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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
Martha DeLeonardis is an internationally known, award-winning quilt artist who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University in 1981 with a BS in chemical engineering. Martha worked in industry for six years before retiring to stay at home with her two sons. Martha has been sewing since she can remember. In the second grade, she was making her own clothes under her mother’s tutelage, an expert seamstress herself. Martha started quilting in 1995 when her children were young and her family lived in a small town in Ohio. She became seriously involved in this art form after moving to Katy, Texas, in 2000. She has been greatly influenced by the quilting community in the greater Houston area. Martha has had numerous quilts juried into national and international competitions, winning a blue ribbon in 2008 at the Houston International Quilt Festival. She was also a finalist in The National Quilt Museum’s Sunflower: New Quilts from Old Favorite contest in 2010 and is featured in the companion book by the same name.
Books by Martha DeLeonardis
Mickey Depre was introduced to the world of Fiber Arts by her own personal “grand masters” at the age of four. Grandmothers, Great Aunts, Aunts, and her mother filled her days with cloth, needles, yarn, and such.
Textiles have always fascinated her. From vintage to current, her taste has always been ALL! Sewing in general, mending, and garment making were never a chore.
In 1997 she found quilting on her own. She is the first quiltmaker in her family, but vows not to be the only one.
Chicago has been her lifelong home. Married to her high school sweetheart Paul, they are the proud parents of a set of grown twins, Paul Jr. and Emily. Then there is Molly their miniature dachshund who now fills the “nest” with joy.
Mickey has quietly instilled her love of sewing into all their lives— husband, son, and daughter, all can sew (it’s a bit rough for Molly to reach the pedal so she is working on ironing skills). She is now waiting for one of them to want to share her stash.
Mickey enjoys sharing her love of fiber through lectures and workshops. Her workshops mix technique instruction with individual creativity and always a giggle or two. You can find more at www.mdquilts.com.
Books by Mickey Depre
Although an MBA from University of Tennessee took Ed into the corporate world, he kept hiding out and writing. He has written over a hundred newspaper and magazine articles, dozens of short stories, and three novels. In 2005 he fled the city and the office for the mountains of Appalachia, where he lives with his wife and daughter and spends his days whitewater kayaking, working in his woodshop, and savoring the peace. His co-conspirator and co-author is Laura D. Patrick.
Books by Ed Ditto
Margaret Docherty, who was born in Hartlepool, England, learned to sew as a child. She became interested in quilting in the late 1980s and was greatly influenced by the work and writing of American quilters. Her main interest is in traditional hand appliqué, but she has experimented with most techniques and styles. She makes time to quilt from her busy schedule as a pediatrician by sewing mostly at night–a legacy from her days as a junior hospital doctor. She enjoys teaching quilting as a change from teaching young doctors and medical students. Margaret has won many awards at major shows both in England and the United States. She is particularly proud of the ribbons that LITTLE BROWN BIRD has collected, including the Gingher Award at the American Quilter's Society Show in Paducah, Kentucky, and Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
Books by Margaret Docherty
The daughter of a remarkable seamstress and fashion designer, Janie Donaldson quickly picked up techniques at home from her mother and was already sewing by the age of three. Janie has more than 24 years of longarm quilting machine experience, and she loves to educate and help those who want to learn and experience quilting.
As a student hailing from Wisconsin, Janie was awarded a college scholarship to the University of Madrid, Spain, which opened her eyes to the architectural designs of the Old World. They have inspired many of her quilting patterns. In 2000, Janie started "Quilt Central," a public broadcasting television series featuring all aspects of quiltmaking, with an emphasis on machine quilting. Her show has won numerous awards. Today, Janie resides in Paducah, Kentucky, where she finds time between filming television programs to run Quilting Machines International, a major longarm training center and dealership.
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
Anne was born in North Carolina, but has lived and worked in the Phoenix area for many years. She began sewing garments at the age of 7 without patterns and her mother taught her that the inside had to look as good as the outside. When she took a home economics class in high school she had to learn to use a pattern. This gave her the idea to focus on order and efficiency in sewing. This translated into the patterns she developed to enhance her quilting endeavors as well as others’.
She continues to sew clothes for herself and her family and does many forms of needlework as well as quilting, which she started in 1980. She has been influenced by her mother, her grandmother, the late Laureen Senima at the Quilted Apple, and the late Mary Ellen Hopkins.
In 1982, while still working as a critical care nurse, several friends asked if she would like to open a quilt store with them. They pooled their resources, researched how to run a shop, and the Quilters’ Ranch opened. Anne retired from nursing and helped run the shop for fifteen years. It is still a viable store in the Phoenix area with new owners. In 1994, Anne developed Triangles on a Roll, a paper piecing method of making half-square triangles. She wrote several books and patterns on how to use the product. She has since sold this business, but this product is still on the market.
Anne’s viewpoint on quilts is that they belong on the bed, wrapping loved ones in the comfort and love a quilt provides. She has also designed many quilted garments, wallhangings, art, and memory quilts which offer great variety for the quiltmaker. Over her years of teaching quilting, she discovered that quilt making is where friendships are made, the customer is the boss, and the rewards of teaching occur when students realize their dreams and passions and are proud of their quilts.
Anne lives north of Phoenix in the desert foothills with her husband, Virgil, who is her greatest supporter of all things quilting. She continues to teach quilting classes, develop patterns, and welcomes sewing groups to her spacious home for sew-ins and retreats.
Books by Anne Dutton