Instructors Sew & Quilt Expo 2017
Featured Teacher: Cindy Myers - A Couple of Old Broads
has been quilting since the early 80’s, has been teaching
quilting for over 15 years and been a Certified Instructor
for Judy Niemeyer Quilting/Quiltworx.com for 5 years. She
has taught nationally and has lectured and taught at many
quilt guilds in California. She is active with her guild,
the Nite Owl Quilters. Cindy is also a quilt show vendor,
where she along with her best friend and business partner
are “A Couple of Old Broads”. Cindy’s other interests
include beading, jewelry making, and knitting, especially
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 four developmentally disabled
men. When she has the time Cindy does custom machine
quilting and makes custom quilts on commission. She shares
studio space with her family’s three cats, Lilly, Missy, and
Zoe, who love to inspect all the quilts that come into her
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Nancy Bardach - representing SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)
Nancy Bardach is a
full-time artist and a retired Architect. Her training, her
experiences and her life have informed her work in many
ways. Most of her pieces are abstract or indirect
reflections of her background and interests. Her typical
method is piecing and quilting compositions by home sewing
machine. She uses color and movement in characteristic ways
to create her art.
Her 25-year professional career
included both urban design (fountains, streetscapes,
lighting, small structures, et al) and architecture. To see
the aims and vocabulary of design as practiced by many
others, both architects and artists, contributed to her
competence and imagination. Nancy is now retired and working
full time now on fabric art, Bardach was born in Boston and
is living in Berkeley, California for 45 years.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University Extension |
Masters in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Gail Bird - Igolochkoy™ / Birdhouse Ent. /
Gail is an innovator,
author, lecturer, designer, and a teacher both nationally
and internationally. For 40 years Gail has specialized in
the art of IGOLOCHKOY™ (Russian punchneedle embroidery) and
has the largest collection in the world of punchneedle
works, including many created by famous wearable and quilt
Gail was the first person to embellish
cross-stitch with charms and created her own line, "Simply
Most recently Locker Hooking and French
Knitting are new techniques that she now specializes in.
Lauretta Crites - A Couple of Old Broads
Lauretta Crites is a
pattern designer, award winning quilter and costume
designer. She loves to help others unlock their creativity.
Lauretta has won awards at IQA Houston and The Road to
California quilt shows.
Her work has appeared in Quilters
Newsletter Magazine, IQA Journal and Quilting Arts. When not
in the studio she travels the country as one half of “A
Couple of Old Broads” selling her original quilting and
sewing patterns and is always looking for an excuse to have
Dustin (Dusty) Farrell - Country Stitchin
Dusty Farrell is not your run of the mill quilter. He has
a unique teaching style with very few "rules". Dusty teaches
at shows and privately at quilt shops and retreats in the
United States and Canada.
Dusty was fortunate to be
named 2014 IMQA teacher of the year, has had his work
published in numerous publications, and has won many awards
for quilting both nationally and internationally.
Mary Fatula – The Lumenaris Group
the first time Mary held a needle and thread in her hand to
learn to sew a button as a toddler, she was hooked on
sewing. Throughout the years she has worked in various
textile and fiber art mediums. She has explored fibers from
carding to weaving to knitting. Mary’s quilting
inspiration was her grandmother who made 100 quilts on her
treadle machine. Mary followed her mother’s example to make
clothing for her children, and her own historic costuming,
including 1860’s ball gowns.
She has also learned
many homesteading skills such as cooking on a 1915 coal cook
stove, and being a beekeeper. Embroidery was learned from
her other grandmother, and it is those staple stitches that
are found in her extensive collection of wool felt designs
that reflect the rich history of growing up in Pennsylvania.
Carrie Ann Fondi – Aloha Quilt Shop
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 2010 to sell her Hawaiian quilting. Her designs are
inspired by the beauty of nature and her love of the
Carrie teachers 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 2 CA Quilters Conference
and QSC Expos.
Reeze LaLonde Hanson - Morning Glory Designs
Hanson is a full-time quilt designer and teacher, and
frequently travels to guilds and shows all over the country
to lecture on EQ7, Color Confidence for Quilters, Sources of
Quilt Inspiration, Communication for Quilters, Odd Blocks
and Settings that Rock, Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilts
(The Hexagon and Beyond), and the 21st Century One Patch
Renaissance. Workshops include one-patch piecing techniques
using AccuQuilt cut shapes; fusible machine applique; EQ7
classes for beginners to advanced; tote bags in three
different patterns and styles; Seminole pieced sampler or
tote bag; easy pieced hexagon quilts (Merry Go Round Quilt);
a Color Confidence Workshop, project and technique classes
using 60° diamonds and triangles; curved piecing without
pins, and other project & technique classes. Reeze has
taught at many local, regional and national quilt shows
including AQS in Des Moines and Grand Rapids, MQS in
Overland Park, Wichita and Cedar Rapids, the Kansas City
Regional Quilt Festival, and Schoolhouse workshops at
International Quilt Market in Houston and Minneapolis.
