It was a case of opposites attracting that led to the formation of Swirly Girls Design. Christine’s number-crunching “left brain” logic complements Susan’s color-loving “right brain” characteristics.
After years of working together and teaching at a local quilt shop, Susan Emory and Christine Van Buskirk combined their talents to form Swirly Girls Design. Christine’s engineering background and attention to detail works well with Susan’s graphic design experience and artistic training. The Swirly Girls design creative patterns with clearly written and illustrated instructions.
Susan owned, and Christine managed, Quilter’s Corner in Midlothian, Virginia. After designing quilts for the store for many years, they decided to publish and market their designs. Since then, Swirly Girls Design has been featured in several magazines and their patterns are sold worldwide. In addition to design, Susan and Christine have hosted many Schoolhouse programs at International Quilt Market and provide trunk shows and programs for quilt shops and guilds.
The Swirly Girls became well-known for their popular “Perfect Ten” pattern, a lap size quilt made from ten fat quarters. In addition to quilt patterns, they are licensed designers with Making Memories and have designed a ruler for Creative Grids which will be available in 2012.
Their contemporary approach to traditional quilting has also led to two fabric lines with Michael Miller Fabrics and The Clubhouse Quilt Club, a progressive quilt program. Their first book, “Think Fast!” was released in May, 2011. Look for their next book, “Think Fast 2″ in 2013.