Authors: Author List
Bonnie K Browning
Bonnie enjoys teaching others to quilt. Teaching has taken her to guilds and conferences across the United States, and to Australia, Turkey, and Japan. But, one of Bonnie's favorite teaching dates is with grade school-age children at the Quilt Camp for Kids, held each July at the Museum of the American Quilter's Society. Bonnie's articles have appeared in "American Quilter" and "McCall's Quilting," and she has shared quilting techniques on Simply Quilts on HGTV. In addition to writing and teaching, Bonnie is involved in other facets of quilting. She is a certified quilt judge and judges at several conferences each year. Bonnie is a staff member of the American Quilter's Society where she serves as coordinator for the quilt shows produced by AQS. Bonnie lives in Paducah, Kentucky, with her husband, Wayne, and White Sox, the cat.
Books by Bonnie K Browning
Lara Buccella lives in western New York with her husband Jim and their two terriers. She is the mother of three wonderful young people, mother-in-law to a terrific young man, and a brand new grandmother.
A lifelong love of arts and crafts led Lara to take up quilting after her youngest child left for college. Even before completing her first quilt, a One Block Wonder, she realized that she had found her creative voice. With more than forty years of sewing and fabric petting experience, becoming a quilter was a natural fit.
Over the years, Lara has taught many different kinds of crafts to groups of all ages. Always one to play around with and mix techniques, she often sets off on her own path. This has led to some interesting adventures in quilting. You can take a peek at what she's up to by visiting her blog at
Books by Lara Buccella
Michael G Buckingham
Michael Buckingham has lived and traveled around the United States and Europe working as a graphic designer, illustrator, and cartoonist. Combining his interests in design, history, and quilting, he has created the unique "Presidential Redwork: A Stitch in Time" that both quilters and their families can enjoy. Michael, a staff designer for AQS, resides in western Kentucky's lakes area with his wife and two sons.
Barbara M. Burnham
In 1972, Barbara’s mother surprised her with the gift of a year-long Baltimore Album class with Mimi Dietrich. Barbara credits Mimi for inspiring her obsession with appliqué. When the Baltimore Appliqué Society was founded in 1993, Barbara became a charter member. Very active with BAS, she serves as a board member and frequent contributor to the BAS newsletter, and donates her time and talents for museum fundraisers to raise funds that help preserve their quilt collections.
Barbara teaches hand appliqué, hand quilting, and inking on fabric, and offers presentations and trunk shows at local quilt shows and guilds. She writes articles on appliqué techniques and antique quilts, and is active with online groups of quilt collectors, historians, and appliqué enthusiasts. Many of her quilts have been exhibited, and she has won awards for hand quilting and hand appliqué in national competitions, including 1st place for GRAND GEOMETRICS CREATED THE AMISH WAY at the American Quilter’s Society Show & Contest in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2010. Also, Barbara and machine quilter Marty Vint of Dogwood Quilting of Baltimore, Maryland, won 2nd place for Bed Quilts: Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, with M.E.C. REMEMBERED, the quilt featured in this book.
Barbara and her husband, Ed, live in historic Ellicott City, Maryland, bordering Patapsco State Park.
Books by Barbara M. Burnham
I grew up in Euclid, Ohio. After school, I would spend time with a neighbor, Mrs. Miller. She was a seamstress, but she never taught me how to sew. My job was to string buttons.
She must have had every button in the world. She would hand me a double-threaded needle and a tin of buttons. At first I would just take a button from the tin and put it on the string at random. Later I’d sort the buttons by color, by shape, or by the number of holes before stringing them. Even after I realized that as soon as I left she’d cut the string and return the buttons to the tin, I still enjoyed developing new sorting systems for stringing the buttons.
This early experience in classification and organization contributed to two bachelor of education degrees and a masters in mathematics education. During my junior year at Bowling Green State University, my major professor introduced me to his new graduate student—a tall, blond, handsome guy from a small town in Iowa. We eventually married and, after living in Oregon and Arizona, we returned to his hometown of Waverly, Iowa.
I tried my hand at several crafts—knitting, crocheting, counted cross-stitch, and macramé. About seventeen years ago I made a series of counted cross-stitch bears. My husband was working on a fundraiser and suggested I sew the bears together and make a blanket for the auction. Not knowing what I was doing, I asked the local church ladies for help. The next thing I knew, I was a first-generation quilter.
I joined guilds, started a stash, and began taking classes. His suggestion became my addiction. In quilting, I found a way to combine my love of mathematics and a creative outlet. I was drawn to traditional pieced blocks and finding ways to adapt the blocks to create unique quilts.
My quilts have been juried into a number of national shows and I have won local and state awards for my quilts. My Iowa Sesquicentennial Challenge quilt, WAITING, won Best of Category and traveled throughout the state of Iowa. In addition, I’ve written articles for Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.
As mentors increased my knowledge, I began to share my knowledge with others. My programs range from the technical to the humorous aspects of quilting. My workshops are designed with a technical component while strongly encouraging participants to explore their creativity.
Whether taking or teaching classes, I believe a bad day quilting is better than a good day doing anything else.
