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!

Oticca Beamer
Montgomery, IL
Fit & Fashion
Oticca Beamer is the creator of the Fit & Fashion pattern design and fitting system. She was taught the sewing basics at a very young age and now has over 45 years of fashion garment sewing experience. She learned flat pattern drafting in 1986, and then learned to draft slopers “from scratch” and how to grade patterns. She combined the knowledge of these skills to develop the Fit & Fashion system. Countless sewing enthusiasts have expressed their frustration with ill-fitting garments that they have lovingly sewn using commercial sewing patterns. Commercial sewing pattern alterations can be very tedious and time consuming, not to mention knowing the correct way to actually make the alterations! The Fit & Fashion system was developed to address and resolve these fitting issues. Oticca spends her time teaching Fit & Fashion pattern design classes, drafting new Design Sheets, preparing on-line “how-to” videos and adding Fit & Fashion designed garments to her own wardrobe. Her passion is teaching her customers and class participants how easy it is to have personalized patterns that fit their size and shape! www.fit-fashion.com

Eva Birch
Mantua, OH
Eva Birch has been a professional Longarm quilter for 7 years. She has been teaching on a local level and has received several national awards for customer quilts and her own. her work has also been published. She enjoys qulting with a passion and looks forward to sharing her creativity with other quilters on a national level.


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.

Nancy Cook
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
American Sewing Guild Member

 WHO IS NANCY? I am a lifelong sewer with a variety of experiences as a teacher and student. - Taught private sewing and machine embroidery classes for individuals, groups and guilds using all major sewing machine brands. - Taught sewing and machine embroidery classes for sewing dealers in Wisconsin and Louisiana. - Demonstrated sewing and embroidery techniques for consumers at Wisconsin Quilt Expo. - Trained by Brother Sewing on all levels of sewing and embroidery machines. - Helped introduce Quattro machine upgrade to Brother dealers as a member of the Brother Education team. - Sewed sample projects for display at Brother Sewing Conventions. - Mentored by and taught garment sewing classes for Canada’s Linda MacPhee. - Appeared as a guest sewer on the PBS TV shows Linda MacPhee’s Workshop and Sewing With Nancy. - Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Minneapolis November 2014—teacher and vendor.




Rose DeBoer
Sudbury, MA
Quiltling Arts Magazine
Rose DeBoer is the Managing Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine and has had a lifelong love affair with all things sewing. When not working with the Interweave team on their quilting publications, Rose takes the time to teach occasional sewing and quilting classes at a local shop. Rose takes a step-by-step approach to teaching new skills—and balances her classes so that students will both learn good technique and have a lot of fun.


Eric Drexler
Kennesaw, GA
Sulky of America

With over 28 years in the sewing industry, Eric Drexler has developed a wide spectrum of expertise. As a senior in High School in 1983, Eric started working in Joyce and Fred Drexler's Sewing Center as their sewing machine mechanic. Over the next 15 years, he went on to become a Teacher, Manager and Co-owner until the business was sold in 1998. For the last 13 years, he has been a full-time employee of Sulky of America during which time he has become more heavily focused on his creative side, while continuing to indulge his passion for sewing machine repair in the evenings and on weekends.

Free-motion artistry has been Eric's other life-long passion ever since he was inspired by Joyce when, at age 10, she first taught him the technique. He has made numerous large and small works of machine art, some of which have been featured in Sulky Books and at Trade and Consumer Shows all over the country. Through his association with Sulky of America during all the years of its existence, he has had the pleasure and honor of being inspired by some of the world's greatest creative sewers and quilters. For the 10 years of its existence, he managed the Sulky Challenge and was responsible for its appearance all over the country.

Eric loves life and he loves to teach and share his exuberance for creative sewing. He is passionate about inspiring students of all ages so they can discover and enjoy a lifetime of creative fun. His infectious smile and warm humor puts everyone at ease and makes them ready and eager to learn.  www.sulky.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 has been sewing and quilting for 10 years. She enjoys piecing quilts, designing patterns, and hand work of any kind. Never a dull moment in her life with 3 teenage sons she's a busy girl to say the least. Stephanie loves to share her passion and all the short cuts she has found over the last ten years that make sewing and crafting faster and easier. Some of these short cuts come with some pretty crazy stories.


