Writers

Alex Ledgerwood

Alex Ledgerwood

Alex is a modern quilter who enjoys using social media to connect with the wider quilting community.  She is a member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.  Her work has been published in Stitch, Modern Quilting Unlimited, Machine Quilting Unlimited, and Quilting Quarterly.  Her book Improvising Tradition will be available December of 2014. She enjoys working with scraps, baking, and a good cup of tea.  She lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two sons. She blogs at www.teaginnydesigns.blogspot.com

Photo by Lauren Hunt

Fall 2014 Author

Alison Glass

Alison Glass

Alison Glass is a surface and space designer living in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Aspiring to create a career for herself, Alison started a design business in 2007 focusing on space remodels and custom home decor pieces. Her love of color and shape and the combination of the two eventually lead to the decision to pursue surface and fiber design. Alison designs fabric for Andover Fabrics, creates patterns and art prints, and teaches within the industry.

Alison is inspired by the multitude of details in the world, both natural and those made by artisans, particularly in urban architecture. She is passionate about the ideas of making choices that are consistent with who a person is, being increasingly comfortable with ambiguity, and continuing to move forward and live in the new. She loves to talk about these ideas, as well as art, design, architecture, color, kids, okay, pretty much anything, with anyone who cares to talk! She is incredibly grateful to her husband and kids, for who they are, and for their enthusiasm and support of her work, as well as the amazing varied and interesting friends she is meeting along the way who are a constant source of inspiration and new possibilities.

Alissa Haight Carlton

Alissa Haight Carlton

Alissa Haight Carlton lives in Los Angeles and is co-founder and Executive Director of the Modern Quilt Guild.  She has written two books, Modern Minimal: 20 Bold and Graphic Quilts, and Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee which she co-authored. When not working in the modern quilting world, she works casting Project Runway. Alissa blogs at Handmade by Alissa.

Allison Harris

Allison Harris

Allison Harris is a Mom to 3 small children and the writer of the popular quilting blog Cluck, Cluck, Sew. She loves fresh and saturated color palettes, simple designs, and unexpected fabric combinations.  While working as a Dental Hygienist she began quilting and blogging in between work and being a new Mom.  She started her pattern company, Cluck, Cluck, Sew, to provide simple, modern patterns. In the past 7 years, she has authored books, contributed to magazines, and designed fabrics for Windham Fabrics.  Allison and her family live near Seattle, WA. Allison blogs at cluckclucksew.com

Amy Ellis

Amy Ellis

Amy Ellis is an author, designer, quilter, blogger, wife and mom to four. Her books include Modern Basics, Modern Basics II, and Modern Neutrals, and has contributed to a number of other books. She lives with her family in a small town in the Utah mountains, where the hot summers and cold winters are a great excuse to stay inside and sew! Amy writes a regular column in Quilty magazine about quilting on your home sewing machine, and posts regularly at www.amyscreativeside.com

Amy Friend

Amy Friend

Amy Friend is a trained Art Historian and former Museum curator who currently spends her days designing patterns, quilting and sewing while caring for her three children.  Paper piecing, as well as modern traditional quilt design, bring her the most joy.  She has designed for Sizzix, ThermOWeb and Art Gallery Fabrics as a part of their design teams.  She works as an independent quilt designer for BasicGrey.  Her publications include McCall's Quick Quilts, American Quilting, Blocks To Die For, and Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects.  Amy was a founding member and first president of the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild.

www.duringquiettime.com

www.duringquiettime.etsy.com

Spring 2015 Author

Amy Gibson

Amy Gibson

Amy is a passionate quilter who's been addicted to patchwork since she was 12 year's old.  She launched her blog and online pattern store, StitcheryDickoryDock.com, in 2010.  Amy's work has been featured in The Denver Art Museum, Fat Quarterly Magazine, Australian Quilter's Companion Magazine, American Patchwork & Quilting Radio, Moda Bake Shop, Sew Mama Sew, and more.  She taught the popular 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month online video series, and also hosts a yearly BOM series on her blog called The Sugar Block Club.  Her newest class on Craftsy is The Twisted Irish Chain.  Amy also enjoys teaching classes at Fancy Tiger Crafts.  She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and 4 children.

Amy Smart

Amy Smart

As a child Amy learned from her mother how to sew, quilt, and collect fabric. She worked in a local fabric store for 7 years where she enjoyed teaching beginning quilting classes. After discovering other quilters online in 2008 she felt like she'd found a bunch of new best friends and began writing her blog Diary of a Quilter. She continues to love to introduce people to the quilting hobby and the world of fabric addiction. Her work has been published in a variety of quilting books and magazines. She lives in Utah with her husband and four children where they love to visit the National Parks, watch goofy YouTube videos, and build forts (where those numerous quilts come in handy). She blogs at www.diaryofaquilter.com

Angela Walters

Angela Walters

I am a longarm quilter, teacher, and the author of two books, Free-motion Quilting with Angela Walters and In the Studio with Angela Walters. My quilting career began at the side of my husband's grandfather, and together we made my first quilt, a nine-patch that is still on my bed today. Thousands of swirls, feathers, parallel lines later, I have turned my love of stitches and fabric into a thriving business focused on modern machine quilting. I live on the outskirts of Kansas City with my husband, three children, and many, many quilts. Learn more about me and my love of quilting at my blog Quilting is my Therapy.

