The Artists

Quilts by these artists have been selected for Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece. Without their talent and generosity this exhibit would not be possible.

Christine Adams (Rockville, MD)
"Faded Memory"
Using beads, buttons, photo imaging, and other embellishment, Christine's quilts tell stories. Her work is in the collections of Kaiser Permanente, The Children's Inn, The Greater Hospital of Baltimore, G Street Fabrics, and more. Her eclectic background includes studio artist; director of Rockville Arts Place; financial management for nonprofits; teaching art, English, and mathematics; and holistic healing. E-mail:

Naomi Adams (Leander, TX)
"Lost Moments"
Naomi is a violence prevention educator and crisis center advocate by day, and an art quilter and wine enthusiast by night. She uses her background in interior design as her guide. Naomi lives in the hill country of Texas, with her husband, dog, and cats. E-mail:

Mary Andrews (Grand Blanc, MI)
"Violets For Irene"
Mary Andrews has been a quilt artist for almost 20 years. Taught to sew by her mother as a child, Mary sewed clothing for herself and her children then began sewing quilts. Her award winning quilts have traveled all over the world and are in several public collections.

Georgia Bonesteel (Flat Rock, NC)
"A Porsche Problem"
Georgia was the creator and host of public television's "Lap Quilting" for 12 years, and the author of eight books plus the Spinning Spools pattern club. For almost 20 years she and her husband operated Bonesteel Hardware and Quilt Corner. Georgia served as President of the International Quilt Association, and received the IQA's 2001 Silver Star Salute and Bernina's 2002 Leadership Award. She was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in 2003. Most recently she has co-produced "The Great American Quilt Revival," a one-hour PBS television documentary that explores the historic roots of quilting as well as the people, the art, and the economics of the 20th century quilt world. E-mail:

Debbie Bowles (Burnsville, MN)
"Russian Olive Trees"
Designs from Debbie's Maple Island Quilts Company are loved the world over, from Africa to Australia. You may have seen her on various quilting shows on TV as well, demonstrating her inventive curves or one of her slightly non-traditional designs. Debbie’s style is "controlled inventive," achievable, and fun. Email:

Tammie Bowser (South Pasadena, CA)
Tammie is the author and inventor of "Quilted Photography," a system of creating incredibly realistic, pixilated images in fabric. She was taught to sew as a very young child and made her first garments at four years of age. Before starting her quilting career she spent 18 years as a professional fashion designer and patternmaker. Tammie's creativity enables her to design contemporary quilts, and contemporary quilting techniques without traditional rules or restrictions.

Timi Bronson (Salem, CT ) with Cherile Johnston, Sandra McCready-Bianco, and Dona McCready-Lewis
"Shattered Lives"
Timi lives in a small town in Connecticut with her husband. She is the primary caregiver for her parents who also live with them. She is the youngest of the four McCready sisters who each made a component of their exhibit quilt. Timi is an avid collector of fabric and finds some time every day to fondle her collection.

Cherile LOVES quilts. She has collected, reconstructed, and repaired antique quilts for over twenty-five years; finding satisfaction in hand quilting these. After participating in a round robin with her three sisters, she found a whole new world of quilting and now even machine quilts!

Sandra is the second of the four McCready sisters. She lives in Sun City Center, FL with her husband. She has been sewing as long as she can remember and started quilting after receiving a maple leaf quilt wall hanging from her elder sister over 20 years ago. She especially enjoys making miniature quilts.

First of the sisters, Dona has sewn since age 10, at one time designing and sewing for others. Along the way she discovered that, unlike sewing, quilting only required a small amount of many fabrics. Quilting (at least collecting fabrics) became an addiction. At Timi's instigation, Dona now enjoys the challenge of making art quilts.

Jannett Caldwell (Avondale, PA)
"Losing My Mind A Piece At A Time" Inspired by her artistic nature, Jannett has been creating quilts for her family and friends since 1971. Any child wanting to make a fabric creation has been welcomed into her studio. In addition to teaching children to love quilting, Jannett uses her quilts to help others. She makes quilts for the local rescue squad and for sick children. Another passion is finding, documenting, and re-creating old quilts. For the past two years she has assisted the Delaware Quilt Documentation Project. Alzheimer’s has touched Jannett's family and, by extension, her art. E-mail:

Sonia M. Callahan (Piedmont, CA)
"Women Who Were"
"Alzheimer's Thief"
Sonia, a mother of four, has lived and worked in many different places, including Australia, Indonesia, and England. She credits traveling for her love of ethnic fabrics, which she uses in most of her quilts. Her quilts have appeared in several publications, and an article she authored on cyanotype was published in The American Quilter. Her interest in quilting began when she helped immigrant students use their needle skills to subsidize their income. She is a most versatile teacher, having taught pre-school to community college and everything in between.

