2018 MQ Quilt Show and Conference

Instructors and Lecturers

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Frieda Anderson

Frieda made her first quilt when she was in high school. She has always made things, and she loves the process of creating. In college she majored in Art History and minored in ceramics, but returned to fiber because it was more satisfying. She can't remember when she didn't sew. For years her focus was designing and making clothing. All that changed in 1992, however, when she was in fashion design and realized that all she wanted to do was make quilts. She has been designing and making original art quilts ever since.

Frieda finds each step of quilt making, from the beginning to the end, a real challenge. It is hard to say what part she likes best. She loves the pure creativity involved in conceiving and designing a new quilt. She loves to piece and she loves to fuse. She have found that by fusing smaller pieces, she can work out design issues. Then she likes to make a bigger, bolder statement and piece the same quilt in a large format. Most of her work is machine quilted and nature inspired.

Frieda discovered hand dyeing fabric 30 years ago, and she now works almost exclusively with her own hand dyed cottons and silks. She loves the dye process, and she particularly enjoys seeing the colors emerge from the wet fabric.

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Barbara Yates Beasley

Barbara spends as much time as she can around animals with camera in hand. When she gets back to the studio, she studies the expressions and body language she caught with the camera. When a particular animal jumps out at her and has something to say, she will listen and translate for the viewer.

That begins the process of choosing color, be it natural or expressive, as a starting point. Barbara dives into the extensive collection of fabric that fills the bookcase in her studio. Some of this is commercial fabric, new and old, or fabric that has been hand-dyed or hand-painted. Recently there has been an influx of mono-printed/stamped fabrics she has created to add to the palette.

Barbara knows everything is coming together when she has to force herself from the studio for meals or to sleep at night. That devotion is rewarded when viewers become emotionally involved with the piece and tell her stories about the animal. She knows she has done her job if they can look into the animal's eyes and know this is a sentient being.

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Maday Delgado

As an art educator living in the Midwest, Maday is passionate about sustainability & urban gardening, committed to maintaining a public garden space in the downtown area where she resides.

Nature's colors fuel her artwork, informed by her Cuban heritage, with energy and texture in a variety of mediums.

In all workshops she encourages the type of sustainability that builds confidence, community, creativity and self sufficiency, while respecting our environment.

She embraces the philosophy of creating with purpose and intention and teaching others to embrace their individual creative path.

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Bonnie Dwyer

Bonnie is coming to us from central Maine. She has been intrigued by textiles since she learned to sew when she was a child. She was surrounded by needle arts all her life; the women in her family were prolific at knitting, tatting, crochet, embroidery, clothing construction, and quilt making.

She later studied quilt making, quilt history, fabric dating, quilt repair & restoration, and quilt appraising. As the "Quilt Whisperer," Bonnie enjoys sharing her passion with others. Her repertoire includes talks and hands-on workshops on fabric dating, quilt making, quilt history – including the 21st Century modern quilting movement.

Bonnie is a member of Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles and American Quilter's Society.

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Kimberly Einmo

Kimberly Einmo is an author, award-winning quilter, designer, international instructor and quilt judge. She has written six best-selling books published by the American Quilter's Society including Modern Quilts & More, Precut Bonanza, Jelly Roll Quilt Magic, Jelly Roll Quilts & More, Quilt A Travel Souvenir, and Clever Combo Quilts.

Kimberly has hosted five very popular online courses with over 112,000 students from around the world on Craftsy including the 2015 Summer BOM, Magical Blocks: Out of the Box, Magical Jelly Roll Quilts, Chain of Stars Mystery Quilt, and Amazing Applique.

Kimberly writes a monthly column featured in American Quilter Magazine entitled "Kimberly's Korner" and she has written dozens of articles and featured projects which have appeared in numerous publications including American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, McCall's Quilting and Quick Quilts Magazines, Best Modern Quilts, American Quilter Magazine, Quilters' Home Magazine, Japanese Patchwork Tsushin Magazine, Down Under Quilts, Irish Quilting Magazine and Studios Magazine. In addition, she has appeared on television and radio programs such as America Quilts Creatively and the American Quilting and Patchwork Radio Show. She has won many prestigious awards including Best Modern Quilt for "Fire and Ice" in 2014.

Kimberly is a featured EQ Artist for the Electric Quilt Company and she has designed companion software packages to accompany three of her books including, Clever Combo Quilts, Jelly Roll Quilt Magic, and Jelly Roll Quilts & More.

Kimberly has proudly represented several prestigious groups as one of Janome's top Artisans, as a BERNINA Ambassador, and as a Pfaff Sewing Star. Kimberly has developed a signature line of innovative quilting tools including her newest, the Precision Precuts Ruler, along with others including the EZ Flying Geese Ruler, EZ Jelly Roll Ruler, EZ Hearts Cut Tool, and the EZ Pineapple Ruler. She loves to travel and has visited almost every state in America and travelled the world extensively to lecture and teach. She headlined at the Prague Patchwork Meeting in the Czech Republic three different years and she has taught quilting classes on more

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Gail Garber

Bold, colorful, and stunning geometric designs with flying geese galore – that's how you know you're looking at one of Gail's quilts! Her style has become immediately recognizable because of her talent for combining vivid colors with intricate piecework. Her geometric star quilts and pictorial quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S. and have been featured in publications worldwide. Students love her ability to make these designs achievable even for novice quilt designers.

Gail says, "For me, teaching is my greatest reward in quilting. I love giving students new skills and the confidence to create their own original designs. My favorite classes are multi-day workshops where students explore design in-depth and new information is presented at a rate that can be easily absorbed. However; there is a very special place in my heart for half-day classes that focus on basic paper foundation piecing techniques. Seeing that "AHA" moment, when a quilter who has previously struggled with foundation piecing finally gets it has got to be one of my most rewarding moments as a teacher."

Gail's various workshops are appropriate for all skill levels and range from beginner (never before sewn on a sewing machine) to advanced design. Her specialties include drafting original quilts with free-form shapes, designing circular stars and circular borders, basic paper foundation piecing and color and contrast. Drafting her own original designs is one of her delights. She loves teaching students to use a compass and flex curve to create a drawing that will eventually be a beautiful art quilt. Students enjoy the hands-on, no-stress approach.

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Beth Helfter

Over the years Beth has seen her design preferences evolve from mainly machine applique to mainly scrappy, but she stills like to mix it up with new stuff all the time. Her one constant design style is one of "fun over fuss," and she unapologetically preaches the gospel of "Perfection is Overrated" through her trunk show lecture of the same name. Who needs matching points fouling up an otherwise cool design, after all?

Since founding EvaPaige Quilt Designs in 2005, Beth has published over 40 patterns and her work has been featured in Quilter's World, The Quilter, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, and Cotton Spice magazines.

At her "Quilting Hottie Haven" blog (www.evapaigequiltdesigns.blogspot.com) and on her EPQD facebook page (www.facebook.com/EvaPaigeQuiltDesigns), Carol hascreated several blog events and regular features including "Drop and Give Me Twenty," a month-long sponsored challenge wherein quilters pledge to quilt for at least 20 minutes every day the entire month of February and share their results as they go. Her pet charity is Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and each September she runs her annual "Teal Mini Swap" fundraiser and swap (https://www.facebook.com/groups/twoforteal2014/) It's a way she can honor her mom, who taught her to sew and who lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2002. Check out what Beth loves and some of her own designs on her Pinterest boards (https://www.pinterest.com/evapaigequilts/) too!

You can find Beth in all sorts of places on the internet, but her favorite place to be is in front of your guild, sharing my love of quilting and hearing about yours.

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Carol Hopkins

Carol has been quilting since 1980 when she took her first class in Zionsville, Indiana, where she learned hand and machine piecing and hand quilting techniques. Since then, she has put these skills to use in making miniature through full-sized quilts.

Carol has always been drawn to antique quilts, both for their classic designs, and soft, faded colors. In her early years of quilting, prior to the advent of "reproduction fabrics," she relished the challenge of finding fabrics that looked old. She remembers the day that she bought 6 yards of a cream colored fabric with a tiny black motif because it looked like a shirting fabric, something that just didn't exist in the marketplace. And when she found a pink fabric that looked like some of the cinnamon pinks she'd seen in old quilts, she wanted the entire bolt so that she could reproduce those wonderful turn-of-the-century scrap quilts.

Carol used these fabrics, and later on, the wide selection of reproduction fabrics that began to appear in quilt shops, to create old-looking, doll-sized quilts that she displays throughout her house in wall groupings, on table tops, and on a growing collection of doll beds.

The Start of a Business

It was a program in the summer of 1999 that led to her pattern business. Carol told the audience about a phone call that she received from her youngest sister a few days before Christmas in which she was asked if she would please make small quilts that measured 18" x 23" for the doll beds that Santa was bringing her three young daughters for their American Girl dolls.

When Carol showed these simple "Little Nieces" quilts, all made from different colorways of 1930s fabrics, and shared the pattern with guild members, she had no idea that the following month's show and tell would yield lots of "Little Nieces" quilts made from a variety of beautiful fabrics.

Karen Loser, a guild member and owner of Quilter's Harvest, a nearby shop, asked if Carol would teach a summer class on her little quilts. By profession, Carol is a full-time college professor of Literacy and Language Education at Purdue University, and thoroughly enjoys teaching, so she gladly agreed. However, because she had to return the quilts to her nieces, she made one for herself, using her favorite pink and brown reproduction fabrics. When this class sample quilt hung in the shop, other customers asked to purchase the pattern, and thus, her pattern business, Carol Hopkins D

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Kathie Kerler

Artist, Quilt Judge, and Writer

Kathie grew up in Portland, Oregon before it became known as a creative hub for talented chefs, start-ups, and sustainability ethos. She had worked for fifteen years in banking when her late spouse's career took them to Montana, Montréal, Paris, then back to the US twelve years later. In 2000, Kathie returned to her hometown and purchased a 1909 home, which she has been renovating ever since. Among her favorite activities outside of art are gardening, sports, and spending time at the Oregon coast, because she missed the ocean so much when she lived elsewhere. In addition to writing about quilting and fiber art, she works on children's picture book biographies.

Kathie credits her mother, Meredith, who taught her to crochet at age four, with sparking Kathie's life-long interest in fiber. As a self-taught hand embroiderer for many years, with crewelwork her favorite form of embroidery, Kathie began quilting in 1988.

She has completed rigorous courses in design and embroidery through London City and Guilds College of London, England and at the Lesage School of Needlework in Paris, France. She exhibits her work at various shows and galleries. In 2009, she was commissioned to create the Clackamas County Oregon Sesquicentennial Quilt, which hung in the state capitol and now has a permanent home at the county's Development Services Building in Oregon City. In 2010 The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum awarded Kathie first place in the Evolutions challenge and a solo exhibition in 2011.

Kathie has artwork featured in Complex Threads published by Gail Harker and available through the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts.

Since 2002, she has judged and juried numerous regional and national shows. As a National Association Certified Quilt Judge, Kathie is a Qualified Instructor for the Two-Day Introduction to Quilt Judging Seminar and is qualified to judge Masterpiece Quilts in the association's program of the same name.

Kathie has written articles for several publications since 1995. As a contributing editor for American Quilter magazine for seven years, she wrote and contracted over 100 articles featuring techniques, patterns, and interviews. Currently, she freelances and has a book on machine embroidery in progress.

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Kathy McNeil

Kathy McNeil is an internationally award-winning quilt artist, teacher, author, and judge. Hand sewing thousands of little scraps of fabric together by hand, she creates quilts that look like paintings. Often using over a hundred different fabrics in one composition, she revels in adding small details and surprises for the viewers to find. Her award-winning quilts are featured in museums, magazines, calendars, and international shows. Her quilts are in private and corporate collections.

Artist Statement: Every creative act begins as a connection between the artist and their world. Exploration of that moment of inspiration fuels the process of telling a story and making art. Results are never predictable, as the discovery is different each time. A mastery of techniques and design will be noted and appreciated by others, but will the magic that inspired the artist, reach out and touch someone else? When it does.... something big is shared.

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Karla Overland

Karla is a Fiber Artist and Fabric Designer for Cherrywood Fabrics - makers of amazing hand-dyed cotton with the exclusive look of real suede. She is the colorist who creates and maintains over 400 formulas for gorgeous solid colors. She is also a quilt designer, pattern designer and graphic designer. Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics is known worldwide in the quilting industry, and employs seven women in Brainerd, Minnesota.

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Becka Rahn

Becka is both an artist and a teacher. Her primary work is designing fabric with engineered and manipulated photographic prints. She uses these prints to make one-of-a-kind wearable art garments, accessories and the occasional home dec or wall art piece. One of the traditions of fiber art that inspired her is the idea of making practical and every day things be beautiful as well as functional. Why else do you make a lace edge on a handkerchief or hand weave a kitchen towel when a scrap of fabric would do the job? Because that's a tiny bit of art that makes you feel good.

As a teacher, rather than being a specialist in one area, Becka's specialty is being able to teach a beginning class in just about everything related to fiber art – felting, dyes, weaving, knitting, sewing, embroidery, beadwork, quilting. She loves watching the light bulb come on for someone as they have that "ah-ha!" moment or the gasp of excitement as they unfold their first dye project.

Becka spent 11 years as the director of education, working as an arts administrator and surrounded every day with art at Textile Center, a national center for fiber arts. In 2014, she decided to retire from that life in order to spend more time making art, teaching and working as an advocate for fiber art and artists. She received a Jerome Foundation grant in 2014/15 for emerging fiber artists and participated in the American Craft Council's new Hip Pop emerging artists program. In 2016, she received a MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to do a collaboration with local museums and a neighborhood partnership grant to create public art utility box wraps in a neighborhood that is dear to her heart. She has shops at Etsy, Spoonflower and RedBubble where she sells my designs. You can also find her at Two Fish Fibers, which is her ongoing collaboration with her friend Doreen of Goldfish Love Fibers.

In 2015, Becka's first book was published, The Spoonflower Handbook. She worked with co-authors Stephen Fraser and Judi Ketteler to create the ultimate handbook to all things fabric design, Spoonflower-style. She was the tech guru for the book, putting together all of the step-by-step instructions, screenshots and so on. It was a huge project and one she is really proud of. You can find her at Spoonflower under the username "beckarahn". In 2016, she self-published a kids art book to accompany the public art project she did with a local neighborhood. You can find that book throug

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Weeks Ringle

Weeks Ringle designed and made her first modern quilt in 1987. In 1999, she co-founded Modern Quilt Studio along with her husband, Bill Kerr. Weeks and Bill wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop, as well as Quiltmaker's Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts and several other publications. They also co-authored the best-selling A Kid's Guide to Sewing with their daughter Sophie.

In 2011 they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. Their work has appeared in the international press including American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts Japan, Patchwork Tsushin, Japan's Quilt Jikan, Australian Quilter's Companion, Dwell, O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, and Country Living.

Modern Quilt Studio's work has been shown throughout the US including an exhibit of 28 quilts at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art in Cedarburg WI and Quilt Expo in Madison Wisconsin as well as exhibitions in France, Japan and Ukraine.

In addition to designing fabric for Benartex's Contempo studio, Bill and Weeks license their designs to other manufacturers. Weeks teaches online classes for Craftsy and iquilt.com and writes the blog Craft Nectar (www.craftnectar.com). Bill and Weeks have taught modern quilting throughout the US, Canada, Australia, Japan (in Japanese) and France (in French).

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Jodi Robinson

Jodi has been quilting for about 24 years, and has been Longarm quilting for 20 years. She was so honored to recently join the Gammill family as a Gammill Quilt Artist! She has been teaching at national shows across the country for the past 12 years, and has won numerous national awards for her machine quilting skills over the years. Most recently, she was awarded the Outstanding Modern Quilt Award at the 2015 Road to California show, Best Longarm Machine Workmanship in Modern Quilts at the 2015 Pacific International Quilt festival, and Best Modern Quilt at multiple AQS Shows in 2014. In addition to teaching, she designs pantograph patterns, has self-published nine machine quilting design books, and provides professional longarm quilting services to her clients. Her books and classes focus on teaching easy methods to create beautiful, freehand machine quilting designs that will personalize, and make your quilting unique.

The release of Jodi's first book with co-authors Eva Birch and Nancy Gano, "Applique for Modern Beginners" was being published by AQS Publications, and has been available since July 2016.

Jodi lives in the small town of Enon Valley in Western Pennsylvania (near the PA/OH line) with her husband Gary and their Doberman Zeke. When she's not quilting (which is NOT very often, lol), her hobby is quad riding, and she loves to get out into the wood to ride as often as possible.

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Susan Stein

Since the beginning of her quilting career in 1977, Susan has explored the many facets of quilting–for the wall, body, bed, office, and church. Writing and designing have been an important part of her work, with seven books, many articles, and numerous contributions to major publications. Teaching is a passion, especially when it involves turning people on to new techniques and talents. Her goal is to inform all people who view quilts of the myriad styles and functions of quilts and to empower students to express their own creative ideas through cloth, paint, and fiber.

Susan's work utilizes saturated color, texture, and designs that transition from the traditional into the contemporary. Hand-dyed fabrics from many artists inspire her work and provide a surface for further embellishment. Recently, surface design implemented with paint, discharge agents, photo transfer, layering, and manipulation have been the main focus of her pieces. Recurring themes are trees and leaves, which appeal to viewers of all ages and experience, and emphasis on beauty expressed with rich materials and simple motifs.

Over a thirty year career in fiber art, Susan has taught hundreds of people how to design wall art, using non-threatening approaches, and including color theory and workable construction methods. It is a joy to see students exhibit their work and find their voices. In addition to quilting, stitching, garment sewing, knitting, embroidery, and off-loom weaving, she has investigated and developed dozens of embellishment and surface design techniques and written seven books about quilt and surface design. Teaching is actually a main focus of her arts career. She likes to simplify methods and organize learning experiences for others, and then watch them run with the knowledge. She enjoys discussion of work in progress and brainstorming solutions to design problems. More than reading about other artists, she loves to interact with them, learn their thought processes, and see them in action. Her best classroom experiences as a student involve seeing the work of the other participants, and part of her teaching method has always been working ahead of the students and presenting all the trials and errors to them, instead of showing only successful examples. She knows how to advise students when they run into problems because she have made all the same mistakes!

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Joanie Zeier Poole

Joanie's quiltmaking career began in ancient times, when sandpaper was glued to cereal boxes from which templates were cut, and a scissors was used to cut each patch of fabric! Her first quilt was a gift for her soon-to-be husband, made in secret during the summer after they met at UW Whitewater where she had her first formal training in studio art. Over the years, she attended classes in interior design, needle arts as well as quilting classes. She has learned all the traditional quilting methods and has experienced all of the new innovations the industry has produced. At first, she quilted only by hand, but as demands for her time increased, so did her desire to quilt more quickly.

From 1985 to 198989, Joanie put her drawing skills to use self-publishing patterns for miniature quilts and dolls. After four years, she decided to put that aside to concentrate on raising two sons and operating a home decorating business.

In 1998, her first venture back into the quilting industry was to create images used in the production of, Stick-N-Stitch by Pieces of the Past (chosen by Quilter's Newsletters' Tools Review-2001).

About that same time, the quilt world was undergoing a major change, from hand to machine quilting. She was intrigued by how a home sewing machine could be used to produce lines of stitching that created patterns just as her pencil did when drawing illustrations. She was held back, afraid, and relied on the big stitch to finish her quilts.

In the spring of 1999, JOanie saw the heirloom machine quilted work of Diane Gaudynski for the first time. She could not take her eyes off the wonderful designs and tiny stippling! She met Diane and in February 2000, she attended her Heirloom Machine Quilting workshop and her life has not been the same since! She immersed myself in drawing new designs and kept the words of Eleanor Roosevelt in her thoughts as she worked..."The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams."

Joanie began dreaming of a new future for herself, one where quilting would take center stage. She returned to school, knowing that if she wanted to bring my designs to the market, she needed to learn computer technology. While a student, she began exhibiting her showpiece quilts where her original designs caught the attention of viewers as well as earning awards at major quilt shows. Her quilts exhibit narrative images, initials, and dates to dedicate them to the special people in her life. Ch