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 in Fall 2020. With two DVDs and a book on Modern Machine Quilting techniques, Catherine delights in finishing her own quilts on a domestic machine! For more information, visit catherineredford.com.
Cindy has been quilting for more than 25 years and she is best known for her international award-winning heirloom machine quilting accomplished on a domestic sewing machine. She is an iQuilt instructor, has several on-line domestic machine quilting classes, and she has authored a book and several magazine articles on machine quilting. Cindy has also taught domestic machine quilting classes all over the country and even in China! She feels great pride when her students tell her that after taking her classes, they have the confidence and ability to now quilt their own quilts! For more information, visit quintessentialquilting.com.
Cynthia England is a native Houstonian and graduate of the Art Institute of Houston and has been creating quilts for more than forty years.
Experimentation with quilting techniques led her to develop her own unique style and technique called, "Picture Piecing." Cynthia’s quilts have been honored with many awards, including three Best of Shows at the prestigious International Quilt Association and Viewer's Choice at the American Quilter’s Society. Her quilt, Piece and Quiet, was distinguished as one of the Hundred Best Quilts of the 20th Century.
Cynthia teaches and lectures nationally and internationally. To date, she has shared her techniques at quilting events in South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Canada, Australia, Spain, and Mexico.
In addition, she is the designer and owner of England Design Studios, a publishing/pattern company which specializes in the "Picture Piecing" technique. She has designed over 75 patterns that use her technique and is author of two books and a DVD that explains the process. For more information, visit englanddesign.com.
Dana E. Jones, artist, quiltmaker and journalist, is author of Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island, which shares the story of quiltmaking on a 13-acre island in the central Philippines. Dana is a former editor of Quilters Newsletter magazine and the Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal. She has articles, pattern, and block designs published in these magazines and in The Quilt Life, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, Quilts With Style and Quick Quilts magazines. She is a regular teacher at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and quilt shops in Centennial, Pueblo, Estes Park, and Delta, Colorado. She has spoken and taught at quilt guilds and shops in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Washington, and Kansas. Her quilts have been exhibited at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and in the 2018 American Quilt Study Group traveling exhibition. She lives at 9,200 feet in the Rocky Mountains in Gilpin County, Colorado, northwest of Denver. For more information, visit danajonesquilts.com.
Deb has been an avid quiltmaker since 1981 and describes herself as a "machine piecing efficiency expert." She has developed numerous streamlined construction techniques and tools to ensure high-quality success for all levels of quilters. Her patented tools, Rapid Fire Hunter's Star and Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star, as well as her fundamental line of rulers (Tucker Trimmer, Wing Clipper, Square Squared, V Block Trimmer, Corner Beam Ruler, and others) are sold nationally and internationally. As a designer, Deb has developed many patterns, books, online video tutorials, and additional products to guide quilters in their machine piecing processes. In 2008, not only did Deb launch her company, Studio 180 Design, she was also nominated for Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilter Magazine. Her business now has five full-time employees and 80+ Certified Instructors (trained individuals who are available to teach and lecture all across this country and abroad). When not traveling, Deb, her husband Jeff, and their crew of "cat helpers" live in beautiful central North Carolina. For more information, visit deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com.
Debbie has combined passions for sewing, quilting, and teaching into Wendt Quilting, a business truly on the go. Her degree in home economics education and eight years of teaching home ec continues to influence her classes. Her students love her ability to break down and explain the many aspects of quilting. She began quilting over 30 years ago and started teaching quilting internationally in 1993 while living in Cairo, Egypt. She develops tools including "Brilliant Bindings," “Hex-a-ma-jig” and “Hex-a-ma-jig Jr.,” and designs many unique quilt patterns. Bringing tradition to modern designs, she encourages fun and confidence in her students. For more information, visit wendtquilting.com.
Gina Perkes-Tidwell is an international award-winning quilter and quilting educator. She spends much of her time in the classroom, sharing tips and techniques with the most wonderful people in the world: quilters! Gina, a lover of all things creative, has an innate need to beautify things and feels completely blessed to have been born as an “artoholic.” Her life is filled with color, fun, ideas, texture, challenges, bling, threads, glitter, sugar, flour, and of course, CHAOS. Though she enjoys all sorts of creative outlets and mediums (gardening, mosaic, oil painting, etc.), her three favorites are quilting, culinary arts, and photography. Gina travels all over this beautiful country, sharing her techniques with others, and hosts private quilting and pastry retreats at her home in Arizona. Quilters can find more of Gina’s tips at thecopperneedle.com.
