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VQF@Home Instructors

Charlotte Angotti
Bernina USA Ambassador, Quilt Instructor and Designer
While shopping with her mother in 1977, (really, that long ago!), Charlotte wandered into a quilt shop and everything changed from there. Educated in fine arts, speech and drama, she brings a variety of talents to the class and in a most humorous way.

She has been teaching quilt making since 1978 because someone asked Charlotte to teach her. Her first quilt was sold right after making it. She has sold many since. In 1981 Charlotte opened a quilt shop, Quilt Works, in Virginia Beach, VA. She sold the shop in 1999.

She has been teaching nationally/internationally since 1991 and now lives in the Lafayette, LA area, moving there in 2016.

Quilt Maker's Studio was started when Charlotte realized there were a few left-over kits now and then. The ‘orphan’ kits are sometimes available on the website, but more often offered for sale in other classes as she travels. The kits are so popular it is difficult to get them online before they are sold! The kits are laser cut and go together perfectly. They make sewing a quilt simply as good as it gets.

It has been said many times, if you hear laughter coming from a room, there is a good chance Charlotteis in there. Charlotte is known for humor, her way with color and fabric, her pre-cut kits, and her book, Surprise Yourself! Charlotte is a fun person to have on a faculty or as a teacher coming to your guild. She believes her hobby is quiltmaking and her job is teaching others to enjoy it as much as she does.
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Cristina Arcenegui Bono
Longarm Quilter and Instructor
Cristina Arcenegui Bono is a quilter with more than 15 years of experience as a professional quilter. She has won awards at Paducah, Daytona, Lancaster, and Houston to name a few.
Thanks to her experience, she has been able to put into practice everything she learned and has been teaching courses for 7 years.
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Kelly Ashton
Quilt Designer and Author

As a self-described “pragmatic quilt-maker”, Kelly Ashton approaches quilt design and construction with a knowledge of and appreciation for the theoretical while searching for and developing skills and short-cuts that are practical. Kelly’s passion for patchwork covers a dichotomy between “microwave quilts” (quilts that are simple in design and quick to piece) to “crock-pot quilts” (quilts that are more intricate and complex in their construction), and she happily moves back and forth betwixt the two.....and everything in-between! Kelly is the author of Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork, and her obsession with 60-degree patchwork continues. In addition to designing quilts, Kelly especially loves to teach and talk about quilts. Her motto is “Have quilts. Will travel.”, though traveling to teach has been quelled with the global COVID pandemic. However, Kelly refused to let a virus get in the way of her communing with quilters, so she has taken to lecturing and teaching via Zoom. Through this vehicle, she teaches scheduled, live and interactive classes AND she can be contracted to present lectures and workshops for guilds and quilt shops worldwide.

Kelly resides in Overland Park, KS, USA with her husband, Jeff Seib. In addition to quilty things, Kelly owns and operates The Creative Place, a retreat for quilters and other artists located in Spring Hill, KS ( / FB: The Creative Place, event venue).

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Esterita Austin
Award-Winning Quilt Maker, Designer, Teacher
Internationally award-winning quilt maker, designer and teacher, Esterita Austin is known for her portraiture and stone series as well as her organza mono printing techniques. 

Esterita has been teaching virtual workshops for guilds and groups on Zoom since early 2020. She brings creative energy to her workshops, stimulating the imagination and encouraging originality.
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Kathie Beltz
Professional Quilter, Teacher, Judge
I am totally addicted to quilting, and enjoy associating with other quilters who are equally addicted.  I’ve been quilting since 1995, teaching since 2004, and judging quilts since 2007.

I have been fortunate that some of my quilts have won awards at shows across the country, including A Quilter’s Gathering, Home Machine Quilting Show, Images at the Lowell Quilt Festival, Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, International Quilt Festival in Houston, Machine Quilters Exposition, Machine Quilting Today Upper Midwest Show, Maine Quilts, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, MQX Quilt Festivals, National Quilting Association, Quilting With Machines, Quiltweek Lancaster, Quiltweek Paducah, Road to California, Southern New Hampshire Quilt Festival, Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace, Vermont Quilt Festival, and World Quilt Show – New England.  My quilts have been juried into the AQS show in Paducah in multiple years, winning ribbons in 2015 and 2017.

As an award-winning quilter, I lecture, give demonstrations, and teach workshops at guilds, quilt shops, and quilt shows nationally.  I especially enjoy teaching beginners.

In 2013, I became a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design, Deb Tucker’s tool and technique company. 

In 2017, I launched Kathie Beltz Quilt Designs, my own line of companion patterns for Studio 180 Design tools. These quilt patterns are for smaller projects that look complicated but are easier to make than you may think.

In expanding my teaching base, I have become an Ambassador for Beth Helfter and Eva Paige Quilt Designs, and I’m a member of the Creators Club at Northcott Fabrics.  There’s lots going on, and it’s keeping me busy!

