The Everett Quilt Show is proud to present our Teaching Staff


Judy Irish

Living on the Raw Edge and Dazzling Doodles

Judy has had a passion for quilting that began soon after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in English/Art. Teaching junior high kept her busy, but quilting and other crafts filled her spare time. Sewing her own clothes, she already had a good stash to keep her going when her sister introduced her to a rotary cutter in the early 90’s. Slashing her way through her scraps, she discovered the mystery of scraps, they just seem to multiply even while you are trying to use them up. Having traveled all over the world, her stash continued to grow through the years. Judy has a long arm machine and began quilting for Kaffe Fassett, Freddy Moran, Sara Nephew, Linda Poole, Joan Shay and some others hoping she could learn from them, but the problem was the stash grew! Judy is happy to share her “cures” for the disease of fabric addiction and help others avoid the same “quilting abyss.”  

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Lisa Mortell

Wool Applique

I have been quilting for over eight years. I started with traditional machine piecing and then started doing hand needle-turn with minimal embroidery.
My horizons expanded when I took a class from Sue Spargo and learned to do wool applique and nontraditional embroidery. Now I find that almost everything I do has as some embroidery.
I have won ribbons for several quilts including my wool applique quilt and a more traditional embroidery quilt that I used needle-turn and heavy embroidery to give it a bolder statement.


Shirley Rock

Painting on Fabric

Shirley has been teaching painting on fabric for years. Her patient demeanor and abundant talent are perfect for making students successful whether they have experience with any kind of painting or not. She is careful to perfect the details of her images, based on her personal knowledge of the flora and fauna surrounding her in the Pacific Northwest. Her passion for master gardening shows in her work and she loves to share her passion with her students.


Cathryn Scott

Beginnning Machine Quilting

In 2005, Cathryn signed up for a block of the month quilt at a local quilt store.   Needing a way to finish the project, she bought a Gammill LongArm and unexpectedly uncovered a new passion.  She spent the next 9 years transitioning from her technical engineering background to becoming a Quilter and Long Arm Artist in anticipation of retiring to a less stressful lifestyle. 

In 2014 she retired and became involved in her surrounding quilting community.  She started showing her quilts in local shows and has been blessed to win ribbons for each of them.   It has been a rewarding journey as there is always a new technique, a spin on an old technique, a new tool, or long arm ruler.  She can’t resist trying any of them.  She now enjoys sharing her passion with others through teaching. 


Ako Shimozato


Ako learned sashiko stitchery from a well known sashiko artist in Japan, Kazuko Yoshiura. She has had her sashiko work exhibited at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum, at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and has published two books. It  has been more than 20 years since she first met Kazuko and each time she's in Japan, she has spent time with her and learned much. 

Ako loves sashiko because of its simplicity and the beautiful designs that are created. 

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Teresa Silva

Modern Whole Cloth Design

Teresa is a self-taught modern longarm quilter. She's been longarm quilting for over 8 years and has been published in multiple quilting magazines, authored a book "Longarm Quilting Workbook", and quilts for many well-known pattern and fabric designers. "Quilting is my passion and I love to share my work with others."


Suzi Soderlund

Paintstix Playdate

Marbler, Contemporary Fiber Artist, Unconventional Experimenter, Business Woman. Every experience in life leads you to where you are today. Learn from what you are doing right now and take it onto your future.
I had the good fortune to obtain a degree in Visual Communications (Graphic Arts & Photography) from Western Washington University in 1983. For the next twenty years I spent the summers showing guests the wilds of Alaska; hiking, river rafting, learning and living in a tent, but all the time storing images in my heart and with my camera. Winters were spent working at an amazing houseware, home furnishing store. I was surrounded by color and design, but learning about how the business worked.
I suffered a disastrous car accident that forced me to retire from my two jobs. I’m one of those, “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, people. So I threw all of my energy into recovering and growing a successful business. When people ask how I learned to hand marble fabric, they are often shocked to discover, that I started with a book and taught myself. A Lot of experimenting and fun was involved. In 2003 I started my business Marbled Arts, by combining my love of color and design with my love for fabric and creating. Hand Marbled fabric continues to be the corner stone of my business, but now I also Snow Dye & Over Dye Fabric, Hand Dye Silk Organza and Bamboo Socks, as well as more traditional hand dying methods. I continue to experiment and try new dying methods, you never know what I will dream up next.
Please feel free to view my work at or purchase fabrics at