Quilted In Honor Designers

PJ Anderson

North Port, Florida

PJ Anderson is a design artist and published author with over 35 individual published patterns. Her first book, “Diamond Quilts”, published by Landauer Publishing Company is currently available.  She also designs rulers for Creative Grid Rulers with two, three piece template sets to compliment her array of patterns.  PJ’s templates, CGRPA1, allow quilters to make precision cuts and aids individuals to piece with complete accuracy with little waste of fabric.  Her second template set, CGRPA2, has the same features and shows you how to create any eight-pointed star pattern with no “y” seams.

As a teacher and former quilt shop owner, she is very well versed in the art of quilt making. She teaches classes and lectures all levels of quilters in traditional piecing, as well as wearable art. PJ also designs fabric for Henry Glass & Co. and is working on two new lines for the near future.

Email PJ at silverthimble@excite.com

Rob Appell

Morro Bay, California

The former owner of The Cotton Ball quilt store in Morro Bay, Rob Appell Brings a fresh, young feel to his quilts. He specializes in quilted seascapes.

Rob has designed a fabric line for Free Spirit Fabrics entitled "Florals and Corals" and he has his own line of quilt patterns in a variety of technique styles. He teaches one-day and multi-day classes and hosts and instructs at a four day quilting retreat.

Rob designs quilts for Michal Miller fabrics in New York. He is a sponsored Quilt Artist for Pfaff sewing machines and a featured Artist on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson.

Rob is a licensed fabric designer for Telegraph Road Studios and a licensed embroidery designer for Cactus Punch. He is the author of "Making Waves...The Adventures of a Surf Quilter".

Rob is also a team member of The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson.


Alex Anderson



Livermore, California

Alex Anderson’s love of quilting all began in 1978 when she completed her Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt as a part of her work towards her degree in art from San Francisco State University. Over the years her central focus has been to understand fabric relationships. She has an intense appreciation of traditional quilts and beautiful quilting surface design.

Alex is the author of 30 books in four languages selling over 1 million copies worldwide, the National Spokesperson for Bernina of America, a promotional partner for AccuQuilt’s GO!, as well as a designer of several lines of fabrics with P&B Textiles, and threads with Superior Threads. Alex is a founding partner of The Quilt Show and The Quilt Life Magazine (publisher AQS) with Ricky Tims.

Alex’s personal mission is not only to share her love of quilting with anyone who will listen, but to educate and encourage those interested in quilting as clearly and simply as possible, so quilting can continue to be handed down from generation to generation.

Alex has two grown children and lives in Northern California with her husband.


Bonnie Browning



Paducha, Kentucky

Bonnie is employed (1994 to present) as Executive Show Director at the American Quilter’s Society (AQS), Paducah, Kentucky. She is the author of nine quilting books, published by the AQS, and one family cookbook. In addition, she is a contributor to AQS OnPoint e-newsletter published weekly. 

Bonnie’s mother, Mary Kirkland, taught her to sew. She made her first quilt top in 1979 in a Welcome Wagon needlework group in Burlington, Iowa; like many quilters who make a sampler as their first project, that quilt top has never been quilted but it was a great learning tool.

She has won numerous awards with her quilting. She shares her quilting knowledge by teaching for quilt groups and conferences across the U.S. and abroad. Her philosophy in teaching is to choose a small project to teach a technique that can be used by her students in other quilt projects.

Bonnie served as a technical director for the AQS quilting television show, American Quilter, that aired in 2005 on Lifetime Real Women. Bonnie has appeared on several quilting television programs.


Sandi Blackwell


Sandi Blackwell
Wheeling, West Virginia

Sandi is a West Virginian and has been a home sewer for most of her life.  She started quilting in 1992 and has since received numerous awards for her quilted works. 

In 1996 she began her own custom-order quilt business named “Stitched Buy”.

She is a West Virginia artisan and her work is sold at Tamarack, Wheeling Artisan Center, and other West Virginia artisan locations.  Her work has also been displayed or sold all over the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.

Her first published work was a pattern in the “Miniature Quilts” magazine in July, 2000 and was featured on the cover. Since then she has had several patterns published in quilt magazines and has designed and published her own line of patterns.

