Expo Faculty

We take the time to search out the best in the industry, introducing you to exceptional designers, best-selling authors, creative thinkers and visionaries. Taking classes at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo adds to a memorable and satisfying experience!

Missy Billingsley
Pace, FL
Although Missy's mother tried to share her love of sewing with her daughter, Missy wasn't interested at the time. Now that Missy has embraced sewing for over 20 years, the roles are reversed. Missy travels around the country teaching classes on sewing, serging, embroidery and software with a special focus on heirloom sewing by machine and serger. Additionally, her in-depth software knowledge has enabled her to create her own website featuring her digitized embroidery designs, in-the-hoop projects as well as other sewing and serging projects. Some of her projects include companion instructional DVD's! She teaches regularly at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion, Baby Lock's Love of Heirloom events with Martha Pullen and at Baby Lock's Dealer Convention. To add to her credentials, Missy is a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher and a Sulky Certified Instructor. She's appeared on Martha's Sewing Room television show and has been featured in several magazines such as Sew Beautiful, Creative Expressions and Creative Machine Embroidery and Quilting. missybillingsley.com

Eva Birch
Mantua, OH
Eva Birch has been a professional Longarm quilter for 7 years. She has been teaching on a local level and has received several national awards for customer quilts and her own. her work has also been published. She enjoys qulting with a passion and looks forward to sharing her creativity with other quilters on a national level.

Barb Callahan
Venice, FL
Barb Originals
Barb designed and constructed one-of-a-kind garments using her label Barb Originals and sold them at art shows for almost 25 years, alongside her antique linens, buttons and trimmings. After years of hearing customer requests for patterns and instructions for these very wearable items, she decided to accommodate them. Today Barb travels the U.S. sharing her expertise in using vintage linens, buttons, hankies, trimmings and more to create stylish, flattering and easy-to-make clothing and accessories. She holds a bachelors degree in education and a masters degree in administration and counseling, and has also attended classes at FIT in New York. Her articles have appeared in Threads, Sew Beautiful and her company’s newsletter. www.barboriginals.com

Tammie Campbell
Akron, OH
Tammie grew up in Canfield, Ohio and moved to Florida in 1973 with her family. In 1975, the family moved to Put-In-Bay, Ohio. While living on the island, Tammie did quite a bit of quilting and sewing and enjoyed doing many different crafts. Tammie's love of beading started around 2000 when she and her husband were living at the Dry Tortugas National Park. They were lucky to have a woman there that shared her talent and her beads with the staff, and Tammie has been in love with beads ever since. As she moved on to The Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee and then on to Lake Roosevelt in the state of Washington, Tammie took many classes and tried many forms of beading. In 2010 Tammie's husband retired from the National Park Service and they moved back home to Ohio. Tammie has two beautiful granddaughters that
she enjoys as often as she can.

Colleen Casey

Some Art Fabric
Marietta, GA

I knew I would be an artist at an early age – I need to make things. Throughout school I excelled at all creative endeavors and decided to attend Savannah College of Art and Design. After college I moved back to Atlanta and began a career as a fine artist. In '98 I started teaching high school art, so I could share the joy that art brings me. Now I teach, parent and create art as time permits. I feel that everyone should be able to create and I use my time and talents to help others find joy in art.  www.someartfabric.com

June Colburn
Largo, FL
June Colburn Designs II, Inc.

June's odyssey began in 1973 with itchy feet and a Master's degree in library science. While working for international schools, June's motto, "Have sewing machine, will travel" led her into adventures hunting for fabrics in souks, bazaars and temple sales from Quito to Paris, Istanbul to Singapore. Talking with the people who wove, dyed, embroidered, sewed and sold native textiles influenced her life. The exquisite kimono fabrics of Japan defined her creative direction. June's work has been featured in many exhibitions, collections and design shows. She shares her knowledge and love of Asian textiles through lectures and classes. www.junecolburn.com

Rae Cumbie
Baltimore, MD
Fit For Art Patterns

Best known in Baltimore for her special occasion gowns, Rae has been creating custom clothing professionally for more than 25 years. Ten years ago she began creating wearable art jackets, perfecting the fit on her clients and students. Her line of Fit For Art Patterns offer versatility and fit for sewers, fiber artists and quilters. She is an active sewing educator, immediate past president of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals and contributes to Sew News and Threads magazines.

