Meet the Authors of 2016 – Fall



Meet the 2016 AQS Fall Authors 

Visit with the AQS authors of 2016. In the second half of our two part series, we introduce you to each author and their new book.


Linda M. Poole


When I was a little girl, I had an insatiable desire to make things. Luckily, I come from a family that understood me all too well. My roots have been firmly planted by a talented, loving, generous European family that always put family first and strongly encouraged freedom of artistic expression. I have inherited the good fortune of learning from generations of artists, silversmiths, sculptors, poets, weavers, stained-glass artisans, and writers.

My maternal grandmother let me work the treadle part of the sewing machine while she sewed. My grandmother was a smart cookie. She found a way of giving an energetic little girl a way to have fun and participate. Soon she propped me on her lap and showed me how to sew.

I had my own needles, scissors, and threads before kindergarten and was taught to respect my tools. I remember my mother teaching me to crotchet, knit, and embroider. My father took me on adventures. I always had my little Instamatic camera in tow. My Christmas gifts were always about art, sewing, and creating. An artist’s easel, paints, brushes, paper, and my own art table were some of my favorite gifts. As an adult looking back, I am thankful for the thought and time my parents gave to nurturing my curiosity and love for art.

My whole life has always revolved around photography, writing, painting, and sewing. These interests have fueled my passion for travel, teaching, and sharing my experiences with people around the world. I have taught throughout the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, and Italy. I believe language is never a barrier in the translation of quilts.

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Lynda Smith


Born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky,  it must have been destiny for me to land my dream job of graphic designer for AQS. 

During my sixteen years of working for AQS, I have designed quilting books and worked quilt shows. I have also learned a lot about quilting from some of the most notable quilters in the industry.

Married for 37 years, my husband, Donnie, and I have two wonderful children, Brian and Michael, and three wonderful grandsons, Tyler, Aidan, and Jensen.

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Ann Hazelwood


Ann began her quilting career in 1970 when she started a home based business Patches etc.
In 1979 she opened a quilt shop on historic Main street in St. Charles, Mo where she also lived. That awarded her the first 10 BEST QUILT SHOPS award in 1995. She also added a Button Shop and a needlework shop to the street. She then added AQS QUILT APPRAISER to her bio.
While running her business, Ann pursued her writing for magazines and authored Missouri travel books.
Her civic involvement won her many business awards, including LIFE TIME CIVIC AWARD from St. Charles.
Ann’s collection of red and white quilts have been exhibited in museums, including THE NATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM, where she served as board President.

Ann wrote the Colebridge series and currently writing the East Perry County series.
Ann is married to Keith, who is an attorney. She has 2 sons and two step-sons.

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Linda J. Hahn


Linda Hahn is a multiple award-winning author, a sought-after speaker, and teacher at guilds and shows across the country. She began quilting in 1993 and teaching in 1994. Her work has been featured in many quilting magazines.
She is a BERNINA Artisan Ambassador, a National Quilting Association Certified Teacher and an iquilt instructor. She was named the NQA 2009 Certified Teacher of the Year. Her first book, New York Beauty Simplified (AQS, 2010), was named a bronze medal winner by the 2012 Independent Publisher’s Living Now Book Awards and her second book, New York Beauty Diversified (AQS, 2013), won the gold medal in 2013. Most recently, her third book, Rock That Quilt Block: Weathervane (AQS, 2015), won the gold medal.
Linda’s classes are information packed and always full of fun! She clearly enjoys sharing her passion for quilting with her students.
When she’s not quilting, she enjoys participating in daily Zumba® classes at her gym. Linda is a licensed Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor.
Linda resides in Florida, with her husband, Allan, daughter, Sarah (both of whom are quilters), and her studio helper, a rescue golden retriever named Amber Lynn.

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Eva Birch


Eva has been a quilter for nine years, and a professional Longarm Quilter for eight years.  She has been teaching both locally and nationally for the past two years.  Eva has won several national awards for her own and customer quilts. Eva’s work has been published in several quilting publications. Eva enjoys quilting with a passion, and loves to share her creativity with her students, and other quilters. Eva’s machine quilting business, Stitch by Stitch Creations, is located in Mantua, Ohio. Aside from quilting, Eva enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Nancy Gano


Eva has been a quilter for nine years, and a professional Longarm Quilter for eight years.  She has been teaching both locally and nationally for the past two years.  Eva has won several national awards for her own and customer quilts. Eva’s work has been published in several quilting publications. Eva enjoys quilting with a passion, and loves to share her creativity with her students, and other quilters. Eva’s machine quilting business, Stitch by Stitch Creations, is located in Mantua, Ohio. Aside from quilting, Eva enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Jodi Robinson


