Julie Belin’s quilting career began nearly 30 years ago after receiving a quilt as a wedding gift. When her husband challenged "you could make that" the journey began. Although originally a self-taught quilter, her careers of engineer and high school math teacher fueled her passion for precision piecing. She's always on the lookout for efficient methods and tools to do just that. As a Studio 180 Certified Instructor, she enjoys sharing the joy of quilting with others.
After raising six children, Ginny was exhausted past the point of distraction, so she needed a hobby where she could sit down. She started quilting, and in three years made close to 30 quilts. In 2016 she became a Studio 180 Certified Instructor and very much enjoys teaching at several local quilt shops.
With more than 25 years experience as a high school science teacher, Ginny has the ability to break down complex techniques and processes into simple achievable chunks. She effectively applies this skill to her quilt classes. She uses humor and enthusiasm to motivate and encourage her students to complete projects and increase their confidence.
My love of sewing began as a child, and quilting began as a way to continue to use my sewing skills. Little did I realize how much it would influnence the direction I am now taking. I started out with garment sewing for myself and then clothes for my children. Eventually that led to Civil War reenactment clothing, then I moved into quilting in 1997 by joining a local quilt guild. Seeing my first art quilt got me hooked on all the possibilities.
I have worked for many years developing my sewing, quilting, free motion embroidery and thread painting skills. I currently have two quilts in the permanent collection of the Textile Museum in Washington, DC. Several of my art quilts are on tour with various challenges.
I love what I do, and I am grateful always to have finally figured out what I want to do when I grow up!
Inspired by a life-long love of fabric and sewing, Karen began to passionately pursue quilt making in 1997. Karen designed and created custom, commemorative quilts on a commission basis for more than 10 years, allowing her to help families preserve their treasured memories and celebrate the special moments in their lives.
Although she makes a wide variety of quilts, Karen’s true joy comes from creating original art quilts. Karen utilizes a vast array of construction and surface design techniques, often embellishing her quilts with beads, yarns, buttons, ribbons, trims and other small objects that add texture and visual interest.
Teaching workshops featuring her techniques, Karen encourages her students to add their own personal touch to each project and embellish with abandon.Karen's lectures and trunk shows inspire quilters to express their creativity and embrace an artful life.
Dedicated to educating and encouraging quilters, artists and designers of all ages and abilities, Karen’s classes are offered locally at A Different Touch in Chesapeake, VA.
A Chicago native, Karen currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband, Tad, and brings her creations to life in her home studio.
Maureen began quilting more than twenty years ago after receiving a sewing machine as a gift from her mother-in-law, the only person Maureen knew who sewed! That machine is long gone but the passion for fabric and quilting has stayed and grown. Maureen enjoyed the good fortune of living in Houston, TX at the time she was first learning to quilt, and thus had the opportunity to learn from many great teachers over the years at Quilt Festival.
Maureen is a retired engineer with the heart of a teacher and a love of all things mathematical and precise. She has won several ribbons for her work at shows in Texas, including three first-place ribbons in one-person categories.
Maureen and her husband moved from Texas to Lancaster County in 2015 (and not just because it is a great place for quilters!) They are frequently on the road traveling in their Airstream Travel Trailer, which has just enough space for a sewing machine and supplies!
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, award-winning quilter, educator and creative entrepreneur. With the help of books and the Internet, she taught herself how to sew and discovered her love of designing and making quilts. As a trained and practicing graphic designer, her quilts start with a concept and research shapes the design. Her work is inspired by her everyday life and experiences. Sheri strives to enhance people’s everyday lives through beautiful meaningful design. Through sharing her work and teaching, she loves to empower and inspire others to enjoy the process of making.
Sheri’s quilts have gained international recognition, including awards from the International Quilt Festival, Quilt Week/Paducah, the Quilt Alliance and the Modern Quilt Guild and QuiltCon. Additionally, her work has been featured at art centers and galleries around the country as well as in books and publications such as Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, Modern Patchwork and International Quilt Festival Scene. She self-publishes and distributes her quilt patterns, which can be found at quilt shops throughout the country and online. Sheri enjoys giving presentations/trunk shows and teaching nationally.
