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Annabel Wrigley is a textile artist, quilter, author, teacher and maker of all the things. She has spent the last 11 years creating in her studio and teaching hundreds of children how to forge their own creative path in sewing. She is thrilled to be able to help usher in the next generation of sewists and share the love of creativity and sewing experimentation with her "embrace the imperfection" attitude to teaching. She recently designed 4 sewing patterns for children for Quilt Cadets, a sewing pattern company owned by Latifah Saafir.
Annabel discovered her love for sewing when her first child was born and has continued to follow her passion ever since. Her main sewing love is working in color, and she loves to play with unusual techniques and ideas to create her own bold and graphic art quilts.
Annabel is currently a fabric designer with Windham Fabrics, the author of 5 sewing books for children with C&T publishing and can be found teaching creative workshops online with Creativebug.
Annabel lives in Virginia with her husband, two children and charlie the pug. She sews on the Janome Continental M7.
Alison O’Grady is the creative behind Sew Bee It Clothier. She specializes in custom freelance sewing as a sample maker for fabric companies and is a member of the Janome Makers as well as a brand ambassador for Havel’s Sewing. Her online shop offers custom sewing like dressing robes, tote bags, purses and custom requests.
She started sewing many years ago after purchasing a lovely dress to wear to a past boyfriend’s wedding only to see another guest wearing the same exact dress! The other woman looked better in it to add insult to injury! That was the last time that would ever happen.That is when Alison’s sewing journey began. With encouragement from her mom, she enrolled in the Master Seamstress certificate program, at the University of Rhode Island.
Alison’s journey in the field that she loves, has had many different experiences. She was in an episode of Bridezilla, after creating a gown for the bride in less than 34 days under unbelievable circumstances. Contributions of her work have traveled to the personal wardrobes of fabric designers as well.
Alison resides in the Tampa Bay area with her husband, Chris. You will find Alison sewing on her Janome MC 15000, MC 9450 QCP, and her AT- 2000D Serger in her studio.
Hello, I'm Amanda. I am a married, momma to Easton who is nearly 8. I work full time as a family nurse practitioner in a small but busy clinic in our hometown of Marshfield, MO.
Quilting for me is an escape. My favorite part is picking out fabrics. I oftentimes walk into the fabric store with one project in mind, just to get inspired by something that draws me off track and before I know it, my cart is full. The hum of my machine and a finished product keep me coming back. I love mixing modern patterns with vintage fabrics. I love hand-quilting down a binding. I love watching my #quilthusband and son genuinely look proud when I come around the corner holding a new quilt.
When I'm not sewing I enjoy gardening, watching Easton play baseball, fishing, hunting, photography and spending time outdoors with my husband.
Amanda can be found on Instagram at @sewhyde and currently sews on a Janome 9450QCP.
Brittany is the quilter and quilt pattern designer behind Lo & Behold Stitchery. Brittany was inspired to quilt after her grandmother, Lois passed away. For Brittany, quilting started as a way to keep her grandmothers memory and tradition alive. It has since turned into her passion.
Brittany loves to offer a mix of modern and classic quilting ideas. Her style is simple, yet intricate and her goal is to create patterns that people want to see in their homes. Brittany offers her patterns on her website, www.loandbeholdstitchery.com, and they can also be found in quilt shops around the world.
Brittanys quilts have been juried into the 2019 and 2020 QuiltCon shows. She has been published in several issues of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Brittany enjoys working with numerous fabric companies like Art Gallery Fabrics, Moda, Robert Kaufman and Figo.
Brittany resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband Peter. You can see what they’re up to over on Instagram, @loandbeholdstitchery.
Brittany currently sews on the Continental M7!
