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
Juki America National Educator
Karen’s first love of sewing began with garments and home décor, a love for quilting later followed. Her love for quilting led her to become a national teaching and award winning quilter with quilts shown in both International Quilt Shows and Art Galleries. Prior to working for Juki, Karen was the owner of Karen Pharr Studios. While Karen loves quilting, her true passion is fabric; she often combines the techniques of quilting and garment construction with wonderful results.
As a national teacher, pattern designer and author, Karen loves to help students develop new fun and creative techniques which they can apply to their own sewing style. A “yes you can” attitude always flows throughout her classroom so everyone can become the stitcher they want to be. When Karen is not sewing you will find her in her kitchen testing recipes for her other passion, writing cookbooks!
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
Lisa Sipes is a self taught, award winning quilter and embroiderer whose work can been seen in several books (to be announced on the blog as they release), magazines (American Patchwork & Quilting, Generation Q, Fons & Porter, McCalls, etc) , and competitions and exhibits worldwide. She has also appeared on the television show It's Sew Easy, which airs on PBS. Lisa entered the quilting world somewhat by accident and never looked back. She learned to quilt in a most unusual way - learning to longarm machine quilt for others before making her first pieced quilt top. Lisa has an enthusiasm and passion for all things stitched and enjoys helping others turn ordinary into extraordinary. Her main specialty is making beautiful, heirloom quilts out of poorly pieced, "problem" quilt tops. Lisa takes a straight forward but laid back approach to teaching and likes to provide a classroom setting that is more like a gathering of old friends. She loves to encourage and inspire, and remind all quilters that the main objective of quilting is to have FUN! You can follow Lisa's needle adventures at thatcrazyquiltygirl.blogspot.com
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