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Ever since I can remember Iíve been interested in sewing and other forms of handwork. I come by this naturally since my mom and my grandmothers did beautiful handwork. When my friend Teresa Justice (co-author of An English Paper-Pieced Sampler) introduced me to quilting, I was hooked. In our small quilting group as well as other quilting groups and guilds, I have met some wonderful people and enjoy all the friendships I have made with these quilters. I am always eager to start a new project but I love all the processes of quilting.
I am a native South Carolinian and have lived here most of my life. When my husband retired, we moved to Rock Hill and enjoy living here tremendously. Our son and his wife live in Charlotte, NC, which is close by, and when our daughter who lives in California comes to visit we are close to the Charlotte airport. My husband and I enjoy traveling and visiting new places so the airport is very handy for us, too.
Besides spending time with family and friends, quilting, and traveling, I enjoy reading, including many history books. Working on An English Paper-Pieced Sampler gave me a great opportunity to learn more about quilt history, which is truly fascinating.
Books by Darlene Beltman
Roberta M Benvin
A beginning quilting class initiated Roberta Benvin as a quilter. Four years later she was elected president of the York Quilters Guild in Pennsylvania. At that time, she began four years of employment in a quilt shop. Within a few months, Roberta was teaching classes at the shop and eventually took over the quilting classes for the adult education program. While working in the quilt shop, Roberta restored antique quilts in response to requests from customers. The restoration has since developed into a full-time business. Roberta's passion for antique quilts has led to her involvement in the York County Quilt Documentation Project of Pennsylvania which gives Roberta the opportunity to examine numerous early nineteenth-century quilts. Her recent quilting projects have focused primarily on making reproductions of antique quilts, resulting in her awareness of a need for authentic quilting designs from the early 1800s. Roberta has resided in York County, Pennsylvania, since 1969, and has three grown children.
Receiving a mother-in-law who had quilting as her hobby was the greatest marriage gift in disguise Annemart Berendse could get. When, in 2001, her mother-in-law wanted to make a quilt for her, Annemart needed to select some quilt fabric in a local quilt shop. She ended up with not only the fabric for the quilt her mother-in-law would make, but also some fat quarters and no idea what to do with them. She was advised to start with a Nine Patch. Never afraid to start something new without the hindrance of knowing what to do, she began sewing that same night. And as an Eight-pointed Star looked better to her, she decided to start with that pattern. The next morning, when the first quilt lesson with her mother-in-law began, the block was finished. Not made according to the rules of the quilt police, and it was a start of a passion for life. And thatís how Annemart still works: Just try and be creative, and foremost, have fun! This first attempt resulted in a passion for living for quilting and everything related to it.
Born and living in the Netherlands where quilting is not as big as in the US, Annemartís focus went quickly to the states for inspiration, shows, and meeting American quilters. For her, quilting is her fountain of fun and creativity next to her full time job as a department manager. Although she focuses on making all her points meet and getting 14 stitches to an inch, if there is no joy in making the quilt, for her, itís not a quilt. This same joy she put into the design of her own quilting shoes when going to the 2011 AQS quilt show in Paducah. All the great reactions to that pair of shoes made her decide to develop more designs and write a book, the same way she learned how to quilt: Just jump in and try, be creative, and have fun!
Contact Annemart at http://www.quiltingthetownred.com.
Books by Annemart Berendse
By first grade, Jean knew she wanted to be a teacher. She taught junior high school math for many years. Another love was jigsaw puzzles, and fitting together small bits of fabric seemed to be an extension of that love. Combining her love of teaching and piecing came naturally. Jean started her first quilt (still unfinished) in junior high school. A dozen years later, she became more serious about quiltmaking and was introduced to machine piecing. Jeanís piecing skills improved and she began teaching machine piecing. She enjoys giving students the technical skills they need to turn their vision into quilts.
Jean has been piecing traditional quilt patterns for more than 30 years and teaching machine piecing since 1984. Her quilts have received awards in national competitions and have been exhibited throughout the United States. She has been experimenting with traditional block designs and giving them a slightly different look for many years. Her teaching experience and math background help her clarify the things that can improve accurate piecing.
