KCRQF has selected the following outstanding instructors for classes
being offered June 14-17, 2017.
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 that require set-in seams (Y-seams) pieced by machine resulted in authoring her book, Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork (Martingale, 2014). In addition to designing quilt patterns, Kelly also teaches a variety of machine-based techniques (“Y-seam piecing”, machine quilting – domestic machine, decorative machine applique’, and invisible machine applique’) and “traditional” project classes (Double Wedding Ring, Drunkard’s Path, Log Cabin and Dresden Plate) utilizing “modern” tools of the trade. Kelly resides in Overland Park, KS with her husband, Jeff Seib, and their fur-baby, Shyma.
In a search to fill my empty nest with something worthwhile, I fell in love with quilts. I’m sharing my love for quilts by teaching and machine quilting for others, as well as designing several simplified patterns. As we visit, it won’t take you long to feel my passion. I started By the Yard in 2007, in an effort to be a quilt shop that catered to the customers.
Natalia Whiting Bonner has enjoyed piecing quilt tops for more than twenty years. She learned how to quilt on her conventional home machine. She felt good about it, but decided that if she really wanted to take her quilting to the next level, she needed to invest in a longarm machine. In 2007, when she was pregnant with her daughter, she got the crazy idea to quit her job as a dental assistant and become a longarm quilter. Without really knowing what a longarm machine was, she spent a day at a longarm dealer’s shop and walked out after purchasing a Gammill machine. Natalia’s passion for quilting and being creative has grown each day since.
Whether it’s working on an intense show quilt or a simple baby quilt, Natalia has become a real quilting addict. She teaches at quilt guilds and shows, including Road to California and QuiltCon East, and has filmed TV shows with Nancy Zieman and Jodie Davis. 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 and Next Steps in Machine Quilting co-author of Modern One-Block Quilts & Cabin Fever:20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts.
Two Time Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year Kimmy Brunner is a third generation quilter who has made it her goal to bring her family’s quilting history into the future. Her award winning work has been featured in numerous books, magazines and calendars. Known for her beautiful quilting and crazy sense of humor, her style combines laughter with years of experience. She is a wildly popular Craftsy instructor, a proud Ambassador for the Handi Quilter Company, and has her own line of top-rated instructional DVDs for midarmers and longarmers, digitized patterns for computerized quilters, and high quality quilting tools. She writes for numerous quilting industry publications and is a frequent guest on quilting television and radio shows. A sought-after teacher at national and international quilt shows, Kimmy lives in Minnesota with her family and a rather alarming stash of fabric. Visit Kimmyquilt.com for more information.
Kelly Cline is a professional longarm quilter and considers herself a newbie to quilting. As an accomplished calligrapher of 40 years, the movement of the longarm machine was a natural progression. She comes from an art and design background that translates perfectly to longarm quilting. Known for quilting vintage linens, Kelly loves to transform antique quilts and linens into modern pieces of art. Obsessed with her HQ Fusion and Prostitcher machines, Kelly uses both computer and free motion quilting to create her unique style. She is thrilled to travel and teach to share her enthusiasm of quilting vintage! You can find her recent episode, “Quilting Vintage Linens,” on QNNTV’s, Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show. You will find Kelly living in Lawrence, KS, with her husband Carl. You can see more of her work at Kelly Cline Quilting, follow her on Facebook at Kelly Cline Quilting, or join her Facebook group Quilting Vintage.
Tia Curtis is a professional long arm quilter and quilt designer. She has taught the quilt-making process on both hemispheres of the planet. Her quilts, patterns and designs have been featured in numerous books and magazines. Tia studied quilt making with Gwen Marston and combines many different quilt- making techniques to create her free form pieces. Tia blogs at tiacurtisquilts.blogspot.com, campfollowerbags.blogspot.com and her website is TiaCurtisQuilts.com.
For the past 16 years I have been giving lectures and workshops at Quilt Guilds and Expos. I also vend and give demonstrations at major Quilt & Sewing Expos and quilt guild shows throughout the Midwest. I offer my original fused landscape and mini quilt patterns at these shows and my online shoppe. My most popular workshops focus on fused applique landscapes. I have also given workshops on a variety of topics including framing fiber art, color, foundation piecing, sewn baskets and Shiva Paintstiks.
Jenifer Dick began quilting in 1993 when on a whim she signed up for a beginning quiltmaking class. From that first stitch she was hooked. In 2001, she discovered appliqué and it changed her quilting life. She has been speaking to guilds and teaching appliqué and innovative piecing to quiltmakers ever since. She is the author of five quilt books and her work has been published in many other books and magazines. Jenifer lives in Harrisonville, Mo., with her husband and children.
