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PAT and ARLAN CHRIST | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor

Arlan and Pat Christ are dedicated to preserving the legacy of quilts from past generations by sharing the history that surrounds the art of quilting. Often working alongside Arlan at his tax accounting business, Pat can often be found in her sewing studio or tending to their country gardens. The Christs enjoy traveling to quilt shows and museums and are active in numerous quilt study groups, taking every opportunity to examine quilts. Retrieving knowledge to secure the heritage of antique quilts has become the prime objective of The Christ Collection.

The Christs have three publications representing quilts in their collection. Pennsylvania Quilt Treasures: The Art of the Needle (2009), America’s Appliquéd Quilts: A Treasured Pennsylvania Tradition (2010), and American Pride: Eagles & Stars (2014). They also published four appliqué patterns representing quilts in their collection including Autumn Cutwork, Pot of Flowers, American Pride, and Holiday Magic. Read more about the Christs and their collections at www.thechristcollections.com.

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SHEILA FRAMPTON-COOPER | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor sheila-frampton-cooperWhen award-winning artist Sheila Frampton Cooper creates, she revels in the spontaneous. Her freeform process with its surprising twists and turns takes her bold work to a place of unfiltered, unapologetic originality. Sheila’s strong-willed, artistic temperament began at an early age; she has been creating art since her earliest memories. When Sheila was a single, working mom, using painting as a creative outlet in the evenings, she had a life-changing moment. Disappointed with her work, she dipped the brush in paint and started throwing it around in a frenzy. Something magical happened: a whole scene flowed out on the canvas. That moment profoundly changed her.

After years of oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, jewelry making, and architectural photography, Sheila’s passionate leap to studio art quilts in 2010 came as a surprise. She found excitement in improvisational piecing, painting with thickened dyes, and various aspects of surface design. Whether it’s a butterfly on her windowsill, a bird in her garden, or the colors of a tropical fish, Sheila finds inspiration in the natural world as well as in a bustling metropolis. Often a featured artist, she has won awards at international quilt shows, curated and participated in major exhibits, been featured in a variety of quilting and fiber art publications, and appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. In the fall of 2016, her solo exhibit was shown at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Find out more about Sheila at www.zoombaby.com.

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LENI WIENER  | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor leni-wienerLeni Levenson Wiener’s work begins with the photographs she takes of unaware strangers caught in unremarkable, familiar moments in which background and environments are less important than expressive body language. Leni, an art quilter, author, and instructor living outside New York City, embarked on her art quilt journey in 2004. Thirteen years later, her work has been exhibited in many juried and invitational shows throughout the United States and internationally, and appears in numerous magazine articles as well as several compilation books of art quilts including Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits (2013) and The Best of Quilting Arts (2011).

Her work can best be described as fabric collage. Photo-realistic in nature, her themes focus mainly on the faces and body language of people caught in ordinary moments of their everyday lives. She has authored four books: Thread Painting (2007), Photo-Inspired Art Quilts (2009), 3-Fabric Quilts (2011) and Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook (2014). In addition, she provides several services via her website www.leniwiener.com, including assisting emerging artists as they find their voices, a service she calls “art quilt voice coaching.”

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SUSAN CLEVELAND | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor

susan-clevelandKnown for her enthusiasm and clever solutions to quilting’s challenges, Susan is thrilled to share more techniques than ever! She’s designed and created five AQS Paducah award-winning quilts, invented tools, authored and published several books, has been published in many quilting magazines, and has appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims twice—as well as other internet and television shows. Students enjoy seeing real quilts and learning from live demos. In the classroom, Susan uses a video camera and projector to show live, detailed demos throughout class. She enjoys teaching all the tricks to perfect Piping Hot Binding, marvelous miters, bold stitching with heavy threads, embellishment with prairie points, and quilting with panache. You’ll see her quilts at www.piecesbewithyou.com.

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PAM BEAL | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor pam_bealPlaying the French horn was Pam Beal’s initial path to art. The ability to develop original pieces and improvise on tradition is a freedom that arose with needle art. Pam learned to be adventurous through art quilts; abstract design excites her imagination. Using needle and thread to piece cloth and hold layers of fiber together has been practiced through the ages, and she is proud to contribute to the preservation of an ancient skill. She finds pleasure in quilting by hand using an old-fashioned floor frame. The hand quilting develops design and texture on the surface of the work and directly reveals the hand of the artist in the art.

Pam has exhibited hand quilted art quilts since 2009, and she has received several awards for her work. Her quilts have been published in two of Gwen Marston’s books, Liberated Medallion Quilts (2012) and Minimal Quiltmaking (2014). Inspiration for Pam’s quilts comes from music, nature, study, life experiences, and concerns. Her workshops promote each student’s independence and discovery in a comfortable atmosphere for adventurous beginning-to-advanced quilters. See her quilts and learn more at http://pambealartquilts.blogspot.com.

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JOYCE TENG  | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor 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 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 www.teacherstamp.com.

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JACQUELYN MORRIS-SMITH  | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor jacquelyn-morris-smithJacquelyn is also known as The Stitchin’ RN. She has been sewing since she was a very young girl and found her true passion in the world of quilting. She learned the hard way: by making lots of mistakes and stitching uneven seams that made wonky and uneven blocks. She forced the blocks together, and still she progressed.

Jacquelyn loves to teach others; after all, since she has made all the mistakes, her students won’t have to. The Stitchin’ RN wants to let her students learn a technique and find their way out of “oops” moments. There is nothing that can’t be fixed, and she likes to see her students having a stress-free, fun-filled time, finishing with a positive experience. An RN by profession, Jacquelyn is now a Certified Sulky Teacher and a Certified Zentangle Teacher. In business along with her daughter, she shares her love of travel as the program director for Quilt Retreats at Sea. Find out more at www.thestitchinrn.com and www.quiltretreatsatsea.com.

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Des Moines 2017 | Instructors

DES MOINES 2017 | Instructors

October 4–7, 2017 • Wed.–Fri., 9am–6pm, Sat., 9am–4pm
Iowa Events Center • 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Fall Paducah 2017 Instructor List

FALL PADUCAH 2017 | Instructors

September 13-16, 2017 • Wed.–Fri., 9am–6pm, Sat., 9am–4pm
Schroeder Expo • 415 Park Avenue, Paducah, KY 42001

Grand Rapids 2017 Instructors

GRAND RAPIDS 2017 | Instructors

August 16-19, 2017 • Wed.–Fri., 9am–6pm, Sat., 9am–4pm
DeVos Place Convention Center • 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


AQS Member registration opens May 16, 2017