Featured Guest Teachers:
Cindy Brick is an editor, designer and writer who travels the world teaching about quilting and quilt history. A former editor for Quilter’s Newsletter, she is also an AQS-certified and USPAP-trained personal property appraiser, president of PAAQT and a professional quilt restorer. She also judges quilt competitions, with venues as varied as the International Quilt Festival, the Pacific International Quilt Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. She has written hundreds of articles and six books, including Hanky Panky, the Stitcher’s Language of Flowers, Quilts of the Great Depression, the Fabric Dating Kit, Crazy Quilts and Quilts from the Golden West. Two other books are currently in progress. Nearly all of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s quilt-related entries are her writing; she also consulted for three television specials on quilting (appeared in person on one), and was on Simply Quilts to explain her Hanky Panky quilt method. She has been on an episode of The Quilt Show to talk about Crazy quilts, and on the Quilter’s Newsletter channel to discuss Memory Quilts. www.cindybrick.com.
I began my quilting career in North Carolina 35 years ago. I was a member of the Pamlico River Quilters Guild and in 1982 I was asked to be on the board of directors for the North Carolina Quilt Symposium. In 1984, I moved to Richmond and became active in the local quilting groups, eventually serving as President of the Virginia Consortium of Quilters, the statewide quilting group. Currently, I offer a variety of workshops, many of them being snappy, scrappy classes. I give lectures that include my collection of quilts and my love for the art of quilt making. Visit my website for more information, www.augustacolequilting.com.
Kate Colleran is a quilter, knitter, writer and teacher. She has designed for various quilt magazines including McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts and Quiltmaker as well as for various fabric companies. She is the co-author of the book Smash Your Precut Stash from C&T Publishing and publishes quilt patterns under the name Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs. She moved from Connecticut to Colorado a few years ago with her husband Jim and their cat Lily and is enjoying quilting exploring the west. Visit her website to check out her blog and see what she is up to! seamslikeadream.com
I have been quilting for over 20 years (how did I get this old?) and teaching and working in quilt shops for almost as long. I have been blessed with the opportunity to design quilts for companies like Timeless Treasures and Blank Quilting and several magazines including McCall’s Quick Quilts. Since I’ve always preferred to create my own designs or adapt traditional quilts to my own style, starting a pattern company was a natural step to take and I began The Irish Chain Pattern Company in 2003. I have created two lines of fabric with Blank Quilting Fabrics. I also have a pattern line that includes a template set that I designed that I call the Quilted Jewel Series. I consider myself very blessed to have a career where I can “take pleasure in all my toil” (Ecclesiastes 3:13), to be able to teach others and to share the talents God has given me.
Dana E. Jones
For Dana E. Jones, artist, quiltmaker and journalist, it was love at first sight when she encountered the Caohagan Island quilts. As she learned the story of quiltmaking coming to this Philippine island and how the quiltmakers took hold of the art form and made it their own, she knew she wanted to share the story as a model of how to create works of beauty toward living in harmony with the earth and community. That’s what she’s done in her book Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island. Dana is a former editor of Quilters Newsletter magazine and the Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal. A graduate of the University of Illinois’ journalism school with a minor in home economics, Dana also completed 30 hours of fine-art instruction at Southwestern Illinois College. She was artist in residence at the Gilpin County, Colorado, library in 2012. Dana and her life partner, Joe Agne, live at 9,200 feet in Gilpin County, Colorado, northwest of Denver.
As long as she can remember, Ann Myhre has been playing with art. Drawing and painting, stitching and sculpting her way through childhood, she ended up getting a “real job” as a legal assistant, where she learned to knit from co-workers. In 2003, she opened Knitty Cat, a yarn and fabric shop in Centennial, Colorado, where she advanced her skills in knitting, crocheting, beading, and sewing. After nearly 11 years in business, Ann decided to close the retail shop to pursue artwork and teaching full time. She enjoys the challenge of using yarn, fabric, and unconventional materials to echo the textures and colors of the natural world, which began her journey of creating tapestry wall quilts. In the years Ann owned the shop, she found her true calling as a teacher helping others to expand their own skills. Quilt As Inspired is her first book on machine quilting that she plans on using to develop full-day workshops and retreats for teaching creative ways to work with and manipulate different fabrics. You can find a gallery of her work on her website www.annmyhrequilts.com.
Judy Wallace-Petty has been a professional sewing instructor for over 16 years. She has been sewing since she was a little girl. As one of 3 girls, if she wanted something that wasn’t a hand me down, she made it herself. Her mom and 7th grade sewing teacher were great influences on the knowledge that she shares with her students. Although starting as a garment sewer, she branched off into craft sewing and quilting. Upon her retirement from over 31 years in the communications industry, Judy began classroom instruction which she quickly realized was not only one of her favorite things but also her passion. She enjoys seeing the creations that come from her students and their smiles of satisfaction as they also begin to truly experience the joys of sewing.
Annie Smith is a professional quilt maker and instructor who will be in Denver in March. She has offered to teach two of her specialty classes at Holly’s Quilt Cabin. Annie has a number of quilting accomplishments including: managing her own pattern publishing company (SimpleArts, see simplearts.com for details), teaching quilting classes nationally and internationally, publishing a book “The Ultimate Applique Guidebook”, and creating over 220 podcasts. We are extremely excited to have her skills available to our customers. One or both of her classes would make an excellent gift to your favorite quilter (or yourself). Her acknowledged expertise is in Machine Applique and the Art of Color/Fabric Selection.