Photo by Shades of Grey Photography, 2013

Spring 2015 Author

Anna Graham

Anna Graham

Anna is a mom to two crazy but incredibly inspiring little girls {her noodleheads}.  She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, her daughters and her beagle, Pepper. She loves to sew and be creative. Anna grew up sewing with her mom. It definitely wasn’t Anna's favorite thing to do, but she loved being able to create. Having two daughters gave her the drive to start sewing more and after discovering the blogging world in late 2008, she never turned back. In her free time Anna is usually having fun creating, discovering new techniques, and making her house a home.  She blogs at www.noodle-head.com

Fall 2014 Author

April Rosenthal

April Rosenthal

April Rosenthal was born long enough ago that she remembers the first computer coming to her school, but recently enough that she’s not responsible for her fashion choices in the 80s. She grew up in a mid-size town, and married her high school sweetheart. Together, they have 6-year-old twins.

April started sewing as a young girl, and hasn’t stopped since. From Barbie clothes, to patchwork pants, and pencil pouches to quilts, her sewing hobby has taken her many places. She spends myriad hours in her quiet studio creating original quilts and patterns for her company, Prairie Grass Patterns, and is delighted to be a designer for Moda Fabrics. Her designs are published regularly in magazines, and have also been included in several collaborative books. She is currently working on her first book, to be published Fall 2014 with Lucky Spool. 

April gets excited about learning new things, teaching and inspiring others to improve their skills, and being healthy and present with her family. She believes in the power of great design and beautiful color palettes, and is hopelessly obsessed with the color orange.

Follow her creative pursuits on her studio blog at www.aprilrosenthal.com

Photo by VIS-A-VIS Studio

 

Beth Vassalo

Beth Vassalo

Five years ago if you had asked me about my future plans, I would never have guessed that they would have included a sewing machine!.  Growing up, my interest was in the performing arts, not the visual arts.  But years ago while watching my young daughter create dress up clothes and accessories using just paper and tape, I thought to myself that it might be fun to try sewing clothes.  With the help of several sewing books and online sources, I not only learned how to sew but also rediscovered my creative side.  A few years later, I tried quilting and I have been designing and making quilts ever since.  Along the way I also discovered my love for knitting, crochet, and embroidery.  These creative activities have now become a regular part of my daily life with my husband and our three daughters.  I blog about our sewing adventures at plum and june (plumandjune.blogspot.com)

Camille Roskelley

Camille Roskelley

Camille Roskelley is a quilter, designer, and fabric lover. A fourth-generation quiltmaker, she learned to sew on her mother's knee, just as her mother did. She started her pattern company, Thimble Blossoms, in 2007, and has been designing fabric with Moda since 2008. She has written two books with C&T –Simplify with Camille Roskelley and Simply Retro – and is a seasoned Craftsy instructor. A mom of three little boys, she finds time to sew in between baseball games, school pick up, and just the general chaos that is everyday life. She loves the color aqua, waterskiing, steak tacos and late night quilting when the house is quiet. You can follow along with her sewing adventures over on her blog, Simplify www.camilleroskelley.typepad.com

Photo by Marissa Girard Photography

Summer 2014 Author

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander is a designer working from her hometown of Lake Wales, Florida, an environment she enjoys for its warm weather, few distractions, and potent community of quilters and crafters. In her work, she draws inspiration from features of the Florida landscape—its long leaf pines, palmettos, water, scrub land, sand—as well as her background in architecture. You can follow Carolyn and her work on her website and blog.

Photo by Alexis Wharem, Greenprint Photography, 2013

Cheryl Arkison

Cheryl Arkison

Cheryl is a writer, quilter, and mom. She writes and teaches on quilting, craft, creativity, food, and family. And it all comes from her dining room empire in her crowded, colourful house. From this space she wrote her first book, Sunday Morning Quilts (co-authored with Amanda Jean Nyberg) and her second book, A Month of Sundays (Stash Books, July 2013). A proud first generation Ukrainian, she is committed to not letting the artistry of food and craft from her heritage pass by unnoticed in the modern age. Cheryl is the mother of three kidlets - two gregarious girls and a baby boy. She blogs regularly on Dining Room Empire.

Photo by Kate Inglis 2013 

Daniel Rouse

Daniel Rouse

With a professional background in landscape architecture, Daniel Rouse has the same goals in designing for landscape and fabric – to create an experience using composition, materials, movement and surprise. His bold graphic quilts draw on traditional, contemporary and modern approaches.

Daniel learned to sew as a child on his mother’s sewing machine, making a few bags and the occasional costume or t-shirt. He bought a second-hand machine in the 90’s, and finally caught the quilting bug a decade later. Inspired by recent quilting exhibits and faced with furnishing a new home, he dove right in and pieced and quilted an improv-style queen-sized blanket. He’s been hooked since that first quilt, and always starts a new project as soon as the last is completed (or more likely, before it’s completed). Daniel enjoys teaching quilting, and never fails to learn something new from each new bunch of students. Daniel blogs at Piece and Press.

Denyse Schmidt

Denyse Schmidt

A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has changed the way we think about quilts. Intrigued by the rich historical nature of quilts and inspired by beauty born of necessity, Denyse adds her distinctive aesthetic sensibility – clean, spare lines, rich color and bold graphics – to this rich art form. Though firmly rooted in the techniques of American quiltmaking, Denyse Schmidt is renowned for her fresh, offbeat approach to design and color and has won acclaim from the worlds of art, design and craft. As author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts (Chronicle Books, 2005) and Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (STC Craft, 2012); fabric designer for FreeSpirit and Fabric Traditions; and teacher of a series of popular improvisational patchwork piecing workshops; Denyse continues to inspire with her witty take on tradition. Denyse’s studio is located in a historic factory building in Bridgeport, Connecticut. For more information, visit www.dsquilts.com and join us on Facebook.

Photo by Gale Zucker Photography, 2013

Faith Jones

Faith Jones

The daughter of a quilter, Faith Jones began sewing 20+ years ago, but started quilting and blogging in early 2009.  She has explored aspects of quilting from fabric design to pattern creation. Her patterns can be found in Vintage Quilt Revival : 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks, Modern Blocks : 99 Blocks from Your Favorite Designers, Fons & Porter Scrap Quilts, Love of Quilting, Quilty, Quiltmaker, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Fat Quarterly, and Modern Quilts (UK).  Faith is an active member of the online quilting community, enjoys sharing tutorials, hosting quilt-alongs on her blog, and participating in quilting bees and swaps. She has a wonderfully supportive husband and is blessed with two children. She blogs at www.freshlemonsquilts.com

 

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Heather Grant

Heather Grant

Heather has played an important role in the modern quilting scene as founder of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild and board member of The Modern Quilt Guild. Heather also is author of the popular blog, Modern Day Quilts, which was named one of the Top 55 Quilting Blogs by Quilter’s Home magazine and has been featured in Fat Quarterly and Elle Decor.

Heather Jones

Heather Jones

Heather Jones is a designer and self-taught quilter who lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two young children. She is often inspired by everyday places and things that many people wouldn't even notice (think an old metal silo or a painted grid in the parking lot of a big-box retailer), and is always excited by the challenge to translate that inspiration into her work. Heather has a great love and respect for the traditional art of quilting, is an avid collector of vintage quilts, and loves to bring a modern twist to traditional patterns. Her modern quilting patterns are available at a number of online locations and she will soon be bringing the Heather Jones Studio patterns to print as well. Heather is currently working on her first solo publication, which is scheduled for a fall 2015 release. Heather blogs at Olive and Ollie.

 

Jacquie Gering

Jacquie Gering

Jacquie is a passionate modern quilt maker and designer. She is known for her innovative "out of the box" designs, striking message quilts and unique style. Her work has been featured in both national and international publications as well as several books. Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts is her first bookJacquie is a leader in the modern quilting community and is a member of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, former president of the Kansas City MQG and on the Board of Directors of the Modern Quilt Guild. She blogs and shares her quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio and lives in Chicago with her husband and black lab, Bruno.  

Jeni Baker

Jeni Baker

Jeni has been sewing since she was 11 years old, and loves nothing more than to be surrounded by fabric. She graduated with a degree in Marketing and Studio Art, and is currently living in Wisconsin with her pet bunny, George.  She is a licensed fabric designer for Art Gallery Fabrics, and has a keen eye for mid-century modern design. She self-publishes sewing and quilting patterns for the modern sewer. Jeni regularly shares projects and tutorials on her blog, In Color Order.  She is always looking for ways to be creative everyday, and simply enjoys living a handmade life. In addition to sewing, her hobbies include knitting, photography, baking, and collecting vintage kitchenware and linens.

Photo by Michael Hanna

Kari Vojtechovsky

Kari Vojtechovsky

I am a mother, wife, graphic designer and quilter. My passion for quilting has been threaded through my career as a graphic designer and I find that they carry over from one to the other. I truly enjoy following quilting trends and new fabric lines, obsessively reading blogs, magazines and books for new inspiration and dreaming up my next project. The rest of my time is filled by raising my young children, hanging out with friends and family, and exploring the world. I hail from a small town in the Midwest and now live near the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Photo by Andrew Kowalyshyn, akphoto.com, 2013

Kati Spencer

Kati Spencer

Kati joined the world of quilt blogs around 2010 when she began sharing projects and ideas on her blog From The Blue Chair. Since that time she has created nearly 100 quilts of all sizes and styles. Her inspiration comes from many facets of life--anything from vintage quilts to designs on a brick wall. She is constantly sketching and envisioning new quilting ideas. She lives in Utah with her husband and three small children. She blogs at www.fromthebluechair.com