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.
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 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 36years 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. 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 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. This will be my second year to teach at MAQ. I've been lucky, last year two of my classes sold out, one in less than 45 minutes. I've started selling my patterns in 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.
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 www.zenquilter.blogspot.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. 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 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 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.
I am a self taught quilter and fiber artist. I have been quilting for 7 years. My first quilt was a tee-shirt quilt, which I enjoyed making, but felt limited in the ability to express my artistic capabilities. Within several months, I started to design pictorial landscape quilts using raw edge applique, thread painting, and a variety of embellishments. I never knew the "rules", so I broke a lot of them, but with exciting results!
My new found love and passion for quilting has allowed me to design handbags, art bags, and art quilts. I have found these very challenging and rewarding at the same time. Each piece has allowed me too try a variety of new and different techniques with added dimension and texture. Amazingly early on, my first art quilt, "Mothers Day", was entered into competition and won a Blue Ribbon. This has lead to numerous awards, recognitions and opportunities in the quilting world.
Presently, I am teaching, giving lectures and workshops on my designing and techniques on applique quilting and thread painting. Along with this, I have proudly been acknowledged as an "AURIfil Expert" thread designer for AURIfil Quilting and Embroidery Thread Company. In October 2012 I was selected as "McCall's Quilt Designer 2012" for McCall's Quilting Magazine. I continue to create and design one-of-a-kind quilts and handbags that have a personal meaning, with a touch of whimsy that captures my imagination and touches my heart.
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.
She is the author of Recyled Hexies and Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist, among others. She also has a new book, Southern Quilts, which will be released soon.
Fran Kordek, award winning quilter from Elkins, 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, making sure my quilts are very photogenic." She is a popular teacher both locally and nationally, as many happy students will attest. Debby has authored 3 quilting books, 11 Block a Day quilting calendars (Andrews McMeel & That Patchwork Place) and two quilt wall calendars. Debby is a prolific quilter, designer, and illustrator. Best of all, she enjoys every minute of it.
She currently sews and designs for fabric companies, travels and teaches throughout the United States, regularly publishes in quilting magazines and loves teaching for guilds throughout the United States. She has a popular blog (DebbyKratovilQuilts.blogspot.com) and a strong presence on Pinterest and Craftsy.
Debby lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Phil and dog Belle. She has three grown daughters and three grandchildren.
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.
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.
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 time 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.
Renelda is on the Quilts of Valor(R) 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 SmithsonianInstitute'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.
Sue Reich first learned to quilt as a child at her Grandmother Martin's farm in Crawford County, PA. Like many women in the 1970s, the celebration of our country's Bicentennial sparked her love for quiltmaking as well as an interest in the history of quilts. Shortly after settling in Connecticut in 1980, Sue volunteered in the Connecticut Quilt Search Project. She helped to document and research 3,000 plus quilts over six years, culminating in the publication of Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut. That experience became the spring board to more publications. Sue's books include: Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting, Crazy as a Bed-Quilt, World War II Quilts, World War Quilts, Quiltings, Frolicks and Bees: One Hundred Years of Signature Quilts, and Quilts: Presidential and Patriotic.
Through presentations and quilt exhibits, Sue shares her collections of World War II quilts, World War I Quilts, Presidential and Patriotic quilts. Flower Garden quilts, Signature quilts, Crazy quilts, Connecticut quilts, with museums, at quilt shows and guilds across the nation. These sites include: Presidential Libraries and Museums, the National Quilt Museum, the International Quilt Museum, the Huntsville Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Museum of Science and Energy in Oakridge, TN.
Sue is an AQS Certified Appraiser and NQA trained Judge. Her most current and proudest pursuit is serving on the Board of Directors for Quilts of Valor Foundation, whose mission is "to wrap military touched by war." She co-authored Quilts of Valor: a 50 State Salute to be released in early summer 2018.
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
Thanks for Sharing in my Quilting Adventures!!
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.
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 five rulers, two 15-Degree Triangles, the 45-degree Diamond Dimensions and two 22.5 degree triangle 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.
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. She began her quilting journey with a Virginia church group in 2006.
Since then, she has made many quilts and is a member of Virginia Star Quilters, Stafford Piecemakers, and Fredericksburg Modern Quilt guilds. She had a 2-year term on the Virginia Star Quilters guild board and is a founding board member of the Fredericksburg Modern Quilt Guild, where she is currently the Program/Educational Director.
As a Westalee Design Accredited Teacher, a Juki America Home Sewing Educator, and a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador, 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 the second time at a curated exhibit at the Virginia Quilt Museum beginning February 2018. Find Geraldine's work published in 1000 Quilt Inspirations and the Quilter's Planner 2017.
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. She is now working on another book entitled Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles and Quilts! she is self publishing. It will be available spring of 2018. Her web site is www.comequiltwithme.com and you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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As a long time MAQ teacher, Madge is excited to present three days of handwork classes this year. 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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