Island Batik Ambassadors

Nan Baker

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NAN BAKER, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Purrfect Spots Designs
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Nan Baker has been stitching all of her life and created her company, PURRFECT SPOTS to combine her love for needlework and animals. Nan designed cross stitch and needlepoint designs before she started designing quilts. The designs displayed on her website are available for purchase.  Her cross stitch and needlepoint designs have appeared in many needlework catalogs since 1996. Her quilting designs have appeared in several publications including the Quilting Professional, The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, QuiltsandCreativity.com, American Patchwork and Quilting, Fons & Porter Love of Quilting and on QNNtv.com.  She is the Marketing Director for The Quilt Pattern Magazine.

Pamela Boatright
















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PAMELA BOATRIGHT, Coos Bay, Oregon
Pamela Quilts
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Pamela Boatright has had a love of sewing since she was a young girl learning to sew garments from her mother. Years later, as a young mother herself, she discovered the creative world of quilting and has enthusiastically been creating original designs and many quilts since then.  Pamela learned to quilt in the traditional manner, and has enjoyed growing as the quilting world has progressed – rotary cutting, machine quilting and foundation piecing are techniques that she embraces as they enable today’s quilters to complete projects with more precision and speed.  At the same time, she enjoys working on an occasional hand quilted project – usually finishing a vintage top.  Scrap quilts are a favorite, and she loves using a wide variety of fabrics in her projects.


After starting to work at the local quilt shop she needed an outlet for the dozens of sample quilts and personal quilts she had made through the previous years. In 2006, Pamela started her shop on Etsy and named it PamelaQuilts.  Shortly after, she started designing and writing patterns for her original designs, finding this to be as creative and challenging as the actual quilts!  A mostly self-taught quilter, Pamela has experience the trials of trying to understand complicated instructions and strives to create patterns that are easy to follow, and teach basic skills at the same time.   She loves to blog and stays in touch with other quilters on her facebook page as well.



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PATRICIA BOCHEY, Salisbury, North Carolina
Lemon Tree Snippets
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Patti is a technical writer, software training specialist, traditional quilt maker, and longarm machine quilter. Quilt making allows her to combine her technical background with her love of vibrant colors and bold textures.  She quilted professionally for nearly 10 years, but after moving to NC, is now focused on teaching, blogging, and writing quilting tutorials. Although most of her projects use traditional piecing methods, her contemporary quilting style is beginning to evolve.  In recent years she has enjoyed adding embellishments, thread work, and creative surprises to her projects.
Anna Branch

ANNA BRANCH, Burk's Falls, Ontario, Canada
Archangel Creations
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Anna Branch is known, through her writing and quilt pattern designs, as the Back Woods Quilter.  She has been a quilter for over 40 years and sells her products locally, on the Quilts for Sale site, as well as through her website, Facebook and Craftsy.   An avid blogger, Anna writes about her life in the country, her little dog, flock of chickens and, of course, quilting.  She enjoys scrap quilts and is addicted to hand applique.
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Jessica Caldwell







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JESSICA CALDWELL, Mesa, Arizona
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Jessica is a quilt designer, pattern writer, teacher, and Commander in Chief of her very own minion army. As a part of the Oregon Trail Generation, she has one foot in the past and one in the future, which is reflected in her design style. With a lifetime of sewing, and 17 years of quilt making under her belt, Jessica prefers to add a modern twist to traditional piecing with bright colors and high contrast.

Since she began quilting she has always found the time and a place to quilt, even when limited by space or situation. She loves learning new skills and passing that knowledge along to other quilters. After getting out of the Marine Corps she worked and taught in a quilt store where she was inspired to start creating her own designs.

Her blog, Desert Bloom Quilting, was created in April of 2015 in order to share one of her designs in the form of a Mystery Quilt Along. She is now in the process of self-publishing her designs. Jessica sees quilting as a wonderful way to connect with people all over the world and share the joy and excitement of creation through any quilting medium.
Connie Campbell

CONNIE CAMPBELL, Muscatine, IA
Freemotion by the River
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Tina Dillard















