Expo Faculty

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!

Bari Ackerman
Scotsdale, AZ
Bari J

The designer behind the Bari J. brand is Bari J. Ackerman. Bari is an artist who is well known in the fabric industry for her whimsical designs and bold eye for pattern and color. She has created many successful lines of fabric for renowned fabric house such as Art Gallery Fabrics, has a line of home decor wall stencils with Royal Design Studio and also has a line of sewing patterns. Bari is also the author of the book, "Inspired to Sew". Bari's work has been featured in many national and international magazines and is sold worldwide.

Amy Barickman
Prarie Village, KS
Indygo Junction

Amy Barickman is the founder of Indygo Junction, The Vintage Workshop, and her website, AmyBarickman.com. She is a leader in the sewing and needle arts industry, having released nearly 1000 sewing pattern titles, sold more than two-million patterns and published 80 books sold throughout the U.S. and internationally. Named one of Country Living magazine’s prestigious Creative Women Entrepreneurs, Amy has made numerous television appearances including regular visits to Sewing with Nancy on PBS. Amy's recent endeavors include the launch of Crossroads, her denim fabric line with coordinating patterns, and her new book, The Magic Pattern Book, a collection of 36 fashion patterns, published by Workman(August 2014). amybarickman.com indygojunction.com

Barb Callahan
Venice, FL
Barb Originals
Barb designed and constructed one-of-a-kind garments using her label 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 Campbell

Akron, OH

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.

Nancy Cook
Beaver Dam, WI
FitNice Instructor

Nancy Cook Fit Nice Beaver Dam, WI What woman doesn't want clothes that fit her body and make her feel comfortable and beautiful? The two patterns in Judy Kessinger's Fit Nice System provide a fast, easy way to conquer your personal fitting issues, allowing you to have fun sewing and being creative. No matter what your figure type or sewing level, You nwill learn how to create that wardrobe that complements your body, instead of just covering it up. Nancy, a certified FitNice instructor, will show you how to take the stress out of seamstress. Her teaching experience in sewing and machine embroidery includes children's classes, guilds, dealers, conventions and expos. She also has appeared on PBS programs Sewing with Nancy and Linda Mac Phee's Workshop. Nancy's enthusiasm, humor and skill make her classes and presentations informative and fun.

Diane Ericson
Ashland, OR
Diane Ericson Design

Passionate about exploring creativity, Diane is an enthusiastic teacher and long-time contributor to the sewing industry. Her inventive sewing patterns and creative stencil designs encourage artful clothing and surface design. She is a contributor to Threads and Vogue Pattern Magazines and teaches retreats and workshops.

Cynthia Guffey
Baton Rouge, LA
Cynthia has owned a fabric and design studio bearing her name in Baton Rouge, Louisiana since 1983, and her designs have been worn everywhere from the opening of the Met to governors’ inaugurations 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. www.cynthiaguffey.com

Sue Hausmann
Sue has been sewing since her first 4-H project at the age of 10. Her proficiency in this art resulted naturally from a lifetime of sewing for herself, and her home, her four children, and now ten grandchildren. Her enthusiasm for sharing the lifeskill of sewing and quilting with others is her passion, and for more than 40 years her profession focused on sewing education.

Sue and her husband Herb travel together presenting “Sew and Quilt with Sue” programs across North America and sharing her expertise at Edutainment and Teaching at dealer and consumer trainings. This year she loves teaching the Sulky Embroidery Zen program.

Before retirement Sue was Executive Vice President of Consumer Motivation for a major sewing machine company. She has produced and hosted more than 600 public broadcasting programs and has 33 books to her credit including Sew Fast, Faster, Fastest, published by Rodale Press. She was Executive Producer of the America Sews with Sue Hausmann, America Quilts creatively and Sew Young, Sew Fun Public Television series. Sue received the 2002 American Sewing Guild “Sewing Hall of Fame Award”, the 2007 “Master CSE award from the Sewing Education Alliance” and was inducted into the Sewing Machine Hall of Fame in 2012. Sue attributes much of her success to the encouragement and support of her husband of 54 years, Herb, and is thrilled he joins her in the mission of sharing the joy of sewing and quilting and the joy of life!

