Class Instructors

Kathie Beltz

Kathie Beltz

Professional Quilter ~ Teacher ~ Judge
Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor

I am totally addicted to quilting, and enjoy associating with other quilters who are equally addicted.  I’ve been quilting since 1995, teaching since 2004, and judging quilts since 2007.

I have been fortunate that some of my quilts have won awards at shows across the country, including A Quilter’s Gathering, Home Machine Quilting Show, Images at the Lowell Quilt Festival, Machine Quilters Exposition, Machine Quilting Today Upper Midwest Show, Maine Quilts, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, MQX Quilt Festivals, National Quilting Association, Quilting With Machines, Quiltweek Lancaster, Quiltweek Paducah, Road to California, Southern New Hampshire Quilt Festival, Vermont Quilt Festival, and World Quilt Show – New England.  Several of my quilts were juried into the AQS show in Paducah in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

As an award-winning quilter, I lecture, give demonstrations, and teach workshops at guilds, quilt shops, and quilt shows nationally.  I especially enjoy teaching beginners.

In 2013, I became a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design, Deb Tucker’s tool and technique company.  The Studio 180 Design certified instruction program provides me with the opportunity to continue Deb Tucker’s tradition of excellent instruction combined with fun.  Deb’s efficient techniques and her accurate tools make it easy to create beautiful quilts without a lot of fuss.

For more information on Studio 180 Design patterns and tools, or for information on workshops, lectures, or judging, I can be reached at or

Ruth Ann Berry

Ruth Ann Berry

Owner – The Quilter’s Clinic

Ruth Ann owned and operated a small-town pharmacy for many years before converting her store into a quilt shop, The Quilter’s Clinic.  She enjoys writing quilt books and designing individual patterns representing a variety of styles and techniques. Her focus is on composing quilt patterns designed to create the impression of motion and depth, especially Bargello and other 3D or geometric styles.  She considers the shop to be her designer’s studio where other people are invited to buy fabric.

Ruth Ann’s websites are and

Cathy Brown

Cathy Brown

Baby Lock Certified Ambassador of Education

Cathy Brown is a Baby Lock Certified Ambassador of Education and has been teaching quilting since 1994. She ran a successful long arm quilting business and quilt shop before traveling nationwide presenting seminars starting in 2009. Her specialty is teaching fun-filled and informative seminars in long arm and computerized long arm quilting.

She has appeared on Sewing with Nancy teaching free motion quilting. She is in high demand as an independent instructor and introduced both the Baby Lock Tiara and Coronet to Retailers at the Baby Lock National Convention. She has written and taught Sew at Home Classes for both consumers and training classes for Retailers. Her classes are part of the mandatory curriculum for Certification as Quilting Machine Expert Level for Baby Lock.

Augusta Cole

Augusta Cole

Augusta has been teaching quilting for 38 years. She loves to travel and share her love of the art of quilting with others. She lectures and teaches across the country. She is now a retired lady and hopes to enjoy teaching and traveling even more. Augusta is known as the “Scrappy Lady” because many of her quilts are snappy and scrappy. Her motto is: “Variety is the Spice of Life”.

Pam Damour

Pam Damour

Author & Sewing Professional

Known as the “Decorating Diva” Pam learned early in life, while spending time on her grandparents’ farm, that making something from “scratch” was not only a way of life but it was the better way of doing things. Holding on to those values she went from farm to fabric and has had a very successful 35+ year career as an interior designer and sewing professional. Pam offers professional drapery workroom training to the trade and consumers. As a seasoned career speaker, she travels internationally teaching her specialty techniques that have brought her years of continued business as the “Couture of Home Dec Sewing”. She is the author of Pillow Talk, Cheaper by the Dozen, Got Quilts?, The Tangled Home, Hold Everything, and producer of 12 Home Dec DVDs and has designed many patterns and rulers. An interior designer by profession and a quilter by passion, Pam lives on the shore of Lake Champlain in a log home, nestled at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, where she teaches sewing retreats and her Window Treatment Boot Camp. Her down to earth nature, never forgetting her roots, combined with her professionalism creates a warm and creative experience. Whether you want to book for a retreat, or just a two-day event, Pam offers programs in quilting, home décor, techniques, embroidery, Zentangle, and serging. Pam also offers webinar programs at a reduced cost.

