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Wendy Butler Berns

Enthusiastic quilt teacher Wendy Butler Berns is an award-winning quilt artist and teacher who found her passion for quilting in 1993. She is recognized for her bold use of color, unusual fabrics, and unconventional techniques. Her quilts are inspired by a desire to capture the colorful yet changing world around her. Her work includes unabashed free-motion machine quilting, embellishing, and picture image machine appliqué in captivating original designs. Her passionate, energetic teaching style encourages and inspires students, especially those who are new to exploring “out of the box” quilting construction and design. There’s an artist within each quilter, and Wendy encourages no-fear, spontaneous, creative play.

Wendy’s work and articles appear in many quilt publications. Her book, Photo Album Quilts, features her picture image machine appliqué process. Wendy teaches online and at guilds, retreats, and conferences. She has appeared on The Quilt Show, Quilting Arts TV, and Sewing with Nancy Zieman. She is the 19th recipient of the Jewel Pearce Patterson Teacher’s Scholarship. In 2011, Wendy curated Out on a Limb, a traveling exhibition of her work along with quilts of her students. You can find out more about Wendy at www.wendybutlerberns.com.

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 a AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser. She co-authored Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut, and authored Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting; Quilting News of Yesteryear: Crazy as a Bed-Quilt; World War II Quilts; Quiltings, Frolicks, and Bees: 100 Years of Signature Quilts; and World War I Quilts.

Sue has been guest curator at the New England Quilt Museum, The National Quilt Museum, the Huntsville Art Museum, and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. She has lectured at the Quilter’s Hall of Fame; The Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; the Women’s Creativity Conference at Quinnipiac University; the International Quilt Study Centre; the New England Quilt Museum; the American Quilt Study Group; and quilt guilds across the U.S. Learn more at www.coveringquilthistory.com.

Nancy McNally

Nancy McNally has been quilting for more than 20 years, after being introduced to quilting by accident at a picnic watching several moms’ quilting show and tell. She loves to design her own quilts and create longarm quilting designs. She takes traditional blocks and jazzes them up! Nancy likes to keep the eye moving across the quilt, but at the same time allow the eye to find a favorite spot to rest and appreciate the colors.

Nancy is a national teacher of both piecing and longarm machine quilting. She has been published over 30 times in various quilting magazines and books plus three online instructional videos. See her website at www.nancymcnallyquilts.com.

Mary Sorensen

Mary Sorensen’s specialty, traditional fine hand appliqué from original patterns, is characterized by elegant, formal lines and the complex layering of small pieces, with an emphasis on using a myriad of fabrics to create visual texture and excitement. Real-time video demonstrations are projected to allow everyone in class to get a detailed look at each technique demonstrated, and allows more time for individual hands-on help.

Mary’s flawless appliqué technique and humorous, hands-on approach to teaching have motivated students to return to handwork with enthusiasm. Mary has taught and lectured at guilds and conferences throughout the United States and her work has appeared in a number of quilt publications. Mary is from Longwood, Florida, and has been making quilts since the 1970s. Her website is www.maryappliques.com.

Mary Smallegan

Mary Smallegan has pieced and quilted over 700 quilts using a domestic home sewing machine. She is a quilt shop owner and a quilter with an unrelenting passion for making wonderful creations out of fabric. She enjoys sharing her skills with many other quilters as she gives them the confidence to quilt their own quilts. “If you learn your basics well, your quilts will come out well,” Mary says. “Just strive for finished, not perfect. The more you do, the better you’ll get.”

Mark Sherman

Mark L. Sherman became a quilter in 2001 when he needed a Christmas tablecloth. After browsing in a big department store, Mark decided he could make his own tablecloth for less money. He went to Walmart and bought a sewing machine and some fabric. The Christmas tablecloth was a great success! While looking for more fabric, Mark went to his neighborhood quilt shop, realized the creative potential in quilting, and quickly became a quilter. In addition to making quilts, Mark dyes his own fabric and has developed many innovative techniques that he teaches to the quilting community. He teaches classes on machine trapunto and hand-dyed fabric, among others. Mark draws his inspiration from nature, color, and antique stained glass, and his innovative techniques are widely admired. He enjoys encouraging and serving as an inspiration for other quilters.

