Designers

Karla Alexander
Karla Alexander has written several books for Martingale including Dynamic Quilts with Easy Curves and Stack, Shuffle and Slide. She also designs patterns under the name Saginaw Street Quilt Company. Karla travels and teaches her unique quilting style all over the country.
Phyllis Anderson
Phyllis Anderson is a design artist who published her book, Diamond Quilts, with Landauer Publishing. She also designs patterns that are available through her pattern company, New Beginning Designs. As a previous owner of the oldest quilt shop in New England, she is well versed in the art of quilt making as well as wearable art. PJ has taught and lectured all over the country.
Terry Atkinson
Atkinson Designs is a family-run quilt pattern business known for having simple, clean designs and easy to follow instructions. Terry designs the quilts and writes all of the pattern instructions, and her husband Kirk is the business manager. Terry taught Home Ec for four years, adult quilting classes for 20 years, and even taught preschool! This teaching background is the reason her instructions are so easy to follow, they are written as if she is right there explaining it to you in class. Terry's attention span is pretty short (according to Kirk) so you know the quilts will be quick and easy. Terry always has new projects in the works, and her favorite quilt is always the one she is just starting. In addition to the business and her hobbies of quilting and knitting, Terry enjoys traveling with Kirk in her retro Shasta camper.
Lisa Bongean
Known world-wide for her primitive style in quilting, Lisa Bongean calls Menasha, Wisconsin home. This is where it all happens for Primitive Gatherings and the customers that have grown to love the primitive and folk art designs featuring her hand-dyed wools, homespun, reproduction and designer fabrics. In addition to their Menasha retail shop, Primitive Gatherings has a West coast location in Murrieta, California.
Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown is an accomplished quilter, Red Rooster fabric designer, and teacher in the quilt industry. Through her pattern company, The Teachers Pet, Kathy self-publishes patterns and booklets. She also publishes books with Martingale and designs pearl cotton thread collections for Valdani, Inc. Her quilts are designed to be created in a day or a weekend, instant gratification for every quilter! Kathy teaches and lectures for quilt guilds and shops across the country.
Kari Carr
Kari is a nationally recognized instructor, Martingale author and patent holder of the innovative notion, Clearly Perfect Angles. She has co-hosted the PBS television Love of Quilting and is a proud BERNINA Ambassador. Designs from her company, New Leaf Stitches, are found in quilt shops around the world and have been featured in national and international magazines. This recycled Home-Ec teacher loves to teach for quilt shops and guilds around the country.
Rachel Cross
Sheila, mother to Rachel Cross, established Creative Grids in the UK in 1989. These unique rulers included black and white lines for enhanced visibility and opaque, non-slip gripper dots. Business really took off when Rachel took over as lead designer and developed the next generation of rulers, with help from her husband Matthew, that included the patented Turn-a-Round feature found on the rectangular and square rulers. This revolutionary design assists all quilters to accurately cut fabric with seam allowance. Throughout, the whole team concentrated on improving and perfecting the rulers.
Lynne Edwards
Lynne Edwards is an internationally-known quilt designer, teacher and author. She presents exhibits, classes and lectures all over the world. Lynne has written several books and writes regularly for UK quilt magazines. She has won numerous honors including the International Quilt Association Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship, an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award by The Quilters Guild of the British Isles and, the prestigious Amy Emms Memorial Trophy at the annual British National Quilt Show, Quilts UK. She was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours list in 2008 for services to Arts and Crafts.
Susan Emory
Susan Emory is a former quilt shop owner and one of the founders of Swirly Girls Design. Her patterns, known for their clearly written and illustrated instructions, are sold worldwide. Susan is a licensed designer with Michael Miller Fabrics and created the Clubhouse Quilt Club, a progressive quilt program. She also designed the Monogram Buttons for Dill Buttons. Susan loves to travel and teach.
Gudrun Erla
Gudrun Erla of GE Designs was born and raised in Iceland. She owned and ran quilt shops in her home country as well as designing until a career move brought her family to Minnesota in 2003. Since then Gudrun has been designing full time, publishing patterns and books under GE Designs. Many of her designs have been published in books and magazines from the top publishers in the industry. Gudrun travels all over the world to lecture and teach. She often offers trunk shows as well.
Carolyn Griffin
Carolyn Griffin is an award-winning quilter, designer, and teacher who enjoys all facets of creating with fibers. Her patterns are available through her pattern and notion company, Far-Flung Quilts. Carolyn is a sales representative for Checker Distributors so she knows all of the latest products, techniques and trends which she shares with her customers as well as her creative passion.
Penny Haren
Penny Haren is a former quilt shop owner who has published several books through Landauer Publishing based on her trade marked Pieced Applique method. This technique makes it possible for anyone to create heirloom quality projects. She consults with Checker Distributors, writing their blog and developing notions for them. She also writes a bi-monthly column for FabShop News. She loves to travel and teach.
Joan Hawley
Joan Hawley is known for her easy and fun patterns distributed through her company, Lazy Girl Designs. A self-described geek and armchair engineer, Joan loves creating new twists and techniques for sewing and quilting. She is a renowned author, teacher and popular blogger. In addition to her successful pattern line, she designs notions for Clover Needlecraft and developed Sew Lazy, a quilt shop friendly line of interfacing.
Deb Heatherly
Deb Heatherly is a former freelance writer and designer for Quilt magazine and is now the proud owner of a quilt shop in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Her love of reproduction fabrics and primitives is reflected in many of her patterns. She loves to develop techniques and tools that make complicated patterns easy and possible, even for beginners. Deb loves to travel and teach.