My latest adventure is virtual teaching.  I offer lectures, classes, and demos online through Zoo or Facebook Live.
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Ruth Ann Berry
Designer and Author
Ruth Ann Berry is the author of "Bargello Quilts in Motion", C&T Publishing 2014, "Braided Bargello", C&T Publishing 2017, “Simplified 3D Quilts”, self-published 2018, “Stunning 3D Quilts Simplified”,C&T Publishing, 2020 and over 50 quilt patterns available at major distributors. She owns and operates a small-town quilt store and online business, the "Quilter's Clinic” and and travels extensively to exhibit and teach at guilds and festivals. Ruth Ann’s focus is on drawing quilt patterns designed to create the impression of motion and depth, especially Bargello, 3-D geometric, and other three-dimensional styles.
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Irene Blanck
Quilt Designer and Teacher
I live in Melbourne, Australia. I have been quilting for the last 30 years but only started designing in 2007. I have done all sorts of quilts but what I love best is needleturn applique. I enjoy teaching classes in all aspects of needleturn applique. I try and make my classes fun and stress-free and like to think of them as “sit and sew” sessions – or “mini quilt-ins” – where we have a fun and relaxing day, chatting to friends as well as learning new techniques or perfecting old ones.

In my classes I teach all the short-cuts which I've learnt over the years - mostly from making mistakes and doing things over and over again.

I have been extremely fortunate to teach in Australia, the US and Europe. Quiltmania published a book of my quilts in 2015 – titled “Focus on Applique”,
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Sarah Bond
Quilt Maker, Quilt Teacher, Quilt Lover
Sarah Bond comes from a family of quiltmakers stretching back to the early nineteenth century. She has been quilting since her early twenties and loves immersing herself in quilts and quilt books, looking for new ideas. She is obsessed with shape, pattern and color and while her inspirations are often classic and traditional, she renders her own work with a modern or contemporary flair. She loves nothing better than being in a room full of quilters because the creativity that is generated is so intoxicating. Her mission when teaching is to break quilts down to their components to demystify them so that students can master those components, bend them to their will and design their own masterpieces. Sarah grew up in Chicago but now lives in Philadelphia with her family and three cats.
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Richard Cleveland
Lecturer and Founder of the Vermont Quilt Festival
Richard was born in Northfield, graduated from Johnson State College and Carnegie Mellon University, and founded the Vermont Quilt Festival in 1977. He began photographing antique quilts in 1978, organized VQF appraisals in 1981, and started the Vermont Quiltsearch, Vermont's statewide quilt documentation project, in 1989. In a span of 38 years, he led a team that photographed, appraised or documented more than 6,600 quilts in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Brooklyn, NY. In 1991, he and Donna Bister wrote Plain and Fancy: Vermont's People and Their Quilts. He was involved with VQF for 40 years, was a member of the Board for 35, and Chairman for 30. He resigned from the Board in 2016. He also served on the staff of the International Quilt Festival in Houston for 20 years, as well as at some of their Spring Quilt Markets and European Quilt Festivals.
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Kate Colleran
Pattern Designer, Author, and Teacher
Kate Colleran has been making quilts for a long time and designing quilts for over 17 years. She publishes a line of best selling patterns under the name Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs. Her quilt patterns are known for their complete, easy to follow instructions with an eclectic design style inspired by traditional elements put together with a modern twist. She has had quilts published in numerous quilt magazines and has designed for fabric companies and for Craftsy. She has online classes on both Craftsy and Quilting Daily and has taught in person at quilt shops and for guilds and at national quilt shows. She is the designer of the popular Braid Template and Mini Braid Template. She is the co-author of the book Smash Your Precut Stash from C&T Publishing. Her goal is simple: to help you make a quilt. She loves that quilting is not just about creating but about having fun and being part of a community.
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Kathy Doughty
Quilter, Author, FreeSpirit fabric designer
Kathy Doughty is the owner of Material Obsession, a popular patchwork shop in Sydney Australia that opened in 2003. The shop experience has provided a fertile ground for understanding the latest innovations in fabric and quilt designs across a variety of techniques. Kathy teaches a design style based on traditional quilts with a "now" flair. This style is presented across her seven books including Material Obsession 1 &2, Making Quilts, Mixing Quilt Elements, Adding Layers and most recently the popular Organic Applique. Kathy has designed seven fabric collections for FreeSpirit Fabrics with her latest arriving in March 2021. You will enjoy Kathy's classes if you are an experienced quilter looking to grow your comfort zone or equally if you are a beginner quilter looking to get started with easy techniques and exciting results!
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Barb Eikmeier
Author, Fabric Designer, Instructor, Traditional Quilter
Barbara (Barb) has been quilting since 1984 and teaching quilting since 1990. She is the author of four books, including “Back Basting Applique Step by Step” published by Martingale and Co, has designed seven reproduction fabric collections for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, and is a Craftsy instructor. Her work has appeared in many quilting magazines and she has been a frequent guest on Love of Quilting PBS program. Married to a career Army officer, she has lived in several regions of the US, as well as South Korea. A long-time member of the American Quilt Study Group, she considers herself a student of quilt history. Barb is a traditional quilter and applique is her favorite quilting technique. She lives in Lansing, Kansas, with her husband (now retired from the Army) and two dogs.
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Kimberly Einmo
Award Winning Quilter, Designer, and Janome National Spokesperson
2021 VQF Quilt Contest Judge

