Meet the 2018 AQS QuiltWeek Spring quilt instructors and start planning to learn something new and exciting…
Popular author, quilter, and fabric designer Alex Anderson has had a deep love of quilting since 1978, when she made her first Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt as a part of her work toward an art degree. Over the years, Alex’s central focus has been understanding fabric relationships, which is enhanced by an intense appreciation of traditional quilts and beautiful quilting surface design.
Alex is the author of 30 books in four languages, which have sold over one million copies worldwide. She is the National Spokesperson for BERNINA of America, as well as a designer of fabrics with RJR Fabrics. Alex is also co-creator of the Quilter’s Select brand with Floriani.
Along with Ricky Tims, Alex founded The Quilt Show.com, as well as The Quilt Lifemagazine which was published by AQS from 2009 to 2014. She has major won awards for her influence in quilting.
Alex’s personal mission is not only to share her love of quilting with anyone who will listen, but to educate and encourage those interested in quilting as clearly and simply as possible, so that quilting can continue to be handed down from generation to generation. Find out more about Alex at alexandersonquilts.com.
A BERNINA Ambassador, Frieda Anderson has been making quilts for over 40 years. Her original quilts are inspired by colors from nature and the everyday scenery that surrounds her Midwest home.
After discovering the art of hand dyeing fabric 20 years ago, Frieda now works almost exclusively with her own hand-dyed cottons and silks in her fused and pieced quilt creations. She loves the dyeing process and particularly enjoys seeing the colors emerge from the wet fabric. Frieda has been designing and making original quilts since she made her first quilt in high school, and she enjoys the challenge every step of quiltmaking offers — from beginning to end. Daily walks in the woods with her dog are Frieda’s inspiration for the hand-dyed fabric and original patterns found on her website at friestyle.com.
Jodi Barrows was leading a Quilting Revolution before anyone knew there was one! She called it the Square in a Square Revolution, and over the past 20 years she has remarkably touched tens of thousands of quilters throughout the world with her original message. Jodi noted in her first book, Square in a Square, that people have been enslaved by a history of traditional quilting methods. Through intensive research and hundreds of hours testing her quilting principles, Jodi created an easy-to-follow method to improve the quality and ease of putting quilts together.
Jodi has delivered her compelling message as a guest on several quilting shows, and she has spoken to quilting audiences in the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, and South Africa. Following the success of Square in a Square, she has written over 30 books and has been published in numerous magazines. She also designs fabrics for Studio e. Tools designed by Jodi are all designed to make quilting fun, fast, and accurate. Learn more at squareinasquare.com.
At first glance, many believe that Ian Berry’s art pieces are blue-toned photographs or indigo-colored oil paintings; in reality, though, his work is made from many layers and shades of denim jeans.
While Ian acknowledges that his style began as an experiment, while working with denim he started to realize his own connection with jeans, as well as the connections others make to their own denim.
Ian’s success has caught the eyes of many, and he has completed commissions for Debbie Harry, Jennifer Saunders, Giorgio Armani, Lapo Elkann, and Brazilian model Gisele. His work has been seen in many countries and has been written about in major media in all corners of the globe. Look for details on ianberry.org.
Author, designer, and passionate fabric curator Felicia Brenoe loves working with quilters of all levels. Her classes are upbeat and positive, and her passion is to support fellow quilters as they acquire new skills, develop their sense of color, and grow artistically. Felicia grew up in Norway, and her designs and colors are influenced by her multicultural life; she is very interested in how our geography and culture affects our quilting. Felicia’s work has appeared in several publications, including Quiltmania, Quilt Festival, Generation Q, and Art Quilting Studio, and she has published two books: My Cozy Village and The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest. Learn more about Felicia at feliciasworld.com.
Stephanie Brandenburg, Owner and creator of Frond Design Studios, is the Frond master artisan who applies her art to fabric, upcycled materials, and even architecture. Her vision is to create an environment that inspires and empowers creators of tomorrow. Frond Design Studios is a unique company that consists of true artists who take inspiration to fabric. The ideas become art, and the art becomes fabric. This fabric is sold in shops around the world and in its showroom, DelveMIY ‘Make It Yourself’. What makes Stephanie so unique is her vision that has brought beauty to the world in so many distinctive techniques. Learn more at her website fronddesignstudios.com.
Bonnie Browning has quilted since the late 1970s, and during that time she has taught and judged across the U.S. and around the world. Her travels have taken her to Australia, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Switzerland, Turkey, and most recently, Keqiao, China.
Bonnie is a certified quilt judge and a certified Zentangle® teacher, and she has authored thirteen books on quilting, including the award-winning Zentangle Art to Go, which was published by AQS in 2016.
