KCRQF is proud to introduce the following instructors for classes being offered June 12-15, 2019. (When class information is available, click instructor photo to learn more about the classes they will be teaching.)

Rob Appell

Rob Appell is the host of “Man Sewing” on YouTube videos. He brings a fresh, young feel to his quilts. He specializes in quilted seascapes, free motion quilting and The Endangered Species Project. His line of patterns feature a variety of techniques. Recently, he has partnered with Missouri Star Quilts and enjoys traveling the country sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge. Find out more on his website, and

Kelly Ashton

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 especially 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. For more information, please check her website (, “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 ( In addition to quilty things, Kelly owns and operates The Creative Place, a retreat for quilters and other artists located in Spring Hill, KS. ( / FB: The Creative Place, event venue).

Amy Barickman

Amy Barickman is the founder of Indygo Junction, a pattern and book company with 26 years of experience designing projects for home and fashion. With a knack for anticipating popular trends and new talent, Amy’s ability as a collaborative entrepreneur has allowed her to design over 1200 patterns and 80 books as well as introduce new brands including her Vintage Notions book series and Fabriflair®, dimensional paper piecing. Amy is a passionate collector of vintage sewing materials, which inspire much of her work. Indygo Junction has always offered on-trend fashion patterns and has a new focus on this area with their simple chic Indygo Essentials pattern line. Through her Youtube channel, blogs, websites, and e-newsletters, Amy inspires quilters and sewists to explore their own creative spirit and experiment with the newest sewing, fabric, and crafting techniques.

Stephanie Brandenburg has been designing fabric for over 10 years. She launched a whole Art in Fabric movement by accident when she painted her first design, “Iris”. She thought all fabric designers designed by hand. She learned quickly that was not the case. The response and love of her flowers has connected the young and old with their favorite blooms. She is no stranger to small business and helped at her mom’s store, Fern Hill Gifts and Quilts in South Amana, Iowa, for 20 years before launching Frond Design Studios in 2012. Frond is a different kind of fabric company, featuring a fine art experience and taking that to fabric. It is more than design, there is a soulful experience shared with each customer.
Frond opened a showroom in 2015 called Delve MIY. The MIY stood for Make It Yourself to show store owners how to use their product. That has become a creative hub where they develop and create through our educational program. They changed the name this year to Frond Shop + Studio in order to streamline the brand better.

Jane Bromberg

Jane Bromberg is a quilt designer, teacher and lecturer in Kansas City, MO. Jane loves to teach and inspire other quilt enthusiasts to develop their own creativity. Besides designing pieced quilt tops, Jane creates original designs using photos that she takes of whatever catches her eye. Jane has had quilts in national AQS shows and in Quiltcon 2013. She is a former dressmaker that uses her sewing talents in all aspects of quilt making. Read her blog and see samples of her work at or on Instagram

Tia Curtis

Tia Curtis is an award winning, 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 lives in Kansas with her husband and teenaged children.
Tia studied quilt making with Gwen Marston and combines many different quilt- making techniques to create her free form pieces. Classes with Tia are uplifting and inspiring
Tia blogs at and Her website is She also has a Youtube channel where she shares fun sewing projects and improv techniques for creating quilt blocks and she demonstrates her beautiful quilting style with her Gammill Long Arm.

Mickey Depre

Textiles have always fascinated me, from vintage to current, my taste has always been ALL! Sewing in general, mending to garment making, were never a chore. But when I pushed myself beyond traditional quilt making, I found the road less traveled was greatly inviting.
My quilts have been described as whirlwinds of color, with oranges residing next to purples of all shades in harmony. Dots, swirls, and stripes intermingle with florals and prints in an outlandish yet exciting visual parade. This is how I see the world and how I want the world to see me.

