2017 Instructors

Diane Califano

Diane Califano has always been interested in sewing. A graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture, she ultimately became an independent landscape architectural consultant. Her design education and professional experiences continue to motivate her sewing. Her award winning quilts inspired her to write a comprehensive book on quilting entitled "Building Blocks - Back to Quilt Basics" published by AQS in 2016. Diane enjoys teaching and lecturing at the local, state and national level; and, sewing, designing and writing about quilting.

Barbara Cline

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  • delightfulpiecing@gmail.com

  • Barbara is a quilt designer; author and teacher who loves to share her techniques with others. Barbara started creating quilts in her teens. She has had over 35 years of experience in quilting and teaching classes. She has 4 books published by C&T Publishing and also has other quilt patterns.

    Barbara currently teaches classes at local quilt shops and gives lectures, trunk shows and teaches nationally and internationally. She loves to design and piece quilts from her home in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

    She has enjoyed entering and placing in the Paducah quilt contest "New Quilts from Old Favorite" – Seven Sisters and Dresden Plate. The Paducah Quilt show, Quilt Odyssey, Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival XVII, and Hoffman Challenge have displayed a wall hanging.

    Barbara comes from a close-knit Mennonite family of quilters. Every year the women gather for a sewing retreat, where they quilt, sew, and follow other creative pursuits. The family members and their quilts were featured in the Virginia Quilt Museum's exhibition Five Generations of Mennonite Quilts.

    Clara Daniels

    I've always said that quilt making is in my DNA. Both of my grandmothers quilted. Growing up in Kentucky, quilts were everywhere. I always marveled at the colors and patterns. I was sewing for my dolls by six, and started making my clothes by 9. I tried quilting around that time but the polyester fabrics available at the time weren't the same as the wonderful cottons in my grandmother's Lone Star quilt.

    After sewing garments through high school and college, I left sewing as my accounting and finance career took off. I was fortunate enough to work for Procter & Gamble in Maryland and London, England. Finishing my career as finance manager for Cover Girl Cosmetics. When my husband and I bought a house with no curtains I wanted to sew again. So, when asked what I wanted for my 40th birthday, my husband (who was sure I would say jewelry) was surprised when I asked for a sewing machine instead. He was so relieved that he bought me a serger too! Home decor sewing was my weekend pastime for years. But I still wanted to make quilts but didn't know where to start.

    After I left work in 2002, it was time to learn to quilt. I've been taking classes, sewing, collecting fabric, designing patterns ever since. I was active in the Baltimore Heritage Quilt Guild serving as vice president, president, and show chair. I've tried many types of quilting and love to design bags. Most of my quilts designs have been driven by the fabric. Did I mention that I love fabric!

    My current obsession is precuts--jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm squares you name it. I love trying to make the best use of those colorful collections. I've been designing methods and patterns that elevate the scrappy nature of the fabrics inside. I'm just starting to teach these skills and share my patterns with other quilters and publications.

    I live with my husband, our swiss mountain dog and mini dachshund in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Where I happily quilt overlooking the Potomac River. We love to cook and entertain friends and family in our new home. We travel when we can and have hopes of camping our way across America.

    Barbara Dann

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  • Barbara Dann is a passionate quilter with too many ideas and never enough time! She's a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and Sue Pelland Designs. She teaches at guilds, quilt shops and quilt shows. Barbara's classes are relaxed, informative, and fun. She enjoys teaching quilters of all skill levels and shares many tips and techniques that make piecing and applique easier, faster and more accurate.

    Karen Eckmeier

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  • Karen Eckmeier is an award-winning quilter, international teacher and author. Her books, patterns and workshops (Happy Villages, Accidental Landscapes and Layered Waves), emphasize her no-stress approach to playing with fabric, whether it be raw-edge collage or her layered/topstitching technique, students always go home with an "I can do that" attitude.

    Mary Eisele

    Mary has been quilting for 10 years and doing wool applique for 8 years. She has a longarm machine but pretty much just quilts for herself. She picked up wool applique as a side hobby to have something to do when away from her sewing machine. She enjoys using many types and colors of wool to enhance existing designs and her own creations. She enjoys trying different threads and mediums and isn't shy in providing feedback to wool and thread providers to improve their products. While Mary enjoys traditional wool applique, her heart is really in modern designs employing splashes of color throughout the design. She is adept at basic wool applique as well as the more detailed specialized creative enhancements to design. Visit her blog at zen-quilter.blogspot.com.

