Keynote speaker, workshop instructor and special exhibitor
Since learning how to quilt from her husband’s grandparents 10 years ago, Angela has been in love with the art of quilting. She purchased her first quilting machine 10 years ago and has been quilting professionally, teaching and giving trunk shows ever since. She loves traditional quilting but has found her niche quilting modern quilts and helping other learn how to adapt their quilting designs for modern quilts. Angela quilts from her home studio and blogs at Quilting Is My Therapy. Learn more at quiltingismytherapy.com.
Maura Grace Ambrose is a quilter and natural dye artist in Bastrop, Texas and the creative force behind Folk Fibers. She received a BFA from Savannah College of Art & Design and spent the next seven years working as a photographer, pre-school teacher, and organic farmer. She combined these loves to launch her first collection of naturally dyed, crib-sized quilts in 2011. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, American Craft Magazine, Country Living, Design Sponge and more. She's collaborated with Levi's and Terrain on a series of bespoke quilts, organized quilting circles at Fortune 500 companies, and produced work for multiple permanent installations. Her distinctive use of color and appreciation for traditional design result in timeless works of art. She hand-dyes fabric from homegrown and foraged sources, favoring plants native to central Texas. Each of her pieces are hand-quilted with Japanese sashiko thread before being packaged in a heirloom cedar box. Maura regularly shares her creative process with thousands of Instagram and Facebook followers and teaches workshops on her property outside of Austin.
With three kidlets running through the house, on top of an incredible barking dog, it is amazing that Cheryl gets anything done. Her compulsion to create is fueled by that same chaos. Not only does her family, especially her daughters, inspire her to be true to herself, they drive her to create. In part so that they don’t drive her crazy! Cheryl is the author of three books on quilting - Sunday Morning Quilts, A Month of Sundays, and You Inspire Me to Quilt. She is also a successful freelance writer with articles in Modern Patchwork, Quilting Arts, Quilter’s Connection, American Quilt Retailer, and Quilty. On top of her writing and design work Cheryl teaches around the globe and through her online classes with Craftsy and Creative Live.
Melissa Averinos paints, makes quilts, designs fabric, and writes craft books. She won a Judge's Choice Award at QuiltCon 2015 for her quilt 'face #1' and won Best In Show at QuiltCon 2016 for her quilt 'My Brother's Jeans'. Melissa loves Atomic Fireballs, pie, unicorns, rust, gardening, yoga, thrift shopping, sad songs and summertime. Melissa is an imperfectionist, a hugger and a good listener. She lives on Cape Cod with her Adorable Husband Stuart and their two golden retrievers.
Ellen Baker is author of 1, 2, 3 Sew and 1, 2, 3 Quilt from Chronicle Books, fabric designer for Kokka, and blogger at The Long Thread. She lives in Atlanta.
Anna Boenish is a 27 year old queer quilter living in Seattle, WA. Her signature style features English Paper Piecing. She adores this hand sewing technique because it allows her to construct intricate geometric shapes and sew outdoors. In addition to sewing, Anna is passionate about public libraries, social justice, and public transit. To see more of her work and creative process, visit her website www.quiltingqueerly.com or on Instagram @quiltingqueerly.
Sarah Bond comes from a family of quiltmakers stretching back to the early nineteenth century. She has been quilting since her early twenties and loves immersing herself in old quilts and quilt books, looking for new ideas. She is obsessed with shapes and colors and while her inspirations are classic and traditional, she renders her own work with a modern or contemporary flair. Her mission when teaching is to break quilts down to their components to demystify them so that students can master those components, bend them to their will and design their own masterpieces. Sarah grew up in Chicago but now lives in Philadelphia with her family and three cats.
Natalia Whiting Bonner has enjoyed piecing quilt tops for more than twenty years. She learned how to quilt on her conventional home machine but decided that if she really wanted to take her quilting to the next level, she needed a longarm machine. In 2007 she quit her job and became a professional longarm quilter. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured on Moda Bake Shop, in Quiltmaker Magazine and American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, and in books such as Fresh Fabric Treats, Modern Blocks and Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs, Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe. Natalia is the author of Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, Next Steps in Machine Quilting, and co-author of Modern One-Block Quilts & Cabin Fever:20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts.
