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Anne Standish

Art Quilter and Instructor
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.
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Birgit Schueller

Handi Quilter Ambassador (USA) and Educator (Europe)
Birgit discovered piecing patchwork and quilting by accident in 2001. From the very beginning, she has tried to come up with her own twist to known patterns and as early as in February 2002, she was asked to teach classes at a friend's quilt store. Ever since, she is being booked to teach piecing classes at stores, shows or for quilting groups throughout Europe and internationally.
 
Since these humble beginnings, Birgit has come a long way. She has been operating her successful longarm quilting business with an international customer base in Germany since 2005. Being located at the edge of the longarm quilting world, self-teaching continues to be her key strategy. Since 2006, she has won numerous awards in major European and international shows, among them Best of Show, Solitaire and Viewer's Choice awards for both her quilts and quilted garments. In late 2015, Handi Quilter USA approached Birgit and asked her to become a Handi Quilter Ambassador (USA) and Educator (Europe). In this function, she has since been traveling and teaching longarm quilting all over the world. Birgit designs, pieces and quilts all of her show quilts and garments herself. Her piecing designs are based on traditional patchwork but she challenges herself to take these traditional roots to contemporary levels.
 
While she likes bold colors and high contrast in her piecing patterns, Birgit's quilting style covers a wide palette from playful with elegant elements to geometrical-modern. She likes to take up a theme from the fabrics used in a top and to continue this theme in her quilting. Her goal is to enhance every top without overpowering the piecing. Wherever possible, Birgit prefers to combine ruler work with freehand quilting which allows her to let her creative juices flow – and it shows! 
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Carolyn Niesuchouski

Fiber Artist, Quilting Teacher, Long Arm Quilter
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 beginners to get started with simple wool applique preparing them for more advanced techniques.

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Cindy Lohbeck

Fabric Dyeing Instructor

Having worked in textiles and fabric dyeing for over 30 years, Cindy Lohbeck is truly a DYEHARD at heart! She started Hands On Hand Dyes in 2007, to share her love of textile arts through an extensive line of fabric dyeing kits. Believing in the right tools for the job, her helpful kits and classes are full of tools, tips and tricks, and have helped thousands of quilters and crafters share in the empowering experience of dyeing their own fabric. Humor, productivity and organization are key components to her fabric dyeing workshops, making them among the favorites at quilt shows, fabric shops, retreats and guild events, across the nation.

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Dona McKenzie

Long Arm Quilter and Instructor
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dona McKenzie has lived in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Connecticut and Vermont. She is a big fan of New England and is proud to call it her current home.

Ms. McKenzie holds a B.A in Studio Art and English from Occidental College, and she continued her post-college studies at the Art Center College of Design (CA) and the School of Visual Arts (NYC). Dona completed her M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology from New York University in May 2014. She also holds Professional Certificates from NYU in Digital Media Marketing and Social Media Marketing and Execution. She is currently a professor of communication and design at Granite State College, and the Managing Director of Silverlining Quilt Finishing in Ludlow.

As an entrepreneur, Ms. McKenzie was the Managing Partner for several successful design studios in New York and Connecticut. She has continued this work as the graphic designer for the patterns of Michelle Hiatt of Sew on the Go.

A skiing accident in 2007 led Ms. McKenzie to quilting while recuperating, and she has never looked back. She has been awarded ribbons from the Vermont Quilt Festival, the Billings Farms Quilt Show, the Champlain Valley Quilters Show, the Vermont State Fair and the Bondville Fair.

Ms. McKenzie resides in Vermont with her husband, Nick Hubbell, a composer of music, and a very, very old dog named Coda.
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Eliza Hardy Jones

I write songs. I play in bands. I make quilts.
Eliza Hardy Jones is a musician and quilter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began her musical training as a classical pianist, and after graduating from Vassar College began playing professionally in folk and pop bands. She has performed internationally, on festival stages, and on radio and television with artists including grammy-nominated Grace Potter and Iron & Wine. She has also recorded 4 full-length albums of original music, including her most recent, Because Become, released in 2016. Since beginning the Song Quilts project, Eliza has lectured at the Music College of Arkhangelsk in Russia, the Barents Bird Fest (an international cultural festival in Murmansk, Russia), at local quilt guilds, and presented a MQG webinar.
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Gerald Roy

Author, Judge, Appraiser, Quiltmaker, Painter
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.
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Gyleen Fitzgerald

Author, Lecturer, Poet, and Instructor
Gyleen Fitzgerald makes quilts that blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative
techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops. As a writer, Gyleen centers on quilt project books and how-to videos, magazine articles, haiku poetry, and children’s books. 
 