Bonnie enjoys sharing good, basic quiltmaking techniques so that the quilts that are being made today will last for generations to come. Bonnie has been the Executive Show Director for AQS for the past 20 years, playing a vital role in bringing QuiltWeek to enthusiastic quilters across the country. Quiltweek.com
Karen Kay Buckley
In 1982, Karen Kay Buckley began quilting as a hobby and immediately sought every quilting class possible to improve her techniques. When a move in 1986 brought the opportunity to open a small quilting shop, her teaching career — and her business — grew by leaps and bounds. The former teacher and quilt shop owner has now completed over 300 quilts, some of which have been featured on the covers of quilt magazines. Among her many awards, Karen has nine Best of Show awards, including the 2013 AQS Janome Best of Show at Paducah, Kentucky. She is the author of several books, many articles and patterns, and two DVDs. Karen has been featured on several quilting programs and has created a line of products including Perfect Circles™, Perfect Scissors™, Perfect Pins™, and many more. She has been teaching and lecturing for over 25 years and loves to share her techniques and tips for achieving the best appliqué possible. Join Karen for an unforgettable, non-stop learning experience! Find out more at karenkaybuckley.com.
Carol Butzke is a certified AQS textile appraiser, one of three instructors for the AQS Appraisal Certification program, and a member of the certification board. She is a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles (PAAQT). She is also a certified NQA/NACQJ quilt judge, teacher, lecturer, writer, researcher, exhibit curator, quiltmaker, and quilt collector. She was co-author of The AQS Guide to Quilt Care, and also serves as a consultant and board member for the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
Carol’s quilts have appeared in various publications including American Quilter, Quilters Newsletter, and the Quilt Art Engagement Calendar. You can even find Carol’s work on the cover of a college history textbook!
Hollis Chatelain was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but lived fourteen years of her adult life overseas in Switzerland and in four West African countries. At the end of 1996, she moved back to the United States, and she has made her current studio and home in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Hollis’s educational background is in design and photography, and she has worked in the arts in one form or another since 1976. Beginning her career as a textile artist in Africa, Hollis’s interest was sparked by the richness and beauty of African fabrics, which are seamlessly integrated into all aspects of African culture. Her distinctive use of colors and imagery, as well as her dye-painted rendering of multicultural life, has brought Hollis international recognition. Her work can be found in public and private collections in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa. In addition to creating her textile art, Hollis frequently juries various art shows, and she enjoys lecturing and leading workshops on drawing, color, dye painting, quilting, and West African textiles. Find out more at hollisart.com.
Kate Colleran is a quilter, knitter, writer, and teacher. In addition to designing for several fabric companies, Kate has been a contributor to various quilting magazines, including McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts, Quiltmaker, and American Patchwork and Quilting. She is the co-author of the book Smash Your Precut Stash! from C&T Publishing, and she has published many quilt patterns under the name Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs. Kate loves teaching in person and online; she has online classes on Craftsy and Craft U. Visit Kate’s website seamslikeadream.com to check out her blog and see what she is up to!
Kathy Doughty is the owner of Material Obsession, a popular patchwork shop in Sydney, Australia, where creative people go to get busy! She is the author of five books, including Material Obsession 1 & 2, Making Quilts, Adding Layers, and Mixing Quilt Elements. In recent years, Kathy has become a fabric designer for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Her experience as a shop owner has helped Kathy learn first-hand where people often get stuck in their projects, and she uses that experience to help her students and clients move forward in their work. Kathy has taught extensively throughout Australia, the US, France, and New Zealand. Her workshops are geared toward achieving interesting results with relatively easy techniques, focusing on color, value, and scale while encouraging and supporting creative choices. Her students learn to reach beyond personal limitations and comfort zones to create something new and exciting. Find out more at materialobsession.com.au.
Award-winning art quilter Shelley Doyal has been sewing since she was eight years old. After earning her degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design, she enjoyed designing and creating wedding gowns and dance costumes for many years. With her husband Ben, Shelley opened three sewing machine and quilt shops where her love of art quilting began. After retiring from the stores, she has devoted all her time to teaching, designing, and making outstanding art quilts. She has won several awards for those quilts, including the Best Original Design Award at AQS QuiltWeek – Chattanooga, TN 2016.
Pat Durbin has a love for pictorial quilts. She started quilting in 1993 and moved into art quilting in 2004. You will see her latest adventures in many quilt shows. She enjoys sharing her unique methods with quilters eager to try something different. Having been a sewer all of her life, making art quilts seemed a natural way to express the artist within. Pat’s quilt, FOREST WALK is part of the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. Pat also has a love of writing. She has written four art quilt books: Fabric + Paint + Thread = Fabulous, Mosaic Picture Quilts, Mosaic Landscape Quilts, and A Walk in the Woods. Her quilts have been published in major publications including American Quilter, Quilter’s Newsletter, SAQA Journal, The Quilt Life, National Quilt Association newsletter, Quilt Magazine, and Machine Quilting Unlimited. See more of Pat’s work at patdurbin.com.
