Creative Editor, Quiltmaker
Sewing and crafts of all kinds have interested me since I was a little girl growing up in Illinois. I took my first quilting class over twenty years ago when my husband and I relocated to Virginia and have been hooked ever since. My husband's job kept us moving and each time we relocated, I became active in local quilt guilds and small quilting groups. I have found that quilters everywhere are always caring, friendly and a perfect way to meet new people. Over the years I have made some great friends and developed some lasting relationships through my quilting experiences.
Traditional quilts are my favorites, and I started traveling around the country to teach and lecture about them at quilt guilds and quilt stores. I soon began designing my own patterns. Designing quickly became my passion, and I started my own pattern company. I continue to love all the aspects of quiltmaking from designing, selecting fabrics, to quilting the finished product.
I get to spend my days working with designers looking for new projects to bring to Quiltmaker along with all the aspects of writing and editing quilt patterns and special features, including Design Studio. It's all part of making this great magazine come alive for our readers.
Barb designed and constructed one-of-a-kind garments using her label Barb Originals and sold them at art shows for almost 25 years, alongside her antique linens, buttons and trimmings. After years of hearing customer requests for patterns and instructions for these very wearable items, she decided to accommodate them. Today Barb travels the U.S. sharing her expertise in using vintage linens, buttons, hankies, trimmings and more to create stylish, flattering and easy-to-make clothing and accessories. She holds a bachelors degree in education and a masters degree in administration and counseling, and has also attended classes at FIT in New York. Her articles have appeared in Threads, Sew Beautiful and her company’s newsletter. www.barboriginals.com
June Colburn Designs II, Inc.
June's odyssey began in 1973 with itchy feet and a Master's degree in library science. While working for international schools, June's motto, "Have sewing machine, will travel" led her into adventures hunting for fabrics in souks, bazaars and temple sales from Quito to Paris, Istanbul to Singapore. Talking with the people who wove, dyed, embroidered, sewed and sold native textiles influenced her life. The exquisite kimono fabrics of Japan defined her creative direction. June's work has been featured in many exhibitions, collections and design shows. She shares her knowledge and love of Asian textiles through lectures and classes. www.junecolburn.com
Quiltling Arts Magazine
Rose DeBoer is the Managing Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine and has had a lifelong love affair with all things sewing. When not working with the Interweave team on their quilting publications, Rose takes the time to teach occasional sewing and quilting classes at a local shop. Rose takes a step-by-step approach to teaching new skills—and balances her classes so that students will both learn good technique and have a lot of fun.
Cambridge Springs, PA
Dustin (“Dusty”) Farrell is not your typical quilter. Anyone who knows Dusty knows his high energy, innovative designs, techniques, and awesome multi purpose tools would tell you to expect the unexpected! Always a story to tell or a hand to lend. His classes are not just educational but fun.
Dusty is an award winning longarm quilter, 2014 IMQA teacher of the year, who has traveled throughout The United States, teaching his unique style to longarm quilters. Dusty offers a wide variety of classes for all levels of quilters, including hands on, lecture demos, and drawing classes along with a must see, Black light trunk show. This includes everything from doodles, to his, award-winning thread art quilts.
His work has been featured in several magazines over the last 5 years and he has been featured on various TV shows such as QNN TV's Quilt It and “Linda Taylor's Longarm Quilting Show”. Dusty offers several instructional DVD’s, books, and tools. To view Dusty’s work visit his website or look him up on Facebook.
Purple Daisies, LLC
Cristy Fincher was born with a love for all things sewing. Cristy, and her mom, Master Quilter, Sharon Schamber, made their first quilt together, 20 years ago. This took their love of sewing into the world of quilting, where it has flourished. Cristy became a school teacher, married, and started her own family. Her passion for teaching quilting grew, and 10 years ago, she opened her online store, www.PurpleDaisiesLLC.com, where she focuses on sewing and quilting education. In 2007, Cristy and Sharon co-authored “Piece-By-Piece: Machine Applique”, which features many of Cristy’s original designs. Cristy has spent her lifetime learning about all aspects of sewing and quilting from her amazing mother. Cristy is passing on Sharon’s legacy of techniques through teaching local, regional and national quilting classes. Cristy also shares her own tutorials, and time saving techniques, on her blog www.sewmuchlikemom.com.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
New York, NY
15 Minutes of Play
Victoria Findlay Wolfe, painter, photographer, and quilter, was raised on a farm in rural Minnesota. She learned to sew and quilt when she was four years old. Her grandmother and mother were quilters, and her father, a farmer, also had an upholstery business. Victoria graduated from the College of Visual Arts with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1993. A year later, she arrived in New York City.
After some success as a painter, she discovered quilting blogs, returned to quilting, and started receiving commissions. Seeking the company of other quilters, she founded her blog, bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
. To satisfy a response to her creative philosophy, she started her teaching site, www.15minutesplay.com
Victoria began an outreach program for a housing project in the South Bronx, New York, through which hundreds of quilts have been made and donated from quilters worldwide (see www.bumblebeansbasics.com
). In addition, 60 quilts were auctioned to raise more than $30,000 for the Acacia Network (formerly BASICS/ Promesa).
Victoria is the founder of the New York Metro Mod Quilt Guild and a member of New York City Empire Quilters and Minnesota Quilt Guild. She is also on the board of directors for the Alliance of American Quilts. Victoria lives in Manhattan with her husband, Michael Findlay, an art dealer, and their daughter, Beatrice.
Love of Quilting Co-Host & Quilty Editor
Mary is the creator of Quilty, an online program, editor of Quilty magazine and co-host of "Love of Quilting" with her mother, quilter and educator Marianne Fons. Mary's quilts are featured in Love of Quilting, Quilty, and others. Her book of "scrap quilts for the 21st century" will be published in 2014. Mary has a special place in her heart for rookie quilters because she basically learned how to quilt on national television. maryfons.com
Darlene has served as an Educator with Pfaff since 1991. Known for her versatile talent and sincere passion for many areas of sewing and embroidery, Darlene takes pleasure in sharing her vast knowledge and skills. A plethora of credentials and 50+ years of sewing, enhance Darlene's expertise as a professional and personable teacher. She has published books and CD's, i.e. "Traditional Cutwork Made Easy", "Crazy Patch Stitches and more", "Clothespin Angels with your Embroidery Machine". Darlene was a guest on Houston Public Television, Sewing with Nancy, Martha's Sewing Room, and America Quilts Creatively. She has certifications in Martha Pullen, Nancy Zieman, Jenny Haskins, Susan Cleveland, Betty Cotton (the Cotton Theory), , Mattie Henderson (Quiltsmart), Marti Michell, Linda McGehee, Karen Boutte (the Quilt Diva), Linda Lee Vivian, & Cindy Losekamp.