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Carol Ziogas | Virginia Beach 2018 Instructor carol-ziogas

Carol Ziogas has been sewing since 1978, researching Japanese textiles since 2004, blogging on The Ardent Thread since 2008, and writing for publications such as Stitch Magazine since 2010. She loves teaching and lecturing about her passions of Sashiko embroidery and Japanese textiles. Carol sells and collects as many beautiful textiles (and books about them) as she can. Following the threads of weavers long past, Carol aims to unravel their techniques and learn patience and perseverance along the way.

Carol works with vintage Japanese textiles with a strong focus on both traditional kimono and Sashiko. Her textile business, KimonoMomo LLC, is based in the San Francisco, CA area. To find out more, check out Carol’s blog.


RaNae Merrill | Virginia Beach 2018 Instructor


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.


Heather Kojan | Virginia Beach 2018 Instructor heather-kojan

Heather is the founder and first president of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild, and she has been quilting for nearly 30 years. She is a co-author of the book Classic Modern Quilts and is featured in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. You can also find her work in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Heather lectures and teaches both locally and nationally, and is a frequent contributor to Modern Patchwork Magazine. Find out more at heatherkojan.com.


Cindy Grisdela | Virginia Beach 2018 Instructor cindy-grisdela

Cindy Grisdela is an award-winning fiber artist with over 30 years of experience creating eye-catching quilts. She specializes in improvisational quilt designs and dense free-motion quilting. Cindy travels extensively, showing and selling her work at well-known fine art and fine craft shows all over the country, as well as teaching and lecturing about improv quilting. Cindy is the author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Stitching. Her quilt designs have been published in numerous books and magazines. Learn more at cindygrisdela.com.


Stephanie Farrell | Virginia Beach 2018 Instructor stephanie-farrell

Stephanie is a self-taught piecer, pattern designer, and inventor. Living in a tiny town in Pennsylvania forced Stephanie to find solutions to her own problems when it came to quilting, which is how she first developed the idea for her free-motion feet and templates. She believes that “can’t” is never an option, and she’s always got an idea to make her projects work (and yours, too!). See more at cscountrystitchin.com.


Bonnie Browning | Virginia Beach 2018 Instructor bonnie-browning

Bonnie Browning has quilted since the late 1970s, and during that time she has taught and judged across the U.S. and around the world. Her travels have taken her to Australia, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Switzerland, Turkey, and China.

Bonnie is a certified quilt judge and a certified Zentangle® teacher, and she has authored thirteen books on quilting, including the award-winning Zentangle Art to Go, which was published by AQS in 2016.

Bonnie enjoys sharing good, basic quiltmaking techniques so that the quilts that are being made today will last for generations to come. Bonnie has been the Executive Show Director for AQS for the past 20 years, playing a vital role in bringing QuiltWeek to enthusiastic quilters across the country. Quiltweek.com


Cynthia Wismann | Fall Paducah 2018 Instructor cynthia-wismann

Cynthia is a longtime quilter who loves to share ideas, techniques, and all the new and exciting processes she’s learned along her quilt journey. Traditional quilting is wonderful, and Cynthia loves to incorporate it into her small wall art whenever possible. As a teacher, Cynthia strives to share all the knowledge she has about the quilts she makes and to show her students new ways to apply that knowledge to their quilt art! Learn more at fiberartchix.com.
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Jessica VanDenburgh | Fall Paducah 2018 Instructor jessica-vandenburgh

Jessica VanDenburgh has a love for all things handmade. Her grandmother taught her how to sew at a young age and continuously encouraged her creativity. Jessica’s background in interior design makes her a natural with color and pattern selection. She discovered quilting and bag making in 2005 and started making bags for friends and family in 2007. Soon, Jessica expanded her pattern company to include simple quilts and other accessories. Her company, Sew Many Creations, began as a custom bag company, but it has grown into a pattern business that specializes in beginner-friendly bags and quilts.

Jessica’s laid-back approach to teaching makes students feel at ease. You’ll find that her classes are full of fun facts, tips, tricks, and a whole lot of laughter. Learn more at sewmanycreationsny.com.
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Vicki McCarty | Fall Paducah 2018 Instructor vicki-mccarty

Vicki McCarty learned to quilt from her grandmother over 40 years ago in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Later, teaching quilting for community education led to Vicki opening the Calico Patch Quilt Shop. Vicki has owned and operated a full-service quilt shop and BERNINA dealership for over 15 years.

Vicki enjoys mixing cottons with wool appliqué, and her passion for quilt design has inspired many published patterns available through national distributors. She recently authored a pattern article in American Quilter magazine. Enjoy Vicki’s designs at calicopatch.net.
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Nancy Mahoney | Fall Paducah 2018 Instructor nancy-mahoney

Author, teacher, and fabric designer Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years. In that time, she has written 14 books which share her love for combining traditional blocks with updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Her work has been featured in many publications, including over 175 national and international quilt magazines. Nancy is a strong believer that making a quilt should be fun, and that’s just what her classes are: fun. Nancy’s goal for her students is to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt that they will enjoy for many years. See her work at nancymahoney.com.
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