Karen Eckmeier, aka the Quilted Lizard, is an award-winning quilter and international teacher, author, and pattern designer. With a background in drawing but no sewing experience, Karen taught herself how to sew in order to make her first quilt. That was 30 years ago and she’s been hooked on fabric ever since. Nature often inspires her work, and Karen enjoys showing the viewer what she feels in lines and colors. Her art is happy and upbeat, concentrating on the positive and whimsical sides of life, as you can tell from the titles of her books: Happy Villages, Accidental Landscapes, Layered Waves,and Wearable Waves. Karen’s workshops emphasize her no-stress approach to playing with fabric, whether it be raw-edge collage or her layered/topstitching technique. No matter what, students always go home with an “I can do that” attitude. quilted-lizard.com
Kimberly Einmo is an author, award-winning quilter, designer, international instructor, quilt judge, and host of five popular Craftsy classes. A proud military spouse, she is the mother of two college-aged sons and lives with her husband, three cats, and one pampered pooch in Virginia, where she enjoys creating new quilts in her sunny studio.
Besides writing a regular column, “Kimberly’s Korner,” in American Quilter magazine, she has written articles and featured projects in numerous magazines and publications. Her six books include her newest, Clever Combo Quilts, plus Modern Quilts & More, Jelly Roll Quilts & More, Jelly Roll Quilt Magic, Precuts Bonanza, and Quilt a Travel Souvenir. Kimberly has developed a signature line of innovative quilting tools, and she has proudly represented several prestigious groups as one of Janome’s top Artisans, a BERNINA Ambassador, and a Pfaff Sewing Star.
Kimberly has traveled the world, often lecturing and teaching, including many quilting cruises with Quilt Seminars at Sea. She loves to meet quilters and share the joy and passion of quilting with everyone! See her website, kimberlyeinmo.com, to learn more.
Carol Elmore is an AQS Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles and an Appraisal Committee member with thirty years of quilting experience. Carol’s quilt history lectures include one her husband named “The Life and Quilts of Ida Stover Eisenhower.” In addition to appraising, Carol enjoys collecting textiles – dog textiles are her favorite! She also lectures on the history of aprons and leads workshops on quilt dating, hand piecing, and Scottie block quilts.
When not working in the quilt world, Carol is a veterinary medical librarian at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
In 2005 Grace Errea chose to retire from a very successful career as an executive in a Fortune 500 computer and telecommunications company to devote herself to her art on a full-time basis. A fiber artist, designer, quilter, and author, Grace focuses on the contemporary depiction of inspiring, realistic scenes in a value-based manner. Her focus on value makes it easy for students to create inspiring botanicals, landscape scenes, and portraits in any color. Grace’s quilt construction technique is a unique no-fray raw-edge machine appliqué technique that she calls “Heat-Set.”
Grace’s innovative appliqué technique and her focus on value have attracted widespread interest from quilters as well as from national and international galleries, museums, and publications. Her style is informative, humorous, and inspiring, with many real-time, hands-on examples. Her aim is to find and develop the artist within each student. Grace is the author of Impressionist Appliqué: Exploring Value and Design to Create Artistic Quilts (2002). Check out her website at amazingquiltsbygrace.com.
Dustin (“Dusty”) Farrell is not your typical quilter. Anyone who knows Dusty’s high-energy and innovative designs, techniques, and multi-purpose tools would tell you to expect the unexpected! Dusty always has a story to tell or a hand to lend.
Dusty is an award-winning longarm quilter and 2014 IMQA teacher of the year who has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, teaching his unique style to longarm quilters. His work has been featured in several magazines, and he has been featured on various TV shows such as QNN TV’s Quilt It and Linda Taylor’s Linda’s Longarm Quilting Show. Dusty offers several instructional DVDs, books, and tools. To view Dusty’s work, visit his website, cscountrystitchin.com.
Jill Finley is the owner and designer behind Jillily Studio. She has been designing quilt patterns for over 15 years and currently designs and sells fabric, patterns, kits, and notions. Her quilt designs show off her fresh style using high-contrast fabrics and usually include a bit of appliqué to soften and finish each design. Jillily Studio produces the popular notions Appli-Glue and Poke-A-Dots, along with numerous kits and patterns. Jill is also the author of the quilting books Home Sweet Quilt and Stitched Together.
Jill’s designs have been featured in several magazines, including American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilter’s Home, and McCall’s Quilting. Jill stays busy traveling and teaching about her quilt designs and appliqué methods, but also finds the time to design fabric with Penny Rose Fabrics, part of Riley Blake designs. Creating fabric collections for quilting has been one of Jill’s favorite projects. Jill loves spending time with her family, eating, reading, gardening, sewing, cooking, and learning. She and her husband Randy live in Herriman, Utah, and have seven children and eleven grandchildren. Find out more at jillilystudio.com
Carolyn Forster studied textiles at Bath in the UK, where she obtained her teaching degree. She teaches widely and has been featured in various British and international quilting magazines. After self-publishing her first book, Quilting-on-the-Go, based on her very popular classes, Carolyn published other patchwork and quilting books in the US and the UK. She teaches widely throughout the UK, as well as in Spain and the US. Carolyn is as inspired by her students as they are by her. See her quilts and more at carolynforster.co.uk.