As a fourth-generation quilter, Rebecca grew up in a family of makers. Her mother graciously taught her everything she knew about sewing and helped Rebecca make her first official quilt for her first apartment. Rebecca has been quilting passionately ever since. Rebecca is a quilt designer, blogger, and author of Modern Rainbow: 14 Imaginative Quilts that Play with Color (Stash Books/ C&T). She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, four children, and one dog. You can find out more about Rebecca and her quilts by visiting her blog: www.bryanhousequilts.com.
Christina Cameli has been quilting for more than a decade,starting with a box of her grandmother’s fabric scraps. She now teaches,designs patterns and writes books to share her love of quilting, especiallyfree-motion quilting. Christina is the author of the books First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting and Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting. She lives with her family inPortland, Oregon where she works as a nurse-midwife. Christina writes thequilting blog A Few Scraps and is a member and past-president of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.
In a previous life Jen Carlton Bailly probably sold you a pair of jeans or khakis at The Gap. Today you’ll find her covered in thread and searching down the latest inspiration for a quilt. A self proclaimed master at curves, she finds pleasure in creating quilts with secondary patterns that make you stop and wonder. Originally from Utah, Jen found her way to Portland, Oregon via Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Seattle. While Portland is amazing, she misses the dry desert and the Rocky Mountains. Jen has a love for: cats, cats on quilts, cats wearing costumes, baking, sewing, gin rummy, fabric, Vespa’s, and the Oxford Comma. Jen has no love for: Radiohead (she knows, she knows), socks, wool (she’s allergic), Candyland, and being called Jenny.
Violet Craft is a licensed designer for Michael Miller Fabrics and distributes her own line of sewing patterns, but mostly she is a momma, a wife, a friend and a maker. The start of her career in software development brought her to the Pacific Northwest where she bagged her man, feathered her nest and stitched it all together. Drawn to art, craft and making, the birth of her first daughter compelled her to ditch her corporate career and seek out her passion. Her children's apparel line, Kung Fu Bambini, reached boutiques in 2004. Her first fabric collection debuted with Michael Miller Fabrics in Spring 2011 along with the first Violet Craft Distinctive Lifestyle Sewing Patterns. She teaches sewing and design workshops which are often influenced by her awesomely nerdy former career.
Shruti Dandekar is an individual member of the Modern Quilt Guild. She started quilting in 2009, on a sabbatical. She has been teaching quilting in India since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Pune. She was the founder president of the India Modern Quilt Guild and has been an active member of the Modern Quilt Guild since 2011. She has come a long way in the 6 years I have been quilting, from an unknown quilter in a quaint town in India to being a BERNINA Brand Ambassador. She lives in Sangli-India with her husband Rohit, my 9 year old son Aadi, and her wonderful in-laws Vandana and Shripad. She shares about her quilting adventures on her blog, www.13woodhouseroad.com.
Season Evans is a self-taught quilter and is influenced by the traditional quilt patterns she saw growing up in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Her quilts are rooted in the simple beauty and utilitarian craftsmanship of traditional quilts and shaped in form and function by modern techniques. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the country. Season is an active member of the MQG in Seattle, WA, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
Tara Faughnan is a quilter, textile designer and pattern writer living in her hometown of Oakland. She started quilting around 2001, learning from old, out of print books and vintage quilting magazines. Completely self taught, she focuses on form, color and the interaction that takes place where two seams meet. When she's not quilting or hanging out with family and friends, you'll find her deep in piles of fabric at Michael Miller's art studio, where she is an in house textile designer.
Mary Fons is a writer, quilter, and designer living in Chicago. In 2010 Mary created Quilty, an online program (F+W Media) and served as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine. She is a columnist for Quilts, Inc., and serves as co-host of Love of Quilting on public television alongside her mother, Marianne Fons. Mary’s first book, Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century was released in June 2014 (C&T/StashBooks) and Dear Quilty, was released in 2015 (F+W Media). Mary lectures and teaches widely and is a spokesperson for BabyLock machines. Small Wonders, Mary’s fabric line with Springs Creative launched in 2015. She serves on the board of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. To learn more visit MaryFons.com.
Carolyn Friedlander is a quilt and fabric designer working from her hometown of Lake Wales, Florida, an environment she enjoys for its warm weather, few distractions, and potent community of quilters and crafters. In her work, she draws inspiration from features of the Florida landscape—its long leaf pines, palmettos, water, scrub land, sand—as well as her background in architecture. You can follow Carolyn and her work on her website (carolynfriedlander.com) and blog (carolynfriedlander.com/blog).
