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Featured Speaker: Carolyn Friedlander

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 and blog.


Daisy Aschehoug

Daisy Aschehoug loves to design quilts. Even though she'll sketch on just about anything from notepads to napkins, she appreciates the efficiency of digital design. Her quilts have been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited, Love Patchwork and Quilting, and Modern Patchwork. She won 3rd place in the Modern Traditional category at Quiltcon 2016, and has a quilt in the upcoming MQG book. Before quilting, Daisy guided rafts, fought wildfires, and facilitated contentious natural resource management plans. As an recent expat living with her husband and two sons in Oslo, she currently works for the Studio Art Quilt Associates and hopes she can learn Norwegian fast enough to stay two steps ahead of her little ones. Daisy's on Instagram @warmfolk.


Michelle Bartholomew

Michelle is a quilter, designer, and photographer. She spent eight years as a professional wedding photographer in the Seattle area, photographing over 50 weddings before realizing her true passion came with quilting and photographing the pieces she creates. She is passionate about documenting projects in simple, beautiful, and creative ways and is excited to share that knowledge with others. Say hi at michellebartholomew.com.


Nancy Bavor

Nancy Bavor has been a quilt maker, teacher and collector for over twenty years. Nancy holds a Bachelors degree in art history from Northwestern University and a Masters degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in the History of Textiles/Quilt Studies Emphasis. Her Masters thesis explores the origins and development of the art quilt in California. She lectures nationally on quilts and quilt history and is an American Quilter’s Society Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles. She serves on the Boards of Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Quilt Alliance.


Sarah Bond

Sarah Bond comes from a family of quiltmakers stretching back to the early 19th century. She has been quilting since her early 20s and loves immersing herself in old quilts and quilt books, looking for new ideas. She is obsessed with shapes and colors, and while her inspirations are 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.


Christina Cameli

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.


Jen Carlton-Bailly

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 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, Vespas, and the Oxford Comma. Jen has no love for: Radio Head (she knows), socks, wool (she’s allergic), Candyland, and being called Jenny.


Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, pattern writer and award-winning quilter. With the help of books and the Internet, she taught herself how to sew and discovered her love of designing and making quilts. As a trained and practicing graphic designer, her quilts start with a concept and research shapes the design. Her work is inspired by her everyday life and experiences. Sheri strives to make beautiful objects that inspire others to make and learn by providing clear instruction and encouragement. In 2016, she was awarded the first annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship. Learn more about Sheri and her work at wholecirclestudio.com and on Instagram at @wholecirclestudio.


Miriam Coffey

Miriam has had a lifelong love affair with textiles. Growing up in a house of makers, she was encouraged to go after her love of art, and she attended Maryland Institute College of Art, majoring in Fiber Art. In school, she taught herself to sew and began her adventure into the fabric world after graduation. 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, where 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

Drawn to art, craft and making, the birth of Violet's first daughter compelled her to ditch her corporate career and seek out her passion. Violet's children's apparel line, Kung Fu Bambini, reached boutiques in 2004. Her first fabric collection debuted with Michael Miller Fabrics in Spring 2011 along with the first Violet Craft Distinctive Lifestyle Sewing Patterns. Violet teaches sewing and design workshops which are often influenced by her awesomely nerdy former career as a software engineer.


Kim Eichler-Messmer

Kim Eichler-Messmer learned how to sew when she was 10 when she made a quilt with her dad out of their old shirts. Kim has 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.


Libs Elliott

Libs Elliott is a textile designer exploring the intersection of technology and traditional craft by using generative design to build handmade quilts. A deep appreciation for craftsmanship, design history and future-focused applications are all reflected in her work. She studied Material Art & Design at OCAD University and lives and works in Toronto, Canada.


