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

Deanne Eisenman

Deanne-Eisenman2Home: Osage, Iowa

Snuggles Quilts Owner/Designer

I began my pattern design company, Snuggles Quilts, in May of 2003. I have since successfully marketed my patterns to shops around the country from my home based business in Osage, Iowa. I have been quilting for over 25 years and have designed over 100 individual patterns ranging from pillows and table runners to lap quilts.

I have had 27 patterns published in a variety of quilt magazines since 2008; three chosen for the cover. Recently, my patterns have appeared in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and Primitive Quilts & Projects Magazine. I have also had patterns featured in five calendars over the years.

My first book, Country-Fresh Quilts, was published by Martingale & Company in August of 2008. In February of 2011 my second book with
Martingale, Scrap Quilts Go Country, was released. My third book, Blooming Patchwork, was just published by Kansas City Star Quilts (now owned by C & T Publishing) in October of 2014. Quilts from my last two books are currently touring quilt shops around the country for trunk shows.
I have lectured and taught many classes in quilt shops and at guilds around the Mid-West. Most of my classes are based on one of my favorite
techniques, needle-turn hand appliqué. I have also taught classes in wool appliqué and general beginner pattern piecing.

Working at home in my studio has been a dream come true. I love the entire process of developing a pattern. From designing to writing the pattern to constructing a sample, there is no better way to spend a day. Seeing a project emerge from the initial drawings on graph paper to a finished quilt is what keeps my days interesting! I am married to a great guy, Craig with whom I have raised two wonderful children, Alyssa and Mitchell.
They have been a great support system when it comes to my quilting “obsession”. Two other members of the family are our cats, Snuggles, the company namesake (who believes she owns every quilt sample I make) and Addie Lou who is often found snoozing on top of a stack of quilts in my studio.

My web site, www.snugglesquilts.com, showcases all of my designs.

Allyson Allen

Allyson-Allen2Home: California

I combine traditional textiles and fibers with paper, recycled materials, and sometimes found objects to create unique, dimensional mixed media pieces, quilts, dolls and handmade books. A Special Exhibitor & faculty for Mancuso Quilt Shows. I specialize in needle turn applique’, dimensional embellishing, improvisational piecing techniques, and creative hand and domestic machine quilting.

A member of Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds, Studio Art Quilt Associates, The Modern Quilt Guild, & Arts Council Menifee, visit Allyson’s website http://kuumba421.wix.com/quilts421 or contact her at kuumba421 @ hotmail.com

Bonnie Dwyer

Bonnie-DwyerHome: Maine

As the “Quilt Whisperer,” Bonnie enjoys sharing her quilt knowledge with others who are interested in quilt history, quilt making, quilt care, and quilt appreciation. She offers programs on quilt history, fabric dating, quilt making, as well as current quilting trends. Bonnie travels to quilt guilds, historical societies, quilt shows, and shops to offer lectures, workshops and trunk shows.

Textiles have been an area of interest since Bonnie learned to sew when she was a child. She was surrounded by needle arts all her life – the women in her family were prolific at knitting, tatting, crochet, embroidery, clothing construction, and quilt making.
Bonnie has Maine roots and raised her family there while also pursuing a degree in library science. Always a lifelong learner, Bonnie expanded her interest in the needle arts by taking up quilting in the mid-1980’s. She studied quilt history, fabric dating, quilt repair & restoration, and quilt appraising, earning national certification by the American Quilters’ Society in 2006.

While appraising and attending regional and national quilt shows, Bonnie developed an appreciation for art quilts, improvisational quilts, and the modern quilting trend. Consequently, her repertoire is eclectic – from 19th Century American quilts to The Modern Quilt Guild, Bonnie shares her quilt collection in lectures and trunk shows. Having dabbled in many quilting styles, she also shares her skills in workshops.

The most-requested lecture/trunk shows are The Roots of Modern Quilting, and A Century of American Quilts. Popular classes include: Pickup Stix – an exploration to ease participants into a semi-improvisational, modern-style project; and Instant Improv – for the adventurous quilter willing to let go of precision and experience a freeing method of improvisation. More info at www.bonniedwyer.com

Jen Eskridge

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Home: Helotes, Texas

Jen started sewing in 1993 on an old burnt yellow, Harvest Gold, Singer sewing machine.  Her mother taught the basics.  Jen made her first quilt in 1993.  She didn’t use any books or templates, and that poor quilt eventually fell apart.  It was recycled, though, into a curtain, duct taped over a dorm room window.

Fast forward a bit:  Jen earned a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design in 1998 from Louisiana State University.  By 2003, she found herself quilting and sewing for her own company, ReannaLily Designs.  During that time, Jen also taught quilting at a national crafting store.  The website and company was launched in 2007.

Jen has traveled the world gathering inspiration and ideas for designs and patterns.  From Korea, and China, Japan, to North America, England and France, she has found many cultural and historical elements to guide her interest and creativity. It was in South Korea, while shopping at fabric manufacturer’s mill markets that Jen decided to apply her Apparel Design Degree to her very own quilting and sewing pattern company, ReannaLily Designs.

Once she returned to the United States in summer 2008, Jen launched the company with the trademarked Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide and commissioned sewing jobs. The company has evolved into a pattern and design company in addition to its humble sewing beginnings.
 
Jen Eskridge is the author of three books: Deploy That Fabric by C&T Publishing; Learn to Sew Easy by Leisure Arts; Hexagons Made Easy by Martingale Press/That Patchwork Place. Jen’s designs have been featured in multi-author books, as well as, over 20 magazines. Jen has been featured in numerous magazines, Sew It All TV and Pat Sloan’s Radio show for her design work.

To see her lectures and workshops, please visit Jen’s site: http://reannalilydesigns.com/contact/lectures/