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Bonnie has loved crafting and textiles since she was a little girl. Her desire to be a stay-at-home mom lead her to try and make a living doing what she loved. She sold her creations at craft shows and home parties before going back to school to finish a degree. Realizing that her passion was in creating, Bonnie began working with wool and created a line of patterns for wool penny rugs. She made her debut at the International Quilt Market in 2002 with her new business, All Through the Night. Since then, Bonnie has designed hundreds of patterns, authored several books and, since designing her first Maywood Studio collection in 2003, continues to create charming, well-crafted fabric lines. Bonnie's flannel collections for Maywood Studio coordinate with her longest-running group, the widely popular Woolies Flannel. Visit Bonnie's website
As Art Director of Maywood Studio, Debbie Beaves brings the promise of quilter-friendly designs in an array of styles to the growing line of Maywood collections. A fabric designer in her own right, Debbie is also well-known as a quilt pattern designer and author. Inspired by the wonderment and meaning of flowers, Debbie's beautiful collections convey unique sentiments and, walking her audience through a garden in bloom, it’s easy to see why hers are among the quilting industry’s best-selling fabrics. For Maywood Studio, Debbie aims to spread the love of sewing & quilting through must-have fabrics. This means adding more choices, designers and styles to the mix, all while continuing the tradition of quality and beauty for which Maywood Studio fabrics are known world-wide.
Jan’s love of textiles began as a little girl growing up on a Minnesota farm where everything was homemade from food to clothing. A quilt in the family’s Minnesota log cabin which had no central heat had wool batting 3” thick out of necessity. Jan’s moves across the country exposed her to the Embroideries Guild of America where she learned a variety of needle arts, including Swedish hardanger, Danish hedebo and eventually gold work used to create royal clothing centuries ago. Moving across the country, Jan arrived at her current home near Lancaster, Pennsylvania and fell in love with the Amish countryside and quilting. After being published in numerous magazines since 2006, Jan’s pattern design company began in 2009. Jan is known for incorporating simple curves in many of her designs, both traditional and modern, creating flowing movement and an elegance to what she calls sacred geometry.
Jennifer's journey into the world of quilting and fabric design was certainly unexpected. She started off crafting and quilting simply as a hobby. As a commercial pilot, Jennifer toted her hand sewing projects around the globe and pulled them out between flights and on layovers. When United Airlines began laying off pilots after 9/11, Jennifer turned her hobby into a home business. That company has since grown into a successful online website (ShabbyFabrics.com) operated out of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Between running her company, filming DIY and quilting videos on YouTube, designing fabrics for Maywood Studio and dreaming up new designs, Jennifer enjoys being active in several sports and spending time with her family. Visit Jennifer's website
Kathy's vibrant and colorful watercolor paintings are often referred to as, "Painter's Quilts". From her home on a cattle ranch just outside of Sisters, Oregon, Kathy's whimsical representations of ranch life are inspired by her surroundings on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Rich with color and pattern, her work is widely collected and exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2016, Kathy was chosen to produce the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show posters and in 2008, she was selected to create the Oregon State Ornament for the White House Christmas Tree. Her one woman show, "Painting Oregon's Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggendorfer" (documenting, through an artist's eye, the working farms, fisheries, orchards, vineyards and ranches of Oregon) continues to travel in exhibits throughout the state. Visit Kathy's website
Kim Christopherson is the owner and creative force behind Kimberbell Designs, a sewing, quilt, and embroidery design pattern company. Kimberbell products are available online and in quilt and fabric shops around the country. Kim has been involved in the DIY industry for many years, as the founder of YouCanMakeThis.com and SWAKembroidery.com. You may also recognize her as the co-host of The DIY Dish, an online sewing, quilt and craft show. She and her identical twin sister, Kris, have been featured on national television shows including The Rachael Ray Show and The Nate Berkus Show. Kim enjoys sewing, crafting, quilting, photography, and embroidery. She’s a mom who juggles her children’s soccer, music lessons, and homework schedules while balancing the demands of her businesses. Visit Kim's website
Many were introduced to Kris Lammers' special brand of illustration though her work with the Gooseberry Patch cookbook series. A life-long artist with a passion for drawing, Kris' artwork is a unique blend of technically well-crafted design and crisp detail, complimented by softened shapes, sweet imagery and often a touch of humor. When asked about the appeal for her in designing fabric for quilters, Kris answers, "I love quilters...and I love the camaraderie of this centuries old tradition. Strangers can meet in a quilt shop and become instant friends. Quilters are artists...their creativity amazes me!" When she's not drawing or painting, Kris gathers inspiration wherever she can, often while treasure hunting in junk stores for her other creative outlets - refurbishing furniture and refashioning clothing. She also adores spending time with her five grandchildren.
