Owner of Early Times Workshop for 20 years, Marty enjoys quilting
and doing other types of needlework. Trained by hand in very traditional
quiltmaking, Marty prides herself on the technical aspects of her quilts and is
passionate about passing those skills on to others. Always seeking a challenge
or competition to whet her appetite, Marty grounds her ‘art’ quilts in her
traditional background. You can find one of Marty’s quilts in Quilting with
Manhole Covers by Shirley MacGregor. www.earlytimesworkshop.com
Laura Murray Designs
Artist, entrepreneur, teacher and author, Laura began her experimentations with textile color and texture in 1989. Her work, which appears in books, magazines, quilt calendars and DVDs includes wearable art and award-winning quilts. Laura's passionate response to surface design resulted in designing her favorite images in a stencil collection, soon followed by a series of stamps, including StarBuilders, along with authoring her book, "StarBuilder Inspirations". Her recent work led to the development of an innovative technique which uses stamps, paintstiks and fusible web to easily create seemingly complex designs without sewing. www.lauramurraydesigns.com
What began as a simple interest in sewing 25 years ago has blossomed into an exciting adventure that Connie loves to share with her students. Her gifts for elegant design, fabulous color sense and exquisite craftsmanship has made her a highly sought-after teacher in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. Connie is on the faculty of the Martha Pullen Licensing Program where she not only teaches but creates a great number of projects included each of those courses.
She has traveled and taught for Martha Pullen events and returns year after year as one of the favorite teachers at the School of Art Fashion. Her showcase of skills can often be seen on PBS television in Martha’s Sewing Room, America Sews with Sue Hausmann and Quilting with Shar. She has the privilege of having garment designs on the covers of five Martha Pullen books: Lovely Lingerie; Elegant Sewing for Baby; Contemporary Heirlooms for the Older Girl; Six Easy Patterns and Fabulous Fashions. Connie has authored numerous sewing videos on notions, garment construction, heirloom sewing, quilting and more.
Karen Pharr Studios
Karen is an award winning quilter with quilts shown in both Quilt Shows and Art Galleries. Karen uses nature as her main inspiration for her work. As a national teacher, pattern designer and art quilter, Karen loves to help students develop new fun and creative techniques which they can apply to their own quilting style. A yes you can attitude flows throughout her classroom so everyone can create while having fun and learning new techniques they can take with them and apply to future projects. www.karenpharrstudios.com
Kathy Ruddy is an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern designer, Serger and fitting expert. Active in the sewing industry since 1962, Kathy is the star of 10 Serger and sewing videos and author of 12 Serger and sewing booklets and her new enhanced books on CD called Three ways to Learn CD'S. You can look at pictures of her projects from start to finish, read the words next to the pictures as you listen to Kathy impart her wisdom and experiences as she develops her projects. If you like a hard copy you can print off as many pages from the CD as you like. Her specialty is to show how to sew and serge fast and easy without sacrificing quality, fit or fashion details. Her fresh, fun classes are brimming with surprises and ideas. www.kathyruddy.com
Sulky of America
Nancy Sapin comes from an artistic and creative family. While Nancy learned to sew when she was very young, she really began sewing in earnest when she was in her early 20's. After 3 children, sewing and crafts took a back seat to owning and operating an electronic assembly business.
Nancy has now come back full circle to sewing. She moved to Franklin, NC after meeting and marrying her husband, David. Several years ago she began sewing Sulky samples to be shown at Sulky Sew Exciting Seminars, Certification Trainings and in Consumer and Trade show booths. Nancy has taught classes and lectured in 2008 & 2009 at the ASE in Novi, MI. Her felted bowl is published in Sulky's latest book "Supplement to Sulky's Secrets to Successful Stabilizing" Her newest fabric wrapped cord square trivet and bowl design was presented by Joyce Drexler on Quilting Arts TV show in February, 2009, and will be published in Sulky's future Embellishing book.