Heather has been sewing since her teens and quilting for more than 25 years. Her first quilt was an Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day. Since she had a king sized bed, it made sense for her 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, her fabric tastes have changed since then! Heather considers herself a modern quilter, with traditional roots. She is the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. She loves speaking to different groups and sharing the modern aesthetic. Heather is foremost a teacher. She teaches modern quilting classes in local shops, guilds and shows across the country. She is a contributing author to the book, Classic Modern Quilts. Heather is also 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 her work in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine, Modern Patchwork Magazine and Curated Quilts Magazine. To see Heather’s work, visit her website, heatherkojan.com, or her Instagram @heatherkojan.
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 and her 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. For more information visit sewmanycreationsny.com.
A quilter since 1986, Karen’s inspiration manifests equally of innovation and tradition. Her quilts have won numerous awards, including first prizes in international competitions, and her designs appear frequently in exhibition. Her Clam Session quilt received the Master of Innovative Artistry award at IQA in 2009, and her Indian Orange Peel Quilt won People’s Choice at Quilt National ’95 and is part of the QN collection at the International Quilt Museum. Having enjoyed success in design, publication, and teaching, she finds no greater satisfaction than in hand-finishing a newly quilted piece. Except for the possibility of making someone else’s color “challenge” her business. Karen holds degrees in Piano from Baylor and Indiana Universities, has two beautiful daughters, three exemplary cats, and rides her bike from historic Deep Ellum in Dallas, TX. For more information visit karenkstonequilts.com.
Kathy McNeil is an internationally award-winning quilt artist, author, pattern designer, art quilt teacher, and judge. Kathy offers workshops, trunk shows and lectures, online classes through the American Quilters Society, and quilting cruises to great destinations. Hand appliquéing thousands of little scraps of fabric together, she creates quilts that look like paintings. These wallhangings are inherently and symbolically full of love and comfort. Often using over a hundred different fabrics in one composition, she revels in adding small details and surprises for the viewer to find. The quilting itself adds an additional element of texture to her work. Kathy’s quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars, international shows, and private collections. For more information visit kathymcneilquilts.com.
Lori is a quilter, pattern designer, educator, and EQ8 superfan from Oxford, Michigan. She enjoys designing quilts with her favorite tool, EQ8 Quilt Design software. Lori loves to teach EQ8 and is the author of EQ8 Lessons with Lori on the doyoueq.com blog. An AccuQuilt GO! Getter, she shares tutorials and patterns on the AccuQuilt blog. Lori is the creator of Add-on EQ8 Block Libraries that work with AccuQuilt dies. Lori’s original Designs have been featured in American Quilter, American Patchwork and Quilting, Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, and many other quilt publications. For more information visit lorimillerdesigns.com.
Nancy started sewing at a very young age, making cloths for her dolls and later for herself. Coming from a large family of 10 kids, making a new outfit herself was the only way to get it. She has been teaching the art of quilt-making for over 25 years. Nancy's YouTube channel, "OnPoint-TV" has 47,000 subscribers at this time with over 250 videos. Her teaching style is great for beginners and has advanced techniques from efficient and accurate rotary cutting, creating your own fabric using many painting techniques, piecing, traditional, improvisational quilt making, paper piecing and machine quilting. The art of teaching quilt-making brings Nancy joy. For more information visit onpoint-tv.com.
Sarah Maxwell is a fabric designer for Marcus Fabrics and an Aurifil Thread designer. More than 150 of her original designs have been published over the last 20 years. Her quilts have also been juried into QuiltCon and various AQS shows. Sarah is the author of Morse Code Quilts and Fresh Modern Quiltsfrom Traditional Blocks.
Sarah’s focus is on helping quilters develop confidence in using color and fabrics in quilts. Her classes focus on successful and accurate piecing, including more challenging shapes like y-seams or acute angles. Her patterns often showcase both rotary cutting and hand piecing methods. For more information visit designsbysarahj.com.
Sarah discovered the world of quilting by chance after becoming a military wife. Always on the move, she left her career as a corporate pilot and dove head first into creating keepsake quilts for her fellow military families.
Always a fan of algebra & geometry and with a keen eye for color & design, she has expanded her talents to include pattern writing and surface pattern design with Hoffman Fabrics. Sarah is also a designer for Aurifil and has her own line of quilting rulers and sewing notions. For more information, visit her website, sariditty.com, Instagram @sariditty, or her Etsy, SARIDITTYshop.