The Quilters of Gee’s Bend
Keynote Lecture, Workshops and Special Exhibit
The distinct style of the quilters of Gee’s Bend has been one of the major influences on modern quilters since their first exhibition, in 2002, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Their amazingly creative quilts with bold use of color, solids and improvisation were one of the catalysts of the modern quilting movement. Their work has been showcased around the world, at the Whitney Museum, Smithsonian and on USPS stamps.
Alexia Marcelle Abegg was born in Folsom, California, on the day Mount St. Helens erupted. She has been inspired by her mother’s and father’s creativity and dedication to art throughout her life. An award-winning designer, artist, and writer, Alexia has always been fascinated with the art of sewing. She studied fashion and fine arts in college. After trying her hand at photography, production, acting, costuming, fashion design, and custom sewing, she found her home in creating fine art quilts and sewing patterns while living in Brooklyn, New York. Alexia and her husband, artist and fabric designer, Rob Bancroft, live in Nashville with their two dogs. She currently divides her time among creating sewing patterns along with her mom, designer Michelle Abegg, for their company Green Bee Design and Patterns; designing fabric for Cotton + Steel; making art; and writing.
Maura Grace Ambrose is a quilter and natural dye artist in Bastrop, Texas and the creative force behind Folk Fibers. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, American Craft Magazine, Country Living, Design Sponge and more. She’s collaborated with Levi’s and Terrain on a series of quilts and organized quilting circles at Fortune 500 corporate events. Her distinctive use of color and appreciation for traditional design result in timeless works of art. She hand-dyes fabric from homegrown and foraged sources, favoring plants native to central Texas. Each of her pieces are hand-quilted before being packaged in a heirloom cedar box. Maura regularly shares her creative process with thousands of Instagram and Facebook followers and teaches workshops on her property outside of Austin.
Cheryl is a writer, quilter, and mom. She writes and teaches on quilting, craft, creativity, food, and family. And it all comes from her dining room empire in her crowded, colourful house. From this space she wrote her first book, Sunday Morning Quilts (co-authored with Amanda Jean Nyberg) and her second book, A Month of Sundays (Stash Books, July 2013). Her third book with Stash will be released in June 2015.
Christen Barber shares her love of sewing and fabric on her blog Love By Hand, including tutorials, inspiration and sewing business advice. Beyond sewing, Christen spends her days as a Social Media Strategist for Create Digital. She has 10 years of experience in marketing, public relations and advertising agencies advising clients on branding, online marketing and social media strategy and execution, not to mention getting paid to be on Facebook all day.
Susan Beal is a craft writer in Portland, Oregon and the author of seven books, including Modern Log Cabin Quilting, Sewing for all Seasons, Bead Simple, and Button It Up. She’s also the historian for the Modern Quilt Guild, a contributing editor at Stitch magazine, and the mother of two little children, Pearl and Everett. She loves to write about sewing, quilting, and craft history on her blog, westcoastcrafty.com.
Alissa Haight Carlton
Lecturer, Panel Moderator
Alissa Haight Carlton lives in Los Angeles and is co-founder and Executive Director of the Modern Quilt Guild. She has written two books, Modern Minimal and Block Party, which she co-authored. She released a fabric line, Modern Solids, with In the Beginning Fabrics in late 2013. When not quilting, she works casting Project Runway. You can see her work on her blog.
Vanessa of V and Co. has been featured and published in numerous magazines, and books. You can see her on a few popular quilt and craft shows, and even has her own Craftsy class called “Sewing texture”. She designs quilt, bag, and home good patterns and designs fabric collections for Moda Fabrics. Her fabrics are known for high saturation tone on tone color, and her gradient ombré fabrics. You can find her thread collections with Aurifil threads, and is a BERNINA sewing machine ambassador. Vanessa enjoys traveling and teaching classes based off her Book “Make it Sew Modern” and from her patterns. When she’s not sewing, she is with her family. Vanessa and her husband have 4 children together that keeps them busy. Just recently Vanessa and her family said goodbye to their original stomping ground of the West Coast and now find themselves in the Midwest. They are loving the area with it’s nice people, great schools, and down to earth atmosphere. They are getting used to the winters, and the crazy weather, and the lack of mountains and ocean. The family likes to take road trips to explore this new to them area, and Vanessa often times writes about their funny experiences on her popular blog and also likes to give step by step how to’s and fun tips on the blog as well. Please visit the blog for updates on the family and new fabric happenings at www.VanessaChristenson.com
The highest rated instructor at QuiltCon 2013 by attendees, Susan K Cleveland is known for her enthusiasm and clever solutions to quilting’s challenges. Her quilts are unique and contemporary with a hint of tradition. She’s designed and created award-winning quilts, authored books, invented tools, been published in magazines such as Modern Quilts Unlimited, has appeared on TV and internet shows and is thrilled to be a part of QuiltCon again! Learn more about Susan on her website, http://www.piecesbewithyou.com/.