Gail Garber’s quilts are characterized by bold geometric designs and colorful flying geese galore. Her style is immediately recognizable because of her talent for combining vivid colors with intricate piecework. Gail’s geometric star quilts and pictorial quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S. and have been featured in publications worldwide. Gail judges quilt shows and conducts workshops and lectures worldwide, while also finding the time to write about her craft. She is the author of three books and more than 100 magazine articles in various publications.
Gail’s classes for novices include instruction in color and composition, introduction to paper piecing, and drafting, drawing, and design. For the experienced quilter, Gail’s classes in design are popular everywhere she travels. She also leads tours for quilters and birdwatchers to exciting, off-the-beaten-path locations. In her other life, Gail is the Executive Director for Hawks Aloft, a New Mexico conservation organization. You’ll find out more about her at gailgarber.com.
Heather Givans started Crimson Tate: Modern Quilter by creating non-traditional patterned quilts with contemporary and vintage repurposed fabrics for a modern twist. A Purdue University graduate of Art History, Art Education, and Fine Arts with an emphasis in printmaking, Heather’s quilts are good design coupled with an attention to craftsmanship. She learned to quilt when helping her mother fulfill a 30 year dream of learning to sew. Together, the two of them set off to quilt camp in middle America where Heather fell in love with fabric, texture, patterns, and little old ladies with endless sewing knowledge. With a ready cup of coffee, a little too much cream, and some great folk tunes, Heather used to work on new designs and drew inspiration in her basement located near Lake Superior in Duluth, MN. Ya sure you betcha. Now she works on new designs among the hustle and bustle of Mass Ave in Downtown Indianapolis and offers quality fabrics, patterns, notions, and sewing classes. Learn more at crimsontate.com.
Becky Goldsmith is an award-winning quilter who loves traveling to teach both nationally and internationally. She met her business partner, Linda Jenkins, at a guild meeting in 1986, and they started Piece O’ Cake Designs in 1994. Since then, they have published more than 30 books and hundreds of patterns, including seven Blocks of the Month. Becky’s solo book endeavor, The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color, helps readers to unlock the secrets of winning color combinations in their quilts, and she enjoys revealing those secrets in exciting color workshops across the country. Becky says that for all of us, making quilts is interesting, fulfilling, and challenging—and being a member of the quilting community is an added bonus. She never imagined that quilting would become her life’s work, but she’s so happy that it did! See Becky’s website at pieceocake.com.
Florida native Judy Hansen is a longtime quilting instructor, fabric and pattern designer, and quilt shop owner. She has authored three books and most recently designed patterns for the Downton Abbey line, as well as fabrics for the Little House on the Prairie line with Andover Fabrics. Judy’s been the owner of Quilt Shop of Deland for the past sixteen years and loves interacting with quilters both at her shop and at quilt shows throughout the country. She enjoys teaching free-motion, binding, and other classes both on land and at sea on quilting cruises. quiltshopofdeland.com
Phyllis Twigg Hatcher
Phyllis Twigg Hatcher has taught quilting in the Australian outback as well as throughout the United States, and she is a former board member of The Quilters Hall of Fame. Phyllis has appraised over 3,000 quilts as an American Quilter’s Society Certified Appraiser of new, vintage, antique, and art quilts since 1999. She is the author of Victorian Redwork Sampler Quilt and has published articles in the Quilting Quarterly magazine of the National Quilting Association, as well as in Quilters Newsletter. Phyllis was the curator of several quilt exhibits, including “Small and Smaller: 100 Years of Crib Quilts and Doll Quilts” with Judi Gunter at the Vermont Quilt Festival and Quilter’s Hall of Fame, and “More Is Better” at two national quilt shows. Find out more at quilt-appraiser.com.
Ann Hazelwood is the author of several books for the American Quilter’s Society, including 100 Things You Need to Know If You Own a Quilt, 100 Tips from Award-Winning Quilters, 100 Sweet Treats By and For Quilters, and more recently, the East Perry County fiction series, which includes The Forgiving Quilt, Josephine’s Guest House Quilt, Quilt the Town Christmas, Everlasting Quilts, and Church Ladies’ Quilts.
A former quilt shop owner, Ann is an author of regional food and travel books about her home state of Missouri, and she is an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser. Ann loves red and white, and her antique collection was featured in Linda Baxter Lasco’s book, Red, White & Quilted. Her private collection also includes aprons, handkerchiefs, feed sacks, buttons, and redwork. Ann also collects doll quilts. Learn more at booksonthings.com.
Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning quilter, designer, and national instructor. Michelle Renee has been sewing since before she can remember, and she fell in love with quilting over 20 years ago. She is a certified Professional Process Expert; she enjoys applying process improvement techniques to her quilting, as well as teaching others how to simplify piecing while improving the quality of their quiltmaking. Michelle Renee is the designer for her own pattern line, Sew on the Go, and her designs have appeared in several international quilting magazines. Additionally, she is a certified instructor for Studio 180 Design. Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm, and encouragement! Visit her website at sewonthego.net.