Quilting and sewing have become her passion, along with cooking, gardening, and being a new grandparent. Becoming a National Educator representing Sulky of America has combined all of her acquired talents and fulfilled her other passion, to teach what she knows with fun and enthusiasm. www.sulky.com
I've been quilting since 1991. I've also taught at a variety of fabric shops as well as local county Parks and Recreation facilities, as well as designed and self-published several of my own quilt patterns. I'm no different than most quilters - I enjoy working with most any fabric. But I must confess - my favorite (the one that will make me drool, and blow a carefully constructed budget) is batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. Having a background in art and literature, another of my guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in my work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. I am a Georgia native and currently live in Marietta with my husband, children (when they come to visit!), two dogs, and my favorite fat cat. In 2006 I, along with my former business partner Julia, started Outside the Line Designs. As a team we designed many quilts that played off of our combined interests and strengths, as well as our mutual love of vibrant fabric. Our designs were regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including Quilt, McCall’s Quilting, and Create and Decorate. As Tamarinis, you will continue to see my work in those publications, as well as many more! We also worked with some of the major fabric manufacturer designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines. We are authors of the AQS book Small Quilts, Big Events. In February, the partnership of Outside the Line Designs dissolved, but we both continue to quilt and design, and Tamarinis is my new design company. As Tamarinis, I design (as mentioned above) for many of the major quilt publications, design projects for several different fabric companies, and also develop patterns for my own pattern line. I also teach quilting classes through an online venue (to be released soon - more details to come upon release date!), as well as at quilt shops and for guilds.
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Sew Wonderful Dreams
Although she didn’t even learn to sew until she was over 30 years old, Connie used her background in marketing and education to develop Sew Wonderful Dreams, a pattern design company. Fifteen years ago the company focused on craft patterns, while today the emphasis is on quilting and education. About her company she says: “We believe the best marketing tool we have is to educate. Everyone can learn but the way we learn is variable. Our classes are designed to help you learn in a way that will be most beneficial to you.” www.sewwonderfuldreams.com
Conselle/Style Solutions LLC
Carol is Founder and CEO of Style Solutions, LLC, an image and fashion management services firm. Carol specializes in alterations of ready-to-wear, fitting & fashion pattern alterations, wardrobe techniques, color analysis, and image branding services with over 25 years experience. Clients include an Academy Award winner, corporate and small business groups, “everyday stars” and speaking engagements across the country. She is an Affiliate of the Conselle Institute of Image Management, and has further training through AICI. Graduate of UW-Oshkosh-BSN. Carol totally believes chocolate is one of the basic food groups and that at least 25% of every day should be fun!
A family-run business for over 25 years, TSC Designs was founded in 1984 as Teachers Stamp Company. Our business began out of our family garage, where we manufactured our own line of rubber stamps and other educational arts & crafts products. We later designed and produced brass embossing templates and other accessories for paper crafts & scrapbooking. In 2005, we retired and began to focus solely on providing unique and innovative products for quilters & sewers. Since 1990, we have worked with Tsukineko Inc. to provide the highest quality paper and fabric inks to our customers. During this 20 year relationship, we have helped thousands of creative minds develop new ways to “color” their world!
Sarah Veblen is a custom fashion designer who now focuses on teaching and writing. Dedicated to promoting the craft of clothing design and construction at all levels, Sarah teaches in her studio, classroom venues across the country, and PatternReview.com. With an emphasis on design, fit, and pattern development, she offers classes on patternmaking, working with knits, many aspects of design, and sewing techniques.
Drawing on her years of experience fitting clients and students, Sarah has written a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated book on fitting, The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting. Using her extensive research on fitting pants, she collaborated with Fit For Art Patterns to develop the Eureka! Pants that Fit Pattern.
Sarah contributed "Secrets for Sewing Knits" in PatternReview.com's book 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips. She has more than twenty articles for Threads Magazine as well as several “how-to” videos for the Threads website. Articles for Sew News and Vogue Patterns Magazine are forthcoming. Sarah has a Certificate in Fashion Design from Baltimore City Community College, a BA from Stanford University, and is a member of several professional sewing organizations. www.sarahveblen.com