2018 Class Instructors

Kelly Ashton

Quilt Designer and Author

As a self-described “pragmatic quilt-maker”, Kelly Ashton approaches quilt design and construction with a knowledge of and appreciation for the theoretical while searching for and developing skills and short-cuts that are practical. Kelly’s passion for patchwork covers a dichotomy between “microwave quilts” (quilts that are simple in design and quick to piece) to “crock-pot quilts” (quilts that are more intricate and complex in their construction), and she happily moves back and forth betwixt the
two…..and everything in-between! Her current obsession, designing and piecing blocks and quilts that require set-in seams (Y-seams) pieced by machine resulted in the authoring of her book, Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork (Martingale, 2014). In addition to designing quilt patterns, Kelly loves to teach and talk about quilts. Her motto is “Have quilts. Will travel.”, and she loves to provide quilt presentations and workshops anywhere!

Kelly resides in Overland Park, KS with her husband, Jeff Seib, and their fur-baby, Shyma. “Like” her Facebook page (Kelly Ashton: Quilting Lectures & Workshops), follow her on Instagram (kellyaquilter), and check out her Craftsy classes, “Piece Any Project: Conquer Challenging Seams” and “Finish It! Borders, Backing, Binding, and Beyond” (Craftsy.com).

Visit her website www.kellyquilter.com

Karen Eckmeier

Award Winning Quilter and Author

Karen Eckmeier is an award-winning quilter, international teacher and author. Her books, patterns and workshops (Happy Villages, Accidental Landscapes, Wiggles & Waves (NEW 2018) and Wearable Waves), emphasize her no-stress approach to playing with fabric, whether it be raw-edge collage or her layered/topstitching technique, students always go home with an “I can do that” attitude.

Visit her website www.quilted-lizard.com

Kimberly Einmo

Kimberly Einmo

Award Winning Quilter and Designer
2018 VQF Quilt Contest Judge

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.

She 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 traveled 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 than two dozen quilting cruises to destinations including Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. Most of all, she loves to meet quilters from around the world and share her joy and passion with everyone. Next up? Kimberly is excited to design exciting new fabric lines!

Visit her website www.kimberlyeinmo.com

Lynn Harris

Quilt Author and Artist

Lynn lives in Michigan where she creates art, raises chickens, and grows vegetables. Both of Lynn’s parents grew up on farms and, like the little red hen in the children’s story, she was taught to do things from scratch and to never let anything go to waste. Her thrifty upbringing led her to her current style of working with scraps and the desire to use “every last piece.” Her quilts have been juried into international shows and gallery exhibits and her work is in private collections around the world. She is the author of Every Last Piece and has also been published in numerous books and magazines.

Visit her website www.lynncarsonharris.com

Michelle Renee Hiatt

Michelle Renee Hiatt

Quilt Designer and Instructor
Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor

Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning Quilter, Designer and National Instructor. Michelle has been sewing since before she can remember and fell in love with quilting over 20 years ago.

Michelle Renee is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. Michelle Renee teaches throughout the United States at National Quilt Shows and Retreats!

Michelle Renee is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go and her designs have appeared in several international Quilting Magazines. Additionally, she is a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and many of her patterns have been published in their Modern 180 pattern line.

Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm, and encouragement!

Visit her website www.Sewonthego.net

Joyce Hughes

Quilt Artist and Instructor

Joyce is an Award Winning self-taught quilter and fiber artist. Her first quilt was a tee-shirt quilt, which she enjoyed making, but felt limited in the ability to express her artistic capabilities. Within several months, she began to design pictorial landscape quilts using raw edge applique, thread painting, and a variety of embellishments. Never knowing the “rules” she broke a lot of them, but with exciting results

 Currently, Joyce has been working with Fabric Panels to create dimension and texture with threads and embellishments- Creating a style of her own!  Joyce loves to teach and share her tips. One of her greatest accomplishments is when a student creates their own Art work following Joyce’s technique of Dimensional Thread Painting!

