Barb Adams and Alma Allen
Barb and Alma met several years ago when Barb took an appliqué class from Alma. They
decided to begin a quilt book publishing company called Blackbird Designs. Both Barb and
Alma are inspired by the colors and textures of fabric. They not only enjoy working on
quilts, but also are excited by cross-stitch and rug hooking. They try to include projects
with wool and cross-stitch in their books. They both appreciate the break a small project
offers after working on several large quilts.
Barb works full-time managing the production line in a dental laboratory. In what little
time she has to spare she and her mom Leona Adams design and sew like crazy.
Alma works in the home. She and her husband Dave have four children, three cats and two
dogs. The childrens ages span from college age to middle school.
Alma and Barb both enjoy gardening and their quilt designs reflect this passion. They try
to incorporate flowers and gardens into their publications when ever possible.
Barb and Alma both feel that the friendships and laughter found through quilting are the
joyful part of life.