Meet the Teachers
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Bobbie is a quilt maker who strives to keep things simple, quick, and fun. In the professional world Bobbie took difficult, stressful tasks and simplified them to teach others. She now brings these same talents into the quilting world. Physical limitations created a need to modify popular traditional quilting methods into something easy to perform. Bobbie realized that she was not alone and has shared this with others who have medical limitations and found that those without limitations enjoyed using the same techniques. What was a necessary modification for one made quilting easier and less stressful for all. Bobbie wanted to make a stained-glass quilt. Joel Bergquist hand painted fabric to be used in her quilt. She was the visionary that saw the need for Quilters Treasure to produce their own line of a commercial print of this uniquely beautiful fabric, making larger cuts and lower prices available for their commercial marble fabric. Bobbie also shares tips to be more accurate in her classes. She has been teaching and judging quilts for 19 years at most major quilt shows across the country.
Deb Canham Studio
Deb Canham has been a Sewing Educator since the 70s teaching clases in Europe and the USA. In her early days she was sponsored by the Pfaff Sewing Machine Company, Germany. She is a Palmer Pletsch Fit and Serger Instructor. Deb has spent the last 20 years working designing and working with her own factory in China and woking as a consultant to garment factories successfully improving their quality control through education and introducing system techniques. Her love of the serger was probably inevitable given the industrial nature of these machines. She sees the modern Sergers as great Creative tools an designs fun projects for the Serger and particularly enjoys the fun Decorative Threads that perform so well on these machines.
Chris has been sewing since she was ten years old, which grew into a passion for sewing of all kinds. She earned a degree in Home Economics and has created all sorts of embroidered, serged and crafty projects. For most of her professional career she worked in the non-profit sector as well as a cottage industry alternations and sewing business. For the past twenty years she has enjoyed working and teaching at a local quilt shop where she shares her love of sewing through classes specializing in the serger, and has published patterns for making creative serger projects.
Fit For Art Patterns
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Rae Cumbie is Creative Director at Fit for Art Patterns whose three core patterns yield one great wardrobe! Her coaching, blog posts, Threads articles and Sew News fitting column encourages stitchers to sew successfully: adding fun, comfortable, fabulously fitting, artful and creative additions to their wardrobe. Catch her blog, Sew! Let's Get Dressed for everything from basic sewing to artful inspiration.
The Decorating Diva
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Known as the "Decorating Diva" Pam learned early in life, while spending time on her grandparents’ farm, that making something from "scratch" was not only a way of life, but it was the better way of doing things. Holding on to those values she went from farm to fabric and has had a very successful 30+ year career as an interior designer and sewing professional. Pam offers professional drapery workroom training. As a seasoned career speaker, she travels internationally teaching her specialty techniques that have brought her years of continued business as the "Couture of Home Dec Sewing". She is the author of Pillow Talk, Cheaper by the Dozen, Got Quilts?, The Tangled Home, Hold Everything and producer of 12 Home Dec DVDs. She has designed many patterns, rulers, scissors and other sewing related notions. An interior designer by profession and a quilter by passion, Pam lives on the shore of Lake Champlain in a log home, nestled at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, where she teaches sewing retreats. Her down to earth nature, never forgetting her roots, combined with her professionalism creates a warm and creative experience.
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo
Liz has loved sewing, embroidery, quilting, and knitting for as long as she can remember. On her first day of first grade her mother gave her a stamped embroidery sampler and an enthusiastic stitcher was born. Six years of 4-H with a skilled seamstress perfected Liz’s sewing skills. These served her well when she became a home-based seamstress specializing in wedding attire and alterations while her boys were growing up.
Twenty years ago, during her first week as a sewing machine company sales associate Liz suddenly found herself teaching owners’ classes and, shortly thereafter, creative classes. She discovered that she loved teaching almost as much as sewing. As Education Coordinator and instructor for Joann Fabrics at several stores, and writing sewing curriculum for national distribution, Liz also enjoyed empowering other coordinators and instructors.
For the last twelve year as the Sales Manager for Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Liz has become a collector of fine fabrics and patterns. She still loves sewing and quilting when she is at home.
