Felicia Brenoe is a quilt designer, author, and teacher with both national and international teaching experience. She is the author of My Cozy Village and A Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest and she has been featured on Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting on PBS. Her work has also appeared in multiple quilt magazines. Felicia’s work focuses primarily on appliqué (both hand and machine), as well as foundation paper piecing. She is rooted in classical quilt designs and craftsmanship. As a quilting teacher, her goal is to empower her students to feel a sense of mastery. Even large and complex projects happen one little step at a time. Felicia works with a variety of different colors and fabric styles in her quilts. She loves to help fellow quilters develop their own ability to tell stories and create moods with their fabric choices. Felicia lives in Phoenix, Arizona. You can learn more about her at feliciasworld.com and see more of her work at @feliciasworldquilting on Instagram.
Bonnie Browning has quilted since the late 1970s, and during that time she has taught and judged across the U.S. and around the world. Her travels have taken her to Australia, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Switzerland, Turkey, and most recently, Keqiao, China.
Bonnie is a certified quilt judge and a certified Zentangle® teacher, and she has authored thirteen books on quilting, including the award-winning Zentangle Art to Go, which was published by AQS in 2016.
Bonnie enjoys sharing good, basic quiltmaking techniques so that the quilts that are being made today will last for generations to come. Bonnie has been the Executive Show Director for AQS for the past 20 years, playing a vital role in bringing QuiltWeek to enthusiastic quilters across the country.
Melinda Bula is an award-winning quilt artist, instructor, and author. She lives in California and has been sewing and painting since she was a young girl. Her Fabulous Fusible Flowers quilts are unique as she uses fabric and thread to create beautifully artistic quilts that have the wonderful look of paintings. She has been lecturing and teaching, both in the United States and internationally, since 2005. Her quilts have been featured in numerous magazines, museums (Shelburne, The National Quilt Museum) and galleries. Melinda has written two books on her Fabulous Fusible Flowers technique: Cutting Garden Quilts and Candy Cane Lane, both published by the Martingale Company. She has also partnered with the American Quilter’s Society to produce two instructional videos for their online class site, iquilt.com. Learn more at melindabula.com.
Over thirty years ago Eleanor Burns introduced her first Quilt in a Day book, beginning a quiltmaking revolution. She invited all types of sewers to participate in an age-old tradition using her unique style; a diverse combination of cutting and sewing applications which replaced scissors and templates with rips and strips, bringing rotary speed to patchwork. She also introduced an incredibly rapid stitching system, applying the method of assembly line sewing to piecework. Her concise, step-by-step directions were easy to grasp, allowing anyone to be successful at making a quilt. Eleanor Burns gave quiltmakers techniques that compacted months into merely a day, a quilt in a day. Today, as she continues to passionately devote herself to nurturing and motivating thousands of quilters with needed self-confidence, her name and techniques have become synonymous with quiltmaking.
Since 1978, when Eleanor self-published that first book “Make a Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin Pattern,” she has become a prolific author, revered teacher trainer, popular television personality, and celebrated industry role model. She has authored over eighty additional books that sell at a rate of well over 6,500 per week. She has trained thousands of instructors throughout the world who teach her quiltmaking methods. In 1990, Eleanor pioneered the way people view quiltmaking with television. Her Quilt in a Day TV series began airing on PBS and is still broadcasting nationwide and abroad, even teaching in Japan. Adding to all of that, she has created an “Eleanor Burns Signature Pattern Collection” and her own line of quilting rulers, published over 100 quilting books, several special edition sewing machines, and received numerous awards and recognition for her lifetime of achievements. With the continued help of her son Orion and her sisters Judy and Patricia, she will keep bringing people into every stitch of her life, encouraging them step-by-step throughout her delightful patchwork path. So as Quilt in a Day celebrates over thirty years of quilting, you could say that Eleanor Burns has quilt making nicely sewn-up. For more information visit quiltinaday.com.
Michele Crawford has been a published quilt and needlework designer since 1989, and has had over 4500 designs published in 40 publications. She enjoys all forms of needlework and combines cross stitch, English Paper Piecing, and embroidery with her quilting. As a teacher, she enjoys sharing quilting tips and techniques while encouraging her students to have fun, try something new, and work at their own pace. She has also worked with over 35 batting, thread, and fabric companies. Michele is the owner of Flower Box Quilts. See more at flowerboxquilts.com.
