Featured Sherri Lynn Wood
SHERRI LYNN WOOD is an artist, teacher, maker, and author of The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters (2015, Abrams). She is based in Oakland, CA and has been improvising quilts as a creative life practice for twenty-five years. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, and a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow. Teaching credits include Penland School of Craft, Quiltcon, and numerous modern and traditional guilds across the country and internationally.
Daisy is an award-winning quilter, pattern designer, and artist who resides just south of Oslo in Nesodden, Norway. She is the Communications Coordinator for the Studio Art Quilt Associates, a founding member of the Quilt Theory design group, and her quilts have been featured in many magazines and the book Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century.
Kristin Axtman hails from a long line of makers and do-it-yourselfers. Her quilt collection includes those made by her grandpa, grandma, mom, sister, and herself. For most of her professional life, she was an Organizational Development Consultant, using behavioral psychology to re-design organizations. Kristin’s zest for life experience has landed her working in positions varying from Head of School to Deckhand, with a few stops in between as Sea Kayak Instructor, Book Editor, Prison Work Crew Supervisor, and Fresca Girl. She launched her business, Brooklyn Haberdashery, in 2016. When she is not playing with fabric, she enjoys tasting her way through the world; combing flea markets; and gardening with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York.
Eva D. Birch
Eva has been a Professional Longarm Quilter for 10 years. She’s been teaching both locally and nationally for the past 4 years. Eva teaches Longarm Classes as well as Applique/piecing Classes. She has received several national awards for both client quilts and her own. Her work has been published in several quilting publications. She’s co-authored the book “Applique for Modern Beginners and self-published “Lines Re-Defined”.
Sarah Bond comes from a family of quiltmakers stretching back to the early nineteenth century. She has been quilting since her early twenties and loves immersing herself in quilts and quilt books, looking for new ideas. She is obsessed with shape, pattern and color and while her inspirations are often classic and traditional, she renders her own work with a modern or contemporary flair. She loves nothing better than being in a room full of quilters because the creativity that is generated is so intoxicating. Her mission when teaching is to break quilts down to their components to demystify them so that students can master those components, bend them to their will and design their own masterpieces. Sarah grew up in Chicago but now lives in Philadelphia with her family and three cats.
Cheryl Brickey currently lives in South Carolina, spending her days writing patent applications for a chemical and textile company and nights quilting after her two children are in bed. She is the author of the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book and has had her work published in major quilt magazines and shown in international quilt shows. Her quilt, Warp and Weft, won 1st place at QuiltCon 2017 in the AQS 9-Patch Challenge category. Cheryl enjoys all aspects of quilting, especially designing quilt patterns and quilt math. Cheryl is very active in both her local modern quilt guild (Greenville Modern Quilt Guild) and online through her blog Meadow Mist Designs.
Rhea Butler lives in Midcoast Maine with her husband Oliver and son Bert. She began working at Alewives Fabrics as a teenager, and in 2004 her family purchased the business from friend and mentor Maia Hart. Along the way, she earned her degree in Graphic Design from the Butera School of Art on Beacon Street in Boston and also worked at the Cambridge Quilt Shop in Arlington, MA. Known for unique fabric combinations and a passion for fussy-cutting, on any given day you can find her in her garden, by the beach, or in her sewing room.
Megan Callahan began her sewing career in her 7th grade home economics class with a very ill-fitting pair of shorts. In a past life she utilized her undergraduate degree by perhaps serving you coffee at a Starbucks in the Greater Seattle or Portland area. Now she spends her time designing, sewing, and technical editing quilty related goodness in her Southern California home that is set at a firm 75 degrees.
Christina Cameli loves getting quilters excited to try new things. She believes in experimentation and trusting your instincts, and her students enjoy her gentle encouraging nature. Christina is the author of the books First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting and Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting and teaches online classes on Craftsy.com. She works part-time as a nurse-midwife and lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
In a previous life, Jen probably sold you a pair of jeans at The Gap. Today you’ll find her covered in thread and searching down the latest inspiration for a quilt. A self proclaimed master at curves, she finds pleasure in creating quilts with secondary patterns that make you stop and wonder. Originally from Utah, Jen found her way to Portland, OR via Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Seattle. While Portland is amazing, she misses the dry desert and the Rocky Mountains. Jen has a love for: cats, cats on quilts, cats wearing costumes, baking, sewing, gin rummy, fabric, Vespa’s, and the Oxford Comma. Jen has no love for: Radio Head (she knows), socks, wool (she’s allergic), Candyland, and being called Jenny.
