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Jan Ochterbeck has been interested in fabric and sewing all her life. Like many quilters today, she started making doll clothes as a very young child. From age eight her ambition was to become a fashion designer. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design.
Jan worked professionally in apparel, textiles, and footwear product development for over 35 years. Her jobs have included pattern making, designing apparel, color and trend research, technical color approval, and color and material library management.
A quilter since the early 1990s, Jan is mostly self-taught, drawing on her sewing and professional experience to figure out patterns and piecing. Now retired, Jan is focusing on her quilting career as a new chapter in her life. She designs patterns, blogs at TheColorfulFabriholic.blogspot.com, lectures, and teaches.
Jan lives in the St. Louis, Missouri, area with her husband. She has one son and daughter-in-law. Besides quilting, Jan’s interests are reading, blogging, and traveling, especially to her favorite beach on the Gulf Coast.
Books by Jan Ochterbeck
Marlene Oddie was a child when she made her first quilt. It was a hand appliquéd Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam which she hand tied with yarn. In 2001, her church started a quilting class which brought her back to the quilting world. She was soon asked to teach the class and organize the next year’s projects. Later she took a long-arm machine class from Suzanne Young that furthered Marlene’s passion for quilting. In 2009, after marrying Duncan Oddie, opportunity and circumstances allowed her to purchase her own long-arm quilting machine. It was then she began the full-time pursuit of her business, KISSed Quilts (Keeping it Simple and Stunning).
Marlene’s designs have won ribbons locally, regionally, and internationally and have been selected for various publications. She writes regularly for the Country Register and was a finalist in the McCall’s Quilt Design Star 2011. An Electric Quilt artist, she blogs with design and quilting tutorials at kissedquilts.blogspot.com and teaches wherever there is an interest. In 2013, she opened a quilting studio in Grand Coulee, Washington. Given Marlene’s background as an industrial and systems engineer and a project manager in aerospace, her designs often come from engineering perspectives. She loves turning ideas into reality, especially a quilted item that can be cherished for years.
Before Bea started quilting in the mid 1980s, she was not familiar with quilting in any form. However, she had a background in home economics, and with three daughters, she became an experienced seamstress. She also studied weaving and oil and watercolor painting, and she earned a certificate from the Sogetsu School of flower arranging. After Bea started quilting, and especially doing applique, she discovered how the painting and flower-arranging media were interchangeable with quilting designs in color and form. Since the mid-1990s, she has concentrated on her own designs of flowers, both cultivated and wild, and has taught and lectured extensively for quilt guilds in Kansas and Missouri. Published works include: "Wildflowers Album."
Books by Bea Oglesby
Annette has always expressed a special interest in art and textiles. In 1991, when her husband was deployed to Desert Storm, she decided to enroll in a basic quilting course. When he returned, he was very surprised to find their house was “quilted over.” After being reassigned to Germany in 1992 and finding herself far removed from traditional quilting sources and her quilting friends, Annette explored her own quilting style. In more than a decade of teaching, she has earned a reputation for solving quilting problems creatively and putting her students at ease. She has been published in magazines here and abroad and publishes patterns through her own company, Southwind Designs. She aims to present complex-looking designs that are easy to piece, making curved designs achievable for all levels of quilters with her dimensional curved piecing. Annette lives in North Carolina with her husband, Mike, and son, Kyle.
Books by Annette Ornelas