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Faye is known for her award-winning appliqué work and her beautifully executed three-dimensional flowers. Since 1990, she has taught throughout the United States, including Hawaii, Canada, and Europe, eagerly sharing her knowledge with students of all skill levels. Her humor and the no-stress learning environment she creates ensure that class participants achieve successful results and personal satisfaction. Her specialties are Baltimore Album appliqué, Hawaiian quilting, and dimensional French ribbon flowers. Her love of Hawaiian quilts and Hawaii led to the development of Quilt Hawaii, a quilt conference held on a different island each year since 1992. Faye began quilting in 1976 and was twice a state winner in the Great American Quilt Festival’s contests, Memories of Childhood and Discover America. Faye lives in Dover, New Hampshire. She is married and has two grown sons.
Books by Faye Labanaris
Julia LaBauve began quilting in 1999. She prefers to work with fabrics that display bold motifs and intense colors (like batiks and ethnic fabrics). She also likes fabrics with lots of shine and metallic accents. With a background in science, Julia likes designs that are graphic and precise, both in the fabric and in the final piece. Originally from Puerto Rico, she now lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, with her husband.
In 2006 Julia and Tammy Silvers started “Outside the Line Designs.” As a team they have designed many quilts that play off of their combined interests and strengths, as well as their mutual love of vibrant fabric. Many of their designs are regularly published in a variety of industry magazines. Tammy and Julia count their blessing, being able to combine their long friendship with their love of quilting.
Ann S. Lainhart
Ann considers herself to be a contemporary traditionalist when it comes to quilting. By this she means that much of her work is based on traditional quilt blocks such as Card Trick, Mariner’s Compass, and Eight-Pointed Star. But by using hand-dyed fabrics, border prints, and fussy-cutting, her quilts have a somewhat contemporary feel. Ann has been quilting for more than 30 years and teaching for more than 25 years. While living in Boston, she was a member of the Proper Bostonian Quilters. She joined the Common Threads Quilt Guild in Topsfield, Massachusetts when she moved to Peabody, Massachusetts. She is currently a member of the East Coast Quilters Alliance and the American Quilter’s Society. Ann also belongs to the Plymouth Guild for the Arts, and her wallhangings are in the guild’s galleries. Ann’s quilts have been displayed in the Vermont Quilt Festival (a third place ribbon); the New England Images shows; and the East Coast Quilters Alliance —“A Quilter’s Gathering” where she won a blue ribbon on a bargello jacket in 1998 and a white ribbon for hand quilting in 2001. She enjoys working with people to make commissioned wallhangings that fit their space and color scheme. Ann also presents slide shows, trunk shows, and workshops to quilt guilds and other groups.
Judy L. Laquidara
In the early 1980s while living in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Judy was wasting time during her lunch hour when she stumbled across a little quilt shop. In the days and weeks following, she spent many lunch hours (and most of her earnings!) in that little quilt shop. She moved to Kentucky in 1997. From the purchase of a “longarm” machine that was actually a very old, used (very used!) short arm machine, to her present-day APQS Millennium, Judy has found longarm quilting more fun than she ever imagined. Designing her own quilts led to requests from friends for the patterns and thus a new business of pattern designs was formed. Several of her patterns have been published. Judy’s quilts have won numerous awards and have been included in books by Bonnie Browning and Karen McTavish. Today Judy lives in Nevada, Missouri, with her husband, son, and Speck, the best dachshund she’s ever had. (He’s number 3.) Louisiana will always be “home” and she hopes to move back there some day.
Books by Judy L. Laquidara
Linda Baxter Lasco
A quilter since before the advent of the rotary cutter, Linda is pleased to be utilizing her quilting, teaching, writing, and editing skills as a senior editor with AQS. A recent move from New England has Linda happily living in Paducah’s LowerTown Arts District where she also has her quilting studio. Between commissions, she’s working her way through a diminishing collection of UFOs.
