Shannon is a best-selling author and artist known for her uniquely hand-drawn chalk art designs. She has been drawing and lettering professionally since 2014 after leaving her teaching career to become a stay-at-home mama. What started as a creative outlet and side-hustle, quickly became a full time business. To this day, she partners with several companies, including OESD, that reproduce and sell her work in various formats. Through these collaborations, her work has been sold in stores across the nation and globally. Her best-selling book Prayer Journal For Women combines her faith and artistic style, and has sold over 750,000 copies worldwide.
Shannon lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, and enjoys staying active with them outdoors. To learn more about Shannon and her work, you can visit her websites thewhitelime.etsy.com and thewhitelime.com and follow her on Instagram @shannonroberts19.
Hi! My name is Irene, I’m a quilt pattern and fabric designer from The Netherlands.
Crafts and sewing have been in my life for as long as I can remember. My mom and both my grandmas taught me to crochet, knit and cross-stitch as a little girl. Even though my mom is an avid quilter, I did not pick up quilting until I was 26.
When I discovered the wide variety of modern, happy fabrics that were available in the world, I was sold. And then things moved pretty fast.
From pattern design as a side job, renting a studio giving workshops, starting my YouTube channel teaching online to becoming a Bernina ambassador and hosting multiple QALs (quilt alongs) with thousands of quilters from all over the world.
With quilt pattern design I can combine my love for mathematics with beautiful fabrics. Before I started Sugarioo, I worked as a mechanical engineer. My background in the field of Robotics was the inspiration for my very first fabric line “Robo Boogie”.
Sugaridoo is all about happy, bright projects filled with JOY. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be making with the Sugaridoo fabrics!
Donna is a self-taught mixed media artist, specializing in fantasy and animal themes. Fairies, mermaids and other fanciful beings dominate her colorful imaginative work.
Her style is highly detailed. She likes to hide little sprites and creatures into her paintings. “People are always saying the more they look, the more things they find that they did not see the first time. My paintings are fanciful little worlds filled with magical creatures and beings.”
Donna’s favorite medium is colored pencils which she uses to create highly detailed images. Airbrush, watercolors, acrylics also add the finishing touches to her magical worlds.
A California native, Rob Appell is known around the quilting world for his contagious passion for textiles. He’s jazzed to share his passion with others and he loves teaching people to sew. His love for quilting started when he was working in his mother’s quilt shop. There, he caught the quilt bug and there was no turning back! Rob taught himself to quilt and his personal style gradually emerged. Quilted seascapes became his trademark. After a few years, he started designing fabric, and later his enthusiasm for quilting was channeled into one of the most popular shows on YouTube.
Rob cherishes the quilting art and he also believes that, like all arts, it needs to rejuvenate constantly to stay relevant and meaningful. An eclectic artist, he dabbles in woodwork, music, graphic design as well as tattooing. The ongoing intermingling of these different media generates his distinctive style as his creative journey continues with Benartex.
Learn more about him at RobAppell.com
Kimberly Einmo is an author, award-winning quilter, fabric designer, international instructor, quilt judge, the National Spokesperson for Janome-America, and CRAFTSY/Bluprint class host. She has written six best-selling books published by the American Quilter’s Society, created a signature line of quilting rulers, and she writes a column called Stray Threads, in every issue of American Quilter Magazine. Kimberly is a featured artist for the Electric Quilt Company with EQ companion software products. As a respected and prominent leader in the quilting industry, Kimberly enjoys meeting quilters, crafters and sewing enthusiasts in the US and around the world.
Sandra Sider, a studio quilt artist, and fabric designer, teaches History of Textiles to M.F.A. students at Parsons School of Design in New York. As a Juried Artist member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, she has exhibited her quilts internationally for more than twenty years. Sandra’s fascination with symbols, patterns, and costumes through history and from diverse cultures spark her creativity when designing fabric — from antiquity to Art Deco. Her books include 1000 Quilt Inspirations (Quarry) and Exploring your Artistic Voice in Contemporary Quilt Art (Schiffer).
She designs exclusively for Benartex.
I simply love to design projects that make people smile. Even as a child, I enjoyed making things from paper, clay and fabric. I began my creative adventure through 4-H. As a mother of three sons I wanted to help with the household income so my designing life began.
I have been designing and creating projects for the creative industries for many years. My first position was to design projects for a New York lace company. The projects were designed to increase sales of lace in the major chains. I also designed and created the companies market booths.
I developed the Pearl Louise Designs pattern company in 1984. I have designed and produced more than 800 patterns for the quilt industry. I have written more than twenty books and have been a featured designer on several PBS programs. I have designed and produced kits for many of the fabric and catalog companies. My designs have also been published in a variety of quilt magazines.
I opened my quilt shop, The Thimble Cottage in 1995. I employed five employees and enjoyed every minute in the shop. I closed the shop n 2013 to focus on design.
My husband, who is a CPA has always been very supportive and he is an excellent guide when we fish for walleye. My hobbies include reading, embroidery, fishing and my three darling grandchildren. I do still believe “Happiness is Homemade”.
Pat Sloan: designer, author, lecturer, and with her weekly radio show…
Pat truly is the “Voice of Quilting”. She has a deep passion for making quilting fun for herself and everyone around her. Pat loves to hang out with quilters on the internet as well as visit you in person… be inspired to get more done!
Sewing since she was a child and quilting for over 30 years, Pat eventually looked to her craft as a business. After a few years quilting, she started to teach quilt making to others and then turned her skills to pattern designing. She found that she really enjoys designing and seeing how other quilters made her patterns. In 2000, Pat’s designs became so popular that she and her husband Gregg formed a design and publishing company called Pat Sloan & Co. In addition to designing and publishing, they run the largest facebook group for Quilters with over 200,000 quilters from around the world. She also produces and hosts daily fun and lively videos at her Youtube channel. As an author with over 37 quilt books, Pat stays connected to the quilt community!
Join Pat at:
Her website: PatSloan.com
Nancy Halvorsen has been designing quilt patterns and project books since 1992. “I’ve always been interested in creating, drawing and sewing since I was a little girl”. Soon after she learned to quilt, she started designing her own patterns for herself and her home. After receiving lots of positive feedback, she started publishing her own patterns. As another outlet for her creativity, and to add an exciting new aspect to her quilt designing, she started designing fabrics for Benartex in 1997. Nancy’s innovative and appealing Art to Heart designs and fabrics are recognized and loved around the world. She has published 54 books and 67 patterns with more on the way! She is always working on new patterns, fabric collections and project designs, finding inspiration everywhere. Many of her designs have positive, uplifting messages and images. “I design projects that I want my family to see. I always love to include quilt and project designs for quilters of all experience levels, a little something for everyone.”
Besides her love of sewing and quilting, Nancy loves chocolate and being out in nature. The highlights of her life are spending time with her husband, Rick, her four children and their spouses, and nine grandchildren! See her designs at arttoheart.com.
Jackie Robinson has authored twelve quilting books. She is best known for her geometric patterns, creating new and expanded designs from traditional shapes. Her quilts have been featured in numerous quilting magazines. For 21 years she shared her talents as a Traveling Quilt Instructor, which awarded her the Jewel Pierce Patterson scholarship in 2006 in honor of her work. Today she continues to share her talents as a fabric designer for Benartex. You can learn more about her work and discover all her beautiful quilt patterns at Animasquilts.com.
Martha Campbell Pullen’s first foray in the sewing industry was in 1981, when she opened a fabrics shop in Huntsville, Alabama, quickly establishing a reputation for fine European imports.. In 1983 she published her first book, “French Hand Sewing by Machine,” which sold more than 50,000 copies. In the following years she launched Sew Beautiful, a bi-monthly magazine that brought new awareness of top designers to the sewing market. In print for more than 30 years, this magazine was a staple in the homes of sewists who loved to make beautiful garments. Her television show, Martha’s Sewing Room, aired in all 50 states and Canada for 17 years. After selling her company in 2012 to F+W Media Martha continued to collaborate for a few years, before retiring to devote time to her family. Sewing and teaching sewing motivates Martha, and she loves seeing the look of pride and joy on people’s faces when they learn a new technique. For this reason she could not stay away from her passion for sewing for too long. In 2022 she launched Rockstar Sewing by Martha Campbell Pullen Ph.D. and is debuting her first collections for Benartex “Bandana Medley” and “Veranda” in 2023
Jim Shore grew up in rural South Carolina, the son of artistic parents who instilled a love of American folk art. His grandmother was a master quilter who taught him the patience and skill to bring intricate designs to life. Jim worked decades developing his craft, manufacturing his own designs and traveling the country to sell his work. Finally in 2001, he partnered with Enesco to create Heartwood Creek, the successful brand that brought Jim world-wide fame. Jim has received multiple awards from prestigious trade organizations including ICON HONORS Life Accomplishment Award in 2014.
Jim is a legend in the giftware industry, inspiring retailers and consumers alike with an enduring body of work based on tradition, family and love of country. Jim’s unmistakable style combines a diverse color palette with timeless design drawn from images of American and European folk-art forms, including quilting, rosemaling and tole painting. His fresh new interpretation of traditional motifs has international appeal and works with a variety of themes and formats, including Jim’s successful partnerships with iconic brands like Disney, Peanuts, Grinch and most recently Country Living.
During his 19-year partnership with Enesco, the Jim Shore Collection has grown from a small group of Santas, Snowmen and Angels to a broad year-round brand respected and sold around the world. From show-stopping Statues to Mini Figurines, from Santa Claus to Mickey Mouse, Jim Shore has something for everyone. It’s a tribute to Jim’s boundless creativity and unique ability to touch people in all walks of life through his art.
There is so much more to the Sew Yeah Brothers than what meets the eye. In 2016 they took on the challenge to open a local quilt shop in the Entertainment Capital of the World – Las Vegas, and let’s just say that it was no easy feat. However, through trial and error, Sew Yeah Quilting soon became the largest Quilting store in the state and still continues to grow today. Working in unity, the brothers Zach, Brody, and Teancum keep everything running smoothly in a brick and mortar store with more than 10,000+ bolts while still keeping the schedule of two live fabric sales weekly on YouTube, and now designing for Benartex. Whatever it is that the brothers are up to, you can guarantee they’re up to it together.
Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are celebrating their 21st year as professional quiltmakers and co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio, a design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Bill and Weeks are pioneers of the Modern Quilt Movement, having written the first book on Modern Quilting. Weeks made her first modern quilt in 1987 to rethink the possibilities of the American quilt as being expressive of the time in which we live. Bill began sewing at age 8 and started designing and making modern quilts in 1995.
Modern Quilt Studio publishes Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first ever magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. From the first issue in 2011 to its latest release, Modern Quilts Illustrated has enjoyed an international following. Weeks and Bill are also authors of six books including: Transparency Quilts, Quilts Made Modern, The Modern Quilt Workshop, Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop, Color Harmony for Quilts and the best-selling children’s sewing book: A Kid’s Guide to Sewing.
Their work has been featured widely in the international press including in O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Dwell, American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Jikan (Japan), France Patchwork and Country Living among others. Weeks and Bill have taught extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan (in Japanese), England and France (in French). In addition, Weeks teaches two online classes, Designing Modern Quilts on Blueprint and Solids Revolution on iquilt.com.
Weeks and Bill are prolific designers of original modern fabrics and debuted their first line in 2003. Known for their colorful yarn dyes and unique prints for Benartex’s Contempo lines, Weeks and Bill strive to inspire quilters of all ages and quilting styles. When he’s not working in the studio, Bill can be found at Dominican University in River Forest, IL where he is Director of the Graphic Design Discipline and former Chair of the Art Department.
Weeks and Bill also make one-of-a-kind commissioned quilts for public and private spaces around the world.
My passion is painting and sharing my art with the world. I am self‐taught and I enjoy painting folk art and abstract because the styles are both simple and uncomplicated. I like incorporating elements and ideas from many different inspirational sources and combine them into my paintings, whether they be from magazines, books, photos, nature, from a dream or from right off the top of my head. My paintings seem to evolve as I go along. I start with an idea and it flourishes. I was born in Waterville, Maine. Most of my life, I have been a creative person and have loved creating and making things. Since I was a teenager, I have been drawing and painting for myself, relatives and friends. My colorful paintings are done in acrylics and sometimes oil pastels in my smoke‐free dining room studio. The colors I use and the style of my paintings, I feel, are a reflection of my personality; youthful, upbeat and kind of quirky. Since December 2002, I have been selling my original art at auction in my Ebay store. I am 57 years old and I have been married to my husband, Jerome, for 38 years. He gives me total support and sometimes some keen ideas for paintings. We have a 29 year old daughter, Holly, our only child. We have a Sun Conure named Olive Betty.
Shelley Cavanna is a quilt and textile designer, teacher, and author from Sacramento, CA. Author of Spectacular Stars Simplified, she has a passion for intricate, mosaic-inspired quilts. She loves creating designs with layer-upon-layer of elements that weave in out and out of one another creating a sense of depth and movement in her designs. Her favorite kind of quilts to make can be viewed not only as a collection of beautiful blocks, but also as large-scale, cohesive pieces of art!
Her quilts and fabric collections flirt with both the traditional, contemporary, and modern quilting genres, and she makes it her mission to turn these exquisite designs into approachable patterns for quilts of all styles and skill-levels, living up to her design mantra, “Stunning quilts made simple.”
Terry is a visual artist and creative encourager. She loves creating and sharing with others about creativity and being an artist. Terry sees creativity as the means by which we connect, communicate and share with the world!
She lives in Kansas City with her two lovely kitties Rylee & Tucker plus her manfriend Larry.
Raised in rural Pennsylvania, Lori Deiter is a self-taught artist who developed a love for photography in 2007 after her youngest child graduated and left for college. Most of Lori’s images are captured with her Canon 60D, that is always by her side. She also dabbles in Photoshop and uses textures and various treatments on many of her images.
Lori’s favorite subjects are barns, rural scenery, waterfalls and animals, including her two Labrador Retrievers and wild chipmunks that she feeds at her back door. Her chipmunk photos have been published in numerous magazines and periodicals in the United States and Europe.
Lori balances her love of photography with her family and full time job as a budget analyst. On weekends Lori can be found hiking the trails of central Pennsylvania or traveling on photo shoots with her friends. Through photography, Lori has developed a greater appreciation for all of the little things in life that she loves to capture and share with the world.
Amanda Murphy is a quilt and fabric designer whose style bridges the modern and traditional. She is a BERNINA Expert and Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson; in 2018 she designed both a quilt and a fabric line to commemorate BERNINA’s 125th Anniversary. Amanda is an international teacher, pattern designer, and fabric designer for Contempo of Benartex. She designs quilting templates and rulers for Brewer Sewing, embroidery and quilting collections for OESD, and has authored several books for C&T Publishing including Rulerwork Idea Book and Ultimate Guide to Rulerwork Quilting. Amanda enjoys every part of the quilting process, from choosing fabrics, to integrating piecing and appliqué techniques, to the quilting itself. The best part of her job is seeing people use her fabrics, books, and patterns to create their own works of art!
Growing up in a rural area of midwest Ohio, Jessica Flick was always surrounded by the warmth of a creative family. Her favorite childhood memories are spending time together simply making things. Building doll furniture from wood in her grandfather’s woodshop, sculpting in clay in their family owned ceramic shop or sewing charming dolls from scraps of fabric that floated around her mother’s sewing room filled her days with pure delight. Determined to make art her profession, Jessica attended and graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati with a BFA and started her career as a graphic designer and illustrator. She quickly realized her passion for giftware and began working toward creating her own product lines that incorporate some of her favorite styles.
Today, her Cincinnati based design studio, meOmy boasts a colorful era of illustrations and design styles that reflect her creative spirit and love for handcrafted touches. Creatif Licensing has successfully licensed much of her artwork in a wide offering of products including gift and holiday collections, home decor lines, stationery, scrapbooking, and wall art. She is thrilled to be pairing her whimsical style with her licensees and hopes you are inspired and delighted by the results!
I’ve been sharing my love of quilting for over 20 years, teaching others to enjoy every part of the quilt-making process. My quilting life changed for the better in 2013 when I discovered my passion for modern quilts and combined it with my style of “perfectly imperfect” machine quilting.
I currently design fabric for Benartex as part of their urban, contemporary brand called Contempo Studio. I love combining bold color and rich texture to create graphic, geometric designs that you’ve not see anywhere else!
I love developing in-depth single patterns that are available in both print and PDF. This allows me to fully explore one concept at a time and I love including full color-diagrams and machine quilting suggestions with each design!
Cherry is a professional fabric and pattern designer from Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. She loves fabric, color, polka dots, and spending lots of time at her sewing and longarm machines. Her patterns and prints are wonderful and whimsical and so popular. Cherry hopes that her work will inspire you to create something beautiful today. Her prints just pop with color.
Be sure to look for accompanying quilts and project patterns from Cherry. Cherry also designs fabrics for Benartex.
Throughout my life I have loved colour. Every day I sit in my little studio and work on designs and sew. I’m grateful for my imagination. I don’t have enough time for all my ideas.
I paint, draw, sew, weave, and sometimes try new things like ceramics. I started by painting in oil and continued with watercolour and later acrylic. At the same time, I have always sewn a lot. I have had exhibitions in both Sweden and Switzerland. Before moving to Switzerland, I went to a school for weavers and textile designers. I sold my carpets and tapestry in markets and exhibitions and worked part time as an art teacher for adults and children. Five years ago, I went back to school again! “Berghs school of communication”. There I found my new passion: Surface pattern Design! I am now producing handicrafts made from fabrics from my own design, for a boutique in Switzerland. There I also sell postcards. On the side I work as an art and language teacher for children. In my spare time I read books and meet my family and friends.
Dianna Swartz is a self taught artist who grew up in the lush rolling hills of Southern Ohio. From an early age she had a great appreciation for the simple things that she saw on the hills and valleys around her. The animals, farm buildings, tractors, streams and ponds all had interesting shapes that appealed to her soul. The people that she met were hard working folks that had a great appreciation for what God was providing to them. She loved to sketch things that appealed to her. Eventually she painted from many of those memories. Her art has been produced in framed prints, wooden panels, wooden trinket boxes, door hangers, candle labels, pillows, calendars, greeting cards, wallpaper and many other products. Dianna designed ornaments for the Ohio Governor’s residence for several years and was chosen from the state to make ornaments for the White House two years in a row. Her work has been in the Museum of American Folk Art. In 2011 she was asked to design exclusive Fife and Drum art to be used by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, in Williamsburg, VA. She truly loves to help others when it comes to donations for her community. Dianna resides with her husband, Ira, in Huntersville, NC. She is the mother of three daughters.
Marta Cortese lives and works in Turin, Italy; she was born and raised in Asti, in the middle of the Monferrato hills.
An architect by training, she chose to follow her attitude towards a creative profession, in which she can freely express herself: Marta began to explore the world of visual communication, exploring typography, calligraphy, illustration, and finding the best way to express and combine her great creative imagination with her innate aesthetic taste.
Since 2015 Marta has been working as a professional textile designer, in 2017 she co-founded nerodiseppia studio, no longer active; from 2020 she has chosen to continue operating as an independent designer, signing the designs she creates and offering her clients custom services.
In parallel with her work, Marta loves to devote herself to experimental calligraphy, a variant that approaches the pure sign, up to the complete abstraction of the letter; she further elaborates her calligraphic tables through folds, cuts, and binding, and transforms them into book sculptures that can be opened and discovered in many different ways, letting oneself be carried by the creative flow.
This practice allows her to experiment with a manual technique capable of giving her a great creative drive, which she then transfers into her daily work.
Originally from Russia, Oxana Zaika is an established painter whose works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Drawing from a very young age, she defines her current style as being inspired by different traditions, crafts and myths of the world’s cultures. She has mastered a variety of techniques, like watercolor and oil painting, lace drawing and Byzantine icon painting. Oxana primarily works in watercolor and india ink, creating detailed depictions of animals and people in fantastical settings.
Her artwork aims to reveal an optimistic and imaginative view of the world by using bright color palettes, intricate patterns and enchanting reinterpretations of folkloric subjects.
I make my quilts on the same block in the Bronx where I’ve lived my whole life. Until my mother-in-law passed away in May 2021, we were three generations living within a block of each other on this most northern NYC street: my daughter, my mother-in-law, my husband and me. For over twenty-five years, my workspace in our ninth floor, two-bedroom, cram-packed-with-fabric-and-sewing-stuff apartment was the forty-two-inch round kitchen table. Our perpetual dining companion was a Singer Featherweight, purchased for $25 at a yard sale. I used to call it an old machine until I learned it was a year younger than I am. Together we made my first quilt (a comforter cover, really) in 1968 in my college dorm. We continued as a team through the first twenty-seven quilts in my kaleidoscopic series. Today I work in a 15- by 10-foot studio revamped from my daughter’s former bedroom. Picture ceiling-high cupboards stuffed with fabric, drawers overflowing with the paraphernalia quilters collect, six feet of design wall, and a Bernina poised on a 4 by 6-foot counter, waiting to continue the forty-five quilt in my series.
My interest in things kaleidoscopic began in 1987 when I was struck by a bolt of fabric—a sumptuous, sinfully expensive, bilaterally symmetrical Liberty of London tana lawn. Little did I know that purchasing a quarter yard would change my life forever, leading me, three years and four quilts later, to the state-of-the-art kaleidoscope and a new career. The lesson from this anecdote is obvious: buy that piece of fabric no matter how expensive it is. As I peer through the incredible kaleidoscopes I have garnered over the years, like a sleuth searching for clues, I discover my design inspiration all over again. Who knows what the next turn of the scope will reveal, to me or to you?
Internationally known artist Ruane Manning creates spectacular works of art with a reverence for nature and the creatures that share our small planet. His images come to life through the expert use of light, authentic detailing and intimate knowledge of his subjects’ form, behavior and habitat.
Ruane studied at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, then spent several years as an advertising artist. He has won awards from the prestigious Philadelphia Art Alliance for his illustrations and sculpture. In 1968, his first wildlife print was published. Since then, he has won international acclaim for original oil paintings and works created for such companies as the Danbury Mint, the Franklin Mint and the Hamilton Collection. His sculptures are included in the collections of U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.
Ruane’s home and studio are located on a farm in southern New Jersey, where he resides with his family and numerous animal friends.
In his new series, Ruane brings us all things simple: a roadside farm stand, the Americana charm of Main Street, and a quiet day on the farm. These Kirkland’s-exclusive pieces prove that all country roads lead home–where memories are made, love and laughter are a way of life, and good friends are just around the bend.
Terry Redlin has given the world a great gift with his ability to capture the memories so many of us share from our childhood and life in America. Visitors from all over the world can visit Redlin’s hometown and collection of over 150 original oil paintings at the Redlin Art Center in Watertown, SD. The museum is open year-round and admission is free.
In June of 2007, Terry announced his retirement from painting and print signing to the home he built on a spot he fished from as a boy on the shores of Lake Kampeska in Watertown. Terry noted, “An American novelist once told us that you ‘can’t go home again.’ He was wrong. In my mind, I never left home even when physically away. And when I finally returned, it was a great relief. I was reconnected to my past and to a childhood that was magic.” Terry enjoyed his retirement surrounded by the family, friends and the places that have inspired him for nearly 70 years.
Terry passed away on April 24, 2016, leaving behind a lifetime of artistic achievements and many windows displaying his creativity, love for the outdoors and commitment to conservation.
In the very beginning of his artistic career, Thomas Kinkade put his entire life savings into the printing of his first lithograph. Though at the time he was already an acclaimed illustrator, Thom found that he was inspired not by fame and fortune, but by the simple act of painting straight from the heart, putting on canvas the natural wonders and images that moved him most. It was this dedication and singular-minded focus on the ultimate goal of Sharing the Light™ that made Thomas Kinkade, a simple boy with a brush from the small country town of Placerville, California the most-collected living artist of his time.
Thom’s dearest wish had always been that his artwork would be a messenger of hope and inspiration to others – a message to slow down, appreciate the little details in life, and to look for beauty in the world around us. As millions of collectors around the world sit back and enjoy his artwork in their homes, there is no doubt that Thomas Kinkade had indeed achieved his goal of Sharing the Light™.
Valentina Harper grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, where her childhood was filled with drawing, coloring, and painting. As an adult, she came to the United States with a brilliant imagination and a heart full of dreams. After getting a degree in graphic design and working for fifteen years as a graphic designer, Valentina discovered a new life as a professional artist. In her Nashville studio, she spends countless happy hours playing with her paints and her Rapidograph pens, nurturing her world of fantasies and dreams where her uplifting drawings and designs take shape. She enjoys working with different materials, but black ink is one of her favorite mediums. Her attention to intricate detail is a signature of her drawing style.
Artist Andi Metz has been painting and drawing since the age of three when she wrote and illustrated her very first book in crayons. Now, she enjoys painting with acrylics and gouache. You’ll find Andi’s art on many products for the home–mugs, tote bags, pillows, pictures and more. Andi’s art has also found it’s way to several lines of quilting fabric called by Kanvas/Benartex fabrics. Andi has recently started a blog called “Art and other Sketchy Ideas.
