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.
Ann Arbor, MI
Esch House Quilts
Debbie has been sewing all her life and quilting for the past eleven years. Her designs have appeared in such magazines as Stitch, Quilting Arts Gifts and Modern Patchwork and she publishes her own patterns as Esch House Quilts. Debbie's quilt "Ephemeral Elegance", using her bias appliqué technique, won first place in its category at the American Quilter's Society Quilt Show in Paducah in 2011. She is Vice President of the Ann Arbor (MI) Modern Quilt Guild and loves to share her passion for quilting.
Deb started her real quilting passion in November of 2000, when she got a call from one of her daughters, advising Deb, (the daughter...not Deb!) she was pregnant with triplets. She picked up the quilting bug with a passion and joined her local quilt guild (the San Francisco Quilters Guild).
It was at the SFQG that she met Janet Mednick, who would later help her write a book for the American Quilters Society, called 'QuiltMavens Perfect Paper Piecing'.
She has since written 'Quilts With Attitude', also published by AQS, and is currently working on her next book.
Now based in Durham, North Carolina, Deb is quilting, teaching and writing professionally, and her travels take her worldwide to share her passion for contemporary quilting, meeting new people, and sharing her knowledge with quilters everywhere.
Pieced of Olde
Mary Kerr is an American Quilt Society certified appraiser and an award winning quilter. She grew up in a family of quilters and has been teaching since 1987. She currently lectures and conducts workshops that focus on quilt history and the preservation of antique textiles.
In addition, she is the owner of Pieced of Olde, a small business that specializes in restoration and repair of antique textiles. She currently lives outside of Washington DC with her husband Ralph.
She is an active member of the Professional Appraisers Association for Quilters Textiles (PAAQT), the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG), American Quilters Society, Cabin Branch Quilters, Quilters Unlimited, Mason Dixon QPN, the Virginia Quilt Consortium, the Quilt Professionals Network, MMS, and several quilt dating groups in her area.www.marywkerr.com
Specializing in embroidery software, embroidery machines, and even sewing machine repair, embroidery is truly Mandi’s forte. Ongoing software and machine training continue to keep her current with everything new; and while Mandi’s inquiring mind has been a sponge for technical knowledge, her expression, creativity, and love for the arts keep her inspired even as she is inspiring those around her.