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TINA DILLARD, Waldorf, Maryland
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Tina Dillard is owner of Quilting Affection in Waldorf, Maryland.  She grew up watching her mom and aunt sew and quilt in Northern Idaho.   She first learned to quilt in the early 90’s by taking lessons at a local fabric store.  She married her high school sweetheart and spent 20+ years as an Air Force wife, raising two boys and making a home wherever the military sent them. During this period she quilted off and on when time allowed.  Her husband’s last military assignment was in the Washington DC area. There she worked for the Department of Agriculture doing data input and web design.  During this time, she continued to quilt when time allowed and also learned EQ7 where she found the love of designing quilt patterns.  She entered one of her first original quilt designs at the Charles County Fair in Maryland where she won, “Best in Show”.  About this time she discovered that her mother in law, Diana Dillard, had the same passions for quilting. So they started to combine their talents on some projects. In 2011 she decided, along with the support from her family, to quit her government job and work full time creating a quilting business.  Quilting Affection, started as a Longarming Service, then added a small online fabric store.  Eventually Tina decided to devote all her time to pattern design and Quilting Affection evolved into an original pattern design company. In the fall of 2014 Tina and her Mother-in-Law released their first joint pattern, “Let it SnowMan!!”, an original design by Diane.  In the spring of 2015, she released her first solo pattern, “Crossing Swords”.  Tina loves to work with bright and bold geometric designs.  So her favorite fabric to work with is Batiks due to their vibrant colors.

Barbara Douglas


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BARBARA DOUGLAS, Midland, Michigan
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Barbara is a self described eclectic quilter. She alternates her designing between traditional quilting and art quilting. Her love of fabric and quilting began with her grandmother setting her up with a cardboard template and pencil when she was 8 years old. She created her pattern company Stone Cottage Designs-Quilts in 2000. She has worked closely with the Presencia Hilaturas thread company from Spain and loves to add texture to her quilts using their unique threads. Her designs have appeared in various publications such as Quilters World, Quilters Newsletter, Cotton Spice, and DRG Publishing. Barbara is the author of Singular Sensations published by Martingale Publishing. Barbara is currently Copy Editor for The Quilt Pattern Magazine, a digital publication, where she also provides formatting and graphic design.

JENNIFER EUBANK, Kodiak, Alaska
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Jennifer Eubank has been teaching quilting for roughly 19 years, mainly in Kodiak, Alaska. She is a passionate paper piecer who loves to try new patterns, learn new techniques, and then teach others.  Her philosophy on making quilts is that she can make two of the same design/pattern (at most) and then she needs to try something new to improve her skills! By day she is a middle school special education teacher but every Thursday night Jennifer can be found at her local quilt shop, teaching classes.  She loves introducing others to the art of quilting and is happy to have students go on to inspire others.

Jennifer is one of those people who has a relatively small stash of fabric because she is always making something new. She has won various awards from local and State shows and even had a quilt in a AQS show but is most content when making quilts for people she loves and organizations she believes in. Projects that Jennifer are involved with include coordinating the housewarming gift quilts to new residents of the Chiniak Bay Elder House, a long term care facility in Kodiak, and making an annual raffle quilt for the local kid's swim team, the Kodiak Kingfishers.  Although she makes between 15-20 quilts a year she only owns 2 because she is constantly is making them for others.  As she heads towards her last year in public education she has taken on other challenges: working in a quilt studio during the summer and becoming a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilting.
Barb Gaddy

BARB GADDYAtlanta, TX
Bejeweled Quilts
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PAM GEISEL, Yellow Springs, OH
For Quilts Sake
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Pam Geisel is a fiber artist and graphic designer living in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  She creates both traditional and art quilt wall hangings and her quilts often have a strong graphic quality to them, even if the sewing technique and materials are sometimes non-traditional.

Pam’s art has been included in national fiber exhibits in Oberlin, OH, and Paducah, KY. She also exhibits in regional shows open to all media including at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, OH, and at the Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering. She got an “Honorable Mention” in the American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek in Lancaster, PA in 2015.










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MARIA HRABOVSKY, Ontario, Canada
Maria Michales Designs
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Maria's fascination with quilts started in first grade with stories about pioneers and their quilts. She began quilting in 1985. In 2001, inspired by her husband's art work, they became a quilt design team: Maria Michaels Designs

Their quilts have appeared in The Quilt Pattern MagazineQuiltmakerThe Canadian Quilter, and Miniature Quilt Ideas. They were interviewed for the article Couples in the Quilt Business for The Professional Quilter. Maria later wrote a two-part article for the magazine. Her quilts have been shown at three International Quilt Markets. One of her quilts won third place in the the juried show, Kindred Spaces as part of the celebration of 100 Years of Anne of Green Gables in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island,Canada. She is a quilt teacher and a former elementary school teacher.