Lynn Koolish is a fiber artist, teacher, and author. She is most known for her hand-dyed and painted fabrics, as well as her mixed-media art. Lynn’s quilts have appeared in several books, magazines, and local and national quilt shows, and she has written/co-written five books, including Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Dyeing, The Wonderful Colorful Wonder Wheel of Color (with Kerry Graham and Mary Wruck), Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts (with Cyndy Lyle Rymer), and More Photo Fun (with the Hewlett-Packard Company and Cyndy Lyle Rymer). You can learn more at lynnkoolish.com.
Mary Ellen Krantz
Respected quiltmaker, teacher, and author Mary Ellen Kranz loves to share her knowledge of how to combine quilting, digital photography, and computer software with quiltmakers across the country. Twenty years of experience teaching computer technologies has provided her with an understanding of how PCs, printers, scanners, and digital cameras can blend together in the process of creating fiber art. Her quilts have appeared in various shows and galleries, reflecting a broad range of quiltmaking skills and techniques. Mary Ellen was a featured guest on Alex Anderson’s Simply Quiltson HGTV and is the author of several articles and books, including Blending Photos with Fabric and Blending Photos with Fabric 2. Mary Ellen is a strong believer that “the computer is just another tool for quiltmakers.” See more at quiltingimages.com.
Inspired by watching her Grandma quilt and crochet when she was a girl, Jennifer has always loved to make things with her hands. She is extremely fond of learning new techniques, but doesn’t always have the time to sit down and sew on her machine, which is why Sashiko and English paper piecing are the perfect fit for Jennifer. Whether she’s running to football practices or dance lessons, these mobile stitch crafts allow Jennifer to feed her passion for creating even when she is on the go.
As an instructor and the owner of the online quilt store Red Thread Studio, Jennifer hopes to connect with people around the world and inspire them with her passion for all things stitched. She invites you to join her on her journey as she explores the art of quilting and needlework. Learn more at redthreadstudio.com.
Once upon a time, Amanda was studying for a PhD in Classical Archaeology. She studied ancient languages, Classical literature, art history, and ancient human history. It wasn’t until a visit with her grandparents in 2002 that Amanda discovered quilting, and even then, it was almost accidental. It was Amanda’s Grampa Johnny whose love of quilts and textiles influenced her decision to head down to the local quit shop. Amanda’s quilting journey is about family and traditions, modern and traditional techniques, ancient and contemporary histories, and how we include all of these in our craft. Find out more at mandalei.com.
Award-winning quilter Judi Madsen grew up in a family of 11 children, with a mother who loved quilting as much as Judi does today. She now has four kids of her own and a husband who shares her love of fabric. Judi enjoys sharing her love for all things quilty in her role as teacher, but when she isn’t teaching, she stays busy running an online business, as well as quilting for customers on her A-1 longarm.
Judi delights in turning simple quilts into masterpieces with incredible heavy custom quilting; she teaches her techniques in her two books, Quilting Wide Open Spaces and Secondary Designs, both published by AQS. Judi also has a successful series of three courses on iquilt.com. She is thrilled to be a part of the quilting world and is happy to meet so many wonderful people across the globe who share her love of quilting. You can see her quilts on her blog, greenfairyquilts.blogspot.com, and her many quilting designs and patterns on her website, greenfairyquilts.com.
Author, teacher, and fabric designer Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years, and she is the author of 14 books. She enjoys combining traditional blocks with updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Her work has been featured in many publications, including over 175 national and international quilt magazines. Nancy is a strong believer that making a quilt should be fun, and that’s just what her classes are: fun. Nancy’s goal for her students is to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt that they will enjoy for many years. See her work at nancymahoney.com.
Karen Marchetti pieced her first quilt top in 2003. Shortly thereafter, longarm quilting became her true passion. Bringing her artistic background to her work, she developed her own unique style of custom quilting. Karen loves creating and designing her own quilts, and she competes as much as possible. She loves everything creative; she has always loved drawing and painting, so when she’s not stitching, you can usually find her doodling away! Karen has won numerous national awards for both personal quilts and client quilts. She quilts samples for Quiltworx by Judy Niemeyer, Jinny Beyer Studio, and RJR Fabrics, just to name a few.
When Karen isn’t quilting for clients or creating her own competition pieces, she travels with Gammill Quilting Systems as a Quilting Artist, demonstrating the amazingness of machine quilting. Her work has been seen in several publications and in multiple Gammill ads. She recently appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, and holds special events on The Quilt Show website. Karen brings a fresh, open approach to teaching by encouraging quilters to use their passion to create and increase their skills gradually while enjoying their creations along the way. See her beautiful quilts at creativelongarmquilting.com.
Peggy Martin enjoys expanding on traditional quilts with new variations and color play, specializing in quilts that are fast, easy to piece, and full of different design possibilities. Her Quick-Strip Paper Piecing technique applies strip assembly line techniques to paper piecing. She is the author of two books with C&T Publishing, Quick-Strip Paper Piecing and Paper Piece the Quick-Strip Way. Additionally, Peggy presents programs and workshops at guilds and seminars, and has a class on craftsy.com. She was selected “Quilting Teacher of the Year” by the International Professional Quilters Association in 2010, and is an award-winning quilter exhibiting in many national shows. Visit her website at peggymartinquilts.com.