    Teresa Fusco

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  • teresasquiltstudio@gmail.com

  • Teresa is a busy, outgoing artist with a passion for quilting and creating! She is an exceptionally talented, award-winning quilter and a well-known teacher in the quilting industry. Teresa has traveled and taught at quilt shows, guilds and quilter's gatherings as well as other quilting events on the east coast and Canada. Teresa brings a fresh outlook to her classes and techniques, and she encourages students to be progressive and innovative.

    Teresa is a generous and gracious educator who sincerely enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others. Her enthusiasm for the art and her dynamic personality are contagious, and bring a positive sense of energy to all of her classes and gives her students confidence. Teresa's work is collected by friends and corporations and she has received awards locally, regionally and nationally for color, design and workmanship.

    Teresa wants you to feel the passion she feels when she is planning a quilt.

    Jane Hauprich

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  • Jane has been piecing quilts for about 17 years. It wasn't until 2009 when she discovered Longarm quilting that quilting then became her passion. She started free motion quilting on a domestic machine, then a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen and then a Handi Quilter Avante. She still enjoys using all of these machines.

    Jane is a self-taught free motion quilter that specializes in custom quilting. She is an award winning quilter who has developed a love for sharing her knowledge of quilting with other quilters. She enjoys teaching as a Handi Quilter National Educator and on her own at quilt shops and national quilt shows.

    Jane's philosophy is that no matter what type of machine one uses (domestic, short-arm or Longarm), anyone can learn to custom quilt. Her goal when teaching is to equip each student with as much information and knowledge as possible.

    Jane resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. You can read more about Jane and see her quilting at www.stitchbystitchcustomquilting.com

    Michelle Renee Hiatt

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  • Fabricquiltgirl@gmail.com

  • Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning Quilter, Designer and National Instructor. Michelle has been sewing since she was a child and fell in love with quilting over 20 years ago.

    Michelle Renee is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. Michelle Renee teaches throughout the United States; inclluding at National Quilt Shows and Retreats!

    Michelle Renee is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go. Additionally, her designs have appeared in several international Quilting Magazines. Furthermore, she is a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and many of her patterns have been published in their Modern 180 pattern line.

    Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement! Michelle can be reached through her website at www.Sewonthego.net.

    Joyce Hughes

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  • Joyhughes1@verizon.net

  • Joyce is an Award Winning self-taught quilter and fiber artist. Her first quilt was a tee-shirt quilt, which she enjoyed making, but felt limited in the ability to express her artistic capabilities. Within several months, she began to design pictorial landscape quilts using raw edge applique, thread painting, and a variety of embellishments. Never knowing the "rules" she broke a lot of them, but with exciting results!

    Amazingly, her first art quilt, "Mother's Day", was entered into a National Show and won a Blue Ribbon. This has led to numerous awards, recognitions and opportunities in the quilting world. One Proud accomplishments of Joyce's, in October, 2012, she was selected as "McCall's Quilt Designer 2012 - Professional Category" for McCall's Quilting Magazine.

    Either on her Long Arm or Domestic Sewing Machine, Joyce loves to Free Motion Quilt and Thread Paint. Currently, Joyce has been working with Fabric Panels to create dimension and texture with threads and embellishments- Creating a style of her own! Joyce loves to teach and share her tips. One of her Greatest accomplishments is when a student creates their own Art work following Joyce's techinque.of Dimensional Thread Painting!

    Helen Johnston

  • Qltrathart@aol.com

  • Helen began her quilting journey during the Bicentennial. She has been doing one form of sewing or needlework since childhood. As a self-taught quilter, her first quilt was a queen size applique quilt – a gift for her college roommate and best friend. She has since realized all of the errors she made as she taught herself to quilt using a magazine pattern. The recipient still treasures the quilt – warts and all.

    The quilting bug returned full force after the birth of her son and Helen soon was a member of the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild of Bowie. Membership presented her with multiple opportunities to learn and develop skills. An opportunity to teach a class to the guild offered Helen the opportunity to merge two of her passions: teaching and quilting. Helen has taught at several Maryland quilt shops, guilds and here at MAQ. Recent retirement from teaching special education and a move to a house with a larger quilting space have recharged her batteries and she is excited to return to MAQ this summer. Her quilts have been exhibited at local, regional and national quilt shows.