My name is Carol Crocker-Ware. I have always been a crafty DIY enthusiast but my love for sewing started 20 years ago and I have been sewing non-stop ever since. During my 12 year professional sewing journey, besides teaching countless sewing classes to all ages, my work has been printed in various Better Homes and Gardens publications in the home décor capacity. I’ve also had the honor of having several featured window displays at IKEA Illinois. I studied tailoring in 2006-2009 and worked exclusively clothing men for 4 years as an independent seamstress/tailor. My most loved and cherished tailoring project, amongst many, is my son’s custom Tux, shirt and tie I created for his Senior Prom in 2018. My son is my muse and my best customer! I’ve sewn for him since he arrived so, learning the art of tailoring was an easy decision for me.
Born and raised in Chicago, I am married 20 years and have a son, a bonus daughter and my 8 year old grandson who call's me “Grand Diva”. My sewing journey is about sharing and mentoring the awesome sewing community, some selfish sewing (as my wardrobe is 99% handmade) and my family!
Carol is sewing on the Janome 15000 and the Airthread 2000D
I'm Carolyn Norman and I started sewing at 11, using Barbie as my quintessential model. In the ensuing years, I've sewn everything from lingerie, coats, prom dresses, christening outfits and my wedding suit all during the last 50 years.
I sew in suburban New Jersey and work in NYC as an Executive Assistant in the middle of the garment district which inspires many creative flights of fancy. I've been sharing my sewing adventures on my blog, Diary of a Sewing Fanatic since 2007 where I share my inspired makes and riffs on my TNT patterns. I also have an Instagram page of the same name.
As a prominent figure in the online sewing community, I've been featured on several podcasts, was one of the original Mood Fabric bloggers, featured in several magazine articles and wrote a column for SEWN magazine. My passion is to share the love of garment sewing with others.
I'm the Mother of three amazing women and the grandmother of five.
Carolyn is sewing on the Janome 9450.
Casey Renee is an award winning cosplayer focused on craftsmanship and sewing. Casey taught herself how to sew back in the Summer of 2013 and hasn't looked back since. She has won over 15 awards and has judged at least twice that many contests. With hundreds of costumes under Casey's belt she is incredibly passionate about cosplay craftsmanship, Disney, historical costuming and creating educational content. She loves sharing her experience with others and helping the cosplay community as a whole learn new things and celebrate sewing and craftsmanship. You can find Casey’s work on caseyreneecosplay.com
Casey is sewing on the Continental M7, MB-7, AirThread 2000D, and CoverPro CPX.
I’m Chaz! Also known as Chazzaini I’m a luxury bag designer and custom leather artisan. As an artisan, I’ve always felt constantly under pressure from industrial sewing machines taking the wrong turn. Therefore the diamond logo is a symbol of perseverance through hardships in life and some it’s greatest moments as well.
Chaz can be found on instagram as @chazzani and is embroidering on the Janome 550E
Danielle currently juggles several roles as a freelance fashion designer, sample maker, alterations specialist, and accessories designer… just to name a few. Always up for a challenge, Danielle loves brainstorming ideas for new and existing garments, especially if they involve upcycled materials. Her talent has been enjoyed by fashion industry leaders and celebrities for whom she has created custom pieces and executed intensive alterations. She shares her latest work and the stories behind them for her increasing online audience on Instagram at @DanielleAmatoApparel and her blog on danielleamatoapparel.com.
As a New York City suburbanite, Danielle enjoys both the beauty and solitude offered by her hometown while also having quick access to the energy and vibe of the city, which provides a never- ending source of creativity and inspiration. Hooked since her first sewing class in 5th grade, fashion and design have continued to be her central loves, finding their way into every aspect of her life.
Danielle currently sews on the Skyline S7 and serges using the AirThread 2000D.
Eliane Bergmann is a modern quilter and pattern designer. She didn’t get into quilting until as an adult she discovered the modern quilting scene, where her enthusiasm for quilting rapidly turned into her passion. Eliane loves to encourage and help new quilters succeed at this craft; she even taught her mom how to quilt! Eliane blogs on her website, Patchwork & Poodles, which is full of free patterns and tutorials.
