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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
Pepper Cory has been a quiltmaker since 1972. In addition, she designs templates, stencils, and fabrics for quilters. The author of two classic books of quilting designs, "Quilting Designs from the Amish" and "Quilting Designs from Antique Quilts," Pepper has published numerous other books and articles. Her third book, the ground-breaking design text "Crosspatch," 1989, inspired readers to take their first steps in contemporary quilt design. She also researched the Drunkard's Path pattern in "Happy Trails," 1991, and signature blocks in "The Signature Quilt," coauthored with Susan McKelvey. "Mastering Quilt Marking," 1999, is considered a classic on the subject. She began teaching quilting as the owner of Culpepper's Quilts in East Lansing, Michigan, and continues to travel and teach internationally, sharing her expertise and love of quilting. With her husband, Rod, Pepper lives on the North Carolina coast where they share their home with a pair of lucky cats who double as bookends and quilt testers.
Kay Capps Cross
A foray into black-and-white fabrics helped Kay Capps Cross set her creativity free. These neutral values have been instrumental in developing her style. Kay started sewing at a young age, and her back-to-school shopping was a trip to the fabric store for yardage and patterns. A visit to a quilt shop in the late 1990s set the course for her career in quiltmaking, teaching, and pattern design. Residing in Minnesota, Kay markets her patterns internationally.
Joe Cunningham grew up in Flint, Michigan. He started playing guitar and drums at an early age and began playing music professionally in high school. He made his living from music until he was invited to write the catalogue for a quilt documentation project. To prepare for that, he learned how to make quilts, and since 1979, he has been making, writing about, talking and teaching about, and even singing about quilts. From the beginning, Joe has been a student of quilt history, writing scholarly articles, essays, and books on the subject. In his studies he ran across the story of Joe the Quilter, an Englishman who made quilts in the late 1700s. This story inspired him to create a one-man musical quilt show called “Joe the Quilter” comprised of songs, stories, and original quilts all created to tell the tale of the original Joe. In 2001, Joe added the show to his repertoire of lectures and classes, leading to performances throughout the country. Today Joe lives in San Francisco with his wife and sons, working from his quilt studio in the city, and living in the Presidio National Park, the former Army base adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Books by Joe Cunningham
Bob’s first life was as a math professor at a Catholic Girls College in Buffalo, New York. He moved on to function as an engineer at Lockheed Martin in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, all the while continuing to teach math at local colleges. In 1992 his wife, Kathleen, asked for help in making a quilt for their daughter’s wedding. She showed him how to make a four-patch and he was hooked.
As a mathematician, the seemingly endless number of possible patterns fascinated him. He has designed blocks and quilts since 1993, receiving a ribbon at the Vermont Quilt Festival and a blue ribbon at the Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza for BUTTERFLY (designed in EQ5).
He discovered Electric Quilt software in 2005 and has since designed more than one thousand quilts and blocks, including block and quilt settings for his wife’s appliqué projects. His primary interest, besides teaching, is designing various size, inter-locking Log Cabin blocks and converting weaving patterns to quilts. In each area, the number of possibilities is seemingly endless, but he pursues them one at a time.
Books by Robert DeCarli
Martha DeLeonardis is an internationally known, award-winning quilt artist who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University in 1981 with a BS in chemical engineering. Martha worked in industry for six years before retiring to stay at home with her two sons. Martha has been sewing since she can remember. In the second grade, she was making her own clothes under her mother’s tutelage, an expert seamstress herself. Martha started quilting in 1995 when her children were young and her family lived in a small town in Ohio. She became seriously involved in this art form after moving to Katy, Texas, in 2000. She has been greatly influenced by the quilting community in the greater Houston area. Martha has had numerous quilts juried into national and international competitions, winning a blue ribbon in 2008 at the Houston International Quilt Festival. She was also a finalist in The National Quilt Museum’s Sunflower: New Quilts from Old Favorite contest in 2010 and is featured in the companion book by the same name.
Books by Martha DeLeonardis
When pushed beyond traditional quiltmaking, Mickey Depre found that the road less traveled was greatly inviting. A fascination with textiles has influenced her to explore fabric dyeing, bold pattern combinations, and innovative appliqué and threadwork. Describing her quilts as whirlwinds of color, Mickey says, “Dots, swirls, and stripes intermingle with florals and prints in an outlandish, yet exciting visual parade.” Mickey resides in Illinois.
Although an MBA from University of Tennessee took Ed into the corporate world, he kept hiding out and writing. He has written over a hundred newspaper and magazine articles, dozens of short stories, and three novels. In 2005 he fled the city and the office for the mountains of Appalachia, where he lives with his wife and daughter and spends his days whitewater kayaking, working in his woodshop, and savoring the peace. His co-conspirator and co-author is Laura D. Patrick.
Books by Ed Ditto
Margaret Docherty, who was born in Hartlepool, England, learned to sew as a child. She became interested in quilting in the late 1980s and was greatly influenced by the work and writing of American quilters. Her main interest is in traditional hand appliqué, but she has experimented with most techniques and styles. She makes time to quilt from her busy schedule as a pediatrician by sewing mostly at night–a legacy from her days as a junior hospital doctor. She enjoys teaching quilting as a change from teaching young doctors and medical students. Margaret has won many awards at major shows both in England and the United States. She is particularly proud of the ribbons that LITTLE BROWN BIRD has collected, including the Gingher Award at the American Quilter's Society Show in Paducah, Kentucky, and Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
Books by Margaret Docherty
The daughter of a remarkable seamstress and fashion designer, Janie Donaldson quickly picked up techniques at home from her mother and was already sewing by the age of three. Janie has more than 24 years of longarm quilting machine experience, and she loves to educate and help those who want to learn and experience quilting.
As a student hailing from Wisconsin, Janie was awarded a college scholarship to the University of Madrid, Spain, which opened her eyes to the architectural designs of the Old World. They have inspired many of her quilting patterns. In 2000, Janie started "Quilt Central," a public broadcasting television series featuring all aspects of quiltmaking, with an emphasis on machine quilting. Her show has won numerous awards. Today, Janie resides in Paducah, Kentucky, where she finds time between filming television programs to run Quilting Machines International, a major longarm training center and dealership.