Felicia Brenoe

Author, designer, and passionate fabric curator Felicia Brenoe loves working with quilters of all levels. Her classes are upbeat and positive, and her passion is to support fellow quilters as they acquire new skills, develop their sense of color, and grow artistically. Felicia grew up in Norway, and her designs and colors are influenced by her multicultural life; she is very interested in how our geography and culture affects our quilting. Felicia's work has appeared in several publications, including Quiltmania, Quilt Festival, Generation Q, and Art Quilting Studio, and she has published two books: My Cozy Village and The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest. Learn more about Felicia at feliciasworld.com.

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Bonnie Browning

Bonnie Browning has quilted since the late 1970s, and during that time she has taught and judged across the U.S. and around the world. Her travels have taken her to Australia, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Switzerland, Turkey, and most recently, Keqiao, China. 

Bonnie is a certified quilt judge and a certified Zentangle® teacher, and she has authored thirteen books on quilting, including the award-winning Zentangle Art to Go, which was published by AQS in 2016.

Bonnie enjoys sharing good, basic quiltmaking techniques so that the quilts that are being made today will last for generations to come. Bonnie has been the Executive Show Director for AQS for the past 20 years, playing a vital role in bringing QuiltWeek to enthusiastic quilters across the country. Quiltweek.com

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Lisa H. Calle

Lisa Calle has long been interested in the fabric industry. She holds an undergraduate degree in Textile Management and Marketing and fell in love with quilting in 1997. Lisa discovered longarm quilting in 2004; under the business name Stone House Quilting, she established herself as a professional longarm quilter. Lisa has an extensive portfolio of blocks, borders, fills, and sets of designs that she sells to businesses and online, and she also has designed her own line of quilting rulers.


Lisa’s award-winning original designs have opened the door to teaching opportunities so that others can learn from her art and design skills. She believes that the friendships she has made along the way are just as priceless as the quilts she creates. Find her website at lisahcalle.com.

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Kate Colleran

Kate Colleran is a quilter, knitter, writer, and teacher. In addition to designing for several fabric companies, Kate has been a contributor to various quilting magazines, including McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts, Quiltmaker, and American Patchwork and Quilting. She is the co-author of the book Smash Your Precut Stash! from C&T Publishing, and she has published many quilt patterns under the name Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs. Kate loves teaching in person and online; she has online classes on Craftsy and Craft U. Visit Kate’s website seamslikeadream.com to check out her blog and see what she is up to!

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Kathy Doughty

Kathy Doughty is the owner of Material Obsession, a popular patchwork shop in Sydney, Australia, where creative people go to get busy! She is the author of five books, including Material Obsession 1 & 2, Making Quilts, Adding Layers, and Mixing Quilt Elements. In recent years, Kathy has become a fabric designer for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Her experience as a shop owner has helped Kathy learn first-hand where people often get stuck in their projects, and she uses that experience to help her students and clients move forward in their work. Kathy has taught extensively throughout Australia, the US, France, and New Zealand. Her workshops are geared toward achieving interesting results with relatively easy techniques, focusing on color, value, and scale while encouraging and supporting creative choices. Her students learn to reach beyond personal limitations and comfort zones to create something new and exciting. Find out more at materialobsession.com.au.

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Dusty Farrell

Dustin (“Dusty”) Farrell is not your typical quilter. Anyone who knows Dusty’s high-energy and innovative designs, techniques, and multi-purpose tools would tell you to expect the unexpected! Dusty always has a story to tell or a hand to lend.

Dusty is an award-winning longarm quilter and 2014 IMQA teacher of the year who has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, teaching his unique style to longarm quilters. His work has been featured in several magazines, and he has been featured on various TV shows such as QNN TV's Quilt It and Linda Taylor's Linda’s Longarm Quilting Show. Dusty offers several instructional DVDs, books, and tools. To view Dusty’s work, visit his website, cscountrystitchin.com.

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Becky Goldsmith

Becky Goldsmith is an award-winning quilter who loves traveling to teach both nationally and internationally. She met her business partner, Linda Jenkins, at a guild meeting in 1986, and they started Piece O' Cake Designs in 1994. Since then, they have published more than 30 books and hundreds of patterns, including seven Blocks of the Month. Becky’s solo book endeavor, The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color, helps readers to unlock the secrets of winning color combinations in their quilts, and she enjoys revealing those secrets in exciting color workshops across the country. Becky says that for all of us, making quilts is interesting, fulfilling, and challenging—and being a member of the quilting community is an added bonus. She never imagined that quilting would become her life’s work, but she’s so happy that it did! See Becky’s website at pieceocake.com.

