OUR CURRENT EDUCATORS

Unsurpassed artistry.

Carol Stanek

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

 

 

 

Victoria Johnson

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!

Victoria Johnson

Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Frost

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Kojan

I’ve been sewing since my teens and quilting for more than 25 years. My first quilt was an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day. Since I had a king sized bed, it made sense to me to make a king sized quilt. Go big or go home, right? That quilt was in shades of mauve and dusty blue (hello mid ’80’s!) Let’s just say my fabric tastes have changed since then!

I consider myself a modern quilter, with traditional roots. I’m the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and love speaking to different groups and sharing the modern aesthetic. I’m foremost a teacher. I teach modern quilting classes in local shops, guilds and shows across the country.

I’m a contributing author to the book Classic Modern Quilts and a featured quilter in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood, and 50 Little Gifts published by Lucky Spool. You can frequently find my work in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine and Modern Patchwork Magazine.

Let’s connect! You can find me on my blog: www.heatherkojan.com or on Instagram @heatherkojan.

 

 

 

Brandy Maslowski

Brandy Maslowski is a quilt teacher, speaker, judge and the author of Kristy’s Quilt. In her business Quilter on Fire, the texture, color and boundless possibilities of fabric ignite a passion in Brandy that heals her stress and leaves her refreshed and joyful in the studio. Join her to enjoy the timeless beauty of an Eastern Caribbean Cruise and for the inspiring opportunity to Quilt at Sea. You can find her everywhere online as the Quilter on Fire.

 

 

 

 

Joan Ford

On February 8, 2003, Joan Ford took her first quilting class and was hooked! In 2006, Joan established her company, Hummingbird Highway, and these days she is best known for patterns, books, and workshops featuring the popular ScrapTherapy® technique. She feels strongly about helping quilters relieve the guilt of a growing scrap fabric stash by cutting, storing, and using scrap fabrics in a variety of quilted projects.
An overview of her process is detailed in all three of her ScrapTherapy books published by The Taunton Press: ScrapTherapy, Cut the Scraps!, Scraps Plus One! and ScrapTherapy, The Versatile Nine Patch.
In 2018, Joan formed a second company, Pudgie Parrot, LLC, to have a home for Your Nest™ Organizer, a neat, nest-like gadget that holds your favorite rulers and sewing notions.
As owner of Hummingbird Highway, LLC and Pudgie Parrot, LLC, Joan designs in her home studio and office. Joan and her husband, Dave share their home with three pet birds.

 

 

Reed Johnson

Reed discovered that he has a creative side. He was an attorney for 35 years, which was a very stressful occupation. In 2000, he visited the quilt exhibit at the Florida State Fair and said to himself “I bet I can do that.” He started quilting as a means of stress relief and to express his creativity. He is primarily self-taught, but has taken several courses from professional quilters. He was hooked. He loves picking out the fabrics, cutting out all the shapes and watching the quilt top come together as he sews away. 
With Electric Quilt software, he discovered the art of designing quilts and found a new love. After a soul-searching trip to Israel, he took a leap of faith and retired early. He pursued quilt designing full time, and Blue Bear Quilts was born. Blue Bear is a blue, furry bear, Reed made in a quilt shop class, and he won a blue ribbon at the Florida State Fair. 
Reed wants to encourage novice quilters, and inspire the younger generation, to seek quilting as a hobby, so his designs are primarily for the beginner to intermediate quilter. They are colorful and easy to piece together, offering a modern twist on classic patterns. Many of his quilt patterns are designed to be used with an Accuquilt cutter because “better cuts make better quilts.”
He is a certified Quilt-in-a-Day instructor, and his favorite part of teaching is helping quilters gain confidence in their abilities and seeing the joy when someone learns a new skill or technique. Many of his students say they enjoy his calm demeanor and patience. He has nationally taught many quilting and Electric Quilt classes.
Reed won the Accuquilt Block Design Contest as the Fan Favorite in 2016, the Grand Champion in 2017, with his block called “Purple Rose“, and as the runner-up in 2018.   He has designed Row by Row patterns; quilt patterns for new Accuquilt dies; quilt patterns for new fabric lines with QT Fabrics and has designed patterns featured in Love of Quilting and McCalls Quilting magazines.

   Emily Dennis

Hi, I’m Emily 🙂  I’m a 30 something work at home mom of 3.  My kiddos are all in school which leaves me with quiet days and plenty of time to sew.

I made my first quilt in 2012.  It was a memory t-shirt quilt for a loved one.  Looking for tutorials for that quilt led me to pinterest where the world of modern quilting was introduced to me.   I’ve been hooked ever since.  I love the challenge of designing my own quilts.  And the fabric… oh the fabric!

I spend my winters quilting and my summers outside photographing weddings and high school seniors.

I’m located in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

 

Stephanie Kendron

With a passion for the sewing, Stephanie Kendron, a wife and mom of two daughters, loves to share her enthusiasm for sewing with other creatives on her popular podcast, Modern Sewciety. She brings the stories of the industry’s creative makers in a unique and approachable way on the podcast. When she isn’t wearing headphones and a microphone chatting in her sewing room with creatives she is cutting up fabric to stitch back together on her sewing machine. Sometimes she let’s the Cricut Maker cut up her fabrics for a project so she can snack on chocolate.

Visit her links:

  • Facebook/TheModernSewciety
  • Instagram/ModernSewciety
  • Twitter:  @ModernSewciety
  • Pinterest/ModernSewciety

 

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