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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
When pushed beyond traditional quiltmaking, Mickey Depre found that the road less traveled was greatly inviting. A fascination with textiles has influenced her to explore fabric dyeing, bold pattern combinations, and innovative appliqué and threadwork. Describing her quilts as whirlwinds of color, Mickey says, “Dots, swirls, and stripes intermingle with florals and prints in an outlandish, yet exciting visual parade.” Mickey resides in Illinois.
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.