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Barbara M. Burnham
In 1972, Barbara’s mother surprised her with the gift of a year-long Baltimore Album class with Mimi Dietrich. Barbara credits Mimi for inspiring her obsession with appliqué. When the Baltimore Appliqué Society was founded in 1993, Barbara became a charter member. Very active with BAS, she serves as a board member and frequent contributor to the BAS newsletter, and donates her time and talents for museum fundraisers to raise funds that help preserve their quilt collections.
Barbara teaches hand appliqué, hand quilting, and inking on fabric, and offers presentations and trunk shows at local quilt shows and guilds. She writes articles on appliqué techniques and antique quilts, and is active with online groups of quilt collectors, historians, and appliqué enthusiasts. Many of her quilts have been exhibited, and she has won awards for hand quilting and hand appliqué in national competitions, including 1st place for GRAND GEOMETRICS CREATED THE AMISH WAY at the American Quilter’s Society Show & Contest in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2010. Also, Barbara and machine quilter Marty Vint of Dogwood Quilting of Baltimore, Maryland, won 2nd place for Bed Quilts: Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, with M.E.C. REMEMBERED, the quilt featured in this book.
Barbara and her husband, Ed, live in historic Ellicott City, Maryland, bordering Patapsco State Park.
Books by Barbara M. Burnham
I grew up in Euclid, Ohio. After school, I would spend time with a neighbor, Mrs. Miller. She was a seamstress, but she never taught me how to sew. My job was to string buttons.
She must have had every button in the world. She would hand me a double-threaded needle and a tin of buttons. At first I would just take a button from the tin and put it on the string at random. Later I’d sort the buttons by color, by shape, or by the number of holes before stringing them. Even after I realized that as soon as I left she’d cut the string and return the buttons to the tin, I still enjoyed developing new sorting systems for stringing the buttons.
This early experience in classification and organization contributed to two bachelor of education degrees and a masters in mathematics education. During my junior year at Bowling Green State University, my major professor introduced me to his new graduate student—a tall, blond, handsome guy from a small town in Iowa. We eventually married and, after living in Oregon and Arizona, we returned to his hometown of Waverly, Iowa.
I tried my hand at several crafts—knitting, crocheting, counted cross-stitch, and macramé. About seventeen years ago I made a series of counted cross-stitch bears. My husband was working on a fundraiser and suggested I sew the bears together and make a blanket for the auction. Not knowing what I was doing, I asked the local church ladies for help. The next thing I knew, I was a first-generation quilter.
I joined guilds, started a stash, and began taking classes. His suggestion became my addiction. In quilting, I found a way to combine my love of mathematics and a creative outlet. I was drawn to traditional pieced blocks and finding ways to adapt the blocks to create unique quilts.
My quilts have been juried into a number of national shows and I have won local and state awards for my quilts. My Iowa Sesquicentennial Challenge quilt, WAITING, won Best of Category and traveled throughout the state of Iowa. In addition, I’ve written articles for Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.
As mentors increased my knowledge, I began to share my knowledge with others. My programs range from the technical to the humorous aspects of quilting. My workshops are designed with a technical component while strongly encouraging participants to explore their creativity.
Whether taking or teaching classes, I believe a bad day quilting is better than a good day doing anything else.
Books by Cathy Busch
Mary Buvia began her quiltmaking career in 1992 after years of sewing and owning businesses. At that time, she knew nothing about the art form and did not even realize classes were available. A friend told Mary about an organization called American Quilter’s Society so she joined in an effort to learn all that she could through their published information. That decision changed her life as she began learning and quilting.
For over a decade Mary has been teaching different techniques to both beginning and advanced quilters. Her goal is to help students avoid all the mistakes that she made along the way. Mary is very proud to watch her students advance and achieve their personal goals. Mary states, “As I continue to reach my own goals, I feel it is our duty and pleasure to pass on the knowledge that we have gained to future generations of quilters.”
Mary lives in Greenwood, Indiana, with her six feline friends and eight friendly raccoons that visit daily for a handout. Visit Mary at: www.marybuvia.com.
