Kathie Beltz is a professional quilter, teacher, judge, and designer! She is addicted to quilting and enjoys associating with other quilters who are equally addicted. Kathie has been quilting since 1995, teaching since 2004, and judging quilts since 2007. She has been fortunate that some of her quilts have won awards at shows across the country. Her quilts have been juried into the AQS show in Paducah in multiple years, winning ribbons in 2015 and 2017. As an award-winning quilter, she lectures, give demonstrations, and teaches workshops at guilds, quilt shops, and quilt shows nationally. Kathie especially enjoys teaching beginners. In 2013, she became a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design, Deb Tucker’s tool and Technique Company. In 2017, she launched Kathie Beltz Quilt Designs, her own line of companion patterns for Studio 180 Design tools. In expanding her teaching base, Kathie has become an Ambassador for Beth Helfter and Eva Paige Quilt Designs, and she has been a member of the Creators Club at Northcott Fabrics. For more information on Kathie, visit www.KathieBeltz.com.
Deb Canham is a designer and educator who specializes on Sergers and Coverstitch projects with the aim to enable people to have more fun with their machines. They can be used for some great decorative projects, not just finishing edges. She teaches across the USA and has a number of online classes. Her patterns are available online and in stores. For more information on Deb, visit debcanhamstudio.com.
Jane Davila is a fiber and mixed-media artist who incorporates many printmaking techniques into her work. She teaches printmaking, surface design, and art business workshops extensively across the US, as well as internationally, including in South Korea, Canada, and Australia. Jane has appeared numerous times on Quilting Arts TV, shown on PBS stations nationwide. She writes about a variety of art quilting, surface design, and mixed media topics for national craft and art magazines. She is the author of the three best-selling books on the topics of art quilting and surface design for C&T Publishing, Art Quilt Workbook, Art Quilts at Play, and Jane Davila's Surface Design Essentials. Jane works out of a light-filled studio in a renovated corset factory in Bridgeport CT. Learn more at janedavila.com.
Kathy is a Southern Belle from Louisiana, who happens to be “blooming” where she's been planted in Destin, Florida! Never one to stray from her roots, her appliqué work blends “all things Baltimore” with the lush and rich fauna of the Deep South. Kathy began quilting in 1987, and quickly realized her appliqué passion, being greatly inspired by Elly Sienkiewicz and the historic Baltimore Album quilts. She fell in love with Elly’s methods and along the way, mapped out her own fun path. She never hesitates to “embellish, enliven and embolden” her appliqué. Beads, trims, ribbons and “findings” all find their way home into her work. Kathy has been involved since 1987 with fabrics, designing, teaching and the retail end side of the industry. She was honored to have taught for five years at The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy and has taught internationally. She has also hosted her own annual teaching event called The Kathy Dunigan Academy of Appliqué™. Her latest joy to teach and share is her trademarked Broderie-Perse-liqué ™. Her “no-fail” method is winning over appliqué enthusiasts everywhere! Her classes are packed with interesting, time-tested methods with grand “shortcuts,” all while enjoying a festive atmosphere.
Sue’s passion is teaching, and she brings to each of her classes a Fine Arts and Education background, over 30+ years of quilting experience, a sense of humor, design expertise, and a commitment to helping each of her students reach new levels of quilting excellence. She has authored five books, each brimming with fresh design ideas for free-motion quilting. Sue has patented several innovative marking tools and designed some extraordinary free-motion rulers, all to intrigue, delight, and inspire. For more information about Sue, visit SueHeinz.com.
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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 quiltmaking. 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 organizes fabulous online Mystery series which she runs twice a year. She is known for her humor, enthusiasm, and encouragement! Find out more at Sewonthego.net.
Lori Kennedy is an incurable doodler and machine quilting fanatic who loves to help quilters add fun and personality to their quilts. She has written three books on machine quilting and writes the My Line column in American Quilter magazine. Lori is a BERNINA Ambassador and many of her whimsical quilt motif videos may be found on the We All Sew blog. Through her website, Lori offers tips, techniques and encouragement to quilters from around the world. When she's not quilting, Lori can be found hiking the trails of Minnesota with family, her Australian Shepherd and of course, her camera! See more at lorikennedyquilts.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.
Fiber art was Sally Manke’s passion long before it was called fiber art. Retired from teaching home economics and art at the high school level for 25 years, she designs original art quilts and patterns with a wide variety of techniques using artistic expression and precise technical quilting skills.
As a national-award-winning quilter, Sally teaches at quilt shops, guilds, and art centers in addition to maintaining a website and blog. Although she enjoys crafting traditional quilts, Sally’s perfect day is one spent in her home studio with fabric spread far and wide, creating fiber art. These quilts have led to a line of art quilt patterns available in her online store. From her home in Arcadia, Michigan, Sally visits coastlines, trails, and farmlands during all four seasons for inspiration to create her fiber art quilts. Learn more at sallymanke.com and see her patterns at etsy.com/shop/sallymanke.
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.
Kestrel Michaud is a classically-trained and award-winning fine artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. She graduated with honors in 2010 from Ringling College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. Since 2004, Kestrel has created elaborate fabric illustrations and her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and fine art shows, winning awards across the US. In 2017, she discovered the world of quilting. Kestrel started adding stitching to her fabric designs, turning them into art quilts. Her fine art training, creative mind, inventive nature, 18 years of experience, and unique style make Kestrel's work unlike that of any other artist. For more information on Kestrel, visit kestrelmichaud.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.
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 30 years. Nancy's YouTube channel, "OnPoint-TV" has 67,000 subscribers at this time with over 415 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.
Joyce Teng started her career as a pharmacist but she always dreamed of being an artist. Over the past 30 years, she has worked in a variety of mixed media arts, including rubber stamping and paper crafts. Since retirement, Joyce has created an outlet through which she can share her enthusiasm and passion with fellow fiber artists. Her company, TSC Designs, carries its own line of fun and sophisticated stencils and carries a wide range of innovative products that quilters can use to customize their fabrics. Joyce also distributes Tsukineko inks and has developed many easy-to-master techniques that have helped thousands of creative minds to “color their world”!
Not only does Joyce love teaching students in her hands-on workshops, she is also busy planning new products, creating instructional workbooks, and developing her DVD series. See more at teacherstamp.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.
Kevin is a textile artist living in Lynchburg, VA. In 1986, he was introduced to quilting by his maternal grandmother. Having always loved the legacy of family quilts, he decided to have her teach him the tradition. He was hooked from the first stitch and continues producing quilts and quilt art today. Kevin is passionate about hand dyeing and patterning fabrics with surface design techniques. His experiments produce a line of unique fabrics and clothing that he exhibits and sells. He was awarded Best in Show for his diptych, Equilibrium, in Quilts=Art=Quilts 2021 at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY. His work has also been included in Quilt National and Quilt Visions.