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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Pat Yamin

Pat Yamin

Lancaster 2019

Innovative quilt artist Pat Yamin, president and founder of Come Quilt with Me, is well-known in the quilting industry. For more than 40 years, Pat has been designing quilt patterns and templates, making quilts, judging, leading seminars, writing quilt books, and teaching. Pat’s love for old textiles and traditional patterns is a driving force behind her creativity. Her company manufactures templates and other tools that ensure accuracy and shorten the time necessary to make a quilt. Her new book, Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles – Quilts!, was released in April 2018. In addition to designing, teaching, traveling, and vending at quilt shows, Pat also organizes and runs quilting retreats throughout the United States. She loves sharing her knowledge at shows, shops, and guilds around the country. Find out more at comequiltwithme.com.
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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Deb Tucker

Deb Tucker

Lancaster 2019

Deb has been an avid quiltmaker since 1981 and describes herself as a “machine piecing efficiency expert.” She has developed numerous streamlined construction techniques and tools to ensure high-quality success for all levels of quilters. Her patented tools – Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star and Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star – as well as her fundamental line of rulers (Tucker Trimmer, Wing Clipper, Square Squared, V Block Trimmer, Corner Beam Ruler, and others) are sold nationally and internationally. As a designer, Deb has developed many patterns, books, online video tutorials, and additional products to guide quilters in their machine piecing processes. In 2008, not only did Deb launch her company, Studio 180 Design, she was also nominated for Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilter Magazine. Her business now has five full-time employees and 80+ Certified Instructors (trained individuals who are available to teach and lecture all across this country and abroad). When not traveling, Deb, her husband Jeff, and their crew of “cat helpers” live in beautiful central North Carolina. Learn more at deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com.
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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Deborah Gale Tirico

Deborah Gale Tirico

Lancaster 2019 Instructor

Deborah is an avid needle artist, designer, instructor, and author. She has studied appliqué with national and international teachers and continues to study historical appliqué quilts and coverlets. Her areas of specialization are the creation of a sculptural look to felted wool appliqué by using needle tilting techniques and the layering and stuffing of wool pieces. Deborah’s designs feature matching and overdyed wool threads, as well as embroidery embellishments which enhance and define the clarity of her subjects. She is an active member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, the National Embroidery Teacher’s Association, and the Pennsylvania Quilters and Loudoun Sampler quilt guilds. Deborah’s first book, Gorgeous Wool Appliqué: A Visual Guide to Adding Dimension and Unique Embroidery was released in October 2015, and her second book, A New Dimension in Wool Appliqué – Baltimore Album Style, which translates traditional Baltimore Album blocks into her own felted wool style, was released in December 2016. Look for her third book, which will be released this year. Examples of Deborah’s work can be found on her website at deborahtirico.com.
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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Karen K. Stone

Karen K. Stone

Lancaster 2019
Innovation 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 CLAM SESSION quilt 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 in hand-stitching binding onto a newly quilted piece, with the possible exception of students returning to report 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. See her at karenkstone.com.
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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Bethanne Nemesh

Bethanne Nemesh

Lancaster 2019

Bethanne is a classically trained artist and self-taught quilter. She runs a successful longarm quilting business where she focuses on meeting her clients’ budgets while providing them with unique customized quilting. Bethanne creates a number of art quilts for show each year, quilted with elaborately detailed natural scenery in a style she calls “pictographic quilting.” These quilts feature high-end detail work, including her signature hand-beaded piping. Bethanne’s quilts have won many major national awards at every major quilt show, including numerous Best of Show and Best Longarm Machine Quilting awards, and she was honored by being named Master Quilter by the National Quilting Association in 2015. Additionally, Bethanne has published numerous books teaching a variety of free-motion quilting techniques. To see all of Bethanne’s quilts, books, awards, and publications, visit her website at whitearborquilting.com.
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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Paula Nadelstern

Paula Nadelstern

Lancaster 2019

The word “kaleidoscope” promises surprise, magic, change, and chance, and Paula Nadelstern infuses that promise into every quilt she makes. Paula harmoniously integrates the idea of a kaleidoscope with the techniques and materials of quiltmaking, and she has achieved international recognition for her innovative and complex kaleidoscope-inspired designs. Honored in The Twentieth Century’s Best American Quilts, her designs have inspired products including the vast carpet in the Hilton Americas hotel in Houston, Texas. Her work has also been showcased in the American Folk Art Museum’s first one-person exhibition highlighting the work of a contemporary quilt artist (2009).

In addition to numerous awards, Paula was a recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is a 2018 recipient of a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) from The Bronx Council on the Arts. Her books include Kaleidoscopes & Quilts; Snowflakes & Quilts; Puzzle Quilts: Simple Blocks, Complex Fabric; Kaleidoscope Quilts: An Artist’s Journey Continues; Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Workbook; and Fantastical Designs, a coloring book with selections from her fabric collections designed exclusively for Benartex, Inc. Paula makes quilts on the same block in the Bronx where she grew up, thus bringing quilting, with its traditional, rural origins, into a complex urban space. Visit her website at paulanadelstern.com.
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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Michelle Renee Hiatt

Michelle Renee Hiatt

Lancaster 2019

Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning quilter, designer, and national instructor. Michelle has been sewing since before she can remember, and she fell in love with quilting over 20 years ago.

Michelle Renee is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB) and she teaches throughout the U.S. at national quilt shows and retreats. As an instructor, Michelle Renee applies her process improvement techniques as she teaches, showing others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making.

Michelle Renee is the designer for her own pattern line, Sew On The Go, and her designs have been featured in several international quilting magazines. Additionally, she is a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and many of her patterns have been published in their Modern 180 pattern line. Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm, and encouragement! Learn more at sewonthego.net.
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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Charlotte Angotti

Charlotte Angotti

Lancaster 2019

While shopping with her mother in 1977, Charlotte Angotti wandered into a quilt shop that changed her life. Educated in fine arts, speech, and drama, she brings a variety of talents to her classes in a most humorous way as her love affair with fabric meets simple ideas and patterns. Charlotte has been teaching quiltmaking since 1978, and she has enjoyed a national/international teaching career since 1991. It has been said many times that if you hear laughter coming from a room, there is a good chance Charlotte is in there. Charlotte is known for her humor, her way with color and fabric, her precut kits, and a book, Surprise Yourself! She believes her hobby is quiltmaking and her job is teaching others to enjoy it as much as she does. Visit her website at quiltmakersstudio.com.

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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Sue Reich

Sue Reich

Lancaster 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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Lancaster 2019 Instructor | Ann Holte

Ann Holte

Lancaster 2019

Ann has been quilting since 1975, when she thought everything had to be pieced and quilted by hand to be a “real quilt.” Since then, she has learned that real quilts are sewn in as many ways as there are quilters. She is particularly interested in working with vintage quilts to translate and interpret their designs by using modern methods and techniques. Ann started teaching in the 1980s and, along with her husband, opened a quilt shop in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1997. Now living in the Hershey area, she is involved with four quilt guilds, two of which she started, and meets regularly with an antique quilt study group in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She teaches quilting workshops; delivers lectures at quilt guilds, historical societies, and national retreats and shows; designs patterns and quilting templates; and writes about quilting. Find out more at annholtequilting.com.
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