Louise Cutting
Winter Park, FL
Cutting Line Designs 

Louise is a contributing editor for Thread’s Magazine, and the designer of 'Cutting Line Designs' patterns. She is the creator of the 'One Seam Pants'; with over 51,000 patterns sold to date. Her sewing instructions have been quoted as the best in the independent pattern industry. Louise was the Fashion Design Department Head at Prospect Hall College, The Art Institute and taught Interior Design at Marymount College. 'Sew Much More' for HGTV, 'America Sews' and ‘Sewing with Martha Pullen’ have featured Louise’s talents on their TV programs. Her articles pattern designs have appeared in Threads, Sew News, Sewing Today, Sew Stylish, Handwoven, and Sew Beautiful magazines. She is an internationally known speaker on sewing and design and in 2008 received ‘The Outstanding Teacher Award’ www.cuttinglinedesigns.com

Peggy Dilbone
SVP Educator

Soni Grint
Mount Juliet, TN
Independent Sewing & Embroidery Consultant

Soni Grint has been a sewer since she was 8 years old. Her embroidery career began when she combined her formal education (M.S. Optical Physics / Computers) and her love of fabric and sewing. She started working with a sewing machine dealership in San Diego, California. Moved to central California where she worked a short time for White Sewing Machines.

The real break through came when she was asked to be a part of Viking Sewing Machines Product Council in Huskvarna Sweden. She represented the market place expressing what people want in their embroidery and embroidery software. She traveled frequently to the product developers in both Sweden and London England. Soni lived in Jonkoping Sweden for 2 years as she headed up Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff’s international education departments. After coming back to the United States, she continued with her love of embroidery and sewing while heading up the Software department of Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff, eventually becoming the Global Product Manager for this division.

Soni now directs her own sewing, embroidery and software consulting business. She travels throughout the United States holding seminars and training sessions sharing her joy of sewing with others.

Cynthia Guffey
Young Harris, GA
Cynthia has owned a fabric and design studio bearing her name in Baton Rouge, Louisiana since 1983, and her designs have been worn everywhere from the opening of the Met to governors’ inaugurations to Acapulco. Her fitting and sewing expertise is derived from a mathematical background, and her constant search for the simple and the obvious. And although her precise sewing techniques are not short-cuts, she saves you time by helping you get it right the first time. She shares her effective, practical and simple fitting and construction techniques with students throughout the United States, offering seminars and workshops filled with information that results in beautifully fitted, custom-look clothing. Cynthia’s design philosophy involves creating lines that multiply opportunities to fit and enhance a figure type. www.cynthiaguffey.com

Darlene Guillory
Groves, TX
Darlene has served as an Educator with Pfaff since 1991. Known for her versatile talent and sincere passion for many areas of sewing and embroidery, Darlene takes pleasure in sharing her vast knowledge and skills. A plethora of credentials and 50+ years of sewing, enhance Darlene's expertise as a professional and personable teacher. She has published books and CD's, i.e. "Traditional Cutwork Made Easy", "Crazy Patch Stitches and more", "Clothespin Angels with your Embroidery Machine". Darlene was a guest on Houston Public Television, Sewing with Nancy, Martha's Sewing Room, and America Quilts Creatively. She has certifications in Martha Pullen, Nancy Zieman, Jenny Haskins, Susan Cleveland, Betty Cotton (the Cotton Theory), , Mattie Henderson (Quiltsmart), Marti Michell, Linda McGehee, Karen Boutte (the Quilt Diva), Linda Lee Vivian, & Cindy Losekamp.

Lorraine Henry
San Diego, CA
Conselle Institute
Lorraine is a specialist in sewing, fitting and pattern alteration for Conselle Institute of Image Management. She has a degree in Clothing and Textiles and has been a university instructor. Teaching pattern alteration and fit is her favorite thing to do. She is the creator of the Two Easy Measuring tape set which makes it easy to get accurate body measurements when you follow the instructions in her “Measuring Made Easy” booklet. She has also written for Sew News Magazine. With 30 plus years of experience as a custom dressmaker/tailor and teacher, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with you about sewing and fit.