    Helen is an advocate of SLOW quilting. Hand piecing, applique and quilting offer each of us the opportunity to stop, breath and live in the moment as we savor the delight of creating with our hands. While she finds something in every quilt to admire, it is quilts of the past that continue to capture her fancy. Her interest in historic quilts and the women who made them fits in nicely with her family's passion. Her husband has a degree in Medieval History and her son, with a Master's degree in history, is currently a museum technician at Fort Ward in Alexandria, VA.

    Heather Kojan

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  • heatherkojan@gmail.com

  • I've been sewing since my teens and quilting for more than 25 years. My first quilt was an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day. Since I had a king sized bed, it made sense to me to make a king sized quilt. Go big or go home, right? That quilt was in shades of mauve and dusty blue (hello mid '80's!) Let's just say my fabric tastes have changed since then!

    I consider myself a modern quilter, with traditional roots. I'm the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and love speaking to different groups and sharing the modern aesthetic. I'm foremost a teacher. I teach modern quilting classes in local shops, guilds, retreats and quilt shows across the country.

    I've written many tutorials for my own blog, and other popular quilting blogs such as Sew Mama, Sew!, Henry Glass and Moda Bake Shop. I'm a contributing author to the book Classic Modern Quilts as well as a featured quilter in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood. I'm also a frequent contributor to Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks and Modern Patchwork Magazine.

    Let's connect! You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and my blog. Search for Heather Kojan and you'll find me!

    Fran Kordek

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  • kordekfran@gmail.com

  • Fran Kordek of Elkins WV has been designing and making quilts since 1974. She is both a National Quilting Association Certified Teacher (2003 Certified Teacher of the Year) and Certified Judge. Her work has been exhibited and has won awards both regionally and nationally and has been featured in several magazines. Fran markets her original designs under the name Subtle Endeavors and has been active in her local and state guilds and in West Virginia's previous and current documentation projects. Learn more about Fran at www.SubtleEndeavors.com.

    Terry Kramzar

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  • Tkramzar@aol.com

  • Terry Kramzar is an art quilter living in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. She exhibits widely in juried and invitational shows. Terry's quilts can be seen in numerous publications including 500 Art Quilts by Lark Books, and she was featured in The QuiltLife Magazine. She has garnered many awards and recognitions and her work is in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and Europe.

    Terry brings her zest for living to her innovative technique and design workshops. "I'm so excited to teach at MAQ. I want my students to have fun sewing and learning a new way to quilt the quilt. For me, the best part of teaching is encouraging creativity and watching the spark flare as quilters experience an "ahha" moment in my class."

    An intrepid explorer, Terry is committed to living an adventure-filled life. She has traveled to Africa, China, Zanzibar, India, all over Europe, and has a goal of visiting every one of our National Parks. She and her husband, Gary, spend time with their four adult children, who are scattered across the country in California, Colorado, New York and Virginia. When she isn't sewing art quilts, Terry is backpacking the miles toward Katahdin on the Appalachian Trail, kayaking a serene river, or cycling Rail-Trails across the United States. Terry maintains a studio in the beautiful Wyeth country of the Brandywine Valley.

    Debby Kratovil

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  • kratovil@his.com

  • Debby Kratovil was Special Projects Editor with QUILT Magazine for 15 years, with over 600 articles published. In 2006 alone, she saw 54 of her quilts published, with another dozen sewn for major fabric companies. She has seen 25 of her quilts make the cover of quilting magazines. As she says, "I sew for the camera, making sure my quilts are very photogenic." She is a popular teacher both locally and nationally, as many happy students will attest. Debby authored Bold, Black & Beautiful Quilts (AQS, 2004), seven Block a Day quilting calendars (Accord Publishing & That Patchwork Place - 2006 to 2011). Her most recent book Supersize 'Em Quilts features BIG blocks and BOLD prints. Debby is a prolific quilter, designer, and illustrator. Best of all, she enjoys every minute of it.

    She currently sews and designs for several fabric companies, travels and teaches in nine cities each year with the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo, regularly publishes in quilting magazines and loves teaching for guilds throughout the United States.

    Debby lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Phil and dog Belle. She has three grown daughters and a grandson.

    Cheryl Lynch

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  • oyveyquilts@yahoo.com

  • Cheryl Lynch made her first quilt out of Marimekko fabric as an impoverished chemistry graduate student at M.I.T. It took another 17 years for her to make a second one - and then she was hooked. It has been over 20 years now.

