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Joan learned embroidery by stitching tea towels and pillowslips when she was only four years old, but her interest in quilting began when she was older and married. Her husband, Harold, brought home an old ragged quilt from the landfill to use for grease rags in his shop. That quilt sparked an interest in quilting and Joan has been captivated ever since.
In the early 1970s, Joan could find no one to “talk quilts” with. She approached a local fabric shop owner in her hometown of Columbus, Nebraska, about teaching quilting classes in the store and that started her career as a quilting teacher. Through contacts that Joan made in the classes, she and Jean Younkin cofounded the Calico Quilt Club. Joan is also a member of the Country Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Norfolk, Nebraska, the Nebraska State Quilt Guild, and the American Quilter’s Society.
Joan has been published in quilting magazines and has written several books, including Bargello By the Block (Animas Quilts, 1996); Flower Patterns to Appliqué, Paint, and Embroider (AQS, 2000); Pick-A-Pattern Appliqué & Variations (AQS, 2002); Quilt Savvy: Embroidery Stitches (AQS, 2004); 400+ Embroidery Stitches for Quilts & More (AQS, 2013); and this, her newest book, 1000 New Embroidery Designs (AQS, 2014).
Joan’s quilts have been in AQS shows in Paducah, Kentucky, and in Des Moines, Iowa. You’ll even find one of her quilts in the 1985 AQS Wall Calendar.
Joan and Harold are enjoying retirement. Their three children, Cindy Korgie, Randy, and Rick, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren continue to enjoy the quilts she makes. Their quilt-inspecting cats enjoy them as well.
Books by Joan Waldman
J. Michelle Watts
Michelle's talent for designing quilts and wearable art has led her to many successful endeavors. She designs and markets a line of southwestern quilt patterns. She has exhibited her wearable art creations in several American Quilter's Society fashion shows, the 1999 Fairfield Fashion Show, and ARTWEAR 2002. Her quilts and wearable art have also been shown in galleries, museums, and quilt shows throughout the United States. She teaches, lectures, and provides special exhibits for quilt groups across the country. Michelle lives in Roswell, New Mexico, with her husband, Randy, daughter, Jessica, and two dogs. When she's not quilting, Michelle enjoys spending time with her friends and family and playing with her pet prairie dogs, Bubba and Max.
Jane K. Wells
Sisters Jane K. Wells and Linda K. Johnson are award-winning quilters who love every aspect of quilting and just happen to be crafty, old, and broad! In 2001, soon after they took their first quilt class, they started designing their own patterns, dreaming up new patterns while non-quilters were sleeping. They started the Crafty Ol’ Broads pattern and fabric company specializing in designing quilt patterns that appear much more complicated to make than they actually are. In 2005, Linda and Jane began teaching and lecturing as a team. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love of quilting by introducing quilters of all levels to their unique patterns. These sisters constantly challenge each other to create new techniques. Their quilts have been selected for distinction in shows and contests both locally and nationally. Three of their quilts have appeared in two recent “New Quilts from an Old Favorite” books that document a yearly contest sponsored by The National Quilt Museum (formerly the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society).
Terry has designed hand-embroidered items since she was in grade school. The study of historical and world embroidery has been one of her passions since she was allowed to go to the library by herself in the 7th grade. To say that she is self-taught would be a mistake. Her contemporary embroidery designs have been inspired by Constance Howard’s embroidery books, textile artists Gloria Vanderbilt (fiber collages), Ed Rossbach (structural textile work), Kaffe Fassett (needlepoint and color), and many others from the 1970s.
When Terry learned to quilt in 1978, she embellished her work with the hand needlework she knew. When her hands stopped working for her, she turned to the sewing machine. In 1996, she learned free-machine embroidery. Since then she has dedicated her time to developing techniques and designs that are as beautiful and texturally interesting as work done by hand. Terry loves to teach her techniques to students across the country. She especially likes to help women see the potential for developing their own style with this very easy form of needlework.