Barbara Jones
Bridgewater, NJ
Brother Educator

Joyce Keske
Fenton, MO
Baby Lock Educator

Heather Kojan
Owings Mills, MD

Heather is the Founder and First President of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. She's been quilting for nearly 30 years. Heather is a frequent contributor to the popular blog Moda Bake Shop. She is a co-author of the book Classic Modern Quilts, and is writing a new modern quilt book which has a release date of September, 2015. She'll also have a quilt featured in the upcoming book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. This fall, she'll be published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. Heather lectures and teaches both locally and regionally.

Mary Beth Krapil
Fuquay Varina, NC
Handi Quilter Educator

Mary Beth Krapil has been an avid sewer since childhood and has taught quilting classes since 1998. Her goal is to share her knowledge and passion for quilting. She loves to teach the basics to new quilters and also enjoys introducing new techniques and ideas to experienced quilters.

Mary Beth has traveled worldwide to teach longarm quilting and teaches at major shows in addition to dozens of retail shops, longarm clubs, and guilds. Her quilts have won awards at AQS Paducah, MQS, and Road to California, as well as many local shows. Several of Mary Beth’s quilts have been published in national magazines and she has had the honor of quilting quilts included in published books.

Mary Beth is an expert on HQ Pro-Stitcher®, and is a certified Art and Stitch instructor. She has fun sharing the joys of computerized quilting and digitizing with beginning through advanced quiltmakers and always makes it fun and easy for anyone to learn. www.handiquilter.com

Debby Kratovil
Fairfax, VA
Quilter By Design
Debby has been in the professional quilting world since 1994. She was Quilt Magazine’s Special Projects Editor for 14 years. She contributes to various quilt magazine titles along with sewing and designing for several fabric companies. Her hundreds of published articles about quilts, easy techniques, and how-tos have helped thousands of quilters discover an easier way to approach a wide range of projects. Her published works include “Bold, Black & Beautiful Quilts”, “Supersize ‘Em Quilts”, seven different Quilt Block a Day calendars, and is working on her next book on Mariner’s Compass quilts (March 2013). She is an enthusiastic teacher who especially loves the "aha!" moments with her students. She freely shares tips, tricks and techniques to make quilting a real pleasure.  www.quilterbydesign.com

Linda Lee
Topeka, KS
The Sewing Workshop

Linda Lee is the owner of The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection, a group of patterns for distinctive garments using innovative sewing techniques. Linda writes for Threads, Sew News and Stitch magazines. She travels the country teaching fine sewing techniques and the art of combining beautiful fabrics and distinctive design in garment and home decorating creations. Using her background as a licensed interior designer and a member of ASID since 1974, she has written fourteen books relating to garment sewing and interiors. Sew Sensational Pillows won the Independent Book Award in the Craft and Hobby Category and Sew Easy won Honorable mention by the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Most Original Design in their “Ten Outstanding Books of the Year” awards. Linda is a seasoned teacher for Craftsy, Burdastyle, Daily Craft TV and Craft Daily. sewingworkshop.com

Diann Loper
Allen, TX
Diann Loper discovered her love for free-motion quilting more than a decade ago when she purchased the original Handi Quilter tabletop frame for her domestic sewing machine. Not surprising, shequickly became addicted to machine quilting and within months purchased her first longarm quilting machine. It wasn’t long until she then moved into computerized quilting.
A former Handi Quilter retailer and technician, Diann believes machine owners should be as knowledgeable as possible about their machines. She enjoys sharing her love of quilting and introducing new skills and tools. She is committed to helping students advance their talents, regardless of their skill level.
Diann is an award-winning free-motion quilter and an expert at computerized quilting. In addition to being a Handi Quilter Educator,Diann also operates her own quilting business in the Dallasarea. You can see more of her work at www.happyquilts.com.