Journalist Meg Cox is a recognized authority on current quilting trends, writing regular columns for multiple quilt magazines, and occasional quilt articles for The Wall Street Journal. A passionate quilter for more than 20 years, she wrote the go-to resource Bible for the craft, The Quilter’s Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide (Workman Publishing). Meg serves as president of the national nonprofit Quilt Alliance, whose mission is to preserve and share the stories of quilts and quilters. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and son. Learn more at megcox.com.
WorkshopsKim Eichler-Messmer is an Assistant Professor at the Kansas City Art Institute and runs the Kansas City Textile Studio, a small community based textile art center. Her book “Modern Color: An Illustrated Guide to Dyeing Fabric for Modern Quilts” was published in the fall of 2013. Kim’s hand dyed, one of a kind quilts have been shown nationally and featured in prominent design blogs. She is a self-proclaimed color nerd and friend of cats.
Amy Ellis is an author, designer, quilter, blogger, wife and mom to four. Her books include Modern Basics, Modern Basics II, and Modern Neutrals, and has contributed to a number of other books. She lives with her family in a small town in the Utah mountains, where the hot summers and cold winters are a great excuse to stay inside and sew! Amy writes a regular column in Quilty magazine about quilting on your home sewing machine, and posts regularly at www.amyscreativeside.com.
Cristy Fincher was born with a love for all things sewing. Cristy, and her mom, Master Quilter, Sharon Schamber, made their first quilt together, 20 years ago. This took their love of sewing into the world of quilting, where it has flourished. Cristy became a school teacher, married, and started her own family. Her passion for teaching quilting grew, and 10 years ago, she opened her online store, www.PurpleDaisiesLLC.com, where she focuses on sewing and quilting education. In 2007, Cristy and Sharon co-authored “Piece-By-Piece: Machine Applique”, which features many of Cristy’s original designs. Cristy has spent her lifetime learning about all aspects of sewing and quilting from her amazing mother. Cristy is passing on Sharon’s legacy of techniques through teaching local, regional and national quilting classes. Cristy also shares her own tutorials, and time saving techniques, on her blog www.sewmuchlikemom.com.
Carolyn Friedlander is a quilt and fabric designer working from her hometown of Lake Wales, Florida, an environment she enjoys for its warm weather, few distractions, and potent community of quilters and crafters. In her work, she draws inspiration from features of the Florida landscape—its long leaf pines, palmettos, water, scrub land, sand—as well as her background in architecture. You can follow Carolyn and her work on her website and blog.
Since discovering quilting five years ago, Jacquie has become a passionate quilt maker and designer. She is known for her “out of the box” designs and unique style. She is the co-author of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. She blogs and shares her quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio, and lives in downtown Chicago with her husband and black lab, Bruno. Learn more at tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com.
Alison Glass is a surface designer living in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Her love of the combination of color and shape make fiber design a perfect fit. She designs fabric for Andover Fabrics, creates patterns and art prints, teaches within the industry, and is the author of Alison Glass Appliqué. Alison is passionate about the ideas of making choices that are consistent with who a person is and living in the present.
Rhonda, a.k.a. “The Gardening Yogini,” has more than a decade of
yoga teaching experience. Her teaching is grounded in the ashtanga vinyasa tradition and then opens and expands from there. Rhonda is able to share a depth of knowledge with the seasoned yoga practitioner as well as beginners. she holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of South Florida, is an organic urban gardener and a loving mother of a beautiful daughter. Learn more at facebook.com/gardeningyogini
Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught quilter from Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the bestselling The Practical Guide to Patchwork, Modern Patchwork, and the popular blog ohfransson.com.