My work mixes traditional quilting techniques with bold, innovative machine appliqué and thread work. Fabric choices include my own hand dyed cotton with commercial cottons for a special spark of color and depth. Pieces are heavily machine quilted.
The images are meant to spark thought and a smile, as humor is a great gift to share.
With the release of my new book Pieced Hexies… Well, I feel I have come full circle. So while you may know me initially as an Art Quilter… I am also a Traditional Quilter.

Doris Deutmeyer

Doris Deutmeyer is a lifelong artist, teacher, and designer loving all things art, fabric and landscape. She has a B A in Art Education and is a former Elementary Art teacher having taught all age levels. In 1997 Doris began creating original fused fabric landscapes and mini quilts, which she matted and framed; selling hundreds of these originals at fine art and craft shows in the Midwest. After catching the attention of quilters she was encouraged to share her expertise by giving workshops and lectures. Her home based business, Fabrications by Doris, has evolved into a line of self published fused raw edge landscapes and mini quilt patterns. Her newest addition to her online store and booths at sewing/quilt expos is landscape quilting fabric offering hard to find landscape elements. Always wanting to share her love of quilting and landscape Doris offers a variety of demos, workshops and lectures to quilters at quilt expos and to quilt guilds. Her busy life includes sharing a farming business with her husband, Don, 4 grown sons, 8 grandchildren. For more information about Doris, her workshops, patterns, kits and landscape quilting fabric visit

Jennifer Dick

Hi! I’m Jenifer Dick of 42 Quilts and I love to talk about quilting! I’m best known as the author of five (soon to be six!) quiltmaking books and as the creator of the Modern Monday quilt along.
I began quilting in 1993 when on a whim, I signed up for a beginning quiltmaking class. I was buying cross stitch supplies (that was my first crafty love!) at a quilt shop when I saw a flyer for a beginner’s class. The project was all done by hand, which was good because I didn’t own a machine at the time. I love cross stitching, but I saw what the quilting girls were doing with all the colors and fabrics and I was a bit envious. I wanted to see what it was all about! From that first stitch I was hooked! You know that feeling you get when you’re quilting? Part exhilaration, part zen? I had it in spades!I spent the next eight years getting married, having three babies and moving five times to three different states and yes, quilting! In 2001, I discovered appliqué and it changed my quilting life. I have been speaking to guilds and teaching appliqué (and piecing!) to quiltmakers ever since. In 2005, I wrote my first book, Grapefruit Juice and Sugar for Kansas City Star Quilts.

Since then, I’ve written five more books – The Circuit Rider’s Quilt, Quilt Retro, Stories in Stitches, The Modern Appliqué Workbook, and Nine Patch Revolution with Angela Walters . And my work has been published in many other books and magazines.
In 2009, the year I turned 42, I started this blog – 42 Quilts. Back then, I had a ridiculous idea that I would make 42 quilts in a year. That didn’t happen, but the blog continued! Today, 42 Quilts focuses on educating new quilters an providing fun for experience quilters! The fun carries over to Facebook on my page: 42 Quilts. Click like over there so you don’t miss any of the quilty fun! Also, join me on Instagram @jeniferdick.
Currently, I design patterns with Trisch Price under the name of Everyday Stitches. (

Jenny Doan

Jenny Doan
When our family (the Doan family) moved from California to Missouri about 20 years ago we never imagined that we’d be running a successful business here. Like many small towns in the Midwest and across America, employment was (and is) scarce. Towns that once upon a time thrived with local enterprise are now left with abandoned buildings and crumbling infrastructure. In November of 2008, on a shoestring budget, we bought a building in Hamilton (two minutes away from mom and dad’s house) and started the Missouri Star Quilt Company, selling a few quilting supplies and primarily offering machine quilting services. Spending very little on advertising in the first few years, our company relied entirely on its creativity to grow. We started a YouTube channel with my mom, Jenny (aka “Momma Doan”), as our instructor, teaching quilting techniques and ideas to beginner and advanced quilters alike. Mom, who had a background in theatre and in being the natural center of attention in any room, had always wanted to be a star. It wasn’t long before Missouri Star became the biggest quilting YouTube channel and mom became a quilting celebrity. She has also taken part in a series of professional tutorials from another company and is now working with Fons & Porter Magazine to be a feature with them.

