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Peggy Gelbrich

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.

Learn more about Peggy and her style here:  https://yellowhousequilter.com/

 

Carmen Geddes

Carmen brings her love of quilting and people together for a fun week of learning.  Enjoy her friendly, low-key approach and her great quilting techniques! 

She was named Teacher of the Year at HMQS.

She has taught at many quilt shows around the country including Houston Quilt Festival and Road to California.  Her quilts have been featured in Fons and Porter Scrappy Quilts and Love of Quilting, Quilter’s Newsletter, and McCall’s Quilting and Embroidery magazines.

She resides in Spanish Fork, Utah.

She has developed Tensisters Piping Tool and the Tensisters Easy Piecing Grid with its companion books, Ten Quilts for Ten Sisters, Quilts for Kids, Seven Brothers Block Party and Around the Block Quilts.

Email:  info.tensisters@gmail.com

Website:  tensisters.com

Joan Ford

On February 8, 2003, Joan Ford took her first quilting class and was hooked! In 2006, Joan established her company, Hummingbird Highway, and these days she is best known for patterns, books, and workshops featuring the popular ScrapTherapy® technique. She feels strongly about helping quilters relieve the guilt of a growing scrap fabric stash by cutting, storing, and using scrap fabrics in a variety of quilted projects.  An overview of her process is detailed in all three of her ScrapTherapy books published by The Taunton Press: ScrapTherapy, Cut the Scraps!, Scraps Plus One! and ScrapTherapy, The Versatile Nine Patch.
 
In 2018, Joan formed a second company, Pudgie Parrot, LLC, to have a home for Your Nest™ Organizer, a neat, nest-like gadget that holds your favorite rulers and sewing notions.  As owner of Hummingbird Highway, LLC and Pudgie Parrot, LLC, Joan designs in her home studio and office. Joan and her husband, Dave share their home with three pet birds.

Jean Biddick

Jean Biddick is an award-winning quiltmaker, author and teacher whose specialty is creating stunning machine-pieced masterpieces. She is well known for her quilts inspired by mosaic tile work. Her quilts have won awards from both the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah and the International Quilt Festival in Houston. One of her miniature quilts is in the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

She has been teaching quiltmaking for more than 35 years and loves to help students become more confident in their piecing skills. She started designing Mystery Quilts for The Quilter’s Market in 2006 and enjoys sharing those designs with her students.

Heather Kojan

I’ve been sewing since my teens and quilting for more than 25 years. My first quilt was an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day. Since I had a king sized bed, it made sense to me to make a king sized quilt. Go big or go home, right? That quilt was in shades of mauve and dusty blue (hello mid ’80’s!) Let’s just say my fabric tastes have changed since then!

 

I consider myself a modern quilter, with traditional roots. I’m the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and love speaking to different groups and sharing the modern aesthetic. I’m foremost a teacher. I teach modern quilting classes in local shops, guilds and shows across the country.

 

I’m a contributing author to the book Classic Modern Quilts and a featured quilter in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood, and 50 Little Gifts published by Lucky Spool. You can frequently find my work in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine, Modern Patchwork Magazine and Curated Quilts Magazine.

 

Let’s connect! You can find me on my blog: www.heatherkojan.com or on Instagram @heatherkojan.

 

Charisma Horton

I am an award winning longarm quilter. I have been published in more than 75 national quilting magazines and I have published over 200 quilt patterns. I never have a shortage of designs, projects or ideas. I have a variety of designs from folksy colorful hand embroidery designs to bold modern designs. I tend to use a lot of color and I take traditional blocks that we all know and love and transform them with color and arrange them in fresh ways.

 

Carol Stanek

Carol has been sewing since she was a child and made her first “Judy Niemeyer” paper pieced quilt, Arizona Cactus, in 2013. After falling in love with the organized preparation and sewing process of Quiltworx patterns, Carol was hooked on Judy’s way to paper piece! Carol attended more workshops taught by Judy and other certified instructors while beginning her journey in becoming a Quiltworx Certified Instructor. In August 2015 Carol became a Certified Instructor.

Carol teaches Quiltworx pattern classes and the Technique of the months at quilt shops and guilds in the Southeast USA. She loves teaching and seeing her students grow more confident in creating these beautiful quilts. I will always tell my new students that if they can sew on a line on paper, they can make a Judy quilt!

Carol lives in the Atlanta metro-area and is always ready and willing to go wherever the quilters want to hold a class! You will find more information on Carol’s classes and events on her website, www.stitchwithcolor.com

 

Victoria Johnson

I have been sewing for what seems like a lifetime, but my quilting really took off when I saw a picture of a Judy Niemeyer wedding ring. I was hooked and had to have the pattern. That was 2012, fast forward to 2017 and I now have 30 completed Judy Niemeyer projects and became a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor in 2015 after an intense 2-year program. I fell in love with Judy’s paper piecing technique and I haven’t looked back.

Now after countless classes, trunk shows and a retreat of 100+ students I am proud to say that I have found my passion.

What once looked like an impossible task, the wedding ring, now has become a way of life for me. I truly believe that anyone can put together any Judy pattern with a little bit of help, a few tips and tricks and encouragement along the way.

I look forward to meeting you in class, working on a pattern you once thought was impossible but now is a reality, and you too will be soon hooked.

It is easier than you think!

Victoria Johnson

Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor

Heather Black

Heather’s passion for quilt design is founded in her past as a landscape oil painter and her desire to be creative. She first tried quilting in 1995 but didn’t catch the quilting bug until 2011 when she designed, pieced and hand quilted her first queen size quilt. Shortly after that she discovered modern quilting and from that point on Heather has been designing and making quilts whenever possible. Her quilts and patterns have been featured in various quilting magazines and online publications. Heather has had quilts displayed at international, national and regional quilt shows. Her quilts have hung at International Quilt Festival, AQS QuiltWeek, QuiltCon, MQX, Road to California and many more. Her Urban Trek Quilt won First place Use of Negative Space at Quiltcon in Pasadena, CA.

Along with quilting, Heather also has an ever-expanding line of quilt patterns and has branched out into textile designs with three fabric collections with Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, Sketchbook, Road Trip and Mod Textures. She has written two books, Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes and Design Make Quilt Modern, both published by Stash Books.

Heather lives in the Pacific Northwest and attended college in Pennsylvania. Many of her designs are inspired by the landscape in her home and surrounding states and of memories of exploring the United States with her family.

To see more of Heather’s work, visit her website:  quiltachusetts.com

This site has my shop, a blog, and is how I send out my newsletters.

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