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Faye Labanaris

Faye Labanaris

Faye is known for her award-winning appliqué work and her beautifully executed three-dimensional flowers. Since 1990, she has taught throughout the United States, including Hawaii, Canada, and Europe, eagerly sharing her knowledge with students of all skill levels. Her humor and the no-stress learning environment she creates ensure that class participants achieve successful results and personal satisfaction. Her specialties are Baltimore Album appliqué, Hawaiian quilting, and dimensional French ribbon flowers. Her love of Hawaiian quilts and Hawaii led to the development of Quilt Hawaii, a quilt conference held on a different island each year since 1992. Faye began quilting in 1976 and was twice a state winner in the Great American Quilt Festival’s contests, Memories of Childhood and Discover America. Faye lives in Dover, New Hampshire. She is married and has two grown sons.

Website: http://www.fayelabanaris.com

Books by Faye Labanaris

 
Julia LaBauve

Julia LaBauve

Julia LaBauve began quilting in 1999. She prefers to work with fabrics that display bold motifs and intense colors (like batiks and ethnic fabrics). She also likes fabrics with lots of shine and metallic accents. With a background in science, Julia likes designs that are graphic and precise, both in the fabric and in the final piece. Originally from Puerto Rico, she now lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, with her husband.

In 2006 Julia and Tammy Silvers started “Outside the Line Designs.” As a team they have designed many quilts that play off of their combined interests and strengths, as well as their mutual love of vibrant fabric. Many of their designs are regularly published in a variety of industry magazines. Tammy and Julia count their blessing, being able to combine their long friendship with their love of quilting.

Website: http://www.otldesigns.com

Books by Julia LaBauve

 
Ann S. Lainhart

Ann S. Lainhart

Ann considers herself to be a contemporary traditionalist when it comes to quilting. By this she means that much of her work is based on traditional quilt blocks such as Card Trick, Mariner’s Compass, and Eight-Pointed Star. But by using hand-dyed fabrics, border prints, and fussy-cutting, her quilts have a somewhat contemporary feel. Ann has been quilting for more than 30 years and teaching for more than 25 years. While living in Boston, she was a member of the Proper Bostonian Quilters. She joined the Common Threads Quilt Guild in Topsfield, Massachusetts when she moved to Peabody, Massachusetts. She is currently a member of the East Coast Quilters Alliance and the American Quilter’s Society. Ann also belongs to the Plymouth Guild for the Arts, and her wallhangings are in the guild’s galleries. Ann’s quilts have been displayed in the Vermont Quilt Festival (a third place ribbon); the New England Images shows; and the East Coast Quilters Alliance —“A Quilter’s Gathering” where she won a blue ribbon on a bargello jacket in 1998 and a white ribbon for hand quilting in 2001. She enjoys working with people to make commissioned wallhangings that fit their space and color scheme. Ann also presents slide shows, trunk shows, and workshops to quilt guilds and other groups.

Books by Ann S. Lainhart

 
Judy L. Laquidara

Judy L. Laquidara

In the early 1980s while living in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Judy was wasting time during her lunch hour when she stumbled across a little quilt shop. In the days and weeks following, she spent many lunch hours (and most of her earnings!) in that little quilt shop. She moved to Kentucky in 1997. From the purchase of a “longarm” machine that was actually a very old, used (very used!) short arm machine, to her present-day APQS Millennium, Judy has found longarm quilting more fun than she ever imagined. Designing her own quilts led to requests from friends for the patterns and thus a new business of pattern designs was formed. Several of her patterns have been published. Judy’s quilts have won numerous awards and have been included in books by Bonnie Browning and Karen McTavish. Today Judy lives in Nevada, Missouri, with her husband, son, and Speck, the best dachshund she’s ever had. (He’s number 3.) Louisiana will always be “home” and she hopes to move back there some day.

Books by Judy L. Laquidara

 
Linda Baxter Lasco

Linda Baxter Lasco

Linda is a fourth-generation, award-winning quilter who made her first quilt in 1966, which, as it turns out, wasn’t a quilt at all. Made of fabric squares and backed with flannel, it was “tied” with a zigzag stitch on her brand new, handy dandy, drop-the-feed-dogs Kenmore sewing machine. Store-bought binding completed the batting-less project, which was almost immediately ruined after some spilled cocoa led to an ill-advised run through a Clorox-laced washing machine cycle. She’s learned a bit since then.

