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Designers share their visions through the things they create. Getting to know their stories offers insight into what motivates and inspires them—and may help you, as retailers, sell their products in your shops. 

Melissa Galbraith

Melissa Galbraith, the creative spirit behind MCreativeJ, which provides hand embroidery kits and patterns inspired by nature. In the April issue of Creative Retailer she answers our questions about her interest in fiber art and her business.


Laura Konyndyk

Hello! I am an illustrator and surface designer based in Hamilton Ontario, Canada. I am happiest working with watercolour and gouache paint, but also love doodling the hours away on my  Ipad. I strive to make art that is fresh, colourful, warm and lively.  My background is in greeting cards, however, it has been wonderful branching out into pattern and surface illustration, I am excited to create whimsical creations for quilting fabric. When I’m not drawing, I take great joy in being an auntie, cat mom, trail walker, dog admirer, podcast listener and cake/coffee enjoyer, among other things.


Judy Gauthier

Judy Gauthier has been sewing and designing for many years. She started as a 4-H member at the age of 9 and immediately began sewing and designing her own garments. A critical care nurse by trade, she is the owner of Bungalow Quilting and Yarn in Ripon, Wisconsin. She believes that increased health benefits are achieved by interacting with color and fiber. 


Sew Kind of Wonderful

Meet sisters Jenny and Helen – the creative forces behind the modern, contemporary, traditional curvy quilt pattern designs at Sew Kind of Wonderful. Over 20 years of creative explorations in quilting led them to quilt patterns, the development of easy-to-use rulers as an introduction to curved piecing, and, most recently, fabric design.     


Stacy West

Stacy is a “make it happen” girl. She comes from humble beginnings and worked her way to being a respectful designer in numerous mediums. She is an artist at heart and is not afraid to step out of the box & try new things. She has designed rubber stamps, licensed her designs in the gift industry, and designed logos & identity systems for various shops in the past. She does not believe in failures… only learning lessons! She is inspired and most importantly, driven.


Sandra Magsamen

Sandra Magsamen has touched millions of people, one heart at a time. Her message driven products have been warmly embraced for over 25 years. As an artist, art therapist, mom and award-winning author, Sandra uses her creativity and spirit to design gifts, books and collections that help people express themselves and connect with one another.  Sandra reminds us and teaches us to explore and experience each day with more heart, meaning, purpose and joy.


Patricia Pinto

Patricia was born in Colombia, South America and has lived in Florida since 1999. Her paintings are inspired by nature, which has always been her passion. Immerse yourself in an underwater world full of colorful fish, seashells, and coral reefs. Seahorses frolic as you sink your feet into the soft sand of the beach.


Dawn Rosengren

Dawn Rosengren is a self-taught watercolor artist and homeschool mother of fourteen years. She grew up in a small town nestled in the country as an only child.  As a child, she found comfort spending time with animals when she was lonely. Now, she lives with her husband and two children on a five-acre hobby farm filled with many little animals they call family.


e bond

e bond, under the studio name of roughdrAftbooks, has long captivated audiences in the art world – provoking, creative ways to think about language and typography. It only makes sense then, coming from a legacy of artists and quilters, that e is now showcasing her art through the medium of fabric with FreeSpirit. 


Sharla Fults

Bright colors and endearing characters are one of the first things you’ll notice about Sharla Fults’ art. Her unique style has a wide range of appeal, people often tell her they instantly recognize her art on products they see in stores. Sharla draws inspiration from nature, fashion and travel. She creates sophisticated, colorful designs that are fresh and that reflect today’s trends. 


Fran Morgan

Fran Morgan, nationally known author, designer, teacher and co-owner of Fabric Café, has been professionally active in the creative industry for over 30 years. Fran has been featured in numerous quilting magazines and has published over 100 books and dozens of individual patterns.


Jan Mott

As a young girl growing up in rural upstate New York, Jan was surrounded by a family of artisans with a variety of artistic talents that spanned from painting to sewing and even woodworking. Being a country girl, she was always surrounded by nature’s landscapes and amazing wild life.


Sarah Sczepanski

Sarah’s monotype print technique aligns with the artisanal handmade, mindful slow craft trend amongst makers. Her gender-neutral artwork such as Rust & Bloom offers organic forms and textures in palettes on trend for home décor –very befitting as she sells her art through art dealers.


Yvonne Fuchs
Sewing at the Speed of Sound

Yvonne Fuchs is drawn to saturated colors and bold geometric designs. Maybe this stems from her earlier career as an aerospace engineer. Or perhaps it’s the product of intentionally focusing on her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Read more…

Janelle Girod and Kristin Rodriguez
Fiber on a Whim

Janelle is a fiber artist and her daughter, Kristin, is a quilter. Together they are Fiber on a Whim, an online source for surface design and embellishment products based in Georgia. This
dynamic mother-daughter duo experiments with paints, dyes, and three-dimensional objects to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art and inspire customers to do the same. If it’s not “bolted down or already attached to something else,” they say, it is fair game for application as an embellishment.  Read more…

May Chappell
Nothing Lost in Translation

Lee Chappell Monroe’s conversation is peppered wit made-up words. She describes her brother’s skills as “computer” and “mathy,” and her mom’s sewing tips as “garment.” The context makes their meaning clear, but when Monroe filmed a Craftsy class on tips and tricks for quilting efficiency she told quilters they could “gooch” the block over a bit. The producers had her rerecord it. “They said I could say ‘move’ or even ‘scooch,’ but ‘gooch’ was going to confuse international viewers,” Monroe recalls with a laugh. “It wasn’t easy to look up on Google translate!” Read more…

Lynne Hagmeier
Kansas Troubles Quilters

Lynne Hagmeier caught the attention of Mark Dunn, president and owner of Moda
Fabrics, when a block-of-the-month pattern she designed created a demand for Moda fabrics that were out of print. It was the late 1990s and applique BOMs were the rage. Read more…