We take the time to search out the best in the industry, introducing you to exceptional designers, best-selling authors, creative thinkers and visionaries. Taking classes at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo adds to a memorable and satisfying experience!
Handi Quilter Educator
Lynn Blevens has spent the last 26 years in the education profession as a teacher and most recently as a principal. She brings with her a love of learning and teaching, expert organizational and classroom skills, and a great interest in all things textile to her new path as a Handi Quilter National Educator.
Lynn owns and loves her HQ24 Fusion® and HQ Pro-Stitcher® machines, and recently added an HQ Sweet Sixteen® to her collection. She enjoys exploring all that is possible with Handi Quilter machines, and is happy to share her experience and discoveries with quilters everywhere.
Lynn and her husband have had many life-changing events in the last few years, including getting married, embracing two little dogs, and adopting a foster boy from Lynn’s previous school. They reside in southwest Washington (or Vancouver) just across the river from Oregon. www.handiquilter.com
Barb designed and constructed one-of-a-kind garments using her labefl Barb Originals and sold them at art shows for almost 25 years, alongside her antique linens, buttons and trimmings. After years of hearing customer requests for patterns and instructions for these very wearable items, she decided to accommodate them. Today Barb travels the U.S. sharing her expertise in using vintage linens, buttons, hankies, trimmings and more to create stylish, flattering and easy-to-make clothing and accessories. She holds a bachelors degree in education and a masters degree in administration and counseling, and has also attended classes at FIT in New York. Her articles have appeared in Threads, Sew Beautiful and her company’s newsletter. www.barboriginals.com
Tammie grew up in Canfield, Ohio and moved to Florida in 1973 with her family. In 1975, the family moved to Put-In-Bay, Ohio. While living on the island, Tammie did quite a bit of quilting and sewing and enjoyed doing many different crafts. Tammie's love of beading started around 2000 when she and her husband were living at the Dry Tortugas National Park. They were lucky to have a woman there that shared her talent and her beads with the staff, and Tammie has been in love with beads ever since. As she moved on to The Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee and then on to Lake Roosevelt in the state of Washington, Tammie took many classes and tried many forms of beading. In 2010 Tammie's husband retired from the National Park Service and they moved back home to Ohio. Tammie has two beautiful granddaughters that she enjoys as often as she can.
Fit For Art Patterns
Rae Cumbie is the Creative Director at Fit for Art Patterns which offers patterns for modern wardrobe basics that focus on fit and include artful design options. She coaches sewers of all skill levels, in classes and on her blog, to stitch up a fun and comfortable wardrobe and design more creatively. Catch her blog, Sew! Let’s Get Dressed at www.fitforartpatterns.com
for everything from basic sewing education to artful inspiration. www.raecumbie.com
Beaver Dam, WI
FitNice Presented by Nancy
Nancy is a lifelong sewer with a variety of experiences as a teacher and student. She has taught sewing and machine embroidery classes for individuals, groups and guilds and sewing dealers using all major sewing machine brands. She has demonstrated sewing and embroidery techniques for consumers at Wisconsin Quilt Expo. Nancy has been trained by Brother Sewing on all levels of sewing and embroidery machines. She has also been mentored by and taught garment sewing classes for Linda MacPhee. Nancy appeared as a guest sewer on the PBS TV shows Linda MacPhee’s Workshop
and Sewing With Nancy
Diane Gloystein teaches at expos and stores throughout the country where her high energy presentations, incredible array of whimsically creative samples and infectious enthusiasm are met with rave reviews. Her position as a National Educator representing Sulky of America is the fulfillment of a dream which offers her the extraordinary opportunity to inspire students with a myriad of sewing techniques, surface design and embellishment possibilities. Diane was a designer in the 2008 BERNINA Fashion show. Most recently she co-authored the book Embellish Your Life with Sulky
, along with Joyce Drexler. www.sulky.com
San Diego, CA
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Lorraine is a specialist in sewing, fitting and pattern alteration for Conselle Institute of Image Management. With a degree in Clothing and Textiles she has been a university instructor. Teaching pattern alteration and fit is her favorite thing to do. She has done this at international sewing shows for many years. Her Two Easy Measuring tape set has been an aid for achieving good fit for fashion sewers throughout the world. With 40 years experience as a custom dressmaker/tailor/teacher, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with you about sewing and fit. www.conselle.com
