Vicki McCarty | Lancaster 2018 Instructor Vicki learned to quilt from her grandmother over 40 years ago in the foothills of Appalachia. Later, teaching quilting for community education led to opening the Calico Patch Quilt Shop. Vicki has owned and operated a full service quilt shop and BERNINA dealership for over 15 years. Vicki enjoys mixing cottons with wool applique and her passion for quilt design has inspired many published patterns available through national distributors. Enjoy her designs at calicopatch.net.
GYLEEN FITZGERLAD | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor Gyleen Fitzgerald makes quilts that blend color, pattern, and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops.
An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned best of show honors. She is also a prolific writer, with published books of Haiku poetry, quilt project books, magazine articles, and children’s books. As a writer-publisher, she is a Gold Medal winner for Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings (2008). She is best known for the inspiring Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts (2010) and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen. Her book Polygon Affair…So Easy You’ll Fall in Love (2014) explores her fascination with polygons, made easier with her polygon tools. Gyleen has appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims and Lifetime TV. See more at www.colourfulstitches.com.
SALLY MANKE | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor Fiber art was Sally Manke’s passion long before it was called fiber art. Retired from teaching home economics and art at the high school level for 25 years, she designs original art quilts with a wide variety of techniques using artistic expression and precise technical quilting skills. As a national-award-winning quilter, Sally teaches at quilt shops, guilds, and art centers in addition to maintaining an Etsy shop. Although she enjoys crafting traditional quilts, her perfect day is one spent in her home studio with fabric spread far and wide, creating confetti art. Each confetti quilt has thousands and thousands of tiny bits of batik fabric “painted” on batting and backing. From her home in Arcadia, Michigan, she visits coastlines, trails, and farmlands during all four seasons for inspiration to create these fiber art quilts.
BONNIE LANGENFELD | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor Award-winning fiber artist Bonnie Langenfeld uses thread painting and raw-edge appliqué techniques to create realistic fabric pictures. Her subjects are primarily landscapes, but she often includes people and animals among her subjects. She never adds paint or marker to her pieces but carefully chooses tiny parts of commercial fabrics, glues or fuses them together, and adds dozens of colors of machine-stitched threads to create depth, accentuate details, and make her work come to life. Bonnie’s professional history includes numerous art shows, awards, and membership in galleries in Florida and Minnesota. Her proudest accomplishments, and the ones that are the most fun, are teaching her techniques to adults and children. She focuses on the elements of art so that students can use those skills in other pieces. “Everyone will be successful!” is her motto. Please take a look at some of her recent work at www.landscapesinfabric.com.
TOBY LISCHKO | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor Toby Lischko’s philosophy is “quilting should be fun, not hard.” Toby has been quilting since 1985 and teaching quilting classes/workshops since 1995. She considers herself a traditional quilter who loves working with traditional quilt blocks, but adds her own special flair to the designs. She has won many national awards for her quilts including the 1st Entry in an AQS Contest award sponsored by YLI for CELESTIAL CROWNS in Paducah in 2005. Toby designs patterns and templates under the name of Gateway Quilts & Stuff, Inc. The focus of her business is to inspire others with her love of quilting through teaching. She also does commissioned work for many of the major fabric companies and has been published in most of the national quilt magazines. Her background in special education has helped make her an excellent quilting teacher. See more at www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com.
LINDA THIELFOLDT | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor Linda Thielfoldt—an award winning quilter and owner of The Quilted Goose in Troy, Michigan—has been quilting for over 40 years. She loves to share quilting knowledge as a teacher of quiltmaking and machine quilting for over 25 years. Linda’s classes are taught in a no-rules, fun, and lively style that provides inspiration and new ideas.
Linda teaches at major shows and guilds and specializes in fearless quilting. She offers a wide variety of classes including quilting, piecing, appliqué, and everything in between. In addition to designing quilts and machine quilting patterns, Linda is a writer of all things quilting, and her articles have appeared in many top quilting and sewing magazines. She has appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims and is the author of On My Way to Baltimore (2016). Find out more at www.thequiltedgoose.com.