Amy Friend is a former museum curator who currently spends her days designing patterns, quilting and sewing. Paper piecing, as well as modern quilt design, bring her the most joy. Her work has been published in several magazines and collaborative books. Her first book, Intentional Piecing, published by Lucky Spool, will be available in April 2016. She founded the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild and is a member of the MQG Charity Committee. You can follow her creative path on her blog, www.duringquiettime.com. Amy lives in an old home built in 1835 in Massachusetts with her husband and three children. When she isn’t sewing or caring for her family, she loves to garden and is an active member of her town’s Historic Commission.
Alison Glass is a surface designer living in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Her love of the combination of color and shape make fiber design a perfect fit. She designs fabric for Andover Fabrics, creates patterns and art prints, teaches within the industry, and is the author of Alison Glass Appliqué. Alison is passionate about the ideas of making choices that are consistent with who a person is and living in the present.
A quilter in her early 20s, Heather Grant stopped quilting until 2005, when she was inspired by the modern quilting movement and made her first modern quilt. Heather is founder of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild and the Director of Marketing and Programming for the Modern Quilt Guild. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, son and too many pets.
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Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught quilter and independent designer from Portland, Oregon. She is known for her original quilt patterns, which are sold in shops around the world, and is a licensed designer for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Elizabeth is the author of the best-selling The Practical Guide to Patchwork, Modern Patchwork, and Patchwork City. She is also the founder of and 2016 Programs Director for Portland Modern Quilt Guild.
Anna Maria Horner
To many people, the Anna Maria brand means color and inspiration in the form of craft, sewing, needlework, books, patterns, kits and friendly how-to. Since 2006, her ever-growing library of fabrics has delighted and adorned creative souls around the globe. Constantly setting the bar higher in material choices, the industry has come to rely on Anna Maria to provide gorgeous new lines as well as to inspire clever ways to use them. She works from her home studio in Nashville, Tennessee, where she makes a home with her husband Jeff, seven children and a pair of yellow labs.
Rossie Hutchinson is an award-winning modern quilter. Perhaps best known for founding and moderating the Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts, she also writes a popular quilting blog and regularly contributes her quilt patterns to books and magazines. Her quilts have appeared in American Quilter, Quilting with a Modern Slant, Best Modern Quilts, 101 Patchwork Projects, andModern Quilts Unlimited. Rossie lives in Michigan with her husband, dogs, and enormous library of crafts books. She is a lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan and Program Coordinator for Camp Stitchalot.
Heather Jones is an author, designer and quilter who lives outside of Cincinnati, OH with her husband and children. Her first book, "Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday" was released in 2015. Her work has been featured in books, including “Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilting” (2014), “Quilting the New Classics” by Michele Muska (2014), and magazines including Quilty, Quiltmaker, Modern Patchwork, Gen Q, and Love Patchwork & Quilting. Heather has taught workshops all across the country, offers online workshops at Creativebug.com, and has appeared on Quilting Arts TV. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the New England Quilt Museum, QuiltCon, International Quilt Festival, and the University of Dayton.
A member of The Modern Quilt Guild, Nydia Kehnle is a quilter, designer & photographer. Perhaps best known for her pattern collaborations with Alison Glass, she recently photographed Alison’s “Applique” book. A pattern designer in her own right, quilting began as a hobby for Nydia. Today she is happy to be able to make her living enjoying both of her creative talents. Her love of puzzles and problem solving combined with her keen eye for color and texture are evident in Nydia’s work. In 2015, Nydia placed first in the category of Improvisational quilts at QuiltCon. Nydia Kehnle lives in upstate New York where she lives with her husband, two kids and their sweet dog, Mabel.
Samarra Khaja is an illustrator, graphic and textile designer. She’s the author of "Sew Adorkable: 15 DIY Projects to Keep You Out of Trouble" and "Off the Bookshelf" a whimisical coloring book for adults. Her textiles remix traditional fabrics with contemporary design with a cheerful irreverence. They’re bright, bold and, best of all, playful. She’s also been known to spend less time on her hair and more time dreaming up the unexpected. You might even know her as the #quiltconartist. samarrakhaja.com
Chawne Kimber is an award winning textile artist who has exhibited quilts and embroidered works in art galleries and at festivals across the United States. She prefers precision improv and handwork in quilting and is often found sewing smaller and smaller. When not manipulating cotton, Chawne is a professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast.
