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PAM BEAL | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor pam_bealPlaying the French horn was Pam Beal’s initial path to art. The ability to develop original pieces and improvise on tradition is a freedom that arose with needle art. Pam learned to be adventurous through art quilts; abstract design excites her imagination. Using needle and thread to piece cloth and hold layers of fiber together has been practiced through the ages, and she is proud to contribute to the preservation of an ancient skill. She finds pleasure in quilting by hand using an old-fashioned floor frame. The hand quilting develops design and texture on the surface of the work and directly reveals the hand of the artist in the art.

Pam has exhibited hand quilted art quilts since 2009, and she has received several awards for her work. Her quilts have been published in two of Gwen Marston’s books, Liberated Medallion Quilts (2012) and Minimal Quiltmaking (2014). Inspiration for Pam’s quilts comes from music, nature, study, life experiences, and concerns. Her workshops promote each student’s independence and discovery in a comfortable atmosphere for adventurous beginning-to-advanced quilters. See her quilts and learn more at http://pambealartquilts.blogspot.com.

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JOYCE TENG  | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor joyce-tengJoyce Teng started her career as a pharmacist, but she always dreamed of being an artist. Over the past 30 years, she has worked in a variety of mixed media arts including rubber stamping and paper crafts. Since retirement, Joyce has created an outlet through which she can share her enthusiasm and passion with fellow fiber artists. Her company, TSC Designs, carries its own line of fun and sophisticated stencils and carries a wide range of innovative products that quilters and sewists can use to customize their fabrics. Joyce also distributes Tsukineko inks and has developed many easy-to-master techniques that have helped thousands of creative minds “color their world”!

Not only does Joyce love teaching students in her hands-on workshops, she is also busy planning new products, creating instructional workbooks, and developing her DVD series. See more at www.teacherstamp.com.

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JACQUELYN MORRIS-SMITH  | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor jacquelyn-morris-smithJacquelyn is also known as The Stitchin’ RN. She has been sewing since she was a very young girl and found her true passion in the world of quilting. She learned the hard way: by making lots of mistakes and stitching uneven seams that made wonky and uneven blocks. She forced the blocks together, and still she progressed.

Jacquelyn loves to teach others; after all, since she has made all the mistakes, her students won’t have to. The Stitchin’ RN wants to let her students learn a technique and find their way out of “oops” moments. There is nothing that can’t be fixed, and she likes to see her students having a stress-free, fun-filled time, finishing with a positive experience. An RN by profession, Jacquelyn is now a Certified Sulky Teacher and a Certified Zentangle Teacher. In business along with her daughter, she shares her love of travel as the program director for Quilt Retreats at Sea. Find out more at www.thestitchinrn.com and www.quiltretreatsatsea.com.

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Des Moines 2017 | Instructors

DES MOINES 2017 | Instructors

October 4–7, 2017 • Wed.–Fri., 9am–6pm, Sat., 9am–4pm
Iowa Events Center • 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Fall Paducah 2017 Instructor List

FALL PADUCAH 2017 | Instructors

September 13-16, 2017 • Wed.–Fri., 9am–6pm, Sat., 9am–4pm
Schroeder Expo • 415 Park Avenue, Paducah, KY 42001

Grand Rapids 2017 Instructors

GRAND RAPIDS 2017 | Instructors

August 16-19, 2017 • Wed.–Fri., 9am–6pm, Sat., 9am–4pm
DeVos Place Convention Center • 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


AQS Member registration opens May 16, 2017