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!

Karen Benke
Medina, OH
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 Callahan
Venice, FL
Barb Originals

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 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.

Ruth Chandler
Colorado Springs, CO
Ruth Chandler grew up in Japan, influenced by vibrant color, texture, and the simplicity of Japanese design. She learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and, at the age of ten, began to create and sew her own clothes – an outlet for her imagination and creativity. She made her first quilt in 1990 (a queen size hand-appliquéd, hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt) and has never looked back. She loves to mingle new techniques with old, and her work usually shows her years spent in Japan. Ruth teaches nationally and has written blog posts, co-authored and authored books, and written articles for Quilting Arts magazine. She lives with her husband in Colorado Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak. Her daughter and son have given her five beautiful grandchildren who are being introduced very early to all art forms. www.ruthchandlerstitches.wordpress.com
Nancy Cook
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. www.fitnicesystem.com/ncook.php

Cynthia Fellows-White
Wichita, KS

Cristy Fincher
Tempe, AZ
Purple Daisies Quilting

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.

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 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 Guillory
Groves, TX
Pfaff Educator

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

Lorraine Henry
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

Shar Jorgenson

Starbuck, MN
Quilting From the Heartland

A veteran quilter for 30 years, Shar is a familiar face to thousands of television viewers. Her PBS television series, Quilting From The Heartland, and Quilting With Shar, brings innovative techniques to quilt makers of all skill levels. Her enthusiasm, down-to-earth style, and extensive experience, guide quilters through the steps of creating beautiful quilts, quickly and easily with today's tools. In 1988, Shar created her first set of laser templates. Her time- saving method of rotary cutting several layers of fabric into customized shapes brought accuracy and convenience to quilt makers. Without sacrificing the beauty of traditional designs, Shar teaches methods for accurately producing ageless quilt patterns with ease and efficiency. Her step-by step instructions, based upon her own hands-on experience, take the mystique out of quilting and insure successful results. In addition to many years of programing for PBS she is the author of over 40 quilting books and has developed over 35 template sets and a full line of quilting stencils. In 2009 Shar was nominated the Quilter of the Year for Minnesota Quilter's Inc. www.qheartland.com

Vicki Kerkvliet
Overland Park, KS
Handi Quilter Educator

Vicki comes from a long line of quilters, and began her own quilting journey in 2000 when she enrolled in a class. As an elementary school teacher, she set the goal of piecing one quilt top a year in between her teaching responsibilities.

Vicki's dream of owning a longarm machine was realized in 2011 with the purchase of an HQ18 Avanté® with HQ Pro-Stitcher®, and she recently acquired an HQ Sweet Sixteen®. After 27 years in the elementary education profession, she joined the Handi Quilter education team and is thrilled to merge her love of teaching with her love of quilting in a new career path.

Vicki is a member of the Starlight Quilters Guild in Kansas City and hopes to enter quilts into a local quilt show this year. Vicki has two adult sons and enjoys traveling with her husband and granddaughter each summer to explore national parks. www.handiquilter.com

Joyce Keske
Fenton, MO
Baby Lock Educator

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

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. www.sewingworkshop.com

Kathy Lincoln
Burke, VA
Kathy Lincoln Quilts

Kathy has taught a variety of lectures and workshops nationally since 1992 and has exhibited quilts at International Quilt Festival in Houston, American Quilters Society Show in Paducah, Vermont Quilt Festival, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and other shows.  Her quilt, “In My Shade Garden,” was published in the February/March 2009 issue of Quilters Newsletter. She also participated in the “Vintage Revisited Challenge,” making six quilts that traveled the United States with this exhibit. Kathy has a special passion for simplifying techniques and believes in reducing fabric waste and speeding up the process. She is always looking for new ways to do things and working to improve her techniques, as time is her most precious commodity. She especially enjoys helping others learn and sharing her love of quilt making. Kathy lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Howard. www.kathylincoln.com

Toby Lischko
Beaufort, MO
Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Toby has been a crafter since age eight, but did not start quilting until 1985 when she got the bug. She has been teaching quilting workshops and lecturing since 1995. She considers herself a traditional quilter who loves working with traditional quilt blocks, but like to add her own special flair. She has won many national awards for her quilts including a blue ribbon for her Celestial Crowns quilt at the AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky and the MQX show in 2005. She has her own line of patterns and templates under the name of Gateway Quilts & Stuff, Inc., and is the author of a book called St. Louis Stars, published by Kansas City Star. She does commissioned work for many of the major fabric companies and has been published in many of the national quilt magazines since 1998. Her background in Special Education (25 years) makes her an excellent teacher. In her classes she enjoys instilling the feeling that quilting should be fun, not difficult and loves hearing students say, “I didn’t think I could do that!” www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.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

