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Saturday, September 11, 2010


Joan Sheridan

In 2006 while looking for a solution to a sewing dilemma Joanie stumbled upon two quilting sites. From that moment forward she has been immersed in nine patches and sampler quilts. 

She has participated in and hosted nine patch and sampler swaps totaling thousands of blocks. You can find her "International Swap Quilt" in blues and whites in Jennifer's pattern book, "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts". 

Joanie has taught precision piecing using the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini as a model. 

When she is not piecing nine patches by the dozens she is busy lining up trunk shows and workshops using her own quilt design 

Through swapping she has become quite adept at placing orphan blocks in pleasing arrangements and enjoys helping others find unique ways to utilize their stash of blocks. 
 Nancy Mahoney

Author, Teacher, Fabric Designer and award winning quiltmaker, Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for over 20 years. Nancy has also created over 75 quilt patterns for various fabric manufactures. Nancy has authored 10 books since 2002 - she has also designed 12 fabric collections. Her latest is called "Nellies Garden" - which will delight quilters who love reproduction fabrics and floral enthusiasts alike.

Nancy enjoys combining traditional blocks and updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Nancy`s favorite techniques include precision machine piecing, quilt design and machine applique. When she is not designing and making quilts Nancy enjoys travelling to guilds and events around the country teaching her piecing and machine applique techniques, and visiting gardens. Visit Nancy`s website at

Peggy Bass

Peggy began quilting in 1996 whilst living in Louisiana. She has been sewing since high school but had never thought of making a quilt. Peggy also does spinning and weaving so quilting was a natural thing to turn her hand at. Peggy is a member of The Quilt Show and her screen name is weaver 49 and she has a member blog on the website

Kaye England

Kaye began quilt making and fabric collecting in earnest in the early 1980`s, but was influenced early on by a family of needle workers. She now designs fabrics for Wilmington Prints and heads her own publishing company, Kaye England Publications. Kaye travels the world conducting sell-out lectures and workshops showcasing her wonderful and infectious fabrics, patterns and quilts, as well as her unique and honest outlook on life. Kaye can also be seen on several episodes of HGTV`s Simply Quilts.
Kaye has been described as a colourful individual generating enthusiasm and excitement in her work and having great fun in the process. Despite a hectic teaching schedule, Kaye always finds time to quilt. She has written 13 books and recently produced 3 feature length instructional DVD using her Nifty Notions “Cut for the Cure” rulers called More… Smart Piecing Techniques & Plates-A-Plenty.
Kaye was born and raised on a farm in Glasgow, Kentucky. She now resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has two children and six grandchildren.

Jolene Miller

I have been sewing since I was 9 years old, graduating from college with a degree in Textiles and Clothing.  I started quilting almost 30 years ago, this was back when everything was done with cardboard templates and a lot of hand piecing.   As time went on and we were introduced to the rotary cutter, and machine piecing and quilting became more acceptable, quilting started taking over more of my time.  I enjoyed traveling to study with many of the top quilter’s in the United States in order to improve my skills. 
I started teaching locally about 1990, for guilds, quilt shops and at quilt shows. I purchased an existing quilt shop in 1996 and owned that for over 11 years.  I felt as the owner of the quilt shop I needed to have the answers to any question asked.  So I worked on learning as much as I could about every aspect of quilting.  Since I sold my shop I have continued to do teaching.  I enjoy the technical aspect of quilting and teach precision in most of my classes.  I want all my students to be better quilters when they are finished with my class.  I believe there should be joy in the process of making a quilt, but you should also be pleased with the technical outcome.  I like all styles of quilting, from traditional, reproduction, to contemporary.   I live in southeast North Dakota and farm with my husband.   My children are all grown so I finally have the time to devote to my quilting interests.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Nikki Foley
Creator and member of Team Ireland.

As a teacher, Nikki Foley works with traditional patchwork for her classes and patterns, her own personal work however is more towards art quilting . She likes to use hand dyed fabric, and loves colour.
She is  currently working with Kona Bay Fabrics on her first fabric collection, which has an Irish theme.

She is passionate about patchwork and quilting, and her aim is to promote the craft all over the world but in particular Ireland. Visit the website for her buisness

She is currently working with Jim West  from on  the International Quilt Festival Of Ireland . This is where the exclusive patchwork promises exhibit will be shown.

Paula Rafferty

Is a full time Art/Craft/Design Teacher and Textile Artist working mainly in Patchwork, she joined the Irish Patchwork Society in 2002 and hasn, stopped quilting since.

She make two types of quilts, Art Quilts, and what she calls  her  'therapy quilts ' which are traditional quilts with lots of repetitive stitching which soothes the soul and keeps her calm.

Romi Buhles
Romi is a dedicated quilter. She loves to work with bright colours and is always on the look out for new ideas. She works with traditional styles but makes them her own, and she also loves to make art quilts.

She has her own buisness as a long arm quilter

Terri McNeill,
Creative Director of Irish quilting magazine, Terri is a very experienced quilter. Her never ending talent for design shows in many of her quilts that are published in the magazine.
She is a committed teacher, passing on her skill to many students each year.
Soon Terris patterns will be available for  purchase.


Alison Baxter
Alison has been Patchwork and Quilting since 1996.  She joined the Irish Patchwork Society in 2000 and is a Co-founder of the South Midlands (Kilkenny) branch, which opened in 2005. She has been a member of both Branch and National Executive Committees.  Alison opened her own Patchwork Shop called "All Patched Up" in 2006 but for a variety of reasons she has now sadly closed it, although she still has great fun running workshops and weekly classes.  Alison has exhibited quilts in the IPS National Exhibition over several years and won the Viewer's Choice for her quilt "Blue Pagoda" in Tinahely Quilt Show. 
Alison likes traditional designs and feels very honoured to be asked to join in such a wonderful and exciting project as "Patchwork Promises".

Thursday, September 2, 2010

For Charity

Each quilter that takes part in the round robin will get to nominate their charity. As each quilt will be used to raise money for 35 charitys....In just a matter of days the round robin will comence, as each quilter begins to prepare the centre of their quilt.