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!

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.

Eva Birch
Mantua, OH
Eva Birch has been a professional Longarm quilter for 7 years. She has been teaching on a local level and has received several national awards for customer quilts and her own. her work has also been published. She enjoys qulting with a passion and looks forward to sharing her creativity with other quilters on a national level.


Beverly Burton
Fenton, MI
Handi Quilter Educator



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.

Vivika DeNegre
Sudbury, MA
Editorial Director F+W Media - Quilt Group
Vivika Hansen DeNegre is the Editorial Director for the Quilting Arts Magazine titles, and Editor of Quilting Arts, Modern Patchwork, and all related special issues. An avid quilter and “serial crafter”, Vivika learned the art of the needle at a young age and has been sewing, knitting, quilting, and embroidering for more than 40 years. Learn more on her blog at quiltingdaily.com.


Amber Eden
Long Island, NY
Editor-in-Chief Stitch Magazine
Amber Eden is editor in chief of Stitch magazine and SewDaily.com and creative editor of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery. She has draping and patternmaking certificates from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she has also studied couture techniques, fashion illustration, and accessories design.


Dusty Farrell
Cambridge Springs, PA
Country Stitchin

Dusty is a free-hand quilt artist. He is mostly recognized for his incredibly fast no holds bared quilting and "Quilting in the Dark". He has quilted for several top designers in the industry and has appeared in numerous magazines and “Quilt It” online program. Always being up for change Dusty changes quilt designs on the fly to fit his unique personality. Dusty's motto’s are "the imperfect perfect" and “If I can draw it I can quilt it“. www.cscountrystitchin.com

Stephanie Farrell

Cambridge Springs, PA
Country Stitchin

Stephanie has been sewing and quilting for 10 years. She enjoys piecing quilts, designing patterns, and hand work of any kind. Never a dull moment in her life with 3 teenage sons she's a busy girl to say the least. Stephanie loves to share her passion and all the short cuts she has found over the last ten years that make sewing and crafting faster and easier. Some of these short cuts come with some pretty crazy stories.


Cynthia Fellows-White

Wichita, KS
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Staff



Cristy Fincher
Tempe, AZ
Purple Daisies, LLC

Cristy Fincher was born with a love for all things sewing. Cristy, and her mom, Master Quilter, Sharon Schamber, made their first quilt together, 20 years ago. This took their love of sewing into the world of quilting, where it has flourished. Cristy became a school teacher, married, and started her own family. Her passion for teaching quilting grew, and 10 years ago, she opened her online store, www.PurpleDaisiesLLC.com, where she focuses on sewing and quilting education. In 2007, Cristy and Sharon co-authored “Piece-By-Piece: Machine Applique”, which features many of Cristy’s original designs. Cristy has spent her lifetime learning about all aspects of sewing and quilting from her amazing mother. Cristy is passing on Sharon’s legacy of techniques through teaching local, regional and national quilting classes. Cristy also shares her own tutorials, and time saving techniques, on her blog. www.purpledaisiesquilting.com

Soni Grint
Mount Juliet, TN
Independent Sewing & Embroidery Consultant

Soni Grint has been a sewer since she was 8 years old. Her embroidery career began when she combined her formal education (M.S. Optical Physics / Computers) and her love of fabric and sewing. She started working with a sewing machine dealership in San Diego, California. Moved to central California where she worked a short time for White Sewing Machines.

The real break through came when she was asked to be a part of Viking Sewing Machines Product Council in Huskvarna Sweden. She represented the market place expressing what people want in their embroidery and embroidery software. She traveled frequently to the product developers in both Sweden and London England. Soni lived in Jonkoping Sweden for 2 years as she headed up Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff’s international education departments. After coming back to the United States, she continued with her love of embroidery and sewing while heading up the Software department of Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff, eventually becoming the Global Product Manager for this division.

Soni now directs her own sewing, embroidery and software consulting business. She travels throughout the United States holding seminars and training sessions sharing her joy of sewing with others.

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.


Susan Jungerheld
Highland Mills, MD
Handi Quilter Educator


Joyce Keske
Fenton, MO
Baby Lock Educator


Heather Kojan
Owings Mills, MD
Heather is the Founder and First President of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. She's been quilting for nearly 30 years. Heather is a frequent contributor to the popular blog Moda Bake Shop. She is a co-author of the book Classic Modern Quilts, and is writing a new modern quilt book which has a release date of September, 2015. She'll also have a quilt featured in the upcoming book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. This fall, she'll be published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. Heather lectures and teaches both locally and regionally.

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. sewingworkshop.com

Kathy Lincoln
Burke, VA
My grandmother taught me to sew when I was nine. Garment construction was my primary focus until 1984 when I learned to quilt with templates made out of cereal boxes. In 1985, I discovered rotary cutters and rulers. I have taught a variety of classes in quilt shops since 1992.
I have exhibited quilts at International Quilt Festival in Houston, American Quilt Society Show in Paducah, Vermont Quilt Festival, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and other shows. I offer lectures and workshops nationally.
My quilt, “In My Shade Garden,” was published in the February/March 2009 issue of Quilters Newsletter. I also participated in the “Vintage Revisited Challenge,” making six quilts that traveled the United States with this exhibit. This challenge is published and is available as Vintage Revisited: A Quilt Block Challenge by Mary Kerr.
I have a special passion for simplifying techniques. I believe in reducing fabric waste and speeding up the process, as time is my most precious commodity. I am always looking for new ways to do things and working to improve my techniques. I especially enjoy helping others learn and share my love of quilt making.
To learn more about me, please go to my website: www.kathylincoln.com.

Toby Lischko
Beaufort, MO
Gateway Quilts & Stuff

I am a quilt artist and award winning quilter. I have been quilting since 1985, designing quilts since 1995 and have had my quilts published since 2001 in many of the major quilt magazines distributed worldwide. I also designs quilts for many of the major fabric companies. I consider myself a traditional quilter, but I like to take the traditional blocks and add my own flair. My background in Special Education makes me an excellent teacher (so I'm told). I feel great joy when a student leaves my class saying "I didn't know I could do that!"
http://www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com
Blog:
http://gatewayquiltsnstuff.blogspot.com
Gateway Quilts fan page:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/wwwgatewayquiltsnstuffcom/115836661266?ref=ts


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
 
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


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 http://sewingexpo.com/WorcesterMA/ExpoFaculty/tabid/579/ctl/Edit/mid/1267/Default.aspxfor 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
Payson, AZ
Gina Perkes enjoys all sorts of creative outlets and mediums: gardening, mosaic, oil painting, with her three favorites being quilting, culinary, and photography. She travels all over the country sharing her techniques with others. She hosts retreats in Arizona with private lessons for both quilting and pastry. www.ginaperkes.com



Kathy Ruddy
Mukilteo, WA
kathyruddy.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


Cyndi Souder
Annandale, VA
Moonlighting Quilts

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). moonlightingquilts.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

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!

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.

Deb Yedziniak
SVP Educator

Gail Yellen
Galstonburt, CT
Gail Patrice Designs





Susan Zellers
Dunnellon, FL
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.