OUR CURRENT EDUCATORSUnsurpassed artistry.
MJ Kinman’s passion is creating quilts inspired by beautiful gems. The key is freezer paper and MJ is delighted to share her technique with students via in-person and virtual classes.
MJ’s work has been exhibited at the National Quilt Museum, the International Quilt Museum, the New England Quilt Museum, Quilt Festival (Houston, TX), Quilt Week (Paducah, KY), and Festival of Quilts (Birmingham, UK). Her work is included in collections as varied as Maker’s Mark Distillery, the National Quilt Museum (Paducah, KY) and the International Quilt Museum (Lincoln, NE), plus many private collections around the United States.
MJ’s popular Birthstone Series patterns feature traditional birthstone gems, and her Diamond Divas Series offer large, artistic quilts easily customizable by makers. Her first book, Gemstone Quilts, was released by C&T Publishing in 2020.
Hello there! I’m Shereece Nicole of Sew Hooked on Treasures. My quilting journey began in 2010 out of boredom. I was living in a new, small town and I was looking to meet new people. Thanks to a local program, I started to learn to crochet. Then I was reintroduced to quilting (the “correct” way). My travels and everyday life began to inspire patterns I wanted to create. And now, I’m sharing those designs with you and teaching skills I’ve learned along the way.
Gina Kleppinger has been a professional quilter and teacher for over forty years. She holds a degree in Clothing Textiles and Design. She is currently working towards becoming certified as a quilt appraiser and judge. Gina sews professionally for clients creating one of a kind projects. She enjoys teaching new techniques and helping her students create wonderful works of art. Her style is typically traditional quilting but that does not limit her scope of abilities and experiences. Gina lives in Parker, Colorado with her husband. She is the mom to 5 boys.
I am a graphic designer, quilter, and color enthusiast. I aim to make colorful quilts that blend the graphic patterns of the design world with the time-honored tradition of patchwork. With great attention to detail, each quilt is designed with graphic purpose and balance. I try to make contemporary quilts inspired by design, but achievable by today’s quilter.
I have been quilting for almost a decade. I grew up the daughter of a quilter and have always had crafting in my blood. I’m a fan of both modern and traditional quilts, and like seeing how the two styles can work together. I often refer to my style as “Graphic Quilting” because I like bold, graphic shapes and bright colors. I am thrilled to also be part of the BERNINA 2021 class of ambassadors!With my graphic design and crafty background, I feel quilting is something I was meant to do. I can spend hours on my computer designing a million quilts, or days in my sewing room working on a project. I enjoy learning new techniques and challenging myself to do things the hard way. I also enjoy the challenge of writing patterns that people will find easy to follow, regardless of their skill level.
For almost 30 years Carla made all her quilts by hand – and only discovered the rotary cutter in 2005! Recognizing how much faster making quilts would become, her ideas just went wild. There wasn’t enough time to make all these quilts without finding ways to go faster. So this resulted in 8 Shortcut Sheets – accidently discovered by breaking the rules.All 8 methods have been published in a binder format along with practice patterns for each technique, quilt patterns, tips and worksheets. Five of her designs were published in AQ Magazine. Carla also works with Northcott to design many patterns using their fabrics.
Sarah Maxwell, owner of Designs by Sarah J, began her early experiments with fabric at a summer sewing class at age 13. Undeterred by the teacher’s recommendations, Sarah chose to start her sewing journey with a pattern for pleated, fitted pants. After that disastrous attempt, Sarah was convinced she hated sewing until she unearthed a treasured family quilt as she was packing for college. The 1930s Dogwood Kit Quilt served as a bed cover throughout college and inspired Sarah to learn to quilt. Armed with a “Teach Yourself to Quilt” book, scissors and cardboard templates, Sarah cut out pieces and hand stitched a baby quilt to welcome her first daughter.