LUKE is an artist to watch. He is up-and-coming while continuing to innovate and design new ways to create art. His work is currently in the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum and the Headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation just to name a few. He shows across the country and internationally. Haynes has lived in 14 states, he is currently living in Los Angles California. He studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York and considers his fabric art to be an architectural method of images creation. His works can be classified as quilts since they follow the traditional methods of construction, but they are much more. His concepts and images pull from the annals of historical painting and sculpture but are also allowed to pull from craft and the domestic since the medium is atypical, this allows for pieces that have multi layers of visual as well as conceptual intrigue.
Lee Heinrich is a quilt designer, author, and blogger. Her book “Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks“—co-authored with Faith Jonesand Katie Clark Blakesley—is available from Interweave Press. Lee also has her own line of quilt patterns, and her work has appeared in magazines such as Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts, Quilt Magazine, and Quiltmaker. Lee loves the burgeoning area of “modern traditionalism” and wants to help quilters think outside the grid when it comes to traditional blocks. Her blog can be found at www.freshlypieced.com.
Anna Maria Horner
To many people, the Anna Maria brand means color and inspiration in the form of craft, sewing, needlework, books, patterns, kits and friendly how-to. Since 2006, her ever-growing library of fabrics has delighted and adorned creative souls around the globe. Constantly setting the bar higher in material choices, the industry has come to rely on Anna Maria to provide gorgeous new lines as well as to inspire clever ways to use them. She works from her home studio in Nashville, Tennessee, where she makes a home with her husband Jeff, seven children and a pair of yellow labs.
Lizzy House is a printmaker, fabric designer, author, and educator. She has released seven lines of fabric, including one of her latest for Andover, “Hello Pilgrim.” Lizzy has designed a series of quilt patterns and is the author of the book How to Enter the World of Textile Design. She has a BFA in Printmaking and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. When Lizzy isn’t printing, designing fabric, writing, or teaching, she can usually be found curled in a small ball asleep on an airplane. And no, she doesn’t want any peanuts. Learn more at lizzyhouse.com.
Rossie Hutchinson is an award-winning modern quilter. Perhaps best known for founding and moderating the Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts, she also writes a popular quilting blog and regularly contributes her quilt patterns to books and magazines. Her quilts have appeared in American Quilter, Quilting with a Modern Slant, Best Modern Quilts, 101 Patchwork Projects, andModern Quilts Unlimited. Rossie lives in Michigan with her husband, dogs, and enormous library of crafts books. She is a lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan and Program Coordinator for Camp Stitchalot.
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Leslie Tucker Jenison is an award-winning artist and maker who works with cloth and paper. Surface design using dye and paint are frequently part of her work, which has been shown internationally. She has written and been featured in numerous publications, has made several appearances on Quilting Arts TV, and has produced a surface design workshop dvd for Interweave. Leslie serves on the board of the San Antonio Modern Quilt guild (Hot Tamales!) and the Quilt Alliance. She is one-half of the curating partnership of “Dinner At Eight Artists” along with Jamie Fingal. Leslie is pretty sure she has never met a quilt she didn’t love. When she is not quilting Leslie enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, traveling, and is a private pilot. She is married and has 3 daughters, all artists. Life is good! Learn more at leslietuckerjenison.com.
Yoshiko Jinzenji is an internationally renowned Quilt artist and teacher
based in Kyoto, Japan. Her studio,the Grass House, is based in Bali, Indonesia. Known for her unique minimal and low volume quilts, Yoshiko is consistently cited as a major influence of modern quilters. In 1979, she received the provincial award by the Ontario Craft Council in Canada. She has exhibited throughout Japan and the world. Yoshiko’s quilts are in the permanent collections the New England Quilt Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Apencer Museum of Art, International Quilt Study Center & Museum, and the Museum of Art and Design. Learn more at yoshikoquilt.com.
Heather Jones is a designer and self-taught quilter who lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two young children. She is the founder and former president of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild, a three-time winner of the MQG’s Project Modern Challenges, and a finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Heather recently finished her first solo publication with STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books that is scheduled for a fall 2015 release.
Katy Jones wears many hats – blogger, author, presenter of Quilt Monkey on QNNTV.com, and now editor of a UK based quilting mag, Quilt Now. She’s British, she’s passionate about the community we are part of and she wants to hang out with you. Coming to QuiltCon in 2015 has her ridiculously excited, and she can’t wait to meet you all!
