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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
Teri Henderson Tope always wanted to be an artist and have a house full of children when she grew up. Well, she became a quilter and her three daughters are nine and five years apart (14 years between the oldest and the youngest) ensuring that there would always be children in her house. You have got to love God’s sense of humor.
Always creative, Teri tried every medium available to her from sewing clothes for her Barbie® dolls on an old Singer sewing machine, making macramé plant hangers, 4-H projects, the most unusual Halloween pumpkins and snowmen on the block, to stitching her wedding dress, and then sewing quilts and clothes for her girls.
She found quilting around 1983 and it became her passion and her muse. Her fabric collection grew, as did her frustration with the patterns available to her in the marketplace. Soon she was giving them her Teri Tope Twist and eventually began designing her own original quilts. Bev Young, a local quilt shop owner, encouraged Teri to create patterns based on those designs. Soon Teri was publishing under her company name, maTERIal Girl Designs. To date, she has published over 40 original quilt patterns and has authored a book Applique in Reverse published by AQS in 2009.
Teri’s infectious love of design, techniques, and fabric has made her a sought-after teacher and lecturer. She has managed to win an award or two for her beautiful quilts, but when asked, she will simply tell you about her love for the process. And if you are lucky, she will pull you into her wonderfully creative and artistic world and maybe even show you a picture of her grandsons.
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