Andi is an avid sewer and quilter who loves chocolate cake and enjoys sunny days at the shore with her husband and two sons. Her family includes a dog and two cats and she is often found fostering stray pups that come her way.
Nicole DeCamp started as an artist at the age of 5, when her father sat her in a chair at their family-owned restaurant and allowed her to sell her work to the customers for 10 cents. Her elementary school friends would also pay her a small fee to draw pictures for them while on the playground during recess. It was during that time that Nicole knew what she wanted to do with her life: make her living by creating art and have her own business.
She started her career as a graphic designer in the advertising industry where she spent 7 years creating websites and print related materials for large, nationally recognized clients. However, as an experienced artist as well, she missed drawing and painting. As a result, she spent 13 years designing and illustrating products for an international party supply retailer. In 2017 the talent, confidence and experience she developed there allowed her to branch out into having her own full time design business, ND Art and Design. As a result, she has licensed her art on a wide range of retail products including decorative gift boxes, partyware, ceramics and garden flags, to name a few.
“I have always been an artist. It’s really who I am and what I am passionate about. I’m inspired by my surroundings, my friends, my family, nature, and everyday life.I really can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Nicole’s licensed gift and home décor products can be found in retail stores all over North America.
Over thirty years ago Eleanor Burns introduced her first Quilt in a Day book, beginning a quilt making revolution. She invited all types of sewers to participate in an age-old tradition using her unique style; a diverse combination of cutting and sewing applications which replaced scissors and templates with rips and strips, bringing rotary speed to patchwork. She also introduced an incredibly rapid stitching system, applying the method of assembly line sewing to piecework. Her concise, step-by-step directions were easy to grasp, allowing anyone to be successful at making a quilt. Eleanor Burns gave quilt makers techniques that compacted months into merely a day, a quilt in a day. Today, as she continues to passionately devote herself to nurturing and motivating thousands of want-to be quilters with needed self-confidence, her name and techniques have become synonymous with quiltmaking.
Since 1978, when Eleanor self-published that first book “Make a Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin Pattern,” she has become a prolific author, revered teacher trainer, popular television personality, and celebrated industry role model. She has authored over eighty additional books that sell at a rate of well over 6,500 per week. She has trained thousands of instructors throughout the world who teach her quiltmaking methods. In 1990, Eleanor pioneered the way people view quiltmaking with television. Her Quilt in a Day TV series began airing on PBS and is still broadcasting nationwide and abroad, even teaching in Japan. Adding to all of that, she has developed her own “Signature” fabric lines, several special edition sewing machines, and received numerous awards and recognition for her lifetime of achievements.
The story of how Eleanor became so popular, mirrors the process of constructing an heirloom quilt. Her life, like a patchwork quilt assembled from pieces collected over time, has blended into an inspiring and beautiful story. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1945 and quite early on began sewing on a small, crank-handle toy sewing machine. Seeking out any available fabric, she discovered her Aunt Edna’s chicken feed sacks, allowing her hours of stitching time. By thirteen, she polished her skills up on her mother’s newly purchased green Elna sewing machine. Her childhood brought out an enterprising spirit that was expressed in persistent tenacity. Being dyslexic developed her extraordinary ability to make difficult things simple, and teaching others was a way for her to impart her passion for learning. As a young woman, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Edinboro State College. Her graduate work at Penn State University culminated her preparation to be a special education teacher, and she began teaching for the Pittsburgh school system. In 1967 she met and married Bill Burns and the process of piecing together her work with family life began.
Even though Quilt in a Day is over thirty years old, it is so very contemporary. From the Internet to her ongoing sales of that first book, Eleanor continues to uniquely inspire thousand of quilt makers worldwide everyday, one person at a time. Eleanor Burns and Quilt in a Day will always be a big part of the patchwork community. All the pieces of her life do work well together, so beautifully, bringing quiltmaking an inspiring presence that was meant to be. With the continued help of her son Orion and her sisters Judy and Patricia, she will keep bringing people into every stitch of her life, encouraging them step-by-step throughout her delightful patchwork path. So as Quilt in a Day celebrates over thirty years of quilting, you could say that Eleanor Burns has quilt making nicely sewn-up.
Throughout her career she has published over 104 ‘How-to‘ quilt books, developed an Eleanor Burns Signature Pattern Collection and designed a variety of specialty rulers produced to aid the quilter in successfully completing their quilt.