Visit her website  www.joycehughesoriginals.com

John Kubiniec

Quilt Designer and Author

John Kubiniec was a runner-up in the 2010 McCall’s Design Start Competition. His quilt patterns have appeared in McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts, The Fat Quarterly and Fons & Porter Easy Quilts and he has designed patterns for Windham Fabrics, RJR Fabrics, and Stoff.  John was one of the panelists at the American Folk Art Museum’s program Quiltmakers: Real Men Quilt in June of 2011 and his HQ Story was chosen to be part of Handi Quilter’s 2012 Ad. He is currently a BERNINA Ambassador and a Quilt Industry Partner for Westalee Rulers. John was a tester for BERNINA during the development of their Q24 and Q 20 longarm quilting machines. His book A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path is published by C&T Publishing.  

Visit his website www.bigrigquilting.com

Jackie Kunkel

Quilt Designer and Author
Certified Quiltworx Instructor

Jackie has been a quilter since 1993 and has owned her own business, Canton Village Quilt Works since 2000. Beginning her business as a long arm quilter and then in 2009 adding an online quilt fabric shop. She has also been a quilt designer for magazines and fabric companies since 2009, a quilting Podcaster – Jackie’s Quilting Chronicles, and a Certified Quiltworx.com (Judy Niemeyer) Instructor and Shop. Jackie travels throughout the country to lecture, do workshops and trunk shows. Jackie’s first book was published in September, 2015 by Martingale & Co titled Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts. Jackie is also a Craftsy Instructor with two online classes.  Jackie has her own line of published patterns, currently 30 and counting!  In 2016 Jackie began designing fabric for Island Batik. The first line of fabric was launched at Quilt Market October 2016 and currently has fabric coming out with Island Batik through the fall of 2019. She is also an Aurifil thread designer too. Jackie’s newest ventures are her partnership with Viking/Husquavarna as a Brand Ambassador and also with Quiltster, where you can color Jackie’s patterns with your own fabric. Follow Jackie for her weekly Episodes of Watch Me Wednesday on her Canton Village Quilt Works Facebook page for tips, techniques, tutorials, quilt alongs and giveaways!  

Visit her website www.cvquiltworks.com

Doug Leko

Quilt Designer, Instructor and Author

Doug Leko founded Antler Quilt Design in 2008, when he was still a high school student. Working in his mother’s quilt shop had helped him develop his skills and refine his art, and soon Doug began to develop and market his own designs.  

Since then, his reputation has grown along with his business. He has a vibrant and growing collection of books, patterns and notions available at quilt stores around the U.S. and the world, and online at his website. His work has been featured in McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker, and American Patchwork & Quilting.

Doug is a vibrant speaker and teacher, and has developed a wide following among quilters around the country. His energy and passion coupled with his unique level of experience and his innovative quilt designs make him a favorite addition to any special event.

Visit his website antlerquiltdesign.com

Cindy Lohbeck

Fabric Dyeing Instructor

Having worked in textiles and fabric dyeing for over 30 years, Cindy Lohbeck is truly a DYEHARD at heart! She started Hands On Hand Dyes in 2007, to share her love of textile arts through an extensive line of fabric dyeing kits. Believing in the right tools for the job, her helpful kits and classes are full of tools, tips and tricks, and have helped thousands of quilters and crafters share in the empowering experience of dyeing their own fabric. Humor, productivity and organization are key components to her fabric dyeing workshops, making them among the favorites at quilt shows, fabric shops, retreats and guild events, across the nation.

Visit her website www.handsonhanddyes.com

Nancy Mahoney

Quilt and Fabric Designer
Author and Instructor

Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in over 200 quilt magazines. She has also created over 100 quilt patterns for a variety of fabric manufacturers.

Nancy has authored 14 books since 2002; her most recent book is Learn to Paper Piece. Nancy has designed 15 fabric collections, including eight 30s reproduction collections.