Eliane’s quilt patterns are created with great attention to detail. Her goal is to create patterns that are easy to follow and execute, so everyone can create beautiful quilts they are proud of! She shares her current projects and progress on her Instagram at @patchworkandpoodles.
Eliane lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their miniature poodle Riley. When not sewing, you can ﬁnd her in the kitchen baking or teaching Riley new tricks. Riley knows over 40 commands and is always happy to perform for an audience.
Elaine currently sews on her Janome MC 9450 QCP.
Emily is a life-long maker and eternal optimist living among the rolling hills of Wisconsin with her 2 kiddos and bearded husband. She is on a mission to encourage joy in everyone she meets, which for her, is rooted in creativity! She learned to sew from her Mom at a young age and sported some of the most stylish handmade, neon clothes as a little girl. Now, her sewing efforts have turned more into home decor, kid crafts and other colorful ideas that pop into her head!
On most days you will find Emily doodling with her kids, foraging in her garden, testing baked goods in her kitchen or coming up with her latest creation in her studio!
Follow along with Emily at Oh Yay Studio or on Instagram as she stitches and creates on the Janome 9450QCP.
Felicia Thomas, also known as Feesewcrafty, Was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. She is now the owner and operator of FSC Workshop in District Heights, Maryland. With her passion for crafting over the years and a love for DIY, Felicia brings a great blend of art design, creativity, and vibrant spirit to her role. Using the web to learn the majority of her crafts, Felicia has branded herself as one of the leading African American women in the DIY industry. From soaping, sewing, upholstery, painting, and so much more Felicia identities herself as a renaissance woman.
Felicia is teaching & sewing on Janome JW8100 machines AND can be found on Instagram; Follow her directly @Feesewcrafty and her FSC school @fscworkshop
HI! I'm Fran a librarian turned creative and modern quilter living in the South Puget Sound region. My introduction to sewing and quilting came at the hand of long-time traditional quilters. However, it wasn't until I found the world of modern quilting on Instagram that I truly and irrevocably fell in love with quilting.
Before I could really think about what I was doing I started a brand new Instagram account and blog to document my quilty adventures, and thus Cotton and Joy was born. Previously having worked as a graphic and web designer, it wasn't long before I got the itch and started designing my own quilt patterns and sharing them with fellow quilters.
You can find sewing related tutorials and patterns on her blog, Cotton and Joy, and she frequently shares in-progress shots of current projects on her Instagram account.
Fran is sewing on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9450!
Heidi Proffetty is an awarding winning art quilter, teacher and photographer known for her mosaic style of art quilts. She uses her original technique and a Janome Artistic Edge digital cutting machine to create her quilts. Inspired by the photographs she takes, she transforms her photos into mosaic designs and then uses the digital cutter to precisely cut the small and intricate fabric shapes. The fabric pieces are then fused and free motioned quilted to create her emotional and stunning mosaic quilt designs.
Heidi has written for several publications, including Quilting Arts Magazine. She has been a guest artist on Quilting Arts TV and a featured quilter on the online show, The Quilt Show, episode airing in March 10, 2019. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two teenage daughters.
To see her quilts, teaching schedule, blog or sign up for her newsletter visit www.heidiproffetty.com or check out her art and inspiration on Facebook and Instagram at heidiproffetty.com. Heidi does designing and cutting with Janome’s Artistic Edge 15” and that I sew/quilt with the Continental M7.
As a stay-at-home mom, Jennifer strives to strike a balance between family, home and work. In the professional world, she is a craft designer. Jennifer loves to sew, fold, punch, glue... whatever the substrate or craft, she is in!
Jennifer is on the May Arts Design team, I Love to Create team and has published work in Sew News, Sew it All, Belle Amore, Crafts n' Things, Apronology and more!
To learn more about Jennifer and to view her work, head over to www.bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com.
