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Born into pioneering Colorado families, Sally Saulmon learned to quilt at an early age from her grandmothers. Her quilts have been exhibited throughout the United States and have appeared in numerous national publications. Sally lives in Canon City, Colorado, with her husband, Bob. Their son, Michael, is a teacher, and their daughter, Jennifer, lives close by with her husband, Gary, and children, Caitlin and Wyatt. Published works include: "Keepsake Signature Quilts."
Books by Sally Saulmon
Sharon Schamber has a long history in textiles. She was a designer and master patternmaker for Deja Vu/Time & Eternity Fashions in Scottsdale, Arizona for over 20 years. After retiring from the business in 1994, she devotes her energies to designing and making beautiful award-winning quilts. One of her most recognizable works is SITTING BULL. Sharon designs traditional quilts in the same grand manner as she does her art quilts. Her designs include continuous-line quilting patterns for the longarm; free-motion quilting patterns for the domestic machine; embroidery designs for home machines; and applique and pieced patterns for quilters. Sharon has developed amazing innovative techniques which she teaches across the country.
Books by Sharon Schamber
Barbara Scheu was born in Texas, raised in Montana, and has lived in Colorado for the last 49 years with her husband, Jim. Barb’s creativity showed up early. She learned to sew on a treadle machine at the tender age of 10. She made her school clothes and learned to knit, crochet, and embroider. She has always loved to draw and began taking art classes in high school. She began painting in earnest in 1990 when she joined the Montrose Visual Arts Guild. Barbara has won numerous awards in art shows, taught classes, and sold her paintings. She considers herself self-taught but continues to take classes and workshops to improve her gift. In 2003, Mary, whose work Barb admired, was giving a demonstration at a local quilt club. Inspired, she joined the club and began making quilts herself. Although it has been just four years, she has already won awards in quilting. She won third place for her wearable art and recently won three first-place ribbons and Grand Champion for her design of a wildlife quilt. She believes that when she chose a mentor, she chose the best––her friend, Mary Ross.
After creating hundreds of quilts over the past 35 years, Kathryn Schmidt wants to break free of all the rules, and she wants to bring you along with her. She believes that everyone can be a fearless quilt designer with just a bit of creativity and a good sense of adventure.
Kathy loves to teach and focuses her efforts on contemporary designs. She is involved in a lifelong love affair with colors and beautiful fabrics that she hopes will never end. Her patterns are marketed through her company, Quirks, Ltd. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kathy lives in Michigan with her husband, Keith. They have two grown and married children and one grandson. She is approaching retirement from her job-that-pays-the-bills and will celebrate when she has more quilting time.
Books by Kathryn Schmidt
Helen R. Scott
Some of Helen Scott's earliest memories are of playing under her grandmother's large quilting frames. There she worked on her quilts and those made for her daughters. When Helen started quilting in 1960, she chose appliqué. Having painted with oils, pastels, and watercolors for many years, Helen found that appliqué was like painting with cloth. She started teaching embroidery appliqué and quilting classes in 1982. Using her original designs, she held the classes at various places, including the Southern Ohio Museum; Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio; and Ohio University, Athens. She has made well over 50 quilts, using her own designs and a variety of subjects, as well as 14 theme quilts and wallhangings from the old-fashioned "Bonnet Girls: Gentlewomen" pattern series.
Books by Helen R. Scott
Michele Scott has been a teacher in the public school system for almost half her life. Approximately thirteen years ago, she decided to take up the little hobby of quilting to pass the time. Like with every other self-respecting “quilt-a-holic,” it quickly became a passion. Machine quilting was of particular interest, as it was just becoming a popular and acceptable way of quilting your quilt. She was fascinated with the freedom of free-motion quilting, especially creating designs that needed no marking. Embellishing quilts with a variety of decorative threads was thrilling to Michele, and she was determined to incorporate as many of them in her quilts as she could. Working with these threads could sometimes be frustrating, so she spent many hours developing strategies to work with them more effectively. For the past 10 years, she has taught at many quilt guilds and shows across the United States and Canada. In addition, she has been on the faculty of the Quilt University, which provides the quilting community with a variety of online classes for quilters. Michele has had over 50 quilts published in “McCall’s Quilting” and “Quick Quilts” magazines. Recently, she began designing for Fons and Porter and writing for “Quilter’s Home” magazine and “Quilter’s Choice Network” (QCN), a new online quilting community. Her newest passion is designing fabric for Northcott Silk and she is currently working on her fifth line of fabric designs with them. A Philadelphia girl at heart, Michele currently lives in South Jersey with her husband, Tom McColligan, and their dog, Lucy.
