Arlington, TX

Meet the Teachers


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!


Frieda Anderson

Elgin, IL


Frieda's original quilts are inspired by the everyday scenery that surrounds her and the colors of the mid-west landscape she lives in. She works with her own hand dyed cotton and silk fabrics. The dyeing process is always an adventure. The ways the dyed fabric look influence the rhythm of her work and the way she uses color in her pieces and often effects how she quilts her quilts. Trees and leaves are a big part of what influences her designs.


Libby Ashcraft
Fort Worth, TX
Libby has been teaching sewing, embroidery and embroidery software for over 15 years. She specializes in embroidery software (Viking, Floriani, Brother, and Embrilliance) but has recently expanded her expertise to include electronic cutters such as the Silhouette Cameo and Brother Scan 'N Cut. Libby teaches three software clubs a month in her local area, providing unique and detailed lessons for her students, with many lessons based on student requests. She also teaches quarterly workshops on the Brother Scan ‘N Cut, creating new projects and handouts for each workshop. As a Martha Pullen Licensed teacher, Libby has travelled around the country helping bring the joy of heirloom sewing to many students. She is a teaching assistant at Martha Pullen Licensing events, the School of Art Fashion and mini-School of Art Fashion events. In addition to her teaching, Libby is a copy editor for the new Classic Sewing magazine.


Katie Bartz

Clinton, MT
Katie has the reputation of being an adventurer and an inspiring entrepreneur. Her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and her passion for sewing give her the understanding and creativity that is needed in both industries. She has a successful computer consulting business and utilizes that success to motivate everyone in the home sewing industry. Her teaching style is down-to-earth and people love learning from her.

Katie is an online educator and has also co-authored the "Pillow Talk" book with the home sewer in mind. Katie also enjoys publishing articles, which showcase her embroidery software, sewing, and computer abilities. Katie loves designing practical projects that teach you sewing techniques that take your sewing skills “from home-made to pro-made”! Her patterns are available at!


Paulette Bell

Brother Educator

Paulette Bell is a freelance educator for Brother International, Home Appliance Division. Her career has spanned thirty years in the sewing and commercial embroidery industry. Paulette was the editor for Stitches Magazine and Profitable Embroiderer, along with contributing writer for Printwear and Impressions Magazines. She has spoken at many of the industrial embroidery tradeshows. Currently Paulette presents classes for Brother regarding starting a home-based embroidery business. Her background includes sales, training and managing a warehouse for Madeira USA. She is passionate about her career in the world of stitching and embroidery.


Karen Benke

Medina, OH
Little Red Quilt House

Karen has 45 years of sewing experience that she loves to share in a patient, informal atmosphere.She continues to stay current in the quilting world, learning and teaching techniques and new tools. Karen is owner of Little Red Quilt House in Medina, Ohio and lives her dream of sharing quilting with others on a daily basis.


Denise Best

Independence, MO

Handi Quilter Educator
Denise has been around sewing and quilting all her life. She learned the art as a child and has been sewing and quilting with a passion ever since. With a background as an I/T and data analytics professional, she was naturally drawn to the incredible capabilities of digitizing software for embroidery and quilting. She is currently a Handi Quilter Educator and loves sharing her knowledge of quilting and quilting software with students all over the country! Denise is an active member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, serving 2 terms as treasurer. She is a long-standing member in a hand bell choir and enjoys running to stay fit. Denise lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area with her husband, step-daughter and 2 dogs.


Lorene Bonewitz

Hurst, TX


Lorene Bonewitz is the owner and founder of Sew It Up BERNINA which opened in 1998 in Texas. The shop, formerly known as The Grapevine Collection, is a culmination of her passion for sewing and embroidery. Her previous career paths were in education and commercial real estate. In 1986, she and her husband started their family and for 10 years she stayed home with their two children ~ all the while honing her sewing skills. 


 After 8 years of running her shop, she decided it was time to open a website. The idea was solidified with the idea of "kitting up" the shop's sample garments. She often overheard, "Have fun! Now, go home and sew it up!" Hence the name! Over the years, her shop and website have been featured in many sewing magazines - including a 6 page spread in Sew Beautiful, August 2008. She was a regular exhibitor at Martha's Sewing Market for 18 years. In the fall of 2014, Lorene and her husband, John, became the newest BERNINA dealers in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex.


