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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.