Kimberly Einmo is the National Spokesperson for Janome-America. She is an author, award-winning quilter, fabric designer, international instructor, quilt judge, and CRAFTSY class host. She has written six best-selling books published by the American Quilter’s Society, created a signature line of unique, specialty quilting rulers, and she writes a column called Stray Threads, in every issue of American Quilter Magazine. Kimberly is proud to be a featured artist for the Electric Quilt Company where she has developed three EQ companion software products. Her fabric collection, Solid-ish, is a basics best-seller for Timeless Treasures Fabrics and she enjoys leading quilting tour groups to exotic locales around the globe.

A proud military wife and mother of two college-age sons, Kimberly and her husband, Kent, live in Southern California with their beloved rescue cats and one pampered pooch where she enjoys creating in her sunny South Bay Area studio. As a respected and prominent leader in the quilting industry, Kimberly also serves on the Board of Directors for Quilts of Valor Foundation. She enjoys meeting quilters, crafters and sewing enthusiasts from all walks of life across the US and around the world, and she strives to share her love of quilting with everyone she meets!
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Lisa Erlandson
Speaker, Teacher, Judge, Certified Quilt Appraiser
Lisa Erlandson is a compulsive quilt collector whose habit has led to several quilt related specialties.
She is an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, lecturer, show judge, teacher and quilt historian. She is a past president of the American Quilt Study Group.
She learned to sew as a child but considered it punishment (and maybe it was). She re-discovered sewing in the 1980s as a drama teacher and made her first quilt in 1991.
Lisa earned a Master's Degree in Public Communication from the University of North Texas and taught junior high, high school and college before focusing on the quilt world.
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Amy Friend
Modern Quilt Designer, Author, Lecturer
Amy Friend is a former museum curator turned designer. She designs modern quilts and specializes in paper pieced designs. She authored the books Intentional Piecing (2016) and Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design (2017), and has a new book, Petal + Stem (2020). Since 2019, Amy has run a paper pieced Block of the Month program each year. She is an award winning quilter and her quilts have been exhibited at a number of quilt shows as well as museums. Amy is a national quilt teacher and lecturer. For those who can’t attend a workshop, Amy now offers on demand online workshops for individuals. Amy lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children. If she isn’t sewing or spending time with the family, you might find her in the garden. You can follow her creative path on her blog, 
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Julia Graves
Quilt Teacher and Longarmer
Julia Graves is a Zoom-experienced lecturer and teacher on a variety of quilting subjects, with a focus on color and design that are applicable to all your future quilts.

Julia started her quilting business, Special Occasion Quilts LLC, in 2007 and teaches, lectures, designs patterns, makes commission quilts, long arms for others and sells & services A P Q S long arm machines. She won Best Long arm Machine Workmanship Wall Quilt Category at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, is a Gem Affiliate teaching the gorgeous gem patterns by MJ Kinman Textile Artist, has had quilts published in books by Gloria Loughman, Katie Pasquini-Masopust and MJ Kinman, was an Artist in Residence at Empty Spools in 2019, and will be teaching at Empty Spools in 2021 and 2022 and Hudson River Valley Art Institute in 2022.

Julia has been sewing since she was ten and always loved fabric, needle arts and the entire creative process. She did her apprenticeship as a quilter by making a quilt for each of her nieces and nephews (and thinks she should have counted them before making this promise – there were 32!). She has since made more quilts than she can count, many for charity, and is partial to scrap quilts and working with color to achieve amazing results. Visit her gallery on her website at Julia lives in Leesburg Virginia.
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Cindy Grisdela
Teacher, Author, Abstract Art Quilter
Cindy Grisdela, from Reston, VA, is an artist, teacher, and author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks, and Freemotion Quilting. She specializes in Improv quilt designs with color and texture as the primary focus, and she teaches and lectures extensively all over the US -both in person and virtually. 
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Linda J Hahn
Designer, Instructor, and Award Winning Author
Linda is a high energy-low stress instructor. She is an award-winning author of 9 books as well as an EQ Artist and guest designer for Banyan Batiks. She is best known for her technique for creating perfect New York Beauty blocks on the first attempt with no puckers (or cussing!). Linda has had over 30 published articles and designs in your favorite quilting magazines. In 2009, she was named the NQA's Certified Teacher of the Year. Linda travels the US and on quilting cruises to present lectures and workshops to shows, guilds, groups and retreats. When not quilting, she teaches Zumba at her local gym and holds numerous specialty licenses. She resides in Palm Bay, Florida.
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Joyce Hughes
Award Winning self-taught quilter, fiber artist and author
Joyce Hughes is an award-winning self-taught quilter, fiber artist, and author. Her first quilt was a tee-shirt quilt, which she enjoyed making, but felt limited in the ability to express her artistic capabilities. Within several months, she began to design pictorial landscape quilts using raw edge applique, thread painting, and a variety of embellishments. Never knowing the “rules” she broke a lot of them, but with exciting results!