Barbara J. Eikmeier learned to sew at a young age in 4-H. She has been a quilter for over 30 years and a quilting teacher since 1990. Married to a career army officer, quilting became her portable career as they moved around the country and to South Korea. Her classes at those military assignments were popular among both American and International students. An author and fabric designer, Barbara travels presenting lectures and workshops to quilt groups around the country. She lives in Lansing, Kansas with her husband Dale, and an ever changing entourage of family pets, currently two dogs and a cat. Follow her on Facebook at Barbara J. Eikmeier Quilter, or visit her blog at barbsfavorites.com
Liz recently published her first pattern based on her original Hexified Panel quilt design, a twist on the One Block Wonder technique. The quilt sample for the pattern was displayed by Paintbrush Studio at the 2016 Spring International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. Two of her Hexified Panel quilts have been selected for inclusion in Maxine Rosenthal and Linda Bardes’s upcoming book, One Block Wonders of the World to be released in October 2017. Liz teaches free motion quilting and a variety of quilting classes at several shops in northeast Kansas. She also takes on some concept-to-finish commission work, provides custom quilting services, and enjoys taking her trunk show to guilds and quilting groups. To learn more about Liz, follow her on Facebook at Elizabeth Granberg Custom Quilter or visit GypsyDreamerQuilts.com.
Dr. Reeze L. Hanson is now retired after more than 35 years as a Professor of Speech, Theatre, and Communication Studies. In addition to being an award-winning teacher, Reeze has been a custom dressmaker, a professional costume designer in the educational and off-Broadway theatre, and a seamstress specializing in bridal and formalwear. She has been a quilter since 1997 and has taught numerous quilt classes, workshops, retreat classes, and shop classes in a wide variety of project and skill classes. She is a skillful quilter, pattern designer, and lecturer with her own pattern company, Morning Glory Designs, started in 2007. She has more than 50 quilt and block of the month patterns on the market and many more in development. Her patterns have appeared in the pages of Quilter’s World, McCall’s Quilting, For the Love of Quilting, Quick Quilts, The Quilt Pattern Magazine, and have been featured in several books including Jumpstart Your Quilting and Golden’s Journal.
After retiring from my human resources job at General Motors at the beginning of 2007 I intended to start making all the quilts I had wanted to make for a long time, but didn’t have the time. It was a great idea, but it didn’t really work out like I thought it would. Shortly after I retired my friend Julie Kiffin hooked me up with Jo Morton who was looking for someone to design and make her free-to-use patterns for Andover Fabrics. So far I have designed and made over 40 quilts for the Andover website, starting with Jo’s Hattiesburg line. I have also designed and made 2 projects for Fons and Porter magazines using Jo’s Lucinda lines. Jo has also published some of my designs in her books and an individual pattern. I accomplished my (then) quilting goal in life in 2008 when one of my quilts (not my design) was accepted at Paducah. My next goal was to have one of my own designs accepted at an AQS show – that was accomplished in 2012.
In 2012 I was asked by The Rabbit’s Lair in Rogers, Arkansas to design a quilt to accompany their feature in Quilt Sampler Magazine. That quilt appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of the magazine. My nine years of designing patterns for Jo Morton and Andover Fabrics has been a wonderful opportunity for me. It has also provided me with the opportunity to visit many guilds with my trunk show and workshops. I live in Kansas City, Missouri with my two rescue dogs: Buster, a Bichon mix and Bonnie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Debra Hillen, a contemporary quilter began quilting in 1974 when she saw her future Grandmother-in-law hand quilting a bed size quilt on a home made frame. It was intriguing enough she started researching how the quilt top was made and watched intently as each stitch was put in. The geometric shapes were the most intriguing.
Attending Kansas State University and Southern Illinois University she graduated with a masters degree in Textile Science. Debra is a seamstress who not only makes quilts but has designed wedding apparel, specialty garments and tailored suits. She teaches Computer aided pattern drafting, apparel construction and textiles at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park KS as well as teaching Fiber Art classes at Park University in Parkville MO. The embellishment of her quilts is all done by hand, beading, couching, embroidery and application of other found objects. Although her quilts are machine pieced and home machine quilted the hand work on the finishing is very intense. Her quilts are often made with her own hand dyed fabrics and fabrics she has designed and printed herself.
