2017 Ambassadors
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Nan Baker 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.
TURID BAKKEN, Ulsteinvik, Norway
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Quilt n Party
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"I’m Stephanie and I might have a fabric addiction problem.  But if you’re visiting my blog it’s very likely that you do as well, so we’re all in good company!!! I’ve been quilting since I was about 30 (never mind how many years it’s been). My grandmother taught me to do handwork when I was about 7 so I feel like I’ve always had a needle in my hand. My mother used to sew clothes so I was always familiar with a sewing machine. Strangely, there are no quilters in my family yet, I’ve always loved handmade quilts; so I decided to teach myself. I’m sure I don’t do some things “right” but to me it’s all about going through the process and enjoying the finished product. By day, I work as an IT Business Analyst for a Fortune 100 Company (please don’t think that means I’m technical). On this blog you’ll see photos and posts about what goes on the rest of the time (no one wants to hear about work). You’ll also see my 11 year old Pomeranian, Katrina… who thinks she’s an Alaskan Malamute. She believes that every quilt I make is for her, actually she thinks everything I do is for her. She also likes to steal fabric as I’m sewing. I like to imagine that she’s working on a quilt under the bed that she will surprise me with one day.  That’s not likely."

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.
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.

Kathy's Kwilts and More
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"I am a mom, wife and grandma. I work full time as a professional seamstress, and quilt and sew whenever I get a chance. I love all forms of quilting and love making quilts from start to finish. My great grandmother was a quilter. I can remember walking into her house, and it seems like there was always a quilt set up. My mother also quilted. She would hand quilt and I remember her having neighbors who would come over and help. My siblings and I would play under the quilt and pretend that it was our house. I love to quilt and I love to share my quilts with others. Most recently I have started doing pattern testing for quilt pattern designers. I love doing this. It is fun to see how other quilt pattern designers write their patterns. If I am not quilting, you can find me cooking, especially Dutch oven cooking, bicycling, hiking and spending time with my family."

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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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"I'm Connie Kresin Campbell and I love to create and share quilt tutorials and patterns. I am a ambassador for Island Batik so you'll see lots of projects made with beautiful batiks. I also do a guest post every month on AccuQuilt's blog and share tutorials for using the GO! cutting machine and dies. I hope you will enjoy your visit at Freemotion by the River and find inspiration and goodies"

Seams Like a Dream
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"My name is Kate Colleran and welcome to my website. We are mostly about quilting and a lot about encouraging creativity. Follow along as I share my journey as a quilt pattern designer and fabric enthusiast!"

Yellow Cat Quilts
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I hope you will enjoy your visit with Bella and I as we continue our quilting adventures. I have had a life-long passion for creating.  I began quilting in the 80's by doing the Georgia Bonesteel quilt-as-you-go method.  To this day I do love hand quilting, but the urge to get more done inspired me to try to machine quilt on my domestic.

TINA DILLARD, Waldorf, Maryland
Quilting Affection
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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.

Inquiring Quilters
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"I'm Jennifer Fulton, the Inquiring Quilter. I'm a curious person, so I ask a lot of questions. Maybe too many, if you ask my friends <wink>.

I'm also a technical writer, quilter, cooking explorer, blossoming photographer, and the mother of a beautiful girl who is also a budding quilter with a great eye for color and design.

Through this blog, I hope to continue to explore quilting and my expression of it, asking questions, finding answers, and having fun making mistakes. I invite you to join me on my quilting journey!"

Bejeweled Quilts
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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, 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. 
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 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.

BEA LEE, Pittsboro, NC
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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!

Cheryl Lynch Quilts
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"I made my first quilt out of Marimekko fabric as an impoverished chemistry graduate student at M.I.T. It took another 17 years for me to make my second one – after a corporate career and some child rearing. 

When we moved to Pennsylvania, my sons were both in school and I started taking some basic quilting classes to occupy my time. It didn't take long before I fell in love with quilting and started to design my own quilts. I then started teaching at a local quilt shop. At the request of my students, I developed my own line of Judaic quilt patterns.

Fascinated by the color and texture of fabric, I discovered that I could create art and folk art without knowing how to paint with a brush. The challenge became how to turn my ideas into a quilt.

I find that I "build" my quilts one section at a time. Putting together the pieces of the puzzle is both challenging and energizing. This process sometimes necessitates the development of a new technique or use of a non-traditional fabric.

My inspiration for my quilts comes from the emotions I feel for my family as well as my love of nature and cycling. I have many creative moments while riding my bicycle through the scenic byways of our country.

Then I can't wait to return to my studio to translate those ideas into fabric."
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. 

JOYCE MULLIS, Mooresvilla, NC
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"Even as a young child, I both enjoyed and felt a need to be creative. As an adult, I take great pleasure in my creative passions. Quilting and working with fabric on other projects has consumed me for the last several years. I have also been designing quilts and writing patterns.  I am fortunate to have the total support of my husband.  He has done a lot of work in my studio. He even learned EQ6 and helps me put my designs from paper to computer!