Books by Mary Buvia
Patricia B Campbell
Patricia B. Campbell, born and reared in Michigan, makes her home in Dallas, Texas. An award-winning appliqué artist, she is well-known as an exciting speaker and an inspiring instructor. She has adapted seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Jacobean designs from embroidery to fabric and has created a line of patterns for sale. She also has a collection of fabrics, IMPRESSIONS and FOSSIL FERN, manufactured by Benartex. She has taught workshops from Maine to South Africa. Her first quilt, JACOBEAN ARBOR, the well-known and beloved black quilt, won eight ribbons, including a Best of Show. It was followed by ELIZABETHAN WOODS, a five-time winner. She and her quilts have been featured on covers and in articles in "American Quilter Magazine," "International Quilt Festival," "Quilting Today," "Patchwork Quilt Tsuchin," and "Quilting International." Published works include: "Jacobean Applique: Exotica" and "Jacobean Applique: Romantica."
Gudny Campbell has been teaching people how to use computers since 1984, and has taught adults and children how to apply innovative techniques, such as digital design and fabric printing, to add interest to their quilts. Her quilts were included in the books “Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts” by Cyndy Lyle Rymer and Lynn Koolish and “Circle Play: Simple Designs for Fabulous Fabrics” by Reynola Pakusich. Gudny worked for the navy as a computer specialist until she retired in 2003, managing an intranet network and microcomputers for 300 users. Gudny began collaborating with Sandra Hart in 2006 co-teaching several 2- and 5-day workshops on “Technology Is a Quilter’s Best Friend.” Together they wrote the article “digital Delights: Appliqué and Piecing by Computer” published in the January 2008 issue of “American Quilter” magazine. “Piecing with Pixels: Unique quilts from your own images” is their first book together.
After a successful career designing and producing her own fashion label in Queensland, Australia, Lorraine Carthew turned to textile art and quilting. Her first quilts were in traditional appliqué. But soon, she began developing her own style of quilting. Portraits in one-inch squares and mosaic appliqué were the results. She has been producing prize-winning quilts for ten years. Among her many awards are three Best of Show, Best Use of Color, and Viewers Choice. Lorraine values her Viewers Choice awards because they show acceptance from her fellow quilters. She has written several magazine articles and her work has been extensively published. She teaches her special style of mosaic appliqué throughout Australia. Visit Lorraine's web site at www.lozquilts.com.
Jan Cerney, a retired teacher, made her first quilt on a treadle sewing machine. She makes her debut as a fiction author with this first novel in the Mission Quilt Series. Jan lives on a ranch near Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
Books by Jan Cerney
A retired research scientist, Linda has been sewing since childhood. She grew up sewing her own clothing and was introduced to the art of quilting by her mother-in-
law in 1986. Linda loves learning new techniques, playing with new gadgets and
experimenting with fabric. An avid “collector” of fabric, she enjoys the opportunity to sew, quilt and create with her daughter, Laura. Her favorite aspect of creating fabric bowls and vases is drafting the new patterns and experimenting with different techniques to achieve the desired result. Her best ideas come to her in the middle of the night, and she can frequently be found in her sewing room at 4 a.m. when genius has struck. Linda lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, who is also a research scientist and supports her quilting addiction.
Books by Linda Chaney
A dynamo in the quilting world, Pam is the owner of the Log Cabin Dry Goods quilt shop and Home Stitches, a professional longarm quilting business. To date, she has quilted over 7000 quilts! In addition, she’s made hundreds of her own quilts. Her favorite kind of quilting is to mix appliqué with simple, scrappy-look piecing, a style that has won her numerous ribbons. Pam developed her “Designs with Lines” machine quilting technique to speed up marking tops. Her stencils, videos, and sketchbooks are full of ideas to go along with her stencils and are available from her Home Stitches Web site. Pam grew up in Sacramento, California, and now lives in Spokane, Washington. She has appeared on "Quilt Central" and with Linda Taylor on PBS television.
Books by Pam Clarke
A Michigan native, Karen began quilting in 1973 while still in high school. She has a degree in library science and worked at many state, city, and school libraries before finding her calling as a professional quilting instructor, writer, and designer. She is known for taking a traditional pattern and giving it her own unique twist. Karen is intrigued with quilts of illusions and has been designing quilts with a 3-D look for several years. Karen designs fabrics for Blank Quilting, has appeared on numerous television shows, and has shown her work at multiple venues and in national publications. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 1995, 2000, and in 2005 and travels nationwide to teach her techniques and methods. Karen now lives in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee with her husband Rick, daughter Angela and son Josh (when they are home from college), and a very sweet Shih Tzu named Cocoa.
Books by Karen Combs