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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Debbie Wendt

Debbie Wendt

Spring Paducah 2019

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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Brenda Lyseng

Daytona Beach 2019 Brenda Lyseng

Brenda has been sewing since she was a little girl. As her life has progressed, quilting has become a larger part of it. She was the Show Director for Minnesota Quilters, and has traveled to quilt shows with Cherrywood Fabrics for many years, providing excellent customer service. Brenda is the sister of Karla Overland, owner of Cherrywood.

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 30 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. See more at cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com.


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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Jill Finley

Jill Finley

Spring Paducah 2019 victoria-findlay-wolfeJill Finley is the owner and designer behind Jillily Studio. She has been designing quilt patterns for over 15 years and currently designs and sells fabric, patterns, kits, and notions. Her quilt designs show off her fresh style using high-contrast fabrics and usually include a bit of appliqué to soften and finish each design. Jillily Studio produces the popular notions Appli-Glue and Poke-A-Dots, along with numerous kits and patterns. Jill is also the author of the quilting books Home Sweet Quilt and Stitched Together. Jill’s designs have been featured in several magazines, including American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilter’s Home, and McCall’s Quilting. Jill stays busy traveling and teaching about her quilt designs and appliqué methods, but also finds the time to design fabric with Penny Rose Fabrics, part of Riley Blake Designs. Creating fabric collections for quilting has been one of Jill’s favorite projects. Jill loves spending time with her family, eating, reading, gardening, sewing, cooking, and learning. She and her husband Randy live in Herriman, Utah, and have seven children and eleven grandchildren.

Find out more at jillilystudio.com.

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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Lancaster 2019 victoria-findlay-wolfeWith a background in fine arts studies, Victoria Findlay Wolfe isn’t happy unless she is making something. She always knew she’d become some kind of artist, and then one day, to her surprise, quilts became her greatest passion.

Based in New York City, Victoria is an award-winning international quilter and the author of three books, 15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts, Double Wedding Ring Quilts: Traditions Made Modern, and Modern Quilt Magic: 5 Parlor Tricks to Expand Your Piecing Skills. She enjoys teaching and exhibiting both nationally and internationally, as well as designing for Marcus Fabrics, Sizzix, and Aurifil. She is a proud JUKI USA Ambassador.

Victoria is active behind the scenes with Quilt Alliance, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, and her own community-based quilt drives. Find her at vfwquilts.com.
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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Staci Michell

Stacy Michell

Spring Paducah 2019 Stacy MichellIn 1986, Stacy Michell started a business venture called Shades Textiles, featuring hand-dyed fabrics. Within her first couple of years in business, Stacy was traveling to 18 quilt shows a year! You may have met her in Paducah; she has been a vendor there since the second year of that show. In 1998, Stacy made her first trip to Tokyo.

Inspired by the Hawaiian-style quilts made by her Japanese customers, Stacy decided to reinvent the Hawaiian quilt for machine appliqué. After perfecting this technique, she created designs for die-cutting the blocks. She even started dying cloth especially for this kind of design. As a quilting teacher, she will challenge your skills, expand your techniques, and entertain you with stories. She travels with a great teacher’s supply kit, so her supply list is short, maximizing the value of class time. See her shop at shadestextiles.co.

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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Ruth Ann Berry

Ruth Ann Berry

Spring Paducah 2019 ruth-ann-berryRuth Ann Berry owned and operated a small-town pharmacy for many years before converting her store into a quilt shop, The Quilter’s Clinic. She enjoys writing quilt books and designing “Fabric Therapy” patterns representing a variety of styles and techniques. A renowned “Bargello master,” Ruth Ann loves to experiment with color and geometry to create exquisite quilts.

Ruth Ann’s focus is on composing quilt patterns designed to create the impression of motion and depth, especially Bargello and other 3D or geometric styles. She enjoys traveling to teach and exhibit at quilting events throughout the country. Learn more at quiltersclinic.com.

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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Jessica VanDenburgh

Jessica VanDenburgh

Spring Paducah 2019

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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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Joyce Teng

Joyce Teng

Spring Paducah 2019 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 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 to “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 teacherstamp.com.

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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor

Spring Paducah 2019 Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor is a fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs and the founder of PatternJam.com. Her collage quilt patterns feature bright colors and dynamic designs in a way that creates a beautiful painted look.

She loves being part of the creative fabric and quilting community and is excited to share her tips and designs with students around the country. Find out more at emilytaylordesign.com.

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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Pamela Pandolfi

Pamela Pandolfi

Spring Paducah 2019 Pamela Pandolfi

As a part of a multigenerational family of crafters — and as 16-year proprietor of an alterations/costume design business — it wasn’t until participating in her first quilting retreat 11 years ago that Pamela recognized quilting as her passion and personal avenue of artistic creativity. To this day, even after winning many awards at various quilt shows, Pamela is focusing on learning all she can and expanding her craft.

As a quilt painter, Pamela draws inspiration from scenic photographs, iconic buildings, and loved ones. She enjoys experimenting with new techniques and sharing her successes with quilters like her. Learn more at pamelapandolfi.com.

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