Vicki learned to quilt from her grandmother over 40 years ago in the foothills of Appalachia. Later, teaching quilting for community education led to opening the Calico Patch Quilt Shop. Vicki has owned and operated a full service quilt shop and BERNINA dealership for over 15 years. Vicki enjoys mixing cottons with wool applique and her passion for quilt design has inspired many published patterns available through national distributors. Enjoy her designs at calicopatch.net.
Marti Michell is often introduced as a pioneer in the current quilt revival. In fact, in 1972 when Marti and her husband Richard started Yours Truly, Inc., a patchwork kit company, there was no quilt industry. Since then, she has contributed to the industry in almost every capacity.
Whether she is participating as a teacher, quilter, author, publisher, manufacturer, designer, consultant, judge, or quilt collector, Marti’s enthusiasm for and love of quilting is always evident. Since 1995 the Michells have manufactured the From Marti Michell line of acrylic templates and specialty rulers for rotary cutting. In addition to the 2004 Silver Star, a prestigious “lifetime achievement” award given at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Marti also received the first Michael Kile Award given for commitment to creativity and excellence in the quilting industry in 1991. See more at frommarti.com.
In 1986, Stacy Michell started a business venture called Shades Textiles, featuring hand-dyed fabrics. Within her first couple of years in business, Stacy was traveling to 18 quilt shows a year! You may have met her in Paducah; she has been a vendor there since the second year of that show.
In 1998, Stacy made her first trip to Tokyo. Inspired by the Hawaiian-style quilts made by her Japanese customers, Stacy decided to reinvent the Hawaiian quilt for machine appliqué. After perfecting this technique, she created designs for die cutting the blocks. She even started dying cloth especially for this kind of design. As a quilting teacher, she will challenge your skills, expand your techniques, and entertain you with stories. She travels with a great teacher’s supply kit, so her supply list is short, maximizing the value of class time. See her shop at shadestextiles.co.
Artist, entrepreneur, teacher, and author Laura Murray began her experimentation with textile color and texture in 1989. Laura’s artistic aspiration is similar to the StarTrek mission: “Going where no one has gone before.” Complexity and speed are not always easy partners; Laura’s approach is to find and use the most direct path to her desired results.
Encouraged by a number of ribbons won at various juried quilting exhibits across the country, Laura went on to author articles, write a book, teach, design her own stamp and stencil products, and develop her own techniques. Her work, which appears in books, magazines, quilt calendars, and DVDs, includes wearable art and award-winning quilts. Laura’s recent work led to the development of a fusible appliqué technique using stamps, paint sticks, and fusible web to easily create seemingly complex designs without sewing. Find out more at lauramurraydesigns.com.
The word “kaleidoscope” promises surprise and magic, change, and chance, and Paula Nadelstern infuses that promise into every quilt she makes. Paula harmoniously integrates the idea of a kaleidoscope with the techniques and materials of quiltmaking, and she has achieved international recognition for her innovative and complex kaleidoscope-inspired designs. Honored in Twentieth Century’s Best American Quilts, her designs have inspired products including the vast carpet in the Hilton Americas hotel in Houston, Texas. Her work has also been showcased in the American Folk Art Museum’s first one-person exhibition highlighting the work of a contemporary quilt artist (2009).
In addition to numerous awards, Paula was a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Bronx Council on the Arts. Her books include Kaleidoscopes & Quilts, Snowflakes & Quilts, Puzzle Quilts: Simple Blocks, Complex Fabric, Kaleidoscope Quilts: An Artist’s Journey Continues, Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Workbook and Fantastical Designs, a coloring book with selections from her fabric collections designed exclusively for Benartex, Inc. Paula makes quilts on the same block in the Bronx where she grew up, thus bringing quilting, with its traditional, rural origins, into a complex urban space. Visit her website at paulanadelstern.com.
Cindy Needham has been a hand and machine quilter for more than 45 years, and she loves passing on her passion through teaching both nationally and internationally. Several years ago, Cindy left a full-time job in the medical field to teach nationally for Superior Threads as a National Educator, and in 2010 she received the MQX Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year award. Numerous exhibits have featured Cindy’s wholecloth linen quilts, and she has written articles for several national quilting publications, including American Quilter. Cindy caters to beginning students and brings oodles of quilts and samples for fondling. See more at cindyneedham.com.
Sue Nickels has been quilting for over 36 years, starting by hand before gradually beginning to focus on machine work. She has been teaching machine techniques for the past 26 years. Sue has taught and lectured nationally for shops, guilds, and major conferences, as well as internationally in England, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain.