Barbara Campbell (Pine Brook, NJ)
"Remember When?"
Barbara is a quilt and pattern designer who has a background in technical reading for magazine publications as well as individual designers. She was editor of two quilting magazines and has written and contributed to several books, including A Gathering of Days by Elisa Wilson. Se is the author of Denim Divas (with Jacqui Clarkson) and Holiday Quilts (with Yolanda Fundora). Barbara and Yolanda also design fabric for the quilting industry. E-mail:

Elsie M. Campbell (Dodge City, KS)
Elsie is an award winning quiltmaker, international teacher, writer, and editor. She is author of Nine Patch and Snowball Quilts (©2003 Chitra Publications) and Winning Stitches (©2004 C&T Publishing). Her 75+ awards include Best of Show—Quilt America! 2000; the Mary Krickbaum Award for Best Hand Quilting—National Quilt Association, 2001; and the American Quilter's Society's Excellence in Hand Workmanship Award, 2003.

Linda Carslon (Mexico, MO)
"I'm Going Home Now"
Linda has been teaching quilting for more than 25 years, throughout the United States and overseas. Her specialties are needle turn hand applique' and precision machine piecing techniques. Linda is the author of four books and enjoys sharing her heartfelt belief that quilts have the ability to soothe the stresses of our every day lives. Linda is also a fabric designer for Benartex fabric.

Claudia Comay (San Ramon, CA)
"The Left Behind"
Claudia joyfully focuses on shape by using fabric in a minimalist way. She exhibits throughout the United States, and internationally. She received an Artist In-Residence fellowship to Yosemite National Park and was featured in the PBS video Woman's Work: Making Quilts—Creating Art.

Cindy Cooksey (Irvine, CA)
Cindy is a native Southern California fiber artist, whose works have been shown, among other places, at Quilt Visions 2002, Quilt Expos in Lyon, Innsbruck, Barcelona, International Quilt Festival in Houston, and La Jolla Fiber Arts Gallery. Her quilts typically employ appliqué, vivid colors, and a sense of humor.

Linda Cooper (Burke, VA)
"Fading Memories"
Linda's family has endured her quilting obsession for 20 years. She credits many of her quilting abilities to her guild, Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia, and to the wonderful quilt teachers and workshops it has sponsored. E-mail:

Melody Crust (Kent, WA)
"Fade To Gray"
Melody is a nationally recognized, award-winning quilter active in every facet of quilting: teaching, curating, judging, exhibiting, and writing. Her quilts are bold, jubilant, and sumptuously embellished. Melody's latest book, Quilt Toppings; Fun and Fancy Embellishment Techniques, is receiving rave reviews.

Nancy Brenan Daniel (Prescott, AZ)
"Research Now…There's Still Time"
Nancy Brenan Daniel is a traditional and a studio quilt maker, designer and teacher. As the granddaughter of a quilter she has had a lifelong interest in the art. After the university she began her professional life as an art educator. She is a skilled designer, writer, and teacher, who demonstrates her work through her classroom and as a prolific author of books and magazine articles – mostly about the art of the quilt.

Ronnie Doyal (Centerville, OH)
"Once Upon A Time The World Was Bright And Beautiful"
Ronnie is a native of the Southwest. Born in Texas and raised in New Mexico, her art often reflects those roots. She is a self-taught quilter but she considers herself a mother first and fits in quilting when there is time. In addition to quilting she works part-time as a photographer's assistant and takes lessons in Taekwondo where she has achieved the rank of 2nd Dan. E-mail:

Linda Dunn (Cambridge MA)
"Trying To Remember"
After graduating from a feminist college, Linda Dunn worked her way up the food chain in the publishing and high tech world. Then she kicked it all away for art school. Now shocked to be past 50, she loves her husband, raises her daughter, works at her art, and passionately loves all three.

