SusanClaire Mayfield has been quilting since the ‘70s and was encouraged by her mom to sew even before then. When asked to teach at a local quilting store, Susan Claire decided to prepare her own patterns for the class. The designs and patterns were popular and quilters asked for more - and so the pattern designing began. SusanClaire has now published many designs, and has her own studio in New Zealand, and loves it!
Cluck Cluck Sew
Allison Harris is an accomplished quilter with a love of fresh, clean designs and colors. She blogs her projects and easy-to-follow tutorials at her website www.cluckclucksew.com, and publishes quilt patterns that can be found in quilt shops around the world. Her blog has followed her journey from beginning quilter in 2007 to present, as a pattern and fabric designer for Windham Fabrics. Allison lives with her husband and three small children just a ferry ride from Seattle.
Masako is a Japanese quilter with a unique style that draws its inspiration from the Americana-folk aesthetic. She blends traditional elements with embroidery and crochet for depth and texture. Masako is drawn to the American flag both for its design and history. The original was fashioned using quilting methods, which she considers a powerful way women to add their voices to that tumultuous and historic era. Masako has carefully honed her craft, and is now a world-renowned quilting expert who teaches classes around the world.
Alison Glass is a surface 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 décor pieces. Alison is inspired by the multitude of details in the world, both natural and those made by artisans, particularly in urban architecture. She is incredibly grateful for her husband and kids, for who they are, and for their enthusiasm and support of her work, as well as the varied and interesting friends she is meeting along the way who are a constant source of inspiration and new possibilities.
Jennifer Moore is the founder and designer behind Monaluna organic fabrics. Jennifer has worked in design for many years, including jobs as a toy designer for Manhattan Toy, a surface designer for Target, and a decorative accessories designer for Pottery Barn Kids, before finally discovering her calling as the creator of whimsical organic cotton fabric. When she’s not working at the shop, designing fabric or running the business, she loves hiking in the East Bay with Dave and their 6-year-old daughter Anabelle, cooking, sewing, gardening, and entertaining at home with her friends, family, 2 cats and 8 pet chickens.
The Quilt Show
One of the most beloved and influential faces in quilting today, Alex Anderson made her debut on the international quilting scene as the host of HGTV’s long running series, Simply Quilts. With more than 30 top selling quilting titles under her belt, and the ongoing success of her online web TV program, The Quilt Show, Alex’s personal mission is not only to share her love of quilting with anyone who will listen, but to educate and encourage those interested in the craft. When asked about the accomplishment in her career she is most proud of, she said it is “bringing new quilters into the fold. I just know how quilting has enriched my life and how it will enrich their lifestyles as well.”
Angela is a 30-something wife and mom, winding her way between family life and fabric. She’s been sewing for as long as she can remember. Angela is a designer for Windham Fabrics, and the author of the book “A Quilters Mixology,” on quilting using variations on the Drunkard’s Path Block. She has been published in numerous magazines and books, and currently lives in South Bend, Indiana. She can be found either in her sewing room, driving her daughter to and from school, or shopping in Target ( and trying to get out with under $100 in purchases!).
Late Night Quilter
Stephanie is a professional longarm quilter, blogger, pattern designer, and the creator of The Quilter’s Planner. She blogs at www.latenightquilter.com and recently began designing patterns for a new venture called Quilt Theory- creating postcard patterns for the modern quilter. Stephanie is a clinical psychologist by training, and currently provides therapy to people in the form of quilting classes. She lives with her four children, husband, and many pets in Austin, Texas.
Beyond the Reef
Natalie is the owner and designer for Beyond the Reef, a pattern-design company that she started in Hanalei, Kauai. Natalie has been sewing, knitting and crocheting since she was litttle after being taught by her grandmother, and after a successful career in corporate interior design, she decided to put her talents back to work in another area. Natalie draws her inspiration from the sea, the sky and the land. These days, you can find Natalie in her studio in Southern California or out with her dog Stitch.
Tammy has been quilting since 1991. Since then she’s taught at a variety of quilt shops as well as online, and she designs and self-publishes her own quilt patterns under the label Tamarinis. She enjoys working with batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. With her background in literature and art, one of her guilty pleasures is to use words in her work, either in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. Tammy lives in Acworth, Georgia with her husband, a grumpy dog and her favorite fat cats.
Sari Thomas is a professional longarm quilter and Handi Quilter National Educator who specializes in her own form of Free Motion Quilting called Sketchbook Quilting. She works with her clients to determine what type of custom quilting will best enhance their quilts, including FMQ, edge-to-edge, and computerized designs. You can find Sari enjoying life with her horse, her boxers, and working on her house. Check out www.sariditty.com for more!
Twenty years ago, French General began in a barn along the Hudson River in upstate New York. Eventually the shop moved to Los Angeles - where French General has turned into a workshop offering classes on stitching, block printing and natural dyeing as well as a design studio for Kaari and her husband, JZ. Kaari lives in Los Angeles, California, and spends her days thinking up creative ideas for French General as well as traveling around the world teaching workshops.