She was selected, as a representative of Ohio County, to create the quilt block for the West Virginia 150th Birthday Quilt in June 2013.  She has also been selected as one of the quilt designers for the “Quilted In Honor” program, which will be launched nationwide in late 2013.

Sandi’s current accomplishment is becoming an author.  Her first book "Square-agonals®; A New Angle on Quilting" was released in September of 2010.  It is based on a new technique “Square-agonals®” that she developed.  In November 2011 she released a series of new patterns using the Square-agonals® technique.  She now has a series of quilting books.  “Square-agonals®, 12 Easy Pieces” was released in October 2012 and “Simply Sensational Square-agonals® Quilts” was released in May 2013. She now tours both the United States and internationally teaching and lecturing on her technique. Her newest endeavor is being a quilt educator on quilt cruises and quilt tours.

She is a member of AQS, NQA, Fort Henry Piecemakers Quilt Guild, The Quilters Hall of Fame, and West Virginia Quilters.  She was recognized on the NQA web site (http://nqaquilts.org/member-spotlight/) as the October 2010 Spotlight Quilter.

Sandi resides in Wheeling, West Virginia with her supportive husband of 39 years.


Eleanor Burns


San Marcos, California

Over thirty years ago Eleanor Burns introduced her first Quilt in a Day book, beginning a quilt making revolution. She invited all types of sewers to participate in an age-old tradition using her unique style; a diverse combination of cutting and sewing applications which replaced scissors and templates with rips and strips, bringing rotary speed to patchwork. She also introduced an incredibly rapid stitching system, applying the method of assembly line sewing to piecework. Her concise, step-by-step directions were easy to grasp, allowing anyone to be successful at making a quilt.

Eleanor Burns gave quilt makers techniques that compacted months of cutting and stitching into merely a day. Today, as she continues to passionately devote herself to nurturing and motivating thousands of want-to be quilters with needed self-confidence, her name and techniques have become synonymous with quiltmaking.


Cindy Carter


Seattle, Washington

I love making free quilt patterns to share with quilters from around the world. Fortunately I have lots of ideas for these patterns!

Making and sharing these patterns allows me to “give back” in gratitude for my many blessings.

I am a six year Breast Cancer Survivor.

My favorite quote: "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Annie Dillard

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Jayme Crow


Kennewick, Washington

Bella Nonna Design Studio was launched in September, 1999 by Jayme Crow and Joan Segna, two enterprising and creative women.  By 2000 they had designed several quilt patterns and in 2001 began attending International Quilt Market as vendors. The pair wrote the best-selling books, “Stitch and Split Appliqué” and “Follow the Dots…to Dazzling Quilts”.

Jayme has appeared on HGTV with Alex Anderson, on PBS with Sue Hausman and Karen Good, and presented segments for QNNtv.  She has also taught at several guilds, presented at Quilt Market Schoolhouses and lectured for guilds and schools. 

Jayme created the “Boondoggle Ruler” and the “Baby Boondoggle Ruler”, both of which have been highly reviewed and can still be found on the market today.

In 2006, Joan retired and Jayme became sole owner of Bella Nonna.

Independently, Jayme has worked extensively with fabric houses including Island Batik, Blank Textiles, Michael Miller, Fabri-Quilt, Northcott, Marcus, Benartex, Maywood, M&S Textiles and Andover, Robert Kaufmann and others.  She is currently showcasing a pattern line designed specifically with Island Batik fabrics.

Most recently Jayme has stepped into the digitized patterns arena. Her first digitized pattern, Mesmerize, will debut at Fall 2013 Quilt Market.


Carol Doak



Salem, New Hampshire

As a best-selling author, celebrated teacher and lecturer and award-winning quiltmaker, Carol Doak has greatly influenced the art and craft of quiltmaking for more than a decade, both in the U.S. and internationally. Her accomplishments include a sizable collection of popular books. With over one million books in print, it is no secret that Carol has raised the popularity of paper piecing, her trademark technique, to heights never before seen in the world of quiltmaking.

Carol’s lighthearted approach and ability to teach have earned her high marks and positive comments from workshop participants worldwide She was also nominated as one of 24 All-American Quilters in 2004 and 2005 Professional Quilter of the year. In 2008, Carol was Awarded Favorite Paper Piecing Teacher by the Quilter’s Newsletter Reader's Choice Awards.