Irena Bluhm is an award-winning quilt artist, quilt and quilting pattern designer, and a longarm machine quilter, instructor, and sales representative for Gammill Quilting Machine Company. Born and raised in Poland during the reign of communism, she moved to Germany in 1981 and ten years later moved to the United States, living in California. Irena's first exposure to quilting came from the Log Cabin-style quilts her mother made with scraps. She tried some piecing of her own, but quilting didnít become a passion until she saw a Gammill longarm quilting machine at a local quilt shop in 2004. Two days later, Irena was stitching pantographs for the shop owner. Irenaís first two wholecloth quilts came back from their first show with three ribbons. Her work has been exhibited in show across the United States and published in several quilting magazine. Sheís won numerous awards nationwide. Irena has two daughters and three grandchildren. She and her husband, Richard, now live in Oklahoma where she has a large studio.
Debbie Bowles came to quiltmaking via a lifetime of garment and craft sewing. As an elementary school teacher, Cub Scout den mom, and church volunteer with junior high students, Debbie approaches design, quiltmaking, and teaching as a means of having fun while creating something pleasing to the maker. Through her pattern company, Maple Island Quilts, she brings delightful designs made with achievable techniques to quilters of many skill levels. Her book "Cutting Curves from Straight Pieces," published by the American Quilter's Society in 2001, has opened up the world of curves for many quilters. Debbie travels nationally to present workshops that are fun and informative. They offer each quilter a space for personal interpretation of the designs. Her home is in Minnesota, where she lives with her husband, Rick, and two sons, Ryan and Kyle.
Trish Bowman has been sewing and doing all kinds of crafts for over 40 years. The craft bug came from her Mom. In high school she became a serious seamstress, starting out by making her own clothes, progressing to reupholstering furniture, and eventually making clothes for her husband. Never one to sit and enjoy the status quo, she was always experimenting with new techniques and challenges, discovering quilting in the mid-1980ís. Her love affair with this new dimension of her hobby blossomed as she realized quilting offered a better outlet for her creativity than making clothes.
Her favorite quilts have always been the ones that held peopleís memories. Her first T-shirt quilt, created in 1988, was for her husband and celebrated his days in college by using old T-shirts that otherwise would have gone to the rag bin. Subsequently, she has made many memory quilts for family, friends, and, more recently, clients.
Trish has a studio full of books and fabrics and a Gammill Statler Stitcher to finish all the quilts she makes. A member of the Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild, she has served as president and Cabin Fever Quilt Show chairperson. As owner of Jersey Girl Quilts, a custom quilt business, she designs and makes memory quilts for clients who donít want to or canít make their own. Based on her experiences with this business, a ruler/template system was developed that eases the cutting of shirts and improves cutting accuracy over the use of a basic square ruler.
Trish lives in central Florida with her husband of 34 years, Doug, and their puppy, Penny. She has two grown children, Christopher and Jennifer, a son-in-law, Michael, and is still waiting on grandkids. She is a registered nurse and successfully ran her own legal nurse consulting business prior to moving to Florida 10 years ago.
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Books by Patricia Bowman
Barbara has been a board member of the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) and the Kansas Quilt Project, and has served as consultant to numerous state quilt projects, assisting with pattern identification and quilt dating. As a freelance museum curator, she has organized exhibits of art from quilts and cowboy boots to art environments. When she finds time to make quilts, they often reflect her sense of humor. With Laurie Metzinger she organized the infamous project The Sun Set on Sunbonnet Sue.
Brenda Brayfield was born in Northern Ireland and immigrated with her parents to Vancouver, British Columbia, as a young child. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, Roger. She has three sons, Jim, Ryan, and Kevin. Brenda has been making and showing quilts since she took her first class in 1993 and teaches quilting in local workshops. Brenda's top foundation-piecing technique was developed as an answer to a dilemma she faced while preparing for an upcoming workshop. As her students requested more blocks in a variety of styles and sizes, Brenda's block pile grew and so did the accompanying pile of text. The result was Brenda's first book, "Log Cabin: Rediscovered by Machine," published by the American Quilter's Society.
Patricia L. Brown
Patricia began quilting in 1978, very reluctantly! A friend kept after her to go with her to quilting lessons and Patricia finally gave in. From the first lesson, she found she couldnít get enough! Patricia made samplers, Amish-style quilts, and traditional quilts then as time went on, she lost interest in the same old fabrics. She stopped quilting for a while after the birth of her second son.
When her last son left home, Patricia found herself in a quilt shop surrounded by batik fabric and fell in love with quilting all over again. Batiks opened up a new world to Patricia. She believes that by using basic techniques and beautiful fabrics, a traditional quilter can easily become an art quilter.
Books by Patricia L. Brown