Lynn Doyle

Lynn Doyle
I am a farm kid from Northwest Iowa. I was a member of a 4H Club for 8 years. During that time, I discovered color, texture and the love of fabric. Over the years, I worked at various quilt shops. The call of fabric was always there.
One day, the idea of creating my own little patterns raised it’s strange head, and I started Bloomin’ Minds in 1999.
I have met a lot of wonderful people over the years. Most of us know the call of fabric and I like to design patterns that are quick and easy to do and that amuse me. If others are amused as well, that’s a plus! The biggest reward is to see people smile and laugh at my designs. Life is short. Our goal is to change the world one pattern at a time!

Barb Eikmeier

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. She has written four books, published by Martingale & Co, including, Back Basting Appliqué Step by Step. She is a fabric designer for Paintbrush Studios and travels presenting lectures and workshops to quilt groups. Barb lives in Lansing, Kansas with her husband Dale, and their two dogs. Follow her on Facebook at Barbara J. Eikmeier Quilter, or visit her blog at

Liz Granberg-Jerome

Liz Granberg-Jerome, custom quilter, teacher, designer, and owner of Gypsy Dreamer Quilts, was born and raised in California, but considers herself a Kansan after moving to raise her three children here over 30 years ago. She started quilting in 2006 while caring for her elderly father and quickly made the transition from a lifetime of sewing to becoming passionate about quilting. Her quilts have a flavor all their own as she creates unique layouts and color play for one-of-a-kind quilts.
Liz was inspired by a friend in 2010 to try her hand at a One Block Wonder quilt, made with 60 degree triangles. In 2015, she joined the One Block Wonder Forum on Facebook and was reinspired to try it again. Quilters mentioned using panels to make OBWs and Liz took this idea and ran with it, creating her own twist with the Hexified Panel Quilts. Two of her quilts appear in One Block Wonders of the World by Maxine Rosenthal & Linda Bardes, released in 2017 by C&T Publishing. Liz is a guest quilt artist for Timeless Treasures Fabrics and has made three quilts for them—In the Garden and Tuscan Poppies were shared on the Timeless Treasures blog and across social media, and Dancing in the Moonlight hung in their vendor booth as a sample at the 2018 International Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon.
Liz lives in Baldwin City, Kansas, with her husband Leslie, whom she met at a quilting retreat in 2016 when he attended her Hexified Panel Quilt workshop. Together they are creating works of art as they continue to stretch the boundaries of the original One Block Wonder technique.

Reeze Hanson

Reeze Hanson is a prolific designer, entertaining speaker, and an award- winning teacher whose company, Morning Glory Designs, features an eclectic variety of whimsical florals and bold geometrics. Reeze teaches and lectures widely on one-patch quilt techniques, offering both traditional and modern methods geared toward the busy/working quilter. Her floral applique work features machine applique shortcuts and tips to make beautiful quilts in less time, without sacrificing accuracy. Reeze also teaches all levels of EQ7, quilt design software. A sewer, quilter, and custom dressmaker for more than 50 years, and a retired college professor, Reeze has lots of experience, wisdom, and humor to share.

Dawn Heese

Dawn Heese is an author, pattern and fabric designer and award winning quilter. She has published 5 books with Kansas City Star and her latest book, published by Quiltmania, is printed in French and English. She designs quilt patterns under the name Linen Closet Designs. Her patterns have a vintage , folk art appeal.
Dawn’s work can be seen in magazines such as Quiltmania, Simply Vintage, Fons and Porter, Quilts and More, Quilter’s World and Primitive Quilts and Projects. She has taught in France and all over the US, sharing her love of applique and quilting.

