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Instructors Sew & Quilt Expo 2018

Gail Bird - Igolochkoy™ / Birdhouse Ent. /

Gail is an innovator, author, lecturer, designer, and a teacher both nationally and internationally. For 40 years Gail has specialized in the art of IGOLOCHKOY™ (Russian punchneedle embroidery) and has the largest collection in the world of punchneedle works, including many created by famous wearable and quilt artists.

Gail was the first person to embellish cross-stitch with charms and created her own line, "Simply Charming".

Most recently Locker Hooking and French Knitting are new techniques that she now specializes in. www.gailbird.com

Lauretta Crites - A Couple of Old Broads

Lauretta Crites is a pattern designer, award-winning quilter, and costume designer who believes life is supposed to be fun and who loves to help others unlock their creativity. Her quilts have appeared in Quilters Newsletter Magazine, IQA Journal, Quilting Arts and have won awards at IQA Houston Festival, The Road to California and Pacific International Quilt Festival.

When not in her studio she's traveling the country speaking and teaching quilting and surface design or at quilt shows as one half of "A Couple of Old Broads" selling her original quilting and sewing patterns. www.laurettacrites.com, www.coupleofoldbroads.com

Dustin (Dusty) Farrell - Country Stitchin

Dusty is an award-winning longarm quilting teacher. He has been named longarm teacher of the year, has won a number of awards for his quilting, and has had the opportunity to teach internationally.

Dusty and his work have been published in numerous books, magazines, television and internet programs.

Dusty loves sharing his passion with students. www.cscountrystitchin.com

Stephanie Farrell - Country Stitchin

I started quilting in 2004 and am self-taught. My husband and I opened our quilt shop in 2005 in Cambridge Springs Pennsylvania. We have three sons, one grand-baby (we adore), and seven dogs. There is never a dull moment in my life.

My theory in life is doing what you love, life is short, done is better than perfect any day of the week, smile and be happy. www.cscountrystitchin.com

Carrie Ann Fondi – Aloha Quilt Shop

Carrie 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 2010 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.

Carrie 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 aboard the Grand Princess. www.alohaquiltshop.com

Lorraine Henry – for Conselle

Lorraine is a specialist in sewing, fitting and pattern alteration for Conselle Institute of Image Management. She has a degree in Clothing and Textiles and has been a university instructor and has taught classes internationally at sewing related shows.

Teaching pattern alteration and fit is her favorite thing to do. She is the creator of the Two Easy Measuring tape set with an instruction booklet which has been an aid for achieving a good fit for fashion sewers throughout the world.

Articles written by her have been in Sew News Magazine. With 40+ years of experience as a custom dressmaker/tailor and teacher, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with you about sewing and fit! www.conselle.com

Dorie Javier – D’s Quilting Design

Dorie 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 design.

"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 the kind.

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. www.doriejavier.com

Toby Lischko – Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Toby has been quilting since 1985 and teaching quilting workshops since 1995. She considers herself a traditional quilter who loves working with traditional quilt blocks but likes to add her own special flair.

She has won many national awards for her quilts. She has her own line of patterns and templates under the name of Gateway Quilts & Stuff, Inc. and two books; St. Louis Stars and Kaleidostars. She also does commission work for many of the major fabric companies and has been published in most of the national quilt magazines since 1998.

In her classes, she enjoys instilling the feeling that quilting should be fun, not difficult and loves hearing students say, ″I didn’t think I could do that!″ Her background in Special Education makes her an excellent teacher. www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com

Phyllis Martin-Rennie – Sew Beadazzled

Teaching is a wonderful experience for me! I consider my classrooms "Worry Free Zones". It's a place where my many-many years of beading, needlework, and wirework can be shared with my students.

SewBeadazzled in San Jose, CA, our bead store, has been around for 18 years!


Linda McGehee – Ghee’s

Designer, Linda McGehee has a diverse sewing background with 40 years experience from garments to handbags, piecing to heirloom, surface manipulation to combining a variety of methods into a sampler of various techniques. Linda has traveled the globe demonstrating and lecturing from her books and is much sought after at trade and machine conventions, consumer shows, guilds, shops, and television.

Linda is the owner of Ghee’s mail-order sewing and notions company. The most popular patterns are those designed by Linda for handbags with ready-to-wear handbag hardware. She has published several books on sewing; Texture with Textiles (winner in the sewing division of PCM’s 1992 Product of Excellence Awards); Texture With Textiles; a Companion Project Book (finalist for the same award in 1993); Spiraling Schemes and Chromatics (winner in the sewing book division of the 1997 Primedia Awards of Excellence); Simply Sensational Bags – How to stitch and embellish handbags, totes, and satchels (out of print); and her latest book, the Perfect Bag – 101 Stylish Looks from Simple Patterns.

Linda’s vest pattern, the Shirt Tail Vest, is a multi-sized base pattern designed for further manipulation.