Sue’s major awards include the 1998 AQS Best of Show award for THE BEATLES QUILT made by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly. Another one of their quilts, THE SPACE QUILT, won the 2003 IQA Master of Machine Artistry Award and the 2004 AQS award for Best Machine Workmanship. Sue and Pat’s quilt, TEA AT TENBY, won 2009 Best of Show at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts in England. Sue’s current books are Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques and Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué, co-authored with Pat. Her newest book is Fabulous Feathers and Fillers. Sue has been a judge for many quilt shows, loves teaching on quilting cruises, and, along with her sister, offers the Hollygirls Quilt Retreat each year in Michigan. Her priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn time-saving machine techniques. Sue emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed. Find out more at sue-nickels.com.
Award-winning longarm quilter Sue Patten began piecing quilts and hand quilting in 1991. As her quilting style evolved, she plunged into machine quilting in 2000. Sue enjoys traveling throughout Canada, the US, and Europe teaching her unique and innovative quilting styles to quilters of all types. She is the author of Quilting Possibilities and Adaptable Quilting Designs, both published by AQS. Sue is always filled with energy, humor, stories, and tips, which means her classes are full of fun and learning. Learn more at suepattenquilts.com and suepatteninspires.blogspot.com.
Gerald E. Roy
The names Pilgrim and Roy are internationally recognized in the quilting world. Paul Pilgrim and Gerald E. Roy started working with antique quilts in the early 1960s when their interior decorating business prompted them to purchase antique quilts for clients. With strong backgrounds in the fine arts, they also began collecting quilts solely for their aesthetic value. Today, the Pilgrim/Roy collection is composed of 2,500 quilts for sale, plus quilt-related objects, including fabrics and all kinds of antique sewing tools.
Paul and Gerald were among the first board members of the Quilt Appraisal Program of the American Quilter’s Society. Gerald is the administrator of the program. Along with Paul, he helped establish guidelines for the certification program, the only one of its kind. The duo also designed the interior of The National Quilt Museum. Gerald Roy is an art teacher, painter, quiltmaker, and author. He serves on the acquisitions board for the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, and on the National Advisory Board and Executive Board of Directors for The National Quilt Museum. See more at pilgrimroy.com.
Cindy Seitz-Krug has been quilting since 1992, when her mother signed her up for a quilting class at the local community college. Her machine quilting on a home sewing machine has earned her hundreds of awards at national and international quilt shows, including Best of Show at AQS QuiltWeek in Lancaster, PA. Cindy loves sharing her talents with new and experienced machine quilters from all over the country, and teaches at local guilds as well as national quilt shows. Her classes range from beginning machine quilting all the way up to advanced heirloom machine quilting. See more at quintessentialquilting.com.
Mary Smallegan has pieced and quilted over 700 quilts using a domestic home sewing machine. She is a quilt shop owner and a quilter with an unrelenting passion for making wonderful creations out of fabric. She enjoys sharing her skills with other quilters as she gives them the confidence to quilt their own quilts. “If you learn your basics well, your quilts will come out well,” Mary says. “Just strive for finished, not perfect. The more you do, the better you’ll get.” Go to customquiltsunlimited.com to find out more.
Linda Sullivan loves color and creating colorful contemporary quilt designs and patterns, as well as teaching the art of quiltmaking! With over 16 years of experience as a professional quiltmaker, Linda is intensely passionate about the art of quiltmaking. Always searching for a twist on traditional quiltmaking, her designs are well-known for their whimsical look, adventurous appliqué, and fearless use of color. To date, Linda has designed over 100 quilt patterns, authored two books, and designed a “Fun and Bright” fabric line for P&B Textiles. Today, she enjoys collaborating with her partner Carl on designing patterns and creating quilts for their company, Colourwerx, with many being featured at Free Spirit Fabrics, Island Batiks, and in Quiltmania’s Simply Modernémagazine. See more at colourwerx.com.
Joyce Teng started her career as a pharmacist but she always dreamed of being an artist. Over the past 30 years, she has worked in a variety of mixed media arts, including rubber stamping and paper crafts. Since retirement, Joyce has created an outlet through which she can share her enthusiasm and passion with fellow fiber artists. Her company, TSC Designs, carries its own line of fun and sophisticated stencils and carries a wide range of innovative products that quilters can use to customize their fabrics. Joyce also distributes Tsukineko inks and has developed many easy-to-master techniques that have helped thousands of creative minds to “color their world”!
Not only does Joyce love teaching students in her hands-on workshops, she is also busy planning new products, creating instructional workbooks, and developing her DVD series. See more at teacherstamp.com.
Ricky Tims has successfully blended two diverse passions, music and quilting, into one very unique and interesting career. His skills as a pianist, composer, and producer are well-known by the thousands who have heard his music. Ricky’s quilts have won numerous international awards. He began designing and making quilts in 1991 and went on to be named one of the “Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World.” The author of ten books, Ricky maintains an extensive international schedule of teaching and speaking engagements, and is co-founder and co-host of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, an online, subscription-based TV show for quilters. Ricky presents “Quilt Luminarium,” workshops full of insightful quilting information, in select cities throughout the United States, and holds La Veta Quilt Retreats at his art quilt studio in the tiny mountain town of La Veta, Colorado.