Cindy Losekamp
Cedar Grove, IN
Sew Artfully Yours
Cindy is the creator of several Signature Series embroidery disks for Cactus Punch and CEO of Sew Artfully Yours, Inc. Cindy's skills take machine embroidery to new heights in creativity, and along with embroidery, she is also the creator of a myriad of other machine techniques. She is the designer and author of thirty-one books, and has been teaching and inspiring people to sew and create for twenty-one years. There are no boundaries in artistic pursuits when it comes to her books and classes. Everyone is encouraged to transcend to a higher level of creativity. www.sewingart.com

Nancy Mahoney
Sparta, GA
Nancy Mahoney Designs

She has authored 13 books, all published by Martingale. Her bestselling books include Simple Circles and Gentle Curves (2013), Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing (2012), Fast Fusible Flower Quilts (2011), Treasures from the 30s (2010), and Applique Quilt Revival (2008).
Nancy has taught many workshops nationwide for guilds, shops and conferences. www.nancymahoney.com

Kathy McMakin
Huntsville, AL
Martha Pullen Company

Kathy McMakin is one of America’s foremost authorities in the field of heirloom sewing by machine and by serger. She teaches beginning and advanced sewers from every corner of the world and inspires a new level of confidence in her students. Kathy is the Director of Education for Martha Pullen Company and produces sewing and serging events held all across the United States. As the team leader and instructor for the Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing Program for both face-to-face and online curriculums, she can be found designing, serging, sewing and writing instructions on almost every day of the week.

She has been a guest instructor at events for every major sewing machine manufacturer in the world. She has authored several smocking, sewing and serging books and has produced and appeared in numerous sewing and serging videos. Her guest appearances on sewing television shows are many. Kathy is going on 32 years with Martha Pullen Company and now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband. They have two grown children and three absolutely precious grandchildren.

Kari Mecca
Anaheim Hills, CA
Kari Me Away

Kari Mecca’s eye for the unexpected combined with her ability to capture the magic of childhood gives her designs unique appeal to today’s seamstress. She is the designer and owner of Kari Me Away, a business catering to those who love sewing, embellishing and hand embroidery. In addition to this video, she has authored More Sewing with Whimsy, Sewing with Whimsy, Silk Ribbon Whimsies, and co-authored the boo
k Silk Ribbon Weaving & Embroidery. She has also designed and published a line of sewing patterns that include clever embellishing and creative embroidery designs. As a frequent contributor to Sew Beautiful magazine, Kari has seen her designs grace many covers. She is a regular instructor at Martha Pullen’s School of Art Fashion and at the Smocking Arts Guild of America, as well as at shops and area guilds. Her complete product line including instructional DVD’s, Whimsy Sticks™ & Going in Circles™ tools are available at her website www.KariMeAway.com.

Diane Merritt
Golden, CO
Diane got her start in quilting quite by accident. See wandered into a lecture on quilting while attending a women’s conference in 1992. Two hours later her life had passed before her eyes -- not her past life, but her future life. She was hooked! A week later she was attending her first quilting class.
In 1995 she, her family and her quilt tops relocated to Appleton, Wisconsin where in 1995 she went to work for Patchwork Sampler as a store clerk. By 1997 she was teaching quilting classes herself. In 2000 she moved to Longmont, Colorado and continued teaching at Quilting Hands located in Lyons, Colorado.
She got serious about quilting in 2004 when she opened her own quilt shop in Niwot, Colorado named Cottonwood Quilts. It quickly became the place to go if you were a quilter. From the latest trends to the best fabrics and if you wanted to learn more, there were classes to suit any taste and could inspire even the most accomplished quilters. The pace was relentless! In 2009 Diane closed Cottonwood Quilts and focused her attention to her growing family, Grandchildren!
In 2013 Diane was approached by F&W Media who was shifting their focus from print to the web. She worked from home creating samples for their on-line video series. Not long after, Diane was asked to go full-time as the Product Coordinator for their quilting site. Diane now acts as Curator providing the knowledge and experience necessary to provide their customers a quality on-line experience as F&W moves into the digital age. Diane continues to learn through teaching and loves to share her talents.

Sandy Miller
Orlando, FL 
Cutting Corners Inc.