In 2005, realizing how difficult it can be for quilters to find a venue to sell their work, Maria created the website Quilts for Sale for that purpose. At last count, it represents over 150 U.S. and Canadian quilters and displays over 1,000 quilts! 

Sally Johnson

















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SALLY JOHNSON, West Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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National & International published quilt designer, pattern writer, teacher, quilter, lecturer, and supporter of local charities .I’m excited to share what I have learned with quilting and sewing and how to create beautiful works of art with easy to learn techniques. I have sewn for 40 years and have quilted since 2010.  Longtime supporter of Veterans Services.

I learned to sew from my mother and grandmother on their treadle machine. I started by sewing home décor.  As an adult I studied Emergency Nursing and then transferred to Long Term Nursing Care. After 27 years in the nursing field I left full time nursing to take a break from the craziness of Corporate Healthcare to discover quilting and fell completely in love with it. My very first quilt I made was published in an online magazine “The Quilt Pattern Magazine” December of 2012. Three years later I am now teaching, lecturing, and doing all things wonderful. Check out my blog at www.sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com

In addition to publishing my own patterns, I design patterns for the major quilt magazines like American Quilter Magazine, The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Quilters Newsletter, and most recently I made the cover of Generation Q Magazine (September/October 2015), and most recently have been appointed as an endorsed designer for Sulky Thread of America.  I am a wife to a wonderful husband who has supported me in every way through my journey in sewing and quilting.  I am a mom to two grown boys who are the light of my life...

Jeanette Jones







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JEANETTE JONES, Thornton, Washington
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I am an online fabric store owner, I love fabric and if I sell some good if not more for me;). I am an accountant by day working for Washington State University. I come from a long line of quilters. My grandparents quilted, my mom and my sisters quilt, and my 4 daughters and numerous nieces quilt. I started my first quilt when I was 12, it was a hexagon, which I cut with a cardboard template and hand stitched. I finished it when I was 18, that was more than 40 years ago. I also enjoy sewing, knitting, crocheting and I have tried my hand at tatting. I have seven children and 23 grandchildren. I am currently working on quilts made with antique blocks that I inherited from various grandparents. My goal is to complete one for each of my children by the end of the year. I love batik fabrics, floral fabrics, and oriental fabrics. I love traditional blocks but like to use speedy was of making them, I don't want to take forever completing a quilt. I find that I gravitate toward greens and blues and as I get older reds are looking pretty good, also. The main reason I love to quilt is the joy of making something beautiful that I can share with family and friends. I give most of my quilts away as gifts, and to charity and few are sold along the way.
Connie Kauffman

CONNIE KAUFFMAN, Nappanee, IN
Kauffman Designs
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Connie is a quilt designer, author and teacher.  She has five published books:  Piecefully Amish, The Scrap Savers Solution Book, 24 Kids Quilt Blocks,  24 SunBonnet Sue and Overall Sam Quilt Blocks, Put Some Charm in Your Quilts and a 6th book coming out in the Spring of 2015.  She frequently has patterns published in other books and magazines.

Connie belongs to two quilt guilds, The Nappanee Quilt Guild and Heartland Quilters.

Joan

JOAN KAWANO, Northglenn, CO
MooseStash Quilting
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Joan has a decades long passion for quilting and pattern testing. Oh, and a bit of a Moose fetish, you might say! ;-)  Her goal is to inspire and entertain you down this "crazy" quilting road (we all "seam" to love to travel). She shares all the trials and tribulations she encounters along the way on her blog, with a good dose of humor.

Soile Kivinen













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SOILE KIVINEN, Helsinki, Finland
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My name is Soile Kivinen and I live in Helsinki Finland. I have three adult daughters, very supporting husband and a dog. I have a small quilting business and I’m a full time quilter. While living abroad I have been blessed to meet great quilters all over the world.

First time when I sew a quilt exhibition I thought that I have never seen anything more beautiful. It was love at first sight but it didn’t last. However I found it pleasant enough to embark on the grand journey of creating a king size bedspread. In one long winter a pile of scraps in the basement slowly turned into classic log cabin block. We got along well enough, the bedspread and I, but I was happy to leave quilting behind me.

In a few years, quilting crossed my path again. This time it was different. Surrounded by talented, driven new friends with rooms filled with fabric and homes covered in quilts, I was inspired and haven’t looked back since. I dove head first into this marvellous craft, learning, exploring and creating. I also went through all the stages of fabric addiction and sewing machine upgrading.

