Who is Bill Kerr?
Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are professional quiltmakers and co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio, a design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Having written the first book on Modern Quilting, Bill and Weeks are pioneers of the Modern Quilt Movement.Weeks made her first modern quilt in 1987 to rethink the possibilities of the American quilt as being expressive of the time in which we live. Having sewn since he was 8, Bill began designing and making modern quilts in 1995.
Modern Quilt Studio launched the first ever magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting, Modern Quilts Illustrated, in 2011. Their books on modern quilting and design include Transparency Quilts, Quilts Made Modern, The Modern Quilt Workshop and Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop and A Kid’s Guide to Sewing.
Their work has been featured widely in the national press including in O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Dwell, American Patchwork & Quilting, Patchwork Tsushin, France Patchwork and Country Living among others. In addition to having worked with various fabric companies, Bill and Weeks have developed bedding and textiles for Crate and Barrel.
Weeks and Bill have taught extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan (classes taught in Japanese), England and France (classes taught in French). In addition, Weeks has taught two online classes, Designing Modern Quilts on Craftsy and Solids Revolution on iquilt.com.
When not busy designing and sewing, Weeks writes about craft and creativity on her blog Craft Nectar. When he’s not working in the studio, Bill can be found at Dominican University in River Forest, IL where he is Director of the Graphic Design Discipline and former Chair of the Art Department.