Artisans


 

Jane Spolar
    
Company: Quilt Poetry
Name: Jane Spolar
Machine: Horizon 
 
Bio:
Jane Spolar, of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, has been publishing Quilt Poetry patterns since late autumn, 2004. That was when the muses came to call and she decided to take her life on a more creative and genuine path. “I feel that quilts are poetry in fabric. Every stitch lovingly taken is one of the simple joys of life.”
“Sewing has always been an integral part of my life. My mother taught me to embroider by hand when I was seven years old. I began sewing on the treadle machine at eight or nine and graduated to the electric machine at ten. I still have the treadle machine in my sewing room, quite a contrast to the Janome Horizon I now use!”
Jane’s appliqué work has been featured in numerous quilting magazines and she has also designed quilts that were featured in some of Janome's national advertising campaigns. “I love embellishing my quilts with gorgeous thread and stitching. It satisfies my soul!“
Jane has always been interested in the dynamics of the traditional folk arts of many cultures. They have influenced her love for color, curving, swirling shapes and the joyful feelings they invoke. In 2010 she designed her first fabric collection for Northcott Silk, Inc. She's happy to be able to share her vision with other quilters through her unique appliqué patterns and her fabric designs.
Jane has a family... husband Bill and son Joe. Her family is her biggest support team and her greatest fans. She's also a confirmed cat lover and has plenty of kitty help when she designs and sews.
 
 
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Liesl Gibson
Company: Oliver + s
Name: Liesl Gibson
 
Bio:
 
When Oliver + S founder, Liesl Gibson, began searching for clothing patterns for her new daughter she was disappointed by the lack of contemporary design and the outdated fit specifications she encountered across the market. Ultimately, she began creating her own patterns. "The potential for sewing unique and wonderful children’s clothing is limitless," says Gibson. "But I couldn’t find patterns that inspired me to sew. So I created my own."
Launched in spring 2008 with four styles for little girls, Oliver + S refreshed a product category that had been dormant for over a decade. Mothers and grandmothers immediately responded by snapping up the new patterns and starting to sew again for their daughters and granddaughters. Responding to customers’ requests, Gibson debuted her first patterns for boys in the fall of 2008. Oliver + S continues releasing two new collections of patterns for girls and boys up to age 12 each year.
A native of Wisconsin, Gibson grew up around the sewing machine. Both her mother and grandmother are accomplished seamstresses and practitioners of needle arts, and her mother sewed much of Gibson’s clothing when she was young.
Gibson started sketching clothing designs at age nine, joking that someday she would design her own lines. She eventually taught herself to sew in one afternoon, producing a jumper that she wore the same day. "Sewing is just something that seems to come naturally for me," says Gibson.
After working in publishing and finance early in her career, Gibson returned to school and earned a degree in fashion design from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Before having her daughter in 2005, she worked as a designer for such high-profile fashion brands as Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.
In addition to running her company and chasing after a child, Gibson teaches sewing classes featuring Oliver + S designs at independent fabric stores around the country. Her first fabric collection, City Weekend, is being released by Moda in September, 2010. In the spring of 2010, Gibson received the FabShop Network’s Rising Star award.
Liesl Gibson has lived in Manhattan since 1991 and since 2005 has authored her popular personal blog, Disdressed (disdressed.blogspot.com), which covers sewing and design issues combined with observations about daily life as an entrepreneur, parent, crafter, and New Yorker.
 
 
 
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Name: Angela Yosten
 
Bio:
 
A bit about me...
As a young girl, Angela Yosten was influenced by many talented people. While her mother taught her how to sew and encouraged all things arts and crafts-related, her father taught her how to be independent and figure things out on her own. Her grandmothers and great-grandmother also influenced her with their special talents of knitting, sewing, and art. She has always enjoyed drawing, painting, and designing, but it was not until she had her own children that she was inspired to find her way back into the sewing room and discover her own style.