Amazingly, her first art quilt, “Mother’s Day”, was entered into a national show and won a blue ribbon. This has led to numerous awards, recognitions, and opportunities in the quilting world. Several proud accomplishments for Joyce are: “McCall’s Quilt Designer 2012 – Professional Category” for McCall’s Quilting Magazine; also an endorser and sample maker for Northcott and Timeless Treasures fabrics, and Ambassador for Mettler Threads and Brother Sewing.

Currently, Joyce has a second book, Thread Paint A Garden Quilt (released October 2020) focusing on raw edge applique and thread painting to add shading, highlighting, and definition. Joyce’s first book, Creating Art Quilts with Panels is about working with Fabric Panels to create dimension and texture with threads and embellishments, creating a style of her own! Joyce loves to teach and share her tips. One of her greatest accomplishments is when a student creates their own artwork following Joyce’s technique of Dimensional Thread Painting!
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Sandra Johnson
MAKER Instructor, Inspirational Speaker, Lets Sew our own clothes!
30 years ago, I began my journey with quilting. Through my process I’ve found diverse styles and techniques that I am thrilled to share with you through my new products and classes. Continually inspired by my students, teaching brings new joy to my art. I am a passionate teacher who encourages students to be bold with unique fabric creations. Whether the end product is a quilt or garment, creating what is important to the maker is a joyful experience. Wherever you are in your design process my goal is to inspire your creative “genius” and improve your techniques. Let’s get creative!
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Bill Kerr
Modern Quilt Designer, Author, Instructor, and Fabric Designer
Bill Kerr co-founded Modern Quilt Studio in 1999 with his wife, Weeks Ringle. Bill and Weeks wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop, as well as Quiltmaker's Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts. They also co-authored the bestselling A Kid’s Guide to Sewing with their daughter Sophie. In 2011, they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting.

Their work has appeared in the international press including American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts Japan, Patchwork Tsushin, Japan’s Quilt Jikan, Australian Quilter’s Companion, Dwell, O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, and Country Living. Their quilts have been exhibited throughout the world including exhibits in Ukraine, throughout the US including AQS Paducah, Quilt Week Yokohama, in solo exhibits at the Bohin Factory in France and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art, and most recently in the show 10 Best Modern American Quilters which traveled throughout Japan in 2017. Their work is in the permanent collection of the International Quilt Museum.

Bill and Weeks have taught modern quilting throughout the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and France. They design fabric for Benartex Fabrics, and in addition to his work at Modern Quilt Studio, Bill is also a Professor and Director of the Graphic Design Discipline at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.
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Judi Kirk
Instructor, Lecturer, and Quilters Guild of the British Isles Accredited Quilt Judge
I have always enjoyed crafts of all kinds, from flower arranging to rug making, and I collected quilts long before I began to make them. I began patchwork and quilting more than 25 years ago, and it became a life-long passion (I am delighted to say!).

I enjoy all kinds of patchwork and quilting but I particularly love the bold designs of modern quilts. I am a member of both the Modern section of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles and also the US-based international Modern Quilt Guild.

Having spent two years undertaking the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles quilt judging course, I am certified to jury and judge all types of quilt world-wide. Currently serving on the Quilters Guild judging committee, I organise the judging for the Festival of Quilts – the biggest quilt show in Europe – and have been privileged to help judge Best in Show for a number of years. I was recently on the jury for the Quilt Around the World competition based in Munich, Germany.

I live in Canterbury, England - a World Heritage site roughly 70 miles from London.
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Heather Kojan
Modern Quilter and Instructor

I've been sewing since my teens and quilting for more than 25 years. My first quilt was an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day. Since I had a king sized bed, it made sense to me to make a king sized quilt. Go big or go home, right? That quilt was in shades of mauve and dusty blue (hello mid '80's!) Let's just say my fabric tastes have changed since then!

I consider myself a modern quilter, with traditional roots. I'm the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and love speaking to different groups and sharing the modern aesthetic. I'm foremost a teacher. I teach modern quilting classes in local shops, guilds and shows across the country.