Amy Ellis

Amy Ellis is a best-selling author, spokesperson for Baby Lock, and fabric designer for Moda. Quilting is her creative therapy in the midst of a busy household, and she loves to inspire new quilters to find their own way in the quilting community. Her books include Modern Basics, Modern Basics II, and Modern Neutrals, Think Big, Modern Heritage Quilts and has contributed to a number of other books. Her patterns and articles have also been published in several prominent magazines.

Lisa Ellis

Lisa Ellis's love affair with quilting began in 2003. Newly retired from the corporate world, she bought a sewing machine and focused her energy on learning to make quilts. Within a few years she discovered a passion for using art quilts to express her faith and improve the healing environments in hospitals. Since then, she has worked with renowned health organizations to use art quilts to brighten their hospital environments and support patient healing. Lisa has also been involved with the Sacred Threads project since 2007, and is now a member of SAQA's Board of Directors.


Tara Faughnan

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. 

Sarah Fielke

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.

Krista Fleckenstein

Krista Fleckenstein, author of the mixed media sewing book Beyond Cotton, lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and four children. Always seeking out creativity through art and quilting, she started her blog in 2010 and became part of the growing online modern sewing movement. Since then she has quilted, sewn, printed, and painted her way into a creative life that she loves. Her patterns have been found in 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts, Modern Patchwork Magazine, Modern Blocks, and Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe. Krista believes that doing your own thing (and making a lot of mistakes in the process) is what being creative is all about.

Mary Fons

Mary Fons is a writer, quilter, and designer living in Chicago. In 2010, Mary created Quilty for F+W Media, and served four years as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine. She also co-hosts Love of Quilting on public television. Mary’s first book, Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century was released in June of 2014 and Dear Quilty, a retrospective and pattern book from the pages of Quilty magazine, in 2015. Mary is an amateur quilt historian and currently serves on the board of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. She is a sought-after teacher and lecturer who appears nationwide at quilt events large and small. 


Judy Gauthier

Judy Gauthier is the owner of Bungalow Quilting and Yarn in Ripon, Wisconsin, one the largest and oldest modern quilt shops in the state. Judy is the author of two books, Quilts for Scrap Lovers and Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers, both published by C&T Publishing. She is on faculty for International Quilt Festival in Houston, and has taught at Nancy Zieman's Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. This fall she will appear in a two-part series on modern scrap quilting on "Sewing with Nancy," a show that has run for several decades on PBS. Judy has also been on faculty at other major quilt shows and is currently designing fabric.


Jacquie Gering

Jacquie is a passionate modern quilt designer, maker and teacher. She is known for her innovative "out of the box" designs, striking message quilts and unique style. Jacquie co-authored Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts and her new book, Walk: Master Machine Quilting With Your Walking Foot is a comprehensive guide to all things walking foot. She is a leader in the modern quilting movement and the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals named her Quilt Teacher of the Year for 2014. She lives in Kansas City and shares her quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio.

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.

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner works from her studio in Nashville where she designs fabric collections and patterns for patchwork, needlework, garment and accessories. Anna Maria has also published three books in sewing and needlework, and all of her work is tied through a lyrical use of line and an intense play on palette. She has been the face (or rather the hands as she likes to think) of Janome Sewing Machines since 2011. As of 2014, Anna Maria is also the founder and proprietor of Nashville's Craft South, a wonderland of fiber-related supply and diverse workshops. Craft South opened the doors to its permanent location in the Spring of 2015. Wherever her work and teaching calendar take her, every moment she is the proud and busy mother to seven children who offer a healthy dose of reality and grocery bills.

Karin Jordan

Karin Jordan of Karin Jordan Studio is a maker, quilter, hand stitching enthusiast, textile artist, mom and rescue dog parent. A former magazine editor and art gallery director, Karin grew up under her architect father's drafting table creating mini models out of the scraps that fell to the floor; she's been making ever since. She is particularly drawn to textiles and frequently draws upon her degree in Art History for inspiration.

Chawne Kimber

Chawne Kimber is an award winning textile artist who has exhibited quilts and embroidered works in art galleries and at festivals across the United States. She prefers precision improv and handwork in quilting and is often found sewing smaller and smaller. When not manipulating cotton, Chawne is a professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast.


