2017 MQ Quilt Show and Conference


Barbara Beasley

Love of the animal kingdom has always been a guiding principle in Barbara Yates Beasley’s fabric collages. From a wild collection of fabric emerges the personality of her subjects. Many animals sport crazy colors that express their freedom to be themselves and not just part of the pack.

With her camera always at the ready, Beasley captures images of animals wherever she goes. These later become the basis for her patterns and a road map to the animal's soul. Beasley says, "I try to be sensitive to how my subject is feeling and transform that into a piece that tells a story. I know I have done my job if they can look into the animals eyes and know this is a sentient being

By capturing and communicating a sense of joy or connection and highlighting the animal world around us, Beasley hopes to foster a deeper understanding and compassion for the animals-and for ourselves.

Beasley was born into a family of needle workers. The house on Sugarloaf Mountain where she grew up is just outside Boulder, Colorado, and was filled with handwork crafted by her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. As a young child, Beasley spent many hours curled up with one of the many quilts, sometimes reading but often just marveling at the swirl of different fabrics spanning generations that had come together in this unique way. That early exposure started her on a path of creativity.

Barbara works in a fabric collage technique heavily incorporating commercial, hand-dyed and hand-printed fabrics. She uses the fabrics as a painter would use paint to describe the texture and form of her subject.

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Michelle Cartier
Lorraine Covington

A love of all quilting techniques led to Lorraine Covington's desire to become a certified judge, passing the tests for that NQA certification in 2001. Lorraine has been honored to judge quilt shows across the country, including the Minnesota State Show, the National Quilting Association Show, and many regional and local shows.

A member of NQA for many years, Lorraine served on the Board as the Certified Judge Coordinator and as the Education Chairperson. Her latest venture was a column for the NQA magazine, the Quilting Quarterly, A Matter of Judgment.

Lorraine is a member two local guilds, and enjoys time with quilting friends and also teaching quilting techniques. She appreciates the fact that there is always something new to learn, and is constantly inspired by the beautiful quilts she sees in her travels.

Mickey Depre

While she has been known for years as an award winning art quilter, Mickey Depre is also a dedicated piecer when at home making bed quilts for her family. Her books, Pieced Hexies, Ring Around the Hexies, and Pieced Hexies Deux have served as door openers to her latest book, Half Scrap Quilts. She has appeared on The Quilt Show, maintains her own website, a Facebook page, and keeps a busy schedule teaching and designing.

Pam Dinndorf
Aardvark Quilts

Pam Goecke Dinndorf’s career has proceeded through fashion, interior design, and now quilt design. She designs patterns under the name of Aardvark Quilts. Her designs have been featured in Simply Moderne, Quilt Mania, Magic Patch, Kaffe Fassett’s Quilt Romance, Quilt Blocks Go Wild and other publications. She is the author of the book, Colorific.

Aardvark Quilts
Kate Eelkema

Kate Eelkema, one of the judged co-chairs for this year's show, has been a certified quilt judge for over 10 years, and is a qualified instructor of the Two-Day Introduction to Quilt Judging Seminar. This seminar is a comprehensive introduction to the judging process, and would be useful to anyone wanting more detailed information about quilt judging, organizing or working in a judging room, or interested in finding out how to identify an award winning quilt. A member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges, Kate splits her time between Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Big Sky, Montana.

Gudrun Erla
GE Designs

Gudrun Erla, the designer and owner of GE Designs was born and raised in Iceland. She started quilting at the age of 23 and became totally addicted to it right away. After owning and running quilt shops in her home country and designing patterns, a career move brought the family to Minnesota in 2003. Since then Gudrun has been designing full time and publishing patterns and books from her home office in Chanhassen, Minnesota, where the family has been living since the move to the US.

GE Designs
Becky Goldsmith
Piece O’ Cake Designs

Becky Goldsmith is best known as half of the Piece O' Cake Designs team. She met Linda Jenkins, her business partner in Piece O' Cake Designs, at a meeting of the Green Country Quilters' Guild in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1986. They started Piece O' Cake in 1994 and, since then, have published more than 30 books and hundreds of patterns including 7 Blocks of the Month. They continue to work together on books and patterns. Becky is the sole author of The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color.

Laura Heine

The first award I won was for the first quilt I made, "Country Hearts and Homes." I won first place in my division at the 1986 Western Heritage Center Show. I learned most of my skills on my own. My specialty has been machine quilting workmanship. The most prestigious award I have won is the Bernina Award for the best machine quilting workmanship, a $10,000 purchase award presented by the American Quilters Society in Paducah, Kentucky, in 1993, for my quilt titled "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish". My quilt called "Bottled” was purchased by the YLI Corporation, a thread company that has provided me with a wonderful selection of threads! I have taught for YLI and my quilts have been featured in their ads and brochures.

I have written chapters for the Rodale Successful Quilting Library: "Fast and Fun Machine Quilting", "Favorite Techniques from the Experts", "Choosing Quilting Designs" and "Creative Embellishments". In 1994, I decided to take a chance and gave up my full-time nursing position to open a quilt shop, Fiberworks, in Billings, Montana. I teach locally and nationally, showing students what has worked for me and encouraging them to express their own concepts and creativity in their quilting. Many of my designs are simple, but my use of color and quilting makes them much more interesting!

