You asked for it, we listened. We are excited to bring you The Quilters Circle Podcast, where our host Ashley Hough will interview various quilters about their lives and stories. Ashley Hough has been sewing for over 20 years, first learning how from her mother at a very young age. When first starting out, she stuck to mastering commercial patterns before venturing into creating her own. Her patterns have been featured in Sew News, Sew It All, and she has even been on Sew It All TV. Quilting has become a new passion for Ashley.
What started as learning the basics quickly turned into designing her own patterns, – like her first quilt that included curved seams and hand appliqué! She was even lucky enough to have it featured in one of Quilty’s “This is My Quilt” episodes.
Ashley loves all things crafty, from sewing to knitting, crochet to quilting, and everything in between. When she isn’t working on a new project or learning a different technique she loves teaching her passion to others.
You can call me by my nickname “Marney”, but my real name is Mary Hertel. I design paper pieced patterns. I am an art instructor, pattern designer, mother and friend. You can find me in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but I do not have a “brick and mortar” shop. I sell on-line and at Quilt Shows around my area. You may also find some of my patterns at your local quilt shop. I’ve had a super creative drive all of my life. My designs are fueled by my past. Growing up in a rural farm community gave me a love for nature and animals, as you will see from my designs.
Mary Cannizzaro and Jen Cannizzaro are mother and daughter, friends and business partners. They are two of the most energetic people you will ever meet. In 2014, the duo opened Cannizzaro Creations, a quilting studio in Rockland, Massachusetts. They began longarm quilting for many quilters in the area, with Mary traveling to Massachusetts a few times a month to quilt. They have been commissioned to created dozens of quilts for fans of their work.
Catherine Redford was born in England where she learned to knit and sew as a young girl. After relocating from London to Naperville, Illinois, she learned to quilt and never looked back. She's an award-winning quilter, an active member of her local guilds, and a popular teacher at the local and national level. Catherine is a frequent magazine contributor and has enjoyed being a guest on Quilting Arts TV.
I like to tell people I make the biggest diamonds in the world. The adventure started nearly 30 years ago when an image of a gorgeous gem captured my imagination. As a new quiltmaker, I was unsure how to transform that image into a quilt, but knew there had to be a way. I began searching for the right techniques and, seven years later, made my first gem.
My series entitled “Bourbon Diamonds” celebrates Kentucky’s favorite spirit. My current series is based on the National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Daisy Aschehoug’s quilts have been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited, Love Patchwork and Quilting, Simply Moderne, and Modern Patchwork. She’s won awards and has projects included in multiple compilations. Before quilting, Daisy guided rafts, fought wildfires, and facilitated contentious natural resource management plans. As a recent expat living with her husband and two sons in Norway, she is currently planning how to travel through Europe while sharing her love of quilting.
Heather’s passion for quilt design is founded in her past as a landscape oil painter and her desire to be creative. She first tried quilting in 1995 but didn’t catch the quilting bug until 2011 when she designed, pieced and hand quilted her first queen size quilt. Shortly after that she discovered modern quilting and from that point on Heather has been designing and making quilts whenever possible. Her quilts and patterns have been featured in various quilting publications and is an active member in various local guilds included The Modern Quilt Guild.
Holly Brown works as a Tour Escort for Craftours. She loves her work, bringing together her two passions- travel and crafts. Holly was introduced to a variety of traditional crafts as a child, and has carried this interest with her throughout her life. She is outgoing and loves making new friends, and she takes pride and pleasure in her job, introducing her clients to the places she loves and the crafts that excite her.
Laura is a registered professional, with over 45 years of sewing experience including Seamstress, Quilting, Tailoring, Garment Repairs & construction, as well as teaching. Laura is also a published Pattern Designer and writes for various sewing & quilting magazines. Laura has been awarded the Silver YouTube Award, issued by YouTube. Also, in 2018, she was awarded “The Ultimate Zoomer Award” by ZoomerMedia LTD. Laura has signed a book deal with C&T publishing featuring quilting patterns “as seen on YouTube” – book scheduled release for Spring of 2020.
Lilo Bowman has worked as a floral designer, translator, tour guide, wedding planner, and is now editor-in-chief of TheQuiltShow.com. Her work has been varied, often challenging, but always creative. Since early childhood, she has been instilled with the desire for and love of doing something with your hands, learned by observing the varied and beautiful items crafted by both of her grandmothers. Raised in a German culture, Lilo was always keenly aware of and fascinated with objects (whether utilitarian or decorative) that were attractively displayed while still being orderly.
Jo Avery has been playing with fabric and yarn for as long as she can remember, culminating in her current role as a designer, teacher and entrepreneur. Her natural affinity with expressive colour informs all her quilts and her love of intricate techniques, such as needle-turn appliqué and embroidery, allows her to embrace both modern and traditional quilting. She is a regular contributor to a number of quilt and embroidery publications and enjoys inspiring others to discover their own creative potential through her studio workshops in Edinburgh.