QM Scrap Squad: Introducing the 2014 Team

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.

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I asked each one to tell others a bit about herself. In their own words, here they are.


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Nadia Wilson is from Port Hardy, BC, Canada.

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.


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Margaret Kennedy is from Lake Frederick, Virginia.

 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.



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Louisa Robertson is from Merritt, BC, Canada.

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.


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Emily Bailey is from Centerville, Utah.

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.


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Buff Jones is from Santa Clara, California.

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!


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Beth Helfter from Pepperell, Massachusetts

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!

Slide shows of past Scrap Squad projects.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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6 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Introducing the 2014 Team

  1. Linda Ferguson says:

    Zowee Buff! Read your name last week as part of the upcoming Scrap Squad. Can’t wait to see what you and the others make!

  2. chris cowan says:

    Can’t wait to see the beautiful things you all are going to create this year! Always so fun to see all the different spins that can be put on the same pattern!!

  3. Anne Wiens says:

    Congratulations, ladies! You’re going to have so much fun…

  4. Margaret K in Virginia says:

    Thank you, Diane and Quiltmaker, for the great introduction. I am happily working away on my very colorful version of our first Scrap Squad project. Can’t wait for the reveal!

  5. Becky Ball says:

    Welcome and congratulations on being picked for this great group. Have a lot of fun this year. Maybe some of you can be absolutely scrappy to offset my year of planned scrappy. You will love Diane and the great people at Quiltmaker.

  6. Gina says:

    Welcome and enjoy your year as Scrap Squad members! I look forward to your creations and hearing about your creative process!

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