Writers

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

Lee Heinrich

Lee Heinrich

Lee Heinrich is a modern quilt designer, author, and blogger. A former graphic designer, Lee has her own line of quilt patterns and is a co-author of the book, "Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks." She lectures and teaches across the country, and her quilts have been featured in Quiltmaker, Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts, Quilt Magazine, and more. Lee lives in Mequon, Wisc., with her husband and two daughters. She blogs at www.freshlypieced.com

Melissa Lunden

Melissa Lunden

Melissa Lunden has been sewing and crafting all of her life. Her deep love of fabric and design has been a constant source of inspiration to her. Lunden Designs, her line of sewing and quilt patterns, was launched in 2011. She is the author of Sew A Modern Home and her designs have been featured in multiple magazines, including Modern Patchwork, International Quilt Scene, Quilt Trends, Quilt-It Today, and Sew-It Today. Melissa lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon. Visit her website www.lundendesigns.com.

Photo by Peter Ellenby 

Nichole Ramirez

Nichole Ramirez

Nichole began her quilting journey in 2003, when she taught herself how to make a baby quilt from tutorials online. She is a charter member of the LAMQG and her quilt designs have been published in Quilt Scene, Quilty and Modern Patchwork, Make It! Patchwork and Modern Patchwork Gifts.

Photo by Lehua Noelle Faulkner

Penny Layman

Penny Layman

Penny is an accomplished paper piecer who designs and teaches (including QuiltCon 2013). She has been published in a variety of magazines including: Stitch, 101 Patchwork Projects, and Modern Quilts Unlimited. She has also been published in several books, including Pillow Pop, Modern Blocks, Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts and Playful Little Paper Pieced ProjectsIn addition to her blog, she is half of the paper piecing pattern shop and blog “Sew-Ichigo” for which she designs and sells original patterns. 

Sewing has been a passion of Penny’s for years. She feels blessed to be doing something that sings to her heart. She loves to inspire and teach others, guiding them along their creative journey through joy and lots of laughter. Penny blogs at Sew Take a Hike.

Photo by Jen West

Fall 2014 Author

Shea Henderson

Shea Henderson

Shea Henderson is owner of the pattern company Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio. She is a former middle school math teacher turned sewing pattern designer– two careers that are, surprisingly, not so different from each other! Her work has been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quilts & More magazines and she is a contributor to the book Modern Baby. Shea is one of the founding members and former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. When not designing, Shea can be found teaching a group of friends and neighbors the craft of sewing. She lives in Kansas City, MO with her husband and three young children. She blogs at emptybobbinsewing.com

Sherri McConnell

Sherri McConnell

I’m a wife, mom to four, college English instructor, and I love quilts. My Mom gave me a sewing machine when I was 10, and I’ve been sewing ever since.  I began my creative journey by primarily sewing clothing, making many of my own clothes during high school.  I kept sewing during college, eventually making prom and wedding attire for others.

Inspired and taught by my grandmother, my quilting journey really began in the early 1990’s after making a quilt for my oldest son.  After starting a blog to document my creative process I became interested in designing and have since been published in magazines, collaborative books, and two books of my own:  A Quilting Life and my second book, Fresh Family Traditions. I continue to blog about my quilting life at www.aquiltinglife.com!

Susan Beal

Susan Beal

Susan Beal is a craft writer in Portland, Oregon and the author of seven books, including Modern Log Cabin Quilting, Sewing for all Seasons, Bead Simple, and Button It Up. She’s also the historian for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, a contributing editor at Stitch magazine, and the mother of two little children, Pearl and Everett. See more of Susan’s work, and her sewing and quilts, on her blog, westcoastcrafty.com.

Photo by Nancy Flynn

Spring 2015 Author

Vanessa Christenson

Vanessa Christenson

Vanessa Christenson is a blogger, quilter, and pattern designer who is well know for her original sense of style and unique take on traditional motifs. Vanessa began blogging while her husband was deployed as a means of keeping in touch, but it wasn’t long before others started to take notice of the projects she showcased on her website and was soon invited to participate as a Chef for the Moda Bake Shop. Since then, her designs have been featured in numerous magazines and compilation books and she authored the highly rated book, Make it Sew Modern. Vanessa is an ‘in demand’ public speaker and has also been featured on television and web based media outlets. After those original contributions to the Moda Bake Shop, her relationship with Moda Fabrics continued to grow and she released her wildly successful debut fabric line and coordinating Aurifil thread collection, Simply Color, in 2012. She recently released her third fabric line and more are on the way. Vanessa is also a Bernina Ambassador and contributor to the We All Sew blog sponsored by Bernina. Although she has found immense success in quilting, fabrics, and pattern design, she is quick to point out that her most important role is as a wife and mother to their four children. Vanessa’s designs, projects, and patterns can be found on her website, www.vchristenson.com.