Olivia Narr, Doraville
Olivia hails from a long line of crafty folk on both sides of her family; although the “craft gene” seems to have skipped her dad (a sad tale indeed). In addition to quilting, she knits, cross-stitches, and is even known to sew clothes. In 2018 she plans to work on finishing projects, improving her sewing skills, and of course learning new things. She aspires to one day be organized, and looks to her fellow board member Katey for inspiration on this front.
Olivia moved to Atlanta close to 20 years ago and calls Doraville home. She is an adventurous eater and really loves living near so many amazing restaurants. 🙂 She loves cats and dogs and shares her home with a housemate and 3 cats named Teddy, Lucy, and Mina. (If you even look a little interested, she will be happy to show you some photos of them!)
Even though she wasn’t expecting to act as co-president of the guild this year, she’s looking forward to working closely with the board to continue to grow the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild.
Nikki Stadler, Sandy Springs
Nikki’s crafting story began in high school where she learned to knit, kind of, after knitting and ripping and knitting that poor skein of yarn, she put the needles down for a spell; but picked them back up during college when she made a cabled scarf and hat. The hat was the perfect fit… for a watermelon.
After graduation, Nikki moved to New York City with her now-husband Ryan, where she worked at Purl Soho (an extremely well-known knitting-turned-sewing-and-quilting-too boutique), where she stayed for nearly 8 years. During that time her mother-in-law, a prolific quilt top producer, asked if she’d like to try out a longarm machine. The rest, as they say, is history. After one lesson Nikki was besotted. She began to dream of operating a little quilting business out of an arty studio in Brooklyn.
In August 2013, musings about “someday” leaving New York City for the south became a reality, and, shortly after that, Nikki fulfilled her longarm dreams and purchased longarm of her very own. She’s been running a little quilting business ever since, sans Brooklyn studio.
When Nikki joined the guild in 2013 she was delighted to discover a supportive group filled with crazy-talented and inspiring quilters.
Oh, and she’s also a mom to an amazing (editor’s note: and ADORABLE) 18-month-old, Oscar, who has basically taken over her instagram account. Nikki and Ryan are also expecting an as-yet-unnamed-baby-boy in March 2018.
Jennifer Durovchic, Roswell
Jennifer first noticed quilts as a child visiting the Pennsylvania Amish country where she saw a quilt with bright colors and a white background, a look she still likes to this day. In 2013, she took a class in modern quilting, which then led to her joining the Houston Modern Quilt Guild, and then the AMQG when she moved back to Atlanta.
Her mother sewed dresses for her when she was little until the incident in which Jennifer cut a hole in the front of the dress just to see what would happen. This was also the day she attempted to open a can of corned beef for lunch and cut her finger open. She then waved her bleeding finger all around. The walls of the house were never the same. In spite of this incident, her mother still slept in on Saturdays leaving Jennifer to her own devices. Eventually she began to work on craft projects that did not involve cutting her clothes or her hands.
As a Girl Scout, where her mother was the leader, she learned about sewing, tie dyeing, and other crafts. Her first “patchwork” project was a pillow made from all her mum’s scraps. (Her mother still has it even though the stuffing is leaking.) She also likes to do crewel and embroidery, as well as paper crafts.
In 2018, Jennifer’s goal is to finish a few works in progress, better organize her sewing room, and find a way to use her great grandmother’s embroidery scraps in a project or two.
Christie Berry, Dunwoody
Christie grew up in central Florida with a mom who encouraged her to try every craft in the craft store. Born with an engineer’s brain, she has always enjoyed figuring out how to construct things. For a while, her passion was building dollhouses. However, it turns out dollhouses are difficult to store, and not fun to cuddle with when complete.
Her first quilt was a queen-sized disaster that included extra high loft poly batting. She made a few more quilts because she liked the process but was never really in love with the fabric or design. In 2010, she was pregnant with her second son and went online to research some ideas for a baby quilt. This is when she discovered Modern quilting, designer quilt fabric (Tula Pink!) and a true love for quilting. She joined Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild in 2015.
Christie’s day job is forecasting manager for a big box retailer headquartered in Atlanta. She lives in Dunwoody with her husband and two sons. When she isn’t quilting, you can usually find her watching little league baseball games.
Cat Crain, Decatur
Cat grew up in Houston, Texas and was born into a long line of crafty women. Her love of all crafts began at a very early age with projects like Latch Hook and Painting. It wasn’t until her 30th birthday that she finally decided to take on the “daunting” thought of sewing and found a Groupon for a local company teaching beginner sewing lessons. It was during one of these classes that a woman asked if she could use her “quarter-inch foot” that started a conversation that would lead to her passionate fascination with quilting. She joined the Guild in 2017. It was then that she felt she finally found “her people.”
Cat loves all types of sewing and quilting. She has recently taken on the obsession of Bag Construction and hopes to have her shop up and running later this year with creations she has made. Other than sewing and quilting, Cat also enjoying learning new crafts, watching TV and movies, listening to audio books, going to see live music, and yoga. She is a big fan of shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, so just drop a comment about Daryl or something about Hilltop or House Stark to get a conversation going.
Cat moved to Atlanta in 2011 to be closer to her older sister and two nieces. She has adopted two fur babies named Cali and Tex. Yes, they are cats (just like her namesake), but she is a lover of ALL ANIMALS and even has a tortoise named Terra that moved in along with her boyfriend. For her 9 to 5 she works as a Cost Accountant for an Electrical Engineering Company. Although she stares at numbers all day long, all she really thinks about all day is what her next sewing project will be.
You can find her on Instagram as KitCatCrain or CatCrainCreations if you want to see her show off her stuff.
Brian White, Canton
Brian hasn’t provided a bio, so here’s what we have to say about him:
Brian is extremely photogenic, I mean, look at that adorable photo of him over there to the left! Look. At. It. Also, he’s an okay quilter. (ahem, understatement) That’s his work in the photo background. (It was commissioned by MailChimp and featured on a billboard near Krog Street in Atlanta.)
Sometimes he composes songs and with (very) little encouragement will sing at a guild meeting. He spends his free time quilting, singing, dancing, acting, and generally causing trouble. If there are people having fun at a meeting or event, Brian’s probably right there in the middle of things laughing and making others laugh too. (In short, we really, really like Brian, he’s a hoot and half.)
By day, Brian is a Realtor and sometimes even manages not to snoop in people’s medicine cabinets when showing homes. (It’s okay, Brian, we all do it!)
He’s also our featured quilter for January 2018, so if you want to read “official” information about him, you can take a look at his interview with MailChimp here.