For more information about Pam, go to or call 518-297-2699.

Bonnie Dwyer

Bonnie Dwyer

The Quilt Whisperer: Sharing a Passion for Quilts
Located in Central Maine

As the “Quilt Whisperer,” Bonnie enjoys sharing her quilt knowledge with others who are interested in quilt history, quilt making, quilt care, and quilt appreciation.

Textiles have been an area of interest since Bonnie 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.

Bonnie has Maine roots and raised her family there while also pursuing a degree in library science. Always a lifelong learner, Bonnie expanded her interest in the needle arts by taking up quilting in the mid-1980s. She studied quilt history, fabric dating, quilt repair & restoration, and quilt appraising, earning national certification by the American Quilters’ Society in 2006.

While appraising and attending regional and national quilt shows, Bonnie developed an appreciation for art quilts, improvisational quilts, and the modern quilting trend. Consequently, her repertoire is eclectic – from 19th Century American quilts to The Modern Quilt Guild, Bonnie shares her quilt collection in lectures and trunk shows. Having dabbled in many quilting styles, she also shares her skills in workshops.

Dominique Ehrmann

Dominique Ehrmann

I live in Ste Sophie, Québec surrounded by a pine forest in a house my husband and I built. I was a chocolate and special event cake maker for more than 25 years, creating customized center piece.I discovered quilting through a landscape wall hanging in 2005, it was a life changing experience.

Since then, I have taught myself to quilt, to draw and to create 3d quilt because it is the way I imagine them.

I put my chocolate career behind and start teaching in 2007, at Courtepointe Claire in Laval  2007to  2016, Excelle Laval 2014 and 2017, plus   I travel to teach and give lectures in Québec, Ontario, and US.

My quilts are different and when I enter a contest, I never know if I will win a ribbon or be rejected.

2013 My Quilt ”Come and follow me ” winner of many Award in Quebec and US,  was at the Kathonah Museum of Art in February, just outside New York, part of an exhibition called: Beyond the Bed; the quilt evolution in America,  It re-trace 200 years of quilting. It was review in the New York times issue of Sunday march 17th 2013

Featured artist the piece was at Sacred Threads event from July 10th to 28th I was the Featured Artist, I gave  3d workshops and lectures for the duration of the event. I am known to ”rock the boat” in the quilting world.

2015 Featured Artist in Washington Northern Quilters Alliance in May.

2016  Featured Artist at the Shelburn Museum for a solo exhibit, from May to October.

Creation of the first known kinetic quilt and luminescent quilt.

2017 beginning of a new 3d project, Solo exhibit Highland House and Garden, Massashucet near Cape Cod from June to September.

Since 2008 I have enter contest and won Awards every year, I am known to ”rock the boat” in the quilting world.

You can follow me on Facebook,(quilteuse quebec dominique ehrmann), Pinterest, Instagram or on my web site

Kimberly Einmo

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.

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!

Amy Friend

Amy Friend

Author & Instructor

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. She authored the book Intentional Piecing which was published in spring 2016. Her second book, Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design, will be published in February 2017.

She is an award-winning quilter and her quilts have been exhibited at a number of quilt shows as well as the Texas Quilt Museum. Amy visits quilt guilds to speak about her quilts and to teach workshops. She is an active member of the Modern Quilt Guild having cofounded the Seacoast MQG where she served as the first president, as well as sitting on the MQG Charity Committee where she is Project Manager for the annual QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. You can follow her creative path on her blog, and on social media @duringquiettime.

Kathy J. Gaul

Kathy J. Gaul

Meetinghouse Hill Designs, LLC

Meetinghouse Hill Designs, LLC is a Colorado based wool appliqué art pattern company. Kathy J. (Lanciani) Gaul is the owner/designer and creates all the artwork and patterns herself. Kathy’s husband, Jerry, handles much of the business side of her company. Kathy has been designing, stitching, publishing and marketing her line of patterns since April 2009. Meetinghouse Hill Designs offers over 50 unique patterns for wool appliqué. The company also produces a small line of rug hooking canvases.