Sue Heinz 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 three books, (a fourth one will be published soon!), each brimming with fresh design ideas for free-motion quilting and has also designed several innovative marking tools and rulers – all to delight, intrigue and inspire. In addition to teaching at guilds and national shows across the country, her designs, books and tools have been featured in online TV and national and international publications. For more information about Sue, her classes, books and tools and to see samples of her work, visit www.SueHeinz.com.
Carl has had many patterns published is a variety of magazines and has also worked with fabric companies to design and make quilts for their upcoming lines. Carl started quilting in the late 90’s. He did not come from a quilting family, but there was always some sort of hand work going on around him. His mother was a seamstress, his aunt knitted and his sister Nancy loved to draw. Carl learned sewing, knitting and pattern making at an early age, probably around 10 or so.
The internet was still young, so there was not a lot of quilting information there. “I learned by watching many TV shows such as Simply Quilts, Quilt in a Day and Love of Quilting.” It was only after seeing guest such as Ricky Tims that Carl decided that it was time to buy a sewing machine, some fabric and learn how to quilt. Fortunately, the rotary cutter and similar tools were available by then. “My first quilt was atrocious, the blocks were not the same size and there were puckers and folds all over the place.”
In 2000, Carl moved to Denver where he discovered his first quilt shop, blocks of the month and tons of fabric.” He dabbled over the years, still watching his favorite TV show to learn more. It was when he moved to Saint Joseph, Missouri in 2006 that Carl started to delve into his passion of quilting deeper. “I found a lot of quilt shops in Kansas City and participated in a few sampler quilts and blocks of the month.” By doing these projects, a block at a time, Carl honed his skills.
Mary Jensen has been sewing since the age of eight, doing everything from garment sewing to mending sports teams’ uniforms to car upholstery to quilting. She even made wedding dresses and formal wear while the kids were little to earn extra household income.
Mary has worked in the sewing machine industry since 1990, and has had the pleasure and honor to work for Bernina of America. As an educator for Bernina, Mary honed her skills, and has been called an expert on the use of machines and accessories. Her favorite thing to do is teach classes, inspiring others to create through sewing and quilting. She says, “where else can someone work when all you do is play with what you love?”
Deb started quilting in November of 2000, when she received a call from one of her daughters, advising Deb that she (the daughter…not Deb!) was pregnant with triplets. She picked up the quilting bug with a passion and joined her local quilt guild (the San Francisco Quilters Guild). It was at the SFQG that she met Janet Mednick who with Deb, would later co-author a book for the American Quilters Society, called ‘QuiltMavens Perfect Paper Piecing’. She has since written ‘Quilts With Attitude’, also published by AQS, and is currently working on her third book for AQS. Now Deb is quilting, lecturing, judging, and writing professionally; her travels taking her worldwide teaching her techniques and meeting new friends. She is committed to sharing her passion and knowledge of contemporary quilting. Deb has lectured and taught at guilds around the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. She has been on the teaching staff at venues such as AQS in Paducah, Knoxville, and Des Moines; the International Quilt Festival in Houston and Long Beach; Asilomar, Quilt Camp in the Pines, NQA, North Carolina Quilt Symposium,and others. She has also had articles and stories published in many quilting periodicals. Deb and husband Mr. Deb, have lived in Durham North Carolina since December, 2011.
Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are professional quiltmakers and co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio, a design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Having written the first book on Modern Quilting, Bill and Weeks are pioneers of the Modern Quilt Movement. Weeks made her first modern quilt in 1987 to rethink the possibilities of the American quilt as being expressive of the time in which we live. Having sewn since he was 8, Bill began designing and making modern quilts in 1995. Modern Quilt Studio launched the first ever magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting, Modern Quilts Illustrated, in 2011. Their books on modern quilting and design include Transparency Quilts, Quilts Made Modern, The Modern Quilt Workshop and Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop and A Kid’s Guide to Sewing. Their work has been featured widely in the national press including in O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Dwell, American Patchwork & Quilting, Patchwork Tsushin, France Patchwork and Country Living among others. In addition to having worked with various fabric companies, Bill and Weeks have developed bedding and textiles for Crate and Barrel. Weeks and Bill have taught extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan (classes taught in Japanese), England and France (classes taught in French). In addition, Weeks has taught two online classes, Designing Modern Quilts on Craftsy and Solids Revolution on iquilt.com. When not busy designing and sewing, Weeks writes about craft and creativity on her blog Craft Nectar. When he’s not working in the studio, Bill can be found at Dominican University in River Forest, IL where he is Director of the Graphic Design Discipline and former Chair of the Art Department.