Kristen was the kid in school who rarely finished her art projects because everyone else demanded she help them with theirs. From an early age, she enjoyed studying children's book illustrations, drawing, collecting fabric and attempting to quilt. Today, she is an artist and designer living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She studied fine art and art education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, emphasizing in painting and printmaking, before teaching high school art for six years. In 2010, she left teaching to stay at home with her children and create a small business, Kite Flying Society, to sell her bib design, the Blank Canvas Bib. Shortly afterwards, inspired by her elderly neighbor's handwritten recipe for rhubarb cake, she began creating custom family recipe dish towels, with handwritten recipes printed in full color. Her next design, The Cycles of Life, was drawn after watching her son transition to his first "big boy bike" and thinking about her own experiences transitioning through different bikes based on different phases in life. This design was the inspiration for her first fabric collection for Maywood Studio. Visit Kristen's website
It is no wonder that Marti Michell, the 2004 Silver Star Honoree at the Houston International Quilt Festival, is often introduced as a pioneer in the current quilt revival. In fact, in 1972 when Marti and her husband Richard started Yours Truly, Inc., a patchwork kit company, there was no quilt industry. Since then, she has contributed in almost every capacity. Whether she is participating as a teacher, quilter, author, publisher, manufacturer, designer, consultant, judge or quilt collector, her enthusiasm for and love of quilting is always evident. Since 1995 the Michells have manufactured the From Marti Michell line of acrylic templates and specialty rulers. In 1991 she also received the first Michael Kile award given for commitment to creativity and excellence in the quilting industry. Marti was born and raised in Iowa. She received a B.S. in Textiles and Clothing and Home Ec Journalism from Iowa State University. The Michells have lived in Atlanta, GA since 1969. Visit Marti's website
Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio has been drawing and sewing all her life. She’s dabbled in almost every craft and type of needlework you can think of, but drawing, quilting, and embroidery have been at the top of her list since childhood. Her style ranges from very “girly” florals, through whimsical, to subdued and realistic designs. Meg turned her hobbies into a full time business in 2001, and is still happily working from her barn, in rural southeastern Washington state, where everything beautiful in nature is right outside the windows of her studio. Visit Meg's website
Monique Dillard of Rockford IL (USA), was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). Her love of quilting was nurtured by relatives in Canada who taught her the art of handwork and sewing. She parlayed her degree in mathematics into a genuine understanding of the need for an accurate 1/4” seam, squared blocks and precise cutting. Her traditional designs are inspired by fabrics, textiles and tapestries. Several trips to Europe have resulted in not only new beautiful quilt pattern designs, but also one of her BOM books, Circle of Friends, inspired by Ireland. She was a regular teacher at her local quilt shop for 15 years until her budding quilt design business - Open Gate – steered her career toward a national audience. These days, you can find Monique teaching across the United States at quilt guilds and weekend retreats. Monique’s classes always fill up fast with fans from previous classes and students eager to learn from this talented designer. Visit Monique's website
As the daughter of Darlene Zimmerman, Rachel was exposed to quilting at an early age and grew up with a passion for creating art in many different forms. Rachel also has a gift for numbers, graduating with a degree in mathematics from the University of Minnesota. Since leaving the corporate world of computers to be at home with her two children, Rachel has used both her artistic talents and technical skills to design quilts, illustrate quilting books, publish quilting patterns and design fabrics.
“Ruler of the Roost” at Bird Brain Designs, Robin is well-known for her charming and whimsical redwork embroidery—a passion she’s shared for over 50 years—and she hasn’t put down the needle yet! From her beginnings teaching crewel embroidery in a Davis, CA shop (where she also sold class sewing supplies from a wicker basket in the back of her station wagon), Robin opened her first business, The Sampler, and eventually relocated to the east coast where she spent many years designing for the needlework industry.
After her kids were grown, Robin returned home to California and, along with her two sisters, opened a Sonoma gift shop, Three Sisters, which they ran together for six wonderful years. Robin now designs patterns for Bird Brain Designs along with her sister, Tina (“Keeper of the Coop”) who tends the store. The storefront, in downtown Kelseyville, CA, showcases their popular embroidery, applique and needle felting designs on stitched pillows, tea towels, wall hangings, quilts and more all displayed on vintage tables and cupboards. Visit Robin's website
An award winning oil painter, author and professional artist since 1972, Tom Browning has mastered a wide-ranging variety of mediums and subjects over his successful art career. A slice of Tom's philosophy on painting and the importance of capturing light effectively: "It’s what makes or breaks a painting. It’s all about the light. It doesn’t matter what the subject is or what the particular light source is, it’s all about the light. I should clarify by explaining there are many more aspects of a painting, such as design, color, drawing, and even brushwork. All of these are important. But for me, if there isn’t a convincing source of light, it doesn’t seem to work for me. And there are a lot of different types of lighting situations. Full sunlight, diffused light, back light, and even practically no light. But whatever the lighting situation is, that’s usually one of the main things I try to capture." Visit Tom's website