Bill Kerr co-founded Modern Quilt Studio (previously FunQuilts) along with his wife, Weeks Ringle in 1999. Bill and Weeks wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop, as well as Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts. They also co-authored a book with their daughter Sophie entitled A Kid’s Guide to Sewing. In 2011 they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. Their work has appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts Japan, Australian Quilter’s Companion, Dwell, O: The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, and Country Living. Bill and Weeks also design several lines a year for Andover Fabrics and license their designs to other manufacturers as well. Bill is also head of the Department of Art, Art History and Graphic Design at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
Starting in the family business in 1989, Mickey Krueger has seen both revolution and evolution in the American textile industry. In 1997 Mickey began the transformation of Baum Textiles to a leader among those companies providing for the needs of retailers in the craft fabric arena. Now as president of Windham Fabrics Mickey oversees the talented team that brings fabrics to this thriving marketplace. In the day-to-day experience of running the company one of the responsibilities that continues to be his favorite is the opportunity to identify and work with the gifted designers that help make Windham’s fabric so special.
Penny is an accomplished paper piecer who designs and teaches. She is author of The Paper Pieced Home, which is due out in Dec 2014 and is one of the co-authors of The Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making. She has been published in a variety of magazines including: Stitch, 101 Patchwork Projects, and Modern Quilts Unlimited. She has also been published in several other books, including Pillow Pop, Modern Blocks, Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts and Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects. In addition to her blog, she is half of the paper piecing pattern shop and blog “Sew-Ichigo” for which she designs and sells original patterns.
Celina is an Argentine textile designer whose roots, culture, and background from her lovely Buenos Aires are the imprint of her designs, style, and her life. In 2009 following her passion for preserving the handcrafted work of textile making she decided to start her own company and explore outside of the industry standards. She has been influenced by organic fibers and eco-friendly notions turning her vision into a sustainable product. Her collections are 100% linen, hand-screen printed at her studio in Tampa and sewed with organic cotton thread. Celina treasures her clear-cut linens for the satisfaction she gets from working with her hands. You can learn more about Celina at http://www.celinamancurti.com/.
Amy Marson has been the publisher at C&T Publishing for 10 years. An avid crafter, quilter and fabric lover, she is also an executive with a strong background in sales, marketing, production, acquisitions and IT. When Amy is not leading the team at C&T Publishing, you can find her passing on her love of quilting to the next generation of quilters. She is a quilt evangelist in every way. Amy recently lead C&T in the creation, implementation and marketing of Stash Books. She is delighted to
have published books by Alissa Haight Carlton, Kristen Lejnieks, Elizabeth Hartman, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Angela Walters, Kim Kight, Amanda Jean Nyberg, Cheryl Akrson and many more modern quilters. Amy
can be reached at email@example.com.
Johanna Masko is an award-winning quilt designer, instructor and is the author of a growing line of quilt patterns. Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now makes her home in Toronto. Johanna considers herself both a creative quilter and a technical quilter in equal measures. Her stash is, shall we say, “extensive.”
Sarah Nishiura is a Chicago based quiltmaker who utilizes traditional techniques to craft quilts out of recycled and vintage materials. Her quilts have been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries including the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, and will be featured at the Yokohama Quilt Fest in Yokohama, Japan in fall 2014. Sarah’s work has been profiled in Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Daily Candy, Chicago Magazine as well as numerous other publications and blogs. Sarah has an MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a BA in visual arts from Brown University. More information about Sarah’s studio practice can be found at: http://www.sarahnishiura.com/
Weeks Ringle co-founded Modern Quilt Studio (previously FunQuilts) along with her husband, Bill Kerr in 1999. Bill and Weeks wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop, as well as Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts. They also co-authored a book with their daughter Sophie entitled A Kid’s Guide to Sewing. In 2011 they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. Their work has appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts Japan, Australian Quilter’s Companion, Dwell, O: The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, and Country Living. Weeks and Bill design several lines a year for Andover Fabrics and license their designs to other manufacturers as well. Weeks teaches the Craftsy course, Designing Modern Quilts and writes the blog Craft Nectar.