When she’s not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens.

Nancy’s social media profiles:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nancymahoneydesigns/
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/nancymahoney5/

Visit her website www.nancymahoney.com

Sheri Cifaldi Morrill

Award-winning Quilter and Designer

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, pattern writer and award-winning quilter. With the help of books and the Internet, she taught herself how to sew and discovered her love of designing and making quilts. As a trained and practicing graphic designer, her quilts start with a concept and research shapes the design. Her work is inspired by her everyday life and experiences. Sheri strives to make beautiful objects that inspire others to make and learn by providing clear instruction and encouragement. In 2016, she was awarded the first annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship. Sheri is an active member of quilting community. She is an Aurifil Artisan and a guest blogger for Craftsy. Learn more about Sheri and her work at her website and on Instagram at @wholecirclestudio.

Visit her website www.wholecirclestudio.com

Sue Nickels

Award-winning Quilter, Instructor and Author
2018 VQF Quilt Contest Judge

Sue has been quilting for over 39 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. Sue has been teaching machine techniques for the past 29 years. Sue has taught and lectured nationally and internationally for shops, guilds and major conferences. Sue’s awards include 1998 AQS Best of Show for “The Beatles Quilt” made by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly and most recently Sue and Pat’s quilt “Two of Us” won the 2014 AQS Home Machine Workmanship Award. Sue’s most recent book is “Fabulous Feathers and Fillers”. Sue has also been a judge for many quilt shows. Sue’s priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are timesaving. Sue emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed!

Visit her website www.sue-nickels.com

Sue Pelland

Quilt Instructor and Author
Template Designer for Applique

In the 1980s, my Mom and I decided to open a quilt shop. I was in high school, my mom a high school music teacher.  We weren’t expert quilters but we were addicted to quilting, and wanted to share that passion with as many people as possible.  What was better than converting any random shopper into a fabriholic!  We were hooked and we wanted as many others to join our ranks as we could find.

Back then we did every inch of our cutting, piecing, appliqué and quilting by hand.   My first machine sewn quilt class was at the Vermont Quilt Festival where I learned to strip piece a Lone star quilt.  We stitched the strips by machine, but our cutting was still done the old fashioned way; cardboard templates and trusty old scissors.  That class started me on the quest to find better, faster and more accurate ways to make quilts.  

Soon I developed a love of appliqué that greatly reduced my stress level.  Instead of persnickety perfectly pieced blocks, I could create a garden full of flowers in the midst of our long New England winters as well as create landscapes and animals or houses. Appliqué was forgiving if you were off just a bit and that suited my personality just fine.  It wasn’t about precision and accuracy, it was all about beauty.  That was where I wanted to put my creative energies rather than striving for perfect points.   

For four more years I worked in our shop while I studied Textile Chemistry in college.  As soon as I graduated, I landed my dream job working for Cranston Print Works Company.  Cranston created the best quilting fabrics at that time and our quilt shop was full of their brand.  It was a pleasure being surrounded by millions of yards of fabric at work and I never got tired of the sight, smell and sounds of the mill.  Not to be outdone by the piles of beautiful prints in my office, the piles at home tried to keep up.  Somehow, Cranston didn’t realize the extent of my addiction and for five glorious years they enabled THIS fabricholic to collect as much fabric as I pleased. Eighteen years later, I still have some of those prints!

Now married with three kids and anxious to get out of the house, I turned to quilting as my favorite form of Mommy time.  My local guild whittled, carved, and polished my skills as a quilter and for that I am eternally grateful.      

Leaves Galore took me by surprise.  One day, when designing a quilt for a guild challenge, I realized I had to cut hundreds of small leaves. I knew there wasn’t enough time to appliqué all those leaves before the challenge quilts were revealed so I turned to fusible appliqué.  Trace, trace, trace…fuse, fuse, fuse…cut, cut, cut…hundreds of fusible leaves.  There had to be a better way.  And one night the light bulb in my head went on….Leaves Galore was born.    