An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned Best of Show honors and as a publisher, she is a Gold Medal winner for Polygon Affair…So Easy You’ll Fall in Love and Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings.  She is best
known for inspiringTrash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen. 
 
Gyleen has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting a contemporary spirit in traditional quiltmaking.
 
For Gyleen, dreams hold no limits.  Ray, her husband is her shining light and quilting is her passion; together her life is in balance.
 
Gyleen is a Philadelphia, PA native who spent her formative years in Taiwan and Japan.
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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 and Modern Patchwork Magazine.

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Karen Stone

Quiltmaker, Teacher, Publisher
Karen Kleespies Stone began quiltmaking in 1986, teaching in 1990, and publishing her designs in 1993. Her quilts have won numerous awards, including first prizes in international competitions, and have appeared on covers of Quilter' Newsletter Magazine, and several catalogs. Her Indian Orange Peel received the People's Choice Award at Quilt National '95, and she has appeared on HGTV's Simply Quilts.
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Kathie Beltz

Quilter, Teacher, Judge
My name is Kathie Beltz, and I am a professional quilter, teacher, and quilt judge. I am also a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design, Deb Tucker’s tool and technique company.
 
I bought a sewing machine at age 15 with money from my first job, and made clothes and home decor items early on. When the quilting bug bit me later in life, it was a great reason to bring that old Singer sewing machine out of retirement.

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 concentrate on machine piecing and quilting, and I’m always trying new techniques, gadgets and patterns.
 
As an award-winning quilter, I lecture, teach workshops, and give demonstrations at guilds, quilt shops, and quilt shows across the country. I enjoy teaching, especially to beginners.
 
I live in Southern New Hampshire with my husband, Randy, and two English Cocker Spaniels. Life is good in the “Live Free or Die” state!
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Kay Bergquist

Designer, Teacher, Instruction Writer
Kay started in the quilting business as a long-arm quilter and ran a successful business for 19 years, before shifting her focus to a quilt design business she currently runs with her daughter, Allison. Kay’s quilt teaching career started in 2000 during her long-arm days, where she taught at local and area quilt shops. After starting Vermont Quilt Design in 2007, Kay increased her teaching activities based on the new designs and demand to learn them. She started teaching retreats in 2009 and in 2012, started her own annual retreat in Vermont called “VT Quilting B”. She’s taught at the Vermont Quilt Festival several times since 2010, where she has been very popular for her teaching skill, patience and low stress environment in the classroom. Kay has been an invited teacher to guilds and shops all over New England.
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Kimberly Einmo

Award Winning Quilter and Designer
2019 VQF Quilt Contest Judge

Kimberly Einmo is the National Spokesperson for Janome-America, an author, award-winning quilter, fabric designer, international instructor, quilt judge, and host of five popular classes on CRAFTSY/Bluprint. 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 co-developed three EQ companion software products. Her debut basics fabric collection, Solid-ish, is a best-seller for Timeless Treasures Fabrics and she enjoys 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, live in Southern California with three rescue cats and one pampered pooch where she enjoys creating in her sunny studio.

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Lynn Wheatley

Instructor and Long Arm Quilter
Certified Instructor Studio 180 Design

Lynn Wheatley’s passion is quilting! She draws great energy from both the creative process of quilt design as well as the personal, comforting side of quilting. This passion began more than thirty years ago when she began creating quilts for special people in her life. Never satisfied with just buying a pattern and making a quilt, Lynn discovered the satisfaction of adding her personal touch to the design, fabric selection, and quilt construction, with the final reward of the joy and comfort of the recipient with their new quilt.

Lynn has 30+ years’ experience in the Engineering profession, involved in the engineering and manufacture of highly technical commercial products. Applying the design and process techniques from Engineering to quilting was a seamless process as quilting became the focus of her next career.

Lynn started a part-time business in 2009 of teaching quilting techniques, plus designing and commissioning of finished quilts. In 2011, she added longarm machine quilting to her repertoire, in 2014 became a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and has most recently added contemporary style quilts to the mix of her workshop offerings.

In 2016, Lynn retired from her Engineering career and began pursuing her passion for all things quilting full-time.

Lynn spends her time teaching, lecturing, vending at guilds, retreats, 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.

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Mara Novak

Quilter, Longarm Quilter, and Instructor
Mara Novak established Flying Goose Custom Quilting in the spare bedroom in 2003,
eighteen months after she took her first quilt class with Deb Tucker and knew that she
had found her thing. Two years later, when quilt production had taken over the whole
house, a barn was renovated into a studio, much to the relief of her entire family.
 
