Shannon Gifford passed away in April, 2010 after a year-long battle with cancer. She was a valued colleague and these sewing guides represent just a fraction of her extraordinary depth of knowledge. Shannon was a sewing instructor, a fabric enthusiast, and sewing author from Cartersville, GA. She was popular and highly-regarded in the sewing community and I was lucky to collaborate with her for over 5 years until she became ill. Her online classes continue to be offered through her website, www.sensiblesewing.com. Shannon is sorely missed by all who knew her, but her incredible body of work and generous spirit live on through her writings, enriching and enlightening all of us who love to sew.