Sandy currently serves as the first sample maker for the CUTTING LINE DESIGNS pattern line, as well as writing and editing the pattern instructions. Sandra travels all over the US, teaching and staffing the CUTTING CORNERS booth, where she enjoys talking to sewers and answering questions about fabric, patterns, and sewing techniques. www.cuttinglinedesigns.com

Kim Montagnese
Amherst, OH
Kim began playing with fabric and sneaking the use of her mom's "forbidden" sewing machine in the early 70s. Long before great fabric or creative classes were available, Kim was forced to make it up as she went along. She came to love the look of hand appliqué, but lacked the patience. Fortunately, a series of mistakes led to the method she uses today. Students love the "no curved piecing"," inside out" and "quilts that keep on giving" concept of quilting. Kim loves the AHHA! moment students experience and has felt privileged to share the fun for the past 20 years.
Kim's quilts have won many awards throughout Ohio, been displayed at the Denver International Airport as well as private collections across the country and also featured in Art Quilt Calendar. She is a member of Lorain County Piecemakers, Studio Art Quilters Association and Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Quilt Alliance. Current new projects include becoming a certified Zentangle Teacher… and sharing the tangling on fabric fun at EXPO classes.

http://insideoutquilts.com “Inside-Out-Broken Quilts”
www.interweave.com (Piece in Cate Pratos book Mixed Media Self-Portraits)
www.martingale-pub.com (Two quilts in Leigh McDonald's book Adventures In Circles)
Marty Moon
Culpeper, VA
Early Times Workshop
Owner of Early Times Workshop for 20 years, Marty enjoys quilting and doing other types of needlework. Trained by hand in very traditional quiltmaking, Marty prides herself on the technical aspects of her quilts and is passionate about passing those skills on to others. Always seeking a challenge or competition to whet her appetite, Marty grounds her ‘art’ quilts in her traditional background. You can find one of Marty’s quilts in Quilting with Manhole Covers by Shirley MacGregor. www.earlytimesworkshop.com

Laura Murray
Minneapolis, MN
Laura Murray Designs

Artist, entrepreneur, teacher and author, Laura began her experimentations with textile color and texture in 1989. Her work, which appears in books, magazines, quilt calendars and DVDs includes wearable art and award-winning quilts. Laura's passionate response to surface design resulted in designing her favorite images in a stencil collection, soon followed by a series of stamps, including StarBuilders, along with authoring her book, "StarBuilder Inspirations". Her recent work led to the development of an innovative technique which uses stamps, paintstiks and fusible web to easily create seemingly complex designs without sewing. www.lauramurraydesigns.com

Connie Palmer

Graniteville, SC

What began as a simple interest in sewing 25 years ago has blossomed into an exciting adventure that Connie loves to share with her students. Her gifts for elegant design, fabulous color sense and exquisite craftsmanship has made her a highly sought-after teacher in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. Connie is on the faculty of the Martha Pullen Licensing Program where she not only teaches but creates a great number of projects included each of those courses. 

She has traveled and taught for Martha Pullen events and returns year after year as one of the favorite teachers at the School of Art Fashion. Her showcase of skills can often be seen on PBS television in Martha’s Sewing Room, America Sews with Sue Hausmann and
Quilting with Shar. She has the privilege of having garment designs on the covers of five Martha Pullen books: Lovely Lingerie; Elegant Sewing for Baby; Contemporary Heirlooms for the Older Girl; Six Easy Patterns and Fabulous Fashions. Connie has authored numerous sewing videos on notions, garment construction, heirloom sewing, quilting and more.

Karen Pharr
Luttrell, TN
Karen Pharr Studios

Karen is an award winning quilter with quilts shown in both Quilt Shows and Art Galleries. Karen uses nature as her main inspiration for her work. As a national teacher, pattern designer and art quilter, Karen loves to help students develop new fun and creative techniques which they can apply to their own quilting style. A yes you can attitude flows throughout her classroom so everyone can create while having fun and learning new techniques they can take with them and apply to future projects. www.karenpharrstudios.com

Kathy Ruddy
Mukilteo, WA

Kathy Ruddy is an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern designer, Serger and fitting expert. Active in the sewing industry since 1962, Kathy is the star of 10 Serger and sewing videos and author of 12 Serger and sewing booklets and her new enhanced books on CD called Three ways to Learn CD'S. You can look at pictures of her projects from start to finish, read the words next to the pictures as you listen to Kathy impart her wisdom and experiences as she develops her projects. If you like a hard copy you can print off as many pages from the CD as you like. Her specialty is to show how to sew and serge fast and easy without sacrificing quality, fit or fashion details. Her fresh, fun classes are brimming with surprises and ideas. www.kathyruddy.com

Nancy Sapin
Franklin, NC
Sulky of America

Nancy Sapin comes from an artistic and creative family. While Nancy learned to sew when she was very young, she really began sewing in earnest when she was in her early 20's. After 3 children, sewing and crafts took a back seat to owning and operating an electronic assembly business.