Gerke Enterprises LLC
Tammie started sewing at the age of 8 and have been hooked ever since. She has been teaching at the college level for 18 years. During all of this time she has continued to sew mainly garments but during the last 4 years she has been focusing on quilting, embroidery and starting a longarm quilting business. She teaches garment construction, embroidery and digitizing software classes, and quilting classes at stores in her area. In addition she has taught basic sewing demonstrations at her university for faculty, staff, students, and the general public. Tammie is never happier than when she is teaching others how to sew, taking an image she has for a garment and seeing it come to life, and exploring unique ways to use the longarm to make fabric or how to enhance a garment she is making with embroidery designs.
Oro Valley, AZ
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Lindee Goodall, owner of LindeeG Embroidery, is an award-winning professional digitizer with 26 years of experience in the embroidery field. With her first company, Cactus Punch, she was a frequent guest on popular PBS sewing shows and contributor to both home and commercial embroidery related magazines. Lindee has taught at numerous venues across the U.S. and Australia. She has also written articles on digitizing and embroidery techniques for many publications, including: Stitches, Threads, Creative Machine Embroidery and Designs in Machine Embroidery. She's currently a Wilcom Hatch educator, a Craftsy instructor and has authored four books: Poetry in Motion (for use the P.O.E.M.; out of print), The Embroidery Cookbook (out of print), The Anatomy of a Design: How to Think Like a Digitizer and Become a Better Embroiderer (e-book, 2009) and The Embroidery Recipe: How Your Ingredients Affect Your Results (e-book, 2018).
Lindee continues to digitize both stock designs for her website as well as custom work for other companies. She also creates YouTube videos, provides extensive information on a wide range of embroidery topics on her website at LindeeGEmbroidery.com, and contributes to conversations on various forums and social media platforms. Lindee is passionate about machine embroidery and helping others to make the best of their machine embroidery experience.
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Lori has had years of experience sewing, designing and teaching. She began her career more than 30 years ago, and has many specialties. Her desire and passion for the craft bolted her into a life long career of sharing her expertise across the United States. She owned her own business for many years, specializing in custom clothing design, construction, alterations and quilting, along with various artistic creative opportunities. Lori enjoys sharing her knowledge and excitement as she presents and teaches. She hopes to inspire and encourage all of her students as they embark upon a new journey or continue to enjoy their journey and further their skills.
Judie is a retired librarian turned knitting instructor. Since begging her mother to teach her to knit around 50 years ago, she has never stopped. Judie has been teaching at Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium, the best yarn shop east of the Mississippi (maybe west, too!) for nearly 5 years. When not knitting or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs and three daughters.
Bay Village, OH
The past 12 years Marsha has been a national educator for SVP worldwide. She is greatly loved for her enthusiasm and lively presentations while sharing masterful technical skills or the inspiration that sewers take away from her events. Using her education background she imparts an empowering "can do" attitude, opening up doors to creativity, and fun ways to embellish projects with exciting results. Student smiles at the end of her events are her reward. Marsha enjoys creating and designing garments, purses and home decor projects which incorporate a creative touch, especially through embellishment. She has had publications in Design in Machine Embroidery and Classic Sewing magazines and had appeared with Sue Hausmann on PBS and Behind the Seams, an internet sewing show through SVP.
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Monique is a collage artist of techniques – blending her respect for traditional patchwork with bobbin-work, thread painting, watercolors, felting, weaving, and often on her own hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics. Many of her compositions include three-dimensional objects with a variety of fibers and textures. Born and raised on the same farm where her grandfather grew up in Northwest Montana, she picked up the tradition of quilting from her mother. An avid quilter and teacher, her mother's work lit her creative fire, and much of what she has learned has come from playing and experimenting together. The things that Monique cherishes most from her mother's teachings are the desire to constantly discover and explore, embracing her sense of adventure, and of course, having a sense of humor. Monique owns and operates Ladybug's Cabin in Bigfork, Montana, and has designed over two dozen patterns for applique, table décor and bed quilts. She considers her patterns an invitation to explore and play, and she loves to share her fascination of color and texture in the fiber arts to inspire others to let their creativity shine.
