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Born and raised in the capital city of Switzerland, the medieval town of Bern, Barbara now lives with her husband, Ueli, in Mettmenstetten, a rural village halfway between Zurich and Lucerne. "Log Cabin with a Twist" is Barbara's first book about quiltmaking. She has been making and showing quilts since she first came to know this artful craft in 1982. At that time, she was living with her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, where her husband worked for three years on a professional assignment. After her family's return to Switzerland in 1985, she started teaching various quilting techniques in Swiss quilt guilds and shops. Since 1991 she runs her own annual quilting seminar in the little Swiss town of Unterageri and teaches the Log Cabin with a Twist technique to an international audience with great success. She is also a frequent guest teacher at seminars in other European countries and the USA. Barbara's work won numerous blue and red ribbons in international competitions. Several articles have been published about her and her work in the local and international trade press.
Deb Karasik is part of the dynamic duo - QuiltMavens. Deb and her partner, Janet Mednick, were both designers of numerous original quilts, when they met at a San Francisco Quilt Guild meeting in 2001. They became fast friends, and collaborated on many quilt projects. Today they continue to design and create quilts that visually push the limits of the usual concept of "quilt." Their success in combining two very different quilting styles is evident in their role as QuiltMaves--teachers and fiber artists.
Connie lives in Nappanee, Indiana, with her husband and has two older children.
Connie was a special education teacher until her children were born when she became a stay-at-home mom. As the children grew, Connie had more time to sew and explore quilting. Connie's mother taught her to sew as a child, but Connie didn't begin quilting until she had children of her own. "Piecefully Amish" is her first quilting book. Connie has over 100 quilts published in other books and magazines including her most recent publication, "24 Sunbonnet Sue & Overall Sam Quilt Blocks" and "24 Kids' Quilt Blocks", and "The Scrap Savers Solution Book."
Rami Kim is a DNA scientist who turned in her lab coat to become a fabric artist, quilter, and international teacher. She graduated from Seoul National University and the University of California in San Francisco with degrees in chemistry and molecular endocrinology. She then put her scientific talent to work for the Cancer Research Institute at the University of California before her passion and talent in fabric art drastically changed this successful biochemist’s career.
Presently the winner of 11 Best of Show awards as well as many other accolades, she has distinguished herself as an innovative and talented fabric artist. Her passion for contemporary art-to-wear, quilts, cloth dolls, bags, and one-of-a-kind home décor designs have won her international recognition. It is her distinctive use of 3-dimensional textures and color and unique interpretation of traditional sewing techniques that give her work an exquisite and fascinating edge. Rami lives with her husband and two daughters in California.
Books by Rami Kim
Debra Kimball, MD, is a diagnostic radiologist living in the Des Moines, Iowa, area. From childhood she has enjoyed needlework; her mother taught her to embroider the stem stitch when Deb was in grade school. Her first project was a pillowcase with her name embroidered on it. Self-taught in crewel, crochet, knitting, tatting, and counted cross-stitch, Deb says the relaxation of handwork got her through the arduous years of her professional training and career.
In the late 1990s, Deb discovered quilting. In 2005, hand appliqué came into her life and took over. She spends all of her free time relaxing with handwork. International Sunbonnet Sue is her first book.
Books by Debra Kimball
Published works include: "Embroidered Childhood Memories" coauthored with Brenna Hopkins.
Debby Kratovil is a quilting teacher and prolific writer. She has been special projects editor for "Quilt Magazine" for ten years and says she enjoys teaching through the written word. Debby shares her patterns and techniques on her Web site, www.quilterbydesign.com, one of the oldest quilting sites on the Internet. Debby has been dubbed the "power quilter" by her friends for the sheer number of quilts she makes. Always motivated by the challenge of a new design and its execution in fabric, she creates traditional quilts with a contemporary flair. Debby is active with her guild, The Material Girls of Tucker, Georgia. She and her husband, Phil, live in Atlanta; they have three daughters and a son-in-law.