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Joan was introduced to quilting in 1988 when she, her husband, and two children moved from Syracuse, New York, to Westchester County, outside New York City. She needed decorations for her walls and an art teacher friend suggested she make quilts. Although she had made her husband’s suits and tuxedo, she had never made a quilt. Once she was bitten by the bug she never turned back.
While trying to design a quilt that featured a Nantucket basket filled with hydrangea flowers, she dreamt how to make the flowers dimensional. This was the birth of her three-dimensional Appli-bond technique. It was truly a life-altering dream.
Joan is the owner and designer of her pattern company, Petal Play. She has written three books for the American Quilter’s Society: Petal by Petal, Petal Play the Traditional Way, and co-authored 3 Quilters Celebrate the 4 Seasons. She is always amazed at how a little dimension can bring a quilt to life.
She travels extensively teaching and lecturing across the country, internationally, and on quilting cruises. Her workshops are informative and humorous. For contact information and to view her work, log onto www.petalplay.com.
Joan lives with her husband, Tony, in Summerfield, Florida, and is VERY happy that there is no known cure for the quilting bug.
Books by Joan Shay
Elly has been designing and making quilts, studying, writing, and teaching quiltmaking for several decades. Her creativity and research have fueled 17 books on appliqué. Two major Baltimore Album Revival exhibitions were held to celebrate the explosive impact of her first 12 books, fueling the ongoing Baltimore Album revival. Before becoming so deeply involved with group-made albums, Elly’s individual work hung at shows across the country and at museums and galleries in and around Washington DC, her hometown. She has lectured and had her work exhibited in Canada, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa. Widely admired both as a needlewoman and as a scholar, she writes with sensitivity and insight about quiltmaking and quiltmakers. She is a delightful teacher and an inspiring lecturer. Elly says she is never happier than when she is teaching quiltmaking and that happiness is contagious.
Tammy Silvers has been quilting since 1991. She has taught at a variety of fabric shops as well as local county Parks and Recreation facilities. She has also designed and self-published several of her own quilt patterns. She enjoys working with most any fabric, however, she prefers batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints: “If it clucks, it goes in a quilt!” Having a background in art and literature, Tammy looks for ways to use “words” in her work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. Tammy is a native of Georgia and currently lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, children, two dogs, and two cats.
In 2006 Tammy and Julia LaBauve 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.
Lynda was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky, home of the American Quilter’s Society –– Quilt City USA®. It must have been destiny that landed her in her dream job as graphic designer for AQS. During her eight years with AQS, she has designed over 50 books and worked 16 quilt shows in Paducah and Nashville. She has learned a lot about quilting from some of the most notable quilters in the industry. A quilter at heart, Lynda was thrilled when her first-ever quilt, LOVELY PINK, was published in “Borders & Finishing Touches 2” by Bonnie K. Browning, American Quilter’s Society, 2006. Married for 29 years, Lynda and Donnie have two wonderful children, Brian and Michael, and two “fantabulous” grandsons, Tyler and Aidan.
Sarah Ann Smith
When Sarah's family returned to the US when she was six, she had lived on four continents. Shortly after that, a neighbor girl made her an apron for her doll. Sarah promptly started sewing clothes for her trolls, and she hasn't stopped sewing or traveling since. In 1988, Sarah began quilting, which morphed into the perfect marriage of two of her favorite things: sewing and art. Her only problem is that no one has yet created a 37-hour day!
Sarah's work has been juried into shows and published in magazines and books in the US and Europe, and is in public and private collections including the International Quilt Festival Collection. A former US diplomat, Sarah draws on her assignments in Africa, South America and North America, as well as travels to Asia and Europe for her art. She specializes in machine work, coloring with threads, and using whatever technique will help turn the picture in her mind into cloth. Sarah is now a (sometimes tired!) full-time artist, member of the Frayed Edges mini-group, quilt teacher, pattern designer, and mom living in Camden, Maine, with her husband, two sons, pug, four cats and assorted dust bunnies. To see her art, teaching schedule, and blog, or to contact her, visit www.sarahannsmith.com.
Books by Sarah Ann Smith
Dianne was hooked on arts and creating things by age 12: paint-by-number; knitting; sewing/designing clothes; drawing; wrapping bottles in twine. In other words, Dianne explored all the usual and some not-so-usual creative outlets for a young person. She has dabbled in glass beadmaking, glass fusing, batiking, oil painting, watercolor, jewelry design, weaving, garment construction, quilting, kite-making, printmaking, enameling, calligraphy, ceramics, sculpture, etc., etc. Peggy even ended up teaching art in a gifted/talented program for 25 years
Dianne has become immersed in the world of quilting. She enjoys anything that involves fabric—from simply fondling the fibers to drawing designs that will become part of those fibers. In 2007 she started she own company, Dianne Springer Designs, where she and her free helpers create, package, and market products that take the quilt from the bedroom to new and fun places. In 2010 Dianne’s first line of fabrics became available in the marketplace. You can visit her website at www.diannespringerdesigns.com. You can also read her musings and add your own to her blog, Threads from My Head, http://diannespringer.blogspot.com.
Books by Dianne Springer
An entrepreneur since 1973 when Quilt-In: Lessons•Supplies•Designs by Helen Squire was incorporated, Helen has been an active participant in the growth of the quilt industry as a designer, author, lecturer, teacher, and television consultant. For the past 15 years, she has written "Helen’s Hints: Creative Quilting Designs" for "American Quilter" magazine, and is best known for her “Dear Helen” book series of quilting patterns.
Now retired from her position as vice-president of sales and marketing for the American Quilter’s Society, she has relocated from Paducah, KY to Frostburg, MD, and has finally found the time to quilt!
Books by Helen Squire
Susan grew up on a farm in Missouri. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and then worked in immunology research and as a nuclear medicine technologist. After her children were born, she was a stay-at-home mom––and all the while she sewed. After falling in love with heirloom sewing in 1988, she worked from 1990 to 2005 as a primary designer for the Martha Pullen Company. Sue has had dozens of featured articles in “Sew Beautiful” magazine and wrote “Sue Says…,” a tips and tricks column for eight years. Her book “Easy Elegance” featured several of her heirloom design techniques, and she has designed and sold a small line of children’s heirloom patterns. She was a regular teacher at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion for many years and has also taught for Pfaff and Viking sewing machine dealer conventions and for various sewing groups and guilds. Her interests have turned toward translating heirloom sewing techniques into quilting. Her heirloom quilts have won awards at American Quilter’s Society and International Quilt Association shows. Susan lives in Pittsburgh, Kansas, with her husband, Mark. She has a grown daughter and son. Honey Dog and Stella Cat keep her company at home while she sews and writes.
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.
Joyce Stewart: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Seely: email@example.com
Books by Joyce Stewart
Sharon, an accomplished quiltmaker, quilt judge, and teacher, started quilting in 1988 and has been quilting full time since the mid-1990s. Dedicated to keeping hand skills alive, Sharon teaches hand appliqué, hand quilting, and hand piecing as well as rotary and machine techniques. With high standards for her own work, she encourages students to achieve their personal quilting goals. Students have nominated her five times for the Quilt Teacher of the Year Award. Sharon’s quilts have been successfully shown at state and national levels. Many of her quilts have appeared in magazine articles. She has served as a juror for several national shows and is a quilt show committee member for Quilts=Art=Quilts at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, New York. Sharon lives in Groton, New York, with her husband, Floyd, two cats, and a dog.