Lorraine Henry

San Diego, CA
Conselle Institute

Lorraine is a specialist in sewing, fitting and pattern alteration for Conselle Institute of Image Management. She has a degree in Clothing and Textiles and has been a university instructor. Teaching pattern alteration and fit is her favorite thing to do. She is the creator of the Two Easy Measuring tape set which makes it easy to get accurate body measurements when you follow the instructions in her “Measuring Made Easy” booklet. She has also written for Sew News Magazine. With 30 plus years of experience as a custom dressmaker/tailor and teacher, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with you about sewing and fit.www.conselle.com

Sharlene Jorgenson
Starbuck, MN
Quilting From the Hartland
A veteran quilter of 30 years, Shar Jorgenson is a familiar face to thousands of television viewers. Her PBS television series, Quilting from the Heartland and Quilting with Shar bring innovative techniques to quilt makers of all skill levels. Her enthusiasm down-to-earth style and extensive experience guide viewers through the steps of creating beautiful quilts.

In 1988, Shar created her first set of laser cut, acrylic templates. Her time-saving method of rotary cutting several layers of fabric into customized shapes brought accuracy and convenience to quilt makers. Without sacrificing the beauty of traditional designs, Shar teaches methods for accurately reproducing ageless quilt patterns with ease and efficiency. Her step-by-step instructions, based upon her own hands-on experience, take the mystique out of quilting and insure successful results.

In addition to the 130 quilt programs she has taped for PBS, Shar is the author of dozens of books. She has developed over 40 template patterns and a full line of stencils. She exhibits and teaches at over 20 quilting events annually. Through filming, writing, and teaching, Shar continues to share her knowledge and love of the art with quilt makers everywhere.

Shar was named Quilter of the Year in 2009 for Minnesota Quilters, Inc. This award is given to those who have done much to promote the art of quilting, both in Minnesota and internationally.

Debra Justice
Abbotsford, BC Canada
Labours of Love

Debra Justice is the president and founder of Labours of Love Heirloom Sewing Supplies Inc. An online mail order company based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Debra's interest in sewing began at age 10, when she was enrolled her in some sewing classes. By the age of 20 she was teaching classes in quilting, a subject that she covered for several years during her off hours as a civil and municipal draftsperson.

With a love for the Victorian Era it was only natural that Debra would fall in love with Heirloom Sewing. Labours of Love was opened in 1990 offering a selection of Vintage styled patterns, fine old fashioned fabrics, French Laces and her own how to DVD "Precious Petticoats" an Introduction to Heirloom Sewing. Her first DVD was received with rave reviews and Sew You Want To Get Fancy her second DVD soon followed. Her DVDs and patterns have been featured in publications such as Sew News, Sewing Decor and The Creative Machine. In 2004 Debra wrote her first book Modern Machine Techniques which has already turned into a best seller. Her newest book on sewing machine feet called Learn to Sew With Your Feet was released in March of 2009.

With the success of her two books she has been retained by Sew News Magazine as contributing writer for their foot column. She will share lots of ideas and new techniques on how to use the feet that came with your machine. Debra teaches others how to recreate vintage clothing and teddy bears inspired by the Victorian Era. Her no nonsense approach and fun seminars have made her a favourite key note speaker and respected sewing expert nationwide. She resides in Abbotsford, British Columbia with her boys Taylor and Spencer. www.laboursoflove.com

Debby Kratovil
Fairfax, VA
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

Linda Lee
Topeka, KS
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 and Stitch 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.