Jodi has been a quilter for over 20 years, and a professional Longarm Quilter for the past 19 years.  She has been teaching nationally for the past 11 years. She has won numerous national awards for her quilts and machine quilting skills over the years.  Most recently, she won Best Modern Quilt awards at some of the AQS shows in 2014, and the Outstanding Modern Quilt award in 2015.  In addition to teaching, she designs digitized machine quilting designs, and has self-published nine machine quilting design books.  Jodi is a Gammill Quilting Artist, and operates a machine quilting business in Enon Valley, PA called JR Designs, providing longarm machine quilting services to her clients. Visit her blog to see what she is working on:

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Bonnie K. Browning


Bonnie has quilted since the late 1970’s, and since that time she has taught and judged across the U.S. and around the world. Her travels have taken her to Australia, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Switzerland, Turkey; Keqiao, China; and most recently to Icheon, South Korea .

Bonnie is a certified quilt judge and a certified Zentangle® teacher. She currently is working on a book combining Zentangle drawing and quilting. Bonnie has authored twelve books on quilting and one family cookbook.

In her writing and teaching, she like to share good basic quiltmaking techniques so the quilts being made today are constructed so they will last for generations. She is well known for her techniques in applying borders and making them fit your quilts. Bonnie also enjoys sharing a variety of techniques for adding interest to the edges of the quilt.

Bonnie is employed as the Executive Show Director at the American Quilter’s Society, a position she has held since 1994.

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Kay Velarde


Kay Velarde was born and grew up in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in Southwestern Virginia. After graduating from a branch campus at the University of Virginia, she left home for the lure of travel as a career serviceman in the Air Force. Kay loves to piece by hand and regularly practices her hand quilting. Retirement has offered time to pursue a second career in writing. She loves mysteries and hopes many quilters will share her enthusiasm for the combination of mystery and quilting.

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Lisa H. Calle


Lisa H.Calle is a 1991 graduate of Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science with a BS in Textile Management and Marketing. She found a love for quilting in 1997 after leaving a management career in retail with the
Limited Corporation’s Bath & Body Works Division in 1999 to focus on raising a family.
In 2004, Lisa first learned about longarm quilting machines while working part time in the local quilt shop. Within weeks Stone House Quilting was accepting customers. Lisa has finished quilts for 100’s of clients, most of
which are repeat customers over and over. 
Lisa has taught for the past 7 years at some of the top quilting shows in the nation MQX Quilt Festival, Home Machine Quilting Show and Birds of a Feather.
Lisa resides in beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband and 3 children. Her love for quilting is only surpassed by love of family and maybe…….. golf.

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Suzy Webster


Suzy Webster has been a quilter since age eight when she arranged some scrap triangles and told her mother, “You should sew it like this.”  She’s been designing quilts from a young age and enjoys being creative.  One of the things Suzy loves about quilting is that the possibilities are endless

Suzy lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota with her husband Andrew, two sons (both of whom have already made their first quilts), and two birds.  She teaches fifth grade and enjoys teaching quilting locally. 

She has been entering competitions since college and has many quilt show ribbons to her credit including Road to California, Machine Quilter’s Exposition, The American Quilter’s Society Shows, and International Quilt Festival.  Suzy has also become an Island Batik Ambassador for 2016.

Suzy loves applique and machine quilting.  They are her favorite parts of quilting.  She even started a blog about applique and quilting to explore new ideas.  Visit Suzy and check out what she’s learned and what she’s working on at her blog:  She loves to see your finished quilts!

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Gina Perkes


Gina Perkes lives in Payson, Arizona, where she owns and operates her quilting studio, training facility, and Innova® longarm dealership.
Gina learned to quilt in 1998 while expecting her second child. Wanting to make quilts for her children, she took a beginning class at the local quilt shop. Passion quickly ensued. She began entering national quilt shows to feed her competitive drive and improve her skills as an artist and quiltmaker. She has received numerous international and national awards including: IQA’s Future of the Industry and AQS’s Best Longarm Machine Workmanship. Her quilt Nostalgia now resides at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, as a part of the permanent collection.
Gina is passionate about teaching others and developing patterns and tools for quilts. She has appeared on numerous quilting shows including: The Quilt Show, Quilt It, iquilt, Linda’s Longarm Quilters, Daily Crafts TV, and The Quilting School. She travels both nationally and internationally to guilds and conferences teaching her techniques on both domestic and longarm machines.
In 2014, Gina was inducted into the Arizona Quilter’s Hall of Fame. Visit Gina at:

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Judi Madsen


Judi is an award-winning quilter, author, and instructor. She has traveled the world teaching bringing the joy of quilting to others throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, and Norway. She started her own pattern line when she was 25 and has self-published over 50 different designs for her company Green Fairy Quilts. Her first book, Quilting Wide Open Spaces, was published by AQS in 2013. She loves being able to share her passion about quilting with others in the hopes to inspire them on their own quilting journey.   