Nancy has now come back full circle to sewing. She moved to Franklin, NC after meeting and marrying her husband, David. Several years ago she began sewing Sulky samples to be shown at Sulky Sew Exciting Seminars, Certification Trainings and in Consumer and Trade show booths. Nancy has taught classes and lectured in 2008 & 2009 at the ASE in Novi, MI. Her felted bowl is published in Sulky's latest book "Supplement to Sulky's Secrets to Successful Stabilizing" Her newest fabric wrapped cord square trivet and bowl design was presented by Joyce Drexler on Quilting Arts TV show in February, 2009, and will be published in Sulky's future Embellishing book.

Quilting and sewing have become her passion, along with cooking, gardening, and being a new grandparent. Becoming a National Educator representing Sulky of America has combined all of her acquired talents and fulfilled her other passion, to teach what she knows with fun and enthusiasm. www.sulky.com

Tammie Silvers
Marietta, GA

I've been quilting since 1991. I've also taught at a variety of fabric shops as well as local county Parks and Recreation facilities, as well as designed and self-published several of my own quilt patterns. I'm no different than most quilters - I enjoy working with most any fabric. But I must confess - my favorite (the one that will make me drool, and blow a carefully constructed budget) is batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. Having a background in art and literature, another of my guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in my work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. I am a Georgia native and currently live in Marietta with my husband, children (when they come to visit!), two dogs, and my favorite fat cat. In 2006 I, along with my former business partner Julia, started Outside the Line Designs. As a team we designed many quilts that played off of our combined interests and strengths, as well as our mutual love of vibrant fabric. Our designs were regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including Quilt, McCall’s Quilting, and Create and Decorate. As Tamarinis, you will continue to see my work in those publications, as well as many more! We also worked with some of the major fabric manufacturer designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines. We are authors of the AQS book Small Quilts, Big Events. In February, the partnership of Outside the Line Designs dissolved, but we both continue to quilt and design, and Tamarinis is my new design company. As Tamarinis, I design (as mentioned above) for many of the major quilt publications, design projects for several different fabric companies, and also develop patterns for my own pattern line. I also teach quilting classes through an online venue (to be released soon - more details to come upon release date!), as well as at quilt shops and for guilds.

Connie Spurlock
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Sew Wonderful Dreams

Although she didn’t even learn to sew until she was over 30 years old, Connie used her background in marketing and education to develop Sew Wonderful Dreams, a pattern design company. Fifteen years ago the company focused on craft patterns, while today the emphasis is on quilting and education. About her company she says: “We believe the best marketing tool we have is to educate. Everyone can learn but the way we learn is variable. Our classes are designed to help you learn in a way that will be most beneficial to you.” www.sewwonderfuldreams.com

Carol Steinbrecher
Boulder, CO
Conselle/Style Solutions LLC

Carol is Founder and CEO of Style Solutions, LLC, an image and fashion management services firm. Carol specializes in alterations of ready-to-wear, fitting & fashion pattern alterations, wardrobe techniques, color analysis, and image branding services with over 25 years experience. Clients include an Academy Award winner, corporate and small business groups, “everyday stars” and speaking engagements across the country. She is an Affiliate of the Conselle Institute of Image Management, and has further training through AICI. Graduate of UW-Oshkosh-BSN. Carol totally believes chocolate is one of the basic food groups and that at least 25% of every day should be fun!

Joyce Teng
Houston, TX
TSC Designs
A family-run business for over 25 years, TSC Designs was founded in 1984 as Teachers Stamp Company. Our business began out of our family garage, where we manufactured our own line of rubber stamps and other educational arts & crafts products. We later designed and produced brass embossing templates and other accessories for paper crafts & scrapbooking. In 2005, we retired and began to focus solely on providing unique and innovative products for quilters & sewers. Since 1990, we have worked with Tsukineko Inc. to provide the highest quality paper and fabric inks to our customers. During this 20 year relationship, we have helped thousands of creative minds develop new ways to “color” their world!