Michelle Renee Hiatt
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. She is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching. Michelle teaches throughout the United States at National Quilt Shows and Retreats! Specializing in showing others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. She 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 organizes fabulous online mystery series which she runs twice a year. Her mystery series are designed to strengthen techniques in three hours a week over the course of 18-24 weeks. Michelle is known for her humor, enthusiasm, and encouragement! You can follow Michelle on her blog at: sewonthego.blogspot.com and she can be reached through her website at Sewonthego.net.
Author, teacher, and fabric designer Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 35 years. In that time, she has written 15 books which share her love for combining traditional blocks with updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Her work has been featured in many publications, including over 250 national and international quilt magazines. Nancy is a strong believer that making a quilt should be fun, and that’s just what her classes are: fun. Nancy’s goal for her students is to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt that they will enjoy for many years. See her work at nancymahoney.com.
Karen expresses her artistry through drawing and painting and finds that quilting on the Gammill is very similar to both – she draws with thread. Karen loves creating and designing her own quilts, and competes as much as possible. She loves anything and everything creative. When she’s not stitching, you can usually find her doodling away! Karen pieced her first quilt top in 2003. One scrap of fabric lead to another, and two years later she purchased her first Gammill quilting machine and opened Creative Longarm Quilting, turning her hobby into a business. It didn’t take long for longarm quilting to become her true passion as she brought her artistic background to her work, developing her own unique style of custom quilting. Karen entered her first quilt show in 2006 and won Judge’s Choice. Since then, she has won numerous national awards for her personal quilts, as well as client quilts. She quilts samples for the Niemeyers/Quiltworx, Jinny Beyer, and RJR Fabrics, just to name a few. She became a Gammill Quilt Artist in 2012 and a Gammill Educator in 2018. Her work has been seen in several publications, as well as multiple Gammill ads. She has previously appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky. Karen brings a fresh open approach to teaching, encouraging quilters to use their passion to create and increase their skills gently while enjoying their creations the whole way. See more at creativelongarmquilting.com.
Vicki McCarty learned to quilt from her grandmother over 40 years ago in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Later, teaching quilting for community education led to Vicki opening the Calico Patch Quilt Shop. Vicki has owned and operated a full-service quilt shop and BERNINA dealership since 2000, and she has taught and lectured at guilds and quilt shows across the country. Vicki enjoys mixing cottons with wool appliqué, and her passion for quilt design has inspired many published patterns available through national distributors. Her patterns have been published in American Quilter magazine, Simply Vintage by Quiltmania, and AQS OnPoint. Vicki and her husband, Tom, are featured on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens’ Fall 2018 Quilt Sampler as a “Top 10 Quilt Shop.” In 2018, Vicki began designing fabric for Marcus Fabrics. Enjoy Vicki’s designs at calicopatch.com.
Linda M. Poole
When Linda M. Poole was a little girl, she had an insatiable desire to make things. Her grandmother gave that energetic little girl a way to have fun and participate by propping Linda on her lap and showing her how to sew. Linda had her own needles, scissors, and threads before she began kindergarten, and she was taught to respect her tools. She remembers her mother teaching her to crochet, knit, and embroider, while her father took her on adventures. Author of Painted Appliqué: A New Approach, Linda stays busy as a quilt instructor, lecturer, and fabric designer, and her life revolves around photography, writing, painting, and sewing. Linda has a passion for travel, teaching, and sharing her experiences with people around the world just like you. She has taught throughout the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, and Italy, and she is an iquilt.com instructor. You’ll find her at lindampoole.com.
Cindy Seitz-Krug has been quilting since 1992, when her mother signed her up for a quilting class at the local community college. Her machine quilting on a home sewing machine has earned her hundreds of awards at national and international quilt shows, including Best of Show at AQS QuiltWeek in Lancaster, PA. She is the author of The Grid Design Workbook and is a proud iquilt.com instructor. Cindy loves sharing her talents with new and experienced machine quilters from all over the country and teaches at local guilds as well as national quilt shows. Her classes range from beginning machine quilting all the way up to advanced heirloom machine quilting. See more at quintessentialquilting.com.
Jessica VanDenburgh has a love for all things handmade. Her grandmother taught her how to sew at a young age and continuously encouraged her creativity. Jessica’s background in interior design makes her a natural with color and pattern selection. She discovered quilting and bagmaking in 2005 and started making bags for friends and family in 2007. Soon, Jessica expanded her pattern company to include simple quilts and other accessories. Her company, Sew Many Creations, began as a custom bag company, but it has grown into a pattern business that specializes in beginner-friendly bags and quilts.
Jessica’s laid-back approach to teaching makes students feel at ease. You’ll find that her classes are full of fun facts, tips, tricks, and a whole lot of laughter.