Carol’s history in quiltmaking is nothing short of remarkable, and the future of quiltmaking will benefit from her generous knowledge, enthusiasm, and most of all from her love of quilts. Carol lives in Salem, New Hampshire, where she claims the cold winters give her plenty of reason to stockpile a fabric stash for insulation purposes!


Joan Ford



Syracuse, New York

On February 8, 2003, Joan took her first quilting class at a local quilt shop. An avid knitter, Joan barely knew how to thread the sewing machine before that first class. By the end of the session, Joan was hooked! She started making quilts—lots of them, then creating basic projects for the local quilt shop, and then designing quilt patterns for national distribution. In 2011, her first book, ScrapTherapy, Cut the Scraps! was published by The Taunton Press. Her second book, ScrapTherapy, Scraps Plus One! was released in 2013.

While Joan may be best known for patterns, instructions, and workshops that help quilters organize and use their fabric scraps, her quilting interests and patterns include a broad variety of techniques. She writes a popular weekly eZine entitled “Good Migrations” sharing quilting tips, travel experiences, and humor. Subscribe for free on the hummingbird-highway.com website.

Joan’s husband, Dave, a recently retired member of the New York State National Guard, was deployed twice. She understands the struggle soldiers face upon returning home from their overseas assignments and is thrilled to participate in the Quilted in Honor program.

Joan is absolutely crazy about anything ‘bird.’ She and her husband share their home with a 30-year old Amazon parrot and two conures.


Jacquie Gering





Chicago, Illinois

Though she has been sewing all her life, quilting is a newly found passion for Jacquie. The improvisational spirit of the quilts of Gees Bend inspired her to make her first quilt and the improvisational approach provided the freedom she craved and the opportunity to explore her creative potential. Jacquie’s quilt designs fuse her Mennonite background and respect for tradition with her modern design aesthetic. Quilting Modern, Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts is her first book.

Jacquie is a contributing designer and author for Stitch, Modern Patchwork, Quilter’s World and a regular columnist for Quilting Quarterly. Her quilts have also been featured in other national and international publications. She is one of the designers featured in the books Block Party and We Love Color. Jacquie is a leader in the modern quilting movement and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Modern Quilt Guild and is one of the founding members and former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Jacquie teaches and talks quilting across the country and shares her designs and quilting knowledge on her popular blog. She lives in downtown Chicago with her husband, Steve, and her black lab, Bruno.


Alexandra Henry

Flower Mound, Texas
Alexandra Henry is an award winning needle artist.  She has been an avid quilter and needle artist since childhood.  She made her first quilt, a crazy quilt, at age 5.  She paints watercolors and portraits, as well as creating pen and ink drawings.  Alexandra designed needlework patterns, including pulled thread and hardanger designs for many years before she started producing her own quilt patterns and books.   Alexandra has also designed quilts for the Fabric Shop Network.   She incorporates needlework in many of her quilt designs.  Electronic versions of her books and patterns will be available soon.   

Alexandra is a freelance graphic artist/designer and is currently working with Pellon Projects, where many of her designs are available as free downloads.  www.pellonprojects.com.  Watch for other Quilted in Honor projects contributed by Alexandra on this website.

After teaching for many years at various quilt shops around the country,  she retired from teaching in 2012, but retained one student, her granddaughter Charlene Allison, age 12.  Charlene applied her six years of experience in quilt making by helping sew the two quilt designs Alexandra created for Quilted in Honor.

Scott Hansen

Sultan, Washington

Scott created his first quilt when he was a teenager in the late 70's. In the early 90's, Scott's creative spirit brought him back to quilting, and the love of playing with color, fabric, needle and thread took him on a journey that has been expanding ever since. His work has been showcased in various magazines and books over the last 7 years. He has also done many designs for various fabric companies including Free Spirit, Moda, Michael Miller, Cloud 9, and Birch. He is also Community Editor for the new magazine
 Generation Q, a new kind of quilting magazine with an emphasis on the quilting lifestyle of the modern and contemporary quilter.

