Traveling the world as an Army wife hasn’t slowed Donna Lynn Thomas’ creativity! In fact, it has inspired her to share her talents with others.
Passionate about quilting since 1975, Donna is the author of many books and creator of time-saving rulers. Her classes focus on skills mastery techniques that enable her students to enjoy frustration-free sewing.
Click on the image to enjoy watching a recent interview with Donna posted on YouTube:
Find out more about Donna on her website, and follow her on Facebook.
We are pleased to announce that Sue Heinz of Kismet Quilting will be returning for KCRQF 2019!
Sue’s passion is teaching and she brings to each of her classes a Fine Arts and Education background, over 25+ years of quilting experience, a sense of humor, design expertise and a commitment to help each of her students reach new levels of quilting excellence. She has authored four books, each brimming with fresh design ideas for free-motion quilting and has also invented several innovative marking tools and rulers – all to delight, intrigue and inspire. Teaching at guilds and national shows across the country, Sue has also been featured in national and international publications as well as being a guest on quilting TV programs. For more information about Sue, her classes, books and tools, and to see samples of her work, visit www.SueHeinz.com. You can also follow her on Facebook.
A local treasure — Kelly Ashton! Kelly describes herself as a “pragmatic” quilter. Her current obsession is designing and piecing blocks and quilts that require set-in seams (Y-seams) pieced by machine. This resulted in the authoring of her book Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles and More.
In addition to quilty things, Kelly owns and operates The Creative Place, a retreat for quilters and other artists in Spring Hill, Kansas.
Watch for more information soon on the classes Kelly will be offering at KCRQF 2019. Find out more about Kelly on her website, and follow her on Facebook.
A leader in the modern quilt movement, Denyse has been sewing since she was a young girl. Using her background as a graphic designer, she helped change the way we think about quilts and reinterprets tradition to create modern quilts that are fresh and offbeat.
She loves to share her knowledge, style and creativity through classes, patterns and her fabric designs. Her fabric has a modern twist, influenced by the vintage charm of some of her favorite flea market finds!
Find out more about Denyse and her designs on her website, and follow her on Facebook.
We look forward to hosting Denyse next June for Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival!
A living legend in the quilt world — Marti Michell — will join the faculty for Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival 2019.
Marti Michell is a popular patchwork teacher having taught in 49 states and 26
countries. Since 1995, Marti is best known for the From Marti Michell acrylic tools for rotary cutting and her passion for teaching easy, accurate patchwork. Marti is also a prolific author (close to 2 million books sold), fabric designer (currently Maywood Studio), quilt collector and quilt maker. Marti and her husband Richard started their first patchwork kit company (Yours Truly, Inc.) in 1972. Since 1995 the Michells have manufactured the From Marti Michell line of acrylic templates and specialty rulers for rotary cutting. When you take a class with Marti you will share quilting knowledge gained in her 40+ year quilting career.
Marti will be presenting a trunk show and leading several workshops during Festival next June. Her enthusiasm and knowledge will inspire and encourage anyone lucky enough to be in her classes!
You can find out more about Marti, her designs and products on her website and follow her on Facebook.
I had the pleasure of attending Mickey Depre’s trunk show at my local guild, and immediately wanted her to come to KCRQF 2019! She is funny, talented, and passionate about sharing her many interests in the quilt world.
Mickey describes herself as an art quilter and a traditional quilter. At Festival, she will be teaching classes for hand piecing, machine piecing, and her favorite — English Paper Piecing.
Among the titles of published books are Pieced Hexies, Ring Around the Hexies and Half Scrap Quilts. You can find out more about her on her website and enjoy following her on Facebook.
We’re excited to begin announcing our teaching faculty for KCRQF 2019 — beginning with Dawn Heese.
Dawn has been stitching all her life and loves seeing someone leave her class excited about learning a new skill. At Festival 2019, she will teach classes in wool applique, needleturn applique and punchneedle. She will also present her popular trunk show and program on “Working with Wool”.
Dawn publishes patterns under Linen Closet Designs, and she introduces new designs twice a year during quilt market. She authored six books with Kansas City Star Quilts, and her seventh book, From the Linen Closet, was published last year by Quiltmania. Her work is also featured regularly in Primitive Quilts & Projects and Simply Vintage.
To see all of Dawn’s work, visit her website, and follow her on Facebook.
Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival is pleased to announce — On Friday, June 14, 2019, Ricky Tims is scheduled to present a day of Master Classes, followed by his popular Evening of Music and Story Telling.
Ricky Tims is an internationally renowned quilting celebrity, award-winning quilter, fabric designer, multi-talented artist, creative internet TV show co-host, enthusiastic and inspirational teacher, engaging motivational speaker, best-selling author, musician, and photographer. His innovative and entertaining presentations, feature enlightening in-depth quilting methods and techniques combined with inspirational and motivational messages. His quilts have been displayed worldwide and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal.
He was named as one of The Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World. He was selected (in a three-way tie) by the readers of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine as The Most Influential Person in the Quilting Industry. He has been profiled and featured on the popular national television news show, CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.
He has taught on six continents in places that have included Australia, Japan, Russia, Spain, Germany, Ireland, England, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Ecuador, and more. Ricky has successfully combined his artistic passions into one very unique and interesting career. For more information, visit www.RickyTims.com and www.thequiltshow.com