Instructors Quilt Show Reno 2020
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
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.
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
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.
Grace Errea – Amazing Quilts by Grace
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
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,
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.
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 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
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.
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 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
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
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.
Vicki Ruebel – Orchid Owl Quilts
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 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.
Keith Gaines – Eclipse Quilting Systems
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
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
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
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