Quiltmaker is pleased to announce the 2015 QM Scrap Squad. We’ve chosen a team of six dynamic readers who will make scrappy versions of our quilt patterns in order to inspire you to use your quilting fabric collections.
I know you’ll enjoy meeting these very special quilters.
Emily Klaczak is a third generation quilter from Pittsburgh who worked as a government employee and is semi-retired. She remembers sleeping under her grandmother’s Sunbonnet Sue and Dresden Plate quilts as a child, and had the unique privilege of teaching her own mother to quilt! Emily is active in Three Rivers Quilt Guild, and says she usually has several quilts going at once. She is happiest when she’s making fabrics play nicely together. Emily is making Quiltmaker’s New Year’s Mystery quilt, Auld Lang Stitches. She also teaches knitting and crochet classes.
Pam Snow traces her quilting roots to her great-grandmother Flora, after whom she named her longarm when she got it last year. She’s a retired Consumer and Family Sciences teacher who makes her home in Mesa, Arizona but also spends time in Kentucky, where she grew up. She’s been quilting since the 1970s, moving from her first project of hexagons by hand into art quilts, machine embroidery, and now longarm quilting. Pam was part of QM’s 2014 Back to School sewing team. She’s active in several quilt groups in two different states, including a fiber arts guild. Find Pam’s blog at Treasures-n-Textures.
Also hailing from Arizona is Keri Blankenship from Cornville, where she lives on her family’s original homestead. She learned to sew from her mom and her grandmothers and through a 4-H sewing club. Her grandmothers used whatever fabric they had to make quilts, including portions of old garments. “The first time I bought yardage to make a quilt they both thought I was crazy and wasteful. I think they would appreciate my stash now,” she says. Keri has been a nurse, a quality manager, a data analyst, a project manager, and a corporate trainer. She is currently testing patterns for designers.
Who lives on a working farm that raises wheat and lentils in Idaho? That’s Julie Huffman, a quilter for 28 years. When she was “forced” to attend her mother-in-law’s hand quilting group, she caught the bug and never looked back. Julie is active in her local guild and has made about 400 quilts from miniature to king size. She machine quilts on a PFAFF Grand Quilter. Julie also teaches kindergarten and first grade in a one-room schoolhouse! She blogs at Idaho Quilter’s Adventures.
Donna Hanna makes quilts in Bangor, Pennsylvania and learned to sew from her mom. Her grandmothers were also quilters, who would probably appreciate her love for vintage sewing machines! She pieces on a vintage Singer 301 and quilts on a Babylock Jewel. Donna works as an accounting manager for a non-profit daycare center. Her favorite fabrics are reproductions, but bright, happy colors come in a close second. Donna says she has more scraps and fabric than she will be able to use in a lifetime.
We’re very happy to have Canadian Kathy Wagner from Cambridge, Ontario on the Scrap Squad. Kathy learned to quilt from a co-worker more than 20 years ago. She loves to sew with scraps and says no piece is too small to save! She collects vintage sewing machines, machine quilts on a Brother 1500 domestic, and also enjoys hand quilting and embroidery. By day, Kathy is a social worker on the sexual assault domestic violence response team at a local hospital. Kathy says, “It is stressful work—and quilting has been my main coping strategy for dealing with it over the years.” She blogs at Kathy’s Quilts.
This is a tremendous group of women and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Scrap Squad experience. I know they’ll bring you inspiration in the coming months. See slideshows of past Scrap Squad quilts.