Meetinghouse Hill Designs’ wool appliqué patterns focus on the same types of fabrics and techniques used in the historical “penny rugs” of the 1800’s, namely the use of felted wool fabrics and embroidery stitches such as the blanket stitch, back stitch, and French knots. The styling of Kathy’s designs is intended to evoke an appreciation and love for handwork through her great attention to stitching detail and her realism created through dimensional manipulation of the wool and the use of hand-dyed threads. She takes pride in her company tag line, “Wool Applique Art Designed for Distinction,” striving to make her art and patterns stand out amongst the many offerings available to customers today. Meetinghouse Hill Designs has been vending at quilt shows and hook-ins across the country since 2010 including consecutive appearances for four years at the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) Quilt Show in Paducah, KY. This year will be the 5th appearance vending at the Vermont Quilt Festival (VQF) in Essex Junction, Vermont. Last year, Meetinghouse Hill Designs won “viewer’s choice” for “best decorated booth” celebrating VQF’s 40th Anniversary. Meetinghouse Hill Designs also premiered in 2016 at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week, as both vendor and teacher, at this historic 20th anniversary event for rug hookers and wool enthusiasts.

Kathy was born and raised in Leominster, Massachusetts, which is famous as the birthplace of both Johnny Appleseed, and “Featherstone” the pink flamingo lawn ornament! Many of her designs reflect a “New England” flavor because of the people, places and experiences she fondly recalls when seeking the inspiration for a new design. She was encouraged to engage in crafts and sewing from an early age, learning to sew her first doll clothes from her beloved Auntie Von. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in textiles and clothing and graduated as Valedictorian from California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, CA, then spent ten years restoring antique quilts before launching Meetinghouse Hill Designs.

Kathy recently self-published a new little book, “Wool Applique Essentials – Tools and Techniques for Success” designed to be a complement to her patterns, and a handy resource for all wool stitchers. Her newly released line of pattern “books” (8 in total released in 2016) are professionally printed 8.5” x 11” soft-cover books that incorporate between 25-80 color procedural photographs (depending on the complexity of the design), as well as her signature detailed written instructions, full scale pattern layouts and individually drawn pattern pieces, stitching diagrams and general information about working with felted wool. And most dear to her heart, on the back cover of each book Kathy shares her “story of love” that inspires each design.

Kathy has been published in Rug Hooking Magazine – “Beyond Our Borders” section and in the National Quilting Association’s The Quilting Quarterly. Meetinghouse Hill Designs was a nominee for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards in 2013 and 2014. The Colorado Springs’ Gazette featured a story on her in spring of 2014 highlighting the detail in her appliqué artwork. She is a national teacher, focusing on individual attention to students. She has taught at various shops and quilt guilds across the country, including the New England states, California, the Midwest and in several locations across Colorado. In 2015 she premiered as a teacher at the Vermont Quilt Festival and taught there again in 2016; she is excited to be returning this year as a full-time instructor with all new classes. In conjunction with her teaching, she has spoken publicly, entertaining with a delightful program, “Stitching Stories of Love in Fabric and Thread”, where she shares her heart and love for textiles and bringing people together through the arts. She has also presented demonstrations on dimensional wool appliqué at AQS in Phoenix, AZ, Colorado Quilt Council’s (CQC) “Quilt Colorado” in Longmont, CO, and at the Denver Hook-In in Denver, CO. Kathy and Jerry live in Colorado Springs with their beloved fur-ball, Fluffernutter, a Maine-coon mix cat.

Please visit the website: to view and order from the full line of patterns and kits, and to read the stories of inspiration behind Kathy’s artwork. Please contact her through email at: or by telephone at: (719) 282-3518.

Linda Hahn

Linda Hahn

Author & Instructor

Linda’s classes are fun and empowering! Linda has a way of taking a project that looks complex and breaking it down in such a way that’s easy to understand. Linda adds her own sense of style while at the same time making it a WHOLE LOTTA FUN! Her infectious passion for quilting shines through in her classes.  Linda is a high energy – low stress instructor.