I'm a contributing author to the book Classic Modern Quilts and a featured quilter in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood, and 50 Little Gifts published by Lucky Spool. You can frequently find my work in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine, Modern Patchwork Magazine and Curated Quilts Magazine.
Let's connect!
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Lynn Koolish
Fiber Artist, Teacher, Author, and Color Fanatic
Lynn Koolish is a fiber artist, teacher, and author. She is most known for her bright colors of hand-dyed fabric and mixed-media fiber art. Based in Berkeley, CA, Lynn teaches online, throughout Northern California, and nationally at venues including International Quilt Festival in Houston; Quilters Affair in Sisters, Oregon; Road to California; and AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah. 
In her current work, Lynn uses her hand-painted and hand-dyed fabrics to create improvisationally designed and pieced art quilts. In her work and her teaching, she always maintains a strong focus on applying basic design principles while maintaining the spontaneity of the improv process.
Lynn was an editor at C&T Publishing for almost 20 years, working on books ranging from traditional piecing, appliqué, and embroidery to art quilting, inkjet printing on fabric, and more. She has written/co-written 5 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 Rymer), and More Photo Fun (with the Hewlett-Packard Company and Cyndy Rymer). All are available through her website or at 
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Bonnie Langenfeld
Award Winning Landscape Quilter, Designer, and Teacher
I played with art techniques my whole life. Other than an art minor with my BS degree, and a few classes here and there, I never had formal training, especially not in the field of realistic fabric images.
I found my muse when I figured out ways to combine commercial fabrics with free motion stitching to create representational pictures. I cut and place precise fabric areas much like a painter places paint. The next step is adding details with many colors of thread using the free motion machine techniques I created. I pride myself in never using a drop of paint.
My professional history includes selling my work in galleries and commissions, winning prizes in art and quilt shows, and my favorite, teaching my methods in presentations and classes.
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Carole Lyles Shaw
Quilt Designer, Workshop Teacher and Lecturer, Author
Carole Lyles Shaw is a modern quilt designer, author and workshop teacher.  Carole started quilting over 20 years ago when she decided to make quilts for her nieces and nephews. 

She co-founded the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild and served on the Board of  Directors of The Modern Quilt Guild from 2015-2017.  Carole is the author of Madly Modern Quilts and Patriotic Modern Quilts and has a line of modern quilt patterns. 

Her work is found in private and public collections and have been juried into the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the 2018 International Quilt Festival in Houston; QuiltCon 2019; American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek in Paducah (September 2018); Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions at the Ontario California Museum of History and Art (2016) and the Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit at the Texas Quilt Museum (2016). 
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Jenny K. Lyon
Fiber Artist, Author, Free Motion Quilting Teacher, Bernina USA Ambassador
Jenny is a fiber artist, author and teacher from northern California. Her work focuses on free motion quilting on whole cloth and her work has juried into numerous juried international quilt shows, art shows and galleries. She enjoys traveling to teach and lecture on free motion quilting at major quilt shows as well as guilds and shops across the country.

She has appeared on Quilting Arts TV as well as The Quilt Show (Feb, 2019). She is passionate about free motion quilting and authored a book published by C&T designed to encourage experienced beginners, Free Motion Quilting, Ordinary to Extraordinary.  She loves to inspire her students to free motion quilt their own quilts!
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Cyndi McChesney
Long-arm Quilter and National Quilt Association Certified Teacher
Cyndi McChesney has been fascinated with quilts and quilt-making for most of her life. In the late 1970s she enrolled in a beginning quilting class and the journey of love and passion for this time-honored tradition and craft began.

She went on to open her own quilt store in New Hampshire in the early 1980s where she taught a variety of quilting classes and made custom quilts for customers and galleries throughout the northeast. A move to Colorado in 1983 led her to teach quilting classes for Colorado Mountain College and small quilt shops in the Rocky Mountains.

Today, Cyndi is a teacher at First Stitches in Canon City and Pueblo, CO, lectures and teaches at guilds and shows throughout the US and Canada, and operates her long-arm business from her home studio. In 2011, Cyndi achieved the distinguished title of National Quilt Association Certified Teacher and 2015 was awarded National Quilt Association Teacher of the Year. She has won awards for her quilts in the Hoffman Challenge (2010), the Hoffman Challenge Traveling Exhibits 2011-2013, the Colorado State Fair 2009-2014, NQA Annual Show (2013), Quilt Colorado (2014), Visuals#1 Mancuso Show in 2020, and in 2012 was one of three Invitational Exhibitors at Interquilt 2012 in Girona, Spain. In 2012, Cyndi was inducted into the Colorado Quilt Council Hall of Fame.

Cyndi has been a repeat guest on and her show on Panel Palooza, aired in 2017. As a return guest, Cyndi presented a program on drafting quilt blocks from pictures and photographs.