Past and present roles in the quilting world include teacher, lecturer, and quilt shop staff member. She completed stints as program chair for the Artful Hands Quilt Guild and the Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild, Mansfield and Walpole, Massachusetts, respectively.

She volunteered and did public relations work for the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. For a number of years, she was the auctioneer at their New England Images quilt show and others of their fundraising events. Her idea of a good vacation is to pack up half her studio and head for the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center’s Quilting by the Lake—her favorite “quilt camp.”

As senior editor at the American Quilter’s Society since 2006, she has edited stand-alone patterns and scores of books. In addition, she has made quilts based on some of their authors’ patterns that were won by lucky shop owners at Quilt Market in Houston.

She makes quilts by commission and for charity, and has a rotating collection of UFOs. Something is always getting finished, but not as fast as things get started.

Linda currently lives in New London, New Hampshire. With her 99-year old mother’s longevity to go by, she suspects that she’ll be quilting for many years to come. She can be reached through AQS or via email (linda.lasco@comcast.net).

Books by Linda Baxter Lasco

 
Vicky Lawrence

Vicky Lawrence

Little did Vicky know back when she was a kid and drawing on anything and everything she could, including lipstick on her mom’s dresser, that it would lead to designing quilts. After working at a bank for 29 years where she used her drawing abilities to make cartoons in the employee newsletter and to draw ads for the local paper, she put her love of drawing and sewing to use by creating her own pattern business, Prairie's Edge Patchworks.

Books by Vicky Lawrence

 
Sandra Leichner

Sandra Leichner

Sandra Leichner is an internationally awarded and recognized Master Appliqué Artist. She is known for masterpiece quilts that showcase her unique, illustrative approach with hand appliqué and hand embellishment techniques.

Combining an art background with years of working with textiles and fibers, Sandra creates stunning quilts that are both artistic and traditional in style with breathtaking workmanship quality. Her work has consistently garnered major juried national and international awards including national Best of Show awards, as well as the RJR Best Wall Quilt at the AQS quilt show in Paducah and a Master’s Award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Sandra’s quilts are included in The National Quilt Museum and other permanent collections. She has appeared on two PBS specials and The American Quilter television program, and her quilts have been published in many sources worldwide.

Sandra lives in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Oregon with her children Andrew, Jason, and Jenna, and her husband, Brett. She is assisted by three cats and a Pug named Daisy.

Website: http://www.sandraleichner.com/

Books by Sandra Leichner

 
Michelle J. Linder

Michelle J. Linder

Michelle J. Linder has been quilting for over 35 years and loves both machine and hand quilting. Her specialty is designing and making quilt construction methods fast and accurate. Since 1977 Michelle has taught many creative classes.

In addition to teaching, Michelle wrote her first quilting book in 1987 titled The Orange Peel Method, which focused on a fast and easy construction for rail quilts and variations. For three years, she owned her own fabric store named Country Cousins. Michelle was also the leader of a quilting club for ten years and was a California state accredited quilting judge at county fairs. Over the years, she’s been in many quilting guilds and lent her services for charity and community work.

“As a teacher, I saw that some of my students were struggling with their miniature quilts. They were having trouble piecing together their quilts accurately. I knew there had to be a better way. So I started experimenting with an idea, fine-tuning the method and developing it for larger quilts. And the ‘Square Magic Method’ was born.”

Michelle currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, Ron, and dog, Hoppy. She has two children and four grandchildren.

Books by Michelle J. Linder

 
Karen Linduska

Karen Linduska

Karen is a full-time award-winning fiber artist, author, and teacher and considers herself very lucky because she gets to make art quilts for a living and write about what she loves to do. She states, “I get to teach in a field where people are happy and excited about learning. For me it’s all about moving forward in a positive direction and sharing the knowledge that flows out of me.” Karen loves sharing her fiber art and is amazed to see someone who is very exact at the beginning of class open up and let loose by the end.