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Karen is a screen printer, author of Screen Printing at Home, a Robert Kaufman fabric designer and quilter. Her work is regularly seen in Love Patchwork and Quilting and Quilt Now magazines. She runs workshops in her home in Leeds, and has taught at the Fat Quarterly Retreat, around the UK, as well as in Denmark and the US. Karen was born and brought up in Leeds, West Yorkshire where she learned to sew and knit with her grandmother. While living in London, Karen met her husband and they brought up their 3 children there. When they moved back to Leeds in 2004 she started her crafting business Blueberry Park. In 2014 Karen brought out her first book Screen Printing at Home, teaching what to do to produce great screen prints from the kitchen table.
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Riane Menardi is the communications manager for the Modern Quilt Guild, as well as a writer, designer and modern quilter from Des Moines, Iowa. A lover of linen, straight lines and sashiko hand quilting, her work and writing has appeared in Fresh Quilts, Stitch Magazine, Simply Moderne and QuiltCon Magazine, among others. When she’s not at her machine or practicing handwork, you can find Riane doing yoga, fermenting veggies or riding her road bike from brewery to brewery. Learn more about Riane and see her work at vesselquilts.com.
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Amy Milne has been the executive director of the Quilt Alliance (www.QuiltAlliance.org) since 2006. She has two decades of experience as a nonprofit administrator, educator and artist. Amy has overseen the expansion of the Quilt Alliance’s oral history projects, including the creation of the Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! project, as well as the Quilt Alliance’s biennial Not Fade Away: Sharing Quilt Stories in the Digital Age conference. Amy works remotely from Cary, NC in a household of artists and cats.
After a decade as a schoolteacher and a short career as an archaeologist, Deborah Moebes embraced sewing and has never looked back. Deborah is a writer, pattern designer and sewing teacher known for her friendly, approachable voice and witty sewing videos. She writes the blog Whipstitch, and is the author of two books, Stitch by Stitch and Stitch Savvy. Deborah is the creator of the League of Adventurous Dressmakers, a monthly online garment-sewing technique club, and the Murder Mystery Quilt, where the quilters stitch the blocks to solve the crime. Deborah lives in Atlanta with her husband, four children and dog, in a mid-century ranch where she gardens experimentally, knits occasionally, and bakes unapologetically.
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Lee has been creating since she first discovered crayons at age 2! She’s from a family of quilters and learned everything from her mother, affectionately known as The Guru. She loves all things fabric—from zippy pouch to queen size quilt—and everything in between. With a love of color and bold graphic shapes, Lee enjoys designing patterns and teaching all types of classes, while sharing her adventures on her blog, www.maychappell.com. She is a trained graphic designer which shows in her clean aesthetic. Her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Stitch, Quiltmaker & Modern Patchwork. She is an active member of the Triad Modern Quilt Guild. Lee lives in beautiful North Carolina with Mack the Chihuahua.
Heidi Parkes is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a 2016 QuiltCon 1st place winner in Handwork, an artist in many mediums, and a former high school art teacher. A resident of Milwaukee, WI, she is frequently found at the WI Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art. Heidi is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, her love for travel, mending, and her study and practice of yoga. Heidi Parkes is also and a professional yoga instructor with her 200-hour certification in Vinyasa Yoga from Rolf Gates, and her 500-hour certification in Yoga Therapy from Dr. Indu Arora. Heidi often tailors her yoga practices to fit the unique needs of artists and quilters. Join her on Instagram at @heidi.parkes.
Nancy Purvis is an author, designer, and quilter. After a 6 year stint as a dental assistant, Nancy Purvis knew she belonged in a more creative field. After her son was born in 2010, she stayed home and explored her creativity through blogging while taking care of her newborn. Searching for a new challenge and with the help of YouTube and blogs, Nancy taught herself how to quilt in 2012. In 2015, Nancy published her first quilting book, "Quilting from Every Angle" (Interweave/F+W Media). Her love for design and creativity are truly expressed in her quilt making and pattern design. She resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can check out more of her work at www.owensolivia.blogspot.com and on Instagram as @owensolivia.