Lola Jenkins

Lola Jenkins’ art quilts present a unique vision to the quilting world. She has developed her craft with no formal art or sewing training. She has evolved to master quilter status by fearlessly pursuing her art, winning numerous awards and ribbons along the way. She has appeared on "The Quilt Show" with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims twice and is an instructor on Craftsy.com.

Lola Jenkins
Lori Kennedy

She is the mother of five lovely daughters and one active son. She and her husband were raised in Chicago, Illinois, and currently reside in historic Stillwater, Minnesota. She loves quilting--especially free motion quilting--fabric dyeing, photography and flowers. Lori's blog is The Inbox Jaunt– the daily diversion in your inbox—is her attempt to share the many colors of her day. Her Craftsy video class has received all five star reviews. She has also been featured in every issue of American Quilter magazine where she offers free motion quilting tutorials with lots of pictures.

The Inbox Jaunt
Mary Elizabeth Kinch

As a ten-year-old sewing on my mother's turquoise Singer, I was passionate and curious about the creative process. My home economics teacher would remember me as the student with the insatiable appetite for sewing projects. She also likely regrets agreeing that I could take home my dress project to work on over a weekend… I arrived on the Monday with it completed! As a teenager, I worked as an historical interpreter at Black Creek Pioneer Village during the summers and it was there, demonstrating crafts, in full historic costume, that I was introduced to spinning, rug hooking, weaving, and, best of all, quilting. Thus the love affair began!

I completed a degree in fashion design and then went on to making and designing quilts. The work of Gwen Marston and the quilters of Gee's Bend heavily influenced me even though my main area of interest is antique quilts. I have written two books with my friend, Biz Storms, and am currently designing interior environments. When I am not doing that, I am making quilts, teaching, and encouraging others to tap into their own creative abilities. I enjoy spending time with my most cherished treasures, my three children.

Bonnie Langenfeld
Landscapes in Fabric

Bonnie Langenfeld is a Minnesota based, multiple award winning art quilter who has been running her "Landscapes in Fabric" business since 2000. She does commission work, teaches classes, and participates in quilt shows. She works in raw edge applique and thread painting. She uses no fabric paints but occasionally uses markers for tiny details like house numbers. She will teach four classes at the 2017 Minnesota Quilt Show.

Cindy Lohbeck
Hands On Hand Dyes

With 30 years of fabric dyeing experience, Cindy Lohbeck from Scottsdale, Arizona, brings humor, wit and value-able lessons to each class. Affectionately known as "The Bucket Lady", her color insight and useful tips and techniques add to the fun and fast paced nature of her classes. With more than 25 years experience as an interior designer, she has a love of textiles and an eye for color that is the foundation for her winning designs. She has worked as a professional faux finisher and muralist, and also owned a tie-dyed clothing business in the early years, all of which helped refine her color mixing skills. With the addition of quilting to her creative repertoire in 2002, all of her passions collided and Hands On Hand Dyes was born.

Hands On Hand Dyes
Karen McTavish
McTavish Quilting

Karen is an Award Winning longarm quilter, author, instructor, speaker, judge, an APQS dealer, and a representative for APQS. Her work on wholecloth/whitework quilts, shadow and color trapunto, scrollwork and Victorian feathers is legendary. She is best known for developing her signature technique, McTavishing, and other techniques that replicate traditional hand quilting using a machine. As an author, she has written some of the best books on machine quilting out there: Whitework Quilting, The Secrets of Elemental Quilting, Quilting for Show, Mastering the Art of McTavishing, and others.

McTavish Quilting
Kari Schell
On Point Quilter

Award winning long arm quilter, Kari Schell, is a pattern designer, Electric Quilt expert, and certified Art and Stitch instructor. She provides custom and edge-to-edge machine quilting services to others, as well as exclusive patterns and workshops. Kari fills her home with over 100 quilts, mostly from her own designs! Her designs have been featured in Mystery Quilt Retreats, Block of the Months and Shop Hops. A few years ago, Kari took up ice-skating and is now working on her Adult Silver Moves in the field and Pre-Bronze Ice Dances. When she is not quilting, she can often be found at one of the many ice rinks in the Minneapolis area.

On Point Quilter
Annie Unrein
Patterns by Annie

A creative lifetime quilter, Annie Unrein of Patterns by Annie has been designing patterns and teaching since 2000. With a focus on practical and useful projects, Annie's patterns appeal to sewists of all ages and levels. Annie is the creator of By Annie's Soft and Stable, an innovative product she designed to add body, stability and a professional finish to purses, bags, home decorative items, and more. A popular instructor, Annie teaches online and also travels worldwide to teach. She loves sharing techniques for making sewing bags and purses easier while yielding professional results. Annie is based in St. George, Utah, where she and her energetic team operate the popular website ByAnnie.com

Patterns by Annie