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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.
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
Rose became interested in quilting when her sister, Kathy, suggested she "make her own quilt" as she struggled to find a commercial bedspread she liked when she redecorated her son's bedroom. Kathy supplied her with fabric and a simple pattern. Upon finishing the quilt, Rose was hooked! That same year she made six more. Color, textures, and patterns have always interested this recently retired public school art teacher, so quilting has become another art form for her. Other hobbies are oil painting, making pottery, and traveling. Rose and her husband, Mike, live on a farm in northeast Iowa. They have an adult daughter and an adult son.
Books by Rose Schutte
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.
Ann Seely: email@example.com
Joyce Stewart: firstname.lastname@example.org
Books by Ann Seely
Julie Sefton blogs at Me & My Quilts –Exploring the Possibilities, where she and her alter ego are known as Quiltdivajulie. Her blog profile describes things this way: “It is all about the journey. I love creating and making quilts. Colorfully liberated, authentic, eclectic, and in love with the process—that’s me.”
Julie inherited her love of quilts from the work of both grandmothers and at least one great-grandmother. After a lifetime of sewing and crafting, in 2004 Julie finally took a Beginning Machine Piecing class at her local quilt shop. Since then, she has created and finished over 275 quilts.
Julie and her husband Larry live near Memphis, Tennessee. When they are not in their respective studios (Larry is a wood artist), they enjoy vacationing at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, and spending time with their family – Alan, Eric, Lauren, and Darcy (their grand-puppy).
Books by Julie Sefton