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Frieda Anderson | Des Moines 2017 Instructor frieda-andersonBERNINA Ambassador Frieda Anderson has been making quilts for over 40 years. Her original quilts are inspired by colors from nature and the everyday scenery that surrounds her Midwest landscape.

After discovering the art of hand dyeing fabric 20 years ago, Frieda now works almost exclusively with her own hand-dyed cottons and silks in fused and pieced quilt creations. She loves the dye process and particularly enjoys seeing the colors emerge from the wet fabric. Frieda has been designing and making original quilts since she made her first quilt in high school, and she enjoys the challenge of every step of quiltmaking from beginning to end. Daily walks in the woods with her dog are her inspiration for the hand-dyed fabric and original patterns found on her website at friestyle.com.

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Marlene Oddie | Des Moines 2017 Instructor marlene-oddie

Marlene Oddie’s designs have won ribbons locally, regionally, and internationally and have been selected for various publications. She writes regularly for the Country Register and was a finalist in McCall’s Quilt Design Star 2011. An Electric Quilt Artist and Island Batik Ambassador, she blogs with designing and quilting tutorials at kissedquilts.blogspot.com and teaches wherever there is an interest. In 2013, she opened a quilting studio in Grand Coulee, Washington. Given Marlene’s background as an industrial and systems engineer and a project manager in aerospace and financial services, her designs often come from engineering perspectives. She loves turning ideas into reality, especially a quilted item that can be cherished for years. Find out more at kissedquilts.com.

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Patt Blair | Des Moines 2017 Instructor patt-blair

Patt Blair is an oil painter and watercolorist turned art quilter and fabric painter. The cycle is complete. “I’m a happy girl!”’ she says, because in art quilting, almost anything goes.

Patt has been teaching since 2004 when she won the Sulky Challenge Grand Prize for her ink and thread painted piece, First Call. In November 2012, IQA Houston awarded Patt’s piece My Gentle Giant – Ben with the Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry. Patt’s art quilts are more like contemporary tapestries than quilts, largely affected by her extensive use of thread which she refers to as linear paint. She has studied with numerous national/international level artists including the renowned watercolorist Robert E. Wood. She has gone on to teach, be published, compete, and win nationally and internationally. Patt’s teaching goal is for you to feel proud when class is done! See her quilts at pattsart.com.

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Edyta Sitar | Des Moines 2017 Instructor edyta-sitar

Quilting has enabled Edyta Sitar to express herself. Her designs are the avenue to release her artistic passion! The combination of inspiration from nature, a love for fabric, a keen eye for color, and her family’s teachings blended into the recipe for Edyta’s flourishing talent. She designs quilts and quilting patterns for Laundry Basket Quilts, beautiful print and batik fabrics for MODA, and stunning threads for Aurifil.

Edyta has published books and has been featured in magazines internationally. Her quilts have been honored with many awards. As the founder and owner of Laundry Basket Quilts, Edyta is proud to carry on the family traditions that fabrics and threads have seamlessly stitched together through the generations. Her true passion and quilter’s spirit shine through her classes, workshops, and presentations. She travels all over the world sharing her experiences and connecting with quilters of all levels, inspiring them with stories about the quilts she makes. See the beauty at laundrybasketquilts.com.

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Ann Van Thomme | Des Moines 2017 Instructor ann-van-thomme

Ann grew up reading under her mom’s hand quilting frame. After she graduated from college and her friends were starting families, she began making baby quilts as gifts. It was several years before she actually made a quilt to keep! Now Ann has opened Off the Rails Quilting in Bondurant, Iowa, with her friend Jenny. She and her husband have two young boys that love spending time in Mom’s quilt room. Find out more at offtherailsquilting.com.

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David Taylor | Des Moines 2017 Instructor david-taylor

David Taylor’s love of fabric began when he was a child digging through his mother’s sewing trash bin, creating costumes, clothing, and “crafty things” on her 1967 Sears Kenmore sewing machine. But he wondered in those early days why anyone would want to cut up beautiful fabric.

Since then, artistic expression in David’s life has taken many forms, including a career as a graphic artist. With every quilt, his evolution from graphic artist to world-renowned quilter shows heart, passion, story, and the incredible ability to cut up beautiful fabrics and turn them into works of art.

David’s many awards include the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry at the International Quilt Festival (2006, 2014); the Brother Machine Workmanship Award for Wall Quilts at the American Quilter’s Society Paducah Annual Quilt Show (2007); a two-time Best of Show winner at the IQA Spring Festival Chicago (2007, 2008); and Best MidArm/LongArm Quilting Award at Quilt Colorado (2014). David’s art quilts hang in numerous private collections worldwide. He is a passionate ambassador for Handi Quilter’s Sweet Sixteen quilting machine. See his quilts at davidtaylorquilts.com.

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Ann P. Shaw | Des Moines 2017 Instructor ann-shaw

Ann P. Shaw is a talented quiltmaker and a nationally recognized quilt teacher, specializing in pieced art quilts based on methods developed by Ruth McDowell. Ann’s pictorial quilts are vibrant and playful. She also creates modern/abstract quilts that feature asymmetrical blocks of her own design.

Following her longtime passion for quilting, Ann founded Ann Shaw Quilting where she sells a line of patterns, Ann Shaw Quilting Designs. Ann teaches for guilds, shops, and quilt retreats throughout the United States and Canada. She is the organizer of the Historic Deerfield Quilt Seminars and a co-founder of Cascadia Quilt Workshops. Visit her website, annshawquilting.com.

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Carolyn Forster | Des Moines 2017 Instructor carolyn-forster

Carolyn Forster studied textiles at Bath, United Kingdom, where she obtained her teaching degree. She also has a City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting. She teaches widely and has been featured in various British and International quilting magazines. After self publishing her first book, Quilting-on-the-Go, based on her very popular classes, Carolyn has published other patchwork and quilting books in the US and UK. She teaches widely throughout the UK and in Spain and the US.

Carolyn continues to be a popular teacher, as inspired by her students as they are by her. See her quilts and more at carolynforster.co.uk.

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Joyce Teng | Des Moines 2017 Instructor joyce-teng

Joyce 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 teacherstamp.com

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Jamie Wallen | Des Moines 2017 Instructor jamie-wallen

After a longarm purchase in the late nineties, quilter, artist, and teacher Jaime Wallen began to develop his own unique style of quilting. He teaches his signature workshops and classes, the Mystical Quilting series and Threadfusion. Jamie enjoys sharing his knowledge of quilting and his YouTube channel has become a hit. He continues to teach nationally and internationally. He won the 2012 Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year Award. Home base for Jamie is Michigan City, Indiana, where he is filming instructional DVD’s, hand dyeing, quilting, and teaching workshops. Read more at jamiewallen.com.

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