Marla Ferguson (Palisade, CO)
"A Tribute to a Man and His Family"
Marla began sewing when she was 10 and has been quilting for the past 21 years. She started out with strip-pieced traditional quilts and has grown to include fusible applique. When she found out that she could combine quilting and garments in wearable art, she was in heaven! Wearable art is still her favorite sewing/quilting venue. Marla loves working with color, design, fabric and embellishments and has a current focus working on art quilts. She especially enjoys making some kind of statement or interpreting a theme with her quilts and wearables. She loves to support worthy causes by providing quilts for fundraising auctions and sales. It allows her to feed her own soul through the creative process while providing for the healing of others. Marla has won awards for her wearable art both locally and nationally.

Gail Garber (Albuquerque, NM)
Gail Garber began quilting 26 years ago after taking a class at a local shop. Now internationally known, she teaches and lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad. She is the author of two books: Stellar Journeys, and Sensational Stars, and is known for her colorful, geometric, free-form designs.

Diane Gaudynski (Waukesha, WI)
"Mourning Too Soon"
Diane is an NQA Master Quilter, has won numerous prestigious national and international awards and authored two best-selling books on machine quilting, Guide to Machine Quilting and Quilt Savvy—Gaudynski's Machine Quilting Guidebook. Known for her traditional, intricate, and original designs in home machine quilting, she is a patient teacher to machine quilters around the country.

Becky Goldsmith (Sherman, TX)
"Trying To Hold On"
Becky Goldsmith is best known as half of the design team of Piece O' Cake Designs, whose patterns and cheerful color palette have charmed quilters since 1994. She is co-author of 19 books and has taught nationally for more than 10 years. Becky's quilts, though often traditionally inspired, are always imaginative and fresh. Her workmanship is impeccable.

Morna McEver Golletz (Laytonsville, MD)
"I Like The Red"
Morna is the editor and publisher of The Professional Quilter, a business journal for serious quilters. She has had a needle in her hands since the age of three when she threaded needles for her great-great grandmothers. She discovered quilting in 1977 and hasn’t looked back since. She has won awards in both her fields of creative endeavor: quilting and journalism. E-mail:

Susan Gourley (Fort Wayne, IN)
"What If I Can't Remember That I Loved You?" Susan's artwork ranges from quilts to wearable art; all using her own surface designed fabrics as her way of expressing herself. Her background is a Fine Arts Major in painting and sculpture with a strong fiber arts history. She devotes herself fulltime to home schooling her children and her studio work. E-mail:

Joan Hailey Hansen (Rolla, MO)
"Jackie's Chocolate Quilt"
Joan, an accomplished stitcher of wearable art, has recently turned her attention to wall quilts. Her pieces are filled with detail and often tell a story. She recently discovered the joy of portrait painting on cloth. This is the first time she has exhibited a quilt nationally. E-mail:

Beth Hartford (Zion, IL)
Beth began quilting in 1984. She learned to hand dye fabric using Procion dyes in 1998 and fell in love with that creative process. She began using her exquisite hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics almost exclusively in her own quilts, and now produces this fabric for other quilters and textile artists through her company, Quilters Stitch Together.

Janet M. Heliker (Waterloo NE)
"The Song Goes On"
Janet is a “try something new” type. She married her high school sweetheart, the engineer, and raised five interesting, diverse people. She graduated from college at 42 with a Master’s Degree in Economics. After 18 years of teaching high school, she found the wonderful world of quilting and spending time with her 13 grandchildren.

Donna Hudson (Seattle, WA)
"Holes In My Memory"
Donna is a fabric artist in love with color and form. She started doing traditional quilts (after life as a database engineer) and discovered the joy of contemporary fabrics and original design. This is the first time her work will be exhibited nationally. E-mail:

Linda J.Huff (Algonquin, IL)
Linda has had her hands in fabric all of her life. She began constructing doll clothes and progressed through cross-stitch, crochet, garment construction, crewel embroidery, counted cross-stitch, and most recently art quilts. Linda attempts to incorporate her diverse knowledge of sewing techniques in her work.

Liz Kettle (Monument, CO)
"Tears Of…"
While Liz Kettle is new to the world of art quilts she has been a traditional quilter for 18 years and a fabric connoisseur for over 40 years. Liz lives in a world of happy chaos with three teenage boys, two cats, and one husband. She home schools two of her sons, works part time, and quilts in her spare time. Liz is as crazy about words as she is about fabric and is working on a book to combine the two passions of her life.

