Authors: Author List
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
After a successful career designing and producing her own fashion label in Queensland, Australia, Lorraine Carthew turned to textile art and quilting. Her first quilts were in traditional appliqué. But soon, she began developing her own style of quilting. Portraits in one-inch squares and mosaic appliqué were the results. She has been producing prize-winning quilts for ten years. Among her many awards are three Best of Show, Best Use of Color, and Viewers Choice. Lorraine values her Viewers Choice awards because they show acceptance from her fellow quilters. She has written several magazine articles and her work has been extensively published. She teaches her special style of mosaic appliqué throughout Australia. Visit Lorraine's web site at www.lozquilts.com.
Books by Lorraine Carthew
Jan Cerney, a retired teacher, made her first quilt on a treadle sewing machine. She makes her debut as a fiction author with this first novel in the Mission Quilt Series. Jan lives on a ranch near Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
Books by Jan Cerney
A retired research scientist, Linda has been sewing since childhood. She grew up sewing her own clothing and was introduced to the art of quilting by her mother-in-
law in 1986. Linda loves learning new techniques, playing with new gadgets and
experimenting with fabric. An avid “collector” of fabric, she enjoys the opportunity to sew, quilt and create with her daughter, Laura. Her favorite aspect of creating fabric bowls and vases is drafting the new patterns and experimenting with different techniques to achieve the desired result. Her best ideas come to her in the middle of the night, and she can frequently be found in her sewing room at 4 a.m. when genius has struck. Linda lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, who is also a research scientist and supports her quilting addiction.
Books by Linda Chaney
A dynamo in the quilting world, Pam is the owner of the Log Cabin Dry Goods quilt shop and Home Stitches, a professional longarm quilting business. To date, she has quilted over 7000 quilts! In addition, she’s made hundreds of her own quilts. Her favorite kind of quilting is to mix appliqué with simple, scrappy-look piecing, a style that has won her numerous ribbons. Pam developed her “Designs with Lines” machine quilting technique to speed up marking tops. Her stencils, videos, and sketchbooks are full of ideas to go along with her stencils and are available from her Home Stitches Web site. Pam grew up in Sacramento, California, and now lives in Spokane, Washington. She has appeared on "Quilt Central" and with Linda Taylor on PBS television.
Books by Pam Clarke
A Michigan native, Karen began quilting in 1973 while still in high school. She has a degree in library science and worked at many state, city, and school libraries before finding her calling as a professional quilting instructor, writer, and designer. She is known for taking a traditional pattern and giving it her own unique twist. Karen is intrigued with quilts of illusions and has been designing quilts with a 3-D look for several years. Karen designs fabrics for Blank Quilting, has appeared on numerous television shows, and has shown her work at multiple venues and in national publications. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 1995, 2000, and in 2005 and travels nationwide to teach her techniques and methods. Karen now lives in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee with her husband Rick, daughter Angela and son Josh (when they are home from college), and a very sweet Shih Tzu named Cocoa.
Books by Karen Combs
Pepper Cory has been a quiltmaker since 1972. In addition, she designs templates, stencils, and fabrics for quilters. The author of two classic books of quilting designs, "Quilting Designs from the Amish" and "Quilting Designs from Antique Quilts," Pepper has published numerous other books and articles. Her third book, the ground-breaking design text "Crosspatch," 1989, inspired readers to take their first steps in contemporary quilt design. She also researched the Drunkard's Path pattern in "Happy Trails," 1991, and signature blocks in "The Signature Quilt," coauthored with Susan McKelvey. "Mastering Quilt Marking," 1999, is considered a classic on the subject. She began teaching quilting as the owner of Culpepper's Quilts in East Lansing, Michigan, and continues to travel and teach internationally, sharing her expertise and love of quilting. With her husband, Rod, Pepper lives on the North Carolina coast where they share their home with a pair of lucky cats who double as bookends and quilt testers.
Kay Capps Cross
A foray into black-and-white fabrics helped Kay Capps Cross set her creativity free. These neutral values have been instrumental in developing her style. Kay started sewing at a young age, and her back-to-school shopping was a trip to the fabric store for yardage and patterns. A visit to a quilt shop in the late 1990s set the course for her career in quiltmaking, teaching, and pattern design. Residing in Minnesota, Kay markets her patterns internationally.
Books by Kay Capps Cross
Joe Cunningham grew up in Flint, Michigan. He started playing guitar and drums at an early age and began playing music professionally in high school. He made his living from music until he was invited to write the catalogue for a quilt documentation project. To prepare for that, he learned how to make quilts, and since 1979, he has been making, writing about, talking and teaching about, and even singing about quilts. From the beginning, Joe has been a student of quilt history, writing scholarly articles, essays, and books on the subject. In his studies he ran across the story of Joe the Quilter, an Englishman who made quilts in the late 1700s. This story inspired him to create a one-man musical quilt show called “Joe the Quilter” comprised of songs, stories, and original quilts all created to tell the tale of the original Joe. In 2001, Joe added the show to his repertoire of lectures and classes, leading to performances throughout the country. Today Joe lives in San Francisco with his wife and sons, working from his quilt studio in the city, and living in the Presidio National Park, the former Army base adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Books by Joe Cunningham
Bob’s first life was as a math professor at a Catholic Girls College in Buffalo, New York. He moved on to function as an engineer at Lockheed Martin in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, all the while continuing to teach math at local colleges. In 1992 his wife, Kathleen, asked for help in making a quilt for their daughter’s wedding. She showed him how to make a four-patch and he was hooked.
As a mathematician, the seemingly endless number of possible patterns fascinated him. He has designed blocks and quilts since 1993, receiving a ribbon at the Vermont Quilt Festival and a blue ribbon at the Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza for BUTTERFLY (designed in EQ5).
He discovered Electric Quilt software in 2005 and has since designed more than one thousand quilts and blocks, including block and quilt settings for his wife’s appliqué projects. His primary interest, besides teaching, is designing various size, inter-locking Log Cabin blocks and converting weaving patterns to quilts. In each area, the number of possibilities is seemingly endless, but he pursues them one at a time.
Books by Robert DeCarli