Marjorie Childress loves quilts. Her first collection was a stack of classic southern scrap quilts sitting on her grandmother’s bed in the 1980s. But it wasn’t until a decade or so later, with the advent of the internet, that she began collecting in earnest. Marjorie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she works as a public affairs journalist. When she’s not working or enjoying the great outdoors, she’s often hunting for her next great quilt. Since 2000, she’s assembled a collection of more than 300 quilts, spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, many made from clothing, wool and denim, often patched. Hallmarks of the collection are improvisation, texture and a narrative quality resonant of the history of their (often anonymous) makers. More about the collection can be found at www.anonymousquilt.com.
Miriam has had a lifelong love affair with textiles. It all began at a young age when her mother taught her to hand embroider. Growing up in a house of makers she was encouraged to go after her love of creating art. She attended Maryland Institute Collage of Art, majoring in Fiber Art. In school, she taught herself to sew and never stopped. After graduation, she began her adventure into the fabric world - her many roles have included fashion designer, manager of a modern quilt store, co-owner of a long arm quilting business, fabric sales representative, and most recently as an educator for Janome. While working for Janome she was introduced to machine embroidery. At first, she was hesitant to embrace this new technique, but once she saw that it could fit into her aesthetic she didn’t look back. She is now on a personal mission to show the modern community what machine embroidery can do. She has won several local and international awards for her quilts and fashion design.
Violet Craft, pattern designer, licensed textile designer for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, momma, wife, friend and maker. I was born in the Old West where I pursued my education in business and finance. The start of my career in software development brought me to the Pacific Northwest where I bagged my man, feathered my nest and stitched it all together. Drawn to art, craft and make-ing, the birth of my first daughter compelled me to ditch my corporate career and seek out my passion. My children's apparel line, Kung Fu Bambini, reached boutiques in 2004. My first fabric collection debuted with Michael Miller Fabrics in Spring 2011 along with the first Violet Craft Sewing Patterns. The first Abstractions pattern, Forest Abstractions, released in 2014. I teach sewing and design workshops which are often influenced by my awesomely nerdy former career through Foundation Paper Piecing, English Paper Piecing, curved piecing and other techniques.
Tia Curtis began her quilting journey as a creative outlet when she was an Army Nurse stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. She took a class offered at the post craft shop, and has had a project under her needle ever since. Quilting was always Tia’s favorite part. She loved the illustrative art that could pour out of her machine as she quilted. Her first Long Arm was a second hand Gammill Supreme. It was massive and took up her garage in Texas. She loved how almost the entire quilt could be seen as she quilted. She now quilts with a slightly smaller Gammill but her creativity is as limitless as ever. Tia Curtis currently lives in Kansas with her husband and three children. She is an award winning quilter, quilt designer and teacher whose work has been featured in numerous books and magazines. She spends her days quilting and thinking up fun classes so she can share her love of quilting with the world.
Kim Eichler-Messmer learned how to sew when she was 10 when she made a quilt with her dad out of their old shirts. In college she studied engineering, Spanish, Portuguese, drawing, and printmaking before realizing her love of textiles in a screen-printing yardage class. She went on to receive an MFA in Textiles and is currently an Associate Professor in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her hand dyed, one of a kind quilts have been shown nationally in numerous exhibitions and featured on prominent design blogs including Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge. Kim is the author of “Modern Color: An Illustrated Guide to Dyeing Fabric for Modern Quilts” and her work has been included in “Quilting with a Modern Slant” by Rachel May, “The Essential Guide To Modern Quilt Making” edited by Heather Grant, and “The Uppercase Compendium of Craft and Creativity” by Janine Vangool.
Season Evans is a self-taught quilter and is influenced by the traditional quilt patterns she saw growing up in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Her quilts are rooted in the simple beauty and utilitarian craftsmanship of traditional quilts and shaped in form and function by modern techniques. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the country. Season is an active member of the MQG in Seattle, WA, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
Sarah Fielke is a quilter, teacher, designer, and author of seven hugely successful quilt books including Old Quilts New Life, Hand Quilted with Love and Little Quilts (published by CICO Books). Based in Australia, Sarah has designed seven quilting fabric collections in her trademark whimsical designs. She currently designs with Windham Fabrics in the United States. Sarah has thread collections with Aurifil.
