OUR CURRENT EDUCATORS
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.
Carol has been sewing since she was a child and made her first “Judy Niemeyer” paper pieced quilt, Arizona Cactus, in 2013. After falling in love with the organized preparation and sewing process of Quiltworx patterns, Carol was hooked on Judy’s way to paper piece! Carol attended more workshops taught by Judy and other certified instructors while beginning her journey in becoming a Quiltworx Certified Instructor. In August 2015 Carol became a Certified Instructor.
Carol teaches Quiltworx pattern classes and the Technique of the months at quilt shops and guilds in the Southeast USA. She loves teaching and seeing her students grow more confident in creating these beautiful quilts. I will always tell my new students that if they can sew on a line on paper, they can make a Judy quilt!
Carol lives in the Atlanta metro-area and is always ready and willing to go wherever the quilters want to hold a class! You will find more information on Carol’s classes and events on her website, www.stitchwithcolor.com
Helen Frost cannot even begin to estimate how many quilts she has made or how many quiltmaking students she has taught. She began quilting in 1972 and figures she has made hundreds of quilts. Beginning with Adult Education classes, then classes at shops, guilds, and conferences, she calculates that her students number in the thousands.
Helen is the co-author of eleven books on quilting, three of them featuring the Lone Star design. She is proudest of her contribution to Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers, the award-winning state quilt project publication. She is the innovator of easier and more efficient techniques for traditional quilt patterns such as Nine Patch, Sunshine & Shadow, and of course, the Lone Star.
Helen and her husband live in Tucson, Arizona, and are the parents of four grown children.
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.
I have been sewing for what seems like a lifetime, but my quilting really took off when I saw a picture of a Judy Niemeyer wedding ring. I was hooked and had to have the pattern. That was 2012, fast forward to 2017 and I now have 30 completed Judy Niemeyer projects and became a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor in 2015 after an intense 2-year program. I fell in love with Judy’s paper piecing technique and I haven’t looked back.
Now after countless classes, trunk shows and a retreat of 100+ students I am proud to say that I have found my passion.
What once looked like an impossible task, the wedding ring, now has become a way of life for me. I truly believe that anyone can put together any Judy pattern with a little bit of help, a few tips and tricks and encouragement along the way.
I look forward to meeting you in class, working on a pattern you once thought was impossible but now is a reality, and you too will be soon hooked.
It is easier than you think!
Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor
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.
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.