When she is not working as a web developer for Moda Fabrics and United Notions, she can most likely be found in her sewing room. She finds it thrilling when she can design something new for one of her children or decor for her home. She is often intrigued by everyday items and loves to explore different ways to translate them to fabric. Many of her designs and tutorials can be found on her blog (blog.angelayosten.com).

Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her family and cherishing every little moment life has to offer. She feels very fortunate to have such a wonderful husband and amazing children who support her obsession to design and who encourage everything that she aspires to do.

Angela is the author of Stop. Go. Quilt. Sew!, and a contributor to Modern Blocks, Fresh Fabric Treats, and Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs. She also just released a new collection of Fabrics with Moda Fabrics called Flats.
 
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Company: Power Sewing
Name: Sandra Betzena
 
Bio:
Sandra Betzina, the “power” behind Power Sewing, is the author of More Fabric Savvy, Fast Fit, Power Sewing Step-by-Step, Sandra Sews for the Home, No Time To Sew and Fear of Sewing. She has produced a skill series of eleven Power Sewing DVDs and also designs a full line of patterns for Vogue under the tab of Today’s Fit. Sandra hosted her own show, Sew Perfect, on HGTV for six years and now has a new, Web-TV show called Power Sewing, which is co-hosted by Canadian sewing expert, Ron Collins. Sandra is also a popular speaker and hosts several week-long Sewing Retreats San Francisco throughout the year.
 
 
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Company: The DIY DISH
Name: Kim and Kris Christopherson
 
Bio:
Kim and Kris, love the creative process.  As you could guess, Kim and Kris are identical twin sisters! As former elementary school teachers (they even taught in the SAME 4th grade classroom for many years!) they have always enjoyed sharing and teaching. In 2006, Kim started the popular DIY website, www.YouCanMakeThis.com. Two years later, Kris began managing the 2nd “sister site”, www.SWAKembroidery.com. And in 2009, a 3rd DIY website was added to the mix: www.YouCanQuiltThis.com.
Whether it be sewing, crafting, scrap booking, quilting, embroidery, family projects, and more, you’ll enjoy watching The DIY Dish and participating too!
 
 
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Name: Pat Sloan
 
Bio:
 
Pat Sloan has been creating since she was a child. From the first shoebox dioramas to sketches for a fabric line, there has always been creative energy flowing. When she tried her hand at quilting in 1989, she never looked back. During a career in computers as a software developer and project manager she started her design business in the evenings and weekends. Then in 2000 she and her husband decided to take the leap and open their family business full time. You'll find Gregg managing all the all the behind the scenes activities.
 
She has over 25 published books with Leisure arts, many patterns, and she designs fabrics with Moda. Coming from a technology background, Pat has been on a computer since she was 16 years old and the machine took up the entire back of her math class.  A self proclaimed 'Geek' she loves the internet and you will find her at all the best places. She has built blogs, quilting groups, facebook communities, and loves to connect with quilters across the world.
 
As Host of American Patchwork & Quiltings Radio show, the only all quilting radio show on the internet, Pat interviews authors, designers and quilters across the world.
 
Look for Pat in your area, she and Gregg travel all over the world to visit quilters and play with fabric!  Pat’s overall passion has always been to help others harness their creative energy.
 
 
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Name: Sam Hunter
 
Bio:
 
Sam Hunter is a fiber artist and quilt designer who considers her sewing machine to be the Ultimate Power Tool. Sam started sewing when she was seven, and hasn’t really stopped since. She bought her first Janome over twenty years ago.
 
Sam earned her MFA/Fiber in 2010 and is thrilled to have written her last ever term paper. The fact that she gleefully escaped formal academia only to then write a book for C&T/Stash Books is a situation whose irony is not lost on her. (Quilt Talk, coming in September 2014)
 
Sam launched Hunter's Design Studio, her pattern design company, in 2011, and is the Word Girl behind the Sew Sassy designs. She is a fun and humorous speaker, and loves to teach our newbies and up-and-comers.
 
Sam is also passionate about the value of art and craft, and is leading the charge of the We Are $ew Worth It campaign.
 
 
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