About Us


Hi, I’m Susan Emory. I am a fifth generation quilter, graphic designer, wife and mother. I previously owned Quilter’s Corner in Midlothian, Virginia. After designing quilts for the store for many years, I decided to form a quilt design business.

In 2008, I teamed up with Christine Van Buskirk to form Swirly Girls Design.  Christine’s engineering background and attention to detail worked well with my graphic design experience and artistic training. I became the sole owner of Swirly Girls in 2014 and continue to design creative patterns with clearly written and illustrated instructions.

Swirly Girls Design has been featured in several magazines and my patterns are sold worldwide.  In addition to design, I have hosted many Schoolhouse programs at International Quilt Market and provide trunk shows and workshops for quilt shops and guilds.

“Perfect Ten”, a lap size quilt made from ten fat quarters, is my most popular pattern. In addition to quilt patterns and books, I designed the Monogram Buttons for Dill Buttons and have collaborated on two rulers for Creative Grids.  I design fabric for Michael Miller Fabrics and created the Clubhouse Quilt Club, a progressive quilt program.

I am actively involved in the quilting industry, a member of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals, a founding member of Richmond Modern Quilt Guild and an Aurifil Thread Specialist.

Visit my calendar – I just might be coming to a shop or guild near you. I’d love to meet you!

Look for fabric, patterns and books by Swirly Girls Design at your local quilt shop.


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