Sarah teaches regular patchwork classes in Sydney, and often teaches interstate and overseas in USA, New Zealand, the UK and Europe. You can find all the details of her latest classes on her blog and website, or email her to ask for a class list if you would like her to visit your local shop or group.
Shruti lives in Sangli, a quaint little town in India. She loves getting up early (4 am), making quilts and teaching! Her favorites are quilts that break rules and she enjoys teaching surprisingly easy ways of making quilts. She also loves helping Creative Women Entrepreneurs start and grow successful home-based businesses.
Tara Faughnan is a professional freelance textile designer and quilter living and working in Oakland, CA. She started to quilt around 2001 and along the way, her love of quilting led to school and a career in textile design, with clients including Michael Miller Fabrics and Pottery Barn Kids. Tara draws inspiration from the simple bold geometry of antique quilts, the gorgeous bright colors of textiles from around the world, and the freedom and spontaneity found in unconventional quilts. She uses simple geometry, complex color interaction and always strives to find the line that exists somewhere between harmony and discord.
Mary Fons is a writer, quilter, and television host with ten years of experience across many project in the U.S. quilt industry. She currently serves on the board of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and is a sought-after teacher and lecturer who appears nationwide at quilt events large and small. Mary has curated quilt exhibits for Quilts, Inc., and the Modern Quilt Guild; in April 2019, she will debut her latest quilt exhibition, Patchwork : City, at the Chicago Design Museum. Her articles on quilt history and quilt culture in America have appeared in numerous periodicals, including Curated Quilts, Modern Patchwork, and Quiltfolk, where she serves as editorial director. Mary lives in downtown Chicago and is never leaving.
Carolyn Friedlander is a designer working from her hometown of Lake Wales, Florida, an environment she enjoys for its warm weather, few distractions, and potent community of creative folk. 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 (carolynfriedlander.com) and blog (carolynfriedlander.com/blog).
Amy Friend is a former museum curator who currently spends her days designing patterns, quilting and sewing. Paper piecing, as well as modern quilt design, bring her the most joy. Her work has been published in several magazines and collaborative books. Her first book, Intentional Piecing, was published by Lucky Spool in spring 2016. Shortly after, in 2017, she completed her second book, Improv Paper Piecing. She joined Contempo, a division of Benartex, LLC as a designer in 2017. You can follow her creative path on her blog, www.duringquiettime.com. Amy lives in an old home built in 1835 in Massachusetts with her husband and three children.
In her earlier career, Yvonne worked as an aerospace engineer until April 2014 when she radically redesigned her life to focus on her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Her company name, Quilting Jetgirl, is a blend of her professional histories and the tagline “Sewing at the Speed of Sound” is a nod to her work on the second privately funded (non-government) vehicle to break the sound barrier. Yvonne is a Quilter, Designer, Tech Editor, and Blogger with a love for monochromatic minimal quilts. She often explores transparency in her designs and considers being transparent as a life challenge: removing the sense of needing to live behind a veil of secrecy and living fully and authentically.
Debbie’s mission is to add a little beauty to the world and to help others do the same. Her current work focuses on abstract, minimal, modern wall quilts, often in black and white solids. In 2017, she completed a 100 Day Project making a finished 10″ mini quilt every day for 100 days. View the completed quilts on her website or on Instagram at #100daydg. For 2018, Debbie completed a 100 Day Project called 100 Days of Improv Appliqué. A lifelong sewist and maker, Debbie's work has been exhibited at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, QuiltCon and the American Quilter’s Society and has been published in many books and magazines. Debbie’s book, Lines by Design Quilts, (Fons & Porter) was published in early 2016. Debbie is active on Instagram (@debbiegrifka) and Facebook (@eschhousequilts) and can be found online at eschhousequilts.com. Debbie is past President of the Ann Arbor (MI) Modern Quilt Guild and a member of the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.
