Instructors Quilt Show Reno 2022
Lauretta Crites - Lauretta Crites Designs
Lauretta Crites is a former costume designer turned award
winning art quilter, speaker and pattern designer who loves
to help others unlock their creativity.
appeared on Quilting Arts TV and her art quilts have been
published in Quilters Newsletter magazine, Quilting Arts
magazine, IQA Journal and The Quilt Show blog and have won
awards at IQA Houston, PIQF, Road to Calif and others.
See more at LaurettaCrites.com www.laurettacrites.com
Grace Errea - Amazing Quilts by Grace
Fiber artist, designer, quilter, and author,
Grace J. Errea, began quilting in 2000. Her art focuses on
the depiction of inspiring scenes in a value based
Grace designs using VALUE and
executes her "Collage with Templates" using an innovative
and revolutionary new fusing technique.
Carrie Ann Fondi – Aloha Quilt Shop
Ann Fondi, who has been quilting since 1992, is accomplished
in the unique art form of Hawaiian Quilting, which evolved
in the islands in the early 1800’s. She has studied from
many master Hawaiian quilters. As Hawaiian quilting became a
full-time passion, she created Aloha Quilt Designs in 2008
to sell her Hawaiian quilt patterns and to promote the art
of Hawaiian quilting. Her designs are inspired by the beauty
of nature, and from her love of the Hawaiian Islands.
teaches on a regular basis; many forms of appliqué in quilt
shops, guilds and shows throughout the United States. Prior
and present schedule includes classes at Road to California
Quilters Conference, QSC Expos, and quilting cruises.
Laura Heine - Fiberworks
I began quilting over 36 years
ago. The journey of quilting led to opening Fiberworks my
quilt shop in Billings Montana, designing over 50 different
lines of fabrics, my own collection of threads, and my
current obsession, making collage quilts!
My work has been
published in many magazines and my book Color
Fusion…Fiberworks by Laura Heine, written in 2004 is a book
of my personal journey! I have won many awards, with the
most prestigious being the $10,000.00 Bernina Award for Best
Machine Workmanship from American Quilters Society.
my quilts have been featured in ads and brochures. My
collage quilts showcase fused appliqué, cut flower motifs
and a impressionistic way of using color and value to create
one-of-a-kind quilts using fabric as my palette.
line of fabric “Happy Chance” available now in stores! Visit
my shop at https://www.fiberworks-heine.com/
Dorie Javier – D’s Quilting Design
is a quilt maker, quilt teacher and pattern designer from
Folsom, CA. She has been sewing since she was nine years old
and has been quilting since 1984. With her practical
approach to quilting and her extensive experience, Dorie has
been instrumental in introducing many new and traditional
quilters to the unlimited potential of quilt piecing and
"My students know me as an enthusiastic and
patient teacher, one who encourages trying new techniques
and expanding their repertoire of skills." In the classroom,
Dories’ students are treated to the specific techniques
involved in their class, and also to precision piecing
tricks as well as efficient shortcuts which help to
streamline the pleasures of quilt making. Dorie loves the
concept of using basic geometric shapes to produce an
infinite variety of designs. She also likes the idea of
using her favorite Asian/Oriental fabrics together with
other blenders that makes her quilts exquisite and one of
Fabric selection is discussed in every
class as a result of her beautiful quilts and patterns.
Dorie encourages quilters to enjoy the process, gather as
much knowledge as possible and to challenge themselves with
new techniques and processes.
Mary Kerr – Mary Kerr
Kerr is an American Quilt Society certified appraiser and an
award-winning quilter. She is a quilt historian whose
lectures and workshops focus on quilt history and the
preservation of antique textiles.
Her current work marries
her love of all things vintage with the freedom of
expression that is encouraged in our Art Quilt community.
Marjan Kluepfel – Marjan Kluepfel Fiber Artist
Kluepfel was born in the Netherlands. She has lived in
Florida, Hawaii, Australia and South Carolina. After working
in academia for many years, she is now a full-time studio
artist in Davis, CA.
