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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.
Books by Mickey Depre
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.
Kimberly is an author, designer, and internationally known instructor of quilting, machine embroidery, and heirloom sewing techniques. While living in Germany for four years, she designed original quilts to capture the beauty and essence of the many different countries and exciting cities she visited in Europe. Her articles and quilts have appeared in a variety of publications, including "Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting" and "American Quilter." She has also designed a popular and highly successful series of mystery quilt classes, which are in high demand both locally and abroad. Kimberly enjoys sharing her passion for quilting and sewing. Her goal is to travel the world teaching at quilt shows, guilds, and on quilting cruises. When not traveling, she resides in Kettering, Ohio, with her husband, Kent, and their two sons.
Books by Kimberly Einmo
As a drafter of survey plans and shop drawings on the computer, Keryn Emmerson adapted these skills in designing her own quilting patterns. Residing in Queensland, Australia, Keryn travels to cities and outback areas all over her country to teach machine quilting. Keryn empowers new quilters by teaching many of her projects and patterns using a walking foot. She specializes in longarm quilting patterns and shows students that they can quilt wonderful patterns no matter what their skill level. Keryn employs modern, timesaving methods to make traditional quilts. The first Golden Threads designer, she has offered her packets and pantographs to quilters in the United States since 1996.
Although she lives on a Florida beach, Margie Engel likes nothing better than spending the day inside––in her sewing studio. Taught to sew at the age of five by her mother, she was stitching appliqué to doll house linens with embroidery floss by age six. Although quilts were not part of her textile heritage, it was the color and design possibilities and the desire for a Christmas wall quilt that led her to try out quilting. An artist was born! Today, she holds numerous quilt award ribbons. Margie is founder and president of EduQuilters, a group of volunteers who take “The Kids Quilt Project” into schools, organizations, and summer camps. For this work she has received several community service awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service. She wrote “Kids Quilt Projects In and Out of the Classroom” to help others introduce quilting to children. Margie teaches high school sewing teachers on land, leads retreats abroad cruise ships, and heads symposiums for quilt guilds. Sharing her creativity through “Bodacious Appliqué a la Carte” is a natural step in her life.
Books by Margie Engel
Caryl Bryer Fallert
Caryl is known internationally for her award-winning art quilts, easily recognizable by their luminous colors and illusions of light, depth, and motion. Her attention to detail has earned her a reputation for fine craftsmanship as well as for stunning designs. Her quilt CORONA II: SOLAR ECLIPSE was voted one of the hundred most important quilts of the 20th Century. Caryl’s work, including winners of numerous Best of Show awards, has appeared in hundreds of exhibitions and publications and can be found in museum, corporate, public, and private collections around the globe. In 2000 Caryl was selected as one of the 30 most influential quilt makers in the world. She is the 2006 recipient of the International Quilt Festival Silver Star Award and the Master Award for Contemporary Artistry from the International Quilting Association. Caryl loves sharing what she has learned with students in her workshops and lectures, which have taken her to eleven countries on five continents. Her goal as a workshop leader is to help each student find the key to their own personal creative style.