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 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

Mary Honas

Mary HonasI have sewn since I was a child, made my own clothing through high school and working years and have been quilting for over 25 years. Quilting has fit with my other interests from the beginning. I was a stay at home mom, volunteering and quilting for 18 years. Some of my fondest memories during that time are from making quilts to recognize the many volunteers I’ve known. When my oldest son started college and with a 3 year old at home, I began teaching quilting evenings and weekends at Harper’s Fabrics & Quilts in Overland Park. I’ve always taught “something”, Sunday school, aerobics during the Jane Fonda craze, my five kids. Teaching is what I love best.
Find Mary on the web: First Rate Designs
Find Mary on Facebook @FirstRateDesigns

Dorie Hruska

Dorie Hruska is a 4th generation quilter, author, pattern designer, APQS dealer and Professional Longarm quilter since 2002, with a background in Business & Accounting. Dorie’s work has been featured in several books & publications and she has won numerous awards for her machine quilting at the local and national levels. Although she uses a variety of quilting designs and styles, Dorie is best known for her ability to find a continuous quilting path on any quilt, a technique she teaches in her book, Making Connections, A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook. She has also designed a set of grid stencils and several other grid based design books. Sharing her passion of quilting and encouraging others to quilt with confidence is what she loves most about teaching.

Susan Marth

Susan R. Marth has a degree in architectural interior design, where she enjoyed space planning and designing for corporate offices in major office tenant buildings in the St. Louis, MO, area until becoming a stay-at-home mom. Soon after leaving her career, Susan’s passion to design and work with color was fulfilled with fabric in the form of quilting.At the request of fellow quilters, in 2003, Susan began putting her original quilt creations into pattern form and started her business, Suzn Quilts patterns. Many of her patterns are seasonal in theme and some of her best-sellers continue to be her own method of quilt-as-you-sew quilts. More recently however, her little Dresden plates have exploded in popularity. Susan’s ability to draft detailed instructions has earned her many accolades, “Your pattern was very easy to follow . . . it was like you were sitting here telling me what to do next!! I like that! Have a blessed day . . . Dana” Susan attends International Quilt Market twice annually, selling to the trade. Her patterns, books & fabric are being sold internationally through quilt shops, catalogs and leading distributors. In addition, Susan’s quilt designs can also be found in leading quilting magazines. Susan enjoys lecturing, teaching workshops and sharing her joy of quilting and design with others.
For information about Susan’s books and patterns, visit her website

Marti Michell

It is no wonder that Marti Michell is often introduced as a pioneer in the current quilt revival. In fact, in 1972 when Marti and her husband Richard started Yours Truly, Inc., a patchwork kit company, there was no quilt industry. Since then she has contributed in almost every capacity. A popular teacher, Marti travels extensively, having now taught in 49 states and 26 countries. Look through your library of quilting books and you’ll surely find one of Marti’s books. At last count, nearly 1.75 million books authored by Marti have been sold. Likewise, you undoubtedly have fabric, patterns or tools that she has designed in your collected sewing materials. Since 1995, the Michells have manufactured the From Marti Michell line of acrylic templates and specialty rulers for rotary cutting.Furthermore, Marti’s influence in the quilting industry is enormous. During the Yours Truly years, 1972-85, Marti “discovered” and she and Richard published and promoted into early prominence, quiltmaker/author/teacher personalities such as Marianne Fons, Liz Porter, Harriet Hargrave, Mary Ellen Hopkins , Jean Wells, Susan McKelvey and Cheryl Bradkin. Marti is the recipient of two prestigious quilt industry “lifetime achievement” awards, The Silver Star (2004) and the Michael Kile Award (1991.)

Whether she is participating as a teacher, quilter, author, publisher, manufacturer, designer, consultant, judge or quilt collector, her enthusiasm for and love of quilting is always evident. Marti and Richard live in Atlanta, GA, but she was born and raised in Iowa. She received a B.S. in Textiles and Clothing and Home Ec Journalism from Iowa State University.

