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Rebecca has always loved to paint, and she knew from an early age that she wanted to be an artist. She received her art training from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has pursued a painting career ever since. Around 1994, having been a quilter for several years, she started to include quilts in her landscape paintings. The first of these depicts a quilt hanging on a clothesline in the foreground and a farm landscape in the background.
In 1994, Cheryl discovered machine quilting, purchased a longarm machine, and founded her own quilting business, Golden Threads. The pursuit of building a library of quilting designs took her company from quilting to publishing. Golden Threads continues to publish originally designed quilting patterns from prominent United States and Australian artists, each with their own style.
Cheryl and her husband, Jim, purchased Powell Publications to expand their listing of designers and patterns. Stencils, pantographs, pattern packs, books, quilted garments, and notions enable them to service all quilters from hand and domestic sewing machine quilters to those with home quilting systems or longarm machines. Residing in Illinois, Cheryl and Jim work full time in the business, assisted at various times by their three sons.
Books by Cheryl Barnes
Geesje (pronounced ďGay-shuhĒ) Baron is a quilt designer and longarm quilter living in rural Manitoba, Canada. She has a diverse background in spinning, weaving, fabric painting and dyeing, and has been quilting since 1986. Her primary inspirations are the abstract geometric and impossible shapes found in the work of Victor Vasarely, Oscar Reutersvard, M.C. Escher, and Tamas Farkas, and her quilts have a distinctly modern European flavor. She has won awards in both provincial and national juried quilt shows, and enjoys sharing her passion for quilting and dyeing with her students.
Roberta M Benvin
A beginning quilting class in an adult education program in 1984 initiated Roberta Benvin as a quilter. Four years later, she was elected president of the York Quilters Guild in Pennsylvania, and also began four years of employment in a quilt shop. Within a few months, Roberta was teaching classes at the shop and eventually took over the quilting classes for the adult education program. While working in the quilt shop, Roberta restored antique quilts in response to requests from customers. The restoration has since developed into a full-time business. Roberta's passion for antique quilts has led to her involvement in the York County Quilt Documentation Project of Pennsylvania which gave Roberta the opportunity to examine numerous early nineteenth-century quilts. Her recent quilting projects have focused primarily on making reproductions of antique quilts, resulting in her awareness of a need for authentic quilting designs from the early 1800s. Roberta has resided in York County, Pennsylvania, since 1969, and has three grown children.
Receiving a mother-in-law who had quilting as her hobby was the greatest marriage gift in disguise Annemart Berendse could get. When, in 2001, her mother-in-law wanted to make a quilt for her, Annemart needed to select some quilt fabric in a local quilt shop. She ended up with not only the fabric for the quilt her mother-in-law would make, but also some fat quarters and no idea what to do with them. She was advised to start with a Nine Patch. Never afraid to start something new without the hindrance of knowing what to do, she began sewing that same night. And as an Eight-pointed Star looked better to her, she decided to start with that pattern. The next morning, when the first quilt lesson with her mother-in-law began, the block was finished. Not made according to the rules of the quilt police, and it was a start of a passion for life. And thatís how Annemart still works: Just try and be creative, and foremost, have fun! This first attempt resulted in a passion for living for quilting and everything related to it.
Born and living in the Netherlands where quilting is not as big as in the US, Annemartís focus went quickly to the states for inspiration, shows, and meeting American quilters. For her, quilting is her fountain of fun and creativity next to her full time job as a department manager. Although she focuses on making all her points meet and getting 14 stitches to an inch, if there is no joy in making the quilt, for her, itís not a quilt. This same joy she put into the design of her own quilting shoes when going to the 2011 AQS quilt show in Paducah. All the great reactions to that pair of shoes made her decide to develop more designs and write a book, the same way she learned how to quilt: Just jump in and try, be creative, and have fun!
Contact Annemart at http://www.quiltingthetownred.com.
