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
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.
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
Great Copy Patterns
Pattie Otto, owner of Great Copy Patterns, spends her time creating new and unique patterns, teaching a wide variety of classes, writing books and articles for publication, and designing machine embroidery. Her ideas focus on the practical as well as the classic. Her garment patterns feature timeless styles that transcend the seasons and flatter a variety of figures. Her home dec and accessory ideas are must-have items that make your home beautiful with a no-nonsense approach. You can see all of her designs and ideas on her website at www.greatcopy.com
. Along with her husband, Rick, Pattie resides in Southeastern Wisconsin where she teaches the very popular Embroidery Club. The mother of four grown children, she does enjoy gardening and reading in her free time.
Londa's Creative Threads
With 13 years of owning a retail fabric and sewing machine shop behind her, Londa switched to an internet-based business to go world-wide with www.londas-sewing.com. Her personal mission is “To offer quality sewing products with passion, individual attention, and creative suggestions as a fellow avid seamstress, teacher and designer.” After 40+ years of what she calls “normal (now boring) garment sewing”, her mountain-top sewing experiences are ‘artsy, creative sewing’. She delights in creating garments that are unique and truly one-of-a-kind. Her current ‘obsession’ is with transforming sweatshirts into wonderful, unique ‘couture’ jackets. Her techniques are shared in her ‘books’ on CD and DVD and in her ‘pattern’ Design Booklets. She is published in several sewing periodicals including Sew Savvy and Creative Needle, and appeared in a webisode on www.nowsewing.net in October 2008. Traveling to teach and vend at guilds, shops, and consumer shows has become a new and exciting aspect of her business. www.londas-sewing.com
Lisa Sipes is a self taught, award winning quilter and embroiderer whose work can been seen in several books (to be announced on the blog as they release), magazines (American Patchwork & Quilting, Generation Q, Fons & Porter, McCalls, etc) , and competitions and exhibits worldwide. She has also appeared on the television show It's Sew Easy, which airs on PBS. Lisa entered the quilting world somewhat by accident and never looked back. She learned to quilt in a most unusual way - learning to longarm machine quilt for others before making her first pieced quilt top. Lisa has an enthusiasm and passion for all things stitched and enjoys helping others turn ordinary into extraordinary. Her main specialty is making beautiful, heirloom quilts out of poorly pieced, "problem" quilt tops. Lisa takes a straight forward but laid back approach to teaching and likes to provide a classroom setting that is more like a gathering of old friends. She loves to encourage and inspire, and remind all quilters that the main objective of quilting is to have FUN! You can follow Lisa's needle adventures at thatcrazyquiltygirl.blogspot.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. 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
Conselle/Style Solutions LLC
Carol has been sewing since she was a little girl and hasn’t stopped since. She learned home décor and window coverings from her grandmother but has stayed with her love of fashion construction and wardrobing. Carol is founder and CEO of Style Solutions, LLC, an image and fashion management services firm. Carol specializes in tailoring, alterations of ready-to-wear, fitting techniques & fashion pattern alterations; wardrobe strategies, personal styling, closet clutter control and image services. Carol’s clients include Oscar award winner, Paula DuPre Pesman. Carol is an affiliate of the Conselle Institute of Image Management, member of AICI, ASDP, BPW and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. 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
Linda V. Taylor
Linda is a highly awarded longarm machine quilter whose work has been displayed in many venues and published widely in many quilting magazines and books, several times show cased on the cover. Linda has been quilting for over 40 years and is known and respected as one of the innovators of the art of longarm machine quilting. She has won numerous quilting awards in shows sponsored by the International Quilting Association, American Quilter’s Society and National Quilter’s Association, Machine Quilter’s Showcase, Machine Quilter’s Exposition and Road to California. To her delight, she has been chosen by her peers 3 times as “Teacher of the Year.” Linda was also chosen by the readers of Quilters Newsletter magazine as one of the “Most Influential Persons in the Quilting Industry” (2009) and was selected as one of the “Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World (2008).
Her quilts have been in special exhibits and museums in the United States and Europe, including “Free Motion Masterpieces” in the New England Quilt Museum. Linda has traveled and taught in Africa, Ireland, Australia, Canada and throughout the United States.
She has appeared on more than 80 segments of television programs with popular TV quilting personalities such as Alex Anderson, Shar Jorgensen, Georgia Bonesteel, and Donna Wilder and has her own PBS television show named Linda’s Longarm Quilting
which is currently in the 5th season, now showing on thequiltingschool.com
. She has produced a dozen how-to DVDs, nine books on longarm techniques, many practical templates and over 1000 continuous line patterns. Linda wrote the handbook on longarm quilting entitled, The Ultimate Guide to Longarm Machine Quilting produced by C&T Publishing Company.
Linda maintains an extensive schedule of teaching engagements and has taught her innovative methods to literally thousands of students from all over the world whom she considers to be her friends. Over the 20 years Linda has been longarm quilting, she has watched as many of her students have excelled as top award-winning quilters. AWESOME!
Check out Linda’s video streaming and online classes with www.thequiltingschool.com
and her patterns on IPattern Studio.
Rick has been involved in the longarm quilting machine business for 20 years. Through the years, his extensive knowledge and experience working on the longarm machines has earned him an impeccable reputation in the industry. He is able to impart this "know-how" to others with his easy going and easy to understand manner. He has produced 2 DVDs on trouble shooting and maintenance on the Gammill Quilting machines.
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
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. </div>
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. www.artelasquilts.com