Sandra Johnson’s creative journey started when she attended her first quilt class at 15. Since then, she has grown to love hand stitching using the traditional Japanese sashiko and boro embroidery styles, and incorporates these as a decorative feature in many of her designs. Sandra’s work has been featured in several national magazines, including Simply Moderne and Altered Couture.
Sandra offers positive feedback her students’ creative decisions and their developing skills. By the end of class, each student will be able to think creatively about how to express their life experiences through the projects they create.
Sandra hold a B.S. in Clothing, Textiles and Design from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. She lives in Orange County, California where she teaches weekly quilting and sewing classes at local colleges.
Nydia Kehnle is best known for her quilting and embroidery. Her modern sense of style and color have helped her to win multiple awards and publications for her self-designed quilts. Her work can be found in Scraps Inc. Vol 2, The Modern Quilt Guild – Modern Quilts and Rock Solid. Nydia has an excellent eye for design and has photographed multiple quilting books for Lucky Spool Media. Nydia loves teaching her unique quilting techniques and has had the opportunity to teach at big events such as Camp Stitchalot and QuiltCon. When she isn’t in her sewing room, Nydia can be found in the garden tending to her dahlias. Be sure to follow Nydia on Instagram (@nydiak) to see photos of her beautiful work, adorable children and puppy, Mabel.
Kimberly Kight is one of the founding designers of Cotton + Steel Fabrics. She draws from her collection of quirky vintage fabrics in creating her collections. She founded the blog True Up (2008-2013), which kept the quilting and sewing community informed of new fabrics and trends. She is the author of A Field Guide to Fabric Design (Stash Books, 2011).
Karen is a screen printer, author of Screen Printing at Home, a Robert Kaufman fabric designer and quilter. Her work is regularly seen in Love Patchwork and Quilting and Quilt Now magazines. As well as running workshops in her home in Leeds, she has taught at the Fat Quarterly Retreat and around the UK, as well as in Denmark and the US and is one third of the UK team The Thread House. Karen always had a passion for textiles, pattern and color and after a brief silkscreen printing course in 2011, she set about teaching herself more about this technique in order to design her own fabric. Karen’s obsession with screen printing set in and soon she was printing and designing all day every day perfecting her skills. She was using her fabrics in her own work as well as selling to other quilters and crafters. In 2014 Karen brought out her first book Screen Printing at Home, teaching the reader all they need to know and what to do to produce great screen prints from the kitchen table.
Laura McDowell Hopper
Laura McDowell Hopper is the Curator of the Pick Museum of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University where she curates a collection of objects from around the world with a special focus on textiles. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and museum studies, as well as a Certificate in Textile Preservation. Laura is also a quilter who uses her love of music as inspiration for her minimalist quilt designs. You can follow her work on her website or on Instagram @sonicstitches. She is a BERNINA Ambassador, an Aurifil Artisan, and a board member of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild.
Lee Chappell Monroe
Lee has been creating since she first discovered crayons at age 2! She’s from a family of quilters and learned everything from her mother, affectionately known as The Guru. She loves all things fabric—from zippy pouch to queen size quilt—and everything in between. With a love of color and bold graphic shapes, Lee enjoys designing patterns and teaching all types of classes, while sharing her adventures on her blog, www.maychappell.com. She is a trained graphic designer which shows in her aesthetic. Her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Quiltmaker & Modern Patchwork. Lee is BERNINA Ambassador and a Craftsy instructor. She is an active member of the Triad Modern Quilt Guild. Lee lives in beautiful North Carolina with Mack the Chihuahua.
Nicole Neblett is an award-winning modern quiltmaker, designer, instructor, and blogger. Nicole was introduced to traditional quilt making in 2001 by a prolific quilter who taught classes in her home. Years later, Nicole would discover modern quilting through the internet and fall in love. Nicole enjoys infusing her quilts with bold and bright colors and graphic designs. Her work incorporates modern design elements with traditional and improvisational techniques to create quilts that fuse the traditional with the contemporary. Her quilts have been featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting, Modern Patchwork, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Quilting Arts, and Lucky Spools’ Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making. Her workshops allow participants the chance to actively engage in modern quilt making techniques in a supportive and encouraging environment.