Books by Linda Baxter Lasco
Little did Vicky know back when she was a kid and drawing on anything and everything she could, including lipstick on her mom’s dresser, that it would lead to designing quilts. After working at a bank for 29 years where she used her drawing abilities to make cartoons in the employee newsletter and to draw ads for the local paper, she put her love of drawing and sewing to use by creating her own pattern business, Prairie's Edge Patchworks.
Books by Vicky Lawrence
Sandra Leichner is an internationally awarded and recognized Master Appliqué Artist. She is known for masterpiece quilts that showcase her unique, illustrative approach with hand appliqué and hand embellishment techniques.
Combining an art background with years of working with textiles and fibers, Sandra creates stunning quilts that are both artistic and traditional in style with breathtaking workmanship quality. Her work has consistently garnered major juried national and international awards including national Best of Show awards, as well as the RJR Best Wall Quilt at the AQS quilt show in Paducah and a Master’s Award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
Sandra’s quilts are included in The National Quilt Museum and other permanent collections. She has appeared on two PBS specials and The American Quilter television program, and her quilts have been published in many sources worldwide.
Sandra lives in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Oregon with her children Andrew, Jason, and Jenna, and her husband, Brett. She is assisted by three cats and a Pug named Daisy.
Books by Sandra Leichner
Michelle J. Linder
Michelle J. Linder has been quilting for over 35 years and loves both machine and hand quilting. Her specialty is designing and making quilt construction methods fast and accurate. Since 1977 Michelle has taught many creative classes.
In addition to teaching, Michelle wrote her first quilting book in 1987 titled The Orange Peel Method, which focused on a fast and easy construction for rail quilts and variations. For three years, she owned her own fabric store named Country Cousins. Michelle was also the leader of a quilting club for ten years and was a California state accredited quilting judge at county fairs. Over the years, she’s been in many quilting guilds and lent her services for charity and community work.
“As a teacher, I saw that some of my students were struggling with their miniature quilts. They were having trouble piecing together their quilts accurately. I knew there had to be a better way. So I started experimenting with an idea, fine-tuning the method and developing it for larger quilts. And the ‘Square Magic Method’ was born.”
Michelle currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, Ron, and dog, Hoppy. She has two children and four grandchildren.
Books by Michelle J. Linder
Karen is a full-time award-winning fiber artist, author, and teacher and considers herself very lucky because she gets to make art quilts for a living and write about what she loves to do. She states, “I get to teach in a field where people are happy and excited about learning. For me it’s all about moving forward in a positive direction and sharing the knowledge that flows out of me.” Karen loves sharing her fiber art and is amazed to see someone who is very exact at the beginning of class open up and let loose by the end.
"Creative Uses for Decorative Stitches" is Karen's second book. She also writes articles, sells kits and patterns, and teaches all over the country in stores and at quilting guilds. You can contact Karen via her website: www.KarenLinduska.com
Books by Karen Linduska
Bobbie McClure Long
Bobbie comes from a long line of quilters and/or seamstresses and owns several family-made antique quilts. Making things has always been a part of her life. Beautiful clothes made for her by her mother and aunt were the norm, and quilts were on the beds of her home as she was growing up. Bobbie continued that tradition by making clothes for her daughters when they were young. As her kids grew up, they were surprised to learn that everyone’s mom didn’t do that. Even then, Bobbie’s best work was in the embellishments and details.
She has gone from asking if it was OK to have her quilt square look more like a rectangle than a square, to having quilts win multiple ribbons at regional quilt shows and travel with national exhibits. In addition, she enjoys photography, computer graphic arts, and painting, all of which she sometimes includes in her quilts.
She is happily married to her best friend, Tom. They live in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania with their granddog, Juno. Bobbie has four adult daughters; three sons-in-law; four adult stepsons; four stepdaughters-in-law; and between Bobbie and Tom they have twelve grandchildren.