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, one is a Quiltworx exclusive and the other is her own! Also, Jackie has her own line of patterns she began to publish in 2015, there are now 10 in the series with more to come! This year will also mark a new beginning for Jackie as she will be designing fabric for Island Batik as well as the patterns that will go with the fabric!!! Please visit Jackie at her website: www.cvquiltworks.com to keep up to date.
Although a quilter since childhood, Ann has been longarm quilting for 12+ years and an educator for 5+ years. An award winning Free Motion Longarm quilter, she has had quilts displayed at various quilt shows, including Houston, Paducah, MQS and MQX. Some of her work can be seen in several books and has been featured in On Track magazine. As a Longarm Educator, Ann loves to share her techniques with other quilters, encouraging them to adapt quilting designs to their individual style. Her classes are not only educational, but fun and entertaining. Active in many of her local Quilt Guilds, Ann is also President of her local Long Arm Guild, ShowMe Long Arm Quilters. Ann’s first passion is family, with 9 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren keeping her busy. Ann and her husband are also avid motorcycle enthusiasts and scuba divers. More information can be found on Ann’s blog, atticthreads.blogspot.com.
Nova Montgomery is a quilter and quilt historian. She is an independent professional instructor and lecturer who loves sharing her passion for quilts and history with audiences and workshop participants. Nova’s relaxed style draws her audiences into the lecture and has made her a popular speaker with civic groups as well as quilt guilds. Nova has served as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M University and has been selected as a member of the teaching faculty for the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival as well as multiple years at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Additionally, her writing has been published in The American Quilter. Her specialty is the Singer Featherweight 221. She teaches a nationally acclaimed Maintenance Workshop on the Singer Featherweight, carries a full line of Singer Featherweight parts and accessories, and has developed specialty products for the Singer Featherweight that are unique to her. Nova is the respected leader in the Featherweight industry.
Artist, entrepreneur, teacher, and author, Laura began her experimentation with textile color and texture in 1989. Her award winning quilts appear in books, magazines, quilt calendars, and DVDs. Her business, Laura Murray Designs, launched in 2000, features one-of-a-kind fabrics and handcrafted buttons, along with her stencil and stamp collections, paintstiks and accessories. Laura’s passionate response to surface design resulted in designing a stencil collection featuring her favorite designs, soon followed by a series of stamp sets, including StarBuilders, Painted Quilt Blocks, Tileworks, and Exotica. The stamp series led to the development of a fusible appliqué technique using stamps, paintstiks, and fusible web to easily create seemingly complex designs without sewing. These techniques are featured in her book, “StarBuilder Inspirations”, and assorted technique booklets.
Suzi Parron’s interest in quilting history led her to fascination with barn quilts, which she discovered on a cross-country camping trip in 2008. Suzi spent two years documenting the barn quilt movement, traveling to twenty-nine states, gathering stories of these painted quilt patterns and their ties to family and tradition.
The resulting book, “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement,” was published by Ohio University Press in 2012. The success of “Barn Quilts” has led to a second book, “Following the Barn Quilt Trail,” slated for publication in April of 2016. Suzi travels full time, lecturing about the barn quilt movement to guilds, libraries, and historical societies throughout the country. She has appeared at Quilt Week in Paducah, Quilt Week Lancaster, and The National Quilting Association annual convention, as well as several regional quilt shows. Her barn quilt painting workshops have added over four hundred quilt blocks to the landscape, from Texas to Minnesota. Suzi and her husband, Glen, left Georgia behind in 2013 and now call their RV home. They return to the South each year to celebrate the holidays with family and to spend time kayaking on their favorite Georgia and Florida rivers. Suzi can be found on Facebook as “Barn Quilts and Quilt Trails,” and online at www.barnquiltinfo.com.
Trisch started quilting in the early 1990’s when she was working during the day as a software engineer and attending graduate school at night. With technology seemingly taking over her life, she was in need of a low-tech diversion. Trisch started making contemporary and art quilts. Around 2005, Modern quilting took over her studio. She lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and three children. She is a member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and the Blue Valley Quilters Guild. She has written two books: Accentuate the Negative (2014) and Tree of Life Quilts (2016). She also writes patterns for Everyday Stitches. She has been published in several magazines including: American Quilter, Stitch, Generation Q, and Quilting Arts Gifts. Her blog can be found at www.hadleystreetquilts.com.