Karen Lewis

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. Karen always had a passion for textiles, pattern and color and after a printing course in 2011, Karen’s obsession with screen printing set in and soon she was printing and designing all day every day. In 2014 Karen published her first book, Screen Printing at Home. Follow Karen on Instagram at @karenlewistextiles and on her website karenlewistextiles.com

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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. 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, maychappell.com. She is a trained graphic designer, and her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Stitch, Quiltmaker and Modern Patchwork. Lee is a BERNINA Ambassador and a Craftsy instructor. She is President of the Triad Modern Quilt Guild. Lee lives in beautiful North Carolina with Mack the Chihuahua.


Heidi Parkes

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, 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 instructor, often tailoring her yoga practices to fit the unique needs of artists and quilters. Join her on Instagram at @heidi.parkes


Katie Pedersen

Katie Pedersen approaches the art of quilt making from an improvisational perspective. Teaching in her Seattle studio and nationally, she merges her improvisational ideas with modern and traditional quilting designs to create unique pieces. She is the co-author of “Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts,” and is a past president and founding member of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. Katie believes that making something by hand takes each of us on a journey of discovering who we are as artists, and that this personal process can start simply by sewing two pieces of fabric together. She loves that quilts are utilitarian works of art that showcase the evolution of one’s creative confidence and developing aesthetic, be it modern or traditional. Her greatest wish is that she could sew as fast as the ideas come! For inspiration, workshops, and open studio dates, you can visit Katie at sewkatiedid.com.

Christine Perrigo

Christine Perrigo has been quilting since 2003, and often finds the need to create her own designs or radically alter existing ones. Coming from a computer science background and working in the computer industry has greatly helped with the scope and understanding of computerized quilting design and surface manipulation using varying thread types and colors. Being able to digitize her own designs has allowed her to create on the quilt without detracting from the pieced surface design. The ability to see what others cannot has led to some interesting collaborations, publication and national recognition in juried shows. Being open to explore, collaborate and invent has allowed her to use tools in novel ways and to keep challenging herself to try something new each time an opportunity arises.

Weeks Ringle

Weeks Ringle designed and made her first modern quilt in 1987. In 1999, she co- founded Modern Quilt Studio along with her husband, Bill Kerr. 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 and several other publications. They also co-authored the best-selling A Kid’s Guide to Sewing with their daughter Sophie. In 2011 they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. Their work has appeared in the international press and has been shown throughout the U.S. Weeks teaches online classes for Craftsy and iquilt.com and writes the blog Craft Nectar


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Latifah Saafir

Latifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of the Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the country, and has a line of patterns and products. She is excited to be a fabric designer with Me + You, the new modern fabric brand with Hoffman Fabrics. She’s been featured in over a dozen books and loves being an ambassador of Janome sewing machines.


Jacqueline Sava

Jacqueline Sava, Founder and Director of Possibilities for Soak Wash Inc., has a passion for combining business and creativity to create profitable, market driven products. Soak has become the leader in the delicate wash category, and Flatter, starch-free smoothing spray is quickly dominating at ironing stations nationwide. Her values of innovation, education, creativity and community drive both her business and her personal endeavors. Sava holds an MBA in marketing and strategic management from Schulich School of Business at York University and a BFA in industrial design from Rhode Island School of Design. She’s also a passionate quilter and rower.


Kristi Schroeder

Kristi Schroeder is a designer, quilter, entrepreneur and avid traveler living in Austin, Texas and is the creative behind Initial K Studio. Ms. Schroeder came to quilting through her work as a graphic designer in the corporate world. This native Texan is a world traveler who draws inspiration for her quilts in art, fashion, and textiles from around the globe. Ms. Schroeder is a member of the Modern Quilt Guild and has been published in Love Patchwork & Quilting, Make Modern Magazine, and QuiltCon Magazine. Her first book Southwest Modern: From Marfa to New Mexico: 18 Travel Inspired Quilts will be released in Fall 2017 by Lucky Spool Media.