Sarah Nishiura is a Chicago based quiltmaker who utilizes traditional techniques to craft quilts out of recycled and vintage materials. Inspired by numerous textile traditions including 19th and early 20th century American Quilts, Sarah's work explores and celebrates the infinite possibilities of geometric design. Her quilts have been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad and are featured in private, corporate, and public art collections throughout the United States. 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/
Heidi Parkes loves quilting because of the meditative quality of handwork, the ability to infuse meaning in a quilt, and the portability and affordability of the medium. A resident of Milwaukee, WI, she is frequently found at the WI Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art. Heidi is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, her love for travel, mending, and her study and practice of yoga. Heidi is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a 2016 QuiltCon 1st place winner in Handwork & 2nd place in Improv, an artist in many mediums, and a former high school art teacher. Heidi is also a yoga teacher. As a quilter, Heidi turns to yoga for the physical stamina and restoration of her body, and for inspiration when developing the philosophical intentions behind her art. Join her on Instagram at @heidi.parkes.
Ginny Robinson began quilting in 2009, inspired by her grandmother, who was born into a long, unbroken line of Kansas quilters. Ginny is also a writer and a teacher who thinks she's so lucky anytime she gets to take two or three of these identities for a spin together. Often letting her knowledge of poetry inform her design choices, she finds inspiration in the way craft traditions can "speak" to each other. Of all quilty things, she really loves applique the most because, at its best, it's forgiving, a trait she seeks more and more in everything. She lives in North Carolina with her family and the best community of quilters anyone could ask for.
Jodi Robinson has been a quilter for the past 22 years and has been a professional longarm quilter for 21 years. She is a Gammill Quilt Artist, and has been teaching nationally for the past 13 years. Jodi has won numerous national awards for her machine quilting skills, including the awards for Best Modern Quilt at multiple AQS Shows, and the Outstanding Modern Quilt Award at the Road to California show. In addition to teaching, Jodi designs pantograph designs, has self-published nine machine quilting design books, and provides professional longarm quilting services to her clients. Jodi’s books and classes focus on using quick and easy methods to create beautiful, machine quilting designs that will personalize, and make your quilting unique. You can visit her blog at: jrdesigns.wordpress.com.
Sylvia Schaefer is a pattern designer and award-winning quilter. She holds a Ph.D. in Marine Science, and her background in science often inspires her quilt designs, both directly and indirectly. Her quilts and patterns have been published in magazines including Modern Patchwork, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Machine Quilting Unlimited, and the MQG Quilt of the Month program. Her quilts have been exhibited and have won awards regionally and nationally, including ribbons in modern categories at Pacific International Quilt Festival, the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah, and MQX, among others. In 2017, she was awarded the second annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship, allowing her to start her own line of printed patterns sold in quilt shops around the world. She has also appeared on camera in Fresh Quilting and Patchwork Nation.
A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt began her quilt-making business in 1996. 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, and has won acclaim from the worlds of art, design and craft. Author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts (Chronicle Books, 2005) and Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (STC Craft, 2012), fabric designer for FreeSpirit, and teacher, Denyse’s studio is located in a historic textile building in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Timna Tarr is a quilter and instructor whose work bridges traditional and modern aesthetics. Despite coming from a long line of quilters, she resisted learning to quilt until after receiving an art history degree in college. In 2001, she purchased her first longarm machine and embarked on a 15 year journey of quilting clients’ quilt tops. Timna’s own nationally award-winning quilts are in private and corporate collections and have been seen in numerous exhibits and publications. She speaks and teaches throughout the United States and is a member of Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild and the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild. Timna lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Sarah is a commercial pilot turned professional longarm quilter and designer. By the time Sarah was five years old, she knew how to cross stitch, crochet, and sew a running stitch thanks to the influence of her mother and grandmother. She didn't discover her love of quilting, however, until 2014 while based in southwest Oklahoma. Being married to a military man, she has lived in multiple states and never settled into a career post pilot life. That is, until she found her outlet to design and create through textiles. Growing up as a self-proclaimed math geek, Sarah is able to put her keen math skills to use through quilt design. She is also an Aurifil Designer, Quilt-Pro Designer and Ambassador, and Daylight Company Ambassador. Sarah is beyond thrilled to travel and share her love and knowledge of quilting with you. While not on the road teaching classes or workshops, you can find her in her home studio in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia with her husband. She also enjoys playing with her boxer, working with her thoroughbred, teaching fitness at the nearby university wellness center, running and hiking. Connect with Sarah on the following sites: sariditty.com, facebook.com/sariditty, Instagram @sariditty.