My latest upgrade was starting my own business. I now have my own quilting studio in the heart of Helsinki where I create custom ordered quilts, teach classes and do Gammil long arm quilting for clients. I have a blog, www.toolontilkkupaja.blogspot.com where I keep a record and share my continuing love for quilts. I want to continue creating new lovely quilts, finding beautiful fabrics and helping others discover the world of quilting.
Bea

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BEA LEE, Pittsboro, NC
Beaquilter
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Bea was introduced to quilting in 2004 at a church class, but it took a few years for her to get hooked. Her passion took hold when she started making charity quilts and entering quilt shows. In 2009, Bea's husband bought her a longarm machine, and she began taking custom orders. She, her husband, and their three children live in a small town in North Carolina. Bea has won numerous ribbons at county fairs, quilt shows, and guild shows, and she is also an avid blogger at www.beaquilter.com and has had work published in numerous magazines!

Maryellen







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MARYELLEN MCAULFFIE, Tobyhanna, PA
Mary Mack Made Mine
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Maryellen began sewing when she was 4, got her first full size machine at age 7 and has a life-long love with fabrics and colors, as well as tools and machines.  During the  years teaching Elementary School to College levels, she never stopped sewing, anything from clothes, purses, wedding dresses, slipcovers, to costumes and home decor.  She's made costumes for school plays, and they've been featured on The Freddy Awards, celebrating High School drama productions in the Lehigh Valley of PA.  Her first quilt class was in 1989, and it's now her favorite thing to do,  She is honored to be a 3rd year Ambassador for Island Batiks, and loves teaching others to quilt.  She hopes to publish more designs, share her love of batiks and continue teaching others.




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ADELE MOGAVERO, Hancock, NH 
Del Lillians
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As a young mom, Adele subscribed to a magazine called Annie’s Pattern Club and they were looking for designers. That’s when she decided to try her hand at designing a crocheted toy car for her sons. To her elation, that project (the first she ever submitted) was purchased, and so began her career as a “Craft Designer”.

Adele enjoys making quilts that are unique and a little crazy sometimes.
Many of her designs are created spontaneously, while some are designed with on a computer. Some begin as doodles!
Tracy Mooney
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TRACY MOONEY, Naperville, Illinois
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Tracy Mooney is senior editor of Generation Q Magazine and a correspondent for The Quilt Show. At the age of four a “keep the little one busy” project made her think that she was making a quilt, thus creating a lifelong obsession to follow through. She has been quilting for 22 years, is a proud BERNINA Ambassador and is thrilled to be welcomed by Island Batik as an ambassador. She creates projects designed for kids to sew in her GenQ feature, We Sew 2, and also teaches kids sewing classes just outside of Chicago. Her blog Sew Supportive seeks to encourage people with arthritis, autoimmune disease and other health challenges to continue to sew and enjoy the many health benefits sewing and quilting provide.

Nancy Myers








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NANCY MYERS, Newaygo, Michigan
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Nancy Myers began sewing doll clothes as a child, her own clothes as a teen, and then clothes and more for her two daughters.  As a college senior, she taught herself to quilt and she never looked back. Quilting was incorporated into the classroom lessons while she taught elementary school. After retiring, Nancy taught children to quilt in after-school programs and adults at local quilt shops. She began designing patterns to use in the quilt classes and has self-published many of those patterns. She also designs for Cut Loose Press. Over the years, she has learned a variety of quilting techniques taught by nationally known quilters. She is a member of AQS, The Mid-Century Modern Bee, Four-in-Art (both on-line quilt groups) and Tall Pine Quilters Guild, where she served three years as president.  She enjoys visiting quilt shops wherever she travels and blogs about all her quilting adventures at Patchwork Breeze. Nancy looks forward to her ambassadorship with Island Batiks and sharing with others, no matter how short or long they have been quilting.




















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MARLENE ODDIE, Grand Coulee, WA
KISSed Quilts
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Marlene Oddie made her first quilt as a child after being encouraged by the neighbor to hand appliqué Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam with scraps leftover from her own ‘made by mom’ clothing on blocks of muslin with a black blanket stitch and hand tied with yarn. After 9/11/2001, her local church in San Francisco, California started a quilting class. Interested, but not excited enough to attend the first month, she showed up at the second meeting of the second month and made three items. This started her more recent plunge into the world of quilting. Within a few months, she was asked to teach the class and organize the next year’s projects. After a move to Walla Walla, Washington in 2003, she took a long-arm machining class in 2005 from Suzanne Young, furthering Marlene’s passion of quilting. In 2009, after her marriage to Duncan Oddie, the opportunity and circumstances aligned to purchase a long-arm quilting machine. This began her full-time pursuit of her business, KISSed Quilts (Keeping it Simple and Stunning).