Nova Montgomery

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, a member of the teaching faculty for the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, featured teacher for Featherweight Frenzy at the International Quilt Study Center, 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. “She is a master teacher!”  Visit her website

Laura Murray

Hello! I’m Laura Murray, owner of Laura Murray Designs. My company was launched in 2000, immediately after the end of my 30 career as a Human Resource Manager with Honeywell. It was an easy transition, thanks to my lifelong interest in sewing and needle arts. My husband, Jim, and I Iive in Minneapolis, MN, and travel extensively to vend and teach at quilt and sewing shows across the country. My first quiltmaking class in 1989 revealed my true passion with the discovery that I could choose my own colors and designs. Previously, all my projects originated with kits, which I completed based on the designer instructions and color choices. Soon, I was creating original work, and developing a keen interest in surface design. This led to lot of classes in how to dyeing, foil stamp, stencil, screen printing, along with a host of other techniques that enhance cloth. It’s a wonderful thing to discover one’s purpose. My purpose is to share my discoveries with other kindred spirits. My artistic aspirations are similar to the StarTrek mission: “Going where no one has gone before,” and I also want to get there at warp speed. Complexity and speed are not always easy partners, and my approach is to find and use the most direct path to my desired result. Encouraged by a number of ribbons won at various juried quilting exhibits across the country, I began to author articles, write a book, teach, design my own stamp and stencil products, and develop my own techniques. It is rewarding work, and I’m grateful to all who support my passion.

Renee Nanneman

“Design is all about Concept” … Renee Nanneman‘s motto since starting her own publishing business, The Need’l Love Company, Inc., in 1984 when she was 26 years old. Be it designing patterns for cross stitch, rug hooking or quilting, Renee creates and publishes fresh and innovative design to inspire others to appreciate and enjoy the needlearts. Many quilters and needlewomen recognize Renee from her publications of the Need’l Love “Threads” series of books which feature at least one quilt, along with wool applique, stitchery, rug hooking and more. Beautiful styling and photography make these project books a collector’s item. The first Woodland Threads book came out in 1995, and the latest release in 2012 was Garden Gate Threads, #26 in the series. For Renee, fabric designing is just another creative vision. Inspired by the vintage fabric on an old covered box, Renee’s first fabric collection, “Daylily Days” was created. Most of her fabric designs come to life from old quilts, fabrics and needlework she has found while scouring antique shops and flea markets. She loves to give everything she touches a “vintage” feel. Since 2006, Renee has created more than 30 print, woven & wool fabric groups for Andover Fabrics. Andover released Renee’s first grouping of “basics” — small prints in colors to coordinate with her fabric collections — and named them “Itsy Bits”.Along with creating beautiful fabric collections, Renee has published 9 books featuring the fabrics from her collections. Her own unique color palette is recognizable in each design. Always a trend-setter, Renee loves to fill her life with things she loves, and wants to share them with others through her designs! Renee represents many other designing friends and collectively, their designs are woven together in beautiful publications with patterns for years of enjoyment.

On the Need’l Love website, you will find the latest Need’l Love® Quilt Books as well as our classic Threads Books, Simplies, Rug Hooking and Need’l Punch patterns for sale. Check out our new Need’l Love® quilt kits featuring Renée’s fabrics from Andover Fabrics used to create our original quilts. At times we’ll offer original quilts and other models for sale.

Carrie Nelson

Carrie Nelson
I’m Carrie. You might know me as the two-legged part of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co., or as that chatty girl who writes the blogs for Moda Fabrics. Mostly I’m “just Carrie”. I like to play with fabric and make quilts, pillows, bags and whatever else I can think of, and while I write patterns, I’m not very good at following them. I like doing it differently, adding some little twist. Not because my way is better but because the things I make are my story – a patchwork of experiences, ideas, skills and experiments.

