Doug Leko’s story is unique in the quilting industry. He founded Antler Quilt Design in 2008, when he was just fourteen. He’d been quilting since the age of six, and working in his mother’s quilt shop over the years helped him develop his skills and refine his art. After pattern testing for various designers, he began to develop his own quilt designs. Doug took off from there, launching a full-scale design and marketing operation while he was still in high school.
Since then, his reputation has grown along with his business. He has a vibrant and growing collection of patterns available at quilt stores around the U.S. and Canada. New releases each year coincide with the timing of Quilt Market. With every new release, he signs and numbers the first 24 patterns, and those are intermixed randomly as orders are filled - so keep your eye out!
Doug takes a distinctive approach to his quilt designs. He enjoys incorporating secondary design elements, and he’s absolutely passionate about color. For Doug, there’s nothing like pulling together just the right mix of coordinating fabrics for a project. He loves every aspect of the quilting process, from design to fabric selection to handwork to binding. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, and in American Patchwork & Quilting.
When he’s not busy developing new designs or showing at Quilt Market, he divides his time between pursuing a marketing degree and teaching/speaking at quilt shops and other quilting events. Sharing with other quilters is what Doug likes best about his business. He always wants to know what people are working on, and he’s known as much for his outgoing nature and storytelling as for his unique passion about quilting.
Life seldom goes as planned. Certainly that’s true for me. My plan was to be an elementary school teacher, a mother, wife, and homemaker. Somewhere along my time line between leaving my teaching career and being a full-time mom, my plan began to unravel as my life’s journey started to take on a life of its own. As is so often true, I had no clue that this was happening.
While my children were very young, I was asked to teach quilting at a local fabric store. I firmly declined for about two years, but finally acquiesced. A few years later, I received a telephone call from a conference sponsor who requested that I teacher at her international symposium. I was stunned. Although I first decline, I finally agreed to the invitation. While at the symposium, I was invited to teach in England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland the following year. After discussing this invitation with my husband, we decided I’d do these teaching trips and then come home to go by back to my role as a fulltime mom and homemaker. That was my plan. Well, that didn’t quite happen, as you may have noticed. For these past thirty + years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach color, design, drafting, and technique classes to quilters and fabric artists in almost every state in the union. Unbelievably, my work has taken me to numerous countries throughout the world. My life has been so enriched by these experiences. I have had the good fortune to meet and work with so many people from different walks of life and different cultures. I have visited cities large and small, as well as tiny communities far away from nowhere. I have laid my head on beds in almost every type of housing imaginable. It’s been an extraordinary unplanned journey filled with wonderful memories and experiences.
I have had the opportunity to create commissioned textile art (fabric art) for corporations and private residences. I loved the challenge of creating artwork for a specific site. I have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to write books about the subjects that most interest me: color, design, drafting, and scenic landscapes. The teaching and writing experiences gave me the opportunity to design a few products that would help people work with color and design.
At this time I will continue to remain busy working in this field.
Besides teaching, I will be updating my book, Color
Play and continuing my work at my
pattern company, JWD Publishing. I have had such a great ride in this
accidental second career. Thank you for your support and your kindness. I look
forward to working in this field in the next few years.
My name is Kristin Swan.
I am a wife, mother, homemaker and quilter! (I won't say which of those
roles is my favorite.) Originally from
I was introduced to quilting by my Grandma . I am the delighted recipient of the only full size quilt she ever made. A beautiful queen size quilt all hand pieced and hand quilted. My first quilting project was a small lap sized quilt made up of half square triangles that Grandma and I made together. She was kind enough to let me use a machine for my piecing and quilting.
My first year in
I enjoy a variety of techniques from traditional piecing to paper piecing,
curves and applique, what I love
most is the artistry of quilting. I don't believe I have ever followed a
pattern precisely as it was written, and I am always looking for ways to
personalize my quilt. Drawing on
inspiration from all areas of my life, family, friends, faith, nature, and music,
I find the most fulfillment in creating something that has depth beyond the
colors, images beyond the shapes and expression beyond the pattern.
Hello! I have been sewing since I could reach the foot petal of my mother’s sewing machine, and quilting for about 18 years. I was born and raised on the North Oregon Coast in a creative family. My mom is incredibly crafty, and my dad is a gifted wood craftsman. They taught me the love for handmade items early in life.
My family moved to Bend, Oregon in 2007. When I started working at BJ’s was when I discovered I absolutely love teaching and sharing my passion for quilting with others. I have taught a variety of techniques over the years, my favorites will always be English Paper Piecing and Traditional quilts. I am a self proclaimed Scrap-o-holic, for which I have found there is no cure. (Not that I have looked very hard for one)
I have a great love for antique quilts, and stitching by hand. During my free time I can usually be found at my machine or with a quilt in my lap, just as life should be.