Sheri was awarded the first annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowshipin 2016. This fellowship enabled her to debut Whole Circle Studio’s first booth at International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas in October 2016.
As an active member of the modern quilt community, Sheri collaborates with leading industry organizations such as Aurifil, Art Gallery Fabrics, Paintbrush Studios, QT Fabrics, Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Windham Fabrics. She designed, created and filmed two segments for Fresh Quilting, a new public television show co-produced by the Modern Quilt Guild and KS Productions.
Sheri works from her home studio in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut—a hop, skip and jump away from New York City. Learn more about Sheri and her work at www.wholecirclestudio.com and on Instagram at @wholecirclestudio
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 36 years of experience in quilting and teaching classes. She has 5 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.
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. 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’ve tried many types of piecing and love to design quilts and 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. This will be my third year to teach at MAQ. I lecture, teach and sell my patterns at guilds and quilt shops around the mid-Atlantic area.
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.
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. She 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 has been piecing quilts for about 20 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 Longarm quilter that specializes in custom free motion 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 is an award-winning Quilter, Designer and National Instructor. Michelle has been sewing since before she can remember, 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 at National Quilt Shows and Retreats!
Michelle Renee is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go and her designs have appeared in several international Quilting Magazines. Additionally, 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! You can follow Michelle on her blog at: www.sewonthego.blogspot.com and she can be reached through her website at www.Sewonthego.net.
Joyce Hughes 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 accomplishment of Joyce’s, in October, 2012, she was selected as “McCall’s Quilt Designer 2012 – Professional Category” for McCall’s Quilting Magazine.
Currently, Joyce has a new book, “Creating Art Quilts with Panels” – 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 technique of Dimensional Thread Painting!
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 and shows across the country.
I'm a contributing author to the book Classic Modern Quilts and a featured quilter in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood, and 50 Little Gifts published by Lucky Spool. You can frequently find my work in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine and Modern Patchwork Magazine.
Let's connect! You can find me on my blog: www.heatherkojan.com or on Instagram @heatherkojan.
Debora Konchinsky is an award winning quilter who has been specializing in animal applique designs since she founded Critter Pattern Works in 1989. In 2007 her critter designs became more realistic by using wool fibers poked into wool fabrics. With this new technique she is able to impart her designs with personality and dimension. She earned a BFA degree in Fabric Design from Philadelphia College of Art.
Fran Kordek, award winning quilter from Morgantown, WV, comes with plenty of experience – sewing for over 50 years, quilting for over 40 years and teaching for over 30 years. She earned certification as both a teacher and judge from the National Quilting Association and in 2003 was honored as the first NQA Teacher of the Year. Fran has been featured in several quilting magazines and markets her original designs under the name Subtle Endeavors. She has been active in her local and state guilds and in West Virginia's previous and current quilt documentation projects. Learn more about Fran at www.SubtleEndeavors.com.
Debby Kratovil was Special Projects Editor with Quilt Magazine for 15 years with hundreds of quilts published. She has seen 25 of her quilts make the cover of quilting magazines. As she says, “I sew for the camera!”. She is a popular teacher both locally and nationally, as many happy students will attest. She sews and designs for several fabric companies which helps her find new ideas for her workshops. Debby has authored 3 quilt books, 14 block a day calendars and two wall calendars of quilts. She is a prolific quilter, designer and illustrator.
Her favorite part of quilting is being in the classroom with motivated students. She has a popular blog (DebbyKratovilQuilts.blogspot.com) and a strong presence on Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy.
Debby lives in Herndon, Virginia with her husband Phil. She has three grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Renelda has been a quilter since 1982 when she bought a Simplicity pattern for a Log Cabin Quilt, made the quilt and was hooked. Her sewing machine and fabric collection moved 7 times in the next 20 years as she and her husband served in the Army. After retiring from the military, Renelda decided to put all her experience as a strategic planner to good use by designing quilts and writing the quilt book From Ensign's Bars to Colonel's Stars Honoring Those Who Serve. In addition to 6 original patterns, the book offers a glimpse into military history and trivia, as well as her experiences as an Army officer. She is also a co-author of Quilts of Valor: A 50 State Salute.
