UQSM 2018 Featured Artist: Natalia Bonner
She has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured on Moda Bake Shop, in Quiltmaker Magazine and American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, and in books such as Fresh Fabric Treats, Modern Blocks and Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs, Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe.
I began sewing at the age of 8 and have always loves to create my own projects. My Mom and Dad taught me to use my hands. Throughout my childhood, my parents let me explore all areas of creativity. I learned how to sew, embroider, crochet, knit, macrame’, tool leather, tie flies for fishing, draw, use a potters wheel, made jewelry, did beading painting, and even did some woodworking. They pretty much encouraged me to try everything. Some things I did well, a lot of other things, not so well, but thank you to my parents for letting me try it! It always seemed that whatever I tried or did, I always came back to fabric!
I have always loved the thrill of figuring out how to do something easier or faster or different to make it fit my own needs and personality. I LOVE to applique’ as well as piecing. Playing with color and touching the fabrics has always been fun for me and I feel a great sense of satisfaction creating quilts and items from my favorite medium. There is just something about fabric that makes me happy!
I purchased American Quilting, a little quilt shop that had only been open for a short time in 2004. Three years after that we had to move to another location. We bought our own space where we have now been for the last 11 years. My shop is a well-rounded shop with something for everyone. I carry several genres of fabrics, and we teach a lot of classes.
In 2006 I started my pattern company called Under the Garden Moon and I love the creating part of this business. I love to share what I create, and hope someone learns something whenever they make one of my patterns. I have grown over the years and feel like I learned to not be afraid to try something new or scary.
A new division of my pattern line is ThreaDoodlydoos. These patterns incorporate hand embroidery, mixing of textiles and fun embellishing.
I have 8 children J (haha – 4 of them married my kids), 16 grandchildren and I have been married to my cute and supportive hubby for 38 years.
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Bonnie has been quilting since she was a teenager, but took a class with her mom in college that really started her on her quilting path. She and her mom, Brenda Bailey, own Pie Plate Patterns and have designed and made too many quilts to count! Their favorite designs are made with precuts. They also host 3 quilt retreats every year. Bonnie loves designing and she loves teaching others about her quilting obsession! Come and enjoy a class with Bonnie at UQSM!
I'm an architect who discovered the quilting world in 2010 in Switzerland. Like in my old job I love to design my own projects, my own quilt patterns and on the past years I had the honor to see my quilts in Exhibitions all over the country, for the International Quilt Festival in Houston (2015, 2016 and 2017), American Quilter's Society quilt weeks and also at MQX New England (2016). Since our relocation to Connecticut I also teach quilting classes and workshops to domestic machine quilters. I designed my own method to teach free motion quilting based on my artistic background. My goal with my students is to make them able to recognize the strong elements of their own quilts and use free motion quilting designs to create unique work.
Connie Spurlock, owner of and a designer for Sew Wonderful Dreams lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and has been teaching across the US for more than 20 years. Schooled in marketing but with a passion for teaching, Connie brings "can~do" projects to students on every level. Our specialties are paper piecing and appliqué but we love our "freedom projects" for sweatshirt jackets and tote bags ~ patterns geared for fun and easy sewing.
Deborah has been quilting as long as she can remember, and has solid roots in traditional hand-piecing, appliqué and quilting. Eight years ago she chose to cross over to what she referred to as "The Dark Side" and bought a longarm. Her quilting world instantly became enormous. Her greatest joy is helping others be successful in all aspects of quilting. Besides in her own book "You Can Quilt It" Deborah's work has been published in many magazines as well as many of Kim Diehl's books. Deborah was Kim's personal quilter for six years. Deborah has won numerous awards at many national shows including HMQS, MQX, AQS, Road to California, and Houston.
Emily Taylor has been a professional in the quilt industry since her first fabric collection debuted in 2009 with Riley Blake Designs. She produced over a dozen fabric collections as a Riley Blake designer. In 2017, Emily began creating collage art quilts. She now sells her patterns and teaches her unique technique for creating stunning collage quilts. In addition to being a designer and entrepreneur, Emily is a wife and mom to three children. She loves living in Utah, where she enjoys skiing and mountain biking in her free time!
Gail Berry … 30% homemaker, 28% mom, 75% quilter, 110% Gramma and not good at math. I live in a little town called Highland, which is not known for being Scottish, or for anything really, but it is a lovely town full of great people and neighbors. I love British history, early American history, quilting, cross-stitching and hand-work of all kinds.
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I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew clothing, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.
Jen an award winning quilter has been professionally machine quilting since 2004. In 2006 she began teaching machine quilting and maintenance to longarm quilters of all skill levels. Jen started her career in 2007 with A1 Quilting Machines. She loves seeing the creativity of all the wonderful people she gets to work with. Jen, her husband JC and their three children live in Utah.
