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The Elna Boutique Designers are exquisite artists creating beautiful sewing and embroidery projects for Elna customers. Keep your eyes out for Boutique Designers in your local shows and watch their blogs for great tips and patterns you can use!
Anita Grossman Solomon- Make It Simpler
ANITA GROSSMAN SOLOMON is a full time quilter and the author and innovator behind three Make It Simpler® books from C&T Publishing and her Cutting Lines™ patterns. Prior to Craftsy she has taught on Alex Anderson’s shows. Anita’s quilts have been displayed everywhere from the ceiling of the International Quilt Festival in Houston to an enormous screen high above Times Square in New York City. With a degree in Art and experience as an art curator, Anita has developed an in depth knowledge of and appreciation for quilting’s history as well as its more modern trajectory. While passionate about the look of some of the most complex traditional blocks, the daunting amount of cutting and sewing involved (and high seam ripper potential) got Anita’s brain working overtime to figure out an easier way. Suddenly, something as complex as the Make It Simpler® Pineapple block could be achieved in fewer cuts and better planned sewing. Since 2003, Anita’s books and the blocks she chooses to “revolutionize” keep all quilters in mind, offering techniques that will quickly deliver perfectly pieced blocks every time. An international guest speaker and popular instructor, Anita encourages her students to create the blocks and quilts that best express who they are – whether that’s via wonderful Liberty of London prints, exotic batiks or color drenched Kona solids. What’s Anita’s favorite part of teaching? “Waiting for each student to have their “Eureka!” moment of understanding the trick behind the magic.” Anita eagerly awaits the next wave of quilting expression, and is ready to innovate right along with it. She lives in Manhattan and blogs at http://makeitsimpler.blogspot.com
Erin Sobon Sundet - SewBon
Hi! I'm Erin and I blog about sewing and DIY over on my blog, Sewbon. I'm a twenty-something living in beautiful Denver, Colorado with my wonderful husband and our small menagerie– a precocious standard poodle, a three-legged tabby cat, and a crabby calico cat. I’m absolutely enamored with everything about sewing and crafting. If
craftiness is an inheritable trait, I like to think I got mine from my grandmother. My grandmother was one of the craftiest ladies I’ve ever known. She was a seamstress, a knitter, a quilter, and a painter, among many other things. I have such fond memories of her knitting matching sweaters for my sister and me, working hard to create beautiful family quilts and spending quality time with me doing fun, small crafts. Every time I create something with my own two hands, I feel like I’m honoring my grandmother. My blog name is actually pronounced the same as my maiden name!
I started sewing in 2011 and after turning a pile of fabric into a useful bag, I was hooked! I got a sewing machine later that year and haven’t stopped sewing since! I just love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with making something with my own hands. When I’m not sewing or fabric shopping, I enjoying riding my bike, hiking, skiing, and reading.
Jennifer Davey - Be Still My Crafting Heart
As a stay at home working mom I strive to strike a balance between family, home and work. First and foremost my priority is my family. I have 3 kids... 14, 12 & 10...and hubby of course keep me on my toes. In the professional world I am a craft designer, I get paid to play! What could be better? I love to create...sew, fold, punch, glue....whatever the substrate or craft I am in! I am on the May Arts Design team, I Love to Create design team, have been published in Sew News, Sew it All, Belle Amore, Crafts n' things, apronology and more.
Projects:- Thermal Lunch Tote