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! 


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



Susan Cook
Pittsburgh, PA
Larkspur Lane Designs

Susan Cook has been designing and publishing her original designs since 2003 for her pattern company Larkspur Lane Designs. Specializing in paper pieced patterns she has developed several techniques to allow the quilter to use directional fabrics easily and effectively, as well as how to cut the fabric resulting in less waste.

Michelle Eno
Oilville, VA

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


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


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. 


Debbie Grifka
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.

Marjorie Jester
Baltimore, MD

Deb Karasik
Durham, NC
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.


Mary Kerr
Woodbridge, VA
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


Joyce Keske
Minong, WI

Mandi Knapton
Pittsburgh, PA
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.


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


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

Mary Ellen Marti
Mars, PA

Autumn Meredith
Pittsburgh, PA
Autumn has surrounded herself with sewing, quilting, and all types of creativity for as long as she can remember. Her amazing eye for color and pattern, her ability to understand quilters and what they need (putting her psychology background to good use), and her specialized training in the sewing machine industry come together as she gives her students mind-blowing insight into what they can do with the newest trends and products. Autumn is also a social media guru… you never know what she will be doing next.

Sharyn Meredith
Pittsburgh, PA
Sharyn went to school for business, raised five kids, and then followed her career dream to open a sewing and quilting store. She has traveled all over the country to be trained by the best in the sewing industry, from Walter Floriani to Martha Pullen. A jack of all trades, her life-long love of sewing and creating has made her a master of many.
 
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)
 
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. 


Heather Scrimsher
Fiberosity
Canton, GA

Valerie Schlake
Oilville, VA

Amelia Steele
Pittsburgh, PA
Amelia graduated with a degree in theater and costume design from Indiana University. While her creativity stems from a carefree and artistic nature, she also enjoys combining computer software technology in her projects… those who know her best call her ‘the wiz kid’ because of her embroidery software expertise. Amelia continues to train with industry experts, and her clever ideas can keep your head spinning for days.

Margo Stuart

Chautauqua, NY

Ariel’s Bed and Breakfast

From New York to Nigeria, Margo’s sewing career has been expansive.  She developed her early love of tailoring through a Master’s in Fashion Design; continuing her work as a University Instructor and Dean of Student Affairs, teaching drawing, two and three dimensional textile design, and weaving… then on to work with premium sewing machine manufacturers in various roles as an educator, marketing professional and regional sales manager.  Margo is currently a custom designer for National and International Santas  while owning and operating Ariel’s Bed and Breakfast in Chautauqua, NY, where she enjoys raising Icelandic horses as well.   www.arielsbb.com



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. 



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.



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.