Books by Annemart Berendse
By first grade, Jean knew she wanted to be a teacher. She taught junior high school math for many years. Another love was jigsaw puzzles, and fitting together small bits of fabric seemed to be an extension of that love. Combining her love of teaching and piecing came naturally. Jean started her first quilt (still unfinished) in junior high school. A dozen years later, she became more serious about quiltmaking and was introduced to machine piecing. Jeanís piecing skills improved and she began teaching machine piecing. She enjoys giving students the technical skills they need to turn their vision into quilts.
Jean has been piecing traditional quilt patterns for more than 30 years and teaching machine piecing since 1984. Her quilts have received awards in national competitions and have been exhibited throughout the United States. She has been experimenting with traditional block designs and giving them a slightly different look for many years. Her teaching experience and math background help her clarify the things that can improve accurate piecing.
Books by Jean Biddick
Irena Bluhm is an award-winning quilt artist, quilt and quilting pattern designer, and a longarm machine quilter, instructor, and sales representative for Gammill Quilting Machine Company. Born and raised in Poland during the reign of communism, she moved to Germany in 1981 and ten years later moved to the United States, living in California. Irena's first exposure to quilting came from the Log Cabin-style quilts her mother made with scraps. She tried some piecing of her own, but quilting didnít become a passion until she saw a Gammill longarm quilting machine at a local quilt shop in 2004. Two days later, Irena was stitching pantographs for the shop owner. Irenaís first two wholecloth quilts came back from their first show with three ribbons. Her work has been exhibited in show across the United States and published in several quilting magazine. Sheís won numerous awards nationwide. Irena has two daughters and three grandchildren. She and her husband, Richard, now live in Oklahoma where she has a large studio.
Debbie Bowles came to quiltmaking via a lifetime of garment and craft sewing. As an elementary school teacher, Cub Scout den mom, and church volunteer with junior high students, Debbie approaches design, quiltmaking, and teaching as a means of having fun while creating something pleasing to the maker. Through her pattern company, Maple Island Quilts, she brings delightful designs made with achievable techniques to quilters of many skill levels. Her book "Cutting Curves from Straight Pieces," published by the American Quilter's Society in 2001, has opened up the world of curves for many quilters. Debbie travels nationally to present workshops that are fun and informative. They offer each quilter a space for personal interpretation of the designs. Her home is in Minnesota, where she lives with her husband, Rick, and two sons, Ryan and Kyle.
Trish Bowman has been sewing and doing all kinds of crafts for over 40 years. The craft bug came from her Mom. In high school she became a serious seamstress, starting out by making her own clothes, progressing to reupholstering furniture, and eventually making clothes for her husband. Never one to sit and enjoy the status quo, she was always experimenting with new techniques and challenges, discovering quilting in the mid-1980ís. Her love affair with this new dimension of her hobby blossomed as she realized quilting offered a better outlet for her creativity than making clothes.
Her favorite quilts have always been the ones that held peopleís memories. Her first T-shirt quilt, created in 1988, was for her husband and celebrated his days in college by using old T-shirts that otherwise would have gone to the rag bin. Subsequently, she has made many memory quilts for family, friends, and, more recently, clients.
Trish has a studio full of books and fabrics and a Gammill Statler Stitcher to finish all the quilts she makes. A member of the Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild, she has served as president and Cabin Fever Quilt Show chairperson. As owner of Jersey Girl Quilts, a custom quilt business, she designs and makes memory quilts for clients who donít want to or canít make their own. Based on her experiences with this business, a ruler/template system was developed that eases the cutting of shirts and improves cutting accuracy over the use of a basic square ruler.
Trish lives in central Florida with her husband of 34 years, Doug, and their puppy, Penny. She has two grown children, Christopher and Jennifer, a son-in-law, Michael, and is still waiting on grandkids. She is a registered nurse and successfully ran her own legal nurse consulting business prior to moving to Florida 10 years ago.
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Books by Patricia Bowman
Barbara has been a board member of the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) and the Kansas Quilt Project, and has served as consultant to numerous state quilt projects, assisting with pattern identification and quilt dating. As a freelance museum curator, she has organized exhibits of art from quilts and cowboy boots to art environments. When she finds time to make quilts, they often reflect her sense of humor. With Laurie Metzinger she organized the infamous project The Sun Set on Sunbonnet Sue.