Trisch Price

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. Her first book, Accentuate the Negative was published in early 2014 followed by Tree of Life Quilts. She has been published in several magazines including: American Quilter, Stitch, Generation Q, and Quilting Arts Gift. Her blog can be found at She co-owns Everyday Stitches, a pattern company, with Jenifer Dick which can be found at

Julia Quiltoff

Julia Quiltoff My passion for creating with fabrics has spanned over 10 years; but buying my first longarm in 2014 transformed my life into a magical journey. I love working with the different textures, colors, and having the freedom to design and discovering different styles and techniques in longarm quilting. I consider myself as an always learning, curious, inquiring quilter who is always hungry for new ideas, designs and visions. I learn with every quilt, and I make certain that every quilt which ends up on my frame is unique and deserves a very detailed special quilting. I specialize in boutique quilts and memory ‘keeper’ quilts. Find me on Facebook:

Denyse Schmidt

Denyse Schmidt

Denyse Schmidt Quilts – a modern take on the classic quilt

A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has been sewing since she was a young girl. As a professional seamstress, Denyse worked on everything from tutus and bishop’s mitres to fine clothing. She brings these eclectic influences together in patchwork quilts characterized by simple graphics, rich color, and quality workmanship. Firmly rooted in the techniques of quilt-making, Denyse reinterprets tradition to make modern functional quilts that are fresh and offbeat. Her Couture and Custom quilts, in production since 1996, are pieced to order in her studio and handquilted by Amish women. Denyse Schmidt Works, a line of machine-quilted pillows and quilts with an industrial-chic aesthetic, are made at her studio located in a historic Bridgeport, CT factory building. Clients of DSQ have included The Philip Johnson Glass House, Ralph Pucci, Takashimaya, Zona, The University of Michigan Art Museum, and The American Folk Art Museum. Denyse’s work has been exhibited at the National Quilt Museum, The New England Quilt Museum, and boutique shops and galleries around the country. She teaches her improvisational workshops across the country. Denyse’s licensing partnerships include/have included her books Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (STC Craft 2012) and Denyse Schmidt Quilts (Chronicle Books 2005); vintage-inspired consumer fabrics with FreeSpirit/Westminster Fibers Lifestyle Fabrics; fabric for chain store distribution under the name DS Quilts Collection with Fabric Traditions; and Denyse Schmidt Designs for Sarita Handa (2004-2011) for quilts and accessories distributed through specialty shops and catalogs worldwide (including Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Sundance Catalog, Neiman Marcus, and ABC Carpet).

Denyse delivered the keynote address at the Modern Quilt Guild’s inaugural conference QuiltCon in 2013. Denyse’s journals and drawings are featured in Drawing From Life, The Journal as Art by Jennifer New (Princeton Architectural Press, June 2005). Denyse has contributed writing for several books, including an essay for Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe (STC, fall 2014); a foreword for Block Party (Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks, Stash Books,2011), and a chapter about Improvisational Quilting for The Essential Guide to Modern Quilting (Susanne Woods, Lucky Spool, 2014). Her quilts are featured in American Contemporary Furniture (Rizzoli International Publications, 2000), and Diamond Baratta Design (Bulfinch, 2006). Denyse’s approach to design and business, and her work has been celebrated in print, including Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco (Chronicle Books, 2007), You Can Do It by Lauren Catuzzi Grancolas (Chronicle Books, 2005), and TheCrafter Culture Handbook by Amy Spencer (Marion Boyers, 2007). Denyse’s work has been published in hundreds of distinguished magazines and newspapers world wide, including: The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, AmericanCraft, Yankee Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Town & Country and People Magazine. She has appeared on several national television shows, including Martha Stewart Living.

Denyse Schmidt grew up in central Massachusetts, surrounded by the textile mill towns prevalent in that area. She lives in Bridgeport, CT.