Diane Gloystein
Lincoln, NE
Sulky of America

Diane Gloystein travels the country as a National Educator representing Sulky of America. She recently co-authored the newly published "Embellish Your Life with Sulky" along with Joyce Drexler. Her creations have been featured on Quilting Arts, Fons & Porter, America Sews with Sue Hausmann and Sewing with Nancy. Diane's creation, Caribbean Sunset appeared in the 2008 BERNINA Fashion Show. Her high energy presentations feature a myriad of sewing techniques that will excite quilters and enthusiasts of fiber arts.


Cynthia Guffey
Young Harris, GA

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


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.


Joyce Keske
Fenton, MO
Baby Lock Educator


Vicki Kerkvliet
Overland Park, KS
Handi-Quilter Educator


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


Nancy Mahoney
Sparta, GA
Nancy Mahoney Designs

She has authored 13 books, all published by Martingale. Her bestselling books include Simple Circles and Gentle Curves (2013), Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing (2012), Fast Fusible Flower Quilts (2011), Treasures from the 30s (2010), and Applique Quilt Revival (2008).
Nancy has taught many workshops nationwide for guilds, shops and conferences. www.nancymahoney.com


Kathy McMakin
Huntsville, AL
Martha Pullen Company

Kathy McMakin is one of America’s foremost authorities in the field of heirloom sewing by machine and by serger. She teaches beginning and advanced sewers from every corner of the world and inspires a new level of confidence in her students. Kathy is the Director of Education for Martha Pullen Company and produces sewing and serging events held all across the United States. As the team leader and instructor for the Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing Program for both face-to-face and online curriculums, she can be found designing, serging, sewing and writing instructions on almost every day of the week.

She has been a guest instructor at events for every major sewing machine manufacturer in the world. She has authored several smocking, sewing and serging books and has produced and appeared in numerous sewing and serging videos. Her guest appearances on sewing television shows are many. Kathy is going on 32 years with Martha Pullen Company and now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband. They have two grown children and three absolutely precious grandchildren.

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

Pattie Otto
Racine, WI
Great Copy Patterns
Pattie Otto, owner and designer of Great Copy Patterns and author of Quilting with Fleece, Embellishing with the Edge Perfect Blade™ and Ultimate Polarfleece® Pizzazz, 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.

Connie Palmer

Graniteville, SC

What began as a simple interest in sewing 25 years ago has blossomed into an exciting adventure that Connie loves to share with her students. Her gifts for elegant design, fabulous color sense and exquisite craftsmanship has made her a highly sought-after teacher in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. Connie is on the faculty of the Martha Pullen Licensing Program where she not only teaches but creates a great number of projects included each of those courses. 

She has traveled and taught for Martha Pullen events and returns year after year as one of the favorite teachers at the School of Art Fashion. Her showcase of skills can often be seen on PBS television in Martha’s Sewing Room, America Sews with Sue Hausmann and
Quilting with Shar. She has the privilege of having garment designs on the covers of five Martha Pullen books: Lovely Lingerie; Elegant Sewing for Baby; Contemporary Heirlooms for the Older Girl; Six Easy Patterns and Fabulous Fashions. Connie has authored numerous sewing videos on notions, garment construction, heirloom sewing, quilting and more.

Carol Steinbrecher
Boulder, CO
Conselle/Style Solutions LLC

Carol is Founder and CEO of Style Solutions, LLC, an image and fashion management services firm. Carol specializes in alterations of ready-to-wear, fitting & fashion pattern alterations, wardrobe techniques, color analysis, and image branding services with over 25 years experience. Clients include an Academy Award winner, corporate and small business groups, “everyday stars” and speaking engagements across the country. She is an Affiliate of the Conselle Institute of Image Management, and has further training through AICI. 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!


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!

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

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
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.