Carol Lane-Saber is a registered nurse, lawyer and retired criminal court judge who has worked with textiles since childhood. In her teens she was a 4-H Club sewing champion. Her career as a professional fiber artist began when she founded “Carol Lane & Company”, a high fashion wholesale clothing line featuring wearable art that was sold in stores in the Dallas, Los Angeles and New York markets. She is an eight time Fairfield Fashion Show designer and has participated in numerous invitational exhibitions throughout the United States. In 1985 she went to Japan to study Japanese textiles dyeing and painting. There she met her husband, Jerry Saber, and lived in Japan for several years, studying and collecting all forms of Japanese textiles. Now, she and Jerry have a retirement business selling Japanese textiles and artifacts, leading tours to Japan and teaching textiles arts to others.
Cynthia Schrader remembers playing with fabric scraps under the arm of her mother’s sewing cabinet as her mother stitched away. Always a garment and home dec sewist, Cynthia embraced quilting by osmosis. All those quilt tops needed to be finished and her BIG Easy hand quilting process developed. A pattern designer and quilting teacher, she enjoys working with color when planning projects which are all hand quilted.
A Missouri native, Cynthia always has two projects in process, one at the sewing machine and the other as an easy chair hand project! Her patterns are available under the Puppy Love Studio label at quilt shops.
Donna has been sewing since the age of four and passionately quilting since 1975. She began teaching in 1981, and while an Army wife, lived in Germany for four years and thoroughly enjoyed teaching at a German quilt shop and various guilds throughout the country. Long out of the Army, the Thomas’ have settled in Kansas for good. Donna still teaches nationally. The author of 14 titles with Martingale, one self published book, and one with Kansas City Star, she has also contributed articles on various quilt-related subjects to numerous publications over the years. You can see Donna on Craftsy and several QNN-TV episodes.
Lori Lee Triplett, Business Manager for Quilt and Textile Collections, has successfully combined a variety of passions which include research, writing, and performing into the quilt world. As a lecturer and instructor she brings her experience from stage, screen, and radio to make the presentations fun yet educational. Depending on which program she is performing, you may meet one of her guests from abroad, sing-a- long with a song, or even participate in solving a mystery. She enjoys presenting at local quilt guilds, but also presents at national conferences and has made appearances internationally. As an award winning writer Lori has written more than 14 books and numerous magazine articles. Her most recent book written with her sister, Indigo Quilts, covers the history of indigo from Africa to America.
After a Longarm purchase in the late nineties, Jaime began to develop his own unique style of quilting and soon was sharing and teaching his style with others. He teaches his signature workshops and classes, Mystical Quilting series and Threadfusion, internationally. Jamie enjoys sharing his knowledge of quilting and his YouTube channel has become a hit with quilters in over 80 countries. Home base for Jaime is Michigan City Indiana, where he is pursuing his art, filming instructional videos, hand dyeing, quilting and teaching workshops at Quilters Apothecary.
I love all things related to quilting! I started my quilting career over 10 years ago and the side of my husband’s grandpa. He patiently taught me the art of quilting by helping me make my first quilt, a 9 patch quilt that is still on my bed today. I can’t believe how much has changed since that first quilt! I am still a quilter, of course, but now I can add Author, Quilting Teacher, and Fabric Designer to my resume. I am still so amazed by that! I have written several books, including “Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters”, “In the Studio with Angela Walters” and the “Free-motion Quilting Workbook” If there is one thing that I love as much as quilting, it’s talking about quilting. I love to give lectures and teach quilting classes (check out my events page to see if I am coming to a town near you!). I also have classes online with Craftsy with the most recent being “Dot to Dot Quilting”. And, since I don’t think I am quite busy enough, I also design fabric. I have also quilted for several books, magazines and publications, and I feel that I am so fortunate to have the best customers! But, no matter what accomplishments I list on my bio, it pales in comparison to the titles I hold in my personal life: Mother to three adorable children, Wife to my awesome husband for over 13 years, and confirmed coffee addict. And of course, Grandpa’s Girl.
Laura Wasilowski is a textile artist, author, teacher, and creator of hand dyed fabrics and threads. She has an undergraduate degree in Costuming from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN and a Master of Art degree in Fiber from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. She is owner of ARTFABRIK.
Christina DeArmond, Kaye Spitzli and Eula Lang make up the design team “Of One Mind Quilting Designs” and are co-owners of Quilting Bits & Pieces quilt shop in Eudora, Kansas. Their patterns specialize in appliqué and embroidery often incorporating piecing as well. Their unique twilling patterns have revived the interest in an old traditional embroidery stitch. They have written 6 books published by the Kansas City Star, “Golden’s Journal”, “Embroidered Quilts” and “Christmas At Home”, “Get Your Stitch on Route” 66 , “Leaving Baltimore” and “Santa Land.