Sujata Shah, author of Cultural Fusion Quilts, is an award-winning quilter and designer. She finds inspiration in the rich handmade traditions of her home country, India; the quilts of Gee’s Bend; Indian and American utilitarian quilts; and African textiles. Drawn to handmade crafts, Sujata believes imperfections and irregularities show the personality of the maker. Using handmade crafts as a design element has led her to abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks. She finds hand stitching therapeutic and nourishing to the soul, and writes personal stories in stitches. Sujata has been teaching for 20 years in the US and abroad and teaches online workshops from her studio.