Linda is the author of the AWARD WINNING AQS Best Seller “NEW YORK BEAUTY DIVERSIFIED”.  “Diversified” was the Gold Medal winner in the 2013 Independent Publishers Living Now Book Awards.  Her first book with AQS was “NEW YORK BEAUTY SIMPLIFIED”.  “Simplified” was the bronze medal winner in the Independent Publishers Living Now Book Awards.
Linda has two books in her newest series – ROCK THAT QUILT BLOCK – with AQS Publishing.  Each book features a specific quilt block.  You’ll learn several different ways to construct the block as well as enjoy many different ways to set and lay out that block.

Linda’s first book in the series – ROCK THAT QUILT BLOCK! –  won the Gold Medal in the 2015 Independent Publishers Living Now Book Awards!  ROCK THAT QUILT BLOCK! – Hourglass was released in March 2016.
Linda’s newest book – QUILT MATCH UP! – Stash vs. Cash – is now available!  Tons of technique and process instructions!  Each quilt is presented two ways – one using purchased yardage and then how the quilt will look if you used your Stash!

Linda is honored to have been chosen as a BERNINA Ambassador in 2014.
Linda was a guest on Quilting Arts Television -Series 1400 which was aired in late 2014.

Linda is an iQuilt instructor.  Her class – New York Beauty Simplified is available at

Linda is a National Quilting Association Certified Teacher and was the 2009 NQA Certified Teacher of the Year. She has been three times  nominated (2001, 2004 and 2008) for Professional Quilter Magazine’s Teacher of the Year Award.

Linda designs quilt patterns which are marketed under the name FROG HOLLOW DESIGNS.

Linda has had her work published in Quilt Magazine, The Quilter Magazine, The Professional Quilter Magazine, Quiltmaker Magazine, Quilt Almanac, Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine, American Quilter Magazine.  She currently designs quilt patterns for RJR Fabrics and Clothworks, Inc.
Linda designed the very first on line mystery quilt for the American Quilter’s Society called “Block Buffet”.  Another of Linda’s patterns (Maple Cabin) was featured in the AQS On Point Newsletter!  She was also honored to have one of her designs accepted to be the 2013 on line mystery – Snake in the Grass.  Linda designed the pattern to coordinate with the fabrics honoring the American Quilter’s Society 30th Anniversary!

Linda was part of the teaching faculty at the AQS Shows (Paducah) (Lancaster) (Grand Rapids) (Chattanooga) and (Albuquerque), Road to Caifornia,  Maine Quilts, North Carolina Quilt Symposium, Vermont Quilt Festival, Quilt Odyssey (2011, 2013 and 2014), NQA Annual Show (2008,2010 and 2014), Quilters Heritage Celebration, Machine Quilter’s Expo, and has been on the faculty at the Mid-Appalachian Quilter’s Conference for the past 5 years.  Linda has taught on three quilting cruises, and was the featured teacher at the Frost Valley Quilting Weekend. She has taught in Bermuda twice, and is the featured teacher for the first annual Quilt Bermuda 2013.

Linda is a licensed Zumba, Zumba Toning and  Zumba Gold instructor.  She loves to bring her love of Zumba to her workshops!

Linda was honored by her fellow New Jersey Quilters in 2009 when she was named the “New Jersey All Star” at the New Jersey Quilt Convention.

In addition to teaching, writing and designing, she is also a long arm quilter.

When not doing something “quilty”, she likes to cruise the caribbean, or sit under a palm tree with her Kindle and an umbrella drink. Linda LOVES to shake her bootie by attending Zumba fitness classes.  Linda is a licensed Zumba Fitness, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Sentao and Zumba Kids instructor!

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! Michelle can be reached through her website at

Michele O’Neil Kincaid

Michele O’Neil Kincaid

A New Hampshire artist

Born and raised in New Hampshire, Michele knew at an early age that her life would be involved in one artistic endeavor or another. Starting out with drawing, painting and sewing, she explored dressmaking, designing children’s clothing and into formal wear and wedding dresses. She earned a diploma in interior decorating and though not active in the field remains fascinated with homes and their designs, often helping friends with remodeling layouts and use of space.

Then revisiting quilting in 1976 she found a passion that would fill all the gaps the other mediums left. After learning the traditional basics and techniques from wonderful local and national instructors, Michele quickly skipped off in her own directions.