Scott taught at the Quilter's Affair as part of the well-known Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon in 2012 and is scheduled to teach there again in 2014. He has taught and lectured in his local area for many years, and is starting to branch out to do the same in other localities. Check out his website at www.bluenickelstudios.com for contact information regarding teaching or lecturing in your local area.

Scott runs his design company, Blue Nickel Studios, from his home in Sultan, Washington. from his home while balancing his dayjob around the design business. His wife, Linda, is also an artist in her own right, and they have three young adult children together.  They live on acreage in the country in a house they built themselves.  Scott has a deep affection for trees, cats, chickens, ducks, old buildings, cattle, and the ocean.  When he's not quilting or working, Scott enjoys gardening, traveling, drawing, painting, and long walks in the woods or on the beach.


Blaine, Minnesota

Doug Leko is a uniquely talented young quilt designer who founded Antler Quilt Design in 2008. His reputation has grown along with his business, and he now has a vibrant and growing collection of patterns available at quilt stores around the U.S. and Canada, and online at www.antlerquiltdesign.com.

His work has been featured in McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker, and will soon be seen in American Patchwork & Quilting.


Nancy Mahoney


Palm Coast, Florida

Author, teacher, and fabric designer Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over twenty-five years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in many books and in over 100 national and international quilt magazines, with more books and patterns always in the works. She has also created over 90 quilt patterns for a number of fabric manufacturers. Nancy has designed many fabric collections for P&B Textiles and is currently working on her next fabric collection.

Nancy has authored 12 books, all published by Martingale. Her bestselling books include Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing (2012), Fast, Fusible Flower Quilts (2011), Treasures from the 30s (2010), Applique Quilt Revival (2008), and Quilt Revival (2006). Nancy is orking on a new book which will be release in November 2013.

Carolyn Cullinan McCormic


Franktown, Colorado

I was born and raised on a ranch in Eastern Montana near Glendive, and currently live in Franktown, Colorado. I have been married to my husband Larry for 37 years. We have two fabulous children, Ryan our son and our daughter –in-law Megan have two amazing daughters McKenna (5) and Kate (2).  Jennifer, our daughter and our son-in-law Anthony have a wonderful, fun loving son named Lincoln (1 year).

Quilting has been a big part of my life for over 26 years. I worked and taught a variety of quilting and craft classes at the Patchworks in Bozeman, Montana, from 1987 to 1993. In 1993, out of frustration, I invented the Add-A-Quarter ruler.

The original ideal for the Add-A-Quarter was to enable a person to automatically add a quarter inch to pieces cut with templates. Since the inception of paper-piecing, the ruler has taken on a whole new role in the quilting world and is a standard tool for making paper-pieced items. I have been distributing the Add-A-Quarter world-wide since 1995.  I also invented another tool called the Add-Enough, this tool helps to determine how large to cut fabric pieces for paper piecing.

I have had the privilege of writing 7 books on paper piecing…Carolyn’s Paper Pieced Garden; Hard Times, Splendid Quilts; No-Stress Paper Piecing; Quilts for Rosie; Wedding Ring Pickle Dish & More, Roaring Through the 20’s and A Flock of Feathered Stars.

Quilting has taken me down roads that I would never have thought of traveling; giving me many opportunities.  I have met such wonderful and gifted people!


Marti Michell

Atlanta, Georgia

It is no wonder that Marti Michell, the 2004 Silver Star Honoree at the Houston International Quilt Festival, is often introduced as a pioneer in the current quilt revival. In fact, in 1972 when Marti and her husband Richard started Yours Truly, Inc., a patchwork kit company, there was no quilt industry. Since then, she has contributed in almost every capacity. Whether she is participating as a teacher, quilter, author, publisher, manufacturer, designer, consultant, judge or quilt collector, her enthusiasm for and love of quilting is always evident.

The Silver Star is a prestigious “lifetime achievement” award. In 1991 she also received the first Michael Kile award given for commitment to creativity and excellence in the quilting industry. Marti lives in Atlanta, GA, but was born and raised in Iowa. She received a B.S. in Textiles and Clothing and Home Ec Journalism from Iowa State University.


