Authors: Author List
Brenda M. Papadakis
Brenda Papadakis, who has been making quilts since 1975, especially enjoys drafting and designing. She saw a photo of Jane Stickle's 1863 quilt and became so enamored that she spent the next five years researching the life and times in which Jane lived. The book "Dear Jane" is the result of that labor. In 1997, Brenda retired, after teaching math for 25 years, to devote her time to lecturing and teaching, throughout the United States, Japan, and Holland, about Jane Stickle, the Civil War, and nineteenth-century history. Articles about the Dear Jane phenomenon have appeared in "McCall's Vintage Quilt Magazine," "Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts," and quilting magazines in Holland, Australia, Denmark, and Japan.
Books by Brenda M. Papadakis
Laura D. Patrick
Laura D. Patrick’s mother was an avid seamstress, but as a child, Laura steered clear of the mechanized needle––choosing, instead, the quiet world of needlework. Throughout college she was a lineman fueling aircraft, worked as a Space Camp counselor, and was a researcher at NASA. Following her graduation with a degree in physics, she worked in the air and missile defense program. Laura didn’t start quilting, however, until her late twenties, when she started taking handwork on business trips. Life changed in 2001 when Laura resigned to care for her children full-time, and then gained recognition for spearheading a project known as “The Quilt That Raised the Roof” which raised money to repair tornado damage to her church. At two stories tall and 200 square feet, “The Quilt That Raised the Roof” is now a permanent fixture at Huntsville’s Trinity United Methodist Church. Laura has been married to the love of her life, Brian, since 1993; they have two children. Her co-conspirator and co-author is Ed Ditto.
Books by Laura D. Patrick
Sue Patten began piecing quilts and hand quilting in 1991. As her quilting style evolved, she plunged into machine quilting in 2000. Sue now works out of her own longarm training studio in Hagersville, Ontario, Canada, where she teaches a wide range of classes to quilters on every level from beginners to more advanced. She frequently travels throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe to educate others in the art of longarm machine quilting. Sue has been featured on "Linda’s Longarm Quilting" with Linda Taylor and her quilts have appeared on Sue Warden "CraftScapes." Sue has been featured in various books and magazines, such as "Better Homes & Gardens," "Dream Catcher," "Rosemary Makhan’s Biblical Blocks," and Virginia A. Walton’s "Slow Down, Curves Ahead." Sue’s most rewarding role is that of single parent to three delightful children. Her deepest passion is spending time with them. Sue thrives on their artistic energy and draws inspiration from working with her kids.
Books by Sue Patten
Jennifer Shackelford Perdue
Jen made her first quilt at age 10 and has continued to enjoy both sewing and quilting. She has a background in garment making, home dec, machine piecing, hand quilting, and longarm quilting. She is currently quilting for others, using a Gammill Optimum with a Statler Stitcher.
Jen’s quilts have been included in both regional and national shows and have won awards including several First Place ribbons, Best Machine Quilting, and Judge’s Recognition. She was also awarded Third place in the Young Designers Category at AQS in 2007. Her quilts have been published on the Gammill website Showcase Gallery of winning quilts and American Quilter magazine. She also made an appearance as part of a quilt group on Today’s American Quilter television program.
She is a member of the American Quilter’s Society and the National Quilting Association.
Jen enjoys an active family life with her husband Scott, and her two children, Amber and Brandon. She also works with a 3D CAD program, designing custom jewelry.
Books by Jennifer Shackelford Perdue
Gina Perkes lives in Payson, Arizona where she owns and operates her quilting studio, training facility, and Innova® longarm dealership.
Gina learned to quilt in 1998 while expecting her second child. Wanting to make quilts for her children, she took a beginning class at the local quilt shop. Passion quickly ensued. She began entering national quilt shows to feed her competitive drive and improve her skills as an artist and quiltmaker.
