Instructors

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.

 

Linda Ballard

Linda Ballard

Being an avid seamstress all her life, Linda has taken her skills from dressmaking to creating wonderful traditional quilts using today’s faster techniques and tools. She believes there’s always something for everyone when it comes to quilting, and that quilters have a strong bond unlike anything else.She lives in northern CA outside Redding in a country community called Palo Cedro, where she raised her 2 children and still resides with husband Dave. Linda was a quilt shop owner in Redding and now travels throughout the country teaching both on land and sea. She has a fondness for quilt shops, but loves to teach at Quilt Festival, conferences, cruises, quilt guilds and camps. She says ‘anyplace and anytime, she’s ready’! Linda is known for her quilting retreats that she sponsors in CA, but has been known to travel around the country offering her expertise on retreats whenever she’s asked. She always say’s ‘her bags are packed, just need an invitation’!Linda has been featured in a variety of quilting magazines with her quilts, her patterns and as ‘ad’ quilts for a specific line of fabrics. She’s also had the privilege of being on Simply Quilts for two different seasons which means plenty of reruns. Linda will tell you constantly ‘to be flexible and go with the possibilities that are presented’.She always finishes with one simple word …. ENJOY! That’s how it should be for all quilters.

Lisa Bongean

Lisa Bongean

Known world-wide for her primitive style in quilting, Lisa Bongean calls Menasha, WI home. This is where it all happens for Primitive Gatherings and the customers that have grown to love Lisa’s primitive and folk art designs featuring her hand-dyed  wools, homespun, reproduction and designer fabrics. Lisa’s talents are many; proud mother of 3 sons (Lance, Luke and Jake),  designer, teacher, award winning quilter, shop owner, and business woman partnered with her husband, Nick. In addition to the retail shop, Lisa and Nick stay busy with their wholesale and internet business as well as traveling to and vending at numerous quilt shows across the country. Primitive Gatherings, their family-owned business, opened in 2004. Primitive Gatherings was elected by the editors of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine as one of the outstanding quilt shops in North America and featured in the 13th annual Quilt Sampler (spring/summer 2006 edition), a special publication from the American Patchwork & Quilter Magazine. Lisa recently entered into a partnership with Moda and embraces this wonderful opportunity to continue reaching out to quilters everywhere offering them beautiful new fabrics designed especially for creating her primitive and folk art designs.

Lisa Calle

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 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).

Arlan and Pat Christ

Arlan and Pat Christ

Arlan and Pat Christ live in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Arlan is a tax accountant with his office located in Kutztown, PA. When Pat is not working for Arlan, she can be found in her sewing studio or tending their country gardens. They enjoy traveling to quilt shows and museums which provide the opportunity to examine quilts. Retrieving knowledge to secure the heritage of antique quilts has become the prime objective of The Christ Collection. The Christs further explore their passion of antique quilts while attending quilt study groups. Pat and Arlan are members of the Lehigh Valley Quilt Study Group, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Study Group, American Quilt Study Group, Quilter’s Hall of Fame, National Quilting Association, Midwest Fabric Study Group and Baltimore Appliqué Society. The Christs have three publications representing quilts in their collection. The first catalog was published May 2009 entitled “Pennsylvania Quilt Treasures: The Art of the Needle.” Their second catalog “America’s Appliquéd Quilts: A Treasured Pennsylvania Tradition” was published June of 2010.  “American Pride: Eagles & Stars” was published in June of 2014. They also published four applique patterns representing quilts in their collection including “Autumn Cutwork,” “Pennsylvania Pot of Flowers,” “American Pride” and “Holiday Magic.” Arlan and Pat Christ want to preserve the legacy of quilts from past generations by sharing the history that surrounds the art of quilting.

Mimi Dietrich

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!

 Bonnie Dwyer

Bonnie Dwyer

Bonnie has been intrigued by textiles since she learned to sew when she was a child. She was surrounded by needle arts all her life – the women in her family were prolific at knitting, tatting, crochet, embroidery, clothing construction, and quilt making. She later studied quilt making, quilt history, fabric dating, quilt repair & restoration, and quilt appraising. As the “Quilt Whisperer,” Bonnie enjoys sharing her passion with others. Her repertoire includes talks and hands-on workshops on fabric dating, quilt making, quilt history – including the 21st Century modern quilting movement. Bonnie travels to quilt guilds, historical societies, quilt shows, and shops to offer lectures, workshops and trunk shows. Bonnie is a member of Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles and American Quilter’s Society.