Fast forward to today, and Sarah is now an Andover Fabrics designer, a prolific pattern designer and author. With more than 200 original designs published over the last 20 years, Sarah’s quilts have been juried into QuiltCon and various AQS and IAQ shows. Inspired by the color combinations seen in nature, Sarah’s passion is
design that melds tradition with a contemporary feel. With a family farm in Missouri and daughters living on opposite coasts, she finds inspiration and design ideas across the United States.
Follow Sarah on Instagram at: @sjmax105
Find her patterns, thread and yarn collections and template sets at: https://www.designsbysarahj.com
Belle began quilting in in her mid-40’s and quickly fell in love with the craft. After taking an intensive pattern writing course, she began designing and publishing quilt patterns. She focuses on confident beginner patterns and techniques that even advanced quilters love to make and believes that all people, of any age, can learn to quilt. Her patterns are sold by major distributors and The Fat Quarter Shop. Belle is a brand ambassador for Havels Sewing, The Daylight Company, and Oliso. She is a former 2022 Maywood Studio Maker and is a 2023 Instructor for the American Quilters Society. She and her father own an AIRBNB in a national forest where she hosts small quilting retreats.
Having spent years helping non-profits and boards of directors, Belle expanded her Seams Sew Me business to also specialize in providing leadership, governance, consulting and education for quilt guilds’ boards of directors. She believes that strong inclusive guilds contribute to strong communities. She leads and teaches with her two leading values: of compassion and understanding.
Learn more about Belle at https://www.seamssewme.com/
Rebecca Lidstrom is the founder and creative force behind Studio R Quilts. She is an enthusiastic quilter, designer, and instructor.
Rebecca made her first quilt in 2004 and immediately fell in love with all things quilting. She incorporates simple design changes to create dynamic quilts that are easy to make. Her quilts and patterns have been featured in various quilting magazines and she is a 2023 Maywood Maker.
In addition to quilt pattern design, Rebecca presents lectures and trunk shows to quilt guilds. She also teaches workshops and classes to guilds and quilt shops. She creates from her studio in Madison, WI.
You can find Rebecca online at www.studiorquilts.com. She is also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube @studiorquilts.
Sewing has always been an influential part of my life. Growing up, there isn’t a time I can remember that my grandmother, mother, and aunt weren’t sewing or creating their next masterpiece. Naturally, I began with handwork; that evolved into garment sewing. Not long thereafter, I began quilting and the rest was history! In the last twenty years quilting has become my passion. Now, designing beautiful patterns is also a huge part of that passion.
I wake up everyday feeling blessed to watch my family grow in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Aside from quilting, I thrive on spending time with those I love.
I am a quilt pattern designer from the Pacific Northwest. Quilting is my passion and it seems that it has naturally evolved into quilt pattern writing. I started sewing at about 5 years old and have been sewing or quilting ever since. Writing patterns gives me an avenue to share my love of this art with others!
Fiber arts are my passion. I majored in art at Queens University in Charlotte, NC, and have not slowed down since. I have been a quilt designer, hosted art retreats, traveled to shops all over the country to teach, and am a Bernina Ambassador. I love sharing this passion I have for quilting, stitching and creating with everyone.
Susan’s Website: https://www.susanedmonsondesigns.com/
Peggy is returning for her 3rd cruise with Quilting Adventures. She’s a patient, caring and very informative educator. We can’t wait to cruise with her again.
Peggy has been quilting and helping others learn the joy of quilt making for over 40 years. As a quilt teacher, sharing the art of quilt making is her passion. She has taught quilt making across the United States and in Canada teaching at large guild classes, quilting retreats and small private groups in her home. Her teaching style won her a nomination for Quilt Teacher of the Year sponsored by the Professional Quilter.
Peggy loves making traditional quilt patterns look new again with modern fabrics and techniques. She enjoys trying and learning different techniques in the quilt making process, always looking for an easier way to conquer those seemingly intricate patterns.
Originally from Oregon, Peggy spent 22 years in Ketchikan, Alaska with her husband, Ron, raising their three children. With the children grown she and her husband have come back home to Oregon.
To see more of Peggy’s work, visit her website: https://yellowhousequilter.com/