Combining the design background with color sense she started producing her own line of patterns, they include graceful Renaissance Angels, Santas and variations on traditional pieced designs.

Since the 90’s she has been intrigued with the ability of fabrics, threads, fibers and beads to resemble natural images. To that end she has also been playing with taking photos for use as inspiration. It’s a little tougher though because she hates the new technologies, its ok, they hate her back. “I hope I live long enough to show this computer who’s boss”.

Her art quilts are both picture like images of nature and expressions of abstract color and shape. Using all manner of “Stuff” to achieve the distinctive look makes her work intriguing. Her pieces are ‘one of a kind’ artistic explosions! Working with clients, she creates custom ‘site specific’ art for home, office and corporate settings. Energy is the key, both in her workshops and in her original works
Michele’s pieces are in collections across the country and internationally. “I would like the viewer to say,” I saw something beautiful today!””

You can find Michele’s work in local galleries, installed in various medical buildings in and around Boston, through the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen shops and at their annual fair at Sunapee in August, and on her website at

Merry May

Merry May

Author & Instructor

Merry May has lived in Tuckahoe, NJ for nearly all of her life.  She has been a quilt maker since the early 1970s, quilting instructor since 1988; lecturer, designer, author, quilt historian, curator, and fabric & button hoarder. Writes instructions for Merry Mayhem’s Mystery Quilts, which are enjoyed by quilters worldwide. Travels throughout the eastern half of the US and Canada to teach quilting, and organizes biannual BBQ* (*Bed, Breakfast & Quilt) Weekends in Wildwood Crest, NJ with her Best Quilting Buddy, Lorraine Fenstermacher. Merry leads “Gilda’s Quiltas” at Gilda’s Club South Jersey in Linwood, NJ bimonthly.  Her work is in public and private collections worldwide.  In her “spare time” she manages a local cemetery, and owns two tons of buttons (no, really!).

Sue Pelland

Sue Pelland

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.

Nancy Prince

Nancy Prince

Quilt Artist

Nancy Prince, an award winning quilt artist from Orlando, Florida, specializes in thread painting. Her anyone-can-do-it approach to thread painting is fun, easy and a new way for quilters to broaden their quilting experience. She has recently introduced thread sketching into her workshop offering.

Nancy is the author of Simple Thread Painting and Thread Painting with Style both published by the American Quilter’s Society, has taped episodes for Simply Quilts, Creative Living on PBS and The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, has appeared in national magazines and has won numerous quilting awards. She has won first place in Large Pictorial at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Outstanding Innovative Quilt at Road to California, an Honorable Mention at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, plus Best of Show at the NQA Quilt Show. Her quilts have won Best of Show, Viewer’s Choice, Artistic Merit, Best Machine Workmanship and Judge’s Recognition at recent shows and first place at Bernina University.

Nancy is totally addicted to thread painting and her enthusiasm in workshops can be contagious!!! Students comment on her commitment to one-on-one attention and her upbeat attitude. She travels the country teaching and lecturing to anyone who will listen in order to share the excitement and creativity thread painting brings to her quilting world. She excels in taking the mystic out of thread painting, making it easy for anyone to master.

In addition to her husband, Tom, she has three grown sons and eight adorable grandchildren – and oh, yes and three talented daughter-in-laws. She spends most of her time juggling her family, quilting and teaching her passion. This passion has enriched her life and keeps her centered and focused.

Ann P. Shaw

Ann P Shaw

Ann P Shaw specializes in pieced art quilts based on the methods developed by Ruth B McDowell. Ann also creates modern/abstract art quilts based on repeated asymmetrical block patterns of her own design.  After an academic career as an anthropologist and forensic specialist, Ann followed her long time passion in founding “Ann Shaw Quilting“. (  She designs pieced quilt patterns and offers a variety of quilting classes, quilt retreats and lectures.

Places Ann has taught include The Quilter’s Hall of Fame,  A Quilter’s Affair, Empty Spools Seminars, Oregon’s  Stormy Weather Artist Weekend,  Historic Deerfield Workshops,  Cascadia Quilt Workshops and Historic Deerfield, MA.  She offers workshops and quilt retreats for Guilds and shops throughout the US and Canada.   She was Featured Artist at Empty Spools Seminars in 2011.