Owings Mills, MD
Heather Kojan Quilts
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Heather has been sewing since her teens and quilting for more than 25 years. She considers herself a modern quilter, with traditional roots. Heather is the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and loves speaking to different groups and sharing the modern aesthetic. Foremost a teacher, she teaches modern quilting classes in local shops, guilds and shows across the country. Heather was a contributing author to the book Classic Modern Quilts and a featured quilter in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood. You can also find her work in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine and Modern Patchwork magazine.
Palm City, FL
Red Thread Studio
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Inspired by watching her grandma quilt and crochet when she was a girl, Jen has always loved to make things with her hands. She is extremely fond of learning new techniques, but doesn’t always have the time to sit down and sew on her machine, which is why Sashiko (Japanese Embroidery) and English Paper Piecing are the perfect fit for her. Whether she’s running to football practices or volleyball games, these mobile stitch crafts allow Jen to feed her passion for creating even when she is on the go. As an instructor and the owner of the online quilt shop Red Thread Studio, Jen hopes to connect with people around the world and inspire them with her passion for all things stitched. She invites you to join her on her journey as she explores the art of quilting and needlework.
Cedar Grove, IN
Sew Artfully Yours
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Cindy is a fun and enlightening teacher known for her incredible amount of samples and ingenious way of creating. She has been a guest on many TV shows and has traveled extensively...nationally as well as internationally, inspiring people to draw on their own creativity. She has been teaching for over 30 years and her students love her patient and understandable style. Cindy began her business Sew Artfully Yours, Inc. in 1998. In the sixteen years since, she has authored 100s of patterns, design disks and books, always designing new and interesting ways to push the limits of creating with fabric and thread. You will enjoy learning from this exciting and empowering sewing personality.
Off The Wall Quilt
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Following a nearly 20 year career as a business manager and tax professional while raising three kids with her husband in the Pacific Northwest, Julie retired to become a full time quilter and vendor at quilt shows. Now residing in Florida, Julie teaches, lectures and creates new quilt designs and templates. Her quirky humor and relaxed attitude are reflected in her presentations and not quite perfect quilts.
Sew Biz Inc.
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Donelle McAdams is the owner of SEW BIZ, Marion, Indiana. Donelle is the designer of Quick Easy Mitered Binding and Border Tools for the Sewing and Quilting industry that are sold internationally and she is also a pattern designer. Previously a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, she has been a quilt store owner for 37 years. As a Gold Accredited Teacher for Westalee Design /Sew Steady, Donelle teaches classes her love and enthusiasm for sewing and quilting is infectious. Taking a class with Donelle is guaranteed to be information-packed, inspirational and FUN! Why Westalee Design Templates? “Quilting with templates is my therapy! I find that I so completely concentrate on my project that I don’t think about other issues of life when sewing or quilting. That’s very relaxing for me.”
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.
Laura Murray Designs
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Artist, entrepreneur, teacher, and author, Laura began her experimentation with textile color and texture in 1989. Her work appears in books, magazines, quilt calendars and galleries, and includes award-winning quilts at the International Quilt Festival, and American Society of Quilters shows. Laura's passionate response to surface design resulted in designing her favorite images in a stencil collection, soon followed by a series of stamps, She has taught thousands of students how to use paintstiks on fabric, and authored books describing her special techniques using stamps, paintstiks, and fusible web to easily create seemingly complex designs without sewing. Laura Murray Designs specializes in techniques and products for quilt and garment artistry, including handcrafted silks and buttons. She and her husband Jim, travel across the U.S. to vend at large quilt and sewing shows.
Middleburg Heights, OH
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo
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. She is a designer, author and an international sewing instructor who specializes in Heirloom and children's clothing construction. Connie is a regular contributor to Classic Sewing Magazine and is on the faculty of the Martha Pullen Licensing Program, School of Art Fashion and Original Sewing & Quilt Expo.
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.