Kari Nichols

Kari Nichols
Centennial, Colorado

Being a native Coloradoan, and from a family of seamstresses, Kari grew up enjoying many quilts.   The love of color and design was first shown in stained glass.  Her stained glass pieces received awards and can be found in many homes.  When a favorite piece was broken, re-creating it in fabric was the logical choice.  This choice led to a career change and joining the Quilt Cabin family.  Mountainpeek Creations, the quilt pattern design company, was born in 2001.  Mountainpeek patterns are sold internationally and give quilters unique and contemporary designs for any skill level.  Kari’s patterns have been featured in multiple publications and can be found in catalogs and on line as well as www.mountainpeekcreations.com.

Being invited to join the Quilted in Honor program is truly an honor.  Our hope is the quilts created for this program will bring comfort and healing to many people.

Sharon Pederson

Black Creek, British Columbia

Sharon Pederson has been quilting since 1986 and teaching since 1987. After making half a dozen quilts she became the local ‘expert’ and reluctantly agreed to teach her first class and it has just kept on growing.

After teaching locally she was invited to teach at her first major quilting conference – Quilt Canada in Vancouver, BC. Since then Sharon has taught at most major North American and international quilting conferences. She has taught for quilt guilds and shops all over the world.

After the overwhelming acceptance of her first book, Reversible Quilts, five more followed, all published by Martingale and Co.

“I enjoy teaching – no, I love teaching – and I feel very strongly that students learn more in a relaxed atmosphere. My classes are full of fun – and information – but the emphasis is on making what we do enjoyable. After all, it is supposed to be fun.”


4th and 6th Designs








Barbara and Mary are award-winning quilt artists and their quilts have been published in many quilting magazines and have been featured in Keepsake Quilting and Clotilde. They were born the fourth and sixth children in a close knit family in south Jersey. Their mother taught these Jersey girls garment sewing at the young age of ten.

Skilled in all areas of sewing, Barbara began quilting in 1983 during the long New England winters while her husband attended the University of New Hampshire. She moved to Pennsylvania in 1990 and continued quilting as a hobby. In 2000 she left the corporate world to start her long arm quilting business, Quilted Heirlooms.

Mary began quilting in 1992 when she moved to upstate New York. As a stay at home mom, she needed a creative outlet and immediately knew quilting was the answer she was looking for. She began teaching quilting classes in 1993 and eventually opened a quilt shop in 1999. Despite living 300 miles apart, Barbara and Mary began collaborating shortly after the start of their own businesses. This collaboration quickly became a partnership which has grown into the pattern and design company, Fourth & Sixth Designs. In 2008, C&T Publishing released their first book, "StrataVarious Quilts".


Jackie Robinson

Eureka, Montana

Jackie Robinson lives in Eureka, in scenic northwestern Montana with her husband, Jery Wyatt.

An international teacher and lecturer since 1989, Jackie has authored twelve quilting books and is a National Artisan for Bernina. She is best known for her geometric patterns, creating new and expanded designs from traditional shapes. Jackie has made in excess of 400 quilts. Her teaching style is energetic. Students are always encouraged to develop their skills based on the material presented. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Jewel Pierce Patterson scholarship honoring her work as a teacher. Jackie believes in sharing all she possibly can in the given amount of time available.

Jackie opened her first quilt shop in a St. Louis suburb in 1982. In '88, they sold it to make a choice move to Durango where they opened Animas Quilts. Along the way they also started Animas Quilts Publishing, featuring Jackie's quilt designs in books and patterns. They sold the quilt shop in Durango in 1999, and kept Animas Quilts Publishing. Now they live in NW Montana.

Her quilts have been featured on the covers of Quilt World and Creative Quilting. American Patchwork and Quilting wrote a feature story about her Frank Lloyd Wright quilts and then, in 1997 they selected her shop, Animas Quilts, as one of the ten shops to feature in their Sampler issue. In 2006 her quilts were featured in Love of Quilting, Designer's Quarters, Quilt, and American Patchwork & Quilting. In 2007 you'll find her quilts in Love of Quilting, Quilt, and American Patchwork & Quilting. and the cover of Through the Needle. Look for Jackie's quilts in 2008 in Love of Quilting, Designer's Quarters, Quilt, and Quilt It.

