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RaNae Merrill | Lancaster 2019 Instructor ranae-merrill

RaNae Merrill found her calling as a professional quilter after previous careers as a pianist, a photographer, and a travel writer. In 1989, she finished a quilt her grandmother had been making many years before, and right then, she was hooked. Her unique spiral quilts have appeared in national shows and magazines, and her new book, “Free-Motion Mastery in a Month” has become an instant classic. Dubbed as “the scardey-cat’s guide to free-motion quilting,” RaNae’s new method of teaching free-motion has taken the quilting world by storm. RaNae teaches workshops in the U.S. and abroad in both English and Spanish, and she loves bringing her expertise to students around the globe. Learn more at ranaemerrillquilts.com.

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Debbie Wendt | Lancaster 2019 Instructor

Debbie has combined her passions for sewing, quilting, and teaching into Wendt Quilting, a business that is truly on the go. Her degree in home economics education and eight years of home ec teaching continue to influence her classes. Debbie’s quilting students love her ability to break down and explain the many aspects of quilting.

Debbie began quilting over 30 years ago and started teaching quilting internationally in 1993 while living in Cairo, Egypt. Debbie now teaches at guilds, shops, and national shows. A unique quilt teaching opportunity even took her to villages in Cambodia. Her article, “Teaching the World to Quilt,” was published in American Quilter magazine. Debbie develops tools, has self-published two longarm project books, and designs many unique quilt patterns. She was a guest on Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show, demonstrating building and binding a quilt on a longarm machine. Debbie brings tradition to modern designs and fun and confidence to each of her students. There’s more at wendtquilting.com.

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Margaret Willingham | Lancaster 2019 Instructor

Margaret Brewster Willingham, a quilter, quilt pattern designer, retired professional dancer, and dance teacher, is the founder and creative force behind Eye of the Beholder Quilt Designs. She is inspired by the functional elegance of Victorian architecture and decoration and the abundant beauty of God. Margaret choreographed dances for 40 years; now she choreographs quilts! She loves all things quilty, but has a special love for hand appliqué and reverse appliqué using her “Trace! Baste! Snip! & Stitch!” process. Margaret loves creating things of beauty and helping others to find their creative voices while gaining the skills to make beautiful things. She designs patterns for Island Batik, EBI Fabrics, RJR Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, and Batik Textiles, and has been published in OnPoint by AQS, Fons & Porter magazines, and Quiltmaker’s 100 Quilt Blocks. Her book, Christmas R.A.P.P.-ing, co-authored with Nan Baker, hits shelves soon. Learn more at eobquiltdesign.com.

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Karla Overland | Daytona Beach 2019 Instructor

Karla Overland is the “color person” at Cherrywood Fabrics in Baxter, Minnesota. Cherrywood’s exclusive gradations are the inspiration for quilters, designers, and wearable artists around the world. The hand-dyeing process the company has perfected over 25 years produces a beautiful tone-on-tone texture that reads as a solid, but has depth and variety that will never be replicated by mass-production.

Karla maintains over 40 formulas for Cherrywood’s line of fabrics, using almost 20 different Procion dyes from Dharma. She get ideas for gradations from many places across the country, but mainly from nature. Karla is always experimenting with new formulas and gradations to keep up with customers’ ideas and trends. See more at cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com.

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Bonnie Langenfeld | Daytona Beach 2019 Instructor

Award-winning fiber artist Bonnie Langenfeld uses thread painting and raw-edge appliqué techniques to create realistic fabric pictures. Her subjects are primarily landscapes, but she often includes people and animals among her subjects. She never adds paint or marker to her pieces, but instead carefully chooses tiny parts of commercial fabrics, glues or fuses them together, and adds dozens of colors of machine-stitched threads to create depth, accentuate details, and make her work come to life.

Bonnie’s professional history includes numerous art shows and awards, as well as memberships in galleries in Florida and Minnesota. Her proudest accomplishments, and the ones that are the most fun, are teaching her techniques to adults and children. She focuses on the elements of art so that students can use those skills in other pieces. Bonnie’s motto is “Everyone will be successful!” Take a look at some of her recent work at landscapesinfabric.com.

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Stephanie Brandenburg | Daytona Beach 2019 Instructor

Stephanie Brandenburg, owner and creator of Frond Design Studios, is a master artisan who applies her art to fabric, upcycled materials, and even architecture. Her vision is to create an environment that inspires and empowers creators of tomorrow. Frond Design Studios is a unique company that consists of true artists who apply inspiration to fabric. Their ideas become art, and the art becomes fabric. This fabric is sold in shops around the world and in Frond Design Studios’ showroom, DelveMIY (“Make It Yourself”). What makes Stephanie unique is her vision that has brought beauty to the world through so many distinctive techniques. Learn more at her website, fronddesignstudios.com.