Cyndi’s passion for quilt making is evident in comments from her students and in her never- ending quest to find new techniques and skills to share with others.
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RaNae Merrill
Quilter, Instructor, and Author
I stumbled into quilting professionally back in 2005 when I took some fabric design ideas to a few fabric manufacturers for feedback. To my surprise, Blank Quilting bought one of the groups I showed them. As I left the meeting, the designer I had met with suggested that I go to Quilt Market. That was my first quilt show, and it blew my mind! I saw quilts in a totally new way.
Soon after, I published my first book, Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts, inspired by a doodle of a spiral I drew while on a temp job. (My Spirals Boot Camp class is based on this book.) SASQ was followed by two more books about spiral quilts: Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts and Sideways Spiral Quilts.  Free-Motion Mastery in a Month, my fourth book, is a shift from quilt design to free-motion quilting. It's based on my experience as a pianist and piano teacher. It has been really fun to see people succeed quickly and easily with this unique approach to learning FMQ!
The day I got my first box of books back in October 2008 I walked out the door to my first teaching engagement, and I've been teaching ever since. I've taught throughout the USA, and also in South America (where I teach in Spanish).
Before I was a professional quilter I was a pianist (I have a Master's degree in Piano Performance), a photographer and a travel writer. I still love to travel, though lately it seems like more of a treat to stay home in New York City and quilt!
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Annette Ornelas
Designer, Quilting Teacher, Pattern Publisher
Annette Ornelas is an author and designer of over 100 quilting patterns and several books on Peeled-back Patchwork. She has developed a unique piecing technique to create easy dimensional curves without cutting or sewing curved pieces. 

Annette Ornelas lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina with her husband and dog. She is an enthusiastic quilt maker, designer and teacher, who loves solving quilting challenges. With her new “Dimensional Curved Piecing” technique, she has developed a different and easy approach to curved quilting designs. Her techniques enable all levels of quilters to make complex looking curved designs, using her easy methods of straight-line piecing with curved results. She is the author of: Peeled-back Patchwork: Curves without Piecing, published by AQS in 2004. and More Peeled-back Patchwork: Dimensional Curves for Animal Quilts.

As president and designer of her pattern company “Southwind Designs, Inc.”, she designs, publishes and distributes her unique line of quilting patterns nationally and internationally.
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Suzi Parron
Author, Lecturer, and Instructor
Suzi Parron discovered barn quilts on a trip through Kentucky in 2008. She documented over one thousand barn quilts in the process of writing her 2012 book, “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.” For her second book, “Following the Barn Quilt Trail,” she left her job as a high school teacher and traveled by RV across the country, visiting farms from Georgia to California and even Canada. She continues to travel full-time by RV with her husband, Glen, visiting with quilt guilds along the way and in the process has been to every US state.
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Catherine Redford
Fiber Artist and Bernina Ambassador
Catherine Redford was born in England where she learnt to knit and sew as a young girl. After relocating from London to Naperville, Illinois, she learned to quilt and never looked back. She's an award-winning quilter, an active member of her local guilds, and a popular teacher at the local and national level. Catherine is a frequent magazine contributor and has enjoyed being a guest on Quilting Arts TV. She is enjoying the resurgence of interest in handwork with a new embroidery book published Fall 2020, and with two DVDs and a book on Modern Machine Quilting techniques, Catherine delights in finishing her own quilts on a domestic machine!