Marlene’s designs have won ribbons locally, regionally and internationally and have been selected for various publications. She writes regularly for the Country Register and was a finalist in the McCall’s Quilt Design Star 2011. In 2013 she opened a quilting studio in Grand Coulee, WA. As an EQ Artist and Island Batik Ambassador, she blogs with design and quilting tutorials at kissedquilts.blogspot.comand teaches wherever there is an interest.

Given Marlene’s background working as an Industrial and Systems Engineer and a Project Management Professional in aerospace, financial services and higher education, her designs often come from an engineering perspective. She loves turning your ideas into a reality, perhaps in a quilted item that can be cherished for years.

Linda Pearl










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LINDA PEARL, Nashua, NH
The Patchwork Pearl
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Linda fell in love with quilting in the 80's when her son started first grade, and it's a love affair that has grown over the years. In 2007, she opened her online site, The Patchwork Pearl.  Linda is located in New Hampshire, and her quilts have been shown in shows as diverse as the Vermont Quilt Festival, and A Quilter's Gathering. Her first quilt pattern, Lake Shore Magic was published in Quilty in July 20, 2013. She was appointed as  a part of the first class of Island Batik Brand Ambassadors in 2014.


Linda left her job in the corporate world in 2012, and now concentrates her efforts working with Creative Artists.  Her creative website, www.onequiltingcircle.com - showcases her talents as a designer and her work as a teacher and speaker. It is also home to her branded newsletter, Cornerstones - which is a newsletter of Content, Context and Contacts for Quilters everywhere.  The original site, www.thepatchworkpearl.com is now a home for Linda's other passion,  social media management for small business.

Vicki Schlimmer







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VICKI SCHLIMMER, Rochester, Minnesota
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Vicki’s mom taught her to sew, crochet, and hand knit when she was 7 years old. Vicki has always loved making things.  She began sewing her own clothes in Junior High, and later made her two children their clothes for several years. As a stay at home mom, she began sewing doll clothes to sell at craft shows. Soon she began to make quilts, table runners, and wall hangings using all colors and patterns from traditional to modern. In 2003 she bought a longarm and began making more and more quilts and table runners which she sells at local craft shows. She also quilts for others on a small scale. She also owns several knitting machines and sells children’s sweaters, hats, and mittens. Donating quilts to different organizations is also  very rewarding for her.

After much encouragement from friends she decided to write a couple of table runner patterns. Since she loves snowmen so much, it was an easy decision to design table runners with appliquéd snowmen. They are for sale in her Craftsy store, Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting.  She also has an Etsy shop.


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TAMMY SILVERS, Acworth, GA
Tamarinis
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Tammy is no different than most quilters - she enjoys working with almost any fabric.  But, she'll admit that her favorites (the one that will make her drool, and blow a carefully constructed budget) are batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints!

Under the label Tamarinis, Tammy's designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including Quilt, McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, Stitch, Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting, Quilty, Quilt It...Today, Sew It...Today, Stitch and Create and Decorate.
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Suzy Webster











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SUZY WEBSTER, Apply Valley, Minnesota
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Suzy Webster has been a quilter since age eight when she arranged some scrap triangles and told her mother, “You should sew it like this.”  She’s been designing quilts from a young age and enjoys being creative.  One of the things Suzy loves about quilting is that the possibilities are endless.  She enjoys finding inspiration everywhere and using it in her designs.

She has been entering competitions since college and has many quilt show ribbons to her credit including Road to California, Machine Quilter’s Exposition, The American Quilter’s Society Shows, and International Quilt Festival.  Suzy is also ecstatic to have a book being published by the American Quilter’s Society in 2016 on blanket stitch applique based on her designs from her Hungarian background.

Suzy favorite parts of quilting are applique and machine quilting.  She also enjoys paper piecing.  In 2015 she started a blog about applique and quilting to explore new ideas.  Visit Suzy and check out what she’s learned and what she’s working on at her blog, websterquilt.blogspot.com.