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Judy Allen

Judy Allen affectionately known, as the “Feather Queen” is familiar with every feature of the quilted feather. She is an experienced Longarm quilter, trainer, pattern designer, and author; her quilting experience is as multifaceted as the feather design itself. Before quilting, Judy was a china painter. She incorporated her painting skills, such as curved crosshatching, into quilting. Judy's Quick Quilting, her Longarm business, has been in operation since 1990. She hosts five-day training workshops, in her home, on the fundamentals of the feather design, basic to advanced machine skills for planned or freestyle quilting, as well as teaching how to create your own designs. She also travels nationally teaching her feather drawing techniques.

She recently released a collection of new pantographs, which quickly have become some of our best sellers.

Pam Clarke

A dynamo in the quilting world, Pam is the owner of the Log Cabin Dry Goods quilt shop and Home Stitches, a professional Longarm quilting business. To date, she has quilted over 7000 quilts! In addition, she’s made hundreds of her own quilts. Her favorite style of quilting is to mix appliqué with simple, scrappy-look piecing, a style that has won her numerous ribbons. Pam developed her “Designs with Lines” machine quilting technique to speed up marking tops. Her stencils, videos, and sketchbooks are full of ideas to go along with her stencils and are available from her Home Stitches Web site. Pam grew up in Sacramento, California, and now lives in Spokane, Washington. She has appeared on "Quilt Central" and with Linda Taylor on PBS television.

Pam’s Book Design with Lines is a must have for every quilting library.

Keryn Emmerson

Keryn’s early career as a drafter of survey plans and shop drawings, served her well when she adapted these skills in designing her own quilting patterns. Her pattern packets and pantographs always stitch out smoothly and are easy to use because of the alignment marking she includes. Residing in Queensland, Australia, Keryn travels to cities and outback areas all over her country to teach machine quilting. Keryn empowers new quilters by teaching many of her projects and patterns using a walking foot. She and her twin sister Meredith England were the first Golden Threads designers in 1996.

She recently released a collection of new pantographs, which quickly have become some of our best sellers.

Cindy Needham

Cindy fell in love with quilts while living in the Blue Ridge Mountain region back in the early 1970s. Quilting has been an obsession ever since. She started machine quilting in 1996 when she decided she could not possibly hand quilt all the tops she had pieced. With vintage linens topping every dresser and tabletop in the house, she tried machine quilting one to see what it would look like and the rest is history! Every piece took on a new life and became a unique heirloom. Having left a full-time job in the medical field, Cindy teaches and speaks nationally for Superior Threads, and is a popular guild speaker. She lectures on threads and thread selection as well as on her wholecloth linen quilting techniques. She has designed stencils for Quilting Creations International, created wholecloth designs for Golden Threads, and has had her work featured in "Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine." Cindy resides in Chico, California, with her husband, Kent, and their two dogs. She has two married daughters, Jenny and Emily, granddaughter Chloe, and another on the way!

Cindy’s whole cloth designs are perfect for those who always wanted to have one in their collection.

Sue Patten

Sue Patten began piecing quilts and hand quilting in 1991. As her quilting style evolved, she plunged into machine quilting in 2000. Sue now works out of her own Longarm training studio in Hagersville, Ontario, Canada, where she teaches a wide range of classes to quilters on every level from beginners to more advanced. She frequently travels throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe to educate others in the art of Longarm machine quilting. Sue has been featured on "Linda’s Longarm Quilting" with Linda Taylor and her quilts have appeared on Sue Warden "CraftScapes." Sue has been featured in various books and magazines, such as "Better Homes & Gardens," "Dream Catcher," "Rosemary Makhan’s Biblical Blocks," and Virginia A. Walton’s "Slow Down, Curves Ahead." Sue’s most rewarding role is that of single parent to three delightful children. Her deepest passion is spending time with them. Sue thrives on their artistic energy and draws inspiration from working with her kids.

Sue’s energy is evident in all her pantographs (named after drinks containing coffee) and the Book…. Is a superb aid in exploring freehand Possibilities.