Sarah Sharp

Sarah Sharp is an avid paper piecer who has been making things for as long as she can remember. These days she enjoys designing figurative quilts, sewing with adventurously small pieces, and sharing her passion for quilting with kindred spirits. She's currently working on her first book and fabric collection, both expected to debut in early 2018. In her spare time, she’s an attorney. When she’s not busy creating or lawyering, you can find her at home (or on the road!) with her husband and their three daughters. Learn more about Sarah and her work on Instagram (@nohatsquilts) and on her blog (nohatsinthehouse.com).


Christopher Thompson

Known as The Tattooed Quilter, Christopher is a New York City fashion professional by day and modern quilter by night. Though raised in a traditional quilting family, he discovered the modern quilting movement a few years ago and has been a part of the community ever since. His bold and graphic quilt designs can be seen in various publications, including QuiltCon magazine. He loves all things neon, gummy bears, and his frenchie, Edie. You can follow Christopher's adventures through his blog (www.thetattooedquilter.com) and on his popular Instagram page (@the_tattooed_quilter).



Melanie Tuazon

Melanie Tuazon found her creative voice after years of writing about creative people for trade magazines. She took a sewing refresher class in 2011 and quickly became obsessed, sewing in her free time and devouring quilting blogs. Now she writes on her own site, melintheattic.com, and travels to teach workshops. Her award-winning quilts hang in shows and museums, and her designs can be found in magazines in the US and Europe. She describes her aesthetic as “simple yet stunning” and strives to use stripped-down visual elements to tell stories and convey ideas, often about the interaction of humanity and architecture. A self-professed process nerd, Melanie encourages students to develop a personalized quilting practice that is as fulfilling to them as a finished quilt. She lives with her family in the New York suburbs of New Jersey.


Nichole Vogelsinger

Fiber artist Nichole Vogelsinger spent her childhood exploring the local fabric shop where her grandmother worked and her mother taught quilting classes, but for years felt that sewing with a machine was too intimidating to master. Hand stitching became her preference, embroidering fabric in hoops, as well as experimenting with other fiber arts in bits of free time, after the kids were in bed. The hobby soon became an Instagram feed (@wildboho) and then a book, Boho Embroidery (Lucky Spool, 2016). She is the creator of the Boho Stitch Along, #BohoSAL, and blogs weekly about her latest adventures in the world of stitchery.


Angela Walters

Angela Walters loves all things related to quilting! She started her quilting career over 13 years ago at the side of her husband’s grandpa. He patiently taught her the art of quilting by helping Angela make her first quilt, a 9-patch quilt that is still on her bed today. She can’t believe how much has changed since that first quilt! She is still a quilter, of course, but now she can add author, quilting teacher, and fabric designer to her resume. If there is one thing that Angela loves as much as quilting, it’s talking about quilting. For more information about her or for machine quilting tips and inspiration, visit Angela's website, quiltingismytherapy.com.

Pamela Wiley

Pamela Wiley is a studio artist based in Tybee Island, Georgia. Recently retired from 24 years of teaching Fibers at Savannah College of Art and Design. Her 40+ years of professional experience include working as a studio artist producing lines of hand-dyed fabric and kimonos, free lance textile designer/design consultant in New York City, textile stylist, and prop designer/fabricator for Broadway shows. Her teaching embraced a wide field of knowledge and interests, eventually leading her to the South of France where she taught in SCAD's residency studio program, Lacoste. Her time in France reshaped her thinking bringing her focus to French vernacular textiles, in particular Provencal wholecloth quilts, boutis, trapunto, and redefining heirloom textile techniques into a contemporary context.

Kitty Wilkin

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 both independently and for Quilt Theory, 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.

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, California, and has been improvising quilts as a creative life practice for 25 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.

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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.