Professional Relationships

I feel it important to disclose that I work for a few different companies. In each case I was a long time fan and consumer of their products before we began working together, and wouldn’t be working with them if I didn’t like and believe in their stuff!

Janome of America: I’m a Janome Artist, and sew on the lovely Horizon 8900 QCP which is on loan from them. I also sew on my personally owned Janome 6500. While I started my quilting life on an old Kenmore, I bought my first Janome in 1990, and have been a Janome owner ever since.

Hoffman Fabrics: I sew Quilt Market and pattern samples for Hoffman in exchange for fabric. I put a Hoffman fabric in the first quilt I made in 1989, and have been an avid fan of their batiks throughout my quilting career. I develop most of my batik pattern covers with their collections in mind, and they provide the fabrics and cross-market them with me.

Warm Company: Warm sends me the batting I use in all my projects, and is happy that I recommend it in my book and on my blog. I started using Warm &¬†Natural in the early 1990s when I moved away from polyester battings, and have used it ever since. I love how flat it lays, and how stable it is during basting. And when it ages it’s like butter. I’ve switched to Warm & White recently as it has a bit less shrinkage, and I’m not a fan of the super crinkly look once a quilt is washed.

Aurilfil Thread: I was late to party on Aurifil, only discovering them in 2010. Before that, I sewed on a mixture of whatever I picked up here and there. I now use it exclusively for all my piecing, and often for quilting. I’m currently working with Aurifil to develop thread collections to coordinate with batiks from Hoffman. Aurifil has also been extraordinarily generous in providing promotional thread packages for me to give to my students.