Instructors Quilt Show Reno 2024
Megan Best – Handi Quilter National Educator
Megan Best has always
loved fabrics and made her first quilt while in high school.
She continued to foster this love throughout her education,
achieving degrees in apparel design and
merchandising/textiles. Thousands of quilts later, she still
loves to create.
Megan’s career in the fabric
industry includes experience in fabric stores, retail
management, quilt shop ownership and as a professional
longarm quilter. She excels in both computerized and
free-motion quilting, winning many ribbons at local and
national shows. She quilts on both her HQ Forte® and HQ
Avanté®, both with Pro-Stitcher®.
career includes experience as a college instructor, a
quilting teacher for local guilds and retail shops, and an
instructor at national and international machine quilting
shows as well as master of the ZOOM class.
lives in NW Washington on a mini farm (in the making), has
two children, and a very supportive husband.
Linda J. Hahn - Frog Hollow Designs
is the author of 14 books, several of which are award
winners, a Janome Artisan, EQ Artist, and designer for
Linda's classes are fun and
empowering! Linda has a way of taking a project that looks
complex and breaking it down in a way that's easy to
understand. Linda adds her own sense of style while at the
same time making it a WHOLE LOTTA FUN! Her infectious
passion for quilting shines through in her classes. Linda is
a high-energy - low-stress instructor.
Reeze Hanson - Morning Glory Designs
Reeze Hanson is a
prolific designer, entertaining speaker, and an
award-winning teacher whose company, Morning Glory Designs,
features an eclectic variety of whimsical floral and bold
geometric quilt patterns.
Reeze teaches a variety of
workshops featuring precision piecing and machine applique
drawn from her extensive collection of Block of the Month
Quilt designs. In addition, she lectures widely on Color
Confidence in quilting, inspired by her years of working as
a pattern designer for fabric companies.
Reeze is an author
and national educator for EQ8, and teaches all levels of
drawing and design using EQ8 quilt design software. A
designer, sewer, costumer, quilter, and custom dressmaker
for more than 50 years, -- and now a retired college
professor-- Reeze has lots of experience, wisdom, and humor
Laura Heine - Fiberworks
Laura’s mix of artistic
skills comes to play in her glorious art quilts.
expert collage skills and when it comes to cutting and
pasting, her painting talents shine as she arranges fabric
motifs to blend colors. Her quilting abilities are
award-winning. Laura has created a candy-colored world where
everything from cars to giraffes are adorned with beautiful
Visit her shop Fiberworks in Billings Montana or
her website www.fiberworks-heine.com
Lorraine Henry - Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Lorraine is a specialist
in sewing, fitting, and pattern alteration for the Conselle
Institute of Image Management. She has been an avid sewer
since age 6 when she started making hand-sewn doll clothes.
Her friends loved to play dolls with her as she had more
clothes than anyone. At age 10 experience with a real sewing
machine began through the 4H program. With 8 years of
clothing construction through 4H and high school Home Ec.
Classes, she had a firm foundation in all aspects of
With a B.S. degree in Clothing
and Textiles, she has been a university instructor and has
taught classes nationally and internationally at
sewing-related shows. Teaching the newest method of 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. She has
also written articles on pattern alteration for 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.
Rona Herman - Rona the Ribbiter
Rona Herman, also known
as Rona the Ribbiter, is an author, teacher, pattern
designer, and YouTube host with a passion for experiencing
all that life (and quilting) has to offer.
pattern style of pairing traditional quilt block piecing
with a modern look and utilizing direction and fabric
placement allows her to combine both her love of art and
mathematics. Her quilts may look difficult. But, in truth,
they are as easy to assemble as any traditional quilt.
Rona is traveling the globe sharing her tips, tricks,
inspiration, and travel adventures with quilters the world
Dorie Javier – D’s Quilting Design
designed her first quilt with the encouragement of her
co-workers and friends and now has quilts patterns in local
quilt shops and distributors. Dorie has been designing quilt patterns for over 20 years. She stays busy
vending and filling orders of patterns, notions and kits and
she still makes time for new designs.
