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Debbie Wendt | Des Moines 2017 Instructor debbie-wendt

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.

To view Debbie’s classes CLICK HERE

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Mark Sherman | Des Moines 2017 Instructor mark-sherman

Mark L. Sherman became a quilter in 2001 when he needed a Christmas tablecloth. After browsing in a big department store, Mark decided he could make his own tablecloth for less money. He went to Wal-Mart and bought a sewing machine and some fabric. The Christmas tablecloth was a great success! While looking for more fabric, Mark went to his neighborhood quilt shop, realized the creative potential in quilting, and quickly became an accomplished quilter.

Amazing artists often inspire Mark’s original designs. Louis Comfort Tiffany inspired his quilt, Wisteria, now a part of The Permanent Founder’s Collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. Mark learned to dye his own fabric as he focused on selecting just the right colors for his art quilts. He has developed many innovative techniques that he teaches to the quilting community. Mark draws his inspiration from nature, color, and antique stained glass. He enjoys encouraging and serving as an inspiration for other quilters. 

To view Mark’s classes CLICK HERE

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Vicki McCarty | Des Moines 2017 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 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.   

To view Vicki’s classes CLICK HERE

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Kris Vierra | Des Moines 2017 Instructor kris-vierra

Quilting instructor, professional longarm quilter, and fitness enthusiast Kris Vierra has been a quilter and seamstress for more than 20 years and a longarm quilter for nine years. She teaches at national shows and guilds across the country and has won numerous national awards for her machine quilting skills over the years. Most recently, Kris was awarded the Best Longarm Machine Workmanship award at AQS QuiltWeek events in Phoenix, Arizona, and Des Moines, Iowa, in 2016 for A Quilter’s Garden. She won the Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, 2015, and Best of Show at the Northwest Quilting Expo in 2014.

In addition to quilting and teaching, Kris does commission fiber art. Her most recent work can be seen as album art for the Australian band The Avalanches’ new album, WildFlower. A full-time longarm quilting business keeps her busy, and she is designing her own line of longarm rulers and wholecloth quilt stencils. Her classes focus on teaching quilters how to expand their knowledge base while breaking out of their comfort zones. Kris believes that quilting should be fun and not stressful. Take a look at quilterontherun.com.

To view Kris’s classes CLICK HERE

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JENNIE RAYMENT | Fall Paducah 2017 Instructor jennie-raymentJennie Rayment is internationally renowned for her unusual and novel “Nipping and Tucking” fabric manipulation techniques. From Origami to fabric sculpture and from quilts to garments, Jennie’s unique dimensional designs appeal to all. She teaches, lectures, and exhibits worldwide. She is sometimes called the “Muslin Mistress” as she often works in that medium. Anyone interested in any form of needlework will be captivated by her deviously ingenious textural designs and benefit from the wealth of creative ideas arising from her magic manipulations.

Jennie has written nine books on fabric manipulation techniques and other intriguing things to do with fabric, and she has authored “zillions” of articles and a variety of patterns. Her work is exhibited in various galleries, at shows, and at exhibitions around the world. See more at www.jennierayment.com.

To view Jennie’s classes CLICK HERE

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VIRGINIA BAKER and BARBARA SANDERS | Fall Paducah 2017 Instructors virginia_baker_barbara_sanders

Barbara Sanders and Virginia Baker are sisters, best friends, and next-door neighbors who are the authors of String Quilt Revival. They introduced the use of Sheer Delite as a foundation in the book. Together, they have developed 15 new quilt patterns since the book’s release in 2011. They’ve been teaching their fun technique and patterns since then in places like John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina and Mountain Quiltfest in Tennessee, as well as all over the South.

Barbara and Virginia have over 25 years of quilting experience combined. Virginia’s background is in color development for the paint industry, which gave her a keen eye for viewing color; Barbara was vice president of a bank for “way too many years.” They are now retired and enjoy sharing their quilting glee with others. See more at www.stripsandstrings.com.

To view Virginia and Barbara’s classes CLICK HERE

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LISA BONGEAN | Fall Paducah 2017 Instructor lisa-bongeanKnown worldwide for her primitive style in quilting, Lisa Bongean calls Menasha, Wisconsin, home. This is where it all happens for Primitive Gatherings and the customers who have grown to love Lisa’s primitive and folk-art designs featuring her hand-dyed wools and homespun, reproduction, and designer fabrics.

Lisa’s talents are many. She’s the proud mother of three sons as well as a designer, teacher, award-winning quilter, shop owner, and business woman in partnership with her husband, Nick. In addition to the retail shop, Lisa and Nick stay busy with their wholesale and Internet business along with traveling to and vending at numerous quilt shows across the country. Primitive Gatherings, their family-owned business, opened in 2004.

Lisa recently entered into a partnership with Moda and embraces the wonderful opportunity to continue reaching out to quilters everywhere, offering them beautiful new fabrics designed especially for creating her primitive and folk-art designs. Find out more at www.primitivegatherings.us.

To view Lisa’s classes CLICK HERE

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KAREN K. STONE | Fall Paducah 2017 Instructor karen-k-stoneInnovation and tradition motivate Karen K. Stone, a quilter since 1986. Her quilts have won numerous awards, including first prizes in international competitions, and her designs appear frequently in exhibitions and on magazine covers. Her quilt, Clam Session, was awarded Master of Innovative Artistry at the 2009 International Quilt Festival, and her Indian Orange Peel quilt was the People’s Choice at Quilt National 1995.

Having enjoyed incredible success in design, publication, and teaching, Karen finds no greater satisfaction than hand-stitching binding onto a newly quilted piece, with the possible exception of students returning to report that they’re having a lot more fun quilting since taking her color class. Karen holds degrees in piano from Baylor and Indiana Universities and lives in Beaumont, Texas. Her website is www.karenkstone.com.

To view Karen’s classes CLICK HERE

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CINDY WALTER | Fall Paducah 2017 Instructor cindy-walterCindy Walter is the author of ten books on topics ranging from traditional quilting techniques to fabric painting. She is best known for creating the Snippet Sensations technique. Cindy has taught for shows and guilds all over the world including several AQS events, International Quilt Festival, New Zealand National Quilt Symposium, Berlin Patchwork, Quilt Yokohama, and Road to California, to name a few. In addition to co-hosting the Quilt Central televison show for PBS (which was taped in Paducah) and hosting Quilters TV, she has also been a guest on numerous other television shows.

Cindy lives in Hawaii with her husband and considers herself lucky that one of her passions is also her career. Find more at www.cindywalter.com.

To view Cindy’s classes CLICK HERE

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VICKI MCCARTY | Fall Paducah 2017 Instructor vicki-mccartyVicki 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 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, and she recently authored a pattern article in American Quilter magazine. Enjoy Vicki’s designs at www.calicopatch.net.

To view Vicki’s classes CLICK HERE

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