Kathy Kansier (Ozark, MO)
"Dear Diary"
Kathy is a national quilting teacher, show judge, and AQS Certified Appraiser. She is the author of Ozark Varieties. As a quiltmaker, she specializes in edge treatments, hand and machine appliqué, and crazy quilts. Kathy and her husband are building a quilters' retreat center on their property.

Barb Lamb (Baton Rouge, LA)
"It's Like Grandpa's Memories Have Been Sucked Away"
Barb Lamb is a domestic goddess (aren't all stay at home moms?), and mother of four. This is her first quilt in an exhibit. She has learned quilting from friends, books, and online quilt groups, while passionately gleaning tips and information anywhere she can. She will take a class, someday! E-mail:

Kate Laucomer (Lincoln, NE)
"Out Of Control: In Memory of Bill"
Kate made her first quilt (a scrappy one-patch) with her grandmother when she was 12. In 1993, she started her own pattern company, Homespun Charm, which caters to beginners and more experienced quilters who want quick projects with a primitive look. Kate's exhibit quilt demonstrates her versatility as she moves beyond traditional with a powerful visual statement.

Sue Lemmo (Clearfield, PA)
"Mimi Has Squirrels In Her Attic"
Sue is a high school art teacher currently working on three series: one reflecting her political and social involvement in work that often features dry humor; the second utilizing layers of sheer fabrics to create movement, texture, and pattern; and the third using a minimalist visual vocabulary to convey a sense of meditative reflection. E-mail:

Cheryl Lynch (Broomall, PA)
"Leaving Us"
Cheryl made her first quilt in 1975 as a newlywed and impoverished chemistry graduate student. But it took another 17 years for her to make the next one. That second quilt led to a career that has involved teaching, designing Judaic patterns, commissions, and winning ribbons at quilt shows. E-mail:

Peggy Mages (Lake View, NY) with Liz Schwartz & Stephen Seifert (Newport, VA)
"Puzzling Memories"
In her "former life," Peggy was a children's librarian who amassed a fantastic personal library of quilting books, but had little time to open them. Now retired, she is finding plenty of opportunity to put her collection to use and attempt those projects she had previously only imagined. Making charity and gift quilts provide her greatest satisfaction.

Working together in 1995,Liz Schwartz and Stephen Seifert began The Foundation Piecer, now Quilts with Style, a quilting magazine featuring their fresh and original designs as well as inspiring articles. They are also the authors of seven best-selling books on foundation piecing. Pioneers in quilting and the internet, they were the first to begin selling downloadable quilt patterns online, at their sister site They both believe deeply in providing their readers with fresh and interesting ideas that inspire quilters to express their creativity and enrich their lives. E-mail: and

Helen Marshall (Waikanae, New Zealand)
"Once A Shining Star
Helen has been quilting and embroidering for many years. She teaches widely throughout New Zealand and internationally as well. Helen curates the New Zealand quilts for the World Quilt shows in the USA. She is also on the faculty of Quilt and is the author of two books: The Miniature Embroidered Quilt and Wheel of Mystery Quilts: Surprising Designs from a Classic Block. E-mail:

Marsha McCloskey (Eugene, OR)
"A Day With Beebe"
Marsha McCloskey is one of the quilting world’s best-known authors and teachers. She has written or co-authored twenty-plus books on quiltmaking since 1981. Specializing in traditional designs such as the Feathered Star, she has taught drafting, rotary cutting, and machine piecing to quilters all over the United States and in eight foreign countries. She has her own small publishing company, Feathered Star Productions, Inc., and has designed lines of quilting fabric for In the Beginning-Fabrics and Clothworks.

Alice McGunigle (Shippenville, PA)
"Broken Memories"
Alice has a lifelong interest in fabrics and quilting. She spent many years overseas, becoming familiar with fabric arts in Japan, China, and Southern Africa. Her quilts have appeared frequently in national shows and in several publications. A licensed commercial pilot, she has a degree in mathematics, and loves dogs and books.

Philomena Mudd (Louisville, KY)
"Silent Tears"
Philomena made her first quilt in 1972. After years as a speech therapist she became a massage therapist and then began studying quilting. Now Philomena works exclusively from her home studio as massage therapist and Promising Quilt Artist. She lives happily with her husband of 34 years and three well-loved rescued dogs.