Kathleen Riggins has been sewing and quilting for as long as she can remember. She loves sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, and pretty much anything to do with a sewing machine, but will do almost anything to avoid doing anything by hand. When she's not in front of her sewing machine, she can usually be found snowboarding, reading, or dreaming of what to sew next. She blogs at kathleenquilts.com
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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, and is working on a line of patterns and products. She is excited to be designing her first line of fabrics to be released with Me + You, the new modern fabric brand with Hoffman Fabrics. She’s been featured in over a dozen books and magazines and loves being an ambassador of Janome sewing machines.
Jacqueline Sava, Founder and Director of Possibilities for Soak Wash Inc., has a passion for combining business and creativity to create profitable, market driven products. Soak has become the leader in the delicate wash category, and Flatter, starch-free smoothing spray is quickly dominating at ironing stations nationwide. Her values of innovation, education, creativity and community drive both her business and her personal endeavors.
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A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has changed the way we think about quilts. Though firmly rooted in the techniques of American quilt-making, Denyse Schmidt is renowned for her fresh, offbeat approach to design and color and has won acclaim from the worlds of art, design and craft. As author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts (Chronicle Books, 2005) and Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (STC Craft, 2012); fabric designer for FreeSpirit and Fabric Traditions; and teacher of a series of popular improvisational patchwork piecing workshops; Denyse continues to inspire with her witty take on tradition. Denyse’s studio is located in a historic factory building in Bridgeport, CT. Photo by Gale Zucker.
Anne Sullivan is an artist/creator whose primary mediums are quilting and programming. By day she is a postdoctoral fellow in computer science at American University in Washington, DC, which is fancy pants talk for "make computer games with cool people." In the evenings she plays the leading role of cat furniture and dog scratcher. She loves everything to do with design and is the founder of the Quilt Design A Day (QDAD) community. She is a member of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and blogs at http://www.play-crafts.com.
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Hailing from a small town in Virginia, Christopher has lived in several cities from Atlanta to San Francisco and now NYC. Although he grew up in a traditional quilting family, he discovered the modern quilting moving a couple of years ago and honestly, it’s been on his mind non-stop! He works in the fashion industry during the day and spends late nights and weekends creating interesting quilts inspired by the world around him — art, music, and fashion.
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Christa Watson is an award winning quilter, patterndesigner, EQ artist and author of Machine Quilting with Style. She loves toteach others how to successfully quilt on a home sewing machine and sheconsiders herself a cheerleader for the DIY modern aesthetic. She’s heavilyinvolved in both modern and traditional quilt guilds and loves to encourageeveryone to enjoy the style of quilting that appeals to them. Christa lives inLas Vegas, Nevada with her husband and three children who all think it’s normalto have a house full of fabric. Visit her at ChristaQuilts.com.
Pamela Wiley is an artist based on Tybee Island on the eastern outskirts of Savannah. Recently retired from 24 years of teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design in the Fibers Department, her 40+ years of professional experience include working as a studio artist producing lines of hand-dyed fabric and kimonos, freelance textile designer/design consultant in New York City, stylist in the New York ribbon and trim industry, freelance designer for Anthropologie and prop designer/fabricator for Broadway shows. Pamela Wiley maintains an active studio practice in contemporary fiber work as well as in functional studio textiles. Her works have been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Italy, France, and England.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City based award winning quilter, fabric & Aurifil thread and SIZZIX designer, author of 15 Minutes of Play & Double Wedding Rings, Traditions Made Modern! (C&T publishing), She is a Board member of the International Quilt Association, the Quilt Alliance member of the Advisory board of the International Quilt Study Center and runs several community drives with BumbleBeansBASICS. She is excited to share her series of 12 Double Wedding Ring Quilts, including QuiltCon 2013 Best in Show, "Double Edged Love", These works are currently on view at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln Nebraska, and will be traveling to Australia, France and a several other venues through 2017.
Sherri Lynn Wood
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Sherri Lynn Wood lives in Oakland, CA where she improvises quilts as a life practice and blogs about it at Daintytime.net. She has an MFA from Bard College and received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors in 2012. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and a former instructor at Penland School of Craft. Her first book, The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters, was released by STC Craft/Abrams in the Spring of 2015.