Baby Lock Educator
Sew Happy Quilting
Kaye began sewing at age eight with the encouragement of her sister, making doll clothes and purses on her grandmother’s old Singer sewing machine. From there it was on to garments, enrolling every sewing class she could in junior high and high school to improve her grade average. (the A’s in sewing made the C’s and D’s look a little better to her mom!) She always loved everything fabric-y and crafty especially if was small! That lead her to teddy bears in miniature and then naturally to quilts in miniature when there was little room left for big quilts! She discovered foundation/paper-piecing was the way to go for precision and machine quilting for speed. She enjoys sharing her knowledge, is dedicated to positive and patient instruction to help develop new skills in each student ! Kaye has won awards for her miniature quilt “Home At Last” in Ireland, Houston, Paducah, NQA in Columbus, OH and at Indiana Heritage Quilt festival. sew-happy-quilting.blogspot.com
Quilter By Design
Debby has been in the professional quilting world since 1994. She was Quilt Magazine’s Special Projects Editor for 14 years. She contributes to various quilt magazine titles along with sewing and designing for several fabric companies. Her hundreds of published articles about quilts, easy techniques, and how-tos have helped thousands of quilters discover an easier way to approach a wide range of projects. Her published works include “Bold, Black & Beautiful Quilts”, “Supersize ‘Em Quilts”, seven different Quilt Block a Day calendars, and is working on her next book on Mariner’s Compass quilts (March 2013). She is an enthusiastic teacher who especially loves the "aha!" moments with her students. She freely shares tips, tricks and techniques to make quilting a real pleasure. www.quilterbydesign.com
The Sewing Workshop
Linda Lee is the owner of The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection, a group of patterns for distinctive garments using innovative sewing techniques. Linda writes for Threads, Sew News
magazines. She travels the country teaching fine sewing techniques and the art of combining beautiful fabrics and distinctive design in garment and home decorating creations. Using her background as a licensed interior designer and a member of ASID since 1974, she has written fourteen books relating to garment sewing and interiors. Sew Sensational Pillows won the Independent Book Award in the Craft and Hobby Category and Sew Easy won Honorable mention by the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Most Original Design in their “Ten Outstanding Books of the Year” awards. Linda is a seasoned teacher for Craftsy, Burdastyle, Daily Craft TV and Craft Daily. www.sewingworkshop.com
Kathy Lincoln Quilts
Kathy has taught a variety of lectures and workshops nationally since 1992 and has exhibited quilts at International Quilt Festival in Houston, American Quilters Society Show in Paducah, Vermont Quilt Festival, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and other shows. Her quilt, “In My Shade Garden,” was published in the February/March 2009 issue of Quilters Newsletter
. She also participated in the “Vintage Revisited Challenge,” making six quilts that traveled the United States with this exhibit. Kathy has a special passion for simplifying techniques and believes in reducing fabric waste and speeding up the process. She is always looking for new ways to do things and working to improve her techniques, as time is her most precious commodity. She especially enjoys helping others learn and sharing her love of quilt making. Kathy lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Howard. www.kathylincoln.com
Cedar Grove, IN
Sew Artfully Yours
Cindy is the creator of several Signature Series embroidery disks for Cactus Punch and CEO of Sew Artfully Yours, Inc. Cindy's skills take machine embroidery to new heights in creativity, and along with embroidery, she is also the creator of a myriad of other machine techniques. She is the designer and author of thirty-one books, and has been teaching and inspiring people to sew and create for twenty-one years. There are no boundaries in artistic pursuits when it comes to her books and classes. Everyone is encouraged to transcend to a higher level of creativity. www.sewingart.com
Martha Pullen Company
Kathy McMakin is one of America’s foremost authorities in the field of heirloom sewing by machine and by serger. She teaches beginning and advanced sewers from every corner of the world and inspires a new level of confidence in her students. Kathy is the Director of Education for Martha Pullen Company and produces sewing and serging events held all across the United States. As the team leader and instructor for the Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing Program for both face-to-face and online curriculums, she can be found designing, serging, sewing and writing instructions on almost every day of the week.
