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Rhonda Anaya

Beginning Quilting

I made my first quilt at the age of 11 with my mom, and have been quilting my heart out ever since. When I’m not quilting, I’m either gardening, canning, tending to our chickens, or playing with the grandkids. I have been teaching people to quilt for over 20 years, and love every minute of it!

Dee Brown

Applique

After many years of fashion, craft and home dec sewing, Dee ventured into the world of quilting. Never comfortable with the restrictions and precision of pieced quilts, she was drawn to the freedom of landscape art quilts.  In 2008 Dee started her “Deezines” Pattern company which allows her to turn an idea into a drawing to become a pattern for others to create small wall hangings.

When she discovered a technique that completely eliminates the tiresome and time consuming tracing process, she knew that others would love to hear about it. Dee teaches her technique in her booth at quilt shows, in classes around the Northwest and at yearly retreats that are hosted through thequiltedtrillium.com.

Jill Dailey

Folded Fabric Fun

Jill Dailey is an avid quilter, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest but transplanted to Alabama. She’s a member of the Magic City Quilt Artists, the Moody Crazy Quilters and the Pell City Friendship Quilters. She is past Vice President for the Heart of Dixie Quilters, in charge of programs (2 years).

Kathy McNeil

Landscape Applique

Kathy McNeil is an internationally award winning quilt artist, judge, teacher and designer. Sewing thousands of little scraps of fabric together by hand, she creates quilts that look like paintings. Kathy won Best of show in Paducah and her quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars and international shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections. She teaches across the U.S., Canada and on international quilting cruises. You can find out more about Kathy’s art quilts at www.kathymcneilquilts.com

Carol C. Porter

Wool Applique

Carol is an accomplished quilter, sewist, knitter, designer, author, teacher and consultant.  She began her quilting journey in the late 70’s.

Carol is a disciplined and thoughtful teacher whose encouragement and patience regularly inspires student creativity and success.

She is well known for her luminous “colorwash” designs many of which have been released under the Heatherworks label.

Most recently Carol served as Education Director for Clover Needlecraft Inc. a Japanese company which produces precision tools for sewing and knitting.

She now has plenty time to focus on sharing her craft with energetic students and exploring myriad design issues and options.

Judy Irish

Machine Quilting and Sketching

Hello, my name is Judy Irish, and I am a fabric/quilt-aholic.   I started out quite normal, and not addicted until after graduating from Michigan State University in 1964.  With a degree in English/art, I soon became involved in all kinds of shady activities….drawing, tole painting, oil painting, jewelry making, stained glass, and on and on.   There was little going on in the quilt world at that time, but I managed to do wall hangings, some quilts and  fabric art gifts  for friends and such, but  could never quite get rid of my cravings for this terrible temptation.   Over the next 20 years or so I kept things under control with occasional quilt shows and projects….but thankfully my busy schedule of teaching junior high art did not allow me to run amok completely.

In the early 90’s my sister introduced me to the rotary cutter……that was the beginning of the end for me.  My habit became totally out of control.  Think how fast cutting can be with a rotary cutter!   Of course, over the years I had sewn all my own clothes, so my stash was already the size of a small mountain and hidden away in closets and under the bed!   Now I used the excuse that I needed fabric for teaching and sewing.   I even tried getting others to join me in my addictive activities.  It is no fun to quilt alone!   Now I was really a goner!  Not long after that, I got my long-arm quilting machine and began my quilting business to make my addiction look legitimate. It worked well for a while, but the stash grew until it now fills a 1600 square foot studio. 

 

By the year 2000 I really needed help…..so occasionally a few pieces of fabric disappeared into class samples for my teaching.   I even tried making scrap quilts, but,  mysteriously,  it was as if the scraps had babies…the pile only got BIGGER!!   Of course teaching in Nashville,  Houston,  Turkey,  or on cruises to Alaska and Nova Scotia only  added  to my problem.  All those shops and vendors!!! Not to mention the bazaar in Istanbul!  On many to trips to India the wonderful plaid cottons found their way into my spare stash bag.   What was one to do?? 