Follow Catherine on her website: or Instagram: @catherineredford or Facebook: /catherineredfordquilter
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Giuseppe Ribaudo
Fabric & Pattern Designer, Photographer, Sewing Teacher, Color Lover
Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka Giucy Giuce) grew up in Long Island, NY. First generation Sicilian-American on his dad’s side and second on his mom’s, his family lived on the bottom floor of his maternal grandparents’ house. His grandmother is a talented and prolific seamstress who taught him to sew at an early age. Though it wasn’t until he was in college that he discovered quilting. He joined Instagram shortly thereafter and quickly found himself making long distance friends in the quilting community via social media.
After having bounced around the country for about a decade he decided to move back to New York to pursue a career in textiles. Within a few months of being in NYC he was offered a marketing position at Andover Fabrics and was promoted to multimedia manager a year later. In 2018, he turned his focus to fabric design and released his first collection Quantum.  In 2021 he will release his tenth collection called Nonna, an homage to his grandmother and her home where he learned to sew.
Recently he relocated to Portland, Maine where he continues to design and teach quilting classes.
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Weeks Ringle
Modern Quilt Designer, Author, Instructor, and Fabric Designer
Weeks Ringle designed and made her first modern quilt in 1987. In 1999, she co-founded Modern Quilt Studio along with her husband, Bill Kerr. Weeks and Bill wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop, as well as Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts and numerous articles in quilting publications. They also co-authored the best-selling A Kid’s Guide to Sewing with their daughter Sophie.
In 2011 they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. Their work has appeared in the international press including American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts Japan, Patchwork Tsushin, Japan’s Quilt Jikan, Australian Quilter’s Companion, Dwell, O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, and Country Living.
Modern Quilt Studio’s work has been shown throughout the US including an exhibit of 28 quilts at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art in Cedarburg WI and Quilt Expo in Madison Wisconsin as well as exhibitions in France, Japan and Ukraine.
In addition to designing fabric for Benartex’s Contempo studio, Bill and Weeks license their designs to other manufacturers. Weeks teaches online classes for Craftsy and and writes the blog Craft Nectar ( Bill and Weeks have taught modern quilting throughout the US, Canada, Australia, Japan (in Japanese) and France (in French).
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Gerald Roy
Quilt Curator - Pilgrim/Roy Collection Author - Quilt Historian - Designer/ Painter / Teacher - Quiltmaker
Certified Quilt Appraiser/Administrator of The Quilt Appraisal Certification Program for the American Quilter’s Assoc.
2021 VQF Quilt Contest Judge
The name Pilgrim /Roy is internationally recognized do to the contributions of the late Paul D. Pilgrim and Gerald E. Roy who started recognizing and collecting quilts, as works of art, in the early 1960’s. With strong backgrounds in the Fine Arts they made it their life’s mission to convince others of the fact that quilts are important. The collection has become a source of many traveling exhibitions nationally and internationally, as well as a great source for other institutions, researchers, and historians
Today the collection stands a great source of examples of not just aesthetic artifacts of the past but a testimonial of how important quiltmaking was in the past for giving voices to those who otherwise would never have had an opportunity to be heard.
Gerald serves on many museum boards as consultant and of course the crowning achievement “Quilts and Color” Quilts From The Pilgrim / Roy Collection, The Museum of Fine Art’s, Boston, Ma. 2014.
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Pantera Saint-Montaigne
Textile and Surface Pattern Designer, Printmaker, and Artist
Brooklyn native, Pantera Saint-Montaigne is a printmaker, surface designer and the driving force behind Brooklyn Mojo, Inc. Her beautiful textiles are designed and hand-printed in her home studio. A lifelong musician and songwriter, Pantera began screen printing in 2013. Mastering relief printing techniques gave her new ways to express her creative spirit.” When she’s not in her studio printing, you’ll find her co-working with other creatives or researching new adventures in textile printing.
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Sujata Shah
Textile Artist, Graphic Designer, Author, Instructor
Sujata Shah, a graphic designer and textile artist, is originally from Mumbai, India. As a textile artist, she has been making quilts for 30 year years and teaching quilting for almost 20 years. 
She finds connection between the abstract utilitarian quilts of Gee's bend and Godharis from India. Her instinctive ability to work with colors and textures combined with education in graphic design has helped her develop a unique style as a designer.

She also draws her inspirations from imperfections and irregularities of free-spirited folk art and crafts from around the world. As calligraphy major, she believes that each handmade craft has a stamp of the maker. In 2014 she wrote the book, Cultural Fusion Quilts - A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions. In which she introduced free-form blocks, an abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks to reflect her theory.
Talking about the process of finishing quilts, she says, ''I find hand stitching therapeutic and nourishing to the soul. Through my quilts I remain connected to my past, my culture and heritage. More I hand stitch, stories of my daily life get stitched into my quilts. I rarely have a plan before the start of a quilt. Designing a quilt is an evolving process. I believe as the quilt evolves, I simply become the instrument in the making of that quilt.''
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Maria Shell
Author, Lecturer, Award-winning Quilter
Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making. She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bedquilt and manipulate them with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer.

Maria is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2011 Winter Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award and two Rasmuson Fellowships (2009, 2013, 2017). She has had several solo and small group shows including  fiber at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio,  Right Lines  & Circles at the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum and Gardens in Ormond Beach, Florida,  Line + Shape at the Hello Stitch Studio in Berkeley, California, and The Pieced Canvas at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California.  Her most recent solo exhibition is Off the Grid which will be on view at the Shelburne Art Museum in Shelburne, Vermont from May—October 2022. Her first book Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape was published in 2017. Learn more about her process by visiting her blog:
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David Sirota
Creator of "Sirota No More Tears Paper Piecing” Method
 A little about me…It all started because I needed kitchen curtains and decided to make them myself. But that’s a whole other story.
I have been quilting since the late 90’s (that’s1990’s) after my friend Amy Fitzpatrick taught me the basics of quilting. And I thank “Simply Quilts” for all of the information and instruction that Alex Anderson and her guests provided. It felt like I was going to quilting school, and I tried not to miss a class. 
There was one technique that I was immediately drawn to, and that was paper piecing. I thought it was so cool because of the intricate and accurate results you get. The only drawback was that it was really difficult to wrap my brain around, kinda like upside down and backwards. If you’ve ever tried it, you know what I mean. But once I got it, the results were quite exciting. Except, there were a couple of huge drawbacks…how to orient the next piece of fabric, and removing the paper. Regardless of the kind of paper I used, it still had to be removed at the end, which took as long or longer than the construction of the quilt! 
So, I started thinking about how to make paper piecing simpler and faster. And I’m proud to say that in 2004, I figured it out. My "Sirota No More Tears Paper Piecing”© method is easier to understand and takes at least half the time than the way paper piecing has been done traditionally.
My goal was to take the anxiety out of paper piecing and replace it with the joy of the process.  Paper piecing is now fun, easy and quick. Don't believe me?  Take a class and find out for yourself. The method has been so successful that I'm now part of the Mancuso Show Management faculty teaching all over the country.  And...I'm scheduled as a featured guest on "The Quilt Show" with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims!  
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Debbie Wendt
Teacher, Longarm Quilter, Designer, Author
Debbie has combined her passions for sewing, quilting and teaching into Wendt Quilting, a business that is truly on the go. (When we can go again!) Her degree in Home Economics education and eight years of teaching Home Ec continue to influence her classes. Debbie's quilting students love her ability to break down and explain the many aspects of quilting. Debbie began quilting over 30 years ago and started teaching quilting internationally in 1993 while living in Cairo, Egypt. (Thus the camel and pyramids logo!) She develops tools including "Brilliant Bindings" and her latest "Hex-a-ma-jig" and "Hex-a-ma-jig Jr." and designs many unique quilt patterns. Debbie brings tradition to modern designs and loves to play with color!
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Lynn Wheatley
Instructor and Long Arm Quilter
Certified Instructor Studio 180 Design