Hi! My name is Jessica Dayon and I love to make things! I am a wife and mother. I stay at home with my 4 young children and we love creating things together- from cooking to play dough to paints and clay. When I have free time, I love to do just about any craft out there, most specifically, cross stitch, embroidery, crochet, and hand sewing. But when I started quilting, I really found my passion.
I started quilting in the summer of 2017 and have quilted every day since then. Shortly after, I began designing quilting patterns and have loved every step of the process- from designing the pattern, choosing the fabric, making test blocks, making the quilt, and then using and loving the quilt after its completed.
You can find me on Instagram @jessicadayon where you can connect with me and where I shares my daily work, current projects, inspiration, giveaways, and patterns. I am currently sewing on the Janome 6700.
BLOG: jessicadayon.blogspot.com INSTAGRAM: jessicadayon
Hi I'm Jessica of Sew Many Creations! I'm a pattern designer & teacher and my specialty is bags! I am a quilter too but my passion is definitely for bag making. I love creating with cork, fun hardware and cool zippers. A couple years ago I started designing fabric and I also travel quite a bit to vend at quilt shows and teach around the country. I love to teach and share my enthusiasm for sewing with students. I share my projects (and the occasional dog pics) on Instagram, my Facebook page and YouTube.
I learned to sew when I was very young from super clever, extremely creative grandma. She was good at everything she tried and if she was doing it, I wanted to do it too! I live in Upstate NY with my husband and small dogs. When I'm not sewing I love to bake, take long walks and listen to podcasts. I'm a huge true crime fan!
Jessica is sewing on the Janome 15000.
Hi, my name is Jessica! I started sewing in June of 2015 on an impulse, thinking it would be just another thing my ADD (actual diagnosis) would not allow me to see through. Boy was I wrong! Here I am, 5 years later, completely obsessed with sewing and creating with no sign of slowing down. I began my journey as a self-taught "selfish" garment sewist making clothes without the use of commercial patterns. I would use old clothes as pattern pieces, YouTube tutorials and whatever ideas could dream up to create my garments. I thought it would be too difficult to master understanding patterns at the time and instant gratification was definitely the name of the game for me. So, I stuck to creating simple pieces as I familiarized myself with my machine.
Eventually, I found the online sewing community via Instagram. It wasn't long before I was enamored by all the beautiful things people were making, and I set out on my quest to learn how to sew from a pattern to expand my knowledge. Today, in true 360-degree fashion, I'm headed back to my roots to educate myself on pattern making and sewing self-drafted designs!
I don't have words to describe what sewing means to me or does for me, but I know that it’s been a real blessing. I am determined to hone and expand my sewing and design skills even though I'm the mother of 3 children with a husband, and a thriving private Marriage and Family Psychotherapy practice. It can be tough to dedicate the necessary time it takes to progress in my sewing, but I couldn't stop if I wanted to. I've started blogging to merge my love of fashion sewing and relationship building. Writing is another passion of mine and its been a joy to do both! As a therapist, I frequently tell people about the importance of feeding oneself and finding a passion. Well now, through sewing, I can finally take my own advice!
Jessica can be found on Instagram as the @the_fashionable_sewist or on her website at www.thefashionabletherapist.com
Jessica is sewing on a Skyline S9 and the Airthread 2000D
Joanna is the owner of Kustom Kwilts, where she is a pattern designer and longarm quilter in Pipe Creek, TX. Joanna's professional career began in agriculture education, where she was an agriculture science teacher and FFA advisor for 9 years. She decided to learn how to sew in her down time in 2010, and quickly found that everything sewing was her passion. She and her husband lived in Houston for several years after graduating from Texas A&M University, and then moved to a rural haven in the Texas hill country, where they run wild with their little girl and two dogs.
