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Instructors Quilt Show Reno 2022

Lauretta Crites - Lauretta Crites Designs

Lauretta Lauretta Crites is a former costume designer turned award winning art quilter, speaker and pattern designer who loves to help others unlock their creativity.

Lauretta has appeared on Quilting Arts TV and her art quilts have been published in Quilters Newsletter magazine, Quilting Arts magazine, IQA Journal and The Quilt Show blog and have won awards at IQA Houston, PIQF, Road to Calif and others.

See more at LaurettaCrites.com

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 2008 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.  www.alohaquiltshop.com

Laura Heine - Fiberworks

I began quilting over 36 years ago. The journey of quilting led to opening Fiberworks my quilt shop in Billings Montana, designing over 50 different lines of fabrics, my own collection of threads, and my current obsession, making collage quilts!

My work has been published in many magazines and my book Color Fusion…Fiberworks by Laura Heine, written in 2004 is a book of my personal journey! I have won many awards, with the most prestigious being the $10,000.00 Bernina Award for Best Machine Workmanship from American Quilters Society.

Many of my quilts have been featured in ads and brochures. My collage quilts showcase fused appliqué, cut flower motifs and a impressionistic way of using color and value to create one-of-a-kind quilts using fabric as my palette.

My latest line of fabric “Happy Chance” available now in stores! Visit my shop at https://www.fiberworks-heine.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

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

Linda McGehee – Ghee’s

With a diverse sewing background and experience with garments-handbags, piecing-heirloom, threadwork-combining numerous methods into a sampler of a variety of techniques, Linda has traveled the globe demonstrating and lecturing from her books and patterns.

Much sought after at trade and machine conventions, her style is easy & fun with a flair for detail.

Visit her web at www.ghees.com

RaNae Merrill - RaNae Merrill Quilt Design

RaNae Merrill is an award-winning quilter, author and teacher.

She is known for the unique spiral quilt technique in her books Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts and Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts. Her newest book, Free-Motion Mastery in a Month applies her skills as a concert pianist to the process of learning free-motion quilting.

RaNae found her calling as a professional quilter after previous careers as a pianist, a photographer and a travel writer. When she’s not quilting and writing, you can find her outdoors hiking, kayaking and skiing, or at home in New York City playing the piano and cooking.


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 and has been a quilt instructor for over 18 years.

Cindy has many 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 where she, along with her husband and daughter, care for developmentally disabled men.

Cindy also does custom machine quilting, makes custom quilts on commission and is the owner of “A Couple of Old Broads”, a traveling quilt shop and show vendor.


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. https://thecopperneedle.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

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.

Heidi Stagno – Quilting with Heidi

Heidi and her husband John are the proud parents of 13-year-old identical twin girls. Heidi and her family live in Yucaipa, CA.

Heidi started her career as a longarm quilter in 2001. Since then, she has owned a full-service quilt shop, sold the shop and opened a Longarm Quilting Center.

The Longarm Center specialized in Longarm rentals and training. Heidi has been training new and experienced quilters how to "Master the Longarm" for over 10 years.

Heidi has since retired from being a shop owner she homeschools her daughters, quilts for hire and teaches all aspects of Longarm quilting.


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 then, 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


Art Bentley - Eclipse Quilting

Art Bentley is the original designer of the Handi Quilter quilting Machine and many others. Art is a prolific inventor and has many patents on quilting products. Come see a hands-on demo of the ENCODER BOSS on Thursday at 10:15 am or Friday at 3:00 pm or come to the Eclipse Quilter booth.

Sue Purdy - Sue's Sparklers

Sue has sewn since she was 9 years old and embellishment has always been her favorite. She has a degree in textiles and has been sewing ever since. She started Sue's Sparklers in 1994, more than 25 years ago. Along the way, she added stencils so that she could spray paint the shirts for added texture. All - no talent, no time!

Raylene Salazar - Quilters Haven/Just Notions

Raylene Salazar along with her husband Ron own Quilters Haven and Just Notions. A family business, Quilters Haven was started in 1983 by her mother Charlie who was frustrated with not being able to find what she needed for her own quilting.  In 2004 they purchased Quilters Haven from the family and added the division Just Notions. They sell a full line of quilting notions and supplies. and acrylic rulers and tools which they manufacture in their hometown of Fort Mohave, AZ. Raylene has been sharing her love of "useful tools" for many years at various shows and guilds across the country and is excited to share some inspirations with the attendees of Quilt Show Reno! 

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