Books by Michele Scott
From a very young age, Sharon Sebrow has enjoyed hand needlework of all kinds. In high school home ec, Sharon had her first taste of machine sewing. It wasn’t until she was pregnant with her first child, in 1989, that she started to do patchwork by machine. She fell in love with the immediate gratification the strip-piecing method provided. Once she started quilting, she took off and never looked back. Sharon’s ultimate joy in quilting is seeing the satisfaction of beginning quilters when they are successful making a block or using a technique they thought was beyond their capabilities and discovering how easy it turned out to be. In 2004 “Sharon Sews,” a questions and answers column, was first published by “Quilt Magazine.” In addition to her column, Sharon began designing quilts and writing patterns for the same publication. By the end of 2004, Sharon became features editor, reviewing new books and interviewing authors. At the end of 2005, Sharon took a break to enjoy the final weeks of her pregnancy and perfect her design and technique for the Kaleidoscope Smart-Plate® template. Sharon is a resident teacher at the Cozy Quilt Shoppe in River Edge, New Jersey. Sharon lives in northern New Jersey with her husband of 20 years, her five children, ranging in age from 3 to 19, and their dog.
Sisters Ann Seely and Joyce Stewart were raised in Orem, Utah. Ann and her husband, Richard, have three sons and four grandchildren. They live in Taylorsville, Utah. Joyce and her husband, Lynn, have three sons, two daughters, and nineteen grandchildren. They live in Deweyville, Utah.
They began quilting in 1983 and quilting soon became a passion, both separately and together. Ann and Joyce have co-authored, “Sisters and Quilts: Threads That Bind” (Possibilities, 1992) and “Color Magic for Quilters” (Rodale Press, 1997). They have taught at quilt guilds and shows across the country and have won awards separately and together, including several in American Quilter’s Society shows.
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Books by Ann Seely
Marie’s interest in quilting began in the late ’70s while tent camping in Vermont with her husband, Jim. She would visit quilt shops and bring back a book or two to the campsite. Finally in the early ’80s the quilt bug bit hard. In 1986, Marie retired after 30 years in the educational system. Of course, as is typical with new quilters, the first quilts were gifts for others. Marie began teaching quilting in Florida in 1987, at craft and quilt shops. That led to her designing original patterns for classes. As the demand grew to have them available on the commercial market, Katie’s Tulip became her first published pattern in 1990. Since then she has published over 40 original patterns. It was also in 1990 that Marie started her own business under the name of Katie Lane Quilts. Katie Lane was the name of the street she and her husband lived on in Orlando, Florida. Between teaching, lecturing, designing, and publishing patterns as well as a self-published book, “Stained Glass Techniques-Art Work in Fabric,” the business kept growing. Marie has appeared on “Simply Quilts” with Alex Anderson and on “America Sews” with Sue Hausman. She has written articles that appeared in “Traditional Quiltworks” and “The Professional Quilter.” After Marie’s husband retired in 2001, they, along with Katie Lane Quilts, moved to Amherst, New Hampshire.
Anita Shackelford has been a quiltmaker since 1967 and began teaching in 1980. She is an internationally recognized teacher and lecturer who loves combining appliqué and fine hand quilting to create new quilts in 19th century style. She also enjoys using her sewing machine for many parts of the creative process and has also added longarm quilting to the mix.
Anita has been featured on several television programs, including "Today’s American Quilter," "Kaye’s Quilting Friends," "Linda’s Electric Quilters," and "Simply Quilts." Her work and antique quilts from her collection have been featured in several gallery and museum exhibits. Her quilts have been exhibited in shows across the United States, in Australia and Japan, winning many awards, including twelve Best Of Show and many for workmanship.
Anita is the author several books all of which are published by American Quilter's Society. Anita has been a member of the National Quilting Association since 1982 and served four years on the NQA Board as membership chair. She is a charter member of the American Quilter's Society and The National Quilt Museum.
Books by Anita Shackelford