Joanna contributes patterns to Love Patchwork and Quilting and Quilt Now and is an Olfa Ambassador and you can see more of Joanna's sewing adventures at http://www.kustomkwilter.com or on Instagram @kustomkwilts, where she shares her love for bright colors and modern traditional designs.
Joanna currently sews on the Janome 9450, embroiders with the Memory Craft 500e, and stitches up her and her daughters' clothes on the 1110DX serger and CoverPro 2000CPX.
Kelly Nagel has a flare for things that are fresh, stylish and modern without abandoning her traditional southern roots. She has been sewing and creating since she was 7 years old. After 2 decades of sewing, taking classes, entering in quilt shows and actively participating in her local quilt guild, Kelly had taught innumerable friends and acquaintances how to sew. She decided to begin teaching professionally in 2012 after taking the Sulky of America Teacher Certification class. She began working for Sulky in 2013 and began writing a sewing blog for Sulky in 2014 as well as doing demonstrations, teaches classes and lectures all over the country.
Kelly has several online classes on Burda Style and the Quilting Company and launched her own brand, The Southern Sewist™, in 2018. With a passion for sewing, quilting and a Bachelor Degree in English from Florida State University, Kelly enjoys creating new projects and writing easy-to-follow tutorials that even the busiest sewists will enjoy and have time to make.
Kelly lives with two beautiful daughters, one amazing husband and two spoiled dogs in North Georgia where she grew up. She's currently sewing on the Janome 15000. Find Kelly on her website, The Southern Sewist, or on Instagram.
Wife and mother to three by day, quick-stitching seamstress by night. Kimberly is the “sew”cialist behind the blog Sweet Red Poppy. She is a fabric-hoarding, embellishment loving, color enthusiast, who enjoys putting her modern spin on sewing.
In her spare time, you can find her dreaming up her latest design, stitching away like a wild woman and taking way too many photographs of her children, all in an effort to avoid the menial daily household tasks of motherhood. Take a look behind the seams at her refreshingly honest posts about the daily challenges of motherhood, the chaos of three children under four and her passion for fashion and sewing on Instagram @sweetredpoppy, Facebook, or YouTube.
Kimberly is sewing on a Janome 4120QDC-B and 1110DX Pro serger this year. Read a fun Q&A we had with Kimberly here.
Leila, also known as Leila And Stitch is a self-taught manufacturer, wholesaler, designer, and all-around entrepreneur from Newark, New Jersey. She specializes in leather crafting, shoe customization, embroidery, t-shirt print, and hand made clothing and accessories. She started back in February 2016 only making dad hats, and since then she was able to quit her full-time job at Verizon and focus on her business from home.
Leila’s items have been spotted on many well-known celebrities such as Chris Brown, Lebron James, John Wall, Teyana Taylor and many more.
Leila is sewing on the HD9 and the MB-7.
Maureen is a stay-at-home mother of three, a lover of all things crafty and creative and she makes everything by hand in her small town in Pennsylvania.
Maureen started her blog Maureen Cracknell Handmade in 2010 for a little space of her own - for sharing her passion to create, to document what she learns and how she grows as an artistic person along with having a special place to keep some of those little projects and moments that she and her children create together throughout the day.
Maureen currently stitches the day away on the Janome Quilt Maker 15000.
Meredith Daniel is a self taught sewist inspired by generations of makers before her. She began her real journey in sewing in 2010 and hasn't taken a break since.
Meredith blogs about her adventures in sewing over at Olivia Jane Handcrafted. She loves to sew garments, quilts, bags and anything else that strikes her fancy. In addition, she has published a few quilt patterns with Alison Glass and has a page full of projects and tutorials on her blog.