She has received numerous international and
national awards including: IQA’s Future of the Industry and AQS’s Best Longarm Machine Workmanship. Her quilt Nostalgia now resides at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY as part of the permanent collection. Gina is passionate about teaching others and developing patterns and tools for quilters.
She has appeared on numerous quilting shows including: The Quilt Show, Quilt It, iquilt, Linda’s Longarm Quilters, Daily Crafts TV, and The Quilting School. She travels both nationally and internationally to guilds and conferences teaching her techniques on both domestic and longarm machines.
In 2014, Gina was inducted into the Arizona Quilter’s Hall of Fame.
Books by Gina Perkes
Always ready for a new challenge, Linda Pool has created some of the most recognizable quilts in the world. The Bride, The Greatest Moments of a Girl’s Life, and Linda’s Lace have won prestigious awards and are all totally different in technique. At the moment, Linda is specializing in cutwork appliqué and is the owner of the pattern company Very Victorian, LLC.
Living in Virginia, Linda teaches nationally and has had her quilts exhibited throughout the world.
Books by Linda Pool
Linda M Poole
When I was a little girl, I had an insatiable desire to make things. Luckily, I come from a family that understood me all too well. My roots have been firmly planted by a talented, loving, generous European family that always put family first and strongly encouraged freedom of artistic expression. I have inherited the good fortune of learning from generations of artists, silversmiths, sculptors, poets, weavers, stained glass artisans, and writers.
My maternal grandmother let me work the treadle part of the sewing machine while she sewed. My grandmother was a smart cookie. She found a way of giving an energetic little girl a way to have fun and participate. Soon, she propped me on her lap and showed me how to sew.
I had my own needles, scissors, and threads before kindergarten and was taught to respect my tools. I remember my mother teaching me to crochet, knit, and embroider. My father took me on adventures. I always had my little Instamatic camera in tow. My Christmas gifts were always about art, sewing, and creating. An artist’s easel, paints, brushes, paper, and my own art table were some of my favorite gifts. As an adult looking back, I am thankful for the thought and time my parents gave to nurturing my curiosity and love for art.
My whole life has always revolved around photography, writing, painting, and sewing. These interests have fueled my passion for travel, teaching, and sharing my experiences with people around the world. I have taught throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, and Italy. I believe language is never a barrier in the translation of quilts.
Let the things you see in my book be a springboard for your imagination. Each pattern gives you choices—use commercial fabrics, paint your fabric, or do both!
Linda Poole lives with her husband, Ray Williams, and Corgi pup, Zoie, near Milford, Pennsylvania, a beautiful region in the northeastern part of the state. Together they share the passion of discovering the gifts of nature while hiking trails that lead to creeks, brooks, rivers, and lakes. Ray can be found with his fishing pole in hand with Linda by his side, clicking away with her camera.
Books by Linda M Poole
Donna’s reputation as a patient teacher comes from her mother’s gentle way of showing her the finer points of stitching. Donna became a Home Economics teacher, a needlework storeowner, a lecturer, and an author of quilt books. Along the way she has taught at national quilt shows and even been on TV! Her husband, Arn, has invented rulers and notions for their wholesale company, Holiday Designs (www.donnaposter.com). Donna has found in the needle a hobby, a career, and a lifetime of pleasure.
Books by Donna Poster
A quilt artist from Orlando, Florida, Nancy specializes in thread painting. Her anyone-can-do-it approach has created a technique that provides a new way for quilters to broaden their quilting experience. She travels the country teaching and lecturing, sharing the excitement and creativity thread painting brings to her quilting world. She excels in taking the mystery out of thread painting, making it fun and easy enough for anyone to master. Nancy has appeared on television and in national publications. Her quilts have won Best of Show, Viewer’s Choice, Artistic Merit, Best Machine Workmanship, and Judge’s Recognition awards at recent shows and a first place at Bernina University. In addition to her husband, Tom, she has three grown sons and eight adorable grandchildren. She spends most of her time juggling her family, quilting, and teaching.
Books by Nancy Prince