Linda has designed and created garments for the prestigious Fairfield Fashion Show, Statements, Capitol Imports, and Better Homes & Gardens. These garments are works of art combining many of the techniques from her books. On My Way to the Mardi Gras, from the Fairfield 1996-1997 show graced the front cover of Craft & Needlework Age Magazine, October 1996. www.ghees.com

Cindy Myers  -  A Couple of Old Broads

Cindy has always done some type of needlework or craft since the age of 7 or 8. She has dabbled in many different types of needlework including embroidery, knitting, crochet and quilting. She took her first quilting class in the early 80's but didn't really get into quilting until the early 90's after she discovered that beautiful tool known as, the rotary cutter that changed everything, she has been quilting ever since.

Cindy lives and plays in southern California, where she owns and operates an Adult Residential Facility, in her home where along with her husband and daughter care for four Developmentally Disabled men, Cindy does custom machine quilting and makes custom quilts on commission. She shares studio space with her family's three cats, Lilly, Missy and Zoe, who love to inspect all the quilts that come into her studio.

www.coupleofoldbroads.com, www.wearablart.blogspot.com or www.quiltworx.com/instructors/cindy-myers/.

Jenny Pedigo – Sew Kind of Wonderful

Jenny made her first quilt in 2002 and fell in love with the quilting process! Jenny is married with 6 children and lives in Everett, WA and some of her favorite things to do besides quilting are, spending time with her family, anything to do with home decor and working out at the gym.

In 2007 she started her own longarm quilting business in order to work from home. Jenny loves the challenge of putting a twist on quilting, whether it be through design, color or quilting and loves that she can share her quilting passion with her sisters. www.sewkindofwonderful.com

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 Paducah show. 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 and a thread line with Superior Threads. She also proudly represents BERNINA as an ambassador. She has appeared on several quilting shows and is the author of Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting published by C&T. She operates her shop, The Copper Needle, Innova® dealership and training center in Payson, Arizona. www.thecopperneedle.com

Helen Robinson – Sew Kind of Wonderful

Helen has been sewing since 1973 when she made a pair of pale green polyester pants in the 4-H club! Helen began quilting in 1997 and fell in love with the entire process of design, fabric shopping:-), piecing and quilting!

In 2010 the Quick Curve Ruler was born and a whole new world of curved piecing took over. One Ruler - Multiple Patterns - Endless Possibilities!

Come and sew with Helen and find out just how fun sewing curves can be! www.sewkindofwonderful.com

Kathy Ruddy - kathyruddy.com

Kathy Ruddy an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern designer, serger and fitting expert, celebrates 54 years in this industry she loves.

She stars in 10 serger and sewing videos, has authored 12 serger and sewing booklets and produced nine 3 Ways to Learn CD's. www.kathyruddy.com Kathy Ruddy goes One-on-One This June, come get measured for a knit top or slacks pattern with perfect fit in a style you want, then have the pattern sent to you! Pattern fee applies. www.KathyRuddy.com

Nancy Ryan - representing SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) - FREE STAGE VENUES ONLY

Nancy Ryan is a textile artist located in Gardnerville, NV. She is originally from Fremont, CA and relocated to Nevada in 2011. Nancy worked for 18 years in the airline industry and 16 years in Silicon Valley as a Corporate Administrator to two Boards of Directors before retiring to work full-time on her art.

She has been designing and creating textile art for the past 35 years and over the last 15 years, she has focused exclusively on textile art. Her art quilts have been showcased in many textile shows and fine art shows throughout the United States winning awards for many of my entries. Several of her textiles are held in private collections. Over the years, she has had numerous opportunities to take classes at Empty Spools Seminars in Pacific Grove, California with some of the world’s most renowned textile artists to learn new techniques in designing and creating textile art.

Over the past two years, she has taught workshops at Empty Spools Seminars. Her work can be seen at Sierra Sewing Center in Reno, Carson City and in March, 2018 she will be exhibiting her work at Sierra Arts Foundation in downtown Reno. She teaches workshop on several art quilting techniques at Sierra Sewing Center in Reno and Carson City, NV. She is a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates of Northern California/Northern Nevada Region.

Connie Spurlock - Sew Wonderful Dreams

Although she didn't even learn to sew until she was over 30 years old, Connie used her background to develop Sew Wonderful Dreams, a pattern design company, in 1989.

The company originally focused on craft patterns, while today the emphasis is on quilting and education. About her company, she says: "We believe the best marketing tool we have is to educate. Everyone can learn but the way we learn is variable. Our classes are designed to help you learn in a way that will be most beneficial to you." www.sewwonderfuldreams.com

Krisanne Watkins - Quail Valley Quilts

Krisanne Watkins is a pattern designer and avid quilt maker. Her special interests include using traditional block designs as the basis to create original patterns that utilize unique settings and construction methods.

She is convinced there is always a speedier, more accurate way to put blocks and quilts together, and she is determined to discover it. She is especially drawn to scrap quilts and thinks almost every quilt design is improved by adding a large variety of fabrics.

She is a frequent contributor to quilt magazines and has had over 40 designs published. Krisanne is the owner/designer of Quail Valley Quilts. www.quailvalleyquilt.com

Beth Watts - Minden, NV

Beth 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 27 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. fabric. www.fabric-chicks.com


Linda Winner - Winner Designs/Martelli Enterprises  - FREE STAGE VENUES ONLY

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 easily.

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 create.

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 that!"

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 results. http://www.martellinotions.com