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Featured Artist 2020 - Heidi Stagno – Quilting with Heidi

Heidi and her husband John are the proud parents of 11-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 family. www.quiltingwithheidi.com

Stephanie Chini – Woolen Stitches

I have been working with wool and creating new patterns now for several years and love it! I have loads of fun teaching, meeting others, and sharing my techniques, ideas, and experiences with wool. I have traveled and lived in several states and countries with my husband and children as part of the Air Force family. Pictures, landscapes, and life are my inspirations. Everywhere you look is a new idea!



Michele Crawford - Flower Box Quilts

Michele Crawford has been a published quilt and needlework designer since 1989; and has had over 4500 designs published in 40 publications. Besides quilting, she enjoys all forms of needlework especially combining cross stitch with quilting plus English Paper Piecing.

As a teacher, she loves to share her sewing tips and techniques while encouraging her students to have fun, try something new, and work at their own pace. She has worked with over 35 thread, batting, and fabric companies.

She is also an author, marketing consultant, and owner of Flower Box Quilts, a quilt pattern company and internet store since 2004.

Lauretta Crites - Lauretta Crites Designs

Lauretta Crites is a pattern designer, award-winning art quilter and former theater and opera costume designer who loves to help others unlock their unique creativity.

Lauretta has won awards at IQA Houston, The Road to California, PIQF and other quilt shows. Her work has appeared in Quilters Newsletter Magazine, IQA journal, Quilting Arts and The Quilt Show newsletter. When not in the studio she tours the country speaking AND TEACHING about creativity and how quilting can possibly save the world. 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 contemporary-realistic manner. Grace designs using VALUE and executes her "Collage with Templates" using an innovative and revolutionary new fusing technique.



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. 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, 2010-2019.  www.alohaquiltshop.com

Sandra Gaines - Sew-N-Tech

Sandy comes from a long line of quilters. She spent 30 years as a computer systems analyst so it was only natural that she found ways to combine her love of quilting with technology. She has been teaching both quilting and sewing related software classes for the last 10 years. http://www.sew-n-tech.com


Lorraine Henry - Lorraine Henry for Conselle

Lorraine 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 years. 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.

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

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.

Having acquired an interest in sewing at a very early age, Linda has been teaching sewing for 45 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 at www.ghees.com

Cindy Myers  -  A Couple of Old Broads

Cindy 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 knitting.

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 www.wearablart.blogspot.com

Kate Quinn – FabriKated Quilts

I have been quilting for over 25 years. I have been teaching for about 16 years of that time as well a being a professional longarm.

I love sharing the skill of machine quilting and rulerwork is a particular favorite of mine. I hope to help you take your quilting to the next level with this technique- not free-motion, but guided-motion.

Come and quilt with me!! kate@fabrikatedquilts.com

Kathy Ruddy - kathyruddy.com

Kathy is 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. www.kathyruddy.com

Vicki Ruebel – Orchid Owl Quilts

Vicki began quilting in 2010 and quickly became addicted. She specializes in custom freehand quilting and computerized edge-to-edge quilting. Her award-winning quilts lean toward a contemporary aesthetic.

She has contributed many original designs to American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts and More, Make Modern, and Modern Quilts Unlimited. Her first book, Machine Quilting Idea Book, released December 2nd 2019.

She enjoys teaching and encouraging others to find their quilting voice. Visit Vicki at www.OrchidOwlQuilts.com

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 degree.

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 selection.

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 educating.

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.

Becky Scellato - Shibori Dragon

My love for Japanese textiles and crafts began in the 1960’s when my father was stationed in the Air Force in Okinawa. I learned sashiko from a Japanese woman over 25 years ago, and fell in love with the craft.

It quickly became an all-consuming passion. Sashiko, an easy embroidery technique using a running stitch, is relaxing and fun, and creates a sense of peace while stitching. Sashiko is elegance in simplicity.

Our business, Shibori Dragon, specializes in Asian fabrics, Japanese textiles and sashiko. I have been teaching and collecting historical sashiko textiles for the past 20 years and have samples dating from the 1800’s to modern day. I love to design and teach, sharing my love of Japanese textiles with my students.

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

Beth Watts - Fabric-Chicks

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 on fabric. www.fabric-chicks.com


Keith Gaines – Sew-N-Tech

Keith Gaines together with his wife Sandy operates a Studio and Learning Center ‘Sew-N-Tech’ in Squaw Valley near Sequoia National Park. Students and sewing groups come to the studio for instruction and classes. Classes range from quilting design and construction, longarm quilting, sewing lessons, garment fitting and construction, machine embroidery. Classes and lessons are also offered in quilter’s homes and at other locations in the Central Valley.

When Quilters come to the Studio or take classes from Sandy, they get to try out the Software, Tools, Supplies, and Quilting Systems we represent. Sandy for over 12 years is a Sewing Arts Instructor and Professional Quilter.

Keith takes care of all service and installation of quilting systems, sewing machines, and embroidery machines, specializing in the in-home service so the quilters do not need to lug their machines to a shop or ship to a factory.
Linda Winner - Winner Designs/Martelli Enterprises

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