Lynn Wheatley’s passion is quilting! Quilting for over 35 years, she especially enjoys the satisfaction of teaching and sharing her experiences with quilt design, techniques, and the creation process.

As a retired Engineer with 30+ years’ experience in process and design, Lynn applies the same techniques to quilt making. For projects large and small, Lynn loves working through every step of the process to help students learn new skills and techniques, from beginner to accomplished quilter. Lynn brings her personal touch of patience, organization, and encouraging style to the classroom.

Lynn is a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design, traditional piecing and Laura Heine, collage art quilting and has a pending certification with Sew Kind of Wonderful in curved piecing.  Lynn’s workshop offerings include many options in any of these three quilting disciplines.

Prior to COVID, Lynn spent her time teaching, lecturing and hosting retreats at guilds, quilt shows, and shops throughout the United States. Now Lynn is providing Virtual Retreats, Lectures and Classes.  When she is not sharing her passion for quilting with others, she is longarm machine quilting and developing new ideas for her future quilting adventures.
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Kellie Willey
Miniature Quilt Pattern Designer and Instructor
Welcome to Kellie Willey's Virtual World of Miniature Quilting!

You can’t believe everything you hear. For years, we have heard that making a miniature quilt is harder that making a large quilt! This is simply not true and Kellie enjoys busting this myth. She believes that learning how to create a small-scale quilt can be FAST, FUN and REWARDING! Enjoy hearing how to quickly and accurately make a miniature quilt from a person who is not afraid to go tiny and loves to share that passion! Kellie feels fortunate that she can share her craft with so many other people. There is always something new and exciting to learn in quilting and she can't imagine ever running out of ideas for all the little quilts she wants to make. Kellie enjoys finishing lots of quilts every month instead of working for months on a large quilt. She enjoys taking large traditional patterns and miniaturizing them using various methods.

During her virtual lecture and workshop, you will hear tips and techniques that will take the fear out of miniature quilting. You will also get a front row view (from your computer) of her little quilts up close. Kellie encourages quilters to enjoy the process and get comfortable with scaling down their work. Her philosophy is "You already know how to cut, piece and sew, and it's easy to make it smaller once you know the tricks”. Kellie’s teaching style is fun and relaxed. During her workshops, most students leave with a finished quilt top!

Kellie recently started producing her own line of miniature quilt patterns. Please visit her website to see more of her work.
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Juanita Yeager
Quilt Maker, Educator and Curator
While channel surfing one Saturday morning in 1984, Juanita happened upon a Georgia Bonesteel Lap Quilting program. After watching the program, the following week she decided to make a quilt. Off to the public library she went to get some books on the subject, and she has been making quilts ever since. 
Over the course of the last 35+ years, she has made hundreds of quilts in varying sizes, mostly with a floral theme, but not one that was lap quilted. She gave up on making traditional bed quilts very quickly preferring to find her own style and make quilts for competition. Her current work retains the form of the quilt, but no longer function as such. 
Through the years she has entered and won awards in major quote shows. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows both here and abroad.
As a studio artist, she sells her work. Her quilts can be found in private and public collections, in commercial spaces, hospital settings, and educational facilities, as well as museum collections like the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.
She has taught beginner to advanced  quilt making since 1990, in addition to judging the work of others and creating exhibits of quilted artwork for museums and galleries.
She is known for her large-scale floral pieces. Early on they were hand pieced and/or appliquéd then hand quilted. As her work became more in demand, she moved to doing more of her work by machine. With her move to Florida in 2009, she combined her interest in painting with quilting and begin painting on silk fabric using a modified version of an ancient Asian technique to create the work she has been doing for the last 10+ years.
Juanita Yeager resides in Midway, Florida.
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