Visit her website suepellanddesigns.com

Timna Tarr

Award-winning Long Arm Quilter
Quilt Instructor and Author

Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. She bought her first longarm in 2001 and began quilting clients’ quilts shortly thereafter. Since then she has custom designed and quilted thousands of quilts. Timna’s own nationally award-winning quilts are in private and corporate collections and have been seen in numerous exhibits, quilting magazines, and books. She is an in-demand speaker and teacher throughout the northeastern United States and is a member of her local guilds, Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild and the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild.

Visit her website www.timnatarr.com

David Taylor

David Taylor

Award Winning Quilter

David Taylor currently resides in Henniker, New Hampshire.

His obsession with fabric began at an early age, salvaging tiny scraps from his mother’s sewing area trash bin.

David’s first quilt design was in 1999, collaborating on a fundraiser project for Strings Music Festival in Steamboat with friend Madeleine Vail of Clark, CO. Madeleine encouraged him to keep after it.

Following a visit to Houston in 2002 for the International Quilt Festival, his obsession with fabric turned into an obsession for quilting as art.

David Taylor is a two-time recipient of the Master Award for Contemporary Quilting from the International Quilt Association (2006, 2014), the Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award from the American Quilters Society (Paducah Quilt Week, 2008), and a two-time Best of Show winner at the IQA’s Spring Festival in Chicago (2007, 2008). His works hang in numerous private collections around the globe.

Visit his website www.davidtaylorquilts.com

Deborah Tirico

Quilt Appliqué Author and Instructor

Deborah is an avid needle artist, designer, instructor and author. She has studied appliqué with national and internationl teachers and continues to study historical appliqué quilts and coverlets.

Her area of specialization is the creation of a sculptural look to felted wool appliqué by using needle tilting techniques and the layering and stuffing of wool pieces. Deborah’s designs feature matching and over-dyed wool threads, and embroidery embellishments which enhance and define the clarity of her subjects.

She is an active member of the EGA, EAC, NETA, PA quilters and Loundon Sampler Guild and enjoys teaching.

Her first book, “Gorgeous Wool Appliqué: A visual guide on adding dimension and unique embroidery” was released in October 2015 and her second book “Dimensional Wool Appliqué Baltimore Style which translates traditional Baltimore Album blocks into her own felted wool style was released in December 2016. She is currently working on her 3rd book to be released in the fall of 2018.

Visit her website www.deborahtirico.com

Lynn Wheatley

Instructor and Long Arm Quilter
Certified Instructor Studio 180 Design

Lynn Wheatley’s passion is quilting! She draws great energy from both the creative process of quilt design as well as the personal, comforting side of quilting. This passion began more than thirty years ago when she began creating quilts for special people in her life. Never satisfied with just buying a pattern and making a quilt, Lynn discovered the satisfaction of adding her personal touch to the design, fabric selection, and quilt construction, with the final reward of the joy and comfort of the recipient with their new quilt.

Lynn has 30+ years’ experience in the Engineering profession, involved in the engineering and manufacture of highly technical commercial products. Applying the design and process techniques from Engineering to quilting was a seamless process as quilting became the focus of her next career.

Lynn started a part-time business in 2009 of teaching quilting techniques, plus designing and commissioning of finished quilts. In 2011, she added longarm machine quilting to her repertoire, in 2014 became a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and has most recently added contemporary style quilts to the mix of her workshop offerings.

In 2016, Lynn retired from her Engineering career and began pursuing her passion for all things quilting full-time.

Today Lynn spends her time teaching, lecturing, vending at guilds, retreats, quilt shows, and shops throughout the United States. When she is not sharing her passion for quilting with others, she is longarm machine quilting and developing new ideas for her future quilting adventures.

Visit her website www.lynnwheatley.com

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