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!
Fort Worth, TX
Libby has been teaching sewing, embroidery and embroidery software for over 15 years. She specializes in embroidery software (Viking, Floriani, Brother, and Embrilliance) but has recently expanded her expertise to include electronic cutters such as the Silhouette Cameo and Brother Scan 'N Cut. Libby teaches three software clubs a month in her local area, providing unique and detailed lessons for her students, with many lessons based on student requests. She also teaches quarterly workshops on the Brother Scan ‘N Cut, creating new projects and handouts for each workshop. As a Martha Pullen Licensed teacher, Libby has travelled around the country helping bring the joy of heirloom sewing to many students. She is a teaching assistant at Martha Pullen Licensing events, the School of Art Fashion and mini-School of Art Fashion events. In addition to her teaching, Libby is a copy editor for the new Classic Sewing magazine.
Katie has the reputation of being an adventurer and an inspiring entrepreneur. Her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and her passion for sewing give her the understanding and creativity that is needed in both industries. She has a successful computer consulting business and utilizes that success to motivate everyone in the home sewing industry. Her teaching style is down-to-earth and people love learning from her.
Katie is an online educator and has also co-authored the "Pillow Talk" book with the home sewer in mind. Katie also enjoys publishing articles, which showcase her embroidery software, sewing, and computer abilities. Katie loves designing practical projects that teach you sewing techniques that take your sewing skills “from home-made to pro-made”! Her patterns are available at www.sewingscene.com!
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
Barrie, Ontario Canada
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.
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
John Deer's Adorable Ideas
John Deer is one of North America’s leading experts on digitizing and embroidery with over 30 years of experience in the industry. John is a third generation embroiderer born into the Schiffli industry, working part time in his grandparent’s factory from the age of 12. This gave him the unique opportunity to begin his career apprenticing as a manual pantograph puncher at the age of 17, digitizing for Schiffli looms. Over the years he’s continually adapted this old school theory with today’s modern software programs, creating designs that are both beautiful and machine friendly. In the mid 90’s John launch Punch Perfect, a commercial digitizing house. During that time he personally won 30 Digitizing Awards, including Impressions Magazines 1998 Digitizing of Distinction, 1998 EMB Grand Champion and the 2001 Stitches Magazine Stitch-Off Grand Prize. He had also written over 50 articles in commercial trade publications and taught at numerous commercial venues including the ISS Shows, DAX Shows, Bobbin World, Imprint Canada and the NNEP Shows. Over a decade ago John’s entered the Home Embroidery market and Adorable Ideas was born. In the early years he taught at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Creative Embroidery Conference, Sew-Quilt Festival, Sewing & Stitchery Expo and the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival. Adorable Ideas has hosted 100’s of Embroidery Events at dealers all across the United States. John also authored the book “Digitizing Made Easy” published by Krause Publications and has produced numerous educational DVD’s for embroidery and digitizing enthusiasts. John now resides in Costa Rica and is focusing on creating new designs as well as developing a series of “Brand Specific” streaming “E-classes” that teach the process of digitizing from the ground up. www.UltimateStash.com
High Springs, FL
Independent Sewing Educator, Designer & Author
Peggy Dilbone is a designer, author and teacher. She has been teaching for over 20 years, sharing her enthusiasm for heirloom sewing and sergers. She has appeared on America Sews with Sue Hausmann and Martha's Sewing Room with Martha Pullen. Peggy has been published numerous times in Sew Beautiful Magazine and has garments showcased in Elegant Sewing for Baby, Fabulous Fashions, Six Easy Patterns for Women, Small Quilts and Such, and Sleepwear Just for You by Martha Pullen. Peggy's Trinity Cross Christening Gown is featured in "The Best of Sew Beautiful Christening Gowns"; by Martha Pullen, which features eight of Sew Beautiful's favorite gowns. Peggy has taught classes in London, Mexico and Puerto Rico; and at Husqvarna Viking convention, Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion and Martha Pullen /Husqvarna Viking Extravaganzas. Peggy presents heirloom and serger seminars and trunk shows throughout the United States and is a key teacher and designer for the Martha Pullen Heirloom licensing programs. Peggy publishes a series of sewing and serger patterns, CDs and a DVD on serger coverstitch. Her patterns are available on her websitewww.PeggyDdesigns.com
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
Handi Quilter Educator
Jane is a self-taught long arm quilter that specializes in free motion custom quilting. Her quilting has won ribbons at both the local and national levels. She loves to teach others to free motion custom quilt! She teaches both locally and nationally on domestic machines and long arm machines. She is also a Handi Quilter National Educator.
Her philosophy is that no matter what type of machine you are using (domestic machine, short-arm, or Longarm), that anyone can do free motion quilting. Her goal in teaching is to equip each student with as much information and knowledge as possible, so that they can approach their quilts fully prepared and ready to custom quilt their own quilts. Her classes are fun and informative!