Jackie enjoyed many years of being a Traveling Quilt Instructor. She is now continuing with quilt design, and has earned the opportunity to enjoy life in NW Montana with her husband, Jery. They are building a small cabin for personal enjoyment, as well as small quilt retreats. Jackie REALLY enjoys designing fabrics with Benartex, LLC.

Pat Sloan

Herndon, Virginia

Pat Sloan has been creating since she was a child. From the first shoebox diorama to sketches for a fabric line, there has always been creative energy flowing. When she tried her hand at quilting in 1985, she never looked back. Now, owner and founder of the quilting design and publishing company Pat Sloan & Co., she has published over 25 books, more than 100 patterns, nearly 10 fabric lines (the latest is published by Moda), and has had her work featured in all the major Quilt magazines. In January 2010 Pat started hosting her weekly Internet Radio show called ‘”Creative Talk Radio”. In March of 2011, Pat partnered with American Patchwork & Quilting magazine and now hosts the radio show with them.

Pat first began sharing her knowledge through her publications, workshops, and lectures, but has expanded her reach through social media. She has built quilting Yahoo groups, forums, Facebook communities, and photo sharing groups on Flickr. Pat’s overall passion has always been to encourage others to use their creative energy and have fun with their quilting!


Ayn Taylor

Omaha, Nebraska

I am currently an AccuQuilt Direct Sales team member. Other than making pillows in Girl Scouts, I have never sewn let alone quilted prior to working at AccuQuilt.  I came to work for AccuQuilt and was inspired by all of the stunning quilts that surrounded me.  There are quilts hanging in our office as well as in our amazing quilt gallery.  I spent my free time quilting in the dream studio with my co-workers.   I'm lucky to spend my days in what I consider the most inspirational work place in the world.  I have the pleasure of talking to Independent Quilt Store owners all day which reinforces my new love for quilting.  On Valentines Day 2013 my husband gave me a sewing machine.   Armed with my sewing machine, GO! fabric cutter, and all of the online videos I could get my hands on, I made my very first quilt. 

I have Multiple Sclerosis so without the GO! fabric cutter, a quilt would have been very difficult. I often tell people that I drive a rotary cutter with as much grace as driving a unicycle with a square wheel.  This small part of my life has made things I love much harder than they used to be.  I no longer paint or draw and even working with clay is not the same. Quilting is something that I always wanted to do and I am so glad that I am finally doing it.  

Although I do not have a long quilting history, I’m happy to have finished 14 quilts which are all dear to me.  My most humbling contribution to the quilting world is The Samuel Quilt Project.  The Samuel Quilt Project was started as a way to show love to the Oklahoma tornado victims.  It's an honor to have my pattern included with some of the greatest quilters in the industry.  

I fell in love with Quilted in Honor when I learned about the initiative at Spring Quilt Market. I am lucky to have been surrounded by all of the things that make America great: farmers, hardworking citizens, entrepreneurs, and a father who came to this country as a young man and lived the American dream. None of this is possible without the men and women who served in our Armed forces. The pattern I have created for this initiative is one that I hope will inspire others to make quilts for the men and women in uniform whose service is selfless and I am so grateful for it. 

Ricky Tims


La Veta, Colorado

Ricky Tims has successfully blended two diverse passions into one very unique and interesting career. His skills as a pianist, composer and producer have been evident by the thousands who have heard his music. His success as a quilter is equally significant.

He is known in the international world of quilting as a best-selling author, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, an award-winning quilter, fabric designer, and a talented and spellbinding speaker. His innovative and entertaining presentations, feature live music and humor combined with scholarly insights and wisdom. His quilts have been displayed world wide and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal.

Ricky’s has made quilts that have won numerous international awards. He began designing and making quilts in 1991, and was recently named as one of The Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World.

Ricky is passionate about quilting, and is delighted to share his experience and enthusiasm with quilters of every level of expertise. He is challenged by creativity in all forms, and encourages individuals to cultivate self-expression, reach for the unreachable, and believe in the impossible.


Karon Trybom


Anderson, California

Karon Trybom a self taught quilter, a designer and teacher of all things fabric related. She and her husband Sam love treasure hunting with their grand kids Chris and Kenzie. Never looking at anything for what it is but for what it could be is the perfect avenue to design. Fabrics are meant to tell a story when used in great shapes and colors.