Martha Thompson is a long-time quilter, teacher and author of books for quilters. Her books, published by That Patchwork Place / Martingale Press, are: Square Dance, Start With Squares, Magical Hexagons and Square Dance, Revisited.A master patchworker, Martha has a great talent for finding the easiest way to sew complex-looking designs. She pioneered many of the quick-piecing techniques new in common usage. Now in her 60’s, Martha is most attracted to gentle, curving lines, which are not so quick, but oh so beautiful! Her new techniques for curved-piecing make them easily achievable by even beginning quilters. As a designer, she has been exploring the traditional Apple Core shape and discovering amazing possibilities for new quilts. Let Martha show you how to conquer those curves and set-ins too, for truly magnificent quilts of your own!
Jackie Vujcich is native of Colorado. She and her family eventually settled at the bottom of the Flatirons (foothills to the Rockies) near Boulder, CO. Jackie started quilting in 1999. Some of her favorite techniques are stained glass quilts, curved piecing and applique of any kind; but her passion is landscape and pictorial art quilts. She began teaching traditional quilting in 2007 and art quilting soon after. Looking for an outlet to let her creativity soar, she started designing her own patterns (both traditional and landscape/art) under her company name Colorado Creations in 2009. Jackie’s future plans are to design more patterns-especially landscapes; pursue more commissioned pieces and create a web site to sell her art pieces and patterns. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Mary Jo Alworth
Fiber Arts are a real passion in my life. Being a fabricoholic started at the early age of 10. I started with clothes sewing. Everything from swimsuits to wedding dresses. Then about 30 years ago I took a quilting class and have not looked back. My favorite type of quilting is hand applique. Although I have not met any form of quilting I don’t like. I have taught different forms of hand applique, hand piecing and machine piecing. I also enjoy Rug Hooking, Cross Stitching and Knitting.
Back in 2001 I was introduced to what was to become a passion – quilting. Color, fabric and the process of using my creative side was exhilarating. My passion for bags began with a white elephant gift exchange in my church group. We all made bags and the fun began. Then by word of mouth I was asked to custom make more. So much fun with color and design. I now design patterns so others can make them. Once you make one you will want to make more.
I am a resident longarm quilter at Holly’s Quilt Cabin. My piecing beginnings led me to take the next step in the quiltmaking process and I enjoy every step of the process. I transitioned from a long investment in stained glass as both a fabricator and instructor resulting in a passion for reproducing some of the lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany. My work has graced the New Hope Baptist Church in central Denver, Central Station Casino in Blackhawk and the 1995 Parade of Homes.
A native of Ohio and a third generation quilter, I have a love of all things textile. Prior to completing a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Colorado I studied Clothing and Textiles at the University of Akron. I’ve worked as an editor at Quilters Newsletter and at several Denver quilt shops. Teaching has afforded me the opportunity to share my knowledge with fellow quilters–an amazing group of human beings.
I decided I needed to make heriloom baby quilts when my babies were born. One Christmas twenty years later I gave them to my “babies”. I’m happy to report that my speed has increased dramatically since then! Although, since working at Holly’s I have branched out into various machine techniques, my first love is still traditional hand piecing and hand quilting.
I have been quilting for over 26 years. My specialties are machine piecing and machine quilting. All things machine (including a brief stint as a sewing machine technician) are intriguing to me. Over the years I have done commission quiltmaking for individuals as well as corporations (Disney World) and Quiltmaker Magazine. I have entered contests over the years both local and national. I truly enjoy teaching quiltmaking techniques whether to a class or in a private lesson.
Hi, My name is Pam Norton. I started quilting in 1986 when I took a hand applique and hand pieced class at Quilts in the Attic. My first three years of quilting I did everything by hand because I did not own a sewing machine. I love to do Hawaiian Applique, Scrappy quilts and learning new techniques. I am addicted to quilting and love the process from start to finish. The picture is of myself out hiking with my dog Jack.
Private Lessons: I can teach beginning classes, how to put on bindings, or if you find a pattern you need a little help on just let me know.
Kris Persun has been quilting for over 25 years. Her first project was a Bear Paw quilt pieced and quilted by hand. “I wanted a quilt and couldn’t afford to buy one. The irony was that it was years before I actually made a quilt for myself.” Kris has taught various classes and private lessons at Holly’s Quilt Cabin. She enjoys working with beginning quilters and helping them develop the same passion that she has for quilting. She also enjoys teaching hand quilting (an art that is being forgotten) and paper piecing (it’s really not that hard).
Nancy Smith is a certified Zentangle Teacher and have a passion for teaching Zentangles. She is the former owner of Great American Quilt Factory in Denver and has authored books published by Possibilities and C & T Publishing. She has also designed many fabric lines for Cranston Printworks and Henry Glass. She is an avid quilter as well as loves to do mixed media.
Kari Vojtechovsky :
My passion for quilting has been threaded through my career as a graphic designer and I find that they carry over from one to the other. My educational background includes having a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. I am one of the authors of Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making and have been published in Quilts and More. I truly enjoy following quilting trends and new fabric lines, obsessively reading blogs, magazines and books for new inspiration and dreaming up my next project. The rest of my time is filled by raising my young children, hanging out with friends and family, and exploring the world. I hail from a small town in the Midwest and now live near the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Margaret, Designer and partner of MorinGlory Designs started sewing when she was 10 years old. Learning from her stepmother and taking every sewing class available through Home economics courses at school. In High school she excelled in art and clothing construction classes. Continuing her education after high school she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in L.A. where she received her AA degree in Pattern Making and Design. She worked in the garment industry for 2 years as an assistant designer for a Junior top manufacturer. After leaving the industry in 1975 to raise her family she established a custom sewing and alterations home based business which she continues to run today. In 2004 Margaret and a sewing and quilting friend, Betsy Meyers merged their sewings and design skills to create a quilt-as-you-go Jacket which became the first of many in the line MorninGlory Designs pattern company. She continues to teach kids to sew and offers classes to shops for many of the jackets and vest patterns created by MorninGlory Designs.
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