Nancy Swanwick

I’m Nancy Austin Swanwick, wife, mother, grammie, former high school teacher, and present quilter/teacher/show off. I have always enjoyed sewing, and I especially like challenges. During my time in educating at the high school level, I always told my students I would help them achieve anything they were big enough to attempt. Now that I have been retired for seven years, I have been in full quilt production, dreaming up, being inspired by, starting and even finishing many projects. I wake up each morning excited about the quilt du jour. I nearly always have at least one quilt in the process of being hand quilted (sometimes two), and several other boxes of ongoing fabric possibilities.
One of my featherweights is nearly always set up on the little roll top desk on the north end of the room referred to as the dining room, but more often used as part of my “studio” when there are only two old people in residence. It is complete with a design wall, a small ironing area, and a dining table conveniently placed for a cutting station. Another part of my “studio” is the former nursery at the head of the stairs which contains my Bernina, serger, and some fabric. Then there’s the sleeping porch, which is where my 8’ waist height cutting table, ironing board, and much more fabric lives. And the guest room is the last part of the “studio” where I store 30+ quilts between visits from kids and grandkids.
I am often asked if I sleep, and I actually do between about 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. I still love to cook (obviously) and I do actually have a few obligations outside of my house. But I’m happiest when designing, sewing, and quilting. And I love showing my creations to my friends.

Timna Tarr

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.

“My work is about color and small compositions. Each block in a quilt is made as its own element, independent of the other blocks. After all of the blocks are constructed, my goal is to arrange the small compositions to play off each other and work together to create a larger whole. What keeps me engaged is watching how the project changes and transforms with the addition of each color and texture. The resulting quilts are contemporary works, set in this time and place, which reference the rich tradition of quilt making.”

Donna Lynn Thomas

Donna Lynn Thomas 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 continues to teach 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 as well as several QNN-TV episodes. Believing that piecing quilts should be a pleasure, not a fight, her focus is on skills mastery and techniques that enable her students to enjoy frustration-free sewing. She presents the essentials of these skills in her Craftsy class, Piece Like a Pro, and her two most recent books Quiltmaking Essentials 1 and 2. Donna is also the designer of the Omnigrip On-Point Ruler™ and its companion ruler, the On-Point Square™, which allow us to produce squares, strips, rectangles, and half-square triangle units that measure neatly on the diagonal without any math. Donna and her husband provide staff assistance to three cats and a sunny golden retriever.

Ricky Tims

Ricky Tims has successfully blended two diverse passions into one very unique and interesting career. His skills as a pianist, composer and producer have been evident by the thousands who have heard his music. His success as a quilter is equally significant.
He is known in the international world of quilting as a best-selling author, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, an award-winning quilter, fabric designer, and a talented and spellbinding speaker. His innovative and entertaining presentations, feature live music and humor combined with scholarly insights and wisdom. His quilts have been displayed worldwide and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal.
Ricky’s has made quilts that have won numerous international awards. He began designing and making quilts in 1991, and was recently named as one of The Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World. In 2009 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. in 2008 he was profiled and featured on the popular television news show, CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.
He maintains an extensive international schedule of teaching and speaking engagements, is co-founder and co-host of The Quilt Show ( with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims – an online, subscription-based TV show for quilters. He presents three-day Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminars in select cities throughout the United States and holds week-long La Veta Quilt Retreats at his art quilt studio in tiny mountain town of La Veta, CO. In 2010, he and Alex Anderson started a new quilting lifestyle magazine called The Quilt Life (published by AQS).
Ricky is passionate about quilting, and is delighted to share his experience and enthusiasm with quilters of every level of expertise. He is challenged by creativity in all forms, and encourages individuals to cultivate self-expression, reach for the unreachable, and believe in the impossible.Quilting is a relatively new interest compared to Ricky’s lifelong passion for music. He began formal music lessons at the age of three. He is a pianist, conductor, composer, arranger, music producer, and performing artist. His music is neither classical, new age, pop nor world, and yet it could fall under any of those classifications.
“Sacred Age” features solo piano infused with Native American instruments, string orchestra and vocal orchestrations. It was created to suggest the beauty, majesty, and spirit of the Spanish Peaks region of Southern Colorado. Christmas In a Small Town(2009) is a dynamic holiday recording that features original music and unique arrangements of timeless Christmas classics.Ricky’s music has wide appeal for a diverse audience has been described as “George Winston meets Carlos Nakai meets Yanni.”
Ricky is proud to have implemented and conducted the 1998 concert When We No Longer Touch featuring the St. Louis Voices United Chorus and members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Passage, the CD recording of this unique concert was released in December 1998. He has also produced several solo piano recordings. His blend of music and quilting is unique and remarkable.