Her patterns have been featured in numerous magazines, also a number of patterns have been in Keepsake Quilting Catalogs. Designing patterns including cottons from Maywood Fabrics to wools from National Nonwovens. Karon’s very favorite thing is to embellish with anything vintage. Three dimensional designing is so much fun. There are no rules and your creativity becomes alive.

As a former quilt shop owner, she taught the very basics of fabrics and quilting to her customers. Her block of the month program “Cotton Pickers” is like no other. Helping the quilt shop use what they already have and the customer to learn about color by choosing their own fabrics.

I firmly believe when God closes a door he opens another. Don’t be afraid to step out and try something new. Recently I have been blessed with having my sister Kayleen Vanover join my business to design and travel with me.

It’s an honor to be a part of something this important to help others.

Email Karon 

Annie Unrein

St. George, Utah

A quilter for over 40 years, Annie Unrein has been designing patterns and teaching since 2000. With a focus on practical and useful projects, Annie’s patterns appeal to a wide range of sewists.

Annie is the creator of ByAnnie’s Soft and StableTM, an innovative product she designed to add body, stability, and a professional finish to purses, bags, home deco items, and more. Find Soft and Stable, handbag zippers, hardware, and more at Annie’s website: www.ByAnnie.com.


Janice Vaine

Jacksonville, Florida

Jan is a hand appliqué, embroidery, and petite piecing enthusiast. Her mom taught Jan to sew at the age of 5 and her love of the needle has kept her in stitches ever since.

In 2004, Jan’s passion for sewing and designing blossomed into her pattern company, The Graham Cracker Collection. She has authored four books since 2010 and Landauer Publishing is scheduled to release her fifth publication in early 2014.

Jan is inspired by vintage embroidery, antique quilts and the lessons she learns from the needle artists. Jan shares her learning experience by teaching for quilt guilds, quilt shops and conferences across the U.S. and Canada. She is a frequent instructor at The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy.

Jan is devoted to sharing the gentle art of handwork. She hopes appliqué and embroidery remain relevant and relatable to today’s quilter and are enthusiastically embraced by future generations of needle artists.


Sarah Vedeler

Scottsdale, Arizona

Sarah Vedeler is an award-winning quilt artist, pattern designer, and teacher. Sarah takes quilts to new levels of artistry with her signature style, passion for vibrant, modern colors, and masterful use of embroidered applique.

Since she was a little girl, British-born Sarah Vedeler loved to sew. Her hobby continued through her teens as she went off to University where she eventually got her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Brighton, England.

She moved to the United States to follow her career and shelved sewing until her first pregnancy, which then provided the perfect stage for her creative mind to take over once again. She borrowed a sewing machine and started sewing clothes for her growing baby girl. When it became time to invest in her own machine, Sarah discovered embroidery and the art of quilting.

By combining her computer savvy with embroidery software and a passion for quilting, Sarah spent the next few years sewing, experimenting, and winning awards for her quilt designs. This helped her develop her signature technique of creating applique using an embroidery machine.

Today, Sarah works from her Scottsdale, AZ studio and travels the United States teaching her techniques to a vast fan base of quilters, showing them how, “they too can create beauty, inspiration and infinite creative joy.”


Kearney, Missouri

Angela Walters is a longarm quilter, teacher, and the author of two books, “Free-motion Quilting with Angela Walters” and “In the Studio with Angela Walters”. Her quilting career began at the side of her husband’s grandfather, and together they made her first quilt, a nine-patch that is still on her bed today.

Thousands of swirls, feathers, parallel lines later, Angela has turned her love of stitches and fabric into a thriving business focused on modern machine quilting. She lives on the outskirts of Kansas City with her husband, three children, and many, many quilts. Learn more about her and her love of quilting at www.quiltingismytherapy.com.



Kay Wright-Handy


Eureka, Montana

Kay Handy has been interested in various mediums of art since she was a child. When a friend introduced her to quilting in 1995, she was hooked!

Since that time, she has created numerous quilts. Design work seemed a natural progression for Kay with her art background. She has been designing patterns for Animas Quilts for the last five years.

Kay has also been the exclusive designer for the annual pattern offered at the Eureka Montana Quilt Show. She is honored to participate in this worthwhile project.