Sarah Veblen
Sparks, MD
Sarah Veblen is a custom fashion designer who now focuses on teaching and writing. Dedicated to promoting the craft of clothing design and construction at all levels, Sarah teaches in her studio, classroom venues across the country, and PatternReview.com. With an emphasis on design, fit, and pattern development, she offers classes on patternmaking, working with knits, many aspects of design, and sewing techniques.

Drawing on her years of experience fitting clients and students, Sarah has written a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated book on fitting, The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting. Using her extensive research on fitting pants, she collaborated with Fit For Art Patterns to develop the Eureka! Pants that Fit Pattern. 

Sarah contributed "Secrets for Sewing Knits" in PatternReview.com's book 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips. She has more than twenty articles for Threads Magazine as well as several “how-to” videos for the Threads website. Articles for Sew News and Vogue Patterns Magazine are forthcoming. Sarah has a Certificate in Fashion Design from Baltimore City Community College, a BA from Stanford University, and is a member of several professional sewing organizations. www.sarahveblen.com

Joe Vecchiarelli
Los Angeles, CA
Fashion Supplies, Inc.
Joe Vecchiarelli, founder and president of Fashion Supplies, Inc., has worked in the fashion industry for over 40 years. During his college years, Joe worked in the family business, sharpening scissors for the industry's top designers. He later graduated from USC's business program and began to realize that opportunities in the apparel business were unlimited. Mr. Vecchiarelli's career took another fascinating turn when he made a foray into the entertainment business working in production with shows like Dancing with the Stars and The X Factor. A few years ago he was approached by NBC to help produce the competitive design talent show, Fashion Star. He accepted, with the challenge to create a successful show more professional than even Project Runway. Presently Mr. Vecchiarelli is ever so busy maintaining his business and helping fashion students and enthusiasts grasp their dreams and become successful within the industry. www.fashionsuppliesinc.com

Nelly Vileikis
Aurora, OH
Nelly's colorful, playful personality encourages students of all levels to reach beyond their normal limits and her goal is for her students to take their newly learned skills into future successes. With an advanced degree in math, a voracious appetite for quilting and a passion for teaching, Nelly is well on her way to becoming a world class quilting artist and teacher. She willingly shares her talent with her students and encourages each to take their knowledge to the next level.

Nelly is an accomplished quilter who has won numerous awards in local as well as national competitions. For over ten years she has taught in several quilt shops, at many Quilt Guilds throughout North Eastern Ohio, Quilting Get-A-Ways and private classes. She is also a designer. Confidence building instruction, mixed with great attention to detail, not to mention a whole lot of fun adds-up to great classroom experience for those who sign up for her classes.

Dini Yan
McKinney, TX
Momo-Dini Embroidery Art

Dini is originally from Beijing, and along with her sister Momo, is a recognized artist in China. Their paintings have won awards in both China and international competitions. As a professor of Fine Arts at the University of China, Dini taught at the Fine Arts Institute of Northeast Normal University. Dini and Momo design and digitize embroidery patterns for their company, Momo-Dini Embroidery Art. Their designs merge the different cultures of the East and West together to give the embroidery new life and energy. Dini and Momo blend the best of art and technology, and their goal is to produce the best designs with the highest standards and quality. www.momodini.com

Susan Zellers
Dunnellon, FL
Baby Lock Educator

Using a needle and thread, Susan's mother taught her to sew at the age of three. She has sewn all kinds of clothing and home decorator items. From 1981 to 1999, she had a home business that specialized in bridal gowns, special occasion items and custom embroidery. Married for 29 years with two
daughters, she has had a lot of practice at her craft. Working also in a retail business part-time and then fulltime since 1996 she has managed and taught employees and consumers basic sewing to computer skills. She especially enjoys the time she spends with the computer digitizing programs; always wanting designs that are not readily available. Recently introduced to the quilting world, she combines her interests together to make unique quilts and wall hangings