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Karen lives in mid-Michigan with her husband, Linn, and dog, Merle. Two grown children have left the nest but provide Merle with more youthful playmates during their visits home.
Karen is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). After a career in state government in water quality programs, quilting has become her passion. She began sewing as a young girl, and focused her sewing on clothing until she was introduced to quilting 20 years ago by her sister, Cindy Bowker.
She has enjoyed many pets throughout her life—a tight-rope walking mouse, Whitey the Mighty; turtles named Buzz and Chipper; a one-legged singing parakeet, Crosby, who could whistle the University of Michigan fight song; numerous tropical fish; dogs Buddy, Caesar, and Merle; cats Pookey, Oliver, Kitty, Boots, Rocco, Katy, and Grace.
Karen is an enthusiastic collector of animal-themed fabrics. Many of her quilts are donated to benefit charity causes. She hopes that you will be inspired to do the same. Her work was featured in the August 2012 issue of The Quilt Life magazine.
Books by Karen Duling
Kimberly is an author, designer, and internationally known instructor of quilting, machine embroidery, and heirloom sewing techniques. While living in Germany for four years, she designed original quilts to capture the beauty and essence of the many different countries and exciting cities she visited in Europe. Her articles and quilts have appeared in a variety of publications, including "Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting" and "American Quilter." She has also designed a popular and highly successful series of mystery quilt classes, which are in high demand both locally and abroad. Kimberly enjoys sharing her passion for quilting and sewing. Her goal is to travel the world teaching at quilt shows, guilds, and on quilting cruises. When not traveling, she resides in Kettering, Ohio, with her husband, Kent, and their two sons.
Books by Kimberly Einmo
As a drafter of survey plans and shop drawings on the computer, Keryn Emmerson adapted these skills in designing her own quilting patterns. Residing in Queensland, Australia, Keryn travels to cities and outback areas all over her country to teach machine quilting. Keryn empowers new quilters by teaching many of her projects and patterns using a walking foot. She specializes in longarm quilting patterns and shows students that they can quilt wonderful patterns no matter what their skill level. Keryn employs modern, timesaving methods to make traditional quilts. The first Golden Threads designer, she has offered her packets and pantographs to quilters in the United States since 1996.
Although she lives on a Florida beach, Margie Engel likes nothing better than spending the day inside––in her sewing studio. Taught to sew at the age of five by her mother, she was stitching appliqué to doll house linens with embroidery floss by age six. Although quilts were not part of her textile heritage, it was the color and design possibilities and the desire for a Christmas wall quilt that led her to try out quilting. An artist was born! Today, she holds numerous quilt award ribbons. Margie is founder and president of EduQuilters, a group of volunteers who take “The Kids Quilt Project” into schools, organizations, and summer camps. For this work she has received several community service awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service. She wrote “Kids Quilt Projects In and Out of the Classroom” to help others introduce quilting to children. Margie teaches high school sewing teachers on land, leads retreats abroad cruise ships, and heads symposiums for quilt guilds. Sharing her creativity through “Bodacious Appliqué a la Carte” is a natural step in her life.
Books by Margie Engel
Caryl Bryer Fallert
Caryl is known internationally for her award-winning art quilts, easily recognizable by their luminous colors and illusions of light, depth, and motion. Her attention to detail has earned her a reputation for fine craftsmanship as well as for stunning designs. Her quilt CORONA II: SOLAR ECLIPSE was voted one of the hundred most important quilts of the 20th Century. Caryl’s work, including winners of numerous Best of Show awards, has appeared in hundreds of exhibitions and publications and can be found in museum, corporate, public, and private collections around the globe. In 2000 Caryl was selected as one of the 30 most influential quilt makers in the world. She is the 2006 recipient of the International Quilt Festival Silver Star Award and the Master Award for Contemporary Artistry from the International Quilting Association. Caryl loves sharing what she has learned with students in her workshops and lectures, which have taken her to eleven countries on five continents. Her goal as a workshop leader is to help each student find the key to their own personal creative style.