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Cheryl See | Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor

Cheryl See is an award-winning quilter who is well-known for her English paper-pieced quilts. Her quilt I MUST BE HEXED included 17,802 hexagons and won numerous awards, including Most Remarkable Achievement in Classic Patterning at the 2006 National Quilting Association Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio. STAR STRUCK is a contemporary English paper-pieced quilt which won the Best Hand Workmanship Award at AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, Kentucky in 2012. It is now part of the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum, and the pattern can be found in her book Star Struck and Starlette. In the summer of 2013, Cheryl was honored to be the featured artist at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She was a guest on The Quilt Show in 2014, which featured her first book, Not Just Hexies. More recently, HAWAIIAN IMPROV won Best of Show at Mid-Atlantic Quiltfest 2017 and Smoky Mountain Quilt Show 2018, as well as several Viewers’ Choice ribbons. Cheryl also invented the Quilt Scroll, which is a portable design mat. Her website is CSeesQuilts.com.

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Sue Nickels | Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor

Sue has been quilting for 40 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. Sue has been teaching machine techniques for the past 30 years, and she has taught and lectured internationally in England, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Dubai, UAE.

Sue’s major awards include the 1998 AQS Best of Show for THE BEATLES QUILT, made by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly. Their quilt THE SPACE QUILT won the IQA Master of Machine Artistry Award and the 2004 AQS Machine Workmanship Award. Sue and Pat’s quilt TEA AT TENBY won the 2009 Best of Show at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts in England. Most recently, Sue won the AQS 2014 Best Home Machine Workmanship Award for TWO OF US, a collaborative quilt made with Pat.

Sue has many online classes with Creativebug. Sue’s most recent appearance on The Quilt Show was with her daughter, Ashley, who is a modern quilter! Sue has been honored to be a quilt judge for many quilt shows over the years, and she also enjoys teaching on cruises for Quilt Seminars at Sea once a year. Most recently, Sue and Pat held the 4th Annual Holly Girls Quilt Retreats at White Birch Lodge in Elk Rapids, Michigan, and they plan to continue this event for many years. They are following in the tradition of their good friend Gwen Marston’s Beaver Island Quilt Retreats!

Sue’s current books are Fabulous Feathers and Fillers: Design and Machine Quilting Techniques; Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué, co-authored with Pat; and Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques. Sue is proud to be a Brand Ambassador for BERNINA! Her priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are timesaving. She emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed! Learn more at sue-nickels.com.

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Philippa Naylor | Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor

Born in Yorkshire, England, Philippa discovered a love of sewing and knitting when she was young. A gift of a sewing machine on her 13th birthday enabled her to progress from making dolls’ clothes to making garments. Trained as a clothing designer, Philippa worked as a lingerie designer before marrying and moving to Saudi Arabia, where she made bespoke wedding and evening dresses and by chance learned to quilt. Soon after, she began combining her technical expertise with her designer training to create intricately pieced, appliquéd, and wholecloth quilts.

Philippa is honored to have three quilts in The National Quilt Museum in Paducah. She has won many top quilting awards; written two books, Quilting in the Limelight and Appliqué Mastery; and fills her days—now back in Yorkshire—with as much creativity as she can, including lots of teaching, gardening, cooking, and sewing. Philippa says, “Anyone who gets quite good at anything does so by lots and lots of practice. Persistence is the key!” See her work and more at philippanaylor.com.

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Scott Murkin | Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor

Scott Murkin, MD, is a hospice physician from North Carolina. Originally from a quilting family in Illinois, he currently designs original quilts for the bed and wall. Most of his quilts have visual links to the quilting tradition—some obvious, some less so. The quilting is integral to his designs; he loves selecting and/or designing the motifs that will work perfectly to bring each quilt top to life. Scott exhibits nationally and internationally, has his textile artworks in prestigious public and private collections, and has had his quilts appear in numerous publications including American Quilter, Quilters Newsletter, Quiltmaker, Quilting Quarterly and Great American Quilts. Scott is an NQA Certified Quilt Judge who loves being up close and personal with the quilts on judging day. He has judged throughout the country, including for the American Quilter’s Society, the National Quilt Association, and the International Quilt Association. Scott’s motto is “If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right!” See many of Scott’s quilts on his flickr site at flickr.com/photos/scottmurkin.

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