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
Since 1983 Mary Mulari has inspired the sewing world with inventive projects and classy but easy-to-sew accessories and garment embellishments. Her first sewing experience and lessons came through membership in the Loon Lake 4-H Club. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Mary taught junior high school English for five years. Her sewing career began with community education classes on sweatshirt alterations and trims. Following her first self-published book Designer Sweatshirts, Mary wrote, hand lettered and illustrated eight additional books to establish herself as a national sewing expert and personality. Her topics ranged beyond sweatshirts to applique, travel accessories, and gifts.
The Chilton Book Company published three of Mary’s books: Sweatshirts with Style, Garments with Style, and More Sweatshirts with Style. Her Krause Publications titles include Appliques with Style, Denim & Chambray with Style, Made for Travel, Simply Napkins, and two Embroidery Machine Essentials books.
As a frequent guest on “Sewing with Nancy,” Mary has written four sweatshirt books in cooperation with Nancy’s Notions. She has designed machine embroidery collections for several companies as well as her own company, Mary’s Productions. Her self-published pattern collection includes reversible apron patterns and other accessories and wearables. She has also designed fabric for Marcus Brothers Textiles.
Mary continues to develop projects for new publications and television appearances, test products for the sewing industry, market her books and patterns, and present creative sewing seminars. By using her talents and creativity in sewing, designing, and writing, Mary's work has truly been found at her fingertips. www.marymulari.com
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 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
The Sewing Workshop
Erin Snethen, a technical illustrator and graphic designer for The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection, is excited about her opportunity to teach for Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. With a degree in fashion design from Kansas State University, Erin loves sewing and illustrating for the pattern collection. Once home, she loves to unwind by creating simple accessories or adding unique touches to retail garments.
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
Des Moines, IA
Assistant 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 5 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. www.fonsandporter.com
Nelly's colorful, playful personality encourages students of all levels to reach beyond their normal limits and her goal is for her students to take their newly learned skills into future successes. With an advanced degree in math, a voracious appetite for quilting and a passion for teaching, Nelly is well on her way to becoming a world class quilting artist and teacher. She willingly shares her talent with her students and encourages each to take their knowledge to the next level. </div>
Nelly is an accomplished quilter who has won numerous awards in local as well as national competitions. For over ten years she has taught in several quilt shops, at many Quilt Guilds throughout North Eastern Ohio, Quilting Get-A-Ways and private classes. She is also a designer. Confidence building instruction, mixed with great attention to detail, not to mention a whole lot of fun adds-up to great classroom experience for those who sign up for her classes. www.artelasquilts.com