Margaret Solomon Gunn

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.

Michelle Renee Hiatt

Michelle Renee Hiatt

Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning Quilter, Designer and National Instructor. Michelle has been sewing since before she can remember, and fell in love with quilting over 20 years ago.

Michelle Renee is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. Michelle Renee teaches throughout the United States at National Quilt Shows and Retreats!

Michelle Renee is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go and her designs have appeared in several international Quilting Magazines. Additionally, she is a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and many of her patterns have been published in their Modern 180 pattern line.

Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement!   Michelle can be reached through her website at www.Sewonthego.net.

Dianne S. Hire

Dianne S. Hire

Dianne S. Hire is known for her outrageous quilts, chaos and mayhem in workshops, fun, informative lectures, bold designs, and daring color combinations. She loves to be introduced as having the coloring sense of a first grader.
Appliqué reveals another dimension of her creativity, one that pushes for gracefully elegant designs that may be used in many techniques.  With her quilts, with her workshops, and certainly with her books, she seeks to offer as many options as possible – to takedesigns to new platforms as interpreted by you. Always, it is about you and how you can take this information and use it for making, designing and finding joy with how your quilts may be more than you ever could imagine. Pushing her boundarie? There are none. And that is Rule #8.

Debby Kratovil

Debby Kratovil

Debby Kratovil was Special Projects Editor with QUILT Magazine for 15 years, with over 600 articles published. In 2006 alone, she saw 54 of her quilts published, with another dozen sewn for major fabric companies. She has seen 25 of her quilts make the cover of quilting magazines, with 9 covers in 2006 alone. As she says, “I sew for the camera, making sure my quilts are very photogenic.” She is a popular teacher both locally and nationally, as many happy students will attest. Debby authored “Bold, Black & Beautiful Quilts” (AQS, 2004), 10 quilting calendars for Accord/-Andrews McMeel Publishing (2006 – 2014), a perpetual Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar and companion CD by Martingale. Her second book, Supersize “Em Quilts, is filled with 22 projects to appeal to any quilter’s discriminating taste. Debby is a prolific quilter, designer, and illustrator. Her most recent book, “Perfect Paper Pieced Points” is a wonderful treasure trove of eye-popping color and design. Best of all, she enjoys every minute of it. Currently she designs and sews quilts for 3 fabric companies and her quilts appear in a variety of magazines. She loves to travel and teach and working for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo takes her to a dozen cities a year. Debby takes her wide range of quilting skills from a pile of fabric to a finished quilt, then to creating the patterns and professional illustrations print-ready. Debby likes to say, “I’ve never met a fabric I didn’t like.” One of her special talents is making a beautiful quilt using challenging fabric collections. She is on very good terms with her computer and computerized sewing machines, which enables her to take a project from start to finish quickly. Debby lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Phil and dog Belle. She has 3 grown daughters and 3 awesome grandchildren!

Cheryl Lynch

Cheryl Lynch

Cheryl made her first quilt out of Marimekko fabric as an impoverished chemistry graduate student at MIT. It took another 17 years for her to make her second one – after a corporate career and some child rearing. When she moved to Pennsylvania, her sons were both in school and she started taking some basic quilting classes to occupy her time. It didn’t take long before she fell in love with quilting and started to design her own quilts. She then started teaching at a local quilt shop. At the request of her students, she developed her own line of Judaic quilt patterns which have recently been retired. Fascinated by the color and texture of fabric, she discovered that she could create art and folk art without knowing how to paint with a brush. The challenge became how to turn her ideas into a quilt. She finds that she “builds” her quilts one section at a time. Putting together the pieces of the puzzle is both challenging and energizing. This process sometimes necessitates the development of a
new technique or use of a non-traditional fabric. Her inspiration for her quilts comes from the emotions she feels for her family as well as her love of traveling and cycling. She has many creative moments while riding her bicycle through the scenic byways of our country. Then she can’t wait to return to her studio to translate those ideas into fabric.

Betty Neff

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.