Lori Triplett

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. Additionally the book includes detailed photos of African textiles and antique quilts from the Poos Collection as well as five projects. The Indigo Quilts book received the Lucy Hilty Research Grant and the Meredith Scholar Award. The successful Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection launched in the fall of 2013 and was co-written with Kay Triplett and Xenia Cord. Lori is a frequent writer for multiple quilt magazines and journals with more articles on the way. Research is complete for their next book, Prairie Quilts.
She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group, American Quilter’s Society, National Quilt Museum, Heartland Quilt Network, and The International Quilt Study Center & Museum. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts with honors, and a Masters of Arts from the UMKC Theatre Department. Additionally she has a law degree from UMKC School of Law where she received multiple awards.

Naomi Ullum

Naomi holds a C.D.A.(2000) and the M.D.A. floral portion of the Master Decorative Artist, (2009) through the Society of Decorative Painters. She has studied under many of our nation’s best Master Decorative Artists. She has been teaching painting classes on a regular basis at several venues including national conventions, the SDP headquarters, and 2nd street Gallery in Wichita for many years. She has enjoyed the privilege of serving as Professor of art for 12 years at Central Christian College of Kansas retiring in 2017. She has been teaching art for over 25 years and is Artist in residence at Special Treasures Studio in Hutchinson, KS. At her working studio; a variety of artistic endeavors are produced on a regular basis such as large murals, designing and creating stained glass art pieces, sewing & quilting; painted and fired glass projects, painted statues, stroke-work and floral paintings to name a few. Weekly classes in several media are currently taught in Wichita at 2nd Street Gallery & Studio on Monday mornings and in Hutchinson at her studio on Monday evenings. She is currently teaching a series of seminars on color theory from her new book. The Artist experiences inspiration and delight in the creativity of God & finds purpose and fulfillment in life by serving others in the educational environment.

Angela Walters

Angela Walters

I love all things related to quilting! I started my quilting career over 10 years ago at 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. 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.

Sherry Whetstone

Sherry Whetstone

My teaching experience goes way back to 1990. I started teaching crazy quilting for a local quilt shop in Liberty, MO. Since that time, I have developed original classes based on my art quilts and life experiences. The end result I hope for in all of my classes is that each student will feel as if they have opened up their world of creativity and possibilities. I hope that each student will learn a new way of doing something creative using simple techniques. I have guidelines in my classes but no strict rules. Creative classes are meant to be enjoyable and relaxing. I always demonstrate techniques. If students need individual assistance I give them one on one attention or do it again in smaller groups. I encourage my students to look outside the box because that is the beginning of creativity. Throughout the class, I will ask if they have any questions. I love to tell stories about fabrics, places I’ve traveled and the many mishaps I’ve made while teaching myself how to quilt and embellish textile works of art. It is my hope that students or the audience are more knowledgeable about my particular style of creating. I hope they also walk away with an understanding and eagerness to start new projects using the tools I have successfully taught them. I also want the students to be confident in their skills, fabric choices, and techniques. My work has been featured in several books, magazines, and newspaper articles for the past 25 years, the most recent books being Quilts and Human Rights by Marcha Macdowell (2016) and also And Still We Rise by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi (2015) In addition to the many, many teaching opportunities I’ve had, I also exhibit my art quilts nationally and internationally.