Books by Caryl Bryer Fallert
Janome Educational Coordinator, Nancy Fiedler, has been teaching sewing techniques for over 20 years. Nancy has been a regular contributor to “Janome Digest” and www.Janome.com since 1996. She has also been a contributor to “American Quilter,” “Creative Machine Embroidery,” “Designs in Machine Embroidery,” “Clotilde’s Sewing Savvy” and six sewing books published by House of White Birches. In 2000, Nancy published her own patterns under the label “Just Fiddlin’ Around” featuring wearable art and three quilting/plus embroidery designs.
Nancy joined the Janome Education Department in 2004. She specializes in embellishment techniques utilizing the features and accessories of Janome sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sergers. She writes and designs in her studio in Dwight, Illinois. “Creative Sewing Techniques by Machine” is her first book.
Books by Nancy Fiedler
Cristy grew up watching her mom Sharon Schamber sew. It was deliriously fun to watch those beautiful fabrics turn into “princess dresses” from her special perch atop the sewing table. It would be easy to say that all that early “fabric” exposure has lead to her lifelong love and admiration for sewing and design but one does have to wonder if some of it isn’t genetic.
As an adult it was easy for Cristy to fall in love with quilting. She began piecing by hand but her impatience of wanting to see the design come together soon lead her to use the machine for piecing and appliqué.
As an elementary school teacher, she enjoys teaching her students about quilting and helping them put together blocks for special projects. But Cristy hasn’t been able to stop there, she truly enjoys teaching adults as well. It’s pure satisfaction to see quilters’ faces light up as they learn new techniques.
Rita Fishel is a nationally known author, speaker, and teacher. She is Goddess and Queen Mother of Creations SewClever in Chillicothe, Ohio, and national Demo-Goddess, designer, and consultant for Creative Grids USA. A native of northeastern Ohio with a B.A. in clothing and textiles/business from the University of Akron, Rita purchased a small clothing and fabric business in 1992 and hasn’t looked back. Now located in a beautiful 1800s Georgian home, Creations SewClever is a full-line quilt shop with three longarm quilting machines, a friendly staff of 16 quilters, and an amusing resident ghost. When she’s not there, Rita is on the road in the Stitch Mobile, sharing her passion for all-things-quilt with guilds and groups nationwide. Visit Creations SewClever online at www.creationssewclever.com.
Books by Rita Fishel
Karen G. Fisher
Like many women, Karen made a quilt for her granddaughter, fell in love with the medium, and let it grow from there. Before quilting, her main medium was ceramics, and Karen feels some of her quiltmaking style has grown out of her ceramics work in terms of building a surface with color, pattern, and texture. Karen also loves to use commercial tone-on-tone fabrics for the visual sparkle they give a piece, and always enjoys the hunt to find the groups of colors she wants for a new quilt.
Karen’s work has been published in American Quilter, the 2007 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar, Quilting Arts, and The Quilting Quarterly. Rose of Sharon: New Quilts from an Old Favorite includes her quilt MY FATHER’S ROSE GARDEN. Karen’s quilts have been shown in Paducah, Cincinnati, California, and exhibited at both the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and The National Quilt Museum. As an active quilter, she is always adding to her skills—taking workshops with Carol Taylor, Katie Pasquini-Masopust, Paula Nadelstern, and others.
Karen’s formal art training includes a BFA in sculpture from the University of Arizona, plus a BFA in art education, and an earth science teaching endorsement. She has taught both art and science at the high school and middle school levels, and has included quilting in the art curriculum. Karen has been active with the Tucson Quilters Guild for the last six years, where she served as program co-chair and had the opportunity to work with the amazing group of nationally recognized speakers the guild brings to Tucson each year.
Books by Karen G. Fisher
On Vicky’s first trip to Hawaii in 1980, she fell in love with the moist, fragrant islands. She had enjoyed needlework all her life, so, after she returned to Colorado, taking up Hawaiian quilting was a natural. It gave Vicky a way to stay connected to the tropics. She joined the Ha’ole Connection quilt group to quilt and share stories and information on Hawaiian topics once a month. In 1993, Vicky moved to Florida. Because there are so many parallels between life in Hawaii and Florida, Vicky feels she is more aware than ever of how the kama’aina (locals) of Hawaii live, and how the modern way of life encroaches upon the natural world. Vicky still enjoys Hawaiian quilting as well as pursuing art quilt ideas. She is a member of Peace River Quilt Guild. Vicky and her husband own a 35-foot sailboat, which takes up whatever time isn’t spent quilting.