A political science major with a minor in art, Joanna began quilting as an adult when she took a drop-in class at a mall, turning out a Log Cabin project. She made only four or five quilts before deciding she didn’t like following other people’s directions and would rather design projects herself.
In 2004, while she was teaching and designing at the Thimble Creek quilt shop in Concord, California, Moda Fabrics asked her to come up with a color palette for a line and some designs—in three weeks. “I was in the right place at the right time,” Joanna says.
Photo: A sunflower quilt (originally a Fiber Mosaics pattern) on the wall of the living room is one of the “five quilts I made from someone else’s pattern before starting to design my own,” Joanna says.