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!
Little Red Quilt House
Karen has 45 years of sewing experience that she loves to share in a patient, informal atmosphere.She continues to stay current in the quilting world, learning and teaching techniques and new tools. Karen is owner of Little Red Quilt House in Medina, Ohio and lives her dream of sharing quilting with others on a daily basis. www.littleredquilthouse.com
Barb designed and constructed one-of-a-kind garments using her labefl 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 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.
Melanie is a frequent speaker, educator, consultant and contributing writer to industry trade magazines. In July 2010 Melanie was named in the top twenty embroiderers across the country by Stitches Magazine. She works with wedding designers, children’s apparel manufacturers, major league sports, and local small businesses, keeping up with trends in apparel as well as new processes for embroidery. Her work became a part of the Presidential Inauguration in 2004. In 2008, her work appeared on the cover of Impressions Magazine. Since 1989, her customers have come to depend on her dedication and expertise. www.embroideryfx.com
Beaver Dam, WI
FitNice Presented by Nancy
Nancy is a lifelong sewer with a variety of experiences as a teacher and student. She has taught sewing and machine embroidery classes for individuals, groups and guilds and sewing dealers using all major sewing machine brands. She has demonstrated sewing and embroidery techniques for consumers at Wisconsin Quilt Expo. Nancy has been trained by Brother Sewing on all levels of sewing and embroidery machines. She has also been mentored by and taught garment sewing classes for Linda MacPhee. Nancy appeared as a guest sewer on the PBS TV shows Linda MacPhee’s Workshop
and Sewing With Nancy
Fit For Art Patterns
Rae Cumbie is the Creative Director at Fit for Art Patterns which offers patterns for modern wardrobe basics that focus on fit and include artful design options. She coaches sewers of all skill levels, in classes and on her blog, to stitch up a fun and comfortable wardrobe and design more creatively. Catch her blog, Sew! Let’s Get Dressed at www.fitforartpatterns.com
for everything from basic sewing education to artful inspiration. www.raecumbie.com
Winter Park, FL
‘ASG’s…Sewing Hall of Fame 2014’ and ‘The Outstanding Teacher Award for 2008 are just two of the awards Louise has received. She’s a contributing editor for Threads
Magazine, designer of 'Cutting Line Designs' patterns, including ‘One Seam Pants’ pattern with over 70,000 copies sold. Her sewing instructions are the ‘best in the independent pattern industry’. There are 8 DVD volumes of 'Industry Insider Techniques'. ‘Quick to Sew Pants’ ‘The Versatile Jacket’ & a double volume ‘Adjusting Patterns for the Changing Figure’ are recent additions. Louise was the Fashion Design Department Head at Prospect Hall College, The Art Institute & taught Interior Design at Marymount. Television appearances have included 'Sew Much More' on HGTV, 'America Sews' & ‘Sewing with Martha Pullen’ on PBS...showcasing fashion sewing. Her numerous articles & pattern designs have been featured in Threads, Sew News, Sewing Today, Sew Stylish, Handwoven, & Sew Beautiful
Cambridge Springs, PA
Stephanie has been sewing and quilting for 10 years. She enjoys piecing quilts, designing patterns, and hand work of any kind. Never a dull moment in her life with 3 teenage sons she's a busy girl to say the least. Stephanie loves to share her passion and all the short cuts she has found over the last ten years that make sewing and crafting faster and easier. Some of these short cuts come with some pretty crazy stories. www.cscountrystitchin.com
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.
Young Harris, GA
Cynthia has been designing women's clothing and teaching sewing and fitting techniques for many years. Her designs have been worn everywhere from the opening of the Met 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 has been a Sewing Educator with Pfaff for over 23 years, and has been sewing since the age of 8. She has taught consumers and dealers on all levels at many sewing and quilting events. Darlene has to her credits a book, Traditional Cutwork Made Easy
, and a CD: Clothespin Angels with your Embroidery Machine
. She has been a guest multiple times for Houston Public Television, Sewing with Nancy, Martha’s Sewing Room,
and America Quilts Creatively
. Darlene has trained under and earned certifications from many leading sewing professionals. www.pfaff.com
A Bit of Stitch
Evy has been sewing since she was a child. During the course of her career she has been a couturiere (specializing in wedding and evening garments), a women's wear designer, a freelance embroidery designer, the owner of a little fabric shop, children's wear designer/manufacturer and a graphic artist. Today she stays very busy and quite happy traveling and teaching throughout the United States, designing and digitizing her own line of embroidery designs and creating projects, patterns and other fun stuff! She lives in sunny South Carolina with her husband David, her youngest child, and Kitkat, the feline resident. www.abitofstitch.com
Handi Quilter Educator
Diane Henry has been working with fabric since her grandmother taught her how to hand piece her first nine-patch block at age four. A blue-ribbon winning hand quilter, she discovered machine quilting in the late 1990s and has never looked back.