Renelda is on the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) Board of Directors as their Strategic Planner and also serves as the Quilt Challenge Exhibit Curator for the Mason Dixon Quilt Professional Network (MDQPN). She is a docent at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History's (NMNH) Hall of Human Origin in Washington DC and the former president and treasurer of the Loudoun Breast Health Network (LBHN), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit assisting women and families in Loudoun County, VA with breast cancer.
After 3 deployments and over 27 years on active duty and as a reservist, Renelda retired from the military with the rank full colonel and lives with her husband Bill, also a retired military officer, in northern Virginia. They have two grown sons.
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. The exhibit featured quilters from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Quilting in the traditional style is most appealing to Patty. She enjoys and appreciates the dedication and skill required to sew quilts entirely by hand from piecing to quilting, while on the other hand, she recognizes that machine piecing and quilting can produce beautiful works of art as well. In fact, Patty 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 40 years.
I learned how to sew and embroider by hand when I was in second grade, taught by my grandmother and my great aunt. I got my first sewing machine when I was in 5th grade and have been sewing ever since. I have been quilting on and off for over 35 years. Quilting "obsessively" (as my husband says) for the last 15+ years. I have been a Traveling Quilt Teacher and Speaker for about ten years.
Just about all quilting styles appeal to me. Handwork and machine, traditional to art quilts. I love to try new techniques and 'tweak' old ones to make them new and fresh!
I have a small rigid heddle loom to weave my own fabric to incorporate into some of my art quilts. I love playing with the different textures that you can get from different fibers!
I also crochet and knit, and am learning how to tat lace. Never a dull moment!
Personal info: I am married to a career Army man (just retired after 35 yrs Active Duty !!) and have traveled all over the world. We have lived on 3 continents. I've lost count of the number of times we've packed and moved! 3 children - 2 daughters and 1 son. The girls are in Indiana, my son is in the Army and his location changes as often as ours has over the last 35 years! 4 grandchildren - 2 girls and 2 boys, all of them in Indiana. A big Fat Grey cat, crazy and stupid, but lovable anyway
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Kathy decided to make her first quilt when she was a 4-Her as a project. She headed to the local library, checked out a book, and started cutting. Little did she know that cardboard templates shrink when you trace around them 200+ times! Despite this, she managed to finish the quilt and after taking a break for several years to recover, went on to make many more quilts. Kathy believes lime green is a neutral color, quilting rules are made to be broken, and quilting should be FUN. When Kathy is not quilting, she can be found camping, reading mysteries, cooking, and generally getting into trouble. She has a husband, three sons, three dogs, one snake, and an assortment of fish. She promises not to bring the snake to class.
Shannon is an artist, teacher, speaker, author, and an award-winning quilter.
Art in just about any form has always inspired her. In most areas of her life, she has eclectic taste, and likes change and variety, so it seems only natural that her quilting is eclectic as well. She uses a wide variety of techniques and materials, whatever seems to suit the project at hand. Shannon enjoys both traditional quilting and art quilting. She prefers to design original quilts, working from the stash she has collected over the years. Letting the projects evolve as she work.
Shannon has been teaching professionally since 2006 and loves working with students of all ability levels. She particularly enjoys when she is able to help someone overcome a stumbling block of some kind. She looks forward to hearing from her past students and seeing their quilt projects.
An avid quilter with a fabric addiction, Donna has been sewing since she was 12, inheriting her love for quilts from her mother's Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors. Inspired by their work, Donna started quilting 40 years ago. In 1997 she began to explore 'surface design' techniques in fiber and to incorporate them into her quilts, resulting in "Art Quilts"... quilted wall hangings that from a distance look like traditional art. Each piece starts as an original acrylic painting on a canvas of cotton. Raw edge piecing gives texture, and thread sketching enhances detail while adding color. Stitching through the layers creates highlight on the loft as well as subtle shadows in the valleys. Using brightly bold colors or softly muted shades, she loves to interpret the beauty that she finds in nature.