 

I tried quilting for Kaffe Fassett, Freddy Moran, Sara Nephew, Linda Poole, Joan Shay and some others hoping I could learn from them, but the problem and the stash grew!    I got scraps and inspiration from Freddy and Kaffe, and so my  stash and book collection kept growing.    They only encouraged my addiction!  And now with all the new toys and thread on the market…. thread, did I say thread???, and other goodies-- it was soon hopeless.  Even a trip to Betty Ford wouldn’t help.  I was in a real pickle….but no longer in denial.  I had to admit my addiction was hopeless!

 

But trunk shows at guilds and teaching helps me share my addiction with others so they don’t fall into the same fabric and quilting abyss that I did.  I hope to come and share with you some of the “cures” I have tried. In the mean-time I am still trying to quit!!

Adrienne Reynolds

Long Arm Quilting

I love quilting.  Born into a family of artists, my childhood was filled with every textile craft imaginable from embroidery to tailoring.  I also love math and graph paper.  All this precipitated the move 11 years ago to incorporated Artichoke Quilts, converting my life-long passion into my career.

With over 1000 quilts completed, and sewing relationships with hundreds of quilters, I love to share my skills; there are so many tricks of the trade that make quilting easier and a whole lot more fun!

I am a constant learner. I take classes around the country every year, I teach at various venues and I practice every day. That’s what really makes a difference – a skill can be acquired quickly, but to perfect it, you need to practice and you need to learn from many teachers. Join me at the quilt show!

Shirley Rock

Fabric Painting

Learn an easy way to paint on fabric! You can personalize your own quilt by adding painted objects to your design! 

This class is as easy as paint by numbers. You will leave the class with a finished painted block of a beautiful blue poppy. There will be a demo on thread painting after you have finished your block. 

 

Kit fee $8 (paid to instructor at class )  includes art work, paint, brush, palette, small container for water, board for fabric backing, square of stabilizer, instruction sheet. 

Wear an apron or old shirt to protect your clothing!

Jean Roscoe

Whatnot Pouch

I have been quilting and making bags since 1979. I took my first quilting class after I completed my degree in Accounting at WSU, Go Cougs. I learned to hand piece and use templates in that class and since then have used the quick strip and rulers method for most of my projects. I have taught bag classes at the local quilt shop, in Woodinville, WA. I have two daughters and a husband who also enjoy quilting.

Ako Shimozato

Sashiko

I 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 several times, and in Houston and has published two books. It  has been more than 20 years since I first met Kazuko and each time I’m in Japan, I have spent time with her and learned much from her. 

There’s just a few points to remember when sashiko stitching and everyone’s stitching shows individuality.  I love sashiko because of its simplicity and yet, the beautiful designs are created. 

Sashiko is a Japanese traditional stitchery, a form of running stitch, and it is literally translated as “stabbing” stitchery. Sashiko stitchery originated in Japan hundreds of years ago, for reinforcement of worn clothing. Over many years, the women of Japan developed this stitchery into stitching Japanese motif designs for embellishing fabrics. 
In my class, I use natural indigo dyed fabric and natural sashiko thread which has 3 different weights and sashiko needles from Japan. 
I use typical Japanese designs that have been passed down for hundreds of years, such as family crests.

Colleen Wise

Oils & Foils

Colleen came to quilting through the back door: not through art or sewing, but through graph paper and a sense of architecture.  Her background is in civil engineering and horticulture, two very scientific and left-brained processes, and her work reflects that in its strong graphic quality.

 

Although quilting is basically a two-dimensional medium, her quilts have a depth that goes beyond the surface.  Elements of the designs seem to float above the surface or recede into the depths of the quilt.  Her goal is to encourage the viewer to look into the quilt, rather than just at it.  More than that, the quilts have something to say.  Colleen's quilts reflect her interests in nature, celestial events, physics and how these things relate to us today.

 

Colleen is the author of "Casting Shadows: Creating Visual Dimension in Your Quilts" (2005, C&T Publishing).  She lectures and teaches throughout the world.

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