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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. 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

Laura Heine - Fiberworks

Montana 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 collections.

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 interesting!


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. 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

Mary Kerr – Mary Kerr

Mary 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

Marjan 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 internationally.

Marjan's work is for sale at several commercial galleries and artists' cooperatives in northern California. You can view her work on her website: http://www.marjankluepfel.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 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 at www.ghees.com

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.

Fast forward 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. http://www.simplyfeatherweights.com/

Phyllis Martin-Rennie – Sew Beadazzled

Stitching, metal 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 to me.

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. sewbedazzled@gmail.com

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. https://www.sandramollonquilts.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

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 upcoming class!


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

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.

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

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 family. www.quiltingwithheidi.com

Jackie Vujcich - Colorado Creations Quilting LLC

Jackie 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!" www.coloradocreationsquilting.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 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. www.fabric-chicks.com


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