Joanie Zeier Poole

Joanie Zeier Poole has been quilting for most of her adult life, beginning in ancient times, when she glued sandpaper to cardboard for templates, and a pair of scissors was used to cut fabric! Over the years, she has tried many aspects of quilting, from the traditional methods to the time saving innovations. At first, Joanie quilted only by hand, but as demands for her time increased, so did the desire to quilt by machine. Her first formal training in art was at the UW Whitewater, where she met her husband. She attended a one-year program in Interior Design and owned a home decorating business. Then when her two sons went off to college, Joanie returned to school to complete her degree in Graphic Design. Joanie has authored a series of books with Krause Publications and travels to teach and lecture at prominent shows and shops. Watch for Joanie on TV with Alex Anderson, Ricky Tims and American Sews with Sue Hausmann.

Joanie has provided Golden Threads with two new stencil products Options and Elements, which provide plastic stencils and the creative ideas on how to use them for quilts and home decor projects.

Linda Visnaw

Since age 7, sewing has been her joy. It provided her with unique fashion and décor, as well as a means of saving money, exploring creativity, and best of all, relieving stress. Linda had a successful career in Art Education/Public School Administration, after which she decided to focus her talents and skills on her passion for sewing while managing a Husqvarna Viking department in a JoAnn store. She loved being involved in the “real” sewing education world and became a Husqvarna Viking Educator. As an Educator she appeared on America Sews, worked at the various quilt and craft shows, and taught throughout the country. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications and has been sold as embroidery designs in a Signature Series by Cactus Punch. Linda has also authored an educational and embroidery DVD, Threads & Inks Together – Creating Synergy, and two embroidery/art work CDs, as well as being a certified Quilting from the Heartland Instructor and a Sulky Thread Artist. Linda’s greatest pleasure is working with students to guide them through the process that brings them to the place where we both see the light go on.

Karen McTavish

Longarm machine quilting allows Karen to combine her two passions: wholecloth and trapunto. Karen specializes in crafting award-winning quilts using techniques which allow machine quilters to replicate traditional "hand quilted" effects. She has been featured on PBS's Quilt Central and HGTV's Simply Quilts. Her work has appeared in Quilts from the Quilt Makers Gift #1 and #2, and numerous national magazines and journals. Karen is the author of four books, Quilting for Show, Whitework Quilting, Mastering the Art of McTavishing and Secrets of Elemental Quilting. She has been a full-time professional longarm quilter since 1997, supporting her family through her craft. She lives on Lake Superior's North Shore, quilting and teaching throughout the country. She has two children, Ally and Storm.

Karen’s McTavishing Stencil and Pantographs continue to entice machine quilters.

Cheryl Barnes

Cheryl’s love of machine quilting began when she tried a Longarm quilting machine and was immediately hooked. She quickly found she possessed an eye for analyzing, auditioning and selecting just the right quilting designs to stitch on customers' quilt tops. She became more fascinated with continuous line quilting designs and how they could enhance, and even transform any quilt.

This passion grew as she began to collect and develop a large library of quilting designs and along the way met very talented designers, many of who are still Golden Threads designers.

Along the way, Cheryl has been privileged to work with some wonderful people in the industry which has led her into exciting experiences while contributing to help the quilting world learn about quilting the quilt. She is the author of two best-selling books with American Quilters Society and was the technical editor for the other 7 books in the Golden Threads Book Series. She continues to act as consultant to a number of sewing machine companies and quilt frame manufacturers in regards to products and education for quilting. Cheryl has filmed several training DVD’s for home frame quilters and has appeared numerous times on America Sews and America Quilts Shows. Most recently she has been involved with the new, digital methods and techniques coming into quilting by working with leaders in these exciting technologies.

She is the proud founder, owner and President of Golden Threads as well as being a mother to 3 grown sons and the” The Golden Girls”.

Are you a designer who wants to become a Golden Girl? E-mail wecare@goldenthreads.com and enter New Designer in Subject section.

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