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 experimentation 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 a fusible appliqué technique called Tileworks using stamps, paintstiks, and fusbile web to easily create seemingly complex designs without sewing. www.lauramurraydesigns.com

Pattie Otto
Racine, WI
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

Gina Perkes
Payson, AZ
Gina Perkes Designs

Gina Perkes is an internationally award-winning quilter. She has been quilting for nearly two decades and is featured in Gammill’s quilting ads and is proud to represent them as a quilting artist. She also proudly represents BERNINA as an ambassador. She has appeared on several quilting shows and is the author of: Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting published by C & T. Gina loves working with other quilters, sharing her techniques and helping them find inspiration and gain confidence. She teaches both domestic and longarm techniques and believes that quilting is therapeutic and strives to create a stress-free, fun learning environment for her students. www.ginaperkes.com

Kathy Ruddy
Mukilteo, WA

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

Cyndi Souder
Annandale, VA
Moonlighting Quilts

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

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, 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

Diane Tomlinson

Winterset, IA
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

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

Denise Wild
Toronto, ON
Sewing expert, magazine editor, media personality, author, and entrepreneur Denise Wild is the Founder of LoveSewing and The Sewing Studio. Denise started teaching sewing classes in her Toronto apartment in 2004 while she was working at FLARE, Canada’s top fashion publication. Those classes evolved into The Sewing Studio, North America’s leading sewing school for 10 years with locations in Toronto and New York. In January of 2010, Denise merged her love of sewing with her passion for magazines by creating LoveSewing.com, the top online sewing destination and the only sewing portal to focus on fashion and style.

Denise has worked as a magazine editor since 2000 for top national publications including FLARE, House & Home, Faze, and ANOKHI, and has written for numerous publications and networks including Hello!, Elle, HGTV, W Network, Glow, Elevate, Chatelaine, and Slice.

Denise has regular television appearances that include The Shopping Channel, Steven and Chris, The Today Show, Inside the Box with Ty Pennington, Breakfast Television, CityLine, Daytime, NBC Mobile News, The Marilyn Denis Show, and Fairchild Television. www.DeniseWild.com

Dini Yan
McKinney, TX
Momo-Dini Embroidery Art

Momo-Dini is the home of sisters Momo and Dini Yan. Recognized artists in their native China, they have won numerous awards for their paintings and designs in China as well as in International competitions. Daughters of University Art Professors, both sisters also became University Fine Arts Professors. Among other ventures, Dini worked in New York for fashion design company S. Edwards – where she won the Top 10 New Artists award --- and the swimwear design company Sweet Pea. Dini then went on to learn computer-aided design – later to be useful for digitizing --- as an IT manager for the NYC School Construction Authority. Momo and Dini have applied their diverse experiences into designing and digitizing unique embroidery artwork on unusual and unexpected materials. With years of design training and experience as artists and teachers of artistic techniques, Momo and Dini have created a portfolio of designs for your projects. All their designs are original and unique.

As Dini explained in the March/April 2013 Creative Machine Embroidery magazine: “Art is beautiful, but it is the subject as the artist sees it.” Beyond the design itself lies the fact that the design must work with the fabric. “The thread is the paint; the fabric is the canvas.” Momo and Dini’s selection of stitch length and stitch density allows their designs to be soft, and to move with the fabric. You will see the difference when you stitch our designs on your jackets, skirts, and jeans. 

In their hands-on classes and trunk shows, they use their designs and teaching skills to excite students with projects that are out-of-the-ordinary. Their hope is to open new creative paths and possibilities for the home machine embroiderer. Embroidery is artistry, but embroidery is also fun. www.momodini.com

Gail Yellen
Glastonbury, CT
Gail Patrice Design

Her grandmother’s treadle sewing machine is the earliest memory Gail has of needle and thread. The last thing she ever sewed was a blue dress with a white collar and wide sashes for a bow in the back. Gail wore it the first day of kindergarten and would have worn it every day if allowed. This memory is what first drew her to sewing.

In 1998, Gail started taking all types of classes at Manchester Sewing Machine Center in CT. Sewing quickly became a passion and a form of creative expression. Experimenting with all types of embellishment techniques is one of her favorite pastimes. Teaching classes and interacting with all levels of sewing enthusiasts continues to be a source of inspiration and fun for Gail.

Gail is an active member of the American Sewing Guild CT Chapter and moderated the Manchester Neighborhood Group’s activities for over 10 years.

Designing patterns for beautiful clothes and bags is the heart of Gail Patrice Design and sharing her love of sewing is the soul. www.gailpatrice.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. www.babylock.com