"Creative Uses for Decorative Stitches" is Karen's second book. She also writes articles, sells kits and patterns, and teaches all over the country in stores and at quilting guilds. You can contact Karen via her website: www.KarenLinduska.com

Books by Karen Linduska

 
Toby Lischko

Toby Lischko

Toby was born to quilt! Her mother is a retired home economics teacher and her grandfather was a tailor. A crafter from an early age, who has tried every craft imaginable, from knitting, crocheting, tatting, needlepoint, cross stitch, English smocking,
and macramé to name a few. Whatever craft was in vogue she tried. She started sewing her own clothes when she was 12. She even designed and sewed her own wedding gown. She enjoyed each of
those crafts but eventually got bored and moved on to another.

Toby took her first quilting class in 1985, along with her mother, from the renowned quilter Jackie Robinson, who owned a local quilt shop in St. Louis, Missouri. It was during summer vacation from her job as a special education teacher and after the six-week class she got the quilting bug. In 1995 she started working in a quilt shop, began teaching quilting classes, and designing her own quilts. She was then asked to lecture and hold workshops with local quilt guilds. She also began to enter quilt contests. “I finally found a craft that was continually evolving and I was evolving with it. It is never boring!”

In 1998 she had her first quilt on the cover of Miniature Quilt Magazine, and won her first contest with the Hoffman Challenge, she was hooked! In 2001 she began to work with fabric companies and magazines, designing quilts and writing articles.
In 2007, she retired from education and began concentrating on her quilting career, setting some high goals: to win a ribbon for a quilt in the American Quilter’s Society Quiltweek®–Paducah,
Kentucky; to teach at a national venue, and to write a book.

In 2005 she won a first place prize in the First Entry, Wall division for her “masterpiece” Celestial Crowns, at the AQS Quiltweek®–Paducah, which was also featured in the AQS 2006 calendar. She wrote her first book, St. Louis Stars in 2008. She has taught in many national quilt shows including IQA in Houston, Texas; AQS Quiltweek®–Paducah, Kentucky and Des Moines, Iowa; National Quilting Association, Original Sewing and Quilting Expo, and Machine Quilter’s Expo.

An award winning quilter, pattern designer, author, and quilt teacher she enjoys the whole process. “I love taking a group of fabrics and creating a unique design that shows off the collection.” Her skill and her unique style have been recognized by many of the major fabric companies, such as Timeless Treasures, Hoffman, Clothworks, Benartex, RJR, and P&B, who regularly commission her to design quilts for them.

Her teaching style is tempered from her years as a special education teacher, and her students have told her that she teaches to the quilters’ styles, helping them understand even the most difficult techniques. They always come away from her workshops saying, “I didn’t know I could do that!”

“I like to inspire quilters to go that one step beyond their everyday quilting and try something new. I don’t think that there are any quilters who can not do what I do if they want to.” She teaches techniques that students can use in any of their quilting projects. Her lectures and trunk shows give quilters ideas on how to approach their fabrics and blocks in non conventional ways. She feels that there is an artist in everyone and they just need to find their niche, which is what she did when she started quilting. “Fabrics are my palette and the quilts are my paintings.”

She considers herself a traditional quilter with a twist. “I use traditional blocks to create quilts that look difficult but that anyone can make.” Her use of fabrics in the quilts can change the whole look of a traditional block. Her patterns and designs can be found in quilt shops, on the web, and in many of the national quilting magazines such as McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts, Fons and Porter, The Quilter, Quilter’s Newsletter, Quiltmaker, and Quilt. She was a featured artist in Miniature Quilts and wrote articles for Quilter’s World.

She lives in the rural area of Beaufort, Missouri, with her husband Mike of 43 years, a Marine Corp, Vietnam Veteran, one dog and six cats. She runs her own business, Gateway Quilts & Stuff, Inc. and has a website www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com where she sells her patterns and templates, and where her workshop descriptions can be found. She hopes that many readers, from beginners to accomplished quilters, will enjoy this book and find inspiration on every page.

Website: http://www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com/

Books by Toby Lischko

 
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