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!

Bari Ackerman
Scotsdale, AZ
Bari J

The designer behind the Bari J. brand is Bari J. Ackerman. Bari is an artist who is well known in the fabric industry for her whimsical designs and bold eye for pattern and color. She has created many successful lines of fabric for renowned fabric house such as Art Gallery Fabrics, has a line of home decor wall stencils with Royal Design Studio and also has a line of sewing patterns. Bari is also the author of the book, "Inspired to Sew". Bari's work has been featured in many national and international magazines and is sold worldwide.

Amy Barickman
Prarie Village, KS
Indygo Junction

Amy Barickman is the founder of Indygo Junction, The Vintage Workshop, and her website, AmyBarickman.com. She is a leader in the sewing and needle arts industry, having released nearly 1000 sewing pattern titles, sold more than two-million patterns and published 80 books sold throughout the U.S. and internationally. Named one of Country Living magazine’s prestigious Creative Women Entrepreneurs, Amy has made numerous television appearances including regular visits to Sewing with Nancy on PBS. Amy's recent endeavors include the launch of Crossroads, her denim fabric line with coordinating patterns, and her new book, The Magic Pattern Book, a collection of 36 fashion patterns, published by Workman(August 2014).

Barb Callahan
Venice, FL
Barb Originals
www.barboriginals.com
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


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. 

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.co

Joyce Keske


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


Soni Grint
Mount Juliet, TN

Tari Intardonato
Overland Park, KS
Tari Intardonato is a sewing educator, freelance instructor, and BERNINA National Tradeshow team member. Tari loves the technology and innovation that comes with BERNINA machines and software. She has trained BERNINA Dealers and consumers alike on all aspects of sewing with a special emphasis on embroidery and creative machine techniques using both the sewing machine and overloker/serger. She has been featured in Designs in Machine Embroidery, Through the Needle, We All Sew and Embroidery Online's DIY blog.

Debra Justice
Abbotsford, BC Canada
Labours of Love

Debra Justice is the president and founder of Labours of Love Heirloom Sewing Supplies Inc. An online mail order company based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Debra's interest in sewing began at age 10, when she was enrolled her in some sewing classes. By the age of 20 she was teaching classes in quilting, a subject that she covered for several years during her off hours as a civil and municipal draftsperson.

With a love for the Victorian Era it was only natural that Debra would fall in love with Heirloom Sewing. Labours of Love was opened in 1990 offering a selection of Vintage styled patterns, fine old fashioned fabrics, French Laces and her own how to DVD "Precious Petticoats" an Introduction to Heirloom Sewing. Her first DVD was received with rave reviews and Sew You Want To Get Fancy her second DVD soon followed. Her DVDs and patterns have been featured in publications such as Sew News, Sewing Decor and The Creative Machine. In 2004 Debra wrote her first book Modern Machine Techniques which has already turned into a best seller. Her newest book on sewing machine feet called Learn to Sew With Your Feet was released in March of 2009.

With the success of her two books she has been retained by Sew News Magazine as contributing writer for their foot column. She will share lots of ideas and new techniques on how to use the feet that came with your machine. Debra teaches others how to recreate vintage clothing and teddy bears inspired by the Victorian Era. Her no nonsense approach and fun seminars have made her a favourite key note speaker and respected sewing expert nationwide. She resides in Abbotsford, British Columbia with her boys Taylor and Spencer. www.laboursoflove.com


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


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

Linda Matteotti
Handi-Quilter Educator

Linda McGehee
Shreveport, LA
Ghee's

Designer, Linda McGehee has a diverse sewing background with 40 years experience from garments to handbags, piecing to heirloom, surface manipulation to combining a variety of methods into a sampler of various techniques. Linda has traveled the globe demonstrating and lecturing from her books and is much sought after at trade and machine conventions, consumer shows, guilds, shops, and television.

Linda is owner of Ghee's mail-order sewing and notions company. The most popular patterns are those designed by Linda for handbags with ready-to-wear handbag hardware. She has published several books on sewing; Texture with Textiles (winner in the sewing division of PCM's 1992 Product of Excellence Awards); Texture With Textiles (finalist for the same award in 1993); a Companion Project Book; and Spiraling Schemes and Chromatics (winner in the sewing book division of the 1997 Primedia Awards of Excellence); Simply Sensational Bags - How to stitch and embellish handbags, totes, and satchels (out of print); and her latest book, the Perfect Bag - 101 Stylish Looks from Simple Patterns.

Linda has designed and created garments for the prestigious Fairfield Fashion Show, Statements, Capitol Imports, and Better Homes & Gardens. These garments are works of art combining many of the techniques from her books. On My Way to the Mardi Gras, from the Fairfield 1996-1997 show graced the front cover of Craft & Needlework Age Magazine, October, 1996. www.ghees.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

 
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.



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


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!


Holice Turnbow
Sturbridge, MA
Holice Turnbow is a Quilt Judge and Teacher certified by the National Quilting Association. His quilting career began in the early 70's when he was asked to teach needlework and quilting for a county recreational program. National exposure followed in 1978 when he served as a consultant to the West Virginia Department of Culture and History to organize a quilt show in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service's issuance of a commemorative stamp recognizing quilting as a folk art. He also served on the planning committee for the First Continental Quilting Congress held in Arlington, Virginia in 1978. These two events resulted in invitations to lecture and teach at quilting events across the United States and in Canada.

Holice Turnbow lectures and conducts workshops in many quilting techniques with emphasis on those subjects related to the development and use of quilting designs. He has written for various quilting magazines and appeared on public television. with Kay Wood's "Strip Quilting with Kaye" and "Quilting for the 90's." He also appeared on 13 segments of "Heirlooms by Design" which was shown in the Alabama area through the CBS cable networks. He has also filmed six shows on QNN representing The Stencil Co.

He is the former co-curator of the "Hoffman Challenge" with Betty Boyink, and has served as a quilt consultant to a number of companies. Holice has also designed and made garments for two invitational exhibits and has designed and made quilted items for various other special exhibits and quilt challenges including the exhibit "Men of Biblical Proportions."


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.

Susan Zellers
Baby Lock Educator