Meg Cox

Princeton, NJ

Quilt Journalist Tells All

Meg Cox is a journalist and thought leader on quilting and traditions who lectures at guilds, shows and museums. Meg is past president of the national nonprofit Quilt Alliance. She contributes articles to the Wall Street Journal and many national magazines, and is the author of the resource guide The Quilter's Catalog. Her popular newsletter Quilt Journalist Tells All! features news, reviews and monthly giveaways.


Linda Davis

Hurst, TX


Some of Linda's earliest memories are of watching her mother and grandmother sew. Linda started her first quilt at the age of 6 and continued making quilts, clothing and dolls through college. As a mother to four children, sewing was truly a sanity saver - while they napped, mom sewed. Sewing clothes for the family filled her time but after the last wedding dress was finished over ten years ago, quilting became a major part of her life. Linda has her dream job working and teaching at Sew It Up BERNINA where she gets to make samples, try new techniques, teach others to quilt and pet fabric to her hearts content!


John Deer
Barrie, Ontario Canada
John Deer's Adorable Ideas

John Deer is one of North America’s leading experts on digitizing and embroidery with over 30 years of experience in the industry. John is a third generation embroiderer born into the Schiffli industry, working part time in his grandparent’s factory from the age of 12. This gave him the unique opportunity to begin his career apprenticing as a manual pantograph puncher at the age of 17, digitizing for Schiffli looms. Over the years he’s continually adapted this old school theory with today’s modern software programs, creating designs that are both beautiful and machine friendly. In the mid 90’s John launch Punch Perfect, a commercial digitizing house. During that time he personally won 30 Digitizing Awards, including Impressions Magazines 1998 Digitizing of Distinction, 1998 EMB Grand Champion and the 2001 Stitches Magazine Stitch-Off Grand Prize. He had also written over 50 articles in commercial trade publications and taught at numerous commercial venues including the ISS Shows, DAX Shows, Bobbin World, Imprint Canada and the NNEP Shows. Over a decade ago John’s entered the Home Embroidery market and Adorable Ideas was born. In the early years he taught at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Creative Embroidery Conference, Sew-Quilt Festival, Sewing & Stitchery Expo and the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival. Adorable Ideas has hosted 100’s of Embroidery Events at dealers all across the United States. John also authored the book “Digitizing Made Easy” published by Krause Publications and has produced numerous educational DVD’s for embroidery and digitizing enthusiasts. John now resides in Costa Rica and is focusing on creating new designs as well as developing a series of “Brand Specific” streaming “E-classes” that teach the process of digitizing from the ground up.


Chris Dolinar

Munroe Falls, OH 

Juki Educator

Chris brings a wealth of sewing experience to the classroom. As a sewing enthusiast, Chris loves to inspire others in all aspects of sewing from garments and home décor to quilting. Chris will inspire you with her passion, unique style and humor. Chris creates a fun environment for learning, showing her students ways to create fast and easy.


Stefanie Ellingson & Madeleine Miller

Hurst, TX


Madeleine is a home-grown Texan, and Stefanie got here as quick as she could! Both share a passion for all things sewing and are both Sew It Up Sisters.




Cynthia Guffey
Young Harris, GA
Cynthia has been designing women's clothing and teaching sewing and fitting techniques for many years. Her designs have been worn everywhere from the opening of the Met to Acapulco. Her fitting and sewing expertise is derived from a mathematical background, and her constant search for the simple and the obvious. And although her precise sewing techniques are not short-cuts, she saves you time by helping you get it right the first time. She shares her effective, practical and simple fitting and construction techniques with students throughout the United States, offering seminars and workshops filled with information that results in beautifully fitted, custom-look clothing. Cynthia’s design philosophy involves creating lines that multiply opportunities to fit and enhance a figure type.


Lorraine Henry
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.

Heather Kojan

Owings Mills, MD

Heather Kojan Quilts

Heather has been sewing since her teens and quilting for more than 25 years. She considers herself a modern quilter, with traditional roots. Heather is the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and loves speaking to different groups and sharing the modern aesthetic. Foremost a teacher, she teaches modern quilting classes in local shops, guilds and shows across the country. Heather was a contributing author to the book Classic Modern Quilts and a featured quilter in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood. You can also find her work in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine and Modern Patchwork magazine.


