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Every Year, Quilt Odyssey tries to bring in the best instructors to demonstrate the newest techniques to make your quilting really stand out. This year we present the following nationally and internationally known faculty:

Charlotte Angotti


It has been said many times, if you hear laughter coming from a room, there is a good chance Charlotte is in there. Charlotte is known for humor, her way with color and fabric, her pre-cut kits, and now a new book, Surprise Yourself! Charlotte is a fun person to have on a faculty or as a teacher coming to your guild. She believes her hobby is quiltmaking and her job is teaching others to enjoy it as much as she does.
In 1977, (really, that long ago!),Charlotte wandered into a quilt shop and everything changed from there. Educated in fine arts, speech and drama, she brings a variety of talents to the class and in a most humorous way. She has been teaching quilt making since 1978 because someone asked Charlotte to teach her. Her first quilt was sold right after making it. She has sold many since. In 1981Charlotte opened a quilt shop, Quilt Works, in Virginia Beach, VA. She sold the shop in 1999 when she moved to Michigan. She has been teaching nationally and internationally since 1991 and now lives in the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina, moving there to be close to her family in 2008. Quilt Maker's Studio was started when Charlotte realized there were a few leftover kits now and then. These class kits are offered for sale on this website along with her patterns and book. The kits are laser cut, come in only the colors offered, and are first come first served. If you see one you like, get it. They are wonderful to sew. (there are times when they aren't available...nothing leftover!)

Cindy Bender

Cindy started quilting because she wanted a quilt and couldn't afford one - and hey! she knew how to sew! ... Needless to say, she had a learning curve ahead of her. But 30 years later she is still having a wonderful time quilting and learning in this amazing world of friends, fabric and fun! Quilting has given her a way to keep her hands busy and her heart full. She has collected beautiful memories of people, places and quilts along the way and she is still having FUN! (And I give her a thumbs up as an organized and discerning teacher who makes any class fill with laughter and delight as we learn!)

Debra Bender

Acknowledging a lifelong passion for the arts and crafts, Debra has pursued training in lacemaking, quilting, sewing and needlework, as well as folk art and watercolor painting. Deb is the founding member of the Keystone Lace Guild, which will become Fibreworks Resource Center in 2016, as well as a member of the International Organization of Lace, Inc (IOLI), OIDFA International Lace Organization, and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). She is also the owner of Half Moon Handwerks, a teaching studio in New Cumberland, PA. Her mission is to teach hands-on skills, especially to children and young adults, and to help each person discover the inner satisfaction that comes from creating with one's heart, mind and hands.

Lisa Calle

With a degree in Textile Management and Marketing, Lisa found a love on the "other" side of textiles - the artisitic side. Never thinking of herself as creative, everything changed once she drove her first longarm. Along her journey, she has produced award winning quilts, DVDs, the Quilter's Groove™ line of templates and has found she loves to inspire others. The friendships she has made along her journey are as priceless as her quilts.

Norma Campbell

Norma returns to us for her 16th year, once again with her enthusiasm and wit.  When it comes to quilting, she’s prepared, not only with the know-how, but also with a few jokes to add to the fun.  A serious quilter for  almost 25 years, she’s been teaching since 1990.  She coordinated the fourth annual project of decorating the Maryland State House with Christmas-themed quilts and wallhangings for the administration of Gov. Parris Clendening.  Her miniature quilts have been featured in Miniature Quilts magazine.  Besides numerous guilds, quilt shops, and Belle Grove Plantation, she regularly teaches for Anne Arundel Community College in their continuing education program. Norma is half of the “dynamic duo”  hostessing our Saturday evening Show ‘n’ Tell (the Princess of Patchwork).  

Mimi Dietrich

From the Baltimore, Md. area, this is Mimi’s 16th year with us, but she has shared her joy of quilting since 1974 and always has an optimistic word for each student.  She is a member of the Baltimore Heritage Quilters Guild.  She has authored numerous books on quilting including The Easy Art of  Appliqué, Baltimore Bouquets, and Baltimore Basics: Album Quilts from Start to Finish. Her book, Pink Ribbon Quilts, has been lovingly authored in support of the abolition of breast cancer, hopefully in our lifetime. In 2006, Mimi worked with the Baltimore Museum of Art and P&B Textiles to produce a new line of fabric reflecting the designs of the era of the Baltimore Album quilt.  Mimi is half of the “Dynamic Duo” hostessing our Show ‘n’ Tell Saturday evening (the Queen of Appliqué). And our congratulations go to Mimi: she was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in 2015!