Euro-notions and SCHMETZneedles.com
Rhonda has a dream job. . . teaching sewing enthusiasts about the most important 2" piece of steel in the sewing machine – the SCHMETZ needle. During Rhonda's classes students respond with "a ha" moments and giggles as they learn needle facts. Rhonda enjoys sharing needle knowledge in classrooms and sewing shows throughout North America. She is delighted with the ingenuity and remarkable creations that sewing enthusiasts share. She publishes the monthly SCHMETZ newsletter and the inspirational e-zine, SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW. Rhonda is Marketing Director of Euro-notions and Spokesperson for SCHMETZneedles.com North America.
Catherine Redford was born in England where she learned to knit and sew as a young girl. After relocating from London to Naperville, Illinois, she learned to quilt and never looked back. She's an award-winning quilter, an active member of her local guilds, and a popular teacher at the local and national level. Catherine is a frequent magazine contributor and has enjoyed being a guest on Quilting Arts TV. She is enjoying the resurgence of interest in handwork with a new embroidery book published this fall and with two DVDs and a book on Modern Machine Quilting techniques, Catherine delights in finishing her own quilts on a domestic machine!
Grand Rapids, MI
OnPoint-TV and Quilting With Nancy
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Nancy started teaching quilting classes 27 years ago. Teaching a large variety of classes for beginners to advanced, traditional to art quilts. Teaching online or in person, her goal is to teach students the techniques to make their sewing and quilting experience enjoyable while still learning to be precise and efficient - helping to bring out the artist in everyone.
Sewing Machine Artistry
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Michelle Umlauf has made a career for herself in the sewing industry working as an independent educator. She loves to share her passion with others and enjoys sharing her knowledge. She began taking teacher certification courses with the Martha Pullen Company and Sulky of America. Today she is a Demonstrator for Clover and a National Educator for Baby Lock, Sulky of America, and Pam Damour - the Decorating Diva. She helped found and hosted the Sewing Online with Sulky webinar. Michelle enjoys traveling across the country working for one of these companies in their booths or teaching in a classroom at national expos. She also enjoys bringing classes and lecture/demos to sewing shops, quilt guilds, and online. When she is home, she enjoys spending time with her family at their home in the mountains of Maryland. Her German Shepherds and rescue kitty enjoy taking mom on nice long walks in the woods! To learn more about Michelle, lookup her Facebook page Sewing Machine Artistry and join her for a UFO Friday Live. Become one of her "Sewing Friends" at SewingMachineArtistry.com.
French European Dress Forms
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Joe Vecchiarelli, founder and president of French European 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. 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.
Nelly's love affair with quilting started in 1985 while attending graduate school at the University of Montana. One day, while walking into the University Library, she saw the most beautiful landscape quilt hanging at the entrance. She said to herself, "I have to learn to do that". Three days later she was at Geneva Cheffy's home and her life changed forever. Geneva took Nelly under her wing and opened another world for her. For over fifteen years she has been sharing her knowledge as a freelance teacher. Nelly teaches quilt construction techniques and machine quilting. Since 2008 she has taught for Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, which takes her all over the US. She also teaches private workshops, gives lectures and does trunk shows. Nelly loves sharing her talent with her students and willingly encourages them to reach beyond what they consider their normal limits. She designs and publishes quilting patterns and when time permits, she works on other people's quilts using her long-arm machine. She has had numerous patterns published in several issues of Modern Patchwork Magazine. She continuously participates in International, National, regional and local quilt/art competitions and has won numerous awards. Most recently, her work has been included in many exhibits with The Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art as well as her own solo exhibits. Nelly enjoys reading, traveling and outdoor activities. She lives with her husband in Aurora, Ohio.
Martha Pullen Company
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Alicia is a designer, author and sewing instructor who specializes in heirloom and serger sewing. She has appeared Martha's Sewing Room with Martha Pullen and has published countless projects under the Martha Pullen Company label. As a beginning and advanced instructor at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion, Martha Pullen Teacher Licensings and events throughout the country, she has earned a following of devoted sewists. She is also the Assistant Editor of and a contributing designer for Classic Sewing magazine.