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! Her current obsession, designing and piecing blocks and quilts that require set-in seams (Y-seams) pieced by machine resulted in the authoring of her book, Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork (Martingale, 2014). In addition to designing quilt patterns, Kelly especially loves to teach and talk about quilts. Her motto is “Have quilts. Will travel.”, and she loves to provide quilt presentations and workshops anywhere!
Kelly resides in Overland Park, KS with her husband, Jeff Seib. “Like” her Facebook page (Kelly Ashton: Quilting Lectures & Workshops), follow her on Instagram (kellyaquilter), and check out her Craftsy / Bluprint classes, “Piece Any Project: Conquer Challenging Seams” and “Finish It! Borders, Backing, Binding, and Beyond (Craftsy.com). In addition to quilty things, Kelly owns and operates The Creative Place, a retreat for quilters and other artists located in Spring Hill, KS. (creativeplaceretreats.com / FB: The Creative Place, event venue).
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.
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.
Award Winning Quilter and Designer 2020 VQF Quilt Contest Judge
Kimberly Einmo is an author, award-winning quilter, fabric designer, international instructor, quilt judge, and Bluprint class host, and the National Spokesperson for Janome-America. She has six best-selling books published by the American Quilter’s Society, 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 debut basics fabric collection, Solid-ish, is a best-seller for Timeless Treasures Fabrics and she enjoys leading amazing land tours and teaching on quilting cruises to exotic locales around the globe.
A proud military wife and mother of two college-age sons, Kimberly and her husband, Kent, lives in Southern California with three 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 enjoys meeting quilters, crafters and sewing enthusiasts from all walks of life across the US and around the world!
Kathy Farra, aka Machine Lady has been sewing and quilting most of her life. She has always been very mechanical and has a love for antique sewing machines. It is her desire to share the passion for keeping these vintage machines operational by teaching others how to properly care for their Singer Featherweight sewing machine. She is a graduate of Grove City College and worked in the computer industry for 25 years. In 2016, Kathy studied sewing machine repair for fun and has since become a Singer Featherweight specialist. Since 2016, Machine Lady, LLC has been vending at quilt shows and sharing her love of Featherweights by teaching featherweight maintenance classes for quilt shops and guilds all over the East Coast.
Freelance Writer, Speaker, Teacher and Quilt Designer
After 11 years as an editor for Quiltmaker magazine, Diane Harris formed Stash Bandit, the small business through which she presents energetic trunk shows and lively classes for quilters. She is passionate about making scrap quilts and creating interesting, original designs. She never met a fabric she didn't like. Her work has been featured in many American and British quilt magazines. Diane lives on a working farm in rural Nebraska.
Norma Ippolito is a retired classroom teacher who brings years of experience to the planning and teaching of quilting classes. She enjoys all aspects of making a quilt, but especially enjoys the challenge of filling the blocks and negative space with traditional and modern quilting designs that complement the quilt. Ruler work has become her specialty. Norma has won numerous National and regional awards including Best of Show, the Governor’s Award, and Best Machine Quilting on a Home Machine at the Vermont Quilt Festival. She lives in Chester, Vermont with her husband, Paul.
Lynn Koolish is most known for her quilts made using bright colors of hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics. She also creates mixed-media fiber art. Based in Berkeley, CA, Lynn teaches throughout California and nationally at venues including International Quilt Festival in Houston, AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY, Road to California, and Quilters Affair in Sisters, Oregon.
In her current work, Lynn uses her hand-created fabrics and improvisational design and piecing techniques. She focuses on applying basic design principles while maintaining the spontaneity of the improv process.
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). She also has a DVD Lynn Koolish Teaches You Printing on Fabric. All are available through her website.
RaNae Merrill is an award-winning quilter, author, and teacher. She is known for the unique spiral quilt technique in her books Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts and Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts. Her newest book, Free-Motion Mastery in a Month applies her skills as a concert pianist to the process of learning free-motion quilting. RaNae found her calling as a professional quilter after previous careers as a pianist, a photographer, and travel writer. When she is not quilting and writing, you can find her outdoors hiking, kayaking, and skiing or at home in New York City playing the piano and cooking.
Award-winning Quilter, Instructor and Author 2020 VQF Quilt Contest Judge
Sue has been quilting for over 40 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. Sue has been teaching machine techniques for the past 30 years. Sue has taught and lectured nationally and internationally for shops, guilds and major conferences. Sue’s awards include 1998 AQS Best of Show for “The Beatles Quilt” made by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly. Sue and Pat’s quilt “Two of Us” won the 2014 AQS Home Machine Workmanship Award. Sue’s most recent book is “Fabulous Feathers and Fillers”. Sue has also been a judge for many quilt shows. Sue’s priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are timesaving. Sue emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed!
I am a retired registered nurse from New York settling in to the New England area of Chester, Vermont in 2006. My passion of quilting started 30 years ago in traditional quilting techniques including machine piecing and machine quilting. I began working for Sue Ashe of Country Treasures quilt shop in 2006 and quickly began teaching machine quilting on a domestic sewing machine. I began longarming shortly after this quickly realizing I loved finishing and enhancing each and every quilt. When not longarming I often teach piecing techniques in both traditional and modern classes. I strive to learn from the many talented quilters I am surrounded with and classes I continue to take.
Recently I have reconnected with wool applique. I have picked up my love of handwork and enjoy teaching beginner's to get started with simple wool applique preparing them for more advanced techniques.
Sue is a country girl through and through, and to her thinking; the great outdoors is definitely “the place to be”. She has her own design company; “Sweet Season Quilts” that offers patterns that are inspired from her love of mountain lakes, seaside docks, farm animals, or just strolling down a village street. She loves sharing all of those special places with other quilters through her unique patterns.
