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Barb Tatera: Handi Quilter

Barb learned hand embroidery from her mother at a young age and started sewing on a sewing
machine in home economics class while in middle school. She was introduced to quilting while
living in Warsaw, Poland and continued to quilt as she moved to Paris, France and Geneva, Switzerland.

When she moved to Somers, New York, Barb joined the local quilt guild and began seeing longarm
quilting machines at quilt shows. She decided to buy a HQ Fusion® in 2009 and immediately got lots
of practice quilting charity quilts, serving on the guild board as chair of Charitable Activities.

An award winning quilter, Barb loves all kinds of quilting but particularly enjoys quilting in a modern
and contemporary style. Rulers and a water soluble marker are her favorite go-to tools. She is
passionate about helping new quilters develop the confidence to create quilts they can be proud of.

Barb also has a teaching background, with a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters
degree in Curriculum and Instruction. When she is not quilting, Barb enjoys yoga and hiking.
She lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband, and they have two adult daughters.

Tammy Madden: Embroidery Garden

Tammy Madden was introduced to quilting at a young age from her grandmother. Watching a quilt
come together into something you can see and touch continues to intrigue Tammy.

Ten years ago, Tammy decided to buy a new sewing machine and walked out with an
embroidery machine. This new journey unleashed a love for everything embroidery. Today, she’s
learned to incorporate quilting into embroidery. When not attending to her three children’s needs,
you will find her trying to turn a sewing pattern into a in the hoop embroidery design.

Kate Quinn: Sew Steady/Westalee

My fascination with quilting began when I received a Grandmother’s Flower Garden
quilt as a wedding present in 1991.  The gift of a second scrappy quilt further
solidified my love of fabrics and colors.  I made my first quilt to celebrate the
birth of my first child around 1993.  I had loved quilting ever since.  I love all
styles and types of quilts from art to modern, from traditional pieced to applique. 
I also love how quilting is a connection through the ages and across generations.

Originally a native of California, I graduated from West Point in 1991.  Right after
graduation, my husband Patrick and I began our life together by serving in the Army. 
I left the service in 1998 to be at home with our 5 children.  For the next two decades,
quilting became the bridge that helped me to build relationships in each new community. 
Though I have moved more than 20 times during my family’s military service,
quilters are a welcoming group and I have been so thankful for them.

As my kids have grown, so have my quilting skills.  I now have more time available
to share the quilting skills that I love.  I started teaching about 16 years ago.  After our
last move, I began working and teaching at local shops and guilds on a consistent basis.   
In 2016, I also became a professional longarm quilter, opening FabriKated Quilts.

In 2016, I was first introduced to Westalee Designs Quilting Rulers and Templates. 
I was instantly hooked!  Rulerwork tools have helped me advance my quilting skills more
that I ever dreamt possible.  I am thrilled and proud to be a Sew Steady Education
Ambassador and a Westalee Design Acredited Teacher.  The freedom and creativity
generated by these tools is so satisfying.  I want to give that power to quilters everywhere.