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Phyllis Twigg Hatcher

Phyllis Twigg Hatcher has taught quilting in the Australian outback as well as throughout the United States, and she is a former board member of The Quilters Hall of Fame. Phyllis has appraised over 3,000 quilts as an American Quilter’s Society Certified Appraiser of new, vintage, antique, and art quilts since 1999. She is the author of Victorian Redwork Sampler Quilt and has published articles in the Quilting Quarterly magazine of the National Quilting Association, as well as in Quilters Newsletter. Phyllis was the curator of several quilt exhibits, including "Small and Smaller: 100 Years of Crib Quilts and Doll Quilts" with Judi Gunter at the Vermont Quilt Festival and Quilter's Hall of Fame, and "More Is Better" at two national quilt shows. Find out more at quilt-appraiser.com.

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Nancy Mahoney

Author, teacher, and fabric designer Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years, and she is the author of 14 books. She enjoys combining traditional blocks with updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Her work has been featured in many publications, including over 175 national and international quilt magazines. Nancy is a strong believer that making a quilt should be fun, and that’s just what her classes are: fun. Nancy’s goal for her students is to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt that they will enjoy for many years. See her work at nancymahoney.com.

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Vicki McCarty

Vicki McCarty learned to quilt from her grandmother over 40 years ago in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Later, teaching quilting for community education led to opening the Calico Patch Quilt Shop. Vicki has owned and operated a full service quilt shop and BERNINA dealership for over 15 years.


Vicki enjoys mixing cottons with wool appliqué, and her passion for quilt design has inspired many published patterns available through national distributors. She recently authored a pattern article in American Quilter magazine. Enjoy Vicki’s designs at calicopatch.net.

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Cindy Needham

Cindy Needham has been a hand and machine quilter for more than 45 years, and she loves passing on her passion through teaching both nationally and internationally. Several years ago, Cindy left a full-time job in the medical field to teach nationally for Superior Threads as a National Educator, and in 2010 she received the MQX Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year award. Numerous exhibits have featured Cindy’s wholecloth linen quilts, and she has written articles for several national quilting publications, including American Quilter. Cindy caters to beginning students and brings oodles of quilts and samples for fondling. See more at cindyneedham.com.

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Sue Patten

Award-winning longarm quilter Sue Patten began piecing quilts and hand quilting in 1991. As her quilting style evolved, she plunged into machine quilting in 2000. Sue enjoys traveling throughout Canada, the US, and Europe teaching her unique and innovative quilting styles to quilters of all types. She is the author of Quilting Possibilities and Adaptable Quilting Designs, both published by AQS. Sue is always filled with energy, humor, stories, and tips, which means her classes are full of fun and learning. Learn more at suepattenquilts.com and suepatteninspires.blogspot.com.

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Mary Smallegan

Mary Smallegan has pieced and quilted over 700 quilts using a domestic home sewing machine. She is a quilt shop owner and a quilter with an unrelenting passion for making wonderful creations out of fabric. She enjoys sharing her skills with other quilters as she gives them the confidence to quilt their own quilts. “If you learn your basics well, your quilts will come out well,” Mary says. “Just strive for finished, not perfect. The more you do, the better you’ll get.” Go to customquiltsunlimited.com to find out more.

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Barb Vlack

Barb Vlack turned a passion for quiltmaking into a second career. She is internationally known for her work with The Electric Quilt Company through the internet and her travels. The Electric Quilt Company published three books written by Barb to supplement their manuals. She regularly contributes tech support for designing quilts on the EQ website, and is the creative leader of clubEQ, a monthly challenge corner on the EQ website.

Barb contributed a chapter about foundation piecing with freezer paper to Jane Hall’s book, The Experts’ Guide to Foundation Piecing. She is a freelance educator specializing in EQ8, border designing, freezer paper foundation piecing, and vintage quilts from the 1930s. She has taught for many years at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, and other national show venues. Read more at barbvlack.com.

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