Known for her enthusiasm and clever solutions to quilting's challenges, Susan is thrilled to share more techniques than ever! She has designed and created five AQS Paducah award-winning quilts, invented tools, authored and published several books. Susan has been published in many quilting magazines, and has appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims twice, in addition to other internet and television shows. Students enjoy seeing real quilts and learning from live demos. In the classroom, Susan uses a video camera and projector to show live, detailed demos throughout the class. She enjoys teaching all the tricks to perfect Piping Hot Binding, marvelous miters, bold stitching with heavy threads, embellishment with prairie points, and quilting with panache. You’ll see her quilts at piecesbewithyou.com.
Linda is a high energy/low stress instructor. She is the author of 12 books, several of which have been award winners! Linda is a Guest Designer for Banyan Batiks (Northcott), an EQ artist, and Janome Artisan. 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, Florida with her husband, Allan. For more on Linda visit www.froghollowdesigns.com.
Author, pattern designer, and national quilting instructor Beth Helfter has one rule about quilting - it's supposed to be fun. With that in mind, along with her company motto of "Inspired Designs, Relaxed Attitude," Beth brings visionary designs and techniques to her patterns and exuberance and encouragement to the classroom. As a mostly scrappy designer, Beth prefers to dig into her stash to create designs and patterns that appeal to her senses of color and value, using as many different fabrics as possible. Her penchant for scraps and her need to use as many fabrics as possible in her quilts led her in 2017 to develop the Accordion Sewn HSTs™ method of creating half-square triangles that don't have a match and yet waste no fabric. Beth resides in Pepperell MA with her husband and three daughters. She's visited guilds and taught at national and regional quilt shows, and never tires of the ah-ha moments and banter of a classroom full of quilters. For more information on Beth visit https://evapaigequilts.com.
Marina lives in São Paulo and graduated in engineering and plastic arts. For many years, she worked with glass mosaics and now uses that knowledge in her quilting. For ten years, Marina has dedicated herself to the art form and teaching the technique. She uses strong colors alongside light and shadow, conveying depth and texture in her works. In recent years, she has used silk that she has personally dyed to achieve her desired effect. Marina has won awards at the AQS Paducah QuiltWeek and at the International Quilt Show in Houston. For more on Marina visit marinalandi.com.br/wp.
Angela and her husband, Bill, raised six children. During those busy years with a young family Angela sewed most of their clothes. As time passed, that love for sewing and handwork turned into a passion for quilting and needle-turn appliqué. In 2005, she launched her pattern company, Appliqué After Hours. She has published two books Needleturn Appliqué, The Basics & Beyond, and Bright & Bold Wool Appliqué. With a degree in education, it was only natural that her love of teaching and passion for quilting would draw her back to the classroom teaching appliqué workshops throughout the United States. For more on Angela visit www.appliqueafterhours.com.
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. 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. For more information visit ranaemerrillquilts.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.
Carolina Oneto is an Industrial Engineer with a Master's degree in Business Engineering. She worked in the industry and was a university professor for more than 10 years. In 2010 she left Santiago to live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she discovered patchwork. She studied patchwork and quilting with Cecilia Koppman and Teresita Leal, and since then, she travels every year to specialize in the USA with experienced quilters from that country. In 2016, she studied "Interaction of Color" at the art school of the Catholic University of Chile. This has marked the development of her work, where color and its interaction are a relevant part of each of her quilts. She has taught many quilters and quilt guilds all around the world. Carolina currently lives in São Paulo, Brazil, where she continues creating and developing her art and teaching that WE ARE ALL CREATIVE. For more information visit carolinaoneto.com.
Julia’s passion for creating with fabrics has spanned over a decade but upgrading to a longarm in 2014 transformed her quilting life into a magical journey. Julia loves working with different textures and colors while having the freedom to design and discover different styles and techniques in longarm quilting. She considers herself as an always-learning, curious, and inquiring quilter who is hungry for new ideas, designs, and visions. Her classes are just as magical and attract students of all levels around the country. Students love learning techniques for longarm quilting alongside Julia’s fun, friendly, and inquisitive demeanor. For more information visit www.juliaquiltoff.com.
Audra is a fourth-generation quilter and grew up literally underneath a quilt frame. She’s been hand quilting for 30 years and has been doing needleturn appliqué for 20 years. She considers herself a traditional quilter. She began teaching hand quilting, EPP, and needleturn appliqué about 10 years ago and then, in 2014, decided to enter the world of competition quilting. Audra has won many ribbons at national shows since then, many for her hand quilting. One of her greatest passions is folded cutwork. She uses appliqué in every quilt she does. Audra enjoys helping beginners overcome their fear of the dreaded “A” word. For more information visit www.facebook.com/audra.rasnake.
Marge is an international award-winning quilt artist and quilting instructor. “She started with traditional pieced quilts and focus now on abstract improvisational design in her work.” Marge loves teaching and her classes are based on improvisational piecing techniques. She fosters a relaxed and creative environment in my classes allowing students to explore and experiment. For more information visit www.margetuckerquilts.com.
Van Thomme, Ann
Ann grew up reading under her mom's hand quilting frame. Once she graduated from college and her friends were starting families, she began making baby quilts as gifts. It was several years before she actually made a quilt to keep! Now Ann owns Off the Rails Quilting in Bondurant, IA with her friend Jenny. Ann is the host of Lunch Bunch Live each day at 12:15 CT online. She and her husband have two boys that keep them on their toes.