Amy grew up immersed in the sewing and crafting business, spending hours at her mother’s creative arts retail store working and watching the business evolve along with the trends. What started as a craft store ultimately grew into a multi faceted business that included women’s fashion, needlework, fabric, knitting and quilting, gifts and classes. Amy founded Indygo Junction, a sewing pattern and book publishing company, to offer a wealth of inspiration to those who love to work with needle and thread. Keep up with Amy as she shares her ideas and inspiration!
Kathleen’s love of quilting goes back 35 years, and her love of hand-dyed fabrics almost as long. Kathleen remembers how the joy of creating a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of fabric fed her quilting addiction and creative spirit. Kathleen’s fabric store and dye studio, Starr Fabrics, has been in business for over 20 years, and she feels blessed to be able to share her business with her daughter, Shelly in the mountains of Northern California.
Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter
Heather Givans is a creative force; fabric store owner, fabric designer, national instructor, artist, and art educator. Heather creates community wherever she goes. Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter was born out of an obsession with creating non-traditional quilts from contemporary, modern and repurposed vintage fabrics. Today, Heather designs fabric for Windham Fabrics, works on new pattern designs, giggles contagiously, and teaches sewing among the hustle and bustle of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Gen X Quilters
AnneMarie Chany began quilting in 2006, teaching herself to thread a machine at the same time. It quickly turned into a passionate hobby, and in 2010, she started her quilt pattern company, Gen X Quilters. Quilting marries creativity and precision, the perfect combination for her as a trained engineer. AnneMarie lives in Plain City, Ohio, with her husband and three sons. She enjoys pushing herself to learn new things and is currently enjoying studying adult beginner ballet.
In Color Order
Jeni Baker has been sewing since she was 11 years old, and loves nothing more than to be surrounded by fabric. She self-publishes sewing and quilting patterns for the everyday maker. Jeni also teaches sewing and quilting classes locally in Madison, WI. Her first book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle, was published by Lucky Spool in Fall 2015. 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, collecting vintage kitchenware and playing with her bunny, George.
The Tattooed Quilter
Hailing from a very small town in Southern Virginia, Christopher has lived in several cities over the years from Atlanta to San Francisco and now NYC. He grew up in a traditional quilting family and before he could walk and talk, was playing under a quilt frame. As the years passed, Christopher continued tinkering with crafts, quilting, and other creative endeavors. Exploring social media outlets, he found that he loved the modern movement—and the rest is history! He works late nights and weekends to create interesting quilts inspired by the world around him-- art, music, fashion, and of course, there’s a nod to his traditional roots thrown in there too!
Leah Day is the creator of the Free Motion Quilting Project, a blog she started in 2009 with the challenge to create 365 new free motion quilting designs. Now with over 450 designs shared in free videos, Leah's blog is one of the best web resources for machine quilting information and inspiration online. Currently Leah and her husband Josh are hosting yearly Quilt Alongs, guiding thousands of quilters through fun projects block by block. Leah has also written several books, taught several online classes for Craftsy, and video workshops available on her website LeahDay.com.
The Crafty Gemini
Vanessa Wilson, a.k.a Crafty Gemini, is a sewing and quilt pattern designer and online instructor. A law professor turned entrepreneur, Vanessa now shares her lifestyle and crafty skills with a global audience via the web. She teaches viewers how to do everything from sewing and quilting to organic gardening and even woodworking projects. Her work has been featured on ABC's 20/20 and the New York Times as well as magazines like Quilty and Modern Quilts Unlimited. She earned her B.A. and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Today she lives on an organic homestead in Florida with her husband, their two unschooled children and 40+ farm animals.
Quilting is my Therapy
Angela loves all things related to quilting! She started her quilting career over 10 years ago at the side of her husband’s grandpa, where he patiently taught her the art of quilting by helping her make my first quilt, a 9 patch quilt that is still on her bed today. If there's one thing that she loves as much as quilting, it’s talking about quilting. Angele loves to give lectures and teach quilting classes. But, no matter what accomplishments she lists on my bio, she says it pales in comparison to the titles she holds in her personal life: Mother to three adorable children, Wife to an awesome husband for over 13 years, and confirmed coffee addict. And of course, Grandpa’s Girl.
The Crafty Mummy
Tonya is a self-taught quilter who writes about all things crafty from sunny Queensland, Australia. When she started her blog in 2009, it was was to share her craft project with her Mum who lived too far away to see them in person. However, she quickly discovered an online world of readers who wanted to know more about how she made things! These days, she combines her teacher heart and background with her passion for social media and blogging to share tutorials that make crafting easy enough for everyone to try. Visit her website, TheCraftyMummy.com, for more quilting tutorials and tips.