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Gina Perkes

Gina Perkes is an international award-winning quilter and quilting educator. She spends much of her time in the classroom sharing tips and techniques with the most wonderful people in the world: quilters! Gina loves to work with other quilters, sharing her techniques and passion for quiltmaking. She is a national spokesperson for the Gammill Quilting Machine Company and has appeared in numerous publications. She is an iquilt.com instructor and author of books including Tips for Longarm Quilting and the soon-to-be-released The Guide to Grids, both published by AQS.

Gina, a lover of all things creative, has an innate need to beautify things and feels completely blessed to have been born an artoholic. Her life is filled with color, fun, ideas, texture, challenges, bling, threads, glitter, sugar, flour, and often chaos. Though she enjoys all sorts of creative outlets and mediums, her favorites are quilting and culinary arts. She travels all over this beautiful country sharing her techniques with others and hosting classes for all levels and ages at her shop, The Copper Needle. Quilters can find more about Gina at www.thecopperneedle.com.

Gail Garber

Bold, colorful geometric designs with flying geese galore characterize the quilts of Gail Garber. Her style is immediately recognizable because of her talent for combining vivid colors with intricate piecework. Her geometric star quilts and pictorial quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S., and have been featured in publications worldwide. Author of three books and more than 100 magazine articles, Gail judges quilt shows and conducts workshops and lectures worldwide.

Her classes for novices include instruction in color and composition, introduction to paper piecing, and drafting, drawing, and design. For the experienced quilter, Gail’s classes in design are popular wherever she travels. She also leads tours for quilters and birdwatchers to exciting “off-the-beaten-path” locations. In her other life, Gail is the Executive Director for Hawks Aloft, a New Mexico conservation organization. You’ll see more at gailgarber.com.

Esterita Austin

International award-winning quiltmaker, designer, and teacher Esterita Austin is known for her portraiture and stone ruins series as well as for her innovative monoprinting techniques. Her work has been published in numerous periodicals and books and shown in dozens of shows and exhibitions. One of her international venues is a yearly workshop held in the hills of Tuscany, Italy. Besides art quilting, painting, and gourmet cooking classes, this class also includes tours to Siena and Florence. In her classes, Esterita focuses on the use of value to create depth on the quilt surface by enhancing with textile paints. The use of textural and dimensional imagery has given Esterita’s work a unique style. She brings creative energy to her workshops, stimulating the imagination and invigorating the soul. Find her work at www.esteritaaustin.com.

Donna Kooistra

Donna L. Kooistra has been an American Quilter’s Society Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles since 2010 and is a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles. She appraises newly constructed quilts as well as vintage and antique, traditional, and non-traditional quilts for insurance replacement value, fair market value, and donation value. For many years, Donna has taught and participated in classes and lectures on fabric dating and identification, technique, construction, documentation, ethics, and current trends to local and regional guilds in many states. She has lectured at AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah in the School of Professional Development. She is co-owner of Serious Quilt Care website, offering quilt care advice and products to clients and customers worldwide. For more information and to contact Donna, go to www.Heirloomquiltappraisals.com.

Cindy Needham

Passing on her love of quilting through teaching is a dream for Cindy Needham. Cindy has been a hand and machine quilter for more than 45 years. Several years ago, she left a full-time job in the medical field to teach nationally for Superior Threads as a National Educator. Cindy received the MQX 2010 Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year award. Numerous exhibits have featured her wholecloth linen quilts, she has written articles for several national quilting publications including American Quilter, and she has appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Cindy caters to beginning students and brings oodles of quilts and samples for fondling. See more at www.cindyneedham.com.

Cindy Lohbeck

Fiber artist and color specialist Cindy Lohbeck was raised with a passion for creativity and color. Her mother taught her to sew at age seven and she has worked with fabric ever since. With more than twenty-five years’ experience as an interior designer, she has a love of textiles and an eye for color that is the foundation for her winning designs. She worked as a professional faux finisher and muralist and also owned a tie-dyed clothing business in the early years, each career helping to refine her color mixing skills.

With the addition of quilting to her creative repertoire in 2002, all of her passions collided and Hands On Hand Dyes was born. Her beautiful color palettes and value gradations are perfect for today’s busy quilter as Cindy makes hand dying fabric accessible to everyone. Her classes will add to your eye for color and value, as well as to your stash! See www.handsonhanddyes.com to learn more.

Charlotte Angotti

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 the class in a most humorous way. She 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. Her website is www.quiltmakersstudio.com.

Ann Hazelwood

Ann Hazelwood is the author of several books for the American Quilter’s Society including 100 Things You Need to Know If You Own a Quilt, 100 Tips from Award-Winning Quilters, 100 Sweet Treats By and For Quilters, and more recently, The Colebridge Community fiction series including The Basement Quilt, The Potting Shed Quilt, The Funeral Parlor Quilt, The Jane Austen Quilt Club, The Ghostly Quilts on Main, Quilted Lilies, and A Colebridge Quilted Christmas. Her latest, the East Perry County fiction series, includes the new titles The Forgiving Quilt and Josephine’s Guest House Quilt.

A former quilt shop owner, Ann is an author of regional food and travel books about her home state of Missouri, and she is an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser. Ann loves red and white, and her antique collection was featured in Linda Baxter Lasco’s book, Red, White & Quilted. Her private collection also includes aprons, handkerchiefs, feed sacks, buttons, and redwork. Ann also collects doll quilts. Find more at www.booksonthings.com.

Appraisal Information

Quilt Appraisal Information | AQS QuiltWeek AQS QUILT APPRAISAL PROGRAM

Quilt Appraisals are held at all AQS QuiltWeek events. AQS Certified Quilt Appraisers will appraise new or antique quilts for insurance replacement or fair market value. No appointment is necessary, but you can call Jessica Thompson, 270-898-7903, ext. 234 or email jessica.thompson@americanquilter.com to schedule a day and time.

You can find the dates and times for quilt appraisals for each AQS QuiltWeek event as they become available. Click on your preferred city under the Locations tab, scroll down to the “Additional Information” section, and click on “Quilt Appraisals.”

Appraisal fee: $75 per quilt, payable at the AQS Information Center, or with contest registration. BECOME A CERTIFIED QUILT APPRAISER

The AQS Quilt Appraisal Certification Program tests and certifies applicants through a well-rounded program of training, certification, and referral. Although preliminary appraisal skills are acquired through experience and field knowledge of quilt styles, trends, and fabrics, the completion of appraisal certification assures a trusted level of competency when assigning sale, insurance, and donation values to quilts or quilt-related textiles.

For more information on the program and how to become a certified appraiser, Click Here.

To find an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser in your area, Click Here.

For more appraisal information, contact:
Jessica Thompson
Registration Coordinator
270-898-7903 x 234

E-mail Jessica

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