Nancy Rink—fabric designer—teacher—quilt pattern designer—quiltmaker—author. These all describe a woman who has taken a circuitous route to get where she is today. After twenty-three years of teaching junior high and high school English, Nancy decided to see what she could accomplish as a full-time quilting professional.
"It was scary and daunting, she says. "Although I'd been doing commission work for several years, I knew that was not going to pay the bills. So, I decided to just go all out, treat it as a full time job, and do the best work I could possibly do."
Nowadays, you can find Nancy in her studio—Nancy Rink Designs-- in Bakersfield, CA, where customers can shop for her fabric and kits amidst the creative chaos of her working design studio. As a licensed designer for Studio 37, a division of Marcus Fabrics, she creates two to three fabric collections per year and the patterns to accompany them. She also develops block of the month programs for Marcus, some of which have included the popular Amish With a Twist and Getting to Know Hue programs.
Nancy has won numerous awards for her quilts, has had quilts published in many quilting magazines, is the solo author of four books, Timeless Traditional Quilts, Quilts That Honor Tradition, City Blocks and Quilts to Warm Today's Home, and has co-authored with her husband Oliver Away From Home: Quilts Inspired by the Lowell Factory Girls and El Camino Real: Quilts Inspired by Early California History.
For more information, shopping, and a gallery of some of Nancy's award winning quilts, visit her website, nancyrinkdesigns.com.