PHYLLIS CULLEN | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor
Intent on using both her right and left brain, Phyllis pursued parallel careers in medicine and art. The MD part was a lot of work, and practicing medicine (she loved her patients but hated the paperwork) took a lot of time and energy. Although the art lessons were sporadic and somewhat haphazard, she managed to learn to draw, paint, and sculpt, and then discovered fibers and fabrics, which satisfied her visual and tactile cravings. For the last 30 years, Phyllis has happily explored the possibilities of the quilt as art.
In addition to teaching quilting all over the world—from Hawaii to Israel and from northern Wisconsin to Southern Chile—Phyllis has also explored the globe in her travels as a pro bono medical volunteer on over 40 trips to various third-world countries, giving her plenty of fodder for prize-winning art. Phyllis has shown and sold pieces around the world. Check out her designs and learn more at www.phylliscullenartstudio.com.
KAREN MARCHETTI | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor Karen Marchetti pieced her first quilt top in 2003. Shortly thereafter, longarm quilting became her true passion. Bringing her artistic background to her work, she developed her own unique style of custom quilting. Karen loves creating and designing her own quilts, and she competes as much as possible. She loves everything creative; she has always loved drawing and painting, so when she’s not stitching you can usually find her doodling away! Karen has won numerous national awards for both personal quilts and client quilts. She quilts samples for Quiltworx by Judy Niemeyer, Jinny Beyer Studio, and RJR Fabrics, just to name a few.
When Karen isn’t quilting for clients or creating her own competition pieces, she travels with Gammill Quilting Systems as a Quilting Artist, demonstrating the amazingness of machine quilting. Her work has been seen in several publications and in multiple Gammill ads. She recently appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, and holds special events on The Quilt Show’s website. Karen brings a fresh, open approach to teaching by encouraging quilters to use their passion to create and increase their skills gently while enjoying their creations along the way. See her beautiful quilts at www.creativelongarmquilting.com.
KATHY MCNEIL | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor Kathy McNeil is an international-award-winning quilt artist, judge, teacher, and designer. Hand appliquéing thousands of little scraps of fabric together, she creates quilts that look like paintings. Often using over a hundred different fabrics in one composition, Kathy revels in adding small details and surprises for the viewer to find. The quilting itself adds an additional element of texture to her work.
Kathy is the designer of patterns including Audubon’s Christmas, Language of Flowers, and New Blessings, all available through ShopAQS.com. She is the author of Landscape Quilts with Kathy McNeil (2015) and the Multiple Ways to Appliqué DVD, and she is an iquilt.com instructor. Kathy’s quilts have been featured in museums, magazines, calendars, and international shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections. Kathy also loves to travel as an instructor with Quilt Seminars at Sea. See more at www.kathymcneilquilts.com.
JUDITH BAKER MONTANO | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor Judith Baker Montano is a world-renowned Canadian fiber artist, author, and teacher who is comfortable in many mediums. She grew up on the historic Bar U ranch in the beautiful foothills of Alberta, Canada, and her love of fabrics and embellishments reflects her heritage. Experimenting with materials and her sewing machine, Judith created the Montano Center Piece Method, a copyrighted machine method of crazy quilting, which led to teaching classes and the publication of her first book on crazy quilting. She has since become one of the most recognized names in the field of needlework. An authority on crazy quilts and silk ribbon embroidery, Judith stays on the road much of the year teaching and lecturing.
Judith is honored to have been a spokesperson and endorser for both Kanagawa Silk Company of Tokyo, Japan and WFR Ribbon, USA distributors for Mokuba Ribbon of Tokyo, Japan. Her works of art, including her award-winning soft jewelry and art garments, have been featured in countless magazine articles, television shows, and exhibitions. Judith offers exclusive seminars in her private studio in beautiful La Veta, Colorado. Find out more at www.judithbakermontano.com.