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Instructors Sew & Quilt Expo 2017

Featured Teacher: Cindy Myers  -  A Couple of Old Broads

Cindy 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 lace knitting.

Cindy lives and plays in Southern California. She owns and operates an Adult Residential Facility in her home in Ontario where she, along with her husband and daughter, care for 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 studio.

For more about Cindy go to www.wearablart.blogspot.com or www.quiltworx.com/instructors/cindy-myers/.

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 artists.

Gail was the first person to embellish cross-stitch with charms and created her own line, "Simply Charming".

Most recently Locker Hooking and French Knitting are new techniques that she now specializes in. www.gailbird.com

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 fun. www.laurettacrites.com

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

From 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

Carrie Ann Fondi, who has been quilting since 1992, is accomplished in the unique art form of Hawaiian Quilting, which evolved in the islands in the early 1800’s. She has studied from many master Hawaiian quilters.

As Hawaiian quilting became a full time passion she created Aloha Quilt Designs in 2010 to sell her Hawaiian quilting. Her designs are inspired by the beauty of nature and her love of the Hawaiian Islands.

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

Reeze 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 theatrical designer.

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 www.morningglorydesigns.com, her lively blog and newsletter www.blog.morningglorydesigns.net, and her Facebook page www.facebook.com/morningglorydesigns.

Reeze is an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker, and a gifted designer and teacher.

Dorie Javier – D’s Quilting Design

Dorie is a quilt maker, quilt teacher and pattern designer from Folsom, CA. She has been sewing since she was nine years old and has been quilting since 1984. With her practical approach to quilting and her extensive experience, Dorie has been instrumental in introducing many new and traditional quilters to the unlimited potential of quilt piecing and design.

"My students know me as an enthusiastic and patient teacher, one who encourages trying new techniques and expanding their repertoire of skills." In the classroom, Dories’ students are treated to the specific techniques involved in their class, and also to precision piecing tricks as well as efficient shortcuts which help to streamline the pleasures of quilt making. Dorie loves the concept of using basic geometric shapes to produce an infinite variety of designs. She also likes the idea of using her favorite Asian/Oriental fabrics together with other blenders that makes her quilts exquisite and one of the kind.

Fabric selection is discussed in every class as a result of her beautiful quilts and patterns. Dorie encourages quilters to enjoy the process, gather as much knowledge as possible and to challenge themselves with new techniques and processes. www.doriejavier.com

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.

I 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

Gina Perkes is an internationally award-winning quilter. In 2015, she received the Best Longarm Machine Workmanship award at the AQS Paducah show. Her quilt Nostalgia is now part of the American Quilter's Society collection displayed at the National Quilt Museum in Kentucky.

Gina has been quilting for nearly two decades and has developed many tools for machine quilters 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.
My quilt 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 years.

Beth Watts - Minden, NV

Beth has been sewing and quilting since she was a young girl. Beth went to work for elinor peace bailey Cloth Dolls when she was 15 and has been involved in the quilting industry for the past 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 Thread Painting.

Linda Winner - Martelli Enterprises

Linda 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. http://www.martellinotions.com