She has been a guest instructor at events for every major sewing machine manufacturer in the world. She has authored several smocking, sewing and serging books and has produced and appeared in numerous sewing and serging videos. Her guest appearances on sewing television shows are many. Kathy is going on 32 years with Martha Pullen Company and now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband. They have two grown children and three absolutely precious grandchildren.
Early Times Workshop
Owner of Early Times Workshop, 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
SVP Sewing Ambassador
Barbara Moore has over 20 years experience teaching and selling Husqvarna Viking products, including time spent as a Husqvarna Viking dealer. She teaches classes and workshops in Sew What's New, Home Dec, Heirloom Sewing and Machine and Serger training. Barbara lives in North Mississippi and teaches locally as well as nationally.
Laura Murray Designs
Artist, entrepreneur, teacher, and author, Laura began her experimentation 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 a fusible appliqué technique called Tileworks using stamps, paintstiks, and fusbile web to easily create seemingly complex designs without sewing. www.lauramurraydesigns.com
Great Copy Patterns
Pattie is the owner and designer of Great Copy Patterns and author of Quilting with Fleece
, Embellishing with the Edge Perfect Blade
™ and Ultimate Polarfleece® Pizzazz
, and has a passion for everything sewing. Her goal is to help you obtain a professional finish every time with a minimum of effort. You will find her techniques and detailed instructions contain the short cuts, tricks and information that is so often lacking. She has a real passion for teaching and also keeps busy designing patterns, writing and digitizing her line of machine embroidery. www.greatcopy.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.
Gina Perkes Designs
Gina Perkes is an internationally award-winning quilter. She has been quilting for nearly two decades and is featured in Gammill’s quilting ads and is proud to represent them as a quilting artist. 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. Gina loves working with other quilters, sharing her techniques and helping them find inspiration and gain confidence. She teaches both domestic and longarm techniques and believes that quilting is therapeutic and strives to create a stress-free, fun learning environment for her students. www.ginaperkes.com
Alice Ridge Quilts
Alice learned how to sew and embroider by hand from her grandmother and great aunt when she was in second grade. She has been sewing ever since she received her first sewing machine in 5th grade, and has been quilting on and off for over 35 years. She has been a traveling quilt teacher for the last 8 years. Alice loves to try new techniques and ‘tweak’ old ones to make them new and fresh. She enjoys playing with the different textures that you can get from different fibers. Her interest is in all quilting styles (handwork and machine, traditional to art quilts), crocheting, knitting and tat lace. Alice has traveled all over the world and lived on 3 continents with her Army husband, 3 children and 2 cats. She is the proud grandmother of 4 grandchildren. www.AliceRidgeQuilts.com
Kathy is an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern designer, Serger and fitting expert. Active in the sewing industry since 1962, she 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
Cyndi learned to sew before she was ten and has been quilting for over thirty years. A Bernina Ambassador, Cyndi particularly enjoys the machine quilting part of her projects and likes to help others gain confidence in their machine quilting and finishing skills. She also enjoys painting and stamping on fabric to create original designs to use in her work. She loves using her education degree to help quilters add art and quilting skills to their quilting toolboxes, working for that “aha moment” when everything clicks for her students. Cyndi teaches classes in art quilting and art quilt techniques in Northern Virginia at Artistic Artifacts. She also travels to teach at regional and national quilt shows and to do lectures and workshops for quilt groups. Cyndi spends much of her time creating Tribute and Celebration Quilts for clients, some of which can be seen in her book, Creating Celebration Quilts
. Cyndi is a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). www.moonlightingquilts.com
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, in 1989. The company originally 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
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! www.teacherstamp.com
Holice Turnbow is a Quilt Judge and Teacher certified by the National Quilting Association. His quilting career began in the early 70's when he was asked to teach needlework and quilting for a county recreational program. National exposure followed in 1978 when he served as a consultant to the West Virginia Department of Culture and History to organize a quilt show in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service's issuance of a commemorative stamp recognizing quilting as a folk art. He also served on the planning committee for the First Continental Quilting Congress held in Arlington, Virginia in 1978. These two events resulted in invitations to lecture and teach at quilting events across the United States and in Canada.
