Donna di Natale

Donna is a third-generation quilter. Her mother, grandmother and aunt all were quilters — some for necessity and some for pure pleasure. When she was 5 years old, Donna received a Raggedy Ann and Andy embroidery kit as birthday gift. Her mother taught her how to Donna di Natale June 2012embroider the designs on the pre-stamped blue fabric. Her mother then taught her how to turn those small pieces into a quilt for her dolly using a little Singer sewing machine. That little quilt disappeared long ago, but Donna’s love of quilts and quilting is still strong.

Donna is also a quilt collector. Her collection began when she discovered the quilts her mother had stored away in the attic. They were quilts her mother, aunt and grandmother had made. The fabrics in those quilts from the 1930s to ’50s told so many stories. Her collection seems to be filled mostly with quilts from the ’30s. Her interests now include quilts from the late 1800s, perhaps because of knowledge she has gained as a member of the American Quilt Study Group. Studying the history of quilts and quiltmakers has only increased her passion for the art of quilting.

Today, her passion is also her livelihood. When she’s not quilting, she’s editing quilt books for Kansas City Star Quilts, which has given her the opportunity to meet and work with talented quilters from around the world. Donna is still seeking and collecting quits and shares them with others through her presentation “Confessions of a Quiltaholic.”

She and her husband love to travel, and Donna enjoys visiting quilt shops wherever they go and learning what quilters all over the country are working on.

Donna is the author of Anna’s Quilt: A Classic Design for Modern Quilters.

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