Ann Lauer, the face behind the Grizzly Gulch Gallery name, is an award-winning fiber artist who has been professionally designing and creating quilts, quilt patterns and kits, and quilt fabric for over twenty-five years.
In the fall of 2005 she founded Grizzly Gulch Gallery, a quilt pattern design company which features more than 70 creative and unusual quilt patterns. Her patterns have been offered in all the major quilt mail order catalogs including Keepsake Quilting, Nancy’s Notions, Connecting Threads, and Annie’s. Her work has also been featured in quilt magazines including Love of Quilting, Easy Quilts, Quilt, Simple Quilts, Quilter’s World, American Quilter and Popular Patchwork.
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Cheryl started designing patterns for dolls in 1992 and sold them through craft fairs and local quilt shops. In 1993, Cheryl attended her first International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, Texas. She added quilted wall hanging patterns in 1994 and started designing craft books for Darrow Production Company that same year. She has been designing prints and patterns for Benartex for years. Her “folk-art” style really adds a charm to her fabrics.
David Galchutt can pin down the moment he decided to be an artist to a long ago day in kindergarten. The class was drawing trees with crayons. His tree did not look quite like the others. He was indignant that trees most definitely did NOT look like brown and green Q-tips. Trees had branches and leaves and bird’s nests and that is how he chose to draw his.
David Galchutt comes from a family of artists. His parents met in art school. His father was a graphic designer and his mother studied costume design. David attempts to incorporate design and costume into his artwork as the assignment allows. He is a graduate from Art Center College of Design.
A native Southern Californian, David Galchutt has been working as an illustrator/painter for over 30 years. Though he did some advertising illustration in his early years, the primary focus of his career has been in the children’s industry working for both toy companies and publishing. In 1993 a children’s book that he both wrote and illustrated was published by Simon and Schuster. He continues to freelance for children’s magazines, primarily for Highlights for Children. This relationship is especially rewarding as he had a subscription to that magazine as a child.
He was awarded the 2010 award for Best Children’s Magazine Illustration of the Year (ages 9-11) from The Association of Educational Publishers.
Additionally, he has worked the past decade designing for the giftware industry. He is comfortable working in both watercolor and oils.
Danny O’Driscoll grew up in Charleston, SC and began his art career as an illustrator with Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. He has been a professionally working artist for about 45 years, and his work has appeared in publications such as Artist Magazine, Airbrush Magazine, and the bestselling book Wildlife Painting: Step by Step by Patrick Seslar. Danny annually participates in major wildlife art shows such as the Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, South Carolina, Plantation Wildlife Festival in Georgia, Southern Wildlife Festival in Alabama, as well as many regional outdoor arts and crafts festivals. As a child growing up in Charleston, SC Danny was fortunate to spend a lot of time outdoors. This reflected in his art then and now.
Lorraine burst into the world of textile art in 2018 with a 26-piece special exhibit at IQF in Houston, just two years after creating her very first art quilt! Since then, she has become an Aurifil Designer, Aurifilisopher, been featured in major quilting magazines, and seen on Quilting Arts TV and the QuiltShow with Ricky Tims.
Lorraine is a proud Benartex fabric designer and brings a lifetime of creative experience to her textileart. A commercial artist for forty years, Lorraine won two Emmy Awards as a lead designer for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and is the recipient of multiple awards at the San Diego International Comic-Con in her role as Art Director of the Library of American Comics.
She combines her varied experience as a watercolorist, commercial artist, and television animator with her love for all things fabric to create exciting multi-textured fabric designs.
Lorraine also teaches and lectures internationally, and is an author and motivational speaker who strongly believes in moving thought into action.
She has yet to meet a fabric embellishment she doesn’t like!
Lorraine works from her studio in Clearwater, Florida.
At the age of 30 and with zero art experience, Kelly Rae Roberts started playing with paint, and everything changed. Painting brought her what she was craving: healing, unburdened joy, and awakening. Kelly Rae’s tender style of truth-telling and possibility-driven approach to life, work, & art has been featured in many books, and in countless magazines. Much of her work can be found worldwide on all kinds of uplifting home decor, gifts, and stationery products. She is the author and teacher of many beloved e-courses that celebrate the intersection of art and healing.
She lives in Sisters, OR with her son True, husband John, and two English Bulldogs, Lulu, and Amelia. You can learn more about Kelly Rae at KellyRaeRoberts.com.