Instructors Quilt Show Reno 2022
Lauretta Crites - Lauretta Crites Designs
Lauretta Crites is a
former Opera costume designer now an art quilter, quilt
instructor, inspirational speaker, and quilt pattern
designer. A frequent guest on Quilting Arts TV, her
award-winning quilts have been displayed at regional and
national juried shows and featured in books and magazines.
She believes we make the world a better place when we are
being creative, and she loves helping others to unlock their
creative power. She lives in Glendora, CA with her husband
and 2 rescue dogs Lilo and Stitch. See more at.
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 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.
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.
Previous Teaching Engagements: Road to California Quilters
Conference 2015-2019 QSC Expos, 2014-2019 AQS Quilt Week
2017 Quilt and Cruise to Hawaii 2016, 2019 Numerous quilting
guilds and quilt shops throughout the United States,
Laura Heine - Fiberworks
has always been my home. I moved to Billings from Bozeman to
finish my last two years of college. I am actually a
registered nurse. 30 years ago when I was pregnant with my
first child, I decided to take a quilting class because I
wanted to be able to say I’d made one quilt in my life, and
I figured once the baby came my chance would be lost! Since
then, I have made countless quilts and have had two terrific
children, Jenna and Brandon, who are now grown and starting
their own families.
When I first started quilting, I
took a few classes and bought many books. The first award I
won was for the first quilt I made, ‘Country Hearts and
Homes’. I took first place in my division at the 1986
Western Heritage Center Show. I was so excited… until I
looked around and found that I was the only entrant in that
division! But still, I was hooked. I learned most of my
skills on my own.
My specialty has been machine
quilting workmanship. The most prestigious award I have won
is the Bernina Award for the best machine quilting
workmanship, a $10,000 purchase award presented by the
American Quilters Society in Paducah, Kentucky in 1993, for
my quilt titled ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish’.
My quilt called ‘Bottled’ was purchased by the YLI
Corporation, a thread company that has provided me with a
wonderful selection of threads! I have taught for YLI and my
quilts have been featured in their ads and brochures.
I have written chapters for the Rodale Successful
Quilting Library: ‘Fast and Fun Machine Quilting’, ‘Favorite
Techniques from the Experts’, ‘Choosing Quilting Designs’,
and ‘Creative Embellishments’. Most of my quilts I keep for
teaching, but several are part of private and corporate
In 1994, I decided to take a chance and
give up my full-time nursing position to open a quilt shop,
Fiberworks, in Billings. I have never regretted it! I teach
locally and nationally, showing students what has worked for
me and encouraging them to express their own concepts and
creativity in their quilting. Many of my designs are simple,
but my use of color and quilting makes them much more
Lorraine Henry – Lorraine Henry for Conselle
is a specialist in sewing, fitting and pattern alteration
for Conselle Institute of Image Management. With a degree in
Clothing and Textiles she has been a university instructor.
Teaching pattern alteration and fit is her favorite thing to
do. She has done this at international sewing shows for many
Her Two Easy Measuring tape set has been an
aid for achieving good fit for fashion sewers throughout the
world. With 40 years’ experience as a custom
dressmaker/tailor/teacher, she has a wealth of knowledge to
share with you about sewing and fit. www.conselle.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:
Linda McGehee – Ghee’s
My style is easy and
fun with a flair for detail. Working with a basic design,
generally a garment or handbag, I make several that look
entirely different using a variety of thread embellishments,
piecing, or embroidery ideas. I like to use the tools that
make the tasks easier and more accurate.
acquired an interest in sewing at a very early age, Linda
has been teaching sewing for 46 years. Very much a
machinist, she likes to show her students how easy it is to
acquire professional results when you know the proper
techniques. She has designed numerous handbag and garment
patterns. Her award-winning books make stitching easy and
fun. She travels the globe teaching at stores, guilds, and
conventions, as well as makes TV appearances. Visit her web
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.
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, has been teaching
quilting for over 18 years. She specializes in paper piecing
using Quiltworx.com patterns. Cindy’s other interests include
beading, jewelry making and knitting, especially lace
Cindy lives and plays in Southern
California. She owns and operates an Adult Residential
Facility in her home in Ontario, CA, where she, 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 two cats, Lilly and Missy, who love to inspect
all the quilts that come into her studio.
For more about
Cindy go to
Gina Perkes-Tidwell - The Copper Needle
I’m a mother of three
amazing, (growing up too fast), children and one precious
lil’ frenchie “Belle”. My two teenage boys live at home with
me in Payson, Arizona. They make my world beautiful, funny,
challenging, and sometimes “stinky” … (imagine soccer socks
under the couch). My daughter is studying math and special
education at Arizona State University. Though she’s 70 miles
away, the umbilical cord is still attached (thankfully God
makes them extra stretchy:)), we have plenty of lunch dates,
shopping indulgences, and nail appointments.
I am a
lover of all things creative. I have an innate need to
beautify things. I feel completely blessed to have been born
as an “Artoholic”. My life is filled with: color, fun,
ideas, texture, challenges, bling, threads, glitter, sugar,
flour, and sometimes chaos. Though I enjoy all sorts of
creative outlets and mediums: gardening, mosaic, oil
painting, etc.…my three favorites are QUILTING and culinary.
These are the two passions which I rely on to support myself
and my three children.
I travel all over this
beautiful country and internationally sharing my techniques
with others and appearing on a multitude of shows to promote
that art of quilt making. You can see me on The Quilt Show,
iquilt, and The Quilting School. I have authored four books
and design patterns with many new projects in the works.
Thank you for visiting my website, check back often to see
what’s new. I hope to see you at The Copper Needle, or in an
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.
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.
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."
Heidi Stagno – Quilting with Heidi
Heidi and her husband
John are the proud parents of 12-year-old identical twin
girls. On occasion, you might see the twins helping out at
the longarm center. Their “jobs” include printing price tags
and organizing the thread. Heidi and her family live in
Yucaipa, Ca. The beautiful city of Yucaipa feels just like
the small town of Pocatello, ID where Heidi grew-up. Her
Grandmother Leota taught her to tie quilts. This was more of
a utilitarian style of quilting but this started the
fascination with fabric, design and texture.
Heidi first saw
a longarm quilting machine while visiting a quilt shop in
Oregon. At that moment she was hooked. “I just wanted to get
my hands on that machine and drive it”. Heidi bought her
first longarm quilting machine in 2001. After 3 years of
perfecting her skills and building her customer base she
quit her full-time job as a retail manager. In 2007 she
bought a quilt shop located in Calimesa and re-named it Busy
Bee Quilt Shop.
After 7 years of being a shop owner Heidi
wanted to focus more on the Art of Longarm Quilting. So, in
2014 Heidi sold Busy Bee Quilt Shop and opened Heidi’s
Longarm Quilting Center just a few doors down from Busy Bee.
When she’s not quilting, she is going on field trips and
volunteering at the twins’ school. Heidi enjoys baking,
camping and spending time with her
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 than
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.
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