Books by Cathy Busch
Mary Buvia began her quiltmaking career in 1992 after years of sewing and owning businesses. At that time, she knew nothing about the art form and did not even realize classes were available. A friend told Mary about an organization called American Quilter’s Society so she joined in an effort to learn all that she could through their published information. That decision changed her life as she began learning and quilting.
For over a decade Mary has been teaching different techniques to both beginning and advanced quilters. Her goal is to help students avoid all the mistakes that she made along the way. Mary is very proud to watch her students advance and achieve their personal goals. Mary states, “As I continue to reach my own goals, I feel it is our duty and pleasure to pass on the knowledge that we have gained to future generations of quilters.”
Mary lives in Greenwood, Indiana, with her six feline friends and eight friendly raccoons that visit daily for a handout. Visit Mary at: www.marybuvia.com.
Books by Mary Buvia
Diane currently resides in Grasonville, Maryland where she moved with her husband after their marriage in 2000. The pair founded their very own landscape architecture consulting firm, Streetscapes, Inc., which they run out of their home.
She became interested in sewing at a very early age, using her mother’s scrap fabric to fashion clothes for her dolls before she was even old enough to use a needle. She started sewing clothes for herself when she was about 12 and has not stopped sewing ever since.
She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. After college she moved from Pennsylvania to Maryland to start her new job as a landscape architect. With her first paycheck she bought herself a sewing machine. In between making new friends in her new state, Diane sewed outfits for work, home décor pieces, and curtains.
She eventually started quilting after her sisters took a few classes and told her how much fun it was. Her husband shared in her enthusiasm by buying her a new sewing machine just for quilting. He told her it was time to retire her 25 year old machine and get with the times.
Living a state away from her sisters and mom, Diane had to find her own local quilting resources. She began by taking a class at a local quilt shop. From there she was invited to join a quilt group and then went on to join an official quilt guild. She has entered her projects in state and local fairs, as well as participated in a few national competitions.
She was inspired to write this book because she is continually encountering people who are interested in sewing, but cannot find a class or reference book to cover the techniques needed to make their sewing more efficient and accurate.
She still enjoys sewing clothes, home décor projects, and window treatments, but attributes her quilting to her improved precision and accuracy. She continues to be delighted with the dear friends she has come to know through this wonderful craft!
Books by Diane Califano
Patricia B Campbell
Patricia B. Campbell, born and reared in Michigan, makes her home in Dallas, Texas. An award-winning appliqué artist, she is well-known as an exciting speaker and an inspiring instructor. She has adapted seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Jacobean designs from embroidery to fabric and has created a line of patterns for sale. She also has a collection of fabrics, IMPRESSIONS and FOSSIL FERN, manufactured by Benartex. She has taught workshops from Maine to South Africa. Her first quilt, JACOBEAN ARBOR, the well-known and beloved black quilt, won eight ribbons, including a Best of Show. It was followed by ELIZABETHAN WOODS, a five-time winner. She and her quilts have been featured on covers and in articles in "American Quilter Magazine," "International Quilt Festival," "Quilting Today," "Patchwork Quilt Tsuchin," and "Quilting International." Published works include: "Jacobean Applique: Exotica" and "Jacobean Applique: Romantica."
Books by Patricia B Campbell
Gudny Campbell has been teaching people how to use computers since 1984, and has taught adults and children how to apply innovative techniques, such as digital design and fabric printing, to add interest to their quilts. Her quilts were included in the books “Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts” by Cyndy Lyle Rymer and Lynn Koolish and “Circle Play: Simple Designs for Fabulous Fabrics” by Reynola Pakusich. Gudny worked for the navy as a computer specialist until she retired in 2003, managing an intranet network and microcomputers for 300 users. Gudny began collaborating with Sandra Hart in 2006 co-teaching several 2- and 5-day workshops on “Technology Is a Quilter’s Best Friend.” Together they wrote the article “digital Delights: Appliqué and Piecing by Computer” published in the January 2008 issue of “American Quilter” magazine. “Piecing with Pixels: Unique quilts from your own images” is their first book together.
I have been sewing for years. I started making my own clothes, progressed to prom dresses, and then to my wedding dress. I moved on to household items, curtains, pillows—whatever I happened to need. I also decorated our house with all sorts of needlework. Always excited to learn new skills, I took a quilting class in the early 90s. I fell in love. So much to learn, so little time.
I became comfortable making traditional quilts, so I ventured into art quilts. Talk about stretching my skills! There are so many ways to do things, so many products, so much to try.
I discovered that I liked to design products and projects. I designed Sewforever Quilt Storage to provide a better way to store quilts. Then I devised Innovative Appliqué to make appliqué more enjoyable for everyone by increasing accuracy and eliminating time-consuming tasks. In order to be able to share my Innovative Appliqué techniques, I needed original patterns to work with. This led to developing patterns for appliqué.
Quilting is a skill that can always be expanded. Fabric is my paintbrush and imagination my background. The ability to combine these elements into something memorable is always the challenge.
To learn more, visit my website, Facebook page, or contact me directly.
Books by Becky campbell