Holice Turnbow lectures and conducts workshops in many quilting techniques with emphasis on those subjects related to the development and use of quilting designs. He has written for various quilting magazines and appeared on public television. with Kay Wood's "Strip Quilting with Kaye" and "Quilting for the 90's." He also appeared on 13 segments of "Heirlooms by Design" which was shown in the Alabama area through the CBS cable networks. He has also filmed six shows on QNN representing The Stencil Co.
He is the former co-curator of the "Hoffman Challenge" with Betty Boyink, and has served as a quilt consultant to a number of companies. Holice has also designed and made garments for two invitational exhibits and has designed and made quilted items for various other special exhibits and quilt challenges including the exhibit "Men of Biblical Proportions." www.holiceturnbow.com
Sarah Veblen Clothing Originals
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 wrote a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated book, "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 has a new Threads video series on developing master patterns and designing from them, more than twenty articles for Threads Magazine as well as several “how-to” videos, and articles with Sew News and Vogue Patterns Magazine. She contributed "Secrets for Sewing Knits" in PatternReview.com's book 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips. She 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
Los Angeles, CA
Fashion Supplies, Inc.
Joe Vecchiarelli, founder and president of Fashion Supplies, Inc., has worked in the fashion industry for over 40 years. During his college years, Joe worked in the family business, sharpening scissors for the industry's top designers. He later graduated from USC's business program and began to realize that opportunities in the apparel business were unlimited. Mr. Vecchiarelli's career took another fascinating turn when he made a foray into the entertainment business working in production with shows like Dancing with the Stars and The X Factor. A few years ago he was approached by NBC to help produce the competitive design talent show, Fashion Star. He accepted, with the challenge to create a successful show more professional than even Project Runway. Presently Mr. Vecchiarelli is ever so busy maintaining his business and helping fashion students and enthusiasts grasp their dreams and become successful within the industry. www.fashionsuppliesinc.com
Nelly has a Master of Science in Mathematics, a passion for teaching and a love for quilting. Her love affair with quilting started in 1985 while attending graduate school at the University of Montana. Since then, she has managed to fit quilting into her life to the point it is now her most important activity. She has mastered many techniques and she is always looking for easier and more efficient ways to construct quilts. She likes taking classes and discovering new things. Quilting never gets old. There seems to be infinite paths to explore, always something else to try and something new to learn. Quilting is a creative outlet and good therapy. It makes her happy and keeps her stimulated and relaxed. Quilting gives Nelly a voice to leave a legacy. For almost fifteen years she has been sharing her knowledge as a freelance teacher. Since the fall of 2008, Nelly has taught quilt construction techniques and machine quilting for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo which takes her all over the US. She also teaches private workshops, gives lectures and does trunk shows. She designs and publishes quilting patterns and when time permits, she works on other people’s quilts using her long-arm machine. Nelly loves sharing her talent with her students and willingly encourages them to reach beyond what they consider their normal limits. She was published in the winter 2015 issue of Modern Patchwork Magazine, where four of her patterns were showcased. She continuously participates in International, National, regional and local quilt/art competitions and has won numerous awards. Nelly enjoys reading, traveling and outdoor activities. Nelly lives with her husband in Aurora, Ohio. www.artelasquilts.com
Helene's passion has always been art in any form, but she has truly fallen in love with fiber art. Her background is in fine art: drawing, painting and sculpture, and she uses this experience in creating her quilts. Although she has always viewed quilts as art, it wasn’t until recently that she discovered the blending of traditional art mediums – colored pencil, paints and inks – with quilting. Helene loves painting and working with fabric because of the versatility it lends to the artist and she likes using a variety of art mediums, along with longarm quilting, on her art quilts.
Baby Lock Educator
Using a needle and thread, Susan's mother taught her to sew at the age of three. She has sewn all kinds of clothing and home decorator items. From 1981 to 1999, she had a home business that specialized in bridal gowns, special occasion items and custom embroidery. Married for 29 years with two daughters, she has had a lot of practice at her craft. Working also in a retail business part-time and then fulltime since 1996 she has managed and taught employees and consumers basic sewing to computer skills. She especially enjoys the time she spends with the computer digitizing programs; always wanting designs that are not readily available. Recently introduced to the quilting world, she combines her interests together to make unique quilts and wall hangings. www.babylock.com