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!


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
Marietta, GA
Some Art Fabric
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.
www.fitforartpatterns.com
www.raecumbie.com



Louise Cutting
Winter Park, FL
Cutting Line Designs / Cutting Corners

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


Dusty Farrell
Cambridge Springs, PA
Country Stitchin
Dusty is a free-hand quilt artist. He is mostly recognized for his incredibly fast no holds bared quilting and "Quilting in the Dark". He has quilted for several top designers in the industry and has appeared in numerous magazines and “Quilt It” online program. Always being up for change Dusty changes quilt designs on the fly to fit his unique personality. Dusty's motto’s are "the imperfect perfect" and “If I can draw it I can quilt it“. www.cscountrystitchin.com



Cristy Fincher
Tempe, AZ
Purple Daisies, LLC

Cristy Fincher was born with a love for all things sewing. Cristy, and her mom, Master Quilter, Sharon Schamber, made their first quilt together, 20 years ago. This took their love of sewing into the world of quilting, where it has flourished. Cristy became a school teacher, married, and started her own family. Her passion for teaching quilting grew, and 10 years ago, she opened her online store, www.PurpleDaisiesLLC.com, where she focuses on sewing and quilting education. In 2007, Cristy and Sharon co-authored “Piece-By-Piece: Machine Applique”, which features many of Cristy’s original designs. Cristy has spent her lifetime learning about all aspects of sewing and quilting from her amazing mother. Cristy is passing on Sharon’s legacy of techniques through teaching local, regional and national quilting classes. Cristy also shares her own tutorials, and time saving techniques, on her blog www.sewmuchlikemom.com.


Diane Gloystein 
Lincoln, NE
Sulky of America

Diane Gloystein travels across the country as a freelance educator. She loves to share her passion and enthusiasm for embellishment as she entertains and educates. Her creations have been featured on Fons & Porter Love of Quilting, America Sews with Sue Hausmann, Sewing with Nancy and Quilting Arts television shows. Diane's creation, Caribbean Sunset appeared in the 2008 Rendezvous Bernina Fashion Show.
A love of designing interesting and original clothing led to a lifelong love affair with fabric and fiber arts. A sense of whimsical imagination is found in many of Diane's creations. She inspires her audiences with high energy presentations featuring a myriad of sewing techniques, surface design and embellishment techniques that will excite quilters and enthusiasts of fiber arts. www.sulky.com


Rachel Griffith
Elyria, OH
Rachel Griffith Designs
Rachel Griffith has always been the artistic girl in the bunch. She’s had a lifelong interest in arts and crafts. Her love affair with sewing and quilting started in a home economics class her sophomore year of high school. It wasn’t until years later that she discovered just how much she really enjoyed creating with fabric. Aside from being a busy mom of four and a coach’s wife, you’ll find her playing with fabric or designing patterns for Rachel Griffith Designs. She is the author of Quilts Made with Love and has been featured in several quilting magazines. To see examples of Rachel’s work, see her website: www.psiquilt.com



Cynthia Guffey
Baton Rouge, LA
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
Pfaff Educator

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.

Marjorie Jester

Baden, PA

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


Mark Lipinski
Califon, NJ
As a designer, Mark's work has been seen in McCall's Quilts, Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting, McCall's Quick Quilts, Quiltmaker, American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilts and More, The Quilter, Irish Quilting, and Fabric Trends magazines and has been a guest on HGTV's Simply Quilts. He as also launched a line of his own quilting patterns, called The Quilts of Pickle Road. Mark has been commissioned to design products and workshops for Island Batiks (Bali and California), M&S Textiles (Australia), Langa Lapu (South Africa), Wrights EZ Tools, Libas Limited Silk, Lakehouse Fabrics, Northcott Fabrics, Maywood Studio, Andover Fabrics, Benartex Fabrics, and Prym Dritz. Read more at MarkLapinski.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


Ebony Love 
Grayslake, IL 
LoveBug Studios 

Award-winning author and quilter Ebony Love is recognized as one of the leading experts in fabric die-cutting techniques. She regularly produces free videos featuring tips and techniques for die cutting and long arm quilting, which are posted to her YouTube channel. In her quilting, you’ll see Ebony’s fondness for blindingly-bright prints, and her unabashed use of batiks and solids. She considers herself a traditional quilter who uses modern tools and color palettes to interpret her artistic voice; of course, if it can’t be die cut, it probably isn’t getting made! 

