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Elizabeth Barton
Elizabeth was born in York, England, educated in England and the US, receiving a Ph.D in 1975.  She emigrated to the US in 1976.  While working in  health service at the University of Georgia, she began to make quilts, focusing on art quilts with the encouragement of an NEA grant...
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Marilyn Belford
Marilyn Belford is an award-winning quilter, well known for her realistic fabric portraits and art quilts.  She comes to the quilting community after a long, successful career in the art world.  Marilyn finds the congeniality of quilters a delight.  Having been brought up in a home where sewing was paramount,...
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Ruth Blanchet
Ruth was born in Nelson, a small city located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Her passion for quilt making has taken her into the world of professionalism as designer, teacher and owner of her quilting company.
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Nancy Chong
Nancy Chong saw her first Hawaiian quilt in 1977, in Honolulu, and it changed her life.  She completed her first queen-sized Hawaiian quilt in 1980, and began teaching hand appliqué and Hawaiian quilt making in 1982, when she moved from Oahu to Seattle with her husband and daughter.  Nancy’s degree...
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Pat Daniels
Pat Daniels - Quilt Designer, Pattern Writer and Teacher, Symphony Musician and Quilting Fanatic which, of course, includes Stash Building
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Barbara Dieges
Barbara Dieges has been working with threads and fabrics since early childhood.  While raising three children, she designed for Bucilla Yarn and developed her own line of stitchery kits.  She has been teaching at Quilt U since 2001.
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Susan Dorchester
Susan Dorchester's love of fabric began at a very young age when she started sewing for her dolls.  Her mother taught her to sew and design her own clothes and her great grandmother taught her to embroider.  In college, she studied art, textiles and interior design.
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Anita Eaton
Anita has been doing various forms of needlework since she was a child, but her greatest interest has always been quilting. She learned from her grandmothers, and from studying many books about quilting history, design, and techniques.
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Shirley Goodwin
Shirley discovered quilting around 20 years ago, and has been dyeing and creating her own fabric for much of this time.  She bought Tillia Dyes & Fabrics - a boutique business selling fabric and wool dyes and unique hand dyed fabric - 10 years ago.
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Daphne Greig
Daphne Greig is a quilter, author, teacher and designer from Canada. She has over 25 years experience in traditional and contemporary quilting and extensive teaching and presentation experience at major quilting conferences and for guilds and shops throughout North America. She has also taught on five Quilting Cruises.
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Jane Hall
Jane Hall learned to quilt while living in Hawaii, making a queen-sized bed quilt as her first quilt, and hasn’t stopped since.  She has lectured and taught quilt making for guilds and quilt conferences in the United States and abroad for more than 25 years.  She is a Certified Quilt...
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Jennifer Houlden
Jennifer is Canadian, a nurse by profession, and lives with her husband and 3 animals in the magnificent Ontario township of Oro-Medonte.  She is extremely passionate about quilting, teaching and designing.  
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Rose Hughes
Rose Hughes uses quilting and her love of art to express her vision of life’s stitched magic. She loves using her Fast-Piece Appliqué™ method to transform curved shapes of colorful fabrics, and build her quilt tops layer by layer.  Rose sprinkles these quilt tops of custom fabrics, rich silks, hand-painted...
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Marilyn Lee
I live in the beautiful north woods of Minnesota and I was 5 years old when I first learned to sew using a treadle sewing machine.  Sewing, creating and designing has been my passion ever since.  From the amazing bag of scraps that my Grandma gave as a gift when...
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Linda Schmidt
Linda Schmidt still uses some elements of traditional quilting, but most of her work involves wearable art and landscapes, particularly changing photographs into fabric art.  Her work can be seen at  http://www.shortattentionspanquilting.com/. She has been teaching at Quilt U since 2002.
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Michele Scott
Approximately eighteen years ago, Michele decided to take up a little hobby of quilting to pass the time. Like every other self-respecting “quilt-a-holic”, it quickly became a passion. Machine quilting was of particular interest to her, as it was just becoming a popular and acceptable way of quilting your quilt.
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Lee Vause
Holding qualifications in nursing, quality and business management and after many years working as a Health Administrator Lee has now retired from full-time work to focus on her endeavors’ into the creative world of fabric art.
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Joanne Winn
Joanne Winn is a quilt teacher and designer currently living in Poland, Ohio.  The sole designer of quilt patterns for the company she founded in 1989, Canada Goose Designs, Joanne has now added digitized designs combining both quilting and embroidery for home embroidery machines to her company catalog. 
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