This Month at Cotton Cuts...
Elaine is a former teacher and librarian who always infused creativity into her work environment to make learning fun and bring books to life. In the summers, she spent her time crafting and sewing, which is how her business name, Summercrafter, was born. After starting a blog to document her projects, she stumbled upon the quilting world and she was hooked. She already knew how to sew and quickly taught herself how to quilt.
She soon found out that she enjoyed designing her own patterns and started her business. As a Florida native, her patterns are fresh, modern and have that “Florida flair.” They also come together quickly - no paper piecing and no applique.
Elaine lives in Miami with her family and still looks forward to heading to the beach every summer for some downtime (and crafting and sewing.) She also enjoys traveling, bible journaling and connecting with crafty and quilty peeps on Instagram. She likes to encourage others to create because making something pretty is like taking a little vacation.
Cynthia was first introduced to quilting in a college class over 15 years ago and has been quilting ever since. She found a love of designing quilts early on and began to create bright and fun original quilts, often using her favorite method - raw edge applique. She started writing patterns for her quilts by request and quickly discovered that she enjoyed the process of creating patterns. Some of her patterns have been featured in quilting magazines.
Cynthia is the mom of 4 busy girls (ages 8, 6, 3 and 10 months) and wife to a sweet husband who encourages her to "quilt her little heart out". She recently relocated to Reno, NV, where she has made new quilting friends at a local quilt guild. When she is not quilting, she enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with her family and adding tone on tone fabrics to her stash.
Sue lives in the Adirondack Mountain region of Upstate New York with her husband and two kids. Sue started her working life as a flight attendant for American Airlines. After Sue and her husband started their family, she resigned from her job to stay home with their daughter. Sue started looking for ways to keep busy and make a little money from home. That is how “Sweet Jane’s” started, named after their first daughter Jane.
Being a busy mom of two small kids, Sue has always gravitated toward quick, easy quilts. She writes her patterns for fat quarter bundles, jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm packs. Sue loves precuts because they are already color coordinated and it takes a lot of the thinking out of fabric selection. Most of her patterns require one precut bundle and just one additional background fabric, so say good-bye to those long hours in the quilt shop trying to figure out complementary fabrics for your project! It also makes ordering fabric from the internet much easier, because you can be guaranteed that they match. Her mantra is “easy to start and quick to finish”! All of the patterns Sue picked for you are fat quarter friendly.
Rochelle Martin has been quilting and designing for 25 years. She lives with her husband in mid-Michigan and has two adult children and four grandchildren.
Rochelle designs patters for fabric companies; her designs have been published frequently in quilting magazines and books by House of White Birches. She and her daughter, Laura Day, self-published Strangled by Wild Geese, a quilt mystery featuring 10 flying geese-themed quilt projects. The craft book publisher Leisure Arts published her book Man Cave Quilts in 2012.
She has also taught at a local quilt shop in Bay City, Michigan.
Shelley Cavanna, the designer behind Cora’s Quilts, makes her home near Sacramento, CA, with her husband and two rambunctious boys (ages 3 and 4.5). In between weekend adventures in the nearby Sierra Nevadas, and all the dirt, plank-walking, legos, quilt-fort building, and the endless piles of laundry that come along with a house full of men, she manages to sneak in a little bit of quilting and pattern writing.
Shelley has a love for modern, intricate, mosaic-inspired quilts, but also knows first-hand how hard it is to squeeze even just a few minutes of sewing time into daily life. Her patterns are written with the busy, multi-tasking quilter in mind. Complex block construction is broken into small segments with concise instructions and plenty of full-color illustrations, living up to her design mantra of “stunning quilts made simple.”