As a quilter with award winning quilts and over 20 years experience, Sue has tried every technique that has come along, but her two personal favorites are fusible web machine appliqué and quilting as you go. She loves telling her class quilters to be ready to learn a bunch, laugh a lot and get ready to be amazed at what they can accomplish in a one day class with!
When she’s not teaching, traveling or designing, she’s puttering around the house with her kitties, mowing the lawn or shoveling snow, helping hubby with one of his many “projects”, or just singing along with her favorite radio station. Sue and her husband are originally from southern Pennsylvania, where they married, moved to northern Vermont, started a family, and later relocated to upstate New York in the quaint little village of Schaghticoke.
Catherine Redford is an award-winning fiber artist who still loves to learn and pass that knowledge on as she teaches quilting and stitching around the United States and beyond. She has been married to Steve for very close to 40 years. They have four children who are all married and producing the most wonderful grandchildren. When Catherine is not stitching she likes to knit anything that doesn’t need to fit and reads a very eclectic mix of literature. She would like to say that she enjoys long walks in nature but the summer heat and winter cold in Illinois puts her off going outside ten out of twelve months of the year.
Follow Catherine on her website: catherineredford.com or Instagram: @catherineredford or Facebook: /catherineredfordquilter
Fabric & Pattern Designer, Photographer, Sewing Teacher, Color Lover
Giuseppe Ribaudo (AKA Giucy Giuce) learned to sew from his grandmother at a young age. In 2008 he began quilting and has never looked back. Giuseppe resides in New York City and is a fabric designer, pattern designer, and quilt teacher. He is an avid modern traditionalist quilter with a great passion for simple design in bright colors.
Certified Quilt Appraiser/Administrator of The Quilt Appraisal Certification Program for the American Quilter’s Assoc.
2020 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.
Neysa Russo resides in Corinth, Vermont where she combines the techniques of wet felting and needle felting to create museum quality tapestries of exquisite beauty and charm. Fascinated by the rich history of design and inspired by ancient textiles from around the world, her expertise comes to life with creative design composition and dramatic use of color. She is an author, markets her own line of kits, exhibits her work in galleries and teaches.
Latifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the world. She has a line of patterns and templates that she has designed to use her favorite techniques, including a line of patterns called Quilt Cadets that teaches kids how to sew! She is excited to be designing her fourht line of fabrics to be released with Me + You, the modern fabric brand with Hoffman Fabrics. She's been featured in over a dozen books and magazines and loves being an ambassador of Janome sewing machines.
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 The Pieced Canvas at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California and a 2020 solo exhibition at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. Her first book Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape was published in 2017. You can see more of Maria’s work on her website http://mariashell.com or learn more about her process by visiting her blog http://talesofastitcher.com or her instagram @talesofastitcher.com
Quilt Artist and Teacher, Lecturer, Author 2020 VQF Quilt Contest Judge
Mark began his quilting career in 2001. He asked his mother to teach him to make his first quilt. Mark's mother had originally learned what she knew about quilting from Eleanor Burns, in one of Eleanor's very first classes taught at a local high school. Since the beginning Mark was interested in competitive quilting which forced him to excel in his art. During these years Mark developed many unique techniques that he is teaching the quilting community. Mark is now a quilt teacher and lecturer working all over the United States and Internationally as well.
Mark draws his inspiration from nature and his love of color. He has always been inspired by stained glass and his admiration of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Mark developed a unique method for making stainedmglass quilts using his own hand dyed fabrics. One of these first quilts, Wisteria (2008), is now part of the Permanent Founder's Collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.
Mark currently lives in the Nashville, Tennessee area. He now travels the world teaching and lecturing, which he has discovered is his real passion. Mark is the father of two grown children. He is an accomplished pianist and organist. He has done interior design as well as elaborate floral designs for important events. Mark has always loved antiques and because of this he became a GIA gemologist certified in pearls. His specialty is natural pearls. Mark is fluent in Spanish, something he learned while serving in the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.
Anne’s roots are in sewing and quilting, and art quilts are her avocation. She has devoted much of her creative energy to finding new ways to make representational images of real places with fabric, photographs printed onto fabric, thread and paint. In her latest work, she focuses on detailed improvisational threadwork, creating dense color and texture as well as a story line.
Anne strives to stay true to her traditional quilting roots by piecing at least part of each quilt, applying dense threadwork to the three layers which comprise a traditional quilt. Anne is an award-winning artist, achieving recognition at local, regional and national quilt shows, and her work is part of the permanent collection in the chapel at Northwestern Medical Center, in St. Albans, Vermont.
Anne is a long-time resident of Cambridge, Vermont, and when she is not in her studio or teaching workshops, she is outside enjoying whatever the day’s weather has to offer. She retired from health care as a family practice nurse practitioner in 2017. Anne is active with several groups devoted to promoting fiber arts in northern Vermont.
Instructor and Long Arm Quilter Certified Instructor Studio 180 Design
Lynn Wheatley’s passion is quilting! Quilting for over 30 years, she especially enjoys the satisfaction of teaching and sharing her experiences with quilt design, piecing techniques, and utilization of tools for quilt construction.
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.
Lynn spends her time teaching, lecturing, hosting retreats and vending at guilds, quilt shows, and shops throughout the United States. 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.
Allison Wilbur is an award winning longarm quilter and quilt artist. Her work is rooted in her life experiences as the daughter of a watercolor painter and a cabinetmaker, and the wife of a diplomat. Allison was originally drawn to traditional quilting for its combination of color and geometry. Decades of living overseas in Japan, Russia, Tunisia, Kuwait, Oman and Switzerland, and travel to many other countries has added elements of textiles, color combinations, and design from other cultures. Often these elements are paired with traditional American piecing to create collaborative work that celebrates the international language of fiber shared by women in so many cultures around the world.