Her quilts have been featured in books and magazines (most recently in The Quilt Life Magazine , “Indah”, Featured in “Its My Nature”,  June 2013).   An experimental art quilt design  (“Ghost Experiment”) was featured in Ghost Layers (2001) by  Katie Pasquini Masopust.
Ann publishes a line of pictorial quilt patterns , “Ann Shaw Quilting Designs” , that are available through quilt shops.

Ann is also Krasnow Professor Emerita, The Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

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.

Erin Underwood

Erin Underwood

Erin designs patterns that are traditional with a twist. She appreciates the many styles of quilting and has centered her lectures and classes around techniques that enable the quilter to create complicated quilts using simplified methods. In addition, she is a Ruler Designer with Creative Grids. Her three rulers, the 15-Degree Triangle, the 45-degree Diamond Dimensions and the 22.5 degree triangle, keep her very busy designing and creating a myriad of patterns to accompany them. Both her rulers and original patterns can be found in quilt shops across the country as well as Australia and the United Kingdom.

Most recently, Erin and her husband, John, have opened the Blue Hen Quilt Shop ( in Newark, Delaware! Filled with batiks and cotton fabrics and lots of quilty accoutrements, the shop is fun and inviting place to inspire quilters. With a large classroom in the back, Erin continues to offer a wide variety of classes taught by her as well as other fantastic quilters.

Erin enjoys the opportunity to travel to guilds, retreats and quilt shops to share her love of quilting as well as exhibiting her quilts at local, regional and national shows. She is always delighted by the warm reception and eagerness of quilters to learn from each other and continues to take classes herself.

Christa Watson

Christa Watson


Christa Watson lives with her family in Las Vegas, Nevada and is the author of two books, Machine Quilting With Style and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. She loves making modern quilts from start to finish and enjoys teaching others that they can, too! Visit her at and on Instagram @christaquilts.

Lynn Wheatley

Lynn Wheatley

Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor

I have been quilting since the 1980’s and in 2009 I turned a serious hobby into a part-time business. In 2011 I expanded my services by adding Longarm Machine Quilting. As my passion for everything quilting grew, in 2014 I became a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor and in March of 2016 I turned my part-time business into a full-time endeavor.  This has allowed me to share my passion for quilting through designing, teaching, demonstrating and vending at shops, guilds and Quilt Shows throughout the USA.

My services include:

  • Longarm Machine Quilting
  • Lectures/Workshops
  • Studio 180 Design Product Retailer
  • Custom Quilt Design
Margaret Brewster Willingham

Margaret Brewster Willingham

Author & Pattern Designer

Two things inspire me with Eye of the Beholder Quilt Designs: Creating things of beauty, and helping others to find their creative voice while gaining the skills to make beautiful things.  Behind me in all of this is God, the ultimate creator of all beauty.

I grew up with a legacy of family heirlooms.  Antiques passed down with love and history that were relished and used.  Among the furniture, china and silver was the hand work of my ancestors: lovely linens and quilts hand-stitched with decorative threads to grace a table or a bed.  All expressions of the makers’ love for their families and friends, and hope in the future expressed creatively.

These patterns for appliqué and reverse appliqué will give the quilt-maker in you the opportunity to create a beautiful heirloom of your own to enjoy and pass on to the next generation.  I teach workshops to empower you to make these designs, but for those of you unable to attend, each pattern has complete instructions and I have technique tutorials on the website.

Many of these designs were inspired by the craftsman’s work of the Victorian Era.  The Victorians, for all their gilded gaudiness, had an eye for beauty, and imbued the necessary functionality of a thing with graceful scrolls & swirls, adding a touch of elegance to their lives.
I love that touch of elegance. Quilting gives us the chance to decorate the lives of those we love with a touch of elegance, whether in a wall-hanging, a table runner or a bed-sized quilt.  I see design possibilities all around me- on book covers, sidewalk grates, railings and even tire rims.

As I create these pattern designs for you to make, I get to play with pattern, color and texture, making something beautiful to enliven my world and express love to those around me.  I am most at peace when I am creating, and I believe touches of beauty bring resting places of peace to others as well.  When you make one of these patterns, you get to do the same thing.

Happy quilting! Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder, you.

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