Diane loves sharing her passion for machine quilting with others around the world. She works with quilting groups and shops leading classes and organizing workshops, conducts lectures and demonstrations at quilt shows, and serves as one of the moderators of the Yahoo group supporting HQ Pro-Stitcher owners.
A professional machine quilter since 2007, Diane purchased her first longarm in 2008. Diane lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Terry and dachshund, Annie. www.handiquilter.com
San Diego, CA
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Lorraine is a specialist in sewing, fitting and pattern alteration for Conselle Institute of Image Management. With a degree in Clothing and Textiles she has been a university instructor. Teaching pattern alteration and fit is her favorite thing to do. She has done this at international sewing shows for many years. Her Two Easy Measuring tape set has been an aid for achieving good fit for fashion sewers throughout the world. With 40 years experience as a custom dressmaker/tailor/teacher, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with you about sewing and fit. www.conselle.com
Mary Kerr is an American Quilt Society certified appraiser and an award winning quilter. She is a quilt historian whose lectures and workshops focus on quilt history and the preservation of antique textiles. Her current work marries her love of all things vintage with the freedom of expression that is encouraged in our Art Quilt community. www.MaryWKerr.com
Baby Lock Educator
Owings Mills, MD
Heather Kojan Quilts
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. heatherkojan.blogspot.com
Sew Happy Quilting
Kaye began sewing at age eight with the encouragement of her sister, making doll clothes and purses on her grandmother’s old Singer sewing machine. From there it was on to garments, enrolling every sewing class she could in junior high and high school to improve her grade average. (the A’s in sewing made the C’s and D’s look a little better to her mom!) She always loved everything fabric-y and crafty especially if was small! That lead her to teddy bears in miniature and then naturally to quilts in miniature when there was little room left for big quilts! She discovered foundation/paper-piecing was the way to go for precision and machine quilting for speed. She enjoys sharing her knowledge, is dedicated to positive and patient instruction to help develop new skills in each student ! Kaye has won awards for her miniature quilt “Home At Last” in Ireland, Houston, Paducah, NQA in Columbus, OH and at Indiana Heritage Quilt festival. sew-happy-quilting.blogspot.com
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
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
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
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. www.sewingworkshop.com
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
Port St. Lucie, FL
Creative Longarm Quilting
Karen pieced her first quilt top in 2003 and it didn't take long for longarm quilting to become her true passion as she brought her artistic background to her work, developing her own unique style of custom quilting. Karen loves creating and designing her own quilts, and competes as much as possible. When she's not stitching you can usually find her doodling away! Karen has won numerous national awards for her personal quilts, as well as client quilts. She quilts samples for the Niemeyers/Quiltworx, Jinny Beyer, as well as RJR Fabrics, just to name a few. She is one of Gammill's Quilting Artists and her work has been seen in several publications, as well as multiple Gammill ads. She recently appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky
. Karen brings a fresh open approach to teaching, encouraging quilters to use their passion to create and increase their skills gently while enjoying their creations the whole way. You can view Karen's work on her website at www.creativelongarmquilting.com
or you can keep up with Karen's quilting journey via her two blogs: Crooked Stitches (personal work) karenmarchetti.blogspot.com
and Creative Longarm Quilting (client work) creativelongarmquilting.blogspot.com
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.
Sandy sews prototype garments and writes pattern instructions for Cutting Line Designs, an independent pattern company. She also writes articles and has filmed a DVD for Threads Magazine. She travels across the country to teach and represent Cutting Line Designs at sewing expos, guilds, and stores, sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with fellow sewers. www.cuttinglinedesigns.com
Early Times Workshop
Owner of Early Times Workshop, 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
SVP Sewing Ambassador
Barbara Moore has over 20 years experience teaching and selling Husqvarna Viking products, including time spent as a Husqvarna Viking dealer. She teaches classes and workshops in Sew What's New, Home Dec, Heirloom Sewing and Machine and Serger training. Barbara lives in North Mississippi and teaches locally as well as nationally.