Kimberly Einmo

Kim is an author, award-winning quilter, designer, international instructor and quilt judge. She has written five books published by the AQS and has hosted seven popular classes on Craftsy.com. Kim has appeared on television and radio programs and has written many articles and designed original patterns which have appeared in numerous publications including all of the top national and international needlecraft magazines. She also has developed a signature line of innovative tools including the EZ Flying Geese Ruler™ and EZ Jelly Roll Ruler™ for EZ Quilting. She loves to travel and has visited every corner of the U.S. and the world extensively to lecture and teach. She also loves to teach classes on the high seas and has taught on almost two dozen quilting cruises around the world. Most of all, Kim loves to meet quilters and share the joy and passion of patchwork with everyone!

Margaret Solomon Gunn

Margaret is the owner of Mainely Quilts of Love, a longarm quilting studio near Portland, ME. She has been quilting for clients since 2009, but has enjoyed quilting for much of her life. She learned to sew nearly 35 years ago, when her mother first taught her to embroider, and then to make clothing and pillows. She made her first bed quilt in college and has not looked back since. Between 2007 and 2008, she created more than 100 quilts for the children's charity, Project Linus. She is not your typical quilter though: she has college degrees in mechanical and aeronautical engineering and years of experience in that field. She found that it was hard to juggle three kids and a career, so, looking ahead (or so she thought) she bought a longarm in 2009 and started her business. This enables her to pursue her overwhelming passion for sewing in a career that allows her to be home when her kids need her. Her love is to create and design unique custom quilting. Each year, she also makes at least one show quilt and has won numerous Best of Show awards at national level shows as well as ribbons at international shows including AQS Paducah and IQF Houston. She is a regular author for Machine Quilting Unlimited and has had her quilts featured in quilting magazines. In 2015, her quilt Bouquet Royale earned a Masterpiece Quilt Award from the National Quilting Association. We at Quilt Odyssey have been blessed with her quilts in our shows and Margaret has almost always received top honors for her work.

Linda Hahn

All of Linda's classes are fun and empowering. She has a way of taking a project that looks complex and breaking it down in such a way that it's easy to understand. Linda adds her own sense of style while at the same time making it fun. Her infectious passion for quilting shines through in her classes.

Linda received her NQA Teacher Certification in 1999 and was named Certified Teacher of the Year in 2009. She has been nominated three times for Professional Quilter magazine's Teacher of the Year Award. Linda has taught at the AQS show and Quilters Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, Machine Quilters' Expo in Manchester, NH, and at the NQA's annual show in Ohio as well as for several years at the New Jersey State Quilt Convention and Mid-Appalachian Quilters' Conference.

Linda is co-author of Insider's Guide to Quilting Careers and the Sew Thrifty series for Quilt magazine. She has had articles published in Professional Quilter, Quilt, Quilt Almanac, NQA's Quilting Quarterly, Quilting Now and Machine Quilting Unlimited magazines. She is marketing consultant for Elizabeth's Studio, LLC. She designs quilts and patterns for Northcott Fabric Co. and Elizabeth's Studio. Linda's patterns are marketed under Frog Hollow Designs.

Linda's new book, New York Beauty Simplified, is due out in the spring of this year, published by AQS.  For more information about Linda, check out these websites: www.twocountryquilters.com and www.froghollowdesigns.com.

Phyllis Twigg Hatcher

When Phyllis became a certified AQS quilt appraiser in 1999, she had no idea of the exciting range of quilts she would get to see (let alone, touch!). Far more than 2,000 quilts later, whether brand new or antique, the fascination is still there. She has been appraising at Quilt Odyssey since the show's inception. Phyllis currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana. She has been a curator of several antique textile exhibits and has published a book as well as magazine articles on quilting. You can learn more about Phyllis on her website: www.quilt-appraiser.com.

Michelle Renee Hiatt

Michelle is passionate about quilting. She started her love affair 20+ years ago in the 1990s. She is the designer for Modern 180, a modern pattern division of Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design. Additionally, Michelle is a certified Studio 180 Design Instructor. She can often be found working beside Deb Tucker at national quilt shows. Michelle Renee is also a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB): she used her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to cimplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. She is known for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement! By the end of any of Michelle's classes, you will become more at ease with your quilt piecing and find yourself stress-free.

Michelle's designs are featured in Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, QNM and Modern Quilting Unlimited magazines. She teaches throughout the Northeast, including AQS Quilt Weeks across the country. Michelle's quilts have been exhibited in several national quilt shows and have received numerous awards. Most recently, Winter Jewels (patterned as Loco for Lemoyne Stars) took two firsts, a third and Viewers Choice at national quilt shows. Michelle can be reached at her website, www.Sewonthego.net.

