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
Gail was the first person to embellish
cross-stitch with charms and created her own line, "Simply
Most recently Locker Hooking and French
Knitting are new techniques that she now specializes in.
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
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.
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
Dusty and his work have been
published in numerous books, magazines, television and
Dusty loves sharing his passion with
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.
theory in life is doing what you love, life is short, done
is better than perfect any day of the week, smile and be
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
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.
Lorraine Henry – for Conselle
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Cindy Myers - A Couple of Old Broads
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
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.
Jenny Pedigo – Sew Kind of Wonderful
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
Gina Perkes – The Copper Needle
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.
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
Come and sew with Helen and find out
just how fun sewing curves can be!
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
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."
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
She is a frequent contributor to quilt magazines
and has had over 40 designs published. Krisanne is the
owner/designer of Quail Valley Quilts.
Beth Watts - Minden, NV
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.