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Gail began quilting in 1980, little knowing what a major impact on her life her first class would have. Now she lectures and teaches workshops for quilt guilds and shops throughout the United States and abroad. She has written numerous magazine articles in the U.S. as well as Japan, New Zealand, France, and the United Kingdom. When she is not quilting, Gail is working as the executive director of Hawks Aloft, Inc., a New Mexico nonprofit organization that specializes in bird research and environmental education. Gail can often be found in the back country of New Mexico, studying hawks and conducting surveys of small songbirds. Hawks Aloft naturalists, accompanied by non-releasable raptors, visit New Mexico classrooms teaching young people about the importance of preserving the habitat for wildlife. Several of the birds in the program reside in large flight cages behind Gail’s home. Gail feels fortunate to be able to pursue her favorite activities in life, creating quilt designs, working with birds, and exploring the little-known and seldom-seen parts of her home state.
Leila Gardunia began quilting in 2000–2001, when a friend convinced her to participate in a local quilt shop’s block-of-the-month program. She has made quilts regularly since then, but her quilting obsession started when her family got high-speed internet. She discovered there was a huge world of online quilting and jumped into that world feet first by starting her own blog in 2010, Sewn by Leila (sewnbyleila.blogspot.com).
In 2011, she started an online quilt-along, The We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler as a way to stretch her quilting skills and teach others. The quilt-along made her realize that overcoming her fears was the hardest part of learning a new skill and that different quilting techniques were rarely as difficult as she imagined. This book is based on that quilt-along. Leila knows you can do it, too! She enjoys teaching children and adults basic garment sewing and quilting, as well as writing online tutorials. She is a contributor to the Moda Bake Shop and FaveQuilts.
Leila is a member of the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild and serves as the Program Co-Chair. One of her quilts was shown at the first Modern Quilt Guild Show in 2013 and she has won awards for her quilting and sewing at the Iowa State Fair. She lives in small-town Iowa with her amazing husband, five wonderful daughters, and a cat.
Having slept under her grandmother's hand-quilted scrap quilts when she was a child, author Diane Gaudynski has loved quilts her entire life. However, she didn't learn how to do hand quilting until 1978. Then in 1988, she began machine quilting. A self-taught machine quilter, Diane makes traditional-style, everyday quilts with "Sunday best" quilting. Her style reflects her love of drab "mud" colors and simple elegant design inspired by antique quilts. Living in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with her husband and four cats, she finds the long, cold winters great for serious quiltmaking. An experienced teacher and lecturer, Diane loves to encourage beginners so they too can sleep under beautiful quilts. Diane has had nine quilts juried into the American Quilter's Society show in Paducah, Kentucky. Four of them won the Bernina Award for Machine Workmanship, and they are now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the American Quilter's Society. She also received the Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry in 2001. She has written several magazine articles and has appeared on the PBS documentary "America Quilts" and "Quilt Central." In 2002, Diane's work was included in an international exhibit in Tokyo, Japan, called Thirty Distinguilshed Quilt Artists of the World. Her quilt THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY: AN AMERICAN MEMORY was judged a Masterpiece Quilt by NQA in 2002.
Books by Diane Gaudynski
Laura works in higher education with international students and scholars coming to study or conduct research in the U.S. Although she dabbled in sewing and quilting during her childhood, she didn’t begin creating in earnest until her sophomore year of college. Her first true project was inspired by a visit to her grandmother’s quilter in Amish country. Under the tutelage of both her grandmother and mother, Laura completed her first small wall hanging and began looking to the next challenge. She loves the opportunity to quilt and create with her mother and looks forward to their annual mother-daughter trip to the American Quilter’s Society quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky, each year. Laura lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two cats, who love to “help” her sew and quilt.
Karen Gibbs is the owner/designer of The Quilt Studio, a multi-faceted design studio in Ballston Lake, New York, which includes a longarm quilting and design service and a pattern design division. Karen has a background in textile design, previously working in the River Art division of Eagle's Eye, a clothing manufacturer in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Eagle's Eye was mainly known for their sweaters depicting holiday scenes with coordinating turtlenecks. Each sweater was graphed out, with designs broken down into little rectangles, each rectangle representing a stitch. During this time, Karen began teaching herself quilting, learning quickly what a rotary cutter was. Combining quilting with endless rectangles brought her to bargello. Karen’s family is a continual source of inspiration, looking at the world through her children's eyes. She is an active member of Wings Falls Quilters Guild, which according to her husband meets for the entire day on the second Saturday of every month!
Linda S. Glantz
Linda Glantz has enjoyed quilting since 1977. Her involvement is universal. She is the founder of the International Sister Guild Partnership Program connecting quilt guilds throughout the world, coordinates a three-chapter guild called Country Neighbors, and co-chairs the Western New York Quilt Conference. Linda resides in Holley, New York, with her husband, Eric, and their two children. The entire family participates in her quilting business, Apple Country Quilt Shop, located just west of Rochester in Upper New York State.
Books by Linda S. Glantz
Karen Gloeggler has over thirty years of experience working in fashion-related fields. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology while working for Elizabeth Arden cosmetics. Upon graduation, she joined the Executive Training Program at Bloomingdale’s and then moved to showroom sales at Carole Hochman. Karen taught Image Consulting I at Parson’s School of Design. She formed her own bra and panty company, which led to technical design positions at Jones New York Intimates and Macy’s. Karen is currently a Senior Technical Designer for Sears/Kmart.
Like so many people, Karen finished her first quilt when her son was born, and hasn’t stopped quilting since. She lives and quilts in central New Jersey.
Books by Karen Gloeggler
Daphne Greig began quilting in 1984 when she enrolled in a beginner class at the local shop. She jumped in with both feet to cover all the beds and many walls with quilts and now refers to her life before this time as "BQ"–Before Quilting. Daphne has had several careers including secretary, financial coordinator, and data analyst, but her career as a quilt designer, teacher, and author is the most fun and rewarding. She is an enthusiastic and patient teacher, encouraging her students to try new techniques and expand their repertoire of skills. Together with Susan Purney Mark, she has developed a successful pattern company–Patchworks Studio. They have designed, published, and marketed over 50 quilt patterns and coauthored two books published by AQS. Daphne regularly writes articles for several quilting magazines and teaches internatinally and online at Quilt University. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States. Daphne lives with her husband, Alan, in North Saanich, a rural community near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Books by Daphne Greig
Karen Griska is a passionate and prolific quilt artist who made her first quilt at age 13, a charming one-patch. A self-taught quilter, she has now made over 200 quilts, all original designs. Her favorite part of the quiltmaking process is creating the design. Karen does not usually sketch a plan in advance, but prefers to develop the design as she works. The thrill of discovery fuels her passion for quilting. Karen created the Oregon Trail Quilt Challenge in which quilters make a small quilt using only a given bundle of fabrics and no pattern. “What,” she asks, “would you make if you were out on the Oregon Trail and could use only the materials you had on hand and the ideas in your head?” Karen gives lectures and workshop on Creativity in Quilting, Improvisational Sampler Quilts, and Dynamic String Quilts and teaches a variety of inventive classes utilizing selvages. You can read more about Karen at www.RealWomenQuilt.com in the Featured Quilter-Archives section. Karen and her husband currently reside in Litchfield, CT.