Melanie Tuazon found her creative voice designing quilts after years of writing about creative people for trade magazines. She became obsessed with quilting in 2011, squeezing time with her machine into every available scrap of time and devouring tutorials on quilting blogs. Now, she travels to teach workshops and writes about her quilts on her own site, melintheattic.com. Her award-winning quilts hang in shows and museums, and her designs can be found in magazines in the US and Europe. A self-professed process nerd, Melanie encourages students to develop a personalized quilting practice that is fulfilling from start to finish. She lives with her family in the New York suburbs of New Jersey.
Nichole Vogelsinger is a self-taught fiber artist, stitcher and writer and teacher who has a weakness for lots of color and anything floral. Her creative journey began when, as a child, she would explore the local fabric shops with her mother. She developed a love for fiber arts and as an adult, hand embroidering printed fabrics became a favorite hobby. That hobby soon became an Instagram feed (@wildboho) and then a book, Boho Embroidery (Lucky Spool, 2016) and then another book, Boho Embroidery: The Pattern Collection (Lucky Spool, 2018). She is the creator of the Boho Stitch Along, teacher of embroidery workshops and writer of her adventures in the world of stitchery at wildboho.com.
Christa Watson fell in love with modern quilts when she attended the first QuiltCon in 2013 and has attended each QuiltCon since then. A long-time machine quilting instructor, she is the author of three books, has filmed three Craftsy classes, and has published numerous patterns and magazine articles. She recently discovered how much she enjoys being a fabric designer for Benartex where she can go bold and bright with her designs. Christa finds joy in making quilts from start to finish, and she loves teaching others how to successfully quilt on a home sewing machine. She’s involved in both modern and traditional quilt guilds and encourages everyone to find the style of quilting that appeals to them. Living in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, you can find her online most days at ChristaQuilts.com and @christaquilts.
Michelle lives in North Carolina with her husband and 10-year-old son. She loves being part of the quilting community and has a passion for Modern Quilting. She started quilting in 2012, and has gained a lot of experience and had many wonderful opportunities in that time. Her favorite part of quilting is designing and turning those designs into reality. She has taught several STEM related classes over 25 years to a variety of audiences (kids, undergraduates to adults). She now teaches a variety of quilting workshops, covering techniques of Quilt designing, Improvisational Piecing, Hand piecing and more. Michelle is a regular contributor to Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine and the MQG. She shares her experiences and what she learns via her blog, Factotum of Arts and Instagram @ml_wilkie. Some of her other interests include Science Fiction/Fantasy movies and books, photography, traveling and baking/cooking.
Kitty Wilkin is a quilter, designer, and photographer who aims to create beauty daily and documents her process, inspiration, and creations on her blog Night Quilter. Between designing quilt patterns, sewing with gorgeous fabrics, collaborating with other creatives, capturing the wonder of the textile and natural world in photographs, and running around with her three little kids, husband and a flock of chickens in rural Maine, Kitty is busy making the world a more beautiful place. You can find her online at nightquilter.com and @nightquilter.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City based award winning quilter and enjoys teaching, lecturing, and exhibiting internationally. She designs fabrics, Aurifil thread collections and SIZZIX dies, and hascher acrylic template/pattern line whcih she sells in her NYC Quilt Shop, VFW Quilts! She is the author of 15 Minutes of Play & Double Wedding Rings, Traditions Made Modern! (C&T publishing) She is a member of the Advisory board of the International Quilt Study Center the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Textiles and is a JUKI ambassador. Her work has been seen in various Quilt & Home Magazines, books, the Wall Street Journal, and several PBS and online shows.
Teresa Duryea Wong
Teresa Duryea Wong is the author of two books on Japanese quilts and textiles: “Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters: The Story of an American Import” (2015), and “Cotton and Indigo from Japan” (2017). She travels to Japan often to research and write, and travels the U.S. to lecture. She holds a Master in Liberal Studies from Rice University and in 2014, was named the 'Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Scholar' by the Texas Quilt Museum and the Bybee Foundation. Teresa has been a quiltmaker for 20 years and she is also a handbag designer and makes handcrafted leather bags for her own label, mariejay.