Ebony has authored several books including The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips, Notes & Doodles, and the Adventures in Fabric Die Cutting series. Ebony shares her knowledge and advice widely via online forums, her own website, and teaching engagements across the US. She is the Editor-in-Chief of a magazine for fabric die-cutting enthusiasts called Blocks to Die For! Ebony is a recurring guest on Mary Fons’s show Quilty (available on QNNtv.com) and has had her artistry featured in several national publications. She is also an accomplished long arm quilter, and a regular columnist for Quilty Magazine. 

lovebugstudios.com – Cut. Quilt. Love. 
blockstodiefor.com – The Magazine for fabric die-cutting enthusiasts 
equivalentdienotation.com – Unlock your quilt patterns for die cutting

Mary Ellen Marti

Baden, PA

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
AhHa!
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”
http://colorzmyworld.blogspot.com
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

 
Barbara Moore
Senatobia, MS
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
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

Gina Perkes
Payson, AZ
Gina Perkes enjoys all sorts of creative outlets and mediums: gardening, mosaic, oil painting, with her three favorites being quilting, culinary, and photography. She travels all over the country sharing her techniques with others. She hosts retreats in Arizona with private lessons for both quilting and pastry. www.ginaperkes.com


Jodi Robinson
Enon Valley, PA 
Jodi Robinson has been a quilter for the past 20 years, and has been a professional longarm quilter for 16 years.  She has been teaching nationally at many of the Machine Quilting Expos for the past 10 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.  You can visit my blog at:  http://jrdesigns.wordpress.com

Kathy Ruddy
Mukilteo, WA
kathyruddy.com

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

Heather Scrimsher
Canton, GA


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 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


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
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.


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. </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



Helene Weber
Navarre, OH
My passion has always been art in any form, but I have truly fallen in love with fiber art. My background is in fine art; drawing, painting and sculpture, and I use this experience in creating my quits. Although I have always viewed quilts as art, it wasn’t until recently that I have discovered the blending of traditional art mediums ; colored pencil, paints, and inks, with quilting. I love painting and working with fabric because of the versatility it lends to the artist and I like using a variety of art mediums along with longarm quilting on my art quilts.



Alex Woodbury
Westlake, OH
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

Alex began sewing at a wee age, due to her mother, Linda Lee, being in the industry her whole life. She would travel to her mothers shows and take her classes, however, love for sewing was not cultivated until a much later age...her mother even claims that Alex vowed to, “Never sew like her mother did.”

Alex then received her undergraduate degree from Manhattan Christian College in Kansas in Family Ministry with an emphasis in Pre-Counseling, while also taking a variety of fashion and textile courses from Kansas State University’s program. Upon graduation, she worked at Bernina Sewing Centers in Kansas City, growing in knowledge and skill in sewing and Bernina machines. She also enrolled in and completed a Fashion Design and Entrepreneurship degree program at Johnson County Community College in Kansas City. Through these experiences, she began to enjoy the art of sewing, and developed a vision ‘infusing’ both her love of sewing and helping people, and in turn, had an opportunity to travel to Uganda, Africa to work for an economic development program called Project Lydia, teaching widows and abandoned wives how to sew.

Other fun facts about Alex include (in no particular order): She loves to sail, play volleyball, and eat chocolate.


Jean Ann Wright
Marietta, GA
From 1986 to 2007 Jean Ann edited an international quilting magazine titled QUILT, plus a variety of special interest titles. After retiring she has written three books published by Landauer Publishing Corp: Circle of Nine,Sashings and Settings and First Time Log Cabin Quilts. She is a freelance designer, designing quilts for several major fabric manufacturers. Her quilts are frequently shown in popular quilting magazines and frequently appear on the cover. She has designed two fabric collections for Newcastle Fabrics and a Log Cabin Trim Tool that is manufactured by Creative Grids, introducing a new quick and easy method to make log cabin blocks.