McKenna Linn is an artist, author, teacher, and vintage-sewing-machine mechanic who lives in DeLand, FL. McKenna's art-to-wear and ArtQuilts have been internationally recognized in competitions and publications. Her books and patterns have been widely acclaimed, and continue to sell through the publishing company she founded in 1995, Make it Easy Sewing & Crafts.
McKenna's ArtQuilts are original, one-of-a-kind creations that clearly show her love of color--raw, exuberant, visceral juxtapositions as well as subtle surprises. She often uses vintage men's ties and double-shot (warp and weft different hues) silk dupionni fabrics to add luster and vibrance, as well as surprising shifts as one changes their perspective on the work.
She also spends time refurbishing vintage sewing machines, and sewing on them. She owns two Web domains, GrandmothersSewingMachine.com and NecchiLady.com, and until recently maintained two extensive Web sites... Who knows, they may resurface one of these days...
McKenna and her husband used to live on a sailboat, "Tyche," but traded it in 2008 for a trawler, "Journey," with plans to do the "Great Loop." Their last adventure was fixing up a 110-year-old house in south Georgia, three buildings on over two acres of gardens and lawn. Their current adventure is being normal in DeLand, FL.
McKenna has written numerous sewing and quilting books and patterns under the name Nancy Restuccia, including the best-selling Quilting By Machine (Singer Sewing Reference Library), the classic Hold It! How to Sew Bags, Totes, Duffels, Pouches & More, and the popular "Humbug Bag," "Rumbleford," "Jambalaya," and "Tukaway Tote" patterns. She founded and operated the publishing company Make It Easy Sewing & Crafts for seven years, before selling it in 2002.