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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
Lisa H. Calle
Lisa H.Calle is a 1991 graduate of Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science with a BS in Textile Management and Marketing. She found a love for quilting in 1997 after leaving a management career in retail with the Limited Corporation’s Bath & Body Works Division in 1999 to focus on raising a family.
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."
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
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.
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