Meredith aims to make quality, lasting items and hopes to share her handmade inspiration with others. "Our hands and imaginations are wonderful gifts that are nearly unstoppable when they work together." - Meredith
Meredith currently sews on the Janome Skyline S9 and uses Artistic software to create her custom embroidery designs.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 3 amazing kids. I work as a clinical pharmacist - total math and chemistry nerd here. Life can be busy and crazy so sewing has become my relaxing and creative outlet and I LOVE it! I began sewing about 14 years ago when a group of girlfriends and I started trying all sorts of crafty projects while our husbands played video games. :) We decided to try sewing and I fell in LOVE with sewing and quilting! I try to sew/quilt a bit every day as those minutes add up! I love sewing in the morning before the kids wake up - it is so peaceful and relaxing! It’s the perfect way to start my day! My kids call it “Mom’s fabric-ing time.”
I love creating all types of projects: quilts (mini to bed size), pillows, bags, table runners, clothing. If it is fabric - I will sew it with my Janome!
Melanie's Blog: A Bit of Scrap Stuff
Melanie's Quilt Patterns
Melanie currently sews on the Continental M7 and embroiders using the 550E.
Merrick is a wife, mother of three little boys, an avid seamstress and stylist, project junkie and a crazy optimist. She is on a lifelong mission to create a workable, remixable, budget friendly, partially handmade and all-around amazing closet. She would love to help other women achieve the same mission.
Merrick is a self-taught seamstress who specializes in sewing refashions, handmade dresses and sleepless nights.
Visit her at merricksart.com and see what's she's currently stitching up on her Skyline S7.
I am Michael Gardner, a proud Father, self-taught sewist, life-long crafter and DIY enthusiast. Also Known As "Ava's Dad". I work in Finance for my 9 to 5. I can usually be found exercising my creative abilities any other time. I began my sewing journey 6 years ago. I wanted a way to bond with my daughter while looking for a new creative challenge and I created Daddy Dressed Me by Michael Gardner. My mission is to help Ava build her self-esteem and establish confidence in herself and her abilities. I sew the clothes and Ava models. I started sewing by thrifting women's clothing and refashioning the clothes for Ava. I learned through trial and error, watched tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest and just started creating. My work is self-drafted, it is the process that has worked for me. However, within the last year I have learned to use commercial patterns.
Being a Father is my most important responsibility and what I am most proud of in life. It is a blessing to be able to combine my journey of fatherhood with my love of creativity while creating memories with my child. Follow our story @daddydressedbymg Instagram here. Michael currently uses the Skyline S9.
Michelle developed a love of sewing at a young age. She comes from a long line of talented seamstresses and quilters. She has many fond memories of being surrounded by fabric in her grandmother's sewing room. Michelle started sewing apparel in high school and earned a degree in apparel design. Her passion has now turned to quilting where she enjoys creating patterns with vibrant color and design.
Michelle lives in Phoenix, AZ and enjoys spending time with her family and dogs. She can often be found reading, hiking or riding her bike.
Click here to see her projects on Etsy or catch up on her latest projects on Instagram here. Michelle currently uses the Janome 6700 and 1110DX Pro.
Natalie is the owner/designer for beyond the reef, a quilt pattern-design company that she started one rainy north shore morning on a lanai in Hanalei, Kauai, while drinking coffee with author Jill Marie Landis. As a little girl, Natalie learned to sew, knit, and crochet from her grandmother. After a successful career in the demanding commercial/corporate interior design field in Los Angeles, Natalie decided it was time to live a new dream, and put her talents to work in another area. She has never looked back. She is a fabric designer for Windham Fabrics. A Janome Maker, and a contributor to Aurifil and Olfa. She is author of A Modern Twist, by Martingale/TPP with contributions by Angela Walters. And you'll find her entertaining tutorials on the new video series, STITCH!, or teaching at a guild or retreat near you.
Having always lived on the beach, Natalie draws her inspiration for color and design from the sea, the sky, and the land. These days you’ll find Natalie in the studio in sunny Southern California, or out and about with her dog, Stitch.
See more of her inspiration on her site, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. Natalie sews on the Janome HD3000.
I'm Natalie, aka the Hungry Hippie.
