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Marsha D. Radtke
This book was inspired by the many quilting friends who wanted to make the quilt Marsha D. Radtke replicated from the amazingly intact, signed, 1850s Baltimore Album quilt she came upon in her rural Maryland parsonage attic. Marsha grew up in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and started sewing when she was a child, receiving much inspiration from her grandmother who could do anything with a needle and thread. After working as an operations manager for several years, she and her husband retired to Tennessee in 1993, where she began quilting. Appliqué has been her first love and has won her many ribbons and awards, beginning with her very first appliquéd quilt. She feels she is very blessed to have found something she really enjoys and so many wonderful friends with whom to share.
Bethany S. Reynolds
Bethany Reynolds has been quilting and teaching since 1982. Before they became parents, Beth and her husband, Bill, owned a fabric and quilt shop for 10 years. Beth says, "Because I personally dislike finicky stuff, like set-in seams and curved piecing, I've always put a lot of my energy into devising easier ways to get great results. Thanks to the popularity of the Stack-n-Whack (R) method, I've had the opportunity to share my designs and tricks with quilters across the US, as well as in Australia, England and France. For a girl who grew up on a Maine island, this has been an exciting adventure and a good geography lesson. Bethany still lives on the coast of Maine with her son and husband, who manages their ruler and pattern business. She spends about a quarter of her time traveling and teaching.
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Peggy G. Rhodes
Dr. Peggy G. Rhodes retired as Associate Dean from the University of Alabama’s Continuing Education Program (UAB Special Studies) in 1993 and at the top of her “To Do” list was a return to quilting. Peggy sampled quilting for the first time as a child when she and her grandmother made a Bow Tie quilt totally by hand. Peggy still has the quilt, though it is literally falling apart. Peggy’s love of learning new skills led to a return to teaching as she shared her techniques with friends, quilt shops and quilt guilds in Northwest Florida and Alabama. Her desire to learn more about quilting led her to the Birmingham Quilters Guild where she was able to expand her knowledge and explore new techniques through the national teachers’ program.
Peggy became interested in the Grandmother’s Flower Garden block when she was looking for a project to work on while she sat at the hospital with her mother. That was in 2003 and she still loves to make hexies anytime she’s waiting – doctors’ offices, airports, riding in a car, watching TV, etc. In addition to this on-going project, she loves to explore quilting books and magazines to select new patterns. The process of selecting fabrics and completing the piecing of the blocks are her favorite parts of the quilting process.
Peggy lives with her husband, Ronald, in Warrior, Alabama, and in their spare time, they both enjoy fishing, cooking, and “front porch” style bluegrass music. In addition, Peggy has been planning and conducting workshops, seminars, conferences and retreats for the past 30+ years in areas such as strategic planning, team building, self-assessment, communication, individual and group goal-setting, and quilting (e.g. Wearables, Watercolor, Mariner’s Compass, Quilt As You Go).
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Even though she has sewn for as long as she can remember, Florence didn’t take her first quilting class until about 1983. It was with Eleanor Burns on the Log Cabin block and she never looked back. Florence has probably made at least seventy quilts and recently began entering quilts in shows. In 2007 she received a first place award in the Pieced Traditional Small category at the Glendale Quilt Show in Burbank, California, followed by a first-place award in the Medium Machine and Small Machine categories in 2008. Florence has taught quilting to friends in her home but, because of her work schedule and responsibilities, she have never taught formal classes. Now retired, she is enjoying time for quilting.
Mary was born in Indiana, moved to Colorado Springs in 1963, and retired to Montrose, Colorado, with her husband, Pete, in 1995. She gives of her time to serve her church, her family, and keeps active in her local guilds. She also enjoys the outdoors, making time to hike, camp, and travel with Pete. Mary has taught classes, lectured, and demonstrated quilting around the Midwest. She enjoys hand quilting the most but delights in all forms of art quilting. She began quilting in 1979 and prefers the more traditional designs. She still remembers her grandmother hand piecing many quilts from flour sacks and dress scraps. Mary has had quilt patterns published and has won many awards in local and state quilt shows. A request to design appliqué for a block-of-the-month program resulted in the creation of the many projects in this book.
An architect by trade, Aie (pronounced like a long A) is also skilled at drawing quilt designs. She began quilting while taking a break from her professional career to raise a family. Originally from Myanmar, formerly called Burma, Aie brings Southeast Asian influence to many of her designs and color schemes. The most recognizable aspect about the quilts she makes are their stylized, scrolled designs appliqued in bright colors on a dark background. Her greatest source of inspiration is from ancient Burmese temple murals, which she studied as design motifs while earning a degree in architecture. Design is Aie's favorite part of quiltmaking and she has created numerous original applique patterns. She started her own pattern business in 1999 and has published original designs under her Lotusland's label. The most rewarding aspect of quiltmaking for Aie is having a finished project. Even if the pattern is not published, she likes to see her ideas take life in the form of quilts. A resident of Calgary, Canada, Aie teaches both needle-turn and machine applique on the Internet at http://www.lotuslands.ab.ca. She can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Books by Aie Rossmann
Nadine Ruggles has been sewing and crafting since childhood and caught the quilting bug in 1990. She wanted to make “just one (large) quilt” for the bed and, of course, couldn't stop quilting after that. Being mostly self-taught, she sees each new quilt as a challenge and combines her special talents for fabric selection, precision piecing, elegant quilting, and unexpected embellishments to create innovative quilt art pieces.
Nadine lives in Angelbachtal, Germany, with husband, Eric, who works with the US Army, daughters Erica and Erin, and Patches and Shadow, the family cats. She teaches classes and workshops in a variety of quilting and embellishment techniques for the Army Arts & Crafts programs, as well as for local quilt guilds and shops. Her quilts have been exhibited across the United States in quilt shows, galleries, and museums.
Books by Nadine Ruggles