Jodi Robinson has been a quilter for the past 23 years, and has been a professional longarm quilter for 21 years. She is a Gammill Quilt Artist, and has been teaching nationally at Quilting Shows for the past 12 years. Jodi has won numerous national awards for her machine quilting skills, including the award for Best Modern Quilt at multiple AQS Shows in 2014, and the Outstanding Modern Quilt Award at the 2015 Road to California show. In addition to teaching, Jodi designs pantograph designs, has self-published nine machine quilting design books, and provides professional longarm quilting services to her clients. Jodi’s books and classes focus on using quick and easy methods to create beautiful, freehand machine quilting designs that will personalize and make your quilting unique. You can visit her blog at: jrdesigns.wordpress.com
Kelly says that creating is like breathing! For as long as she can remember, she has expressed herself through artwork. Her formal training was primarily in design, drawing, and studio painting, and she spent many years as a professional calligrapher. The day she was introduced to a longarm machine 5 years ago, was a natural transition and changed her life forever! Kelly's passion is transforming antique quilts and linens into modern pieces of art on the longarm. She is a Handi Quilter Ambassador and was named Teacher of the Year in 2017 at UQSM in Utah. Kelly travels and teaches at shops, quilt shows and guilds in the US and Internationally. You will find Kelly living in Lawrence, KS, with her husband Carl.
Laurie graduated from Western Carolina University in 1976 with a BS degree in Art Education. After teaching art for two years, she returned to University to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse for the next 28 years, while continuing to pursue her art in her off duty hours. She retired in 2009 and let quilting totally consume her life. In addition to numerous National and International quilting awards and being published in National magazines, she launched a successful pattern design company, Laurie Tigner Designs. She loves teaching and especially enjoys encouraging new quilters to gain confidence in their own abilities.
My mom taught me how to sew, crochet, knit and everything else in between. As a child I made baby quilts, Barbie® clothes and crocheted chains for jump ropes, and by the time I was 12, I was making my own clothes for school. Those creations only instilled in me the desire to be creative in other areas. I made my first patchwork quilt at age 14 (which I still have, by the way). Who knew what it would lead to? My love for quilting didn’t come until some years later. I started taking quilt classes at a local quilt shop, where my love for quilting grew. My first venture into professional and original designs was with stitchery patterns for pillows and fusible web applique for tea towels. In 2008 , my love for designing and creating grew and expanded to include quilts, and in 2010 Ribbon Candy Quilt Company was born. The quilts I design are for the busy quilters in all of us, so my patterns are usually fun, fast and done. I enjoy using fusible web applique because it’s so versatile and allows me to create my own images. The Seasonal Skinnies patterns are my signature, and the flagship of Ribbon Candy Quilt Company. I have published over 100 quilt patterns and 2 books . I’ve taught at a retreats and quilt shops, including two quilting cruises to Alaska and also New England. I’ve been in a number of publications including Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Quiltmaker magazine, American Patchwork and Quilting 2013 calendar. I’ve been featured on Moda Bake Shop and have done online video courses with Craftsy. And my most resent online course with Craft U which launched on Nov 28, 2016. I was a guess quilter on the PBS Quilting Arts 1400 series TV program in summer of 2014. I’m crazy about what I do and feel so blessed to be involved in the wonderful world of quilting!! On a more personal note: I was born and raised in central California, but have been in Utah for the past 24 years. I’m married to a super guy and have 5 amazing children and one wonderful son-in-law. And when not in my sewing studio, you can find me enjoying time with my family or indulging in my other hobbies of reading, baking, playing or shopping for more fabric. ribboncandyquiltcompany.com
I’m a mother of two who loves the creative outlet of sewing. I am slowly working toward a handmade closet: a closet full of garments that I love and that fit me well. I love summer heat, bunny rabbits, and all things chocolate covered.
I first found my love of sewing on a treadle machine, using a phone book to be able to reach the pedal. I pull from years of experience: from making my own school clothing in third grade, working in a jacket factory, a restaurant owner, computer programmer, accountant and now longarm quilter to combine techniques that apply across that experience to identify and solve problems (sometimes with some McGuyvering!) and increase your productivity. In all my classes, the goal is to give you an advantage: consistently square quilts, binding using the longarm, shortening your learning curve on pantos and rulers, and avoiding problems in quilt tops and backs in preparation for longarming.
I'm a busy mom of five that loves to sew for myself and my kids. I steal any chance I can to sew, photograph, and blog my makes over at SewSophieLynn.com. Nothing beats the feeling of finishing a new one-of-a-kind garment!
Vienna is the self-taught seamstress over at The Late Sew, where she shares her late-night sewing adventures. In addition to making her own clothes and things for her family, she loves teaching sewing classes and spreading sewing joy throughout the world. She lives in Utah with her husband, three littles, and two cats.
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