Mark is an international award-winning quilt artist whose lecture and workshop engagements keep him busy. His work has been featured in books and other publications. His quilt, Wisteria, is a part of The Permanent Founder’s Collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. Find out more about Mark’s work at www.remarkablequilts.com.

Linda J. Hahn

Sometimes described as animated and energetic, zumba fanatic Linda Hahn’s classes are always loaded with information and tons of fun. She calls them “empowering!” Linda enjoys taking complex looking projects and making them do-able for everyone. Linda designed the very first online mystery quilt for AQS called Block Buffet which was followed by Snake in the Grass in 2013. Another of Linda’s patterns, Maple Cabin, was featured in the AQS OnPoint Newsletter.

Linda is a multiple award-winning author of four books published by AQS, New York Beauty Diversified, New York Beauty Simplified, Rock That Quilt Block: Weathervane, and Rock That Quilt Block: Hourglass. Scheduled for July 2016 release is her newest book, Quilt Match Up: Cash vs. Stash. Her fellow New Jersey Quilters named her the New Jersey All Star at the New Jersey Quilt Convention in 2009. She was named the 2009 NQA Certified Teacher of the Year and is a BERNINA ambassador and an iquilt.com instructor. She was a guest on Quilting Arts Television (Series 1400). You’ll find her work in many of your favorite quilting magazines and at her website, www.froghollowdesigns.com

Kimberly Tetrev

Director of Publications and Executive Editor of American Quilter Kimberly Holland Tetrev holds a BA in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism—Print and Broadcast and an MA in Communication Theory, with doctoral work in Organizational Communication and a research emphasis in Leadership and Motivation. This published author and award-winning speaker is a motivational speaker and trainer for Fortune 500 companies.

Kimberly was on the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston. She also served as the University of Alabama Assistant Director of Sports Information. She is a nationally licensed soccer coach and former Director of Risk Management for the 5th largest soccer club in the US. Although fortunate to have such opportunities, she insists that her claim to fame is being the mother of three daughters and a son. Inspired by the athletes in her home, Kimberly designs custom stadium seat and chair covers for sports teams.

Kathleen Andrews

Kathleen Andrews, who started her pattern company KwiltArt in 1999, specializes in designing dynamic quilt patterns that create depth, dimension, movement, and optical illusions using strip and speed piecing techniques to make construction easy. For several years she designed, wrote patterns, taught and lectured, then literally shifted gears and became an award-winning race car driver before driving back to quilting!

Kathleen has won many quilting awards and has been juried several times into the AQS Paducah and Nashville shows. She was a finalist in The National Quilt Museum’s annual contest and was featured in the related AQS book, Tumbling Blocks: New Quilts from an Old Favorite. One of her quilts appeared in the 2001 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar. Kathleen has also done a half-hour segment on Kaye Wood’s PBS show Kaye’s Quilting Friends. She was featured as a celebrity teacher at the American Sewing Expo in 2015 and had a special exhibit there of her quilts. All of Kathleen’s patterns have national distribution. Her mission is to share her artwork and ideas in hopes of inspiring others to explore and open up to their own creative potential. Find out more at www.kwiltart.com.

Joanie Zeier Poole

Author, pattern designer, teacher, and award winning quiltmaker Joanie Zeier Poole has been a practitioner of heirloom machine quilting, also known as refined free-motion quilting, on a domestic sewing machine since 2000. She uses innovative appliqué and thread illustrations to create original quilts that express her personal stories. Having recently earned a degree in graphic design, she blends her passion for quilting with 21st century technology to create patterns in a sophisticated and elegant style.

Joanie is the author of four books, Can You Spare a Square, Joanie’s Design Elements, Joanie’s Quilting Elements, and Elegant Machine Quilting, and she is producing a series of how-to DVDs about refined free-motion quilting. She is an iquilt.com instructor. She feels it is a privilege to share her skills and experience in lectures and workshops. With kind encouragement and her knowledgeable teaching style, students feel at ease and in the best frame of mind to learn. Find out more about Joanie and her products at heirloomquiltingdesigns.com.