Both her own quilts and those of her customers have been recognized in regional and national shows, including Best Machine Quilting at VQF for Sunset in 2013 and Whiteout in 2017, and Best in Show at MQX for Free Fallin’ in 2015. Her work has been seen in Fons & Porter and Quilter’s Newsletter. Mara teaches hands-on long-arm classes in her Vermont studio, as well as design workshops, motivated by the many requests to explain, “How do you know what to quilt?”
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Margaret Willingham

Quilter, Quilt Pattern Designer, Retired Professional Dancer, and Dance Teacher
Margaret Brewster Willingham is the founder and creative force of Eye of the Beholder Quilt Designs. She is a retired professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. “I used to choreograph dances. Now I choreograph quilts.”Margaret, a quilter who specializes in hand applique and reverse needle-turn applique and designing uniquely elegant patterns, fell in love with all things fabric and beautiful at home.
 
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Michelle Renee Hiatt

Quilt Designer and Instructor
Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor
Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning Quilter, Designer and National Instructor. Michelle has been sewing since before she can remember and fell in love with quilting over 20 years ago.

Michelle Renee is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. Michelle Renee teaches throughout the United States at National Quilt Shows and Retreats!

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 and many of her patterns have been published in their Modern 180 pattern line.

Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm, and encouragement!
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Norma Ippolito

Free Motion Quilting and Ruler Instructor
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. 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.

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Nova Montgomery

Quilter, Quilt Historian
Nova is a quilter and quilt historian who began quilting in 1980. Teaching since 2003, she has developed a reputation for engaging students in active learning and giving individual attention to her students as she travels and teaches nationally.
 
Nova has served as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M University and has been selected as a member of the teaching faculty for multiple years at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, the International Quilt Festival in Houston, and has been the featured teacher for the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE. Additionally, her writing has been published in The American Quilter.

Her specialty is the Singer Featherweight 221 sewing machine and she teaches a highly acclaimed Featherweight Maintenance Workshop.
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Pepper Cory

Quilting Instructor, Stencil and Pattern Designer

I have been a quiltmaker since 1972 when I saw an antique quilt at a rummage sale, purchased it for $1.00, and on the way home fell in love! From that moment I wanted to learn to make quilts and sought out quiltmakers, usually elderly ladies, who could teach me the art. Ever since I've been collecting quilts, making quilts myself, writing books about them, designing needlework tools, and sharing my love of quilting by teaching and lecturing.

For seven years (1976-1983) I owned a quilt shop called Culpepper's Quilts in East Lansing, Michigan. Teaching travels have taken me to 47 of the 50 states, Canada, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia.

I've written articles that have appeared in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Traditional Quiltworks, American Patchwork & Quilting, the FabShop magazine, and Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts.

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RaNae Merrill

Quilter, Instructor, and Author
RaNae Merrill is an award-winning quilter, author and teacher. Her unique "spiral" quilts have appeared in national shows and magazines, and her books Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts, Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts and Sideways Spiral Quilts have already become quilting classics. She is a popular instructor at guilds, and frequently teaches at major quilt shows around the world.

RaNae found her calling as a professional quilter after previous careers as a pianist, a photographer and a travel writer. (She holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance from University of Southern California and UCLA respectively.)

She began quilting in 1989, beginning with a half-finished, king-sized quilt her grandmother had been making for her when she died in 1976. When she found a batch of nine-patch squares in a trunk that had belonged to that grandmother, she started making baby quilts for her nieces and nephews, incorporating Grandma’s blocks into each one. When people began praising her designs and suggesting that she quilt professionally, she brushed off the idea as impractical.

Several years later, she began to experiment with making some of her travel photographs into fabric designs. When she went to ask advice, the head designer at Blank Quilting bought one of the lines, and suggested that she attend Quilt Market, where she was astonished to discover that being a professional quilter could, indeed, be a rewarding career!

Today RaNae designs quilts and patterns, writes quilting books and teaches workshops in the USA and abroad -- in both English and Spanish. She still loves to travel!
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Richard Cleveland

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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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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Yvonne Fuchs

Quilter, Designer, Tech Editor, Blogger
In her earlier career, Yvonne worked as an aerospace engineer until April 2014 when she radically redesigned her life to focus on her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Her company name, Quilting Jetgirl, is a blend of her professional histories and the tagline “Sewing at the Speed of Sound” is a nod to her work on the second privately funded (non-government) vehicle to break the sound barrier. She has been quilting for 20+ years and credits quilting with helping her feel balanced and connected to both her local hometown community and a larger global community.
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