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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.

1 comment:

  1. Hi All
    Have you seen Nancy Mahoney's new pattern 'Dainty Bess' in the latest McCalls Quilting magazine? it's a beaut, especially for all us 'thirties fans' - Thanks Nancy, can't wait to start pulling fabrics from the old stash.