Marjan has been creating art quilts and
dyeing fabric since 1990. Her work has been juried into many
shows and she teaches her fabric art both nationally and
Marjan's work is for sale at several
commercial galleries and artists' cooperatives in northern
California. You can view her work on her website:
Caryn Lee - Simply Featherweights
Caryn grew up in a military
family and started sewing at age 4 by her mother’s side. By
age 14 she was making the majority of her clothes. Home
décor soon followed but then life got in the way and her
sewing machine went into the closet for years.
to 2004 and the bug hit again and turned into quilting. The
shop Caryn “lived” in was owned by an old Singer salesman
who had an extensive collection of the cutest little sewing
machines and her fascination with Featherweights began. Her
first one, Edna Mae, sat in the closet for 4 years before
she got up the nerve to sew on it.
She started taking
classes from many well-known names in the Featherweight
industry so she could take care of her ever-growing
collection of machines. After talking to other Featherweight
owners, she decided to fill a void and start teaching
maintenance classes in simple language that the everyday
quilter could understand. Simply Featherweights was born.
Phyllis Martin-Rennie – Sew Beadazzled
working and “Sparkle & Shine” are a big part of my personal
universe along with my family and dogs. The "Ah Ha" moment
my students get is just like adding hot fudge on ice cream
I am aware that each person learns a little different
than the next, and that is where my strong passion for
teaching kicks in. I have taught across the U.S. since 2002
including, Philly Bead Fest multiple times since and more.
My store Sew Beadazzled located in San Jose, CA for the last
22 years, is where I call home.
Linda McGehee – Ghee’s
With a diverse sewing background and experience with garments-handbags, piecing-heirloom, threadwork-combining numerous methods into a sampler of a variety of techniques, Linda has traveled the globe demonstrating and lecturing from her books and patterns.
Much sought after at trade and machine conventions, her style is easy & fun with a flair for detail.
Visit her web at www.ghees.com
RaNae Merrill - RaNae Merrill Quilt Design
RaNae Merrill is an
award-winning quilter, author and teacher.
She is known for
the unique spiral quilt technique in her books Simply
Amazing Spiral Quilts and Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts.
Her newest book, Free-Motion Mastery in a Month applies her
skills as a concert pianist to the process of learning
RaNae found her calling as a
professional quilter after previous careers as a pianist, a
photographer and a travel writer. When she’s not quilting
and writing, you can find her outdoors hiking, kayaking and
skiing, or at home in New York City playing the piano and
Sandra Mollon - Sandra Mollon Quilts
Sandra is a quilt and textile artist living in Valley Springs in Northern California. She saw her first quilt magazine in the late 1980's and began quilting in earnest shortly after. Sandra began making very traditional pieced and appliquéd quilts, many winning ribbons, and eventually having one of her original designs, the “Seasons of Life” quilt winning the "Outstanding Large Quilt" award in 2019 at Road to California, and having that quilt going on to win a purchase award at the 2019 Spring Paducah show.
It now is a part of the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum. She is the author of the book “Seasons of Life Quilt, Techniques and Patterns for 13 Baltimore Album Quilt Blocks” published by C&T Publications, released in 2021. She began to be seriously interested in art quilting for the past few years, and many of her art quilts have also been award winners at major shows in the USA. She has written about her realistic style for “American Quilter” magazine (Jan. 2021 issue).
With a background in teaching, being in the classroom has been very comfortable for her, and she enjoys sharing her techniques with others. She has also hosted international quilt tours and has taught internationally as well as throughout the USA.
Cindy Myers - A Couple of Old Broads
has been quilting since the early 80’s and has been a quilt
instructor for over 18 years.
Cindy has many other
interests include beading, jewelry making and knitting,
especially lace knitting. Cindy lives and plays in Southern
California. She owns and operates an Adult Residential
Facility in her home in Ontario where she, along with her
husband and daughter, care for developmentally disabled men.
Cindy also does custom machine quilting, makes
custom quilts on commission and is the owner of “A Couple of
Old Broads”, a traveling quilt shop and show vendor.
Gina Perkes - The Copper Needle
Gina Perkes is an
internationally award-winning quilter. In 2015, she received
the Best Longarm Machine Workmanship award at the AQS
Her quilt Nostalgia is now part of the
American Quilter’s Society collection displayed at the
National Quilt Museum in Kentucky. Gina has been quilting
for nearly two decades and has developed many tools for
machine quilters including ruler templates and stencils for
longarm and domestic machine quilting.
appeared on several quilting shows and is the author of:
Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting, Appliquilting, Guide
to Grids, and Tips for Longarm Quilting. She operates her
shop, The Copper Needle, BERNINA sewing machine and longarm
dealership in Payson, Arizona.