Karen Marchetti


Karen Marchetti pieced her first quilt top in 2003 and it didn't take long for longarm quilting to become her true passion as she brought her artistic background to her work, developing her own unique style of custom quilting. Karen loves creating and designing her own quilts, and competes as much as possible. She loves everything creative - when she's not stitching, you can usually find her doodling away! Karen has won numerous national awards for her personal quilts, as well as client quilts. She quilts samples for the Niemeyers/Quiltworx, Jinny Beyer and RJR fabrics to name a few. She is one of Gammill's Quilting Artists and her work has been seen in several publications, as well as multiple Gammill ads. She recently appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky, and has special events on The Quilt Show's website. Karen brings a fresh open approach to teaching, encouraging quilters to use their passion to create and increase their skills gently while enjoying their creations the whole way.

Marti Michell

It is no wonder that Marti Michell, the 2004 Silver Star Honoree at the Houston International Quilt Festival, is often introduced as a pioneer in the current quilt revival. In fact, in 1972, when Marti and her husband Richard started Yours Truly Inc., a patchwork kit company, there was no quilt industry. Since then, she has contributed in almost every capacity. Whether she is participating as a teacher, quilter, author, publisher, manufacturer, designer, consultant, judge, or quilt collector, her enthusiasm for and love of quilting is always evident. Since 1995 the Michells have manufactured the "From Marti Michell" line of acrylic templates and specialty rulers for rotary cutting. The 2004 Silver Star is a prestigious "lifetime achievement" award. In 1991, she also recieved the first Michael Kile award given for commitment to creativeity and excellence in the quilting industry. Marti lives in Atlanta, GA, but was born and raised in Iowa. She received a BS in Textiles and Clothing and Home Ec Journalism from Iowa State University. During the "Yours Truly" years, 1972-1985, Marti "discovered" and she and her husband published and promoted into early prominence, quiltmaker/author/teacher personalities such as Mary Ellen Hopkins, Liz Porter, Marianne Fons, Harriet Hargrave, Susan McKelvey, Jean Wells, and Cheryl Bradkin.

Jo Morton

Jo was introduced to quilting in 1979 and hasn’t put the needle down since! In 1982, she began teaching quiltmaking and by 1985 was creating small quilts with an antique charm, or “new quilts that look olde.” She started selling small quilts in 1988, and soon after began publishing her own patterns to make her designs available to other quiltmakers.  She now self publishes her designs and as of October 2011, has published 21 books, most of which are near and dear to the quiltmakers’ world. Her quilts have been listed in the Early American Life Directory of American Traditional Crafts annually from 1990 through 2002. She stopped submitting them in 2003 since she no longer sold her quilts. In 1998, she licensed some of her quilts to Heart of America, publishers of framed art prints. These quilt prints were available in country stores. Heart of America sold their business in 2008 and the license was terminated. She’s had quilts published in American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilters’ Newsletter Magazine, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmania, Fabrications, Australian Homespun, and Early American Life. In 2002, she released her first collection of fabric with Andover Fabrics . Ask for “Jo’s” popular lines of fabric at quilt shops. She also began traveling extensively, giving programs and workshops.  You’ve seen her in April 2000 on episode #603 of ‘Simply Quilts’ with Alex Anderson. Jo was also featured on two episodes of ‘Love of Quilting’ with Fons & Porter, #1408 (Cinnamon Stars) and #1805 (Triangle Roundup), these programs air on PBS.  In August of 2010, she was featured on episode #808 for ‘The Quilt Show’, an online subscription quilt channel.

Jo’s passion is to help other quilters learn techniques she has developed, and to nourish their creativity for making their own versions of reproduction style quilts.  She lives in Nebraska City with husband Russ and three kitties: Socks, Tigger and Chloe.

Betty Neff

Betty’s sewing and design roots began with a creative childhood.  She mastered the treadle sewing machine by age 6, thanks to her mother, and has been sewing ever since.  Quilting since 1976, she developed a love of vintage quilts, their history and their stories. She is known to rescue forgotten and damaged quilts, only to bring them to the classroom for inspiration and study! She believes every quilt has lessons to teach us and stories to tell, if we look closely. Betty is a student of 19th Century quilts and shares her experiences with others in a way that is highly motivational. Her workshops usually include historic and contemporary approaches to fabric selection and design.  Today she teaches workshops, retreats and lectures throughout the East Coast and Canada. She has been published in Quiltworks Today, March 2004, the book Some of My Favorite Christmas Quilts (2005), Quilters Newsletter Magazine Dec/Jan 2013. She has authored Quilts to Treasure which has 8 full patterns of her original designs. She and her husband own Pennsylvania Quilter.  Vending at several national shows yearly including QO, the business carries her line of patterns and vintage sewing machines including Featherweights.

