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Bette Augustine

Bette Augustine has been married for 51 years and is a grandmother of 2 lovely granddaughters.  Introduced to applique by her sister, Suzan, the challenges of making beautiful blocks from fabric and thread has never lost its enchantment.  Retired from various occupations including legal assistant and assistant librarian, Bette's greatest adventure was as Administrator for The Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy.  The exposure to years of amazing teachers and wonderful students gave her plenty of inspiration to grow in applique.  Her work has appeared in several of Elly Sienkiewicz's books, and she currently teaches at Primitive Gatherings in Temecula California

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Darla Hanks


Darla Jo Hanks started quilting in 1990 wanting to make quilts for her family.

After a couple years of piecing quilts she stumbled upon "the freedom of design in applique".  She has been hand stitching and designing since then.

Focusing on the Baltimore Album style and the needle turn applique stitching method, she's had her work juried into several national shows including Paducah, Houston, Pacific International and many Iowa shows. The last few years Darla has fallen for the Broderie Perse style of applique which she now calls her favorite. Darla favors making original works over patterns to release "all her bottled up creativity".

Darla lives on a small acreage outside Forest City, Iowa with her husband Darrell and two dogs.

She also enjoys gardening and teaching her grandchildren to sew.

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Sandra Starley


Sandra Starley is a nationally certified quilt appraiser, historian, researcher, quilt collector, lecturer, designer and instructor. She maintains an extensive collection of both antique quilts (early, unusual and masterpieces) and research materials and is active in the American Quilt Study Group and the Quilt Alliance.

She presents trunk shows on quilt history/dating and antique quilts as material culture.  She enjoys reproducing quilts from her collection especially in small scale.  She has won national awards for both her antique reproductions and has been part of several traveling exhibits and has quilts featured in national quilt magazines and several historical quilt books.



Deborah Tirico

Deborah is an avid needle artist, designer, instructor and author. She has studied appliqué with national and international teachers and continues to study historical appliqué quilts and coverlets.


Her area of specialization is the creation of a sculptural look to felted wool appliqué by using needle tilting techniques and the layering and stuffing of wool pieces. Deborah’s designs feature matching and over-dyed wool threads, and embroidery embellishments which enhance and define the clarity of her subjects.


She is an active member of the EGA, EAC, NETA, PA quilters and Loundon Sampler Guild and enjoys teaching at guilds, chapter meetings, and regional, national and international seminars.   


Her first book, “Gorgeous Wool Appliqué: A visual guide on adding dimension and unique embroidery” was released in October 2015 and her second book “Dimensional Wool Appliqué Baltimore Style which translates traditional Baltimore Album blocks into her own felted wool style was released in December 2016.


Examples of Deborah’s work can be found on her website at http://deborahtirico.com.