Ricky is delighted to share his experience and enthusiasm with quilters of every level of expertise. He is challenged by creativity in all forms, and encourages individuals to cultivate self-expression, reach for the unreachable, and believe in the impossible. Find him at rickytims.com.
Deb has been an avid quiltmaker since 1981 and describes herself as a “Machine Piecing Efficiency Expert.” She has developed numerous streamlined construction techniques and tools to ensure high-quality success with all levels of quilters. Her patented tools – Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star and Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star, as well as her fundamental line of rulers (Tucker Trimmer, Wing Clipper, Square/Squared, V-Block Trimmer, Corner Beam Trimmer, and others) are sold nationally and internationally. As a designer, Deb has many patterns, books, online video tutorials, and additional products to guide quilters with their machine piecing processes. In 2008, not only did Deb launch her company, Studio 180 Design, she was also nominated for “Teacher of the Year” by Professional Quilter Magazine. Her business now has 5 full-time employees and 80+ Certified Instructors (trained individuals who are available to teach and lecture all across this country and abroad). When not traveling, Deb, her husband Jeff, and their crew of “cat helpers” now live in beautiful, central North Carolina. Learn more at deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com.
Jessica VanDenburgh has a love for all things handmade. Her grandmother taught her how to sew at a young age and continuously encouraged her creativity. Jessica’s background in interior design makes her a natural with color and pattern selection. She discovered quilting and bag making in 2005 and started making bags for friends and family in 2007. Soon, Jessica expanded her pattern company to include simple quilts and other accessories. Her company, Sew Many Creations, began as a custom bag company but it has grown into a pattern business that specializes in beginner-friendly bags and quilts.
Jessica’s laid-back approach to teaching makes students feel at ease. You’ll find that her classes are full of fun facts, tips, tricks, and a whole lot of laughter. Learn more at sewmanycreationsny.com.
Quilting instructor, professional longarm quilter, and fitness enthusiast Kris Vierra has been a quilter and seamstress for more than 20 years and a longarm quilter for nine years. She teaches at national shows and guilds across the country and has won numerous national awards for her machine quilting work. Most recently, Kris was awarded the Best Longarm Machine Workmanship award at AQS QuiltWeek events in Phoenix, Arizona, and Des Moines, Iowa, for A QUILTER’S GARDEN. She won the Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas in 2015, as well as Best of Show at the Northwest Quilting Expo in 2014.
In addition to quilting and teaching, Kris enjoys creating commissioned fiber art. Her most recent work can be seen as album art for the Australian band The Avalanches’ album, Wildflower. A full-time longarm quilting business keeps Kris busy, and she is currently designing her own line of longarm rulers and wholecloth quilt stencils. Her classes focus on teaching quilters how to expand their knowledge base while breaking out of their comfort zones. Kris believes that quilting should be fun and not stressful. Take a look at quilterontherun.com.
Barb Vlack turned a passion for quiltmaking into a second career. She is internationally known for her work with The Electric Quilt Company through the internet and her travels. The Electric Quilt Company published three books written by Barb to supplement their manuals. She regularly contributes tech support for designing quilts on the EQ website, and is the creative leader of clubEQ, a monthly challenge corner on the EQ website.
Barb contributed a chapter about foundation piecing with freezer paper to Jane Hall’s book, The Experts’ Guide to Foundation Piecing. She is a freelance educator specializing in EQ8, border designing, freezer paper foundation piecing, and vintage quilts from the 1930s. She has taught for many years at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, and other national show venues. Read more at barbvlack.com.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
With a background in fine arts studies, Victoria Findlay Wolfe isn’t happy unless she is making something. She always knew she’d become some kind of artist, and then one day, to her surprise, quilts became her greatest passion.
Based in New York City, Victoria is an award-winning international quilter and the author of three books, 15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts, Double Wedding Ring Quilts: Traditions Made Modern, and Modern Quilt Magic: 5 Parlor Tricks to Expand Your Piecing Skills. She enjoys teaching and exhibiting both nationally and internationally, as well as designing for Marcus Fabrics, Sizzix, and Aurifil. She is a proud JUKI USA Ambassador.
Victoria is active behind the scenes with Quilt Alliance, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, and her own community-based quilt drives. Find her at vfwquilts.com.
Innovative quilt artist Pat Yamin, president and founder of Come Quilt with Me, is well-known in the quilting industry. For more than 40 years, Pat has been designing quilt patterns and templates, making quilts, judging, leading seminars, writing quilt books, and teaching. Pat’s love for old textiles and traditional patterns is a driving force behind her creativity. Her company manufactures templates and other tools that ensure accuracy and shorten the time necessary to make a quilt. Her books include Simple Super One-Patch Quilts, Two-Patch Scrap Quilts, One-Patch Scrap Quilts, Back to Basics: Quilt Templates and Patterns Explained, and Look What I See Quilts. In addition to designing, teaching, traveling, and vending at quilt shows, Pat also organizes and runs quilting retreats throughout the United States. If you are interested in learning more about Pat Yamin, visit her website at comequiltwithme.com.
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