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Sally’s quiltmaking path began at the age of three. Throughout her childhood she made all her own clothing. Her only lament is she never got to shop for clothes. She attended graduate school in multimedia at the University of Grenoble in France where her interest in making batiks developed, as well as a passion for intense, light-up-your-life color. Her background in marketing made it easy for Sally to start a home-based quilting business. Her enthusiasm for quilting resulted in a professional design and teaching career, allowing her to enthusiastically share her vast knowledge. Sally’s ideas have been published in quilting magazines and books and she has taught throughout the United States and Canada at quilt shows, workshops, and guilds. She teaches concepts that are easily understood and mastered. After 20 years in Des Moines, Iowa, Sally recently relocated to Paducah, Kentucky.
Books by Sally Terry
Born in England, although a Southern California resident for more than half her life, Zena Thorpe’s work reflects Britain’s ancient history. She learned all needle crafts, except quilting, from her mother who was very patient in showing and explaining. Zena learned the joys of quilting after coming the United States. In the beginning she made simple utilitarian Log Cab quilts for the kids’ beds. Once she became acquainted with pictorial appliqué and discovered that she could create a picture in fabric, she really “turned on” to quilting. ILLUMINATED ALPHABET won first place in the large appliquéd wall quilts category at the 2008 American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky, and 3rd place in the Innovative Appliqué category at the 2009 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. Zena was named one of 30 Distinguished Quilters of the World by Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. In 2003 her quilt KELLS: MAGNUM OPUS was designated a Masterpiece Quilt and Zena was inducted into the Master Quilters Guild, an institution of the National Quilting Association.
Books by Zena Thorpe
Teri Henderson Tope
As I write this, I realize, that in my short life, I have accomplished a great many things. A portion of that has to do with this book and my career as a professional quilter. I have made a great many quilts that have had the honor of hanging in national and international quilt venues. I even won a ribbon or two. I have written and produced a line of patterns through my company MaTERIal Girl Designs, taught and lectured across the United States and even ventured over seas. I have authored three books with The American Quilter’s Society: Applique in Reverse, Home Sewn Celebrations, and the Bag It book. I have filmed for Quilting Arts TV and can be found on The American Quilter’s Society’s iQuilt Network. I have even judged a few quilt shows. What I wish really wish for you to know is my love for my family and my love for simply stitching beautiful creative things. My family is the foundation that lets me do all the things that I do. I am not truly happy unless I have a needle in hand. My mind never stops. On occasion when I have trouble sleeping, my go to visualization is to put a quilt block together. Quilting is as much a part of me as my skin and bones. My wish for the reader of this book is that, for some small speck of time, they enter my creative, crazy world. Life is too short so go be creative!
Books by Teri Henderson Tope
Eileen Jahnke Trestain
A lifelong interest in quilting was instilled by her grandmother when Eileen was a youngster. A move to Plano, Texas, in 1988 led to an invitation to assist the Heritage Farmstead in cataloging quilts in Collin County, Texas. She coordinated the recording and photographing of more than 450 quilts. The project, with the assistance of Plano Quilt Guild members, culminated in an exhibit at the Heritage Farmstead Museum. With the encouragement of friends, Eileen began producing her own line of patterns under the business name of Peonies Needlework Crafts. Her patterns feature three-dimensional appliqué, traditional appliqué, and piecing elements. She began to teach in local shops and soon was teaching nationally. After moving to Arizona in 1994, this prizewinning quilter served as the coordinator for the Q.U.I.L.T. Education program for the Arizona Quilter’s Guild and was founding president of the Phoenix Area Quilters Association.
Books by Eileen Jahnke Trestain