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.
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.
Amanda Murphy is a quilt and fabric designer whose style bridges the modern and traditional. She is a BERNINA Expert and Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson; in 2018 she designed both a quilt and a fabric line to commemorate BERNINA's 125th Anniversary. Amanda is an international teacher, pattern designer, and fabric designer for Contempo of Benartex.
Colleen Tauke is a quilter, designer, and quilt educator with 40+ years of sewing experience, of those, the last 17 years have been centered around quilting. Early in my quilting endeavors I was challenged to piece a quilt that seemed daunting – fussy cutting, y-seams, strip piecing, hourglass blocks, a pieced border, and appliqué – and that was all in ONE quilt – my first bed sized quilt, that would become a quilt shop sample and win a third place ribbon at the Iowa Sate Fair in the “my first quilt” division.
Pam Heller is an international educator and cutting expert for AccuQuilt. For the past 7 years, Pam has taught quilters how to get the most use out of their AccuQuilt GO! fabric cutting systems at quilt shop events, guild meetings, and to tour groups from all over the U.S. and Canada.
With an early interest in all things crafty, Toby has taught herself everything from knitting to crochet, cross stitch to needle point and even tatting. While she came from a long line of sewers, no one else in her family had quilted. In 1985, Toby took a six-week long quilting course and has never looked back.
Born in Bedfordshire in England, Rebecca studied fashion and textiles at college in the 1980’s and then launched into a tedious office career working in sales for 15 years. In 2003, after professional burnout, Rebecca returned to her first love- sewing.
Ellen March is the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former editor-in-chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, she hosted Sew it All on PBS for nine seasons. She loves sharing her love of sewing, quilting and embroidery through in-person events, online tutorials and videos.