Alex Anderson's love of quilting all began in 1978 when she
completed her Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt as a part of her
work towards her degree in art from San Francisco State University.
Over the years, her central focus has been to understand fabric
relationships and to develop an intense appreciation of traditional
quilts and beautiful quilting surface design.
Alex is the author of 30 books with C&T Publishing, in four languages, selling near 1 million copies worldwide. Her quilts and instruction tips have also appeared in numerous magazines. She is the National Spokesperson for Bernina of America, a promotional partner for AccuQuilt's GO!, as well as a designer of her own line of fabrics with P&B Textiles, and threads with Superior Threads. For 11 years, she served as host of Simply Quilts on HGTV. Alex continues to be one of the most sought-after instructors and lecturers in the international quilting and sewing industry.
Alex is a founding partner of The Quilt Show.com and The Quilt Life Magazine (published by AQS) with Ricky Tims. The Quilt Show is the world's first full-service interactive online video/web TV programming created just for quilters. With over 120,000+ registered members in over 100 countries, The Quilt Show.com's mission is to educate, inspire, entertain, connect and grow the world quilting community in a fun, positive and interactive environment. The Quilt Life Magazine is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to celebrating the lifestyle of today's quiltmaker in a fresh and beautiful format.
Alex was chosen as the 2008 Silver Star Award winner, an annual recognition by the International Quilt Festival to a quilter "whose work and influence has made -- and continues to make -- a sizable and positive impact on the quilting industry and community."
Alex was also chosen by the readers of Quilter's Newsletter magazine (Feb 2009) as "The Most Influential Person in The Quilting Industry" (in a three-way tie with Ricky Tims and Karey Bresenhan of Quilts, Inc).
Alex's personal mission is not only to share her love of quilting with anyone who will listen, but to educate and encourage those interested in quilting as clearly and simply as possible, so quilting can continue to be handed down from generation to generation.
Alex has two children and lives in Northern California with her husband.
Visit Alex on the web at www.alexandersonquilts.com and www.thequiltshow.com
If you've got lots of little tools rolling around on your sewing table, then reach for this new gadget from Alex Anderson. It features Bernina's sharp seam ripper for fast "unsewing" and a long stiletto that protects your fingers while you're machine piecing or pressing. Use the flat end for finger pressing a seam or a pleat, or flip it over and use the pointed end to turn bias tubes or to shape the corners and curves of applique patches. Plus, its handy square barrel keeps it from rolling off your sewing table.* Quilter's Newsletter *
There's nothing like a celebrity endorsement to speed a product along to gotta-have-it status. And in this case, you really gotta have it. One of our fave stitch-gals, Alex Anderson, offers up her 4-in-1 Essential Sewing Tool made by C&T Publishing. It's a seam ripper, stiletto, presser and turner. It's like MacGyver does quilting! The pimp wooden handle has caps covering each sharp end, and the seam ripper is so sweet it could practically cut rope. And the super-sized handle makes it a lot easier to use than those dwarf rippers you got off your local store's notions wall. Pick up a couple - your home sewing room and your work-shop kit, natch - and thank us later.* Quilter's Home *
Alex Anderson's 4-in-1 Essential sewing Tool includes a seam ripper, stiletto,pressure and turner all in one handy wooden tool. The seam ripper, By Bernia, has a thin point and an extra sharp blade to cut away your unwanted stiches without damaging your fabric. The extra long stiletto facilitates tedious machine piecing and pressing (and protects your fingers). The pointed wooden end cap is a turner, great for little items and bias tape. The flat end cap , on the opposite end, enables smooth finger pressing.* Threads *