Carolina is an architect who discovered the textiles arts and quilting in 2010 in Switzerland. Like in her old job, she works with original designs inspired by her artistic background and her travels around the world. As an awarded professional Quilt Artist, Teacher and BERNINA Ambassador, Carolina has had the honor to see her work in several exhibitions all over the country, as well as internationally.
Since her US relocation to Connecticut in 2016, she began teaching quilting classes and workshops nationally. Her goal with the students is to make them able to recognize the strong elements about their own creative work, and highlight tools and techniques to make them improve and grow with confidence in their sewing and quilting journey. Learn more at carolinasmussen.com
Berry, Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann is the author of Bargello Quilts in Motion, Braided Bargello, Simplified 3D Quilts, and Stunning 3D Quilts Simplified. She also has over 50 quilt patterns available at major distributors and designs patterns for Northcott and Free Spirit Fabrics. She owns and operates a small-town quilt store and online business, Quilter's Clinic. Ruth Ann travels extensively to exhibit and teach at guilds and festivals. For more information, visit quiltersclinic.com.
Since 1989, Michele Crawford has had over 4500 designs published in 40 quilting and needlework publications and websites; and worked with and for 35 fabric, thread, and batting manufacturers. She is also an author; marketing consultant; and has been the owner of Flower Box Quilts, a quilt pattern company and website since 2004. She has been vending and teaching across the country since 2007. As a teacher, she believes that there are many ways to the same end result yet offers her “tried and true” techniques for quilting while encouraging her students to work towards excellence, and have fun.
Pat Delaney is an award winning quilter from New England, specializing in color, home machine quilting, and home machine arts. Her quilts have won five Best of Show awards, Best Machine Quilting, Best Color, and many blue ribbons in national shows. In addition, her quilts have appeared in national publications such as Quilters Newsletter Magazine, Quilt, American Patchwork and Quilting, a cover for American Quilter magazine, two covers for the AQS Book Catalog, and seven editions of Quilt Art Engagement Calendar. Recently, she had a solo exhibit of her quilts at the New England Quilt Museum. Pat is a Massachusetts College of Art graduate and a BERNINA Ambassador. She has two grown daughters and resides in Abington, MA, with her husband, Matt. For more information, visit crabtreelane.com.
Cynthia England is a native Houstonian and graduate of the Art Institute of Houston. She 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 the author of two books and a DVD that explains the process. For more information, visit englanddesign.com.
Hahn, Linda J.
Linda is a high energy/low stress instructor. She is the author of nine books, several of which have been award winners! Linda is a Guest Designer for Banyan Batiks (Northcott), an EQ artist, and a Janome Artisan. She recently joined the team at Road to California where she serves as the Virtual Faculty Coordinator. Linda's specialty is taking a difficult-looking block and breaking it down into easy-to-do steps. When she is not working on quilting projects, she can be found teaching both virtual and in-person Zumba fitness classes. She lives in Palm Bay, FL, with her husband, Allan. See more at Froghollowdesigns.com.
Laura began quilting over 36 years ago. The journey of quilting led to opening Fiberworks, her quilt shop in Billings, MT, to designing over 50 different lines of fabrics, her own collection of threads, and her current obsession, making collage quilts! Laura’s work has been published in many magazines, and her book, Color Fusion…Fiberworks, is a book about her personal journey! Laura has won many awards, with the most prestigious being the $10,000 BERNINA Award for Best Machine Workmanship from the American Quilter’s Society. Many of her quilts have been featured in ads and brochures. Laura’s collage quilts showcase fused appliqué, cut flower motifs, an impressionistic way of using color, and value to create one-of-a-kind quilts using fabric as her palette. Her latest line of fabric, Happy Chance, is now available in stores! Visit Laura’s shop at fiberworks-heine.com.
Julie accidentally started quilting in 2010 and hasn't looked back. She has taught all across the US and brings a fun, relaxed teaching style to every venue. Julie brings a wealth of life experiences and her own style of quilting to teaching, lecturing, and running a business. Check out the quilting tools Julie has invented!