Brenda Henning
Brenda Henning started sewing at the age of 10 on her grandmother's treadle sewing machine, and made her first quilt at the age of 13. That was the beginning of a passion for fabric, color and quilting. She has been teaching quilting since 1988 for shops and guilds throughout the United States. Brenda is the author of numerous books and individual patterns under the name Bear Paw Productions. In addition to quilting, Brenda enjoys her hobbies of knitting and soapmaking.
Its Sew Emma
The Its Sew Emma pattern company was founded by Kimberly Jolly as a creative publishing outlet for the types of books and patterns she felt was missing in the quilting community. Made up of a team of designers with diverse aesthetics, Its Sew Emma''s quilts have a widespread appeal and are inclusive of all styles. They have also teamed up with popular designers to produce top-selling books such as Farm Girl Vintage and Spelling Bee. Their work continues to evolve and adapt with new trends, but creating quilts that quilters love is always their passion.
Susan Knapp
Susan Knapp loves to create patterns for quilted items that start from traditional blocks and then add a twist. Designing under the name The Quilt Branch, she is best known for her Six Halves Make a Whole series. Susan loves to teach and get beginners hooked on quilting. She shares her quilts through trunk shows and lectures.
Karen Montgomery
Karen Montgomery is the owner of The Quilt Company, a full service quilt shop in Allison Park, PA that has been featured twice in Quilt Sampler Magazine. Karen also publishes The Quilt Company line of books and patterns. Her designs have been featured in Quilts and More magazine as well as other books and catalogs. She enjoys traveling and teaching her popular techniques all across the country.
Krista Moser
Krista Moser is a quilting and fiber arts enthusiast. She has been teaching and designing for more than twenty years in the Pacific Northwest and anywhere they will have her. Her aesthetic can be described as fresh modern and approachable with clean lines and surprising simplicity. Her work has been published by Martingale Press, numerous quilting magazines and now she has an ever-expanding line of independent patterns. She doesn''t get much done without chocolate and rarely leaves home without fabric swatches for matching, just in case there''s a quilt shop along the way. She loves to travel and teach. You can find her patterns, tutorials, and other great distractions at kristamoser.com.
Susan Nelson
Susan has loved sewing since childhood, earned her Bachelors degree in Textiles & Clothing, and has been quilting for 25+ years. In 2003 she created Fun&Done! Quilting, a quilt-as-you-go technique, and started her pattern business, Prairie Sky Quilting, to market her designs. Many classic patchwork patterns and quilting tools have been added to her product line. She is an award winning quilter known for her intricate piecing and challenging designs, winning numerous ribbons at national quilt shows.
Judy Niemeyer
Judy Niemeyer is an internationally renowned paper-piecing designer and instructor. Through her company, Quiltworx, she has designed hundreds of quilting patterns and offers workshops and training programs at a private retreat center in Montana. Technique workshops are offered by Judy as well as her Certified Instructors and Shops world-wide.
Janice Pope
Janice Pope is the original creative mind behind her pattern company, Anything But Boring. Her bag and quilt patterns are quick and easy to make and ideal for those with a limited amount of time to sew. She resides in Raleigh, NC and loves to travel and teach throughout the country.
Erin Underwood
Erin started as a professional Long-arm quilter and branched into pattern design, teaching and lecturing. Her patterns are available through her company, Erin Underwood Quilts. She focuses on creating techniques that enable quilters to create complicated quilts using simple methods. Erin loves to travel and teach.
Christine Van Buskirk
Christine, is an engineer who brings that design expertise to the quilting world. In 2008 she teamed with Susan Emory to form Swirly Girls Design, designing quilt patterns, the Michael Miller Clubhouse program, and projects for a variety of quilt publications. Her engineering background then led her to the development of some tools with Creative Grids®. In 2014, Christine sold her interest in Swirly Girls Design. She continues to teach, and design original quilt patterns, most recently under the "Christine Quilts" brand and for Checker Distributor''s Cut Loose Press.
Angela Walters
I love all things related to quilting! I started my quilting career over 10 years ago and the side of my husbands grandpa. He patiently taught me the art of quilting by helping me make my first quilt, a nine patch quilt that is still on my bed today. I can''t believe how much has changed since that first quilt! I am still a quilter, of course, but now I can add Author, Quilting Teacher, and Fabric Designer to my resume. I am still so amazed by that! I have written several books, including "Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters", "In the Studio with Angela Walters" and the "Free-motion Quilting Workbook". If there is one thing that I love as much as quilting, its talking about quilting. I love to give lectures and teach quilting classes (check out my events page to see if I am coming to a town near you!). I also have classes online with Craftsy with the most recent being "Dot to Dot Quilting". But, no matter what accomplishments I list on my bio, it pales in comparison to the titles I hold in my personal life: Mother to three adorable children, Wife to my awesome husband for over 13 years, and confirmed coffee addict. And of course, Grandpa''s Girl.
Jean Ann Wright
A retired editor-in chief of QUILT magazine, Jean Ann has written several books for Landauer Publishing and designed quilts for major fabric manufacturers as well as popular quilting magazines. She also writes patterns for Cut Loose Press that focus on strip piecing techniques featuring her Creative Grids Trim Tools. She teaches all over the country and encourages her students to avoid safe choices and step out of their comfort zone.