    She likes to describe herself as an artist, designer, and educator. In 1996, Cheryl began teaching quilt making and then started a Judaic quilt pattern company, OyVey! Quilt Designs, in 1999 at the request of her students. Since then, Cheryl has had projects published in many national quilting publications, is the author of two quilting books and has won awards for her quilts at major quilt shows. In addition she has done several commissions for American synagogues.

    Cheryl's quilts are inspired by her family and her travels, whether it is a wrought iron railing in Barcelona, mosaics in Israel, or brickwork in her state of Pennsylvania. She incorporates every technique she knows, or develops new techniques when designing and creating innovative and unique quilts and loves sharing her knowledge.

    To learn more about Cheryl, you can visit her website or her blog.

    Shirley Mandler

    Shirley has been sewing since 4th grade (won't tell how long ago that was) and loves all things fabric. She's been teaching quilting for over 20 years. She's had a myriad of careers but her favorite, by far, has been being a sales representative for several leading fabric manufacturers. Shirley continues to teach quilting as time allows. Her other hobbies include reading, volunteering at her local no-kill animal shelter and diving.

    She currently lives in Southern Maryland with her husband and three Weimaraners.

    Linda M. Poole

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  • Linda@lindampoole.com

  • When I was a little girl, I had an insatiable desire to make things. Luckily, I come from a family that understood me all too well. My roots have been firmly planted by a talented, loving, generous European family that always put family first and strongly encouraged freedom of artistic expression. I have inherited the good fortune of learning from generations of artists, silversmiths, sculptors, poets, weavers, stained-glass artisans, and writers.

    My maternal grandmother let me work the treadle part of the sewing machine while she sewed. My grandmother was a smart cookie. She found a way of giving an energetic little girl a way to have fun and participate. Soon she propped me on her lap and showed me how to sew. I had my own needles, scissors, and threads before kindergarten and was taught to respect my tools. I remember my mother teaching me to crotchet, knit, and embroider. My father took me on adventures. I always had my little Instamatic camera in tow. My Christmas gifts were always about art, sewing, and creating. An artist's easel, paints, brushes, paper, and my own art table were some of my favorite gifts. As an adult looking back, I am thankful for the thought and time my parents gave to nurturing my curiosity and love for art.

    My whole life has always revolved around photography, writing, painting, and sewing. These interests have fueled my passion for travel, teaching, and sharing my experiences with people around the world. I have taught throughout the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, and Italy. I believe language is never a barrier in the translation of quilts.

    I live with my husband, Ray Williams, and Corgi pup, Zoie, near Milford, Pennsylvania, a beautiful region in the northeastern part of the state. Together we share the passion of discovering the gifts of nature while hiking trails that lead to creeks, brooks, rivers, and lakes. Ray can be found with his fishing pole in hand with me by his side clicking away with my camera.

    Patty Prodonovich

  • p.prodonovich@myactv.net

  • Patty is a professional quilter who began her quilting journey in 1986. She was inspired to explore this craft after viewing some of the many quilting programs broadcasted on Maryland Public Television. In 2002, Patty decided to try her hand at teaching and discovered that she truly enjoyed sharing her quilting knowledge with other quilters of all levels. She finds great joy in introducing the quilting tradition to beginners and watching their skill level increase over time. Patty has taught quilting classes at numerous quilting retreats and quilt shops in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Her quilts have won various awards in quilt shows in the Tri-State region. In 2012, her quilt titled, Bits & Pieces was one of eleven quilts selected to hang on display from January through April at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky as part of the "Quilts of the Appalachian-East" exhibit.

    Quilting in the traditional style is most appealing to Patty and believes that some of the best quilts can be crafted using fabric scraps.

    Patty has lived in Hagerstown, Maryland with her husband Paul for the past 43 years.

    Donna Lynn Thomas

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  • Donna has been sewing since the age of four and passionately quilting since 1975. She began teaching in 1981, and as an Army wife, lived in Germany for four years where she thoroughly enjoyed teaching at a German quilt shop and various guilds throughout the country. Long out of the Army, the Thomas' have settled in Kansas. Donna continues to teach and speak nationally.

    Donna's places a strong focus on mastering basic and precision skills not to please the quilt police, but to help quilters reduce frustration and thus better enjoy the creative process.

    The author of 16 quilt books since the late 1980's, Donna continues to write and contribute articles to various quilt-related publications. You can watch Donna's class, Piece Like a Pro, on Craftsy.