Lyon, Jenny K.
Jenny uses her domestic sewing machine to create quilts and wearable art. She has sewn since the age of six and began to free-motion quilt in 2000. Her work has been juried into several international quilt shows, including AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, International Quilt Festival in Houston, and the Pacific International Quilt Festival. Her work has been featured in Machine Quilting Unlimited and she has written for Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilter’s Newsletter. Jenny has been teaching the art of quilting since 2006 and teaches across the country at guilds, shops, and major international shows and festivals. She brings passion and joy to the classroom and enables her students to be inspired to quilt their own quilts! Jenny lives in northern California with her patient husband and a sweet little Australian Shepherdess. Learn more at quiltskipper.com.
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.
Cyndi McChesney has been quilting for over 40 years and has enjoyed a wide-ranging and fulfilling career in the quilting industry. She has been an author, quilt shop owner, custom quilt maker, and instructor throughout the US and Canada at national shows, guilds, and quilt shops. Cyndi has achieved the distinguished title of National Quilt Association Certified Teacher of the Year. She has won awards in the Hoffman Challenge, the Colorado State Fair, Mancuso Visuals #1 2020, (for Best Long-arm Workmanship) and the Vermont Quilt Festival 2021 for Exceptional Merit. Her quilts have been exhibited at the Houston International Quilt Festival and AQS Paducah. Cyndi’s first book, Fun With Panels, will be available in 2022. Cyndi’s passion for quiltmaking is evident in comments from her students and in her never-ending quest to find new techniques and skills to share. For more information, visit cedarridgequilting.com.
Lori is a quilter, pattern designer, educator, and EQ8 superfan from Oxford, MI. She enjoys designing quilts with her favorite tool, the 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.
Bethanne is a classically trained artist and self-taught quilter. She runs a successful longarm quilting business where she focuses on meeting her clients’ budgets while providing them with unique customized quilting. In addition, Bethanne creates a number of art quilts for show each year, quilted with elaborately detailed natural scenery in a style she calls "pictographic quilting." These quilts feature high-end detail work, including her signature hand-beaded piping. Bethanne’s quilts have won many major national awards at every major quilt show, including Best of Show and Best Longarm Machine Quilting. She was honored by being named Master Quilter by the National Quilting Association in 2015. Additionally, Bethanne has published numerous books teaching a variety of free-motion quilting techniques. To see all of Bethanne's quilts, books, awards, and publications, please visit her website at whitearborquilting.com.
Catherine Redford was born in England where she learned to knit and sew as a young girl. After relocating from London to Naperville, IL, 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.
Debbie has combined her passions for sewing, quilting, and teaching into Wendt Quilting, a business that is truly on the go. Debbie has a degree in Home Economics Education and eight years of teaching experience in the field. This allows her to influence her classes by breaking down and explaining the many aspects of quilting. Debbie began quilting over 30 years ago and started teaching quilting internationally in 1993 while living in Cairo, Egypt. Debbie now teaches at guilds, shops, and national shows. A unique teaching opportunity even took her to villages in Cambodia! Her article, Teaching the World to Quilt, was published in American Quilter. Debbie develops tools, has self-published two longarm project books, and designed many unique quilt patterns. She was a guest on Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show, demonstrating building and binding a quilt on a longarm. She brings tradition into modern designs and fun and confidence to each student. Learn more at wendtquilting.com.
Gail teaches classes and workshops across the country, including American Sewing Guild National Conferences, Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Houston Quilt Festival, sewing machine dealers, and Craftsy. Virtual classes keep Gail connected with sewists around the world. She authored the book Serger Essentials Master the Basics & Beyond! Gail loves teaching serger basics as well as how to use specialty feet and attachments. She shares serger embellishments with decorative threads - a fun way to expand skills and create beautiful surface embellishments. Her patterns include many serger skill building techniques. Check out YouTube.com/GailYellen for free tutorials and free projects. Her Pinterest Board Serge Outside the Seams is full of serger pinspiration. For more information, visit www.gailpatrice.com.