I'm a former Army Nurse Corps Officer turned "make everything at home "hippie". I have to make something every day - doesn't matter if it's at my sewing machine or baking cookies for my kids, but that creative drive is alive, and I've learned to listen to it for the pursuit of happiness. I create patterns for sewing and quilting projects that are modern and fresh, with the aim of helping everyone through - no matter your skill level. I'm a believer in Beginners, they usually have the most open mind set. 😄
Sew HungryHippie is all about DOING. MAKING. The process is more important than the result. Simply begin.
Natalie is sewing on the Memory Craft 550E and the Skyline S7.
Nicole is a pattern designer and quilter living in Indianapolis, IN. While she has been sewing from a young age, her introduction to quilting began just a few years ago. Instantly in love with quilting, it became her favorite creative outlet and marked the beginning for her blog Modern Handcraft.
You can find many sewing related tutorials, patterns and crafts on her website, along with design inspiration and a few pictures of her family. She also frequently shares in-progress pictures of projects over on her Instagram page and has recently started teaching.
Nicole currently stitches away on the Continental M7.
Robert Mahar is an artist and designer who develops and teaches imaginative crafts and clever do-it-yourself projects through high-quality video tutorials and in-person workshops. He is also a contestant on the new NBC creative competition show Making It. The crafty content he develops and presents to his YouTube viewers, online audience and workshop attendees is often rooted in nostalgia. His talent for reinventing old-school crafts with a decidedly modern twist is evident in the gift line he continues to develop with Knock Knock and has gained him a loyal following.
With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art. When he’s not working in his downtown Los Angeles studio, Robert obsesses over vintage craft books and schemes ways to make it big as a doughnut connoisseur.
Visit Robert at his site, YouTube, Instagram, or Pinterest! Don't forget to check out our interview with him as well as the machine he's sewing on, the Janome 6700.
Rachel Barnes’ professional background is in Design and Mechanical Engineering. After 11 years of working in this industry, she switched gears to start a family and enjoy time at home with her children. Through this transition (in 2013) she came back to her love of sewing. She enjoys pattern construction and making garments for herself and her family. Her love for all things textile spans out into spinning fiber into yarn and knitwear design.
Rachel’s love for Janome started with her first sewing machine as a college graduation gift. Although she enjoyed learning to machine sew in 7th grade Home Ec, she got more into personal garment sewing years later. Her skills in the area of technical precision led her to sewing pattern testing in 2015. She has worked with multiple designers and companies to offer technical editing for sewing patterns.
You can read more about Rachel’s creative adventures on her blog, Oak Blue Designs, or Instagram account under the name Oakbluedesigns. Rachel currently sews on the Skyline S7 and Airthread 2000D Serger machines.
Samantha's designs are influenced by childhood memories and travels. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in illustration design. Shortly after graduating college, she met her husband and moved to Tokyo, Japan.
While living in Tokyo, Samantha took Sumi-e painting classes (calligraphic flower painting). She also explored Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam and Bali while living overseas. The imagery of her travels has been engrained in her mind and has a tendency to naturally spark ideas when designing.
You can find Samantha's designs in her fabric collections for Riley Blake Designs or on many other products in the crafting industry. She is fortunate to work with Janome and share how easy it is to create craft and sewing projects.
"With Janome, you are only limited by your own imagination." - Samantha
Visit Samantha at www.samanthawalkerdesigns.net and see what she's stitching on her Quilt Maker 15000 and Artistic embroidery software.
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, award-winning quilter, educator and creative entrepreneur. With the help of books and the Internet, she taught herself how to sew and discovered her love of designing and making quilts. As a trained and practicing graphic designer, her quilts start with a concept and research shapes the design. Her work is inspired by her everyday life and experiences. Sheri strives to enhance people’s everyday lives through beautiful meaningful design. Through sharing her work and teaching, she loves to empower and inspire others to enjoy the process of making.