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 designs. “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 liked the idea of
using her favorite Asian/oriental fabrics together with
other blenders that makes her quilts exquisites and one of
the kind. Fabric selection is discussed on every class as a
result of her beautiful quilts and patterns. Dorie
encourages quilters to enjoy the process, to gather as much
knowledge as possible and to challenge themselves with new
techniques and processes.
As well as teaching, her
quilts are exhibited at local quilt guild shows, in Japan
and at PIQF … and they win ribbons, too.
her home in scenic Folsom surrounded by her much-spoiled
pooch and her rose garden. She has been sewing since she was
nine and has been quilting since 1984.
Karen King – Handi Quilter National Educator
While watching her mother
and grandmother sew, Karen was inspired at a young age to
craft and create garments for herself. After years of
machine sewing, she began to enjoy other forms of creativity
including hand and machine embroidery, smocking, heirloom
sewing, and quilting.
Karen was fascinated with
longarm quilting and rented a machine in 2008 at a local
quilt shop. In 2010 she purchased her own longarm machine
and began a professional career as a longarm quilter. She
loves the craft so much that she began to teach others to
begin their career. Teaching in person is her favorite, but
she also teaches on Zoom and FaceTime.
daily on her HQ Infinity® with Pro-Stitcher® Premium and has
won three 1st place ribbons with her custom work.
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:
Caryn Lee - Simply Featherweights
I have been sewing since I
was a very young girl and quilting for 20 years. One day I
learned about this tiny, cute little vintage sewing machine
called a Featherweight and I was hooked! I started helping
friends take care of their machines and realized that there
was a need to teach a class in easy-to-understand language
in a relaxed environment. Simply Featherweights was born!
Phyllis Martin-Rennie – Sew Beadazzled
lives in San Jose, CA.
She has taught at Bead Fest Best Bead
show many times as well as other shows and Bead Societies
across the U.S. She considers her classrooms "Worry Free
RaNae Merrill – Free-Motion Mastery in a Month/RaNae Merrill Quilt Design
RaNae’s superpower is
teaching free-motion quilting to beginners!
many quilters, she got really frustrated trying to learn
FMQ. Her “Aha!” moment came when she realized that, as a
lifelong pianist and piano teacher, she already knew how to
teach her hands to do complex movements. Using that
experience as a springboard, she created Free-Motion Mastery
in a Month, a simple step-by-step system for anyone to
easily learn FMQ.
Before jumping into free-motion
quilting, RaNae wrote three books about using spirals in
quilt design: Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts, Magnificent
Spiral Mandala Quilts, and Sideways Spiral Quilts. These
fascinating designs are all created with straight lines
using foundation piecing and are much easier to sew than
Cindy Myers - A Couple of Old Broads
Myers, the owner of A Couple of Old Broads, a traveling
quilt shoppe, has been teaching quilting for over 26 yrs.
She teaches many aspects of quilting and other crafts. She
is currently focusing on One Block Wonder quilts using
panels. She also teaches paper piecing and making ornaments
using the medallion fabric panels by Paula Nadelstern.
also does custom quilting and makes custom quilts. She lives
in Ontario, Calif with her husband and daughter.
Gina Perkes - The Copper Needle
Gina 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 including ruler templates and stencils for
longarm and domestic machine quilting. She has appeared on
several quilting shows and is the author of: Mastering the
Art of Longarm Quilting, Appliquilting, Guide to Grids, and
Tips for Longarm Quilting.
She operates her shop, The Copper
Needle, BERNINA sewing machine and longarm dealership in
Payson, Arizona. Gina loves working with other quilters,
sharing her techniques and helping them find inspiration and
gain confidence. She teaches both domestic and longarm
techniques and believes that quilting is therapeutic and
strives to create a stress-free, fun learning environment
for her students.
Sue Purdy – Sue’s Sparklers
always been involved in embellishment. I started sewing when
I was 9, got a BS degree in textiles and business, and then
went to work for the post office.
