OUR CURRENT EDUCATORS

Unsurpassed artistry.

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.

Ellen Osten

Ellen Osten

Ellen has decades of experience sewing and teaching professionally. She is a cocontributor to several Sulky of America books and is the creator of a unique pattern line, Sew… What’s New.

Ellen has been with Sulky of America, Inc. since 1988 as a National Sulky Educator. A few years ago prayers were answered. Ellen came on board with Sulky full time as the National Education Director. She travels throughout the country giving lectures, demos and hands-on classes. Ellen helps to develop projects and techniques for Sulky’s Certified Teacher Training programs, consumer shows and trade shows. She also supports the Sulky National Educators wherever needed. She enjoys teaching all skill levels and instructs in many subject areas including free-motion thread painting, computerized embroidery, pattern fitting, bridal, tailoring, cutwork and design, beading. And she just learned to knit, too!

Consumer satisfaction is Ellen’s #1 concern. Seeing a student’s face light up when they understand and complete a project is the best gift.

Ellen says, “My goal is for my student to have fun while learning, and to feel marvelous through the entire experience”.

When at home, Ellen is working on new ideas and creative solutions for Sulky of America. And Grammy Camp! Grand children want to learn to sew, decorate cakes and go to movie marathons with Grammie Ellen!!!!!

Gwyn E. Campbell

Gwyn E. Campbell’s love of textiles and fibers—the feel, the colours, the endless amazing possibilities—started when she was a child.  Taught to sew by her mother, she created pieces for her dolls and herself.  A family friend taught her to knit and for many years as an adult she was an avid knitter and designer of knitwear; until she caught the true quilting bug more than ten years ago.  While she loves all forms of quilts she is addicted to paper piecing, and is a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer. By training she has been a university professor for many years, but is transitioning into a “retirement” of happily piecing, teaching and quilting. She currently lives and works in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where one cat, a foster service dog in training, cycling, golf and gardening round out a full life.

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.

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