Baby Lock Quilting Bloggers & Sewlebrities: Part 1
March 14, 2016 in News
In honor of National Quilting Month, we are excited to share a little bit about all of Baby Lock’s quilting bloggers and sewlebrities! If you’ve been around the quilting world for any amount of time, you’ll definitely recognize some of these amazingly talented women!
The first Sewing With Nancy program aired on cable TV in 1982. Initially, the programs were videotaped in Nancy’s living room with a camera crew of one person and 13-hour taping days! In the early years, Nancy Zieman ran a one-woman show, developing the scripts, making the samples, and taping the programs. On Nancy’s blog, you’ll find endless amounts of sewing tips and tricks, quilt-a-longs, charity quilt information, and ‘sew’ much more!
Since 1978, when Eleanor self-published her 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. Learn more about the one and only Eleanor Burns here.
Mary is a bi-monthly columnist for Quilts, Inc., (The Quilt Scout) at Quilts.com. She is co-host of Love of Quilting on public television alongside her mother, Marianne Fons. Mary’s first book, Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century was released in June of 2014 and Dear Quilty, a retrospective and pattern book from the pages of Quilty magazine, was released in 2015. Small Wonders, Mary’s debut fabric line in partnership with Springs Creative, launched at International Fall Quilt Market along with a Small Wonders pattern line in association with McCall’s, exclusively for independent quilt retailers. Mary is an amateur quilt historian and enjoys learning about the history of the American quilt as much as she likes designing and making them. She currently serves on the board of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Mary is a nationally-ranked slam poet and proud Chicago Neo-Futurist. To read daily posts on her popular blog, PaperGirl, visit MaryFons.com.
Pat Sloan is a designer, author, lecturer, and with her weekly radio show… Pat truly is the “Voice of Quilting”. Sewing since she was a child and quilting for over 20 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 her work, they now travel around the country teaching and showing her quilts to quilt guilds and quilt shops. Also, Pat has had her designs published in all the national magazines, she has written 31 quilt books and has designed many lines of fabric for Moda Fabrics. Learn more about Pat here.
Stay tuned for more introductions! While you wait, celebrate National Quilting Month with Baby Lock.