You can see more of her quilting at: www.stitchbystitchcustomquilting.com
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Meg Healy began to sew at the age of 12 and lead her to study Fashion Design at both Fanshawe College in London and Parson the New School for Design in NYC. Meg gained the technical skills in pattern making and advanced sewing that led to a number of awards for her design and construction skills. She has worked as a pattern making intern for Vera Wang, and now is the editor, lead educator, and face of BurdaStyle.com. She also is a sewing contributor for MarthaStewart.com and is regularly commissioned to sew wedding garments, textile art installations, and everything in-between. www.burdastyle.com
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
Baby Lock Educator
Sew Happy Quilting
Kaye began sewing at age eight with the encouragement of her sister, making doll clothes and purses on her grandmother’s old Singer sewing machine. From there it was on to garments, enrolling every sewing class she could in junior high and high school to improve her grade average. (the A’s in sewing made the C’s and D’s look a little better to her mom!) She always loved everything fabric-y and crafty especially if was small! That lead her to teddy bears in miniature and then naturally to quilts in miniature when there was little room left for big quilts! She discovered foundation/paper-piecing was the way to go for precision and machine quilting for speed. She enjoys sharing her knowledge, is dedicated to positive and patient instruction to help develop new skills in each student ! Kaye has won awards for her miniature quilt “Home At Last” in Ireland, Houston, Paducah, NQA in Columbus, OH and at Indiana Heritage Quilt festival. sew-happy-quilting.blogspot.com
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
Colorado Springs, CO
Jill's sewing career started at an early age – she received her first sewing machine for Christmas just after her fourth birthday. In high school, she did custom sewing and taught at fabric and sewing machine shops using original patterns. In 1992 Jill was hired by Viking Sewing Machines, Inc. as a national educator designing projects for the Viking Club and teaching at Viking World Conventions. She then became an independent educator working with many brands of sewing machines. Jill was featured in the Threads
magazine design challenge in 2000, wrote for McCall’s
magazines, designed embroideries for Cactus Punch and taught at many Expo events. Her specialties are machine knowledge and creating original designs.
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.
Early Times Workshop
Owner of Early Times Workshop, 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
Des Moines, IA
Jean Nolte was an editor for Fons & Porter for 15 years. She has recently been named New Product Development Director for the quilting community at F+W. She has been quilting for over 30 years, and enjoys designing and making quilts that will teach specific techniques. When not quilting, she also loves to knit or spend time with her family.
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
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.
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
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! www.teacherstamp.com
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
Nelly has a Master of Science in Mathematics, a passion for teaching and a love for quilting. Her love affair with quilting started in 1985 while attending graduate school at the University of Montana. Since then, she has managed to fit quilting into her life to the point it is now her most important activity. She has mastered many techniques and she is always looking for easier and more efficient ways to construct quilts. She likes taking classes and discovering new things. Quilting never gets old. There seems to be infinite paths to explore, always something else to try and something new to learn. Quilting is a creative outlet and good therapy. It makes her happy and keeps her stimulated and relaxed. Quilting gives Nelly a voice to leave a legacy. For almost fifteen years she has been sharing her knowledge as a freelance teacher. Since the fall of 2008, Nelly has taught quilt construction techniques and machine quilting for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo which takes her all over the US. She also teaches private workshops, gives lectures and does trunk shows. She designs and publishes quilting patterns and when time permits, she works on other people’s quilts using her long-arm machine. Nelly loves sharing her talent with her students and willingly encourages them to reach beyond what they consider their normal limits. She was published in the winter 2015 issue of Modern Patchwork Magazine, where four of her patterns were showcased. She continuously participates in International, National, regional and local quilt/art competitions and has won numerous awards. Nelly enjoys reading, traveling and outdoor activities. Nelly lives with her husband in Aurora, Ohio. www.artelasquilts.com
Helene's passion has always been art in any form, but she has truly fallen in love with fiber art. Her background is in fine art: drawing, painting and sculpture, and she uses this experience in creating her quilts. Although she has always viewed quilts as art, it wasn’t until recently that she discovered the blending of traditional art mediums – colored pencil, paints and inks – with quilting. Helene loves painting and working with fabric because of the versatility it lends to the artist and she likes using a variety of art mediums, along with longarm quilting, on her art quilts.
Alicia is a designer, author and sewing instructor who specializes in heirloom sewing and embroidery and serger sewing. She is the assistant editor of Classic Sewing Magazine. She has also appeared on Martha's Sewing Room and has published countless projects under the Martha Pullen Company label. Alicia has earned a following of devoted sewists through her clear and concise teaching methods while teaching both beginning and advanced techniques at events throughout the country. She is on the faculty of the Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing Program and School of Art Fashion and also teaches at the Dublin Sewing Center in Dublin, California. www.aliciawelcher.com
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