Sheri’s quilts have gained international recognition, including awards from the International Quilt Festival, Quilt Week/Paducah, the Quilt Alliance and the Modern Quilt Guild and QuiltCon. Additionally, her work has been featured at art centers and galleries around the country as well as in books and publications such as Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, Modern Patchwork and International Quilt Festival Scene. She self-publishes and distributes her quilt patterns, which can be found at quilt shops throughout the country and online. Sheri enjoys giving presentations/trunk shows and teaching nationally.
Sheri works from her home studio in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut—a hop, skip and jump away from New York City. Learn more about Sheri and her work at www.wholecirclestudio.com and on Instagram at @wholecirclestudio. Sheri currently pieces and quilts on the Janome 6700.
Steph began sewing as a small child. As an adult, she combined that knowledge of sewing with her enthusiasm for human factors and anthropometry to create sewing patterns that are both beautiful and well fitting. Stephanie started writing her own patterns because she wanted to break down hard and intimidating techniques into smaller bite-sized bits that even a beginner can tackle.
In the small amount of time that she's not behind the sewing machine, she's out having a picnic on top of a mountain or driving her Jeep into the high desert. Stephanie is stitching on the Skyline S7 and 2000CPX coverstitch machine.
A passion for the makers in our community, Stephanie Kendron, mom of two and sewist brings us the stories of some of the industry's popular makers through her popular podcast and blog, Modern Sewciety.
When not sewing or recording, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and a glass of wine; making quilts that can be seen in magazines such as Love Patchwork and Quilting, Modern Quilts Unlimited and more!
Stephanie sews on the Janome Skyline S9 and HD9.
Susan Emory is a fifth generation quilter, graphic designer, wife and mother. In addition, Susan is a former quilt shop owner and the founder of Swirly Girls Design. She has been designing creative patterns with clearly written and illustrated instructions since 2008.
Susan's designs have been featured in several magazines and Swirly Girls Design patterns are sold worldwide. She hosts Schoolhouse programs at International Quilt Market and provides trunk shows and workshops for quilt shops and guilds.
In addition to quilt patterns and books, Susan designed the Monogram Buttons for Dill Buttons and has collaborated on two rulers for Creative Grids. She is a licensed designer with Michael Miller Fabrics and created the Clubhouse Quilt Club, a progressive quilt program.
Susan is actively involved in the quilting industry, a member of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals, a member of Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild and an Aurifil Thread Specialist.
When Susan is not traveling and teaching, she lives at home with her husband Mike in Moseley, Virginia. They have three adult children Muriah, Alyssa and Chance.
Trish is the petite blogger and maker behind Trish Stitched. Her passion for sewing started when she was an impatient teenager who couldn't find clothes to fit properly.
After years of being the only one in high school to still shop in the children's section of a store, she learned to sew on her mom's Janome. She studied Fashion, Costume Design and Business at Montclair State University in New Jersey where her love of sewing continued to grow.
Trish now lives in Hoboken, NJ with her boyfriend where she spends her days sewing handbags for her Etsy shop and apparel for her wardrobe. On weekends, she works on her parent's farm where she gets her love for florals and color.
Trish currently stitches on the Janome Quilt Maker 15000 and AirThread 2000D.
Tighe Flanagan is a textile artist that likes to combine his passion for making with his love of learning and travel. He makes quilts and garments that are unique and colorful. In his patchwork, Tighe draws on inspiration and techniques from the rich traditions of Islamic geometric art, adapting those motifs for fabric while remaining faithful to the source material. Based in Washington, DC, Tighe has lived and worked throughout the Middle East and has a master’s degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.
Tighe also enjoys making garments and learning new techniques for high end finishes. Each project is a personal challenge to do things better and perhaps try something new. When he’s not in his studio sewing he spends time with his husband and their large English Mastiff, Daphne. Follow Tighe on Instagram as he sews all the things on the Janome HD9.