A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has changed the way we think about quilts. Intrigued by the rich historical nature of quilts and inspired by beauty born of necessity, Denyse adds her distinctive aesthetic sensibility – clean, spare lines, rich color and bold graphics – to this rich art form. Though firmly rooted in the techniques of American quilt-making, Denyse Schmidt is renowned for her fresh, offbeat approach to design and color and has won acclaim from the worlds of art, design and craft. As author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts (Chronicle Books, 2005) and Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (STC Craft, 2012); fabric designer for FreeSpirit and Fabric Traditions; and teacher of a series of popular improvisational patchwork piecing workshops; Denyse continues to inspire with her witty take on tradition. Denyse’s studio is located in a historic factory building in Bridgeport, Connecticut. For more information, visit dsquilts.com.
Lisa Sipes is a self-taught, award winning Gammill Quilting Artist whose work has been seen in several books, magazines, television series, competitions and exhibits worldwide. Lisa entered the quilting world somewhat by accident and never looked back….. she learned to longarm machine quilt for others before making her first pieced quilt top. Her 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 or check her schedule and portfolios on her website at thatcrazyquiltygirl.com.
Lecturer, Special Exhibit Tour
Bill Volckening calls himself a quilt magnet. He has collected quilts for 25 years, and his collection includes approximately 250 outstanding examples made between 1760 and present day. Bill studied art and photography at Rhode Island School of Design, School of Visual Arts, New York University, and the International Center of Photography. Quilts from his collection have been exhibited and published worldwide. Bill is originally from New Jersey, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Since learning how to quilt from her husband’s grandparents 10 years ago, Angela has been in love with the art of quilting. She purchased her first quilting machine 10 years ago and has been quilting professionally, teaching and giving trunk shows ever since. She loves traditional quilting but has found her niche quilting modern quilts and helping other learn how to adapt their quilting designs for modern quilts. Angela quilts from her home studio and blogs at Quilting Is My Therapy. Learn more at quiltingismytherapy.com.
Betz White is a designer and author of three books, Warm Fuzzies, the go-to book on recycled felting, Sewing Green, presenting projects made from thrift-store finds and earth-friendly fabrics, and Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew and Bestow, releasing in Fall 2014.
Betz draws her inspiration from vintage shapes, elements of nature and everyday objects. Her bold aesthetic combined with her education in apparel design results in a unique offering of projects for the modern sewer. Visit Betz at www.betzwhite.com
Krista lives and works as a long arm quilter in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Painting. Influenced as a painter by the shapes that exist in the negative space beyond the subject, Krista draws inspiration in quilting from this same focus. She has been quilting professionally for nine years as well as designing patterns for digital quilting systems. She is eagerly shifting her attention towards teaching and sharing her passion for quilting with others. She works out of her garden studio where she quilts on a Gammill Classic Plus, with the occasional assist of her Intelliquilter.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City based award winning quilter, fabric & thread designer, author of 15 Minutes of Play & a new book coming Jan 2015! (C&T Publishing), Founder of NYC MOD quilters, Board member of the International Quilt Association, the Quilt Alliance, and runs several community drives with BumbleBeansBASICS. She currently is also the Modern Contributor to the Quilt Life magazine. She is excited to share her series of 12 Double Wedding Ring Quilts, incluing QuiltCon 2013 Best in Show, “Double Edged Love”, starting June 2013 at the Wisconsin Quilt museum, and on the the International Quilt Study Center April 2015.
Sherri Lynn Wood
Sherri Lynn Wood lives in Oakland, CA where she improvises quilts as a life practice and blogs about it at Daintytime.net. She has an MFA from Bard College and received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors in 2012. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and a former instructor at Penland School of Craft. Her first book, The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters, will be available from STC Craft/Abrams in the Spring of 2015.
Casey York received her formal training in art history before turning to design. She is an avid quilter and designer, drawing her inspiration from masterpieces of the past as well as the contemporary world. Two of her quilts were included in the inaugural QuiltCon quilt show in 2013. Casey has released several stand alone patterns, and her work has been featured in Modern Quilts Unlimited, Interweave Stitch, and Generation Q. Her first book, Modern Appliqué Illusions, was released by Stash Books in fall, 2014. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and two sons. To learn more about Casey, please visit her website or her blog.
Nancy Zieman—author, designer, businesswomen, producer, blogger and national sewing authority—is the host of the popular show Sewing With Nancy®, which appears exclusively on public television stations across the United States and Canada. Nancy has written numerous how-to sewing and quilting books, and has recently released her new autobiography, Seams Unlikely. She designs patterns for the New York-based McCall Pattern Company, designs sewing and quilting products for Clover Needlecraft, Inc., and also writes an interactive blog.