Great Copy Patterns
Pattie is the owner and designer of Great Copy Patterns and author of Quilting with Fleece
, Embellishing with the Edge Perfect Blade
™ and Ultimate Polarfleece® Pizzazz
, and has a passion for everything sewing. Her goal is to help you obtain a professional finish every time with a minimum of effort. You will find her techniques and detailed instructions contain the short cuts, tricks and information that is so often lacking. She has a real passion for teaching and also keeps busy designing patterns, writing and digitizing her line of machine embroidery. www.greatcopy.com
Enon Valley, PA
Jodi has been a quilter for the past 20 years, and has been a professional longarm quilter for 18 years. She has been teaching nationally at many of the Machine Quilting Shows for the past 11 years, and has won numerous national awards for her machine quilting skills. Along with teaching, Jodi has self-published nine machine quilting design books, and provides professional longarm quilting services to her clients. Jodi’s books and classes focus on using quick and easy methods to create freehand machine quilting designs that will personalize and make your quilting unique. jrdesigns.wordpress.com
Kathy is an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern designer, Serger and fitting expert. Active in the sewing industry since 1962, she 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
Tammy has been quilting since 1991. She has taught at a variety of places, as well as designed and self-published several of her own quilt patterns. Her favorite fabrics to work with are batiks, bold prints and chicken prints. Having a background in art and literature, she enjoys finding ways to use “words” in her work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. In 2006, Tammy and her former business partner, Julia, started Outside the Line Designs. As a team they designed many quilts that were regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including Quilt
, McCall’s Quilting
, and Create and Decorate
. They also worked with major fabric manufacturers to design projects that showcased and promoted their fabric lines and authored the book Small Quilts, Big Events
. Tammy now has her own design company called Tamarinis. She designs for many of the major quilt publications and fabric companies, and also develops patterns for her pattern line. She teaches quilting classes at events, quilts shops and guilds around the country, as well as online. www.tamarinis.com
Cyndi learned to sew before she was ten and has been quilting for over thirty years. A Bernina Ambassador, Cyndi particularly enjoys the machine quilting part of her projects and likes to help others gain confidence in their machine quilting and finishing skills. She also enjoys painting and stamping on fabric to create original designs to use in her work. She loves using her education degree to help quilters add art and quilting skills to their quilting toolboxes, working for that “aha moment” when everything clicks for her students. Cyndi teaches classes in art quilting and art quilt techniques in Northern Virginia at Artistic Artifacts. She also travels to teach at regional and national quilt shows and to do lectures and workshops for quilt groups. Cyndi spends much of her time creating Tribute and Celebration Quilts for clients, some of which can be seen in her book, Creating Celebration Quilts
. Cyndi is a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). www.moonlightingquilts.com
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, in 1989. The company originally 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
Style Solutions LLC / Carol Steinbrecher for Consellle
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! www.stylesolutionsllc.com
Associate Editor, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
Diane comes from a creative quilting and sewing family background. Her love for fibers, wool and hands-on creativity has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She has made wedding dresses, taught quilt classes for guilds and adult ed, and judged 4-H projects. Teaching and encouraging students to learn new techniques is her passion, and she loves seeing the satisfaction and delight in her students when they have mastered a new skill. She also thinks learning is a lifelong skill, and takes classes whenever she can.
Diane is the Associate Editor with Fons & Porter
, coordinating the magazine projects, working with designers, helping develop the notions line, and enjoying the business. She has also worked in the garment and art business, as well as with investments in the banking industry. Diane says that it is a privilege to be working not only in her favorite craft, but with such talented and special people in the industry. www.fonsandporter.com
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
Helene's passion has always been art in any form, but she has truly fallen in love with fiber art. Her background is in fine art: drawing, painting and sculpture, and she uses this experience in creating her quilts. Although she has always viewed quilts as art, it wasn’t until recently that she discovered the blending of traditional art mediums – colored pencil, paints and inks – with quilting. Helene loves painting and working with fabric because of the versatility it lends to the artist and she likes using a variety of art mediums, along with longarm quilting, on her art quilts.
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. www.babylock.com