Cindy Lohbeck

Scottsdale, AZ

Hands On Hand-Dyes
Having worked in textiles and fabric dyeing for over 30 years, Cindy Lohbeck is truly a DYEHARD at heart! She started Hands On Hand Dyes in 2007, to share her love of textile arts through an extensive line of fabric dyeing kits. Believing in the right tools for the job, her helpful kits and classes are full of tools, tips and tricks, and have helped thousands of quilters and crafters share in the empowering experience of dyeing their own fabric. Humor, productivity and organization are key components to her fabric dyeing workshops, making them among the favorites at quilt shows, fabric shops, retreats and guild events, across the nation.

Cindy Losekamp
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.


Susan Manry

Cedar Park, TX

Handi Quilter Educator
Sewing and drawing have been part of my life since pre-school, so when I stumbled upon a longarm machine, it was love at first sight! Looking for a career that would put my creative talents to use, I retired from the insurance business and began quilting for hire, and now travel and teach longarm quilting both privately and for Handi Quilter, Inc. There’s nothing I enjoy more than sharing my knowledge and love of quilting with others or to hear a student remark, “I can’t wait to get home and do this myself!”. When I’m not enjoying the marvelous community of quilters, I spend my time at home in Central Texas with my husband and two pups.


Linda McGehee

Shreveport, LA


Linda has been teaching a variety of sewing techniques through her business, Ghee's, for 35 years. Very much a machinist, Linda likes to show her students how easy it is to acquire professional results when you know the proper techniques. She has designed numerous handbag and garment patterns. Her award winning books make stitching easy and fun. She travels the globe teaching at stores, guilds, and conventions, as well as makes TV appearances.


Kathy McMakin
Huntsville, AL
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.


Barbara Moore

Senatobia, MS
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.


Connie Palmer
Graniteville, SC
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.


Martha Campbell Pullen, Ph.D.

Huntsville, AL
Martha Campbell Pullen, Ph. D., started her heirloom sewing business in a tiny shop in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1981, two months after opening that shop, she began importing laces and fabrics to sell mail-order, both wholesale and retail. Next came Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion and Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher programs. There are Martha Pullen Licensed Sewing Teachers now teaching all over the world and currently these licensing programs are being conducted in several locations in the United States as well as online. In 1992 she began sharing her love of heirloom sewing with public television audiences around the United States and Canada through her Martha’s Sewing Room series. Martha wrote her first book in 1983 and now has more than 50 sewing books to her credit. Martha celebrated 40 years as the wife of Joe Ross Pullen, a retired implant dentist, before he passed on May 15, 2015. She is the mother of five and grandmother to 18. An active member of her church, Whitesburg Baptist, she has volunteered with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board in Africa, Jamaica, and Brazil.

Kathy Ruddy
Mukilteo, WA

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.


Nancy Sapin

Franklin, NC

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 20s. 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.

Beth Sidley

Painesville, OH

Park Bench Design
Beth’s passion for quilting led her to open a quilt shop, but she soon found herself on the road more often. The demand for Beth to teach a variety of different techniques throughout the country continues to grow. She is a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Designs and designs patterns under the name of Park Bench Design.

Joyce Teng
Houston, TX
TSC Designs

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!

Diane Tomlinson
West Des Moines, IA
Associate Editor, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting

Diane comes from a creative quilting and sewing family background. Her love for fibers, wool and hands-on creativity has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She has made wedding dresses, taught quilt classes for guilds and adult ed, and judged 4-H projects. Teaching and encouraging students to learn new techniques is her passion, and she loves seeing the satisfaction and delight in her students when they have mastered a new skill. She also thinks learning is a lifelong skill, and takes classes whenever she can.

Diane is the Associate Editor with Fons & Porter, coordinating the magazine projects, working with designers and enjoying the business. She has also worked in the garment and art business, as well as with investments in the banking industry. Diane says that it is a privilege to be working not only in her favorite craft, but with such talented and special people in the industry.

Joe Vecchiarelli
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.

Alicia Welcher
Tracy, CA
Alicia is a designer, author and sewing instructor who specializes in heirloom sewing and embroidery and serger sewing. She is the assistant editor of Classic Sewing Magazine. She has also appeared on Martha's Sewing Room and has published countless projects under the Martha Pullen Company label. Alicia has earned a following of devoted sewists through her clear and concise teaching methods while teaching both beginning and advanced techniques at events throughout the country. She is on the faculty of the Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing Program and School of Art Fashion and also teaches at the Dublin Sewing Center in Dublin, California.

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