Little did I know, that
that experience would help when I started Sue's Sparklers.
We started out with street fairs, graduated to craft shows,
and then indoor quilt shows. My product is lightweight, easy
to pack, and just made for shipping. Ta-da, post office
experience. Sue's Sparklers has been in continuous business
for 25 years.
We started with only 10 iron-on
designs and now have hundreds. Along the way, we added a
laser cutter so we could cut our own line of stencils and
appliqué kits. They are all great products. All are no
talent, no time! www.suessparklers.com
Cindy Seitz-Krug - Quintessential Quilting
Seitz-Krug, owner of Quintessential Quilting, has been
quilting award-winning quilts on her domestic sewing machine
for more than 25 years. Some of Cindy’s top awards include
Best of Show honors at Road to California, Pacific
International Quilt Festival, and American Quilter’s Society
Cindy has taught quilting classes all over the
country and has even taught in China. Her teaching method is
fun and relaxed, and her students rave about all they learn
from her. She has authored two popular books on “grid-based”
quilting designs. She also has 3 online quilting classes.
For more information on Cindy, please visit her website:
Connie Spurlock – Sew Wonderful Dreams
Connie is the owner and
designer for Sew Wonderful Dreams in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a
pattern company founded in 1989.
Teaching across the country in many sewing venues, she
presents dozens of workshops and seminars to students
annually on various sewing-related topics. www.sewwonderfuldreams.com
Joe Vecchiarelli - French European, Inc.
40+ years in the industry, Joe Vecchiarelli has learned all
the tricks in the book to perfect all your garment making.
Joe will show you how to fit and build patterns for your
exact body measurements just like he does when working with
celebrities on Dancing with the Stars.
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 30 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.
Nancy Shipley Cerna – NotJustQuiltZ LLC
From Ohio, Nancy moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to continue her education
in the early 70’s. She received her BA in Interior Design and spent the next 17 years
working at furniture stores in San Francisco, CA.
Her love of quilting started in 1991, leading to her new career in the creative arts.
After winning several awards in hand and machine quilting and then becoming a
licensed quilt judge, it was time to move on with her own quilting business.
NotJustQuiltZ, LLC is a family business/boutique specializing in custom quilts,
longarm quilting, animal appliqué patterns, and the largest selection of genuine
Australian Aboriginal fabrics in the US.
Whether Nancy is helping customers in her store or on the road at various quilt
shows around the country she is committed to making a beautiful world!
Ashley Coffey / Pieces of Love Quilt Shop
Ashley Coffey, the owner of Pieces of Love Quilt Shop in
Oroville, California, is a dedicated quilting enthusiast who
has turned her passion into a thriving business.
With her warm and inviting shop, she provides quilters of
all levels with a wide range of fabrics, tools, and expert
guidance. Ashley is not only a skilled quilter but also a
respected teacher who imparts her knowledge through
workshops and classes, fostering a sense of community and
Sherri Flynn- Nevada Textile Tales
Sherri Flynn has been studying quilts and textiles since
2016 when she became a member of the American Quilt Study
Group (AQSG), a 501(c)(3) corporation based in Lincoln, NE
(established 1980). She has served on their Board of
Directors and as President. Members study, collect, and
enjoy textiles ranging from the earliest quilt fragments to
studio art and modern quilts [to] discover the history, the
story, and the meaning of quilts across time.
has a collection of quilts and coverlets spanning more than
150 years of age. She has gained her knowledge via constant
education through workshops, seminars, and her extensive
research library. To this end, Sherri is also a member of
the American Quilter’s Society, Midwest Fabric Study Group,
International Quilt Museum, SAQA (Studio Art Quilt
Associates), Northern Nevada Quilt History Group, Nevada
Quilt Registry, and Truckee Meadows Quilters Guild. She has
provided quilt history-related talks and bed turnings
(exhibiting and talking about quilts) in the Reno-Sparks
area. She is currently working towards certification by the
American Quilters Society as a quilted textile appraiser.