Gina loves working
with other quilters, sharing her techniques and helping them
find inspiration and gain confidence. She teaches both
domestic and longarm techniques and believes that quilting
is therapeutic and strives to create a stress-free, fun
learning environment for her students.
Kathy Ruddy - kathyruddy.com
an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern
designer, Serger and fitting expert. Active in the sewing
industry since 1962, she is the star of 10 Serger and sewing
videos and author of 12 Serger and sewing booklets and her
new enhanced books on CD called Three ways to Learn CD'S.
You can look at pictures of her projects from start to
finish, read the words next to the pictures as you listen to
Kathy impart her wisdom and experiences as she develops her
projects. If you like a hard copy you can print off as many
pages from the CD as you like.
Her specialty is to show how
to sew and serge fast and easy without sacrificing quality,
fit or fashion details. Her fresh, fun classes are brimming
with surprises and ideas.
Rochelle Savage - Rochelle'sFineFabric.com
Rochelle’s love for
sewing and crafting began at the age of 7. Home Economics
and Sports were her favorite classes every year, even in
college where she graduated with a fashion merchandising
Rochelle's exclusive line of patterns for
totes, aprons, mesh totes and fabulous novelty gift
items...such as funny headwear also makes up their booth
Rochelle's Fine Fabric brick & mortar
store of 37 years is now closed but her passion for sharing
her fabrics and knowledge of sewing continues by vending and
Today Rochelle and her husband, Jim travel
from city to city vending at quilt shows and festivals
displaying and selling fun novelty prints from the best
manufacturers and designers.
Heidi Stagno – Quilting with Heidi
Heidi and her
husband John are the proud parents of 13-year-old identical
twin girls. Heidi and her family live in Yucaipa, CA.
Heidi started her career as a longarm quilter in 2001.
Since then, she has owned a full-service quilt shop, sold
the shop and opened a Longarm Quilting Center.
Longarm Center specialized in Longarm rentals and training.
Heidi has been training new and experienced quilters how to
"Master the Longarm" for over 10 years.
since retired from being a shop owner she homeschools her
daughters, quilts for hire and teaches all aspects of
Longarm quilting. www.quiltingwithheidi.com
Jackie Vujcich - Colorado Creations Quilting LLC
began quilting in 1999 with pieced work; but her passion
soon became landscape and pictorial art quilts. She began
teaching traditional patchwork quilting in 2007 and
pictorial art quilting soon after.
Looking for an outlet to
let her creativity soar, she started designing her own
patterns (both traditional and landscape/art) under her
company name Colorado Creations Quilting in 2009. Since then,
she has gone on to lecture and create a website that
features nature-themed products.
Jackie's motto: "I create
to inspire you. With my patterns you can create too!"
Beth Watts - Fabric-Chicks
has been sewing and quilting since she was a young girl.
Beth went to work for elinor peace bailey Cloth Dolls when
she was 15 and has been involved in the quilting industry
for the past 28 years.
Beth's greatest passion is
Dimensional Fabric Art Quilting. Beth doesn't believe in
rules- she believes, we make quilts because we love to
create and be inspired. None of us ""need"" another quilt!
Beth is a Certified Sulky Instructor who specializes in
Thread Painting on fabric.
Sue Purdy - Sue's Sparklers
Sue has sewn since she was 9 years old and embellishment has
always been her favorite. She has a degree in textiles and
has been sewing ever since. She started Sue's Sparklers in
1994, more than 25 years ago. Along the way, she added
stencils so that she could spray paint the shirts for added
texture. All - no talent, no time!
Linda Winner - Winner
Linda works as an
educator for Martelli Enterprises, and for the last twelve
years, has traveled the country teaching how the right tools
and techniques can produce better results quickly and
Learning to sew, quilt and craft at an early
age, she'd always been more 'crafty' than talented. Even so,
as a Special Education Teacher and Administrator, then as a
Developer and Trainer for IBM, she always found time to
After purchasing an embroidery machine from
her local Bernina dealer, she found Martelli products and
realized that the right tools and techniques made all the
difference. They could take you from 'so-so' to, "Wow, I did
Making a major career change, she joined
Martelli and now loves helping others gain the satisfaction
of knowing how to use their tools to get those great