Martha Walker began making quilts as a teenager in the early 1970s.Â Since then, she has gravitated toward traditional textile arts such as embroidery, rug hooking, will applique, and her first love, quilt making.
In her efforts to challenge herself both artistically and technically, Martha began exhibiting her original designs in national and international quilt shows in 1994.Â She has won numerous awards including ribbons at International Quilt Festival (2005), American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show (2000, 2007), National Quilter’s Association Quilt Show (2005), Pacific International Quilt Festival (2006), Road to California (2001, 2002), Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival (2002), and The Arizona Quilter’s Guild Quilt Show (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007).
Martha publishes patterns through her company, Wagons West Designs, and is the author of Be Merry: Quilts and Projects for Your Holiday Home and Vintage Christmas.
Martha is married with two sons, Nicholas and Andrew, and daughter-in-law, Katie.Â She lives with her husband, Thom, and Nicholas in Phoenix, Arizona.
“In 1980, I was back in Kansas City after graduating from college.Â Armed with a pair of scissors, I eagerly clipped any and all quilt patterns I found published in The Kansas City Star.Â The newspaper occasionally ran a feature called, ‘More Old Favorites from The Star,’ reprints of the old quilting patterns from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.Â I later inherited some of my grandmother’s Star patterns she herself had clipped out in the 1930s.”