, and that’s saying a lot!
Books by Flora Joy
Although she considers herself a novice, Jeanna Juleson's quilting roots are anchored four generations deep, back to the quilt made by her great-grandmother. Raised in Los Angeles, Jeanna could see the famed Hollywood sign from her home and longed to become an actress. The sewing skills she learned as a child were later employed to make theater costumes. Now immersed in the quilting world, Jeanna resides in Tennessee and is the host of THE AMERICAN QUILTER television series.
Books by Jeanna Juleson
My quilting life is one that brings me great joy in friendships and creativity. I have experimented with many forms of quilting throughout the years, but have found the greatest satisfaction and enjoyment in the handwork methods of applique, embroidery, English paper piecing and hand quilting. My interest in quilting began while watching my mother hand piece and hand quilt beautiful quilts. My mom was a master of many crafts, including quilting, tatting, basketry and painting. She taught me to appreciate the things created by the hand and heart more than material items to be purchased in stores and I am forever grateful for her guidance and support over the years as I developed as a quilter. With an educational background in mathematics, I found satisfaction in the geometric design and precise piecing of quilts using English paper piecing. This love for English paper piecing led to co-authoring a book with Darlene Beltman entitled An English Paper Pieced Sampler.
A resident of Rock Hill, SC for most of my life, I am blessed with a wonderful, supportive husband and family of three children and 10 grandchildren. My life is filled with family, church and quilting activities all of which I am very grateful. I am a member of the Quilters of South Carolina, York County Quilters and local quilt clubs including Stitchin’ Friends which I founded 20 years ago. I have been fortunate to be given opportunities to teach at AQS QuiltWeek, for the Quilters of South Carolina and local quilt guilds and clubs. I retired from Winthrop University in April 2015, where I worked as a University administrator for 33 years, and am excited to have the time and energy to now pursue my love of family, church and quilting without the responsibilities of a full time employment. Retirement is a beautiful thing.
Books by Teresa Justice