Judi is married to her high school sweetheart, Clint and they have four children. Together, they own, an online business that started by selling Judi’s pattern but has expanded to fabric and notions as well. They live in beautiful Saint George, Utah.

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Pat Holly


I have been designing quilts for many years. My inspiration comes from textiles, and other images, found all over the world. Traveling to many different countries has given me ideas for designs. I also look at old embroideries, stitchery, lace and all kinds of textiles. You never know what will spark an idea!

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Cindy Seitz-Krug


I was born and raised in Ventura, California. Since a very early age I loved working on arts and crafts. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was around six years old, and by the time I was seven I was crocheting shawls for all of the neighbor ladies!  Looking back they must have thought I was a crazy little girl, but it was something I really enjoyed doing. As with most people who enjoy arts and crafts, I ran the gamut from beading to needlepoint to crochet, and so on. When I was 28 years old I finally arrived at quilting. From the very first quilt I made, I was hooked! In the 24 years that I’ve been quilting, I don’t think I’ve ever gone back to any of those other crafts – quilting has become an integral part of me.

I’ve always gravitated toward making traditional quilts, but I love innovate quilts which take traditional patterns and enhance them. After quilting for five or six years, I entered my quilts in small regional shows. I’ve always loved to share my work. But what I soon learned was that I really enjoyed competing in quilt competitions. When I earned a Best of Show award at my first large regional quilt show that I entered, I started to focus on good workmanship and design. But what I became known for was my machine quilting, all done on my home sewing machine.  

My machine quilting tends to be structured and symmetrical. I love the look of elegant, heirloom style quilting. I don’t think that kind of beauty can ever go out of style. In this day of “fast and furious” and “instant gratification”, I still believe that spending extra time and effort on your quilts pays off exponentially. I always tell my students that they’ll never regret the extra time spent in quilting their quilts. They may moan and groan about having to do some additional quilting before diving in to the project, but they won’t regret it afterwards. In fact, they’ll be very happy they put in that extra effort.

Besides quilting, I love spending time in the mountains with my husband and our grown son and daughter. We enjoy hunting and fishing in the Rocky Mountains. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Systematic Biology, with a concentration in Fisheries.  For twenty five years my husband and I owned several aquaculture farms in California, but these days we reside in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona.

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Kimberly Einmo


Kimberly Einmo is an author, award-winning quilter, designer, international instructor and quilt judge. She has written six best-selling books published by the American Quilter’s Society including Modern Quilts & More, Precut Bonanza, Jelly Roll Quilt Magic, Jelly Roll Quilts & More, Quilt A Travel Souvenir, and Clever Combo Quilts.  

Kimberly also writes a monthly column featured in American Quilter Magazine entitled “Kimberly’s Korner” and she has written dozens of articles which have appeared in numerous publications. In addition, she has appeared on television and radio programs such as America Quilts Creatively and the American Quilting and Patchwork Radio Show.

With an eye toward making cutting easier for quilters, Kimberly developed a signature line of innovative tools including the EZ Flying Geese Ruler, EZ Jelly Roll Ruler, EZ Hearts Cut Tool, and the EZ Pineapple Ruler for EZ Quilting. She loves to travel and has visited almost every state in America and traveled the world extensively to lecture and teach. She loves to teach quilting on the high seas and has taught on almost two dozen quilting cruises to locales including Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. Most of all, she loves to meet quilters from around the world and share her joy and passion for patchwork and quilting with everyone!

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Margaret Solomon Gunn –  Coming Soon


Like many quilters, I did not just grow up and take up quilting as my profession. I arrived at this occupation via a rather circuitous path. The daughter of two math teachers, I earned multiple degrees in mechanical and aeronautical engineering, and then worked in the engineering field for nearly 15 years. I was a thermal-fluids specialist, performing analyses on the Space Station project for Boeing in Huntsville, Alabama. I later designed and helped install commercial-size dryers for Metso Paper in Biddeford, Maine. I often joked that I went from doing rocket science to making toilet paper!  It was mostly true. While my three kids were younger, I also taught engineering classes part-time at a local university. I come from the high-tech, but have definite roots in the more artistic end of life.

Although I have always sewn, I can’t say that I was addicted to quilting until recent years. In 2009, I bought a longarm quilting machine and started my business. This enables me to pursue my overwhelming passion for sewing with a career that allows me to be at home when my kids need me home. I make quilts ranging in size from small wall hangings and throw pillows, to table runners and placemats, to custom quilts to fit beds of all sizes. Each year, I make at least one quilt for show. I currently have eight quilts active on the show circuit. I have won numerous Best of Show awards at national level shows, as well as ribbons at international shows including AQS Paducah and IQF Houston. I am a regular author for Machine Quilting Unlimited, and often have quilts featured in quilting magazines. In 2015, my quilt Bouquet Royale earned a Masterpiece Quilt Award from the National Quilt Association.

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