The Makers


Role: Cover Art Designer

Location: Illinois, USA


Sluggo is a quiltmaker/designer, graphic artist, and writer living in Valparaiso, Indiana, with her husband, their two rambunctious daughters, and an elderly parakeet. Hobbies/avocations include writing, collage and painting, sculpture, jewelry and clothing design, miniatures and dollhouse construction, graphic art, genealogy, collecting vintage kitchenware, and generally making a huge mess in her studio.

Sluggo has been involved with music and singing all her life: she made her first stage appearance at the tender age of 18 months (singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" to a large and appreciative crowd in a Chicago mall) and went on in later years to a brief but heady career as a barbershop quartet pinch-hitter for her mother's Sweet Adelines group. When not working in the studio or elsewhere in her home, she can be found at where she will be teaching online classes in quiltmaking.


1. Some Favorite Childhood Music

Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, the Jackson 5, most if not all of the Motown catalogue, Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, the Partridge Family, Al Green, bluegrass and fiddle music, and Big Band sounds.

2. Favorite Childhood Games

I never was the sporting type -- and was always picked last in gym -- but do enjoy dominoes and Animal Crossing. I also used to do a lot of horseback riding and target practice with rifles and pistols when I was a kid. It was like cowboy training, now that I think of it.

3. Favorite School Subjects

Music, art, history, English, German and Spanish classes, and good old-fashioned home economics, where I learned to make an A-line dress with a zipper in it. This was the defining skill which would later allow me to achieve world domination.

(Side note: It's an interesting coincidence that most of these subjects have been dropped from the standard school curriculum due to "budget constraints" or "political correctness" -- this is why I ended up as a volunteer art teacher for my daughter's school)

4. Some Favorite Places from Youth

Disneyland; Santa's Village; Galena, IL; my cousin Bambi's old house in Dana Point, CA; my granny's attic, which was full of old records and scary antique dolls and other strange stuff; Corsicana, TX.

5. Childhood Heroes

Space Ghost, Underdog, Bill and Mimi Riddle, my grandparents, and -- gosh, I really don't remember having a lot of childhood heroes, though I did think April Dancer (the Girl from U.N.C.L.E.) was really cool.

6. Dream Super Powers

I want to be able to fly! To leap tall buildings at a single bound! To be able to manipulate the time-space continuum like my own little pocket calculator! Second choice: being able to get out of bed in the morning and make coffee using my mind-power alone, so I can have a nice cuppa joe before I hit the floor. Lacking that, I got a coffeemaker with a timer on it. Score one for technology!