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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Judi Madsen

Judi Madsen

Spring Paducah 2019

Award-winning quilter Judi Madsen grew up in a family of 11 children, with a mother who loved quilting as much as Judi does today. She now has four kids of her own and a husband who shares her love of fabric. Judi enjoys sharing her love for all things quilty in her role as a teacher, but when she isn’t teaching, she stays busy running an online business, as well as quilting for customers on her A-1 longarm.

Judi delights in turning simple quilts into masterpieces with incredible heavy custom quilting; she teaches her techniques in her two books, Quilting Wide Open Spaces and Secondary Designs, both published by AQS. She is thrilled to be a part of the quilting world and is happy to meet so many wonderful people across the globe who share her love of quilting. You can see her quilts on her blog, greenfairyquilts.blogspot.com, and her many quilting designs and patterns on her website, judimadsen.com.

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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Marjan Kluepfel

Marjan Kluepfel

Spring Paducah 2019

Marjan was born in the Netherlands. After living in Florida, Hawaii, Australia, and South Carolina, she now makes her home in Davis, CA. Her work has been juried into many shows, and she teaches her fabric art both nationally and internationally. Marjan’s designs are mostly organic, influenced by her love of nature and all its wonders. She strives to create unique pieces and have lots of fun during the process. Now her goal is to bring the wonders of fabric art to students around the world! Find out more at marjankluepfel.com.

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Cecília & Mercè Gonzalez | Spring Paducah 2019 Instructors

Sisters Cecília and Mercè of Spain began silk painting 20 years ago as a hobby. In 2006, their mother asked them to paint something for a special project she had in mind, and the results were so lovely that it inspired them to paint silk for patchwork. They’ve been hooked on fiber art ever since!

Silk painting and patchwork offer tools that blend well and allow Cecília and Mercè to express themselves artistically. They love meeting quilters around the world, and they take pride in helping their students discover the confidence to work with silk. Cecília and Mercè believe that the amazing properties of painted silk will open students’ eyes to the magic of working with this beautiful fabric. Learn more at desedamas.com.

Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Gyleen Fitzgerald

Gyleen Fitzgerald

Spring Paducah 2019

Gyleen Fitzgerald was born in Philadelphia, PA, but grew up in Taiwan and Japan and now calls Maryland her home. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University.

Gyleen’s quilts blend color, pattern, and texture to add a contemporary essence to traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. Her written works include quilt project books and how-to videos, magazine articles, haiku poetry, and children’s books.

An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned Best of Show honors, and as an author/publisher, she is a Gold Medal winner for three of her last publications. She is best known for inspiring Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen. Learn more at colourfulstitches.com.

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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Kimberly Einmo

Kimberly Einmo

Spring Paducah 2019

Kimberly Einmo is the National Spokesperson for Janome America, an author, an award-winning quilter, a fabric designer, an international instructor, a quilt judge, and host of five popular classes on CRAFTSY/Bluprint. She has written six best-selling books published by the American Quilter’s Society, has created a signature line of unique, specialty quilting rulers’, and writes a column called “Stray Threads” in every issue of American Quilter Magazine. Kimberly is proud to be a featured artist for the Electric Quilt Company, where she has developed three EQ companion software products. Her debut basics fabric collection, Solid-ish, is a bestseller for Timeless Treasures Fabrics, and she enjoys teaching on quilting cruises to exotic locales around the globe.

A proud military wife and mother of two college-age sons, Kimberly recently relocated to Southern California with her husband Kent, three rescue cats, and one pampered pooch, where she enjoys creating in her sunny South Bay area studio. Learn more at kimberlyeinmo.com.

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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Esterita Austin

Esterita Austin

Spring Paducah 2019
Internationally award-winning quiltmaker, designer, and teacher Esterita Austin is known for her portraiture and stone ruins series as well as for her innovative monoprinting techniques. Her work has been published in numerous periodicals and books and has been shown in dozens of shows and exhibitions.

One of her international venues is a yearly workshop held in the hills of Tuscany, Italy. Besides art quilting, painting, and gourmet cooking classes, this retreat also includes tours to Siena and Florence. In her classes, Esterita focuses on the use of value to create depth on the quilt surface by enhancing with textile paints. The use of textural and dimensional imagery has given Esterita’s work a unique style. She brings creative energy to her workshops, stimulating the imagination and invigorating the soul. See her gallery at esteritaaustin.com.

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Daytona Beach 2019 Instructor | Jessica VanDenburgh

Jessica VanDenburgh

Daytona Beach 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 | Lisa H. Calle

Lisa H. Calle

Spring Paducah 2019

Lisa H. Calle has long been interested in the fabric industry. She holds an undergraduate degree in Textile Management and Marketing and fell in love with quilting in 1997. Lisa discovered longarm quilting in 2004; under the business name Stone House Quilting, she established herself as a professional longarm quilter. Lisa developed the Quilter’s Groove® line of rulers and is an AQS author as well as an iquilt instructor.

Lisa’s award-winning original designs have opened the door to teaching opportunities so that others can learn from her art and design skills. She believes that the friendships she has made along the way are just as priceless as the quilts she creates. Find her website at lisahcalle.com.

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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Lisa H. Calle

Lisa H. Calle

Lancaster 2019

Lisa H. Calle has long been interested in the fabric industry. She holds an undergraduate degree in Textile Management and Marketing and fell in love with quilting in 1997. Lisa discovered longarm quilting in 2004; under the business name Stone House Quilting, she established herself as a professional longarm quilter. Lisa developed the Quilter’s Groove® line of rulers and is an AQS author as well as an iquilt instructor.

Lisa’s award-winning original designs have opened the door to teaching opportunities so that others can learn from her art and design skills. She believes that the friendships she has made along the way are just as priceless as the quilts she creates. Find her website at lisahcalle.com.
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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Sue Reich

Sue Reich

Spring Paducah 2019 Sue Reich

Sue Reich became interested in the study of quilt history with the Connecticut Quilt Search Project in 1991. A quiltmaker since childhood, she lectures widely on many aspects of quilt history and is an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser. Sue has authored several books, including Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting, World War I Quilts, and World War II Quilts.

She has been guest curator at the New England Quilt Museum, The National Quilt Museum, the Huntsville Art Museum, and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, and has lectured at premier institutions around the world, including the Quilters Hall of Fame, the Women’s Creativity Conference at Quinnipiac University, and the International Quilt Study Center. Now president of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, Sue is excited to travel to each AQS show to share the Quilts of Valor story with quilters from all over the globe. Learn more at coveringquilthistory.com.

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