I do not stay in any particular bounds – I do contemporary, traditional, modern and art quilts. I love bold colors. I usually let the fabric speak to me, then choose the pattern, although I do sometimes fall in love with a pattern first.

I have also been blessed with two very talented children.  My son is a photographer and wood carver and has a great appreciation for my quilts. My daughter is, in modern terminology, a sewist and has been more recently journeying into the quilting world. I am proud to say that her talents have surpassed mine! She also creates in the kitchen doing cake decorating and other yummy delights. Last year she started a jewelry line. Whew!!

It has been so much fun the last few years leading creative retreats here in North Carolina. Creative women from many states have joined in the fun. Please visit my retreat page – I’d love for you to join me!"

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.
The Quilt Rambler
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For almost two decades I have been talking about quilting, making quilts, teaching quilting, longarm quilting for hire, making t-shirt/memory quilts all the while sharing my love of quilting to all who would listen. I believe that quilts have a story, a unselfish love story, a story that needs to be told from both the viewpoint of the quilt maker and the recipient of the quilt.

Being an Island Batik Ambassador has opened the door for design and pattern writing – and soon, an online shopping experience here at The Quilt Rambler with original patterns as well as tools/patterns from Studio 180 Design and fabrics from Island Batik.

MARIAN PENA, Colorado Springs, CO

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LAURA PILAND, Mountain Grove, MO
Slice of Pi
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I'm Laura! I'm a quilter, pattern designer, and homeschooling mom of two boys. I'm also an ex-math teacher - and with a last name like Piland - there's a strong love of pi in our house! Let's sew something together!

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Hi, I’m Linda, and I’ve been quilting for about 20 years and sewing for about 50 years. I moved my studio to Vermont in January of 2016. In 2017 I was chosen to be an Island Batik Ambassador. I enjoy challenges and creating new patterns and techniques for quilts.

I’m a public speaker who uses lots of quilts in all my talks. I’d love to visit your guild. Simply send me an email at ramrath63@hotmail.com with possible dates and we will find a time to share my stories and quilts with your group.

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.

Masterpiece Quilting
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I’m an author, designer and teacher who loves being crafty.  

Growing up in a family of “makers”, I’m a proud DIY / MIY enthusiast. My current favorites include sewing & quilting, refinishing antiques, chalk-painting and photography. In 2006, I changed careers from the academia / corporate world and started my business Masterpiece Quilting LLC where I was a sales representative and certified trainer for Gammill / Statler.  My business evolved to specialize in long-arm quilting, show quilts and custom-made memory quilts.  

In 2012, I submitted my first design to a magazine for publication.  It was accepted and my calling was found that day!  Since then I have sold over 50 designs to publications and fabric companies. I’ve established myself as a leading author and instructor for creating with sentimental textiles with my top-selling book “T-shirts, Memories & More” along with DVD’s on T-shirt quilting and Restyling Vintage Quilts. 
Right now I'm working on another book and launching my own line of quilting patterns.
Fun Threads Designs
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Carol Steely is the pattern designer behind FunThreads Designs, LLC. Her patterns have been featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts Magazine, Fiber Bytes E-magazine, and on the cover of SQeasy Patterns for SQangles. She contributed content to the 17 Quilting Tutorials E-Book by Prime Publishing and has designed products for the Artisan Handbag Company, formerly Bun Bun Bags. She has also been a guest blogger and content contributor for numerous websites.

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I have been sewing and making things my whole life--and recently added the pleasure of a longarm quilting machine to my list of things to do. This has been a great experience and I love meeting new customers and hearing the stories of the quilts that they bring me. It also keeps me available for my farmer husband and my children. Life is busy and blessed!! 

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I'm Alison and Little Bunny Quilts is my little corner of the #interwebs where I share my quilting obsession, featuring lots of works-in-progress, a few finishes, and the occasional bunny attempting to steal a charm square.

I've been quilting for nearly 15 years and have been blogging about it since 2011. Most of my quilts fall into the category of "Modern Traditionalism" but I like to dabble in all sorts of quilt design families.

I live in central Maryland with Park Ranger Husband, Civil War historian extraordinare, and two bunnies, Clara and Francisco (Frankie for short). If I'm not quilting, I'm likely watching baseball. By day, you can find me in a lab coat and goggles testing potential cancer drugs.

In 2013, my mom, sister, and myself founded Honey, Bunny, and Doll Quilt Designs, a pattern company focusing on designing patterns and offering kits that would appeal to quilters of all skill levels and design persuasions. Our patterns are on Craftsy, we sell kits and patterns on Etsy, and have active Facebook and Instagram accounts to keep our fans and friends up to date on what we are working on.

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. 
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I balance my hi-tech career with interests in hi-touch, slow-tech creative making including quilting, knitting, hat-making and garment design.

Whispers of Yore
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