Nancy Mahoney
Sparta, GA
Nancy Mahoney Designs

She has authored 13 books, all published by Martingale. Her bestselling books include Simple Circles and Gentle Curves (2013), Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing (2012), Fast Fusible Flower Quilts (2011), Treasures from the 30s (2010), and Applique Quilt Revival (2008).
Nancy has taught many workshops nationwide for guilds, shops and conferences.

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. www.sewingart.com

Linda McGehee
Shreveport, LA

Designer, Linda McGehee has a diverse sewing background with 40 years experience from garments to handbags, piecing to heirloom, surface manipulation to combining a variety of methods into a sampler of various techniques. Linda has traveled the globe demonstrating and lecturing from her books and is much sought after at trade and machine conventions, consumer shows, guilds, shops, and television.

Linda is owner of Ghee's mail-order sewing and notions company. The most popular patterns are those designed by Linda for handbags with ready-to-wear handbag hardware. She has published several books on sewing; Texture with Textiles (winner in the sewing division of PCM's 1992 Product of Excellence Awards); Texture With Textiles (finalist for the same award in 1993); a Companion Project Book; and Spiraling Schemes and Chromatics (winner in the sewing book division of the 1997 Primedia Awards of Excellence); Simply Sensational Bags - How to stitch and embellish handbags, totes, and satchels (out of print); and her latest book, the Perfect Bag - 101 Stylish Looks from Simple Patterns.

Linda has designed and created garments for the prestigious Fairfield Fashion Show, Statements, Capitol Imports, and Better Homes & Gardens. These garments are works of art combining many of the techniques from her books. On My Way to the Mardi Gras, from the Fairfield 1996-1997 show graced the front cover of Craft & Needlework Age Magazine, October, 1996. www.ghees.com

Marty Moon
Culpeper, VA
Early Times Workshop
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

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.

Laura Murray
Minneapolis, MN
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

Pattie Otto
Franksville, WI
Great Copy Patterns

Pattie Otto, owner of Great Copy Patterns, spends her time creating new and unique patterns, teaching a wide variety of classes, writing books and articles for publication, and designing machine embroidery. Her ideas focus on the practical as well as the classic. Her garment patterns feature timeless styles that transcend the seasons and flatter a variety of figures. Her home dec and accessory ideas are must-have items that make your home beautiful with a no-nonsense approach. You can see all of her designs and ideas on her website at www.greatcopy.com. Along with her husband, Rick, Pattie resides in Southeastern Wisconsin where she teaches the very popular Embroidery Club. The mother of four grown children, she does enjoy gardening and reading in her free time.

Kathy Ruddy
Mukilteo, WA

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

Connie Spurlock
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

Carol Steinbrecher
Boulder, CO
Conselle/Style Solutions LLC

Carol has been sewing since she was a little girl and hasn’t stopped since. She learned home décor and window coverings from her grandmother but has stayed with her love of fashion construction and wardrobing. Carol is founder and CEO of Style Solutions, LLC, an image and fashion management services firm. Carol specializes in tailoring, alterations of ready-to-wear, fitting techniques & fashion pattern alterations; wardrobe strategies, personal styling, closet clutter control and image services. Carol’s clients include Oscar award winner, Paula DuPre Pesman. Carol is an affiliate of the Conselle Institute of Image Management, member of AICI, ASDP, BPW and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. 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! www.stylesolutionsllc.com

Diane Tomlinson
Winterset, 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 has been Assistant Editor with Fons & Porter for 7 years, coordinating the magazine projects, working with designers, helping develop the notions line, 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.

Helene Weber
Navarre, OH
My passion has always been art in any form, but I have truly fallen in love with fiber art. My background is in fine art; drawing, painting and sculpture, and I use this experience in creating my quits. Although I have always viewed quilts as art, it wasn’t until recently that I have discovered the blending of traditional art mediums ; colored pencil, paints, and inks, with quilting. I love painting and working with fabric because of the versatility it lends to the artist and I like using a variety of art mediums along with longarm quilting on my art quilts.

Susan Zellers
Baby Lock Educator