Sandra Johnson

img_2153Home: Orange County, CA

Sewing with my grandmother started it all. From the beginning, the process of transforming fabric into art struck me as magical. Sewing was the foundation that led me into quilting. What started as a hobby turned my passion into an artistic reality.

I love to hand stitch using the traditional Japanese Sashiko and Boro embroidery styles and incorporating them as a decorative feature into my designs. From quilts to handbags, dresses, children’s clothing, to tableware my unconscious is the undisputed Project Manager. I am only limited by my imagination. The concrete, repetitive nature of this work frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accidents and grace to influence the finished product.

My core materials for quilting are thread and cloth, however, I often employ recycled denim, yarns, dyed fabrics and stamps to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.Recently, I discovered modern quilting: simple, crayoned patchworks that resonate deeply with my fiber work. Inspired and invigorated by a renewed sense of continuity, and awed by the mystery of how creation occurs, my process allows me to explore visions to enable my creative work to evolve and grow.

My work has been featured in national magazines and most recently my quilt “Blurred Lines” was featured at QuiltCon 2016, an international modern quilt show held by the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG), a non profit organization that supports the growth and development of modern quilting.

I hold a B.S. in Clothing, Textiles and Design from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. I live in Orange County, CA, with my husband Wayborn. Please stop by my blog to learn more about me: sandrajohnsondesigns.wordpress.com

Francine Miller

Texas

Teacher, quilter, photographer. New Program for 2016. History of textiles. Travel with the ancient peoples through the modern world of textiles. Ever wonder how that luscious fabric made it to your local quilt store? It started 8,000 years ago and was as smooth and strong 300 years ago as it is today.

Miller started doing traditional quilting and is now an art quilter. You can see Miller’s work at www.thephotoquilter.com Blog along with Miller and learn why a the single female of a family who did the spinning continued to be a spinster.

Kathie Beltz

Katherine Beltz PhotoGreenfield, New Hampshire

I am totally addicted to quilting, and enjoy associating with other quilters who are equally addicted. I’ve been quilting since 1995, teaching since 2004, and judging quilts since 2007.

I have been fortunate that some of my quilts have won awards at shows across the country, including A Quilter’s Gathering, Home Machine Quilting Show, Images at the Lowell Quilt Festival, Machine Quilters Exposition, Machine Quilting Today Upper Midwest Show, Maine Quilts, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, MQX Quilt Festivals, National Quilting Association, Quilting With Machines, Quiltweek Lancaster, Quiltweek Paducah, Road to California, Southern New Hampshire Quilt Festival, Vermont Quilt Festival, and World Quilt Show – New England. Several of my quilts were juried into the AQS show in Paducah in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

As an award-winning quilter, I lecture, give demonstrations, and teach workshops at guilds, quilt shops, and quilt shows nationally. I especially enjoy teaching beginners. When I am not traveling to teach you may find me at my local quilt shop teaching – Nashua Sew and Vac, Nashua, NH.

In 2013, I became a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design, Deb Tucker’s tool and technique company. The Studio 180 Design certified instruction program provides me with the opportunity to continue Deb Tucker’s tradition of excellent instruction combined with fun. Deb’s efficient techniques and her accurate tools make it easy to create beautiful quilts without a lot of fuss.

For more information on Studio 180 Design patterns and tools, or for information on workshops, lectures, or judging, I can be reached at Kathie@KathieBeltz.com or www.KathieBeltz.com.

Gloria Loughman

Home: Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Author of “Luminous Landscapes – Quilted Visions in Paint and Thread” and “Quilted Symphony – A fusion of Fabric, Texture and Design”

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Linda M Poole

LindaMPooleHome: Milford, Pennslvania

My whole life has always revolved around photography, writing, painting, and sewing. These interests have fueled my passion for travel, teaching, and sharing my experiences with people around the world. I have taught throughout the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, and Italy. I believe language is never a barrier in the translation of quilts.

Let the things you see in my book be a springboard for your imagination. Each pattern gives you choices – use commercial fabrics, paint your fabric, or do both!

Linda Poole lives with her husband Ray Williams and Corgi pup Zoie near Milford, Pennsylvania, a beautiful region in the northeastern part of the state. Together they share the passion of discovering the gifts of nature while hiking trails that lead to creeks, brooks, rivers, and lakes. Ray can be found with his fishing pole in hand with Linda by his side clicking away with her camera. Visit Linda’s Website.

Wendy Mamattah

Wendy-Mamattah2Home: Portland, Oregon

Wendy Mamattah is owner of Braid and Stitch, Wendy is an internationally Published and recognized award winning quilt and textile artist, she is also a journalist, art blogger and quilt pattern designer. Her works and patterns have been featured internationally in American Quilter magazine and on the Quilt show With Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. She lives in Portland Oregon.

Wendy is from Ghana in West Africa, and has always loved working with fabrics. She recalls as a child at age five in primary school, she received prizes for needlework instead of English or Geography which made her realize that there was a part inside of her that loved to create.

Wendy’s works to date have mainly been featured in International reach magazines, E magazines, major news publications and blogs, her works have hang in galleries in the Pacific Northwest. Wendy’s works continue to evolve in both subject matter and technique, recurring throughout in strong, clear color, texture, visual impact, and meticulous detail. She loves the colors of nature, those colors that can be imposed on the real world to see it in a new way.

Wendy lectures in West African symbolism, and teaches workshops in Silhouette applique which depict a lot of Africa, African fabric, and dance, she also works and teaches in other mediums such Impressionistic art, popularly known in art quilting as the Confetti technique, the rest are painted quilted abstract, Mosaic, and her stunning under water pieces.

Website ~ www.braidandstitch.com
Pattern Website ~ www.braidandstitch.etsy.com
Blog ~ www.quiltednonsense.blogspot.com