Carolyn Cullinan McCormick was raised on a ranch in eastern Montana. She started quilting in 1985 and soon began teaching a variety of quilting and craft classes. In 1995, she invented the Add-A-Quarter ruler. The original design was meant to be used with templates, which automatically adds the quarter inch seam allowance and allows one to use her rotary cutter and cut multiple pieces, all at one time. A short time later, the paper-piecing world discovered how wonderful it was for paper piecing. It is now a standard must-have tool for anyone wanting to paper piece.
Carolyn has written two books for The Kansas City Star, Carolyn’s Paper-Pieced Garden and Hard Times, Splendid Quilts. Both books feature beloved patterns from The Star, adapted for paper piecing. Her third book that focuses on paper-piecing and patterns from the 1940s will be released in Spring of 2008.
She has been married to her husband Larry for 31 years. They have been blessed with a daughter Jennifer and son Ryan, and his wife Megan.