Quiltmaker is pleased to announce the 2014 QM Scrap Squad. These people will bring you scrappy versions of one design from each regular issue of Quiltmaker.
I asked each one to tell others a bit about herself. In their own words, here they are.
Nadia Wilson from Port Hardy, BC, Canada: I’m a proud [single] mom of three great kids and two fur kids. I have been quilting for over 20 years and professional longarm quilting for the past seven years. I work from my home studio and I also work in the education field providing assistive technology support to educators and students.
I have taught quilting and sewing classes and plan on doing more of that this year. Lately I have been digitizing designs for longarm machine quilting. I hope to try my hand at digitizing machine embroidery designs. I blog at Nadia Wilson Designs.
Margaret Kennedy from Lake Frederick, Virginia: I live about 75 miles west of Washington D.C. in the Shenandoah Valley with my husband, two cats, lots of batiks and Kaffe Fassett fabrics, a longarm, an assortment of sewing machines and an embroidery machine.
I work part-time as a software consultant, and I gave notice to retire a few months ago. I love making scrappy quilts with lots of different fabrics. I am also interested in macro photography, and am taking a class in watercolor painting.
See what Margaret’s sewing on her Facebook page.
Louisa Robertson from Merritt, BC, Canada: I live in a small community in the interior of British Columbia, where we have been enjoying unseasonably warm January temperatures. I quilt, teach quilting, use and teach Electric Quilt software, have a longarm sewing machine.
I am a former school teacher. Married, three grown sons. I have been quilting for a long time (35 years maybe?) and I’d rather make a quilt with lots and lots of different fabrics than do much of anything else! I work at the local library, and I blog at Louisa Quilts.
Emily Bailey from Centerville, Utah: I love scraps! And I’m excited so much of my year will be centered around those lovely little bits. I’m teaching a new scrap quilt for a local quilt shop each month. Let’s see if all this even puts a dent in my scraps. Along with teaching, I design patterns and blog about my escapades at Em’s Scrapbag.
When I’m not quilting I enjoy historical fiction, baking and playing games with my family which includes a beautiful 13-year-old daughter, three handsome sons ages 22, 20 and 18 and a very supportive husband.
Buff Jones from Santa Clara, California: I have been in computer software for 35 years. In 2005 I passed by my local quilt shop and wandered in. I wandered out signed up for a beginning quilting class. I dearly love everything about quilting and the quilting community, except I don’t like binding a quilt!
I am a machine piecer, and I have a stash of admirable proportions! I have the world’s most amazing husband and four fabulous kids from 13 to 37. I work at my local quilt shop on weekends, teaching and playing with other quilters. I just finished sorting my scraps by color when I saw the call for the Scrap Squad!!! I can’t wait to get started!
Beth Helfter from Pepperell, Massachusetts: I live in a small town with my three daughters (ages 11, 11, and 7) and my husband. I design mostly for self-publication and recently had the thrill of a block in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. I also blog at Quilting Hottie Haven. I love scrap projects, and will take a scrap quilt over a quilt made from one fabric line any day.
When I am not sewing, I’m a reader, a very amateur chef, and I challenge anyone to get three children to five different locations for eight different after-school activities better than I can on any given day.
We’re looking forward to many great scrappy quilts from these talented quilters in the coming months. Welcome to Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad!