Frieda Anderson
A BERNINA Ambassador, Frieda Anderson has been making quilts for over 40 years. Her original quilts are inspired by colors from nature and the everyday scenery that surrounds her Midwest home.

After discovering the art of hand dyeing fabric 20 years ago, Frieda now works almost exclusively with her own hand-dyed cottons and silks in her fused and pieced quilt creations. She loves the dyeing process and particularly enjoys seeing the colors emerge from the wet fabric. Frieda has been designing and making original quilts since she made her first quilt in high school, and she enjoys the challenge every step of quiltmaking offers — from beginning to end. Daily walks in the woods with her dog are Frieda’s inspiration for the hand-dyed fabric and original patterns found on her website at
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Pat Delaney
Pat Delaney is an accomplished domestic machine quilter who has finally decided what she wants to be when she grows up! She knew she had fallen in love with making quilts when she gave up her ski instructor job of 25 years to share her joy of quilting. Pat’s quilts have appeared five times in the AQS QuiltArt Engagement Calendar, as well as in numerous books and magazine articles. Her many awards include Best of Show at AQS QuiltWeek – Des Moines in 2013, a First Place award at the 2011 International Quilt Festival in Houston, a blue ribbon and Best Machine Quilting Award at Vermont Quilt Festival in 2013, the AQS Best Machine Workmanship Award in Lancaster in 2010, and Best of World in 2007 at the World Quilt and Textile Show. Pat has authored two self-published books, Narrow Binding Perfection and Loop Binding Perfection, and she is known for her distinctive “Pat tracks” quilting style and love of color. All of Pat’s work is done on a domestic machine. Visit her website at
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Cynthia England
Although she started with traditional quilts, Cynthia England’s hallmark is making realistic, detailed pictorial quilts. Using skills she developed as a commercial graphic artist, she creates quilts depicting some of her favorite subjects: flowers, nature, antiques, and architecture. After using appliqué to get the realistic effect in her early quilts, Cynthia gradually devised a machine-piecing technique she calls Picture Piecing. This technique breaks the design down into pieces that can all be sewn using straight seams, allowing her to include intricate details and shading without a single set-in seam. Cynthia’s stunning quilts have been winning first-place ribbons at local and national quilting events since 1991 and have graced the pages of many quilting publications. Her quilt, REFLECTIONS OF CAPE TOWN won the Handi Quilter Best of Show award at the 2016 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, making her one of only two people who have won Best of Show at IQF three times. Her quilt, PIECE AND QUIET was chosen one of The Twentieth Century’s Best American Quilts in 2000. See more at
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Gail Garber
Gail Garber began quilting as a whim when friends convinced her to take a hand quilting class. Quiltmaking quickly became a passion. Now, bold, colorful, and stunning geometric designs with flying geese galore are her quilting trademark. 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 United States and have been featured in publications worldwide. Students love her ability to make these designs achievable even for novice quilt designers. You’ll see her designs at
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Linda J. Hahn
Because she is often described as animated and energetic, Linda's classes are always loaded with information and tons of fun! Linda enjoys taking complex-looking projects and making them do-able for everyone. She is a multiple award-winning author of two books from the American Quilter's Society, New York Beauty Diversified and New York Beauty Simplified. Linda was named the 2009 NQA Certified Teacher of the Year, and her work can be seen in many of your favorite quilting magazines. The web address for Linda’s business, Frog Hollow Designs, is
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Judi Kirk
Judi Kirk was a lover of quilts before she was a quiltmaker, and she was originally inspired to join the quilting scene when she attended an exhibition at Faversham Library in Kent, England. Since then, her passion has exploded into a full-time craft, and she finds joy in making quilts for the Linus Project and other charities. Judi is the regional organizer for the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, teaching workshops and arranging social events, and she finds inspiration in the various modern quilt guilds she is a part of. She is also a certified judge, most recently jurying for the Quilt Around the World competition in Munich, Germany. Judi lives in Canterbury with her wonderful, supportive husband.
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Marina Landi
Marina Landi is a quilt artist with degrees in engineering and plastic arts from São Paulo, Brazil. For many years, she worked with glass to create mosaic art, which is reflected in her artistic quiltmaking style. Marina’s quilts have been featured in many AQS QuiltWeek Shows, winning awards along the way.
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Cindy Lohbeck
Hands On Hand-Dyes is a line of DIY (Dye It Yourself!) kits developed by fiber artist and color specialist Cindy Lohbeck, who has worked with a passion for creativity and color fabric ever since her mother taught her to sew at age seven. With more than 25 years of experience as an interior designer, Cindy has a love of textiles and an eye for color that is the foundation for her best-selling dye kits and classes. Cindy has worked as a professional faux finisher and muralist, and she owned a tie-dyed clothing business in the early years; each career helped to refine her color mixing skills. With 30 years of fabric dyeing experience and the addition of quilting to her repertoire in 2002, Cindy brings humor, wit, and valuable lessons to each class. Affectionately known as "The Bucket Lady," her color insight and useful tips and techniques add to her fun and fast-paced classes. The Hands On Hand-Dyes’ innovative and reusable tool kits along with her supportive instruction make every hand dyeing class an empowering and successful experience – it will add to your eye for color and value, as well as your stash! See to learn more.
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Ebony Love
Award-winning author and quilter Ebony Love is recognized as one of the leading experts in fabric die-cutting techniques, and she regularly produces videos featuring tips and techniques for die-cutting and quilting. Author of The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips and other books about quilting, sewing, and die cutting, Ebony shares her knowledge and advice via online forums and her own website. She picked up longarm quilting to get unburied from all the quilt tops she was finishing so quickly, and ultimately became the longarm columnist for Quilty Magazine. She now serves as a National Educator for Handi Quilter, traveling around the country to spread the love of longarm quilting. In her own quilting, you’ll see Ebony’s fondness for blindingly bright prints, as well as her unabashed use of batiks and solids. She considers herself a traditional quilter who uses modern tools and color palettes to express her artistic voice, and of course, if it can’t be die cut, it isn’t getting made! You can reach her via her website at or her public studio at
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Nancy Mahoney
Author, teacher, and fabric designer Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years and is the author of 13 books. Her beautiful quilts have been featured in over 125 national and international quilt magazines. She has also designed nearly 100 quilt patterns for fabric manufacturers and many fabric collections for P&B Textiles. Nancy enjoys combining traditional blocks with updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Not considering herself a specialist in one particular area, Nancy's favorite techniques include precision machine piecing, quilt design, and machine appliqué. Nancy believes making a quilt should be fun. In her classes, Nancy's goal is for students to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt that they will enjoy for many years. See her work at
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Katie Pasquini Masopust
For nearly 30 years, Katie Pasquini Masopust has produced high-quality contemporary art quilts that have been coveted and collected by a broad range of admirers. From her early beginnings as a painter dabbling in traditional quiltmaking, her work has evolved from structured Mandalas and mind-blowing dimensional pieces to painterly landscapes and abstracts executed with the finest fabrics and most creative stitching techniques.

Katie’s easy, energetic manner has made her a very popular teacher and lecturer. When not in residence at her studio in Fortuna, CA, she travels the world presenting her contemporary quilting theories and techniques to classes; not only in North America, but in Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Awards and accolades have been numerous for Katie, culminating with her 2005 induction into a very select group of art quilt professionals who have earned the Silver Star Award presented by Houston Quilt Festival. A prolific author, world-class quilter, and sought-after instructor, Katie shares her enthusiasm for the art of creative quilting through her numerous books and her many classes. Learn more at
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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 Vicki to opening the Calico Patch Quilt Shop. Vicki has owned and operated a full-service quilt shop and BERNINA dealership since 2000, and she has taught and lectured at guilds and quilt shows across the country. Vicki enjoys mixing cottons with wool appliqué, and her passion for quilt design has inspired many published patterns available through national distributors. Her patterns have been published in American Quilter magazine, Simply Vintage by Quiltmania, and AQS OnPoint. Vicki and her husband, Tom, are featured on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens’ Fall 2018 Quilt Sampler as a “Top 10 Quilt Shop.” In 2018, Vicki began designing fabric for Marcus Fabrics. Her first line, Patches of Joy, is out now. Enjoy Vicki’s designs at
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Nancy McNally
Nancy McNally has been quilting for more than 20 years, after being introduced to quilting by accident at a picnic. She loves to design her own quilts and create longarm quilting designs. Nancy takes traditional blocks and jazzes them up! She likes to keep the eye moving across the quilt, but at the same time allow the eye to find a favorite spot to rest and appreciate the colors. Nancy is a national teacher of both piecing and longarm machine quilting, and has been published over 30 times in various quilting magazines and books. See her website at
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Chris Moline
Chris Moline is an AQS Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles with nearly 20 years of experience. She serves on the board of the Quilters Hall of Fame; has produced award-winning quilts; and is an author, collector, lecturer, teacher, and textile historian. She also sells, repairs, and reconditions Singer Featherweight sewing machines and teaches classes on Featherweight maintenance as well as hand sewing techniques. As the new owner of Jean S. Lyle, Chris sells needles and notions. Her many years of quilting have explored a span of techniques from traditional to contemporary and her lectures and workshops are designed to inspire quilters to expand their abilities and creativity. Chris lives in Naperville, Illinois with her large collection of quilts spanning more than 200 years of quilt history, an extensive quilt research library, and an active sewing room.
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Judith Baker Montano
Judith Baker Montano is a world-renowned Canadian fiber artist, author, and teacher who is comfortable in many mediums. She grew up on the historic Bar U ranch in the beautiful foothills of Alberta, Canada, and her love of fabrics and embellishments reflects her heritage. Experimenting with materials and her sewing machine, Judith created the Montano Center Piece Method, a copyrighted machine method of crazy quilting, which led to teaching classes and the publication of her first book on crazy quilting. She has since become one of the most recognized names in the field of needlework. An authority on crazy quilts and silk ribbon embroidery, Judith stays on the road much of the year teaching and lecturing.

Judith is honored to have been a spokesperson and endorser for both Kanagawa Silk Company of Tokyo, Japan and WFR Ribbon, USA distributors for Mokuba Ribbon of Tokyo, Japan. Her works of art, including her award-winning soft jewelry and art garments, have been featured in countless magazine articles, television shows, and exhibitions. Judith offers exclusive seminars in her private studio in beautiful La Veta, Colorado. Find out more at
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Cindy Needham
Passing on her love of quilting through teaching is a dream for Cindy Needham. Cindy has been a hand and machine quilter for more than 45 years. Over eight years ago, she left a full-time job in the medical field to teach nationally for Superior Threads as a National Educator. Cindy received the MQX 2010 Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year award. Numerous exhibits have featured her wholecloth linen quilts, she has written articles for several national quilting publications including American Quilter, and she has appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Cindy caters to beginner students and brings oodles of quilts and samples for fondling.
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Sue Patten
Sue Patten began piecing quilts and hand quilting in 1991. As her quilting style evolved, she plunged into machine quilting in 2000. Sue now works out of her own longarm training studio in Hagersville, Ontario, Canada, where she teaches a wide range of classes to quilters on every level from beginners to the more advanced. She frequently travels throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe to educate others in the art of longarm machine quilting. Sue has been featured on Linda’s Longarm Quilting with Linda Taylor, and her quilts have appeared on Sue Warden CraftScapes. Sue has been featured in various books and magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, Dream Catcher, Rosemary Makhan’s Biblical Blocks, and Virginia A. Walton’s Slow Down, Curves Ahead. Sue’s most rewarding role is that of single parent to three delightful children. Her deepest passion is spending time with them. Sue thrives on their artistic energy and draws inspiration from working with her kids.
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Catherine Redford
Known for her innovation and imagination, English-born Catherine Redford learned to knit and sew at an early age, keeping her family’s Barbie dolls and action men well dressed. After relocating from London to Naperville, Illinois, she started quilting in 1998 and discovered a new passion in her life. Catherine is an award-winning quilter, an active member of her local guilds, a popular teacher at the local and national level, and the co-founder of the Naperville Modern Quilters Guild. Catherine is an author and a frequent magazine contributor, and she has been a guest on Quilting Arts TV. She has two DVDs on modern machine quilting techniques produced by QATV and a book published in spring 2017. Read more about Catherine and see her work at
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Sue Reich
Sue Reich became interested in the study of quilt history with the Connecticut Quilt Search Project in 1991. A quiltmaker since childhood, she lectures widely on many aspects of quilt history and is an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser. Sue has authored several books, including Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting, World War I Quilts, and World War II Quilts.

She has been guest curator at the New England Quilt Museum, The National Quilt Museum, the Huntsville Art Museum, and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, and has lectured at premier institutions around the world, including the Quilters Hall of Fame, the Women’s Creativity Conference at Quinnipiac University, and the International Quilt Study Center. Now president of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, Sue is excited to travel to each AQS show to share the Quilts of Valor story with quilters from all over the globe. Learn more at
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Latifah Saafir
Latifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the country.
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Trish Stuart
A love affair with fabric, fibers, and fun has kept Trish busy for years. Growing up sewing clothing, Trish stumbled into quilting when she entered her first quilt shop on an errand from a friend. Trish was immediately inspired to design her very first quilt, the pattern for which she then freely gave to other interested quilters. Compelled to share her passion, Trish began her teaching career, which has since blossomed into 12 books and over 150 patterns. Trish is an international instructor and a Sewing Star for both Pfaff and Viking. Her passion for sharing her ideas on creating pieced quilts in conjunction with painting and fiber art has kept her busy since 1990. Trish believes in sharing the madness and laughter with as many people as possible.
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Emily Taylor
Emily Taylor is a fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs and the founder of Her collage quilt patterns feature bright colors and dynamic designs in a way that creates a beautiful painted look. She loves being part of the creative fabric and quilting community and is excited to share her tips and designs with students around the country. Find out more at
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Sarah Thomas
Sarah discovered the world of quilting by chance after becoming a military wife. Always on the move, she left her career as a corporate pilot and dove headfirst into creating keepsake quilts for her fellow military families. Always a fan of algebra and geometry and with a keen eye for color and design, she has expanded her talents to include pattern writing and surface pattern design with Hoffman Fabrics. Sarah is also a designer for Aurifil and has her own line of quilting rulers and sewing notions. Catch up with Sarah online: & Instagram @sariditty.
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Jessica VanDenburgh
Jessica VanDenburgh has a love for all things handmade. Her grandmother taught her how to sew at a young age and continuously encouraged her creativity. Jessica’s background in interior design makes her a natural with color and pattern selection. She discovered quilting and bag making in 2005 and started making bags for friends and family in 2007. Soon, Jessica expanded her pattern company to include simple quilts and other accessories. Her company, Sew Many Creations, began as a custom bag company, but it has grown into a pattern business that specializes in beginner-friendly bags and quilts.   Jessica’s laid-back approach to teaching makes students feel at ease. You’ll find that her classes are full of fun facts, tips, tricks, and a whole lot of laughter. Learn more at
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Margaret Willingham
Margaret Brewster Willingham, a quilter, quilt pattern designer, retired professional dancer, and dance teacher, is the founder and creative force behind Eye of the Beholder Quilt Designs. She is inspired by the functional elegance of Victorian architecture and decoration and the abundant beauty of God. Margaret choreographed dances for 40 years; now she choreographs quilts! She loves all things quilty, but has a special love for hand appliqué and reverse appliqué using her “Trace! Baste! Snip! & Stitch!” process. Margaret loves creating things of beauty and helping others to find their creative voices while gaining the skills to make beautiful things. She designs patterns for Island Batik, EBI Fabrics, RJR Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, and Batik Textiles, and has been published in OnPoint by AQS, Fons & Porter magazines, and Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Blocks. Her book, Christmas R.A.P.P.-ing, co-authored with Nan Baker, was released last year. Learn more at
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Victoria Findlay Wolfe
With a background in fine arts studies, Victoria Findlay Wolfe isn’t happy unless she is making something. She always knew she’d become some kind of artist, and then one day, to her surprise, quilts became her greatest passion. Based in New York City, Victoria is an award-winning international quilter and the author of three books, 15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts, Double Wedding Ring Quilts: Traditions Made Modern, and Modern Quilt Magic: 5 Parlor Tricks to Expand Your Piecing Skills. She enjoys teaching and exhibiting both nationally and internationally, as well as designing for Marcus Fabrics, Sizzix, and Aurifil. She is a proud JUKI USA Ambassador. Victoria is active behind the scenes with Quilt Alliance, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, and her own community-based quilt drives. Find her at
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