Becky Goldsmith and business partner Linda Jenkins started Piece O' Cake Designs in 1994. Designing and making quilts, writing books, and teaching others how to make quilts is a better career than Becky could ever have imagined. For more information visit www.pieceocake.com. Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins first met at the Green Country Quilters Guild in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they both held up their hands and volunteered for jobs at their very first guild meetings. Their friendship grew as they worked together on many guild projects and through a shared love for quilting, and for applique in particular. They started Piece O' Cake Designs in 1994, as they were each moving away from Tulsa. Becky and her husband headed for Sherman, Texas, with their two sons. Linda and her husband, Paul, moved first to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, back to Tulsa in 2001, and finally to Grand Junction, Colorado, in 2008. Linda owned and managed a beauty salon before she started quilting. Over the years she developed a fine eye for color as a hair colorist and makeup artist. Becky took a liberal sprinkling of art classes while completing her interior design degree. They think that their varied backgrounds have combined well, making the quilts they design distinctive. Becky and Linda initially self-published their patterns and books but are now very happy members of the C&T Publishing family. Visit Becky and Linda at their website, www.pieceocake.com, and their blog, pieceocake.typepad.com/piece-o-cake-blog.
Now that the holidays are behind us, it is the perfect time to think of starting our Christmas projects for 2014. C&T Publishing released a great book just filled with Christmas projects that was too late to get into our Nov/Dec issue. I thought this book had so many good ideas that I wanted to share it with you. From Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins of Piece O' Cake Designs comes Quilt A New Christmas. This book offers a fresh take on holiday colors and fun patterns for Christmas stockings, lap quilts, and wall hangings. There are seven projects all total with a great lesson on color and design as well as detailed instructions on quiltmaking and applique. Once you make one of these projects it will be hard to part with it. --The Applique Society Newsletter; January/February 2014