Mary Nielsen

Mary has been a "textile-dabbler" all her life - a multi-stitcher, including quilting, embroidery, smocking and knitting. As a Navy spouse, traveling the world, stitching was always the common denominator of friendship wherever she lived. After landing in Maryland, nearly 20 years ago, Mary became well-known for her quilting and stitching classes at various guilds and quilt shops. After 40+ years of stitching and hundreds of projects, she still enjoys sharing a love of fiber.

Andrea Schnur

As far back as Andrea can remember she has always loved sewing/quilting and the “crafty things”. As a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilting, Andrea has found her passion in sharing the fun and useful techniques of paper piecing. Andrea lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons, and loves the simplistic things in life. Her keen eye for selecting colorways for quilts has made her sought after in helping her student’s color selection process.  Andrea travels all over to meet others who share her passion for quilting and looks forward to sharing her information with you. You can usually see Andrea attending most of the quilting shows/events in the Mid-Atlantic Area, not only as a teacher but as an avid fan and supporter of her student’s entries. Andrea usually “jumps on the ball” when a new pattern comes out, which allows her to get the newest and favorite Judy Niemeyer Pattern out to the consumer as quickly as possible.

Andrea is the owner of Quilt Sensations (www.quiltsensations.com) which provides patterns and kits of Judy’s Patterns, notions and most things you need for paper piecing.

Karen Sievert

Karen began her quiltmaking journey in 1997 when her sister dragged her into a quilt shop. She told her that all she had to do was sew a straight line! Karen soon found out that there was a little more involved in quilting thatn just stitching that straight line! Purchasing her first longarm in 1998, Karen became passionate about free motion quilting and the way the quilting could totally transform a quilt.

Karen has written two piecing books, both published by Martingale & Co. Today she teaches both domestic piecing classes and free motion quilting classes on a longarm. She has won numerous awards for her innovative piecing and quilting skills, both nationally and internationally. Her greatest love, aside from her family and friends, is sharing the joy of quilting with other quilters! Karen's passion for quilting comes through in her teaching and what she enjoys most is watching her students realize that THEY CAN DO IT, TOO!

Georgia Stone Stull


Georgia Stull has been a Gammill Certified Trainer for more than 7 years and actively provides training to quilters across America.  She is passionate about providing her students the tools and education to feel confident and successful.   She teaches efficiency and effectiveness (without compromising quality!) so her students can go home inspired, enabled, and energized.  Georgia always provides very detailed, step-by-step handouts.  A student reported that her handout was “like having Georgia at her side!”  Georgia teaches classes in Creative Studio, PVM (Pattern Viewer Manager), business, and problem-solving.

To learn more about Georgia, check out her Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Heartland.Quiltworks  or her website at www.heartlandquiltworks.net

Donna Lynn Thomas

Donna has been sewing since the age of 4 and quilting since 1975. It has carried her happily through her earlier years as an Army wife and the many years and moves since. Having taught nationally and internationally, she is the author of many previous quilt titles with Martingale, Inc, teaching precision rotary cutting and machine piecing: Small Talk, Shortcuts (imperial and metric versions, and four foreign language translations), A Perfect Match, Shortcuts to the Top, Strippies, Strippies Strikes Again!, Scrappy Duos, and the designer of the Bias Stripper™ ruler. Portable Patchwork: Who Says You Can't Take It With You!, about integrating hand and machine piecing, was published by Kansas City Star books in 2008. She carried her National Quilting Association certification for basic quilt making (NQACT) in 1988.  Donna currently lives in Kansas with her husband and provides staff assistance to three cats and a dog. All her quilts are lovingly pre-furred!!

Sue Troyan

We are delighted to have Sue back with us this year! Sue has been teaching quilting for nearly 30 years and specializes in teaching technique classes to quilters of all experience levels. She believes in a light-hearted approach to teaching that builds confidence and insures success for students. She especially enjoys hand appliqué and discovering and sharing new methods and ideas. A charter member of the 19th Century Patchwork Divas, Sue has had a number of her reproduction quilts exhibited at Quilts, Inc. shows, including Houston, Chicago and Long Beach, CA, as well as at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Colorado and Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show. Her work has been published in a number of books, most recently in History Repeated and Gone to Texas. She is also very involved with Quilts of Valor.

Her deep interest in antique quilts and American history inspired her to create the character of Aunt Pitty Pat, a lady of a certain age from the 19th century who teaches the needle arts to ladies and gentlemen. She takes great pleasure in visiting quilters' guilds, shows and shops where she teaches and shares her experiences and insights into the art we all love.

A native Texan, Sue currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA, with her husband Bill, their dog Rocky, and Sam the Cat. They have three grown, accomplished children anbd 5 practically perfect grandchildren. Be forewarned: she has an iPad full of pictures of the newest grandson.

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