Donna teaches, lectures and exhibits her work throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic region, participating in national quilt shows as well as local art/craft events. She is a three-time winner in Quilting Arts Magazine's annual calendar contest (2005, 2006, 2008) and a 2007 winner of their Judge's Choice Award. Donna was honored to win a blue ribbon at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival for Best Wall Quilt in 2012. She also won ribbons at MAQF for Best Pictorial Quilt in 2013 and Judge's Choice in 2014. In 2015 she won an Honorable Mention Ribbon at the Denver National Quilt Show, and in February 2016 she won a third place ribbon for her entry at MAQF.
Commissioned work is welcomed.
Donna and her husband, Derry, live on Virginia's Eastern Shore, in Temperanceville near Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, where her work is inspired by the natural beauty of the area.
Donna is a juried member of the Artisans Center of Virginia, a juried member of the Eastern Shore Artisan's Guild, a member of the Eastern Shore Art League, and a member of Virginia's Eastern Shore Artisan's Trail.
A native New Yorker, Geraldine moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to begin her photojournalism career at the Los Angeles Times. After a successful 11-year career that garnered a Pulitzer Prize, she moved to Virginia in 2005 to work for a worldwide Christian magazine.
Her photos continue to be published by the Los Angeles Times and Getty Images. Geraldine’s photos have been published in National Geographic, A Mother’s Touch (1998), Swat Teams-Career Heroes (2016)
She began her quilting journey with a Virginia church group in 2006.
Since then, she has made many quilts and is a member of three quilt guilds. She is a founding board member of the Fredericksburg Modern Quilt Guild, where she was the Program/Educational Director in 2018.
As a Westalee Design Accredited Teacher, an Island Batik Ambassador and Designer, and a former Juki America educator, Geraldine lectures and teaches at quilt shops, guilds, and at regional and national quilt shows. She also shares her love of quilting on her blog www.livingwaterquilter.com and social media outlets.
Her quilts have exhibited in local and regional quilt shows, national touring events and shows with Hoffman Fabrics, and for two curated exhibits at the Virginia Quilt Museum. Find Geraldine's work published in 1000 Quilt Inspirations 2015, the Quilter's Planner 2017, Free Motion Framework 2018, and McCalls Quick Quilts, Feb/Mar 2019. Her work has been featured on the websites of Industry partners, Island Batik, AccuQuilt, Sew Steady, Quilter's Dream Batting, Sew Mama Sew, and Quilt in a Day.
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
Pat Yamin, President and Founder of Come Quilt With Me, is a well known innovator in quilting who, for over 40 years, has been making, teaching and judging quilts, designing quilt patterns and acrylic templates, and appearing at many national quilting shows. She's been a guest on television and radio programs, written seven books, teaches the art of making quilts, and is frequently invited to exhibit her extensive antique quilt collection at major quilt shows.
Pat's love for old textiles, quilts and traditional patterns is a driving force behind her creativity. Pat's latest book, her 7th, and titled Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles and Quilts! is out and will be available for purchase at the show. Her web site is www.comequiltwithme.com and you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Madge is a long time MAQ teacher. Teacher, lecturer and award-winning quiltmaker, Madge lectures and conducts workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. 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 and American Quilt Study Group. Her work has been part of national juried and invitational quilt exhibitions, including AQS, AQSG Quilt Study 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, Quilting Quarterly and Love of Quilting.
Madge also does private consulting on vintage and antique quilts, offers quilt repair and restoration, and creates custom wall quilts.
She enjoys using examples from her extensive collection of vintage and antique quilts in her lectures and classes. Current areas of interest include quilt history and conservation, string quilts, 1930's and vintage kit quilts and living up to her title of "Quilt Magnet" (someone who attracts interesting antique and vintage quilts and gives them a good home).
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