Reeze’s design style was inspired by her busy life, and
the desire to make complex-looking pieced and applique
quilts using simple and fast techniques geared toward
working women and beginners. “I want to help busy quilters
create beautiful projects even as they are developing their
skills.” In addition, teaching beginning quilt classes
revealed the need for pattern instructions that are clear,
detailed and easy to follow, so that a quilter of any skill
level could follow them successfully. Finally, Reeze’s
quilting style draws on traditional blocks and settings with
a twist to make them fresh and modern, as well as an
infusion of strong colors drawn from her years as a
Retired after more than 35 years
as a Professor of Speech, Theatre, and Communication
Studies, Reeze draws on her wealth of experience as an
award-winning teacher, a custom dressmaker, a professional
costume designer in the educational and off-Broadway
theatre, and a seamstress specializing in bridal and
formalwear. She has been a quilter since 1997 and has
lectured and taught widely in quilting, design and color
theory, pattern-making, and sewing.
She started her
own quilt pattern company, Morning Glory Designs, in 2007,
and has more than 50 quilt and block of the month patterns
on the market. Her patterns are distributed world-wide and
have appeared in the pages of Quilter’s World, McCall’s
Quilting, For the Love of Quilting, Quick Quilts, The Quilt
Pattern Magazine, and have been featured in several books
including Jumpstart Your Quilting and Golden’s Journal. You
can also find her work on her website
, her lively blog and newsletter
, and her Facebook page
Reeze is an
entertaining and knowledgeable speaker, and a gifted
designer and teacher.
Dorie Javier – D’s Quilting Design
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
"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
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.
Julie Luoma – Off the Wall Quilt
Julie, the owner, of Off
The Wall Quilt, finds joy in making quilts that look hard
but are really pretty easy to make.
A relatively new
quilter herself, she understands that many quilters are
overwhelmed with the goal of perfection and she strives to
teach methods that are easy and forgiving.
Phyllis Martin – Sew Beadazzled
Teaching & designing
have been two of my favorite journeys in my life.
have taught all over the U.S for 15 years. The greatest part
of my classes is when that student realizes their AH HAH
moment. Everyone learns differently which makes up a great
group of creative people.
Sew Beadazzled is my bead
store that I have shared with my husband Barry for 17 years!
Gina Perkes – The Copper Needle
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 and a thread line with Superior
Threads. She also proudly represents BERNINA as an
ambassador. She has appeared on several quilting shows and
is the author of Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting
published by C&T. She operates her shop, The Copper Needle,
Innova® dealership and training center in Payson, Arizona.
Connie Spurlock - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Connie Spurlock lives in
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is owner and designer for Sew Wonderful
Dreams, a pattern company that specializes in quality
patterns for paper piecing, appliqué, jackets and home dec.
For over 25 years she has been teaching at national shows
educating her students in their individual and various
learning styles. www.sewwonderfuldreams.com
Krisanne Watkins - Quail Valley Quilts
I come from a rich
legacy filled with exceptional quilters. My initial
attraction to the craft was due to my Grandmother’s
willingness to let me play in her scrap bag, which developed
a love of fabric in me.
I made my first pieced quilt
by myself in my late teens, making many mistakes and yet
gaining so much knowledge through the process. I have
continued on making quilts throughout all of my life. I was
never able to follow a pattern, always had to make changes
to make it mine, so I started designing my own patterns over
20 years ago.
Quail Valley Quilts finally came in to
being about three years ago through the encouragement of my
son and daughter.
I belong to the Utah Quilt Guild, the
first state quilt guild to be formed. I am nearing the end
of a three-year commitment as President Elect, President and
Past President. We just held our annual Quilt Fest last week
in Layton, Utah entitled “Quilt Camp.”
I am also
active in Utah Valley Quilt Guild, Maple Mountain Quilters,
and a founding member of Hobble Creek Quilters.
patterns are based on traditional ideas, all created using
speed piecing techniques chosen for accuracy. I have been
teaching as well for over twenty years. I have taught
extensively in Utah especially but have been teaching in
Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona over the past few
Beth Watts - Minden, NV
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 27 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
Linda Winner - Martelli Enterprises
works as an educator for Martelli Enterprises, and for the
last twelve years, has travelled 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.