OUR CURRENT EDUCATORS

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Sherida Giddings

Sherida started quilting and joined her first guild over 20 years ago.  Along with finding lifetime friends, it provides a constant source of quilting inspiration. She now belongs to several guilds and loves attending meetings to see all the amazing projects created by others.  Sherida decided to become more involved by teaching locally, as well taking classes from other instructors, including Quiltworx Certified Instructors. These courses sparked her interest to become a Quiltworx Certified Instructor and she set out to begin the creative journey and fulfill this dream.  As a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer/Quiltworx, Sherida has found a way to combine her love of teaching with sharing the precision of Judy’s paper piecing techniques. It is a wonderful feeling to encourage others to develop more confidence in their own skills while creating something special, and always having fun at the same time.

Joan Ford

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

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

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.

Jeff and Frank took basic quilting classes from Margaret Baker at the Quilter’s Bee and got hooked on quilting.  From the first class there was talk of opening a Quilt Shop.  Jeff and Frank taught the third dude, Ray how to quilt and the three were on the way to becoming serious, dedicated quilters, and the proud owners of 3 Dudes Quilting.

Jeff is an expert quilter and has won awards with his quilts.  He has a natural talent for color, value, focus and design.

Ray is an intermediate quilter and is proud of the fact he has a quilt on permanent display at a local hospital.

Frank is an intermediate quilter who enjoys traditional home style quilts.  His quilts are proudly displayed on the walls, tables and beds of family and friends.

The 3 Dudes look forward to sharing their 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.

I knew in first grade that I wanted to be a teacher. By ninth grade I knew the subject I would teach would be math. Though sewing was something that I had always done, quiltmaker was not on my list of goals.

I became a junior high school math teacher. Though not on my original list, quiltmaking grew slowly and steadily to a place of increasing importance in my life. I have always loved jigsaw puzzles and the fitting together of small bits of fabric seems to be an extension of that love.

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. Though not every quilt requires precision piecing, a quilter who hasn’t learned the basics of piecing has fewer options for any given project. Once they possess the skills to do precision piecing, a quilter has the choice to use them, or branch out from them.

I began writing this because I was asked for an Artist’s Statement. But 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.

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