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!

Frieda Anderson
Elgin, IL
Friestyle 

Frieda received her BS in art history, with a minor in ceramics, at the University of Vermont. As an adult her fashion interests led her to tackle an associate's degree from Harper College in Fashion Design. Her creativity began in early childhood with making doll clothes and stuffed animals. In her studio, Frieda creates contemporary art quilts and one of a kind wearables. Her specialties include, fusing, creative machine quilting, original pieced quilts, and designing elegant and original garments. Frieda hand-dyes luscious cotton and silk fabrics for use in her quilts and has created a personal color palette evident in her work. She enjoys giving quilt lectures, teaching and demonstrating her techniques in workshops. www.friestyle.com


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.

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


Nancy Erickson
Chicago, IL
The Erickson Group/The Fashion Sewing Group

Nancy's making this special return to our expo after a dozen years to kick-off the 20th year celebration of her Fashion Sewing Group newsletter--the longest continuously running subscription newsletter devoted to fashion sewing. With thousands of subscribers and customers in 12 countries for her patterns and fabrics, she has a very devoted following. She's written for and been featured in Threads Magazine and Sew News, toured a Vogue Patterns designer fashion show benefitting the Komen Foundation for breast cancer research, conducted tours of fashion and fabric houses in Italy, and had her own ABC affiliate fashion segment. The Chicago Tribune once called her a "sewing evangelist, able to motivate anyone to sew." Her education includes a clothing and textiles degree, couture study in Paris and Italy, and decades of interest in fashion history, designers and trend spotting. She believes if she can make a woman look good in her clothes, she'll feel good in her skin. www.fashionsewing.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


Stephanie Farrell
Cambridge Springs, PA
Country Stitchin

Stephanie owns and operates a quilt shop in NW PA with her husband, Dustin. She spends her days designing quilt patterns for PTQ and Frond design Studios, sewing shop samples and taking care of her kiddos. Stephanie is an award winning quilter and teacher. A self taught quilter who enjoys sharing her unique style of quilting and techniques with her students. Quilting is like therapy its good for the soul. www.cscountrystitchin.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.


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.www.conselle.com


Joyce Keske
Minong, WI


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.


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


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)

Pattie Otto
Franksville, WI
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. 
 

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

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.


Gail Yellen
Glastonbury, CT
Gail Patrice Design

Gail’s original design sweatshirt jacket classes have been a consistent favorite at Manchester Sewing Machine Center in Connecticut where Gail has taught a variety of techniques for the past 7 years. Gail Patrice Design began when a gallery owner in Maine carried these designs as ready-to-wear jackets and sold out the collection each season! Gail has created a pattern line of jackets and is developing a series of DVDs to include her favorite design and embellishment techniques. She is an active member and the Manchester Neighborhood Group leader of the CT Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. Gail holds a BA in English and Dental Hygiene. www.gailpatrice.com


Susan Zellers
Dunnellon, FL
Event Specialist

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.