Books by Terry White
Cathy Wiggins was born and raised in eastern North Carolina were she received degrees in mathematics and software engineering. Even though her education is in technology, her love has always been art and any form of creativity. During her years in telecommunications she continued to foster her love of art through taking numerous workshops on subjects such as sculpting, pottery, and all forms of painting. She eventually settled on using acrylic paints on paper as her medium of choice. Through experimenting and practice, Cathy developed her own style of painting where she would, through the use of value and layers of paint, interpret photographs on paper. She won numerous awards locally and nationally for her work and began teaching her technique to others.
Cathy began quilting in February of 2003 after attending her first national quilt show. The following year, her quilt was juried into the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky. Since that time she has won many national and international awards for her quilts and is teaching her design techniques.
Now Cathy has taken her quilting work a step further with her “Just for Fun” series of quilts. She creates quilts that are both whimsical and humorous. When asked why she has made this shift in her work, Cathy says, “I just want to create quilts for the pure fun of it. I want to create quilts that bring smiles to the faces of the viewers and designs that are ageless, things that remind us of our childhood.” In addition to writing articles for magazines and traveling nationally to teach, she is now writing books and creating patterns based on her award-winning quilts.
Cathy lives with her husband, Randy, daughter, Olivia, their dogs, Stella and Walter, and their parrot, Alex in Lake Gaston, North Carolina.
Most of us have had the experience of becoming all-out excited over a new hobby or activity only to cool once the new has worn off. Usually this leads to an unfinished project, or projects if the excitement was really great, being relegated to a forgotten box on some closet shelf. That was Alice’s story until 1987 when she took a class at the local quilt shop and found herself immersed in a world of infinite possibilities with fabrics. She has never cooled or even looked back. Alice has produced over 250 quilts, many of them of her own design. Many have won awards in quilt shows. Her patterns are sold in quilt shops around the country. In 1988, Alice began instructing, and soon coordinated all teaching at the leading quilt shop in her area. Now she teaches in many shops in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex as well as in other areas of the state, other states, in Canada, and on cruises. Although she designs both traditional pieced and appliqué quilts, her true love, is teaching others the art of needlework in crazy patchwork and appliqué. One of her greatest joys is seeing someone develop into a dedicated quilter regardless of the style or method chosen. Alice is married to Bill, has six daughters, one son, six grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. She and Bill live in McKinney, Texas, along with their Shih Tzu, Molly.
Books by Alice Wilhoit
Julia C. Wood
Julia Wood started sewing as a child, but her life took a more technical route during her career as an engineer. When she stopped working to stay home with her children, Julie returned to her creative roots and began quilting. Her love of computers and quilting led to the development of her techniques to create shadow portraits of people and pets. When not quilting or teaching about quilting, Julia enjoys entering cooking contests–she's been a two-time finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Mark, their two daughters, Emily and Elizabeth, and their five dogs.
Books by Julia C. Wood
Judy is an internationally recognized, professional machine quilter whose quilts have won well over one hundred awards. With her piecing partners Mary Sue Suit and Joan Davis, she has won several first-place ribbons at such shows as the International Quilt Festival in Houston, shows sponsored by the American Quilter's Society, and the Machine Quilters Showcase. She writes for many quilting magazines and has been featured in "The Quilt Show" with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Hard work and a love of quilting have taken her from humble beginnings to an inspired quilter and teacher.
Books by Judy Woodworth
Janet Jones Worley
Janet Janet Jones Worley is a national/international teacher, author, and quilt artist. Over 100 of her designs have been published in "McCall's Quilting", "McCall's Quick Quilting", "Traditional Quilter", "Quick and Easy Crafts" and house of White Birches publications. Janet also has a quilt on permanent display in the library of Peking, China. Janet's Web site, www.JanetJonesWorleyClasses.blogspot.com features her classes many of which are from her book "Quilts for Chocolate Lovers" and "Quilts for Ice Cream Lovers". Her second web site is www.JanetJonesWorley.com
features her books, patterns and the famous "Quilter with Attitude" pins that hold miniature's of Janet's books. While Janet loves designing, her first love is teaching. Her lighthearted approach to quilting makes her classes fun and exciting. She firmly believes that all quilters go to heaven and that chocolate is a necessary ingredient to sustain life!