OUR CURRENT EDUCATORS
On February 8, 2003, Joan Ford took her first quilting class and was hooked! Since then, Joan has completed about 3-400 quilts. But who’s counting?! In 2006, Joan established her company, Hummingbird Highway. She teaches workshops, featuring the popular ScrapTherapy pattern series which helps quilters relieve the guilt of a growing scrap fabric stash. As owner of Hummingbird Highway, LLC, Joan designs in her home studio and office. She also lectures and teaches workshops throughout the country. Joan, her husband, Dave, and their three pet birds live in Syracuse, New York. See more about Joan at her website: http://hummingbird-highway.com/
Angie Steveson is founder and designer for Lunch Box Quilts. Lunch Box Quilts creates appliqué quilt patterns designed specifically for embroidery machines. She has received awards for her unique quilt designs both locally and nationally. Angie has written articles and her projects have been featured in magazines such as Creative Machine Embroidery and Quilting and Embroidery. Angie travels nationally teaching Lunch Box Quilts workshops. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and two grown sons. To learn more about Angie visit the Lunch Box Quilts website at www.lunchboxquilts.com.
Susan Emory is a former quilt shop owner and the talent behind Swirly Girls Design pattern company. She is a licensed designer for Michael Miller Fabrics and created the Clubhouse Quilt Club, a progressive quilt program. In addition to fabric, quilt patterns and books, Susan designed the monogram buttons for Dill Buttons and has collaborated on two rulers for Creative Grids. Susan is actively involved in the quilting industry. She is a member of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals and Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild and an Aurifil Thread Specialist. Susan teaches quilting nationwide and is a 2015 Professional Quilter Teacher of the Year nominee.
Carl Hentsch of 3 Dog Design Company is a National Quilt Instructor and pattern designer. He has had patterns published in a variety of quilting magazines, both in the US and internationally. His current book, New York Beauties and Flying Geese (May 2017), C&T Publishing is now in its 7th printing. Carl also works with a variety of manufactures to design quilts for upcoming fabric lines to include Anthology Batiks, Free Spirit Fabrics and RJR Fabrics. Carl learned quilting by watching TV shows like Simply Quilts, Quilt in a Day and Love of Quilting.
Carol Bonetti is the owner of Sew-Ciety, Inc in Castle Rock, Colorado. She is a certified Judy Niemeyer Educator and is thrilled to be joining us again for this wonderful cruise to the Caribbean. Carol has a ton of energy and is a fun and enthusiastic educator.
Jean started her first quilt, still unfinished, at the age of 13. A dozen years later she became more serious about her quiltmaking and was introduced to machine piecing. Her piecing skills improved as she moved from traditional patterns to the more complicated tile floor patterns she is working with today. She began teaching machine piecing classes in 1984 and thoroughly enjoys giving students the technical skills they need to turn their vision into quilts. Combining my love of piecing and my love of teaching was a natural progression. I enjoy helping students build a solid foundation in machine piecing. I see myself as a teacher and a quiltmaker, not an artist. That may be a title I eventually embrace, but for now I am quite happy being a quiltmaker and sharing my enthusiasm and skills with as many quilters as possible.
With a love for all things vintage, Laura Nash is the smiling expert patternmaker and designer of flirty modern vintage fashions offered through her company Sew Chic Patterns. With a BS in apparel design and extensive experience in fit and evening wear, she teaches students how to become experts themselves with fit, sewing technique, and patternmaking. Laura is a Craftsy.com instructor teaching vintage sewing technique with her “Flirty Day Dress” class, and most recently authoring a unique perspective on pattern design with “Mixing Patterns” in Threads Magazine, #180. Since 2014, Laura’s special brand of modern vintage style has also been available through Simplicity Patterns as a Special Collections Designer. Sew Chic Patterns can be found online and in stores nationwide, available in print, PDF, and by mail order. Sew Chic for Simplicity can be found in catalogs and online where Simplicity patterns are sold.