Ann Louise Mullard-Pugh (Las Vegas, NV)
Ann creates her art surrounded by more fabric than the inventory of most quilt shops. Her most productive studio time is late at night when quilt stores are not open. Ann has been a successful business owner, wife, mother, and caregiver for her mother’s final years. Her work has traveled in I Remember Mama I and II, America From the Heart, and numerous other exhibits.

Karen Musgrave (Naperville, IL)
Karen makes quilts and masks, gives presentations and workshops, curates and judges, and has dedicated her life to using quiltmaking to change the world. She works for The Alliance for American Quilts in several different capacities and curated an exhibit of Gee’s Bend Quilts in Georgia, Armenia, and Kazakhstan.

Sue Nickels (Ann Arbor, MI)
"A Bouquet For You"
Sue uses machine appliqué and machine quilting techniques to create traditional quilts often based on a theme and inspired by antique folk art style quilts. Sue’s most well known quilt is “The Beatles Quilt” made with her sister Pat Holly. This quilt won the 1998 AQS Best of Show award and is in the collection of the Museum of the American Quilters Society. E-mail:

Gay Young Ousley (San Angelo, TX)
"She's Come Undone"
Gay constructs colorful fabric landscapes which reflect her love of nature and her appreciation of the majestic scenery of West Texas and the American Southwest. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Western Art in Wickenburg, Arizona; the Fiber Arts Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and numerous regional shows in South Central Texas. E-mail:

Diane Petersmarck (Evanston, IL )
"The Crooked Path
Diane is a scrapbooker turned art quilter — a natural progression as both involve design and color. It is obvious from Diane's work that this new fabric medium has been eagerly embraced! She began small, with fiber postcards, and has now graduated to wall quilts that are thoroughly enchanting.

Meena Schaldenbrand (Plymouth, MI)
"Mixed Emotions
An enthusiastic quilter of 25 years, Meena has made well over 200 quilts. Many are reactions to personal history or current events. She has exhibited throughout the United States, and overseas, including the US embassy residence in Islamabad, Pakistan. Her current work includes the use of metal embellishments including aluminum, brass, copper, hardware cloth, gutter guard, window screen, and pop cans. E-mail:

Ami Simms (Flint, MI)
"Underlying Current"
First introduced to quiltmaking in 1975 while conducting anthropological research among the Old Order Amish, Ami began a teaching career eight years later. She has taught throughout the US and in seven foreign countries, and was named Teacher of the Year in 2005. She is the author of eight books, numerous patterns, and is the creator/curator of the Worst Quilt In The World Contest®. One of Ami's quilts was displayed in the US Ambassador's residence in Dakar, Senegal through the Arts in Embassies program. Through a quirk of fate, her participation in that program earned her an invitation to the White House. Ami writes a free monthly e-newsletter for over 18,000 quilters. She is the founder of The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and the curator of "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece."

Mary Stori (Clyde, NC)
"Brain Cramps"
Mary enjoys using embellishments to enhance her quilt designs. She has written six books and recently completed an instructional beading DVD. A sought-after teacher on the national circuit, Mary was awarded 2004 Teacher of the Year by the Professional Quilter.

Judith Szumlas (Maquoketa, IA) with Marcia Hohn (Pittsfield, ME)
"Shards of Memory"
Judith is a retired surgical nurse. She and her sister take care of their 92-year-old mother who has Alzheimer's disease and cannot be left alone. Quilting, has become the perfect pastime, allowing Judith to keep an eye on Mom while she nurtures her own creative spirit. Judy has five quilts under her belt, and visions of dozens more dancing through her head.

Marcia is a Mom/quilter/pattern designer from Central Maine, whose work appears regularly in Quilt Magazine. She's been quilting since her two girls were young, some twenty-five years ago. She's a floater in the Pine Tree Quilter's Guild, and settled on quilting after many years of dabbling in other hand work. Hohn House currently includes Marcia, engineer-husband Joe, Golden Retriever Sam's-a-Lady, and, in the summer, youngest daughter Kristen who is a Junior in college.

Janet Jones Worley (Huntsville, AL)
"Forever Flowers"
Janet is a professional quilt artist, designer, author, and teacher. Her newest book Quilts for Ice Cream Lovers will be available spring 2007. Janet has appeared on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson’s (HGTV), The Morning Show and Global View (Canadian television). She is the creator of the irresistible "Quilters With Attitude" soft sculpture lapel pins. One of her quilts is on permanent display in the library of Peking, China.