    Donna designed the Omnigrip On-Point Ruler™ and its companion ruler, the On-Point Square™. These rulers give us the ability to cut pieces that measure neatly on the diagonal, eliminating the messy math usually involved in setting patchwork units on point inside blocks or borders.

    Her greatest joy is her husband, Terry, and their two sons, Joe and Pete. Equally dear to her heart is Joe's wife, Katie, and Donna's most-perfect-in-every-way granddaughters, Charlotte and Alexandra.

    Donna and Terry provide staff assistance to their two cats, Max and Skittles, and a kiddie pool and ear scratches to one sunny golden retriever, Ellie. All the quilts in their house are lovingly "pre-furred".

    Erin Underwood

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  • erin@erinunderwoodquilts.com

  • Erin designs patterns that are traditional with a twist. She appreciates the many styles of quilting and has centered her lectures and classes around techniques that enable the quilter to create complicated quilts using simplified methods. In addition, she is a Ruler Designer with Creative Grids. Her two rulers, the 15-Degree Triangle and the Diamond Dimensions, keep her very busy designing and creating a myriad of patterns to accompany them. Both her rulers and original patterns can be found in quilt shops across the country as well as Australia and the United Kingdom.

    Most recently, Erin and her husband, John, have opened the Blue Hen Quilt Shop (BlueHenQuiltShop.com) in Newark, Delaware! Filled with batiks and cotton fabrics and a lots of quilty accoutrements, the shop is fun and inviting place to inspire quilters. With a large classroom in the back, Erin continues to offer a wide variety of classes taught by her as well as other fantastic quilters.

    Erin enjoys the opportunity to travel to guilds, retreats and quilt shops to share her love of quilting as well as exhibiting her quilts at local, regional and national shows. She is always delighted by the warm reception and eagerness of quilters to learn from each other and continues to take classes herself.

    Kevin Womack

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  • Kevin@KevinWomackArt.com

  • Kevin Womack is a textile artist living in Lynchburg, Virginia. While majoring in the sciences at James Madison University, he satisfied his strong interest in the arts by including several elective art courses as part of his studies. Kevin earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science and went to work in the IT field. He continued his artist pursuits, exploring photography, metals/jewelry, pottery and oil painting in community art classes.

    In 1986, Kevin was introduced to quilting by his maternal grandmother. Having always loved the legacy of family quilts, he decided to have her teach him the tradition. While his interest in other media has waned, his passion for fiber has endured.

    Over the years, Kevin studied with many accomplished textile artists and developed a love for hand dyeing and patterning fabrics with surface design techniques. His experiments produce a line of unique fabrics and clothing that he exhibits and sells.

    Kevin's artwork and quilts have been exhibited at several local and regional shows. His recent collaborative work with artist Eleanor McCain was selected for inclusion in the Quilt National '13 exhibition and Quilt Visions Biennial 2014. In addition to his fabric business, Kevin teaches and lectures nationally

    Madge Ziegler

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  • Teacher, lecturer and award-winning quiltmaker, Madge Ziegler lectures and conducts workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and teaches for local shops. Born and raised in New Jersey, she and her family now reside in Newark, Delaware. Madge has been teaching quiltmaking since 1979.

    She is a charter member of several quilting groups and a member and past officer of regional and national quilt organizations, including the Quilt Professionals Network. Her work has been part of national juried and invitational quilt exhibitions, including AQS, QHC and several Mancuso shows in PA and VA. Her quilts and designs have also appeared in books such as Heirloom Quilts from Old Tops, and in quilting publications, including Quilter's Newsletter, American Quilter, Quilting Today and Love of Quilting.

    Some of her quilts appear in corporate collections, including Bank of America. Madge also does private consulting, creates custom wall quilts, and designs and publishes Bags from Rags™ Patterns for knitted and crocheted bags made from fabric strips. The pattern line has expanded to include quilt patterns.

    Some of her quilts appear in corporate collections, including Bank of America. Madge also does private consulting, creates custom wall quilts, and designs and publishes Bags from Rags™ Patterns for knitted and crocheted bags made from fabric strips. The pattern line has expanded to include quilt patterns.

    Each December her local students look forward to the introduction of an original Christmas ornament kit, designed to teach a traditional hand quiltmaking or needlework technique. She enjoys using examples from her extensive collection of vintage quilts in her lectures and classes. Current areas of interest include quilt history and conservation, string quilts, 1930's and vintage kit quilts.

    Please use the contact info above if you have any questions at all about my classes.

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