Bethanne Nemesch

Bethanne Nemesch

Bethanne is a classically trained artist and self-taught quilter. She runs a successful long arm quilting business in the United States where she focuses on meeting her client’s budgets while providing them with unique customized quilting. In addition, Bethanne creates a number of art quilts for show each year quilted with detailed elaborate natural scenery in a style she calls “pictographic quilting”. These quilts feature high end detail work, such as Bethanne’s signature beaded piping. Her quilts have won many major national awards at every major quilt show, including Best of Show, Best Longarm Machine Quilting, as well as the honor of being named Master Quilter by the National Quilting Association in 2015. Additionally, Bethanne has published numerous books teaching a variety of free motion quilt techniques. To see all of Bethanne’s quilts, books, awards, and publications please visit her website at www.whitearborquilting.com. She is a major award winner in all the national quilt shows and will be curating a retrospect of her work at Quilt Odyssey 2018.

Cindy Oravecz

Cindy Oravecz

In the early 1990s, Cindy was an alterations lady at a couture sewing store in Ohio.  Her favorite job was emptying the wastebaskets because she collected precious bits of silk charmeuse,  swiss batiste, French wire ribbon and velvets. She began to sew these treasures into her album quilts. Appliquéing diverse fabrics into her album quilts was what she has in common with stitchers of the past. But quilt judges of the time did not see it that way. She was told that she was not allowed to put ribbons on quilts.  She was speechless. She had 4 yards of 1-inch wide French wire ribbon folded picket-fence style into an appliquéd basket. She continued to break sewing rules and attach everything from silk cording to the dyed cocoons of the silk worm onto fabric to form flowers.   Twenty years later, she showed that basket of dimensional Bluebells, Canterbury Bells and Bleeding Heart along with how to embroider with silk ribbon on HGTV’s Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson. Her classes and books combine her love of diverse fabrics, trims, ribbonsand embellishments with dimensional applique and traditional embroidery techniques such as Stumpwork and Brazalian Embroidery.  She teaches how to create album and crazy quilts as well as surface techniques on quilted clothing. She has written many technical sewing articles for Threads, Quilter’s Newsletter, Sew Beautiful and other sewing publications over the years. She has written four books on her dimensional surface techniques for fabric and ribbon flowers and created two rulers– The Ruching Edge and The Mini Ruching Edge. Twelve years ago she opened a quilt and embellishment store called Quilter’s Fancy in Cortland, Ohio. It features textiles from around the world. There you will find fabrics of silk, cotton and wool, buttons, charms, trims, lace, beads, many imported ribbons, threads, fibers and notions.

Nancy Prince

Nancy Prince

Nancy Prince, an award winning quilt artist from Orlando, Florida, specializes in thread painting. Her anyone-can-do-it approach to thread painting is fun, easy and a new way for quilters to broaden their quilting experience. She has recently introduced thread sketching into her workshop offerings. Nancy is the author of Simple Thread Painting and Thread Painting with Style both published by the American Quilter’s Society, has taped episodes for Simply Quilts, Creative Living on PBS and The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, has appeared in national magazines and has won numerous quilting awards. She has won first place in Large Pictorial at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Outstanding Innovative Quilt at Road to California, an Honorable Mention at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, plus Best of Show at the NQA Quilt Show. Her quilts have won Best of Show, Viewer’s Choice, Artistic Merit, Best Machine Workmanship and Judge’s Recognition at recent shows and first place at Bernina University. Nancy is totally addicted to thread painting and her enthusiasm in workshops can be contagious!!! Students comment on her commitment to one-on-one attention and her upbeat attitude. She travels the country teaching and lecturing to anyone who will listen in order to share the excitement and creativity thread painting brings to her quilting world. She excels in taking the mystic out of thread painting, making it easy for anyone to master. In addition to her husband, Tom, she has three grown sons and eight adorable grandchildren – and oh, yes and three talented daughter-in-laws. She spends most of her time juggling her family, quilting and teaching her passion. This passion has enriched her life and keeps her centered and focused.

Andrea Schnur

Andrea Schnur

As far back as Andrea can remember she has always loved sewing/quilting and the “crafty things”. 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.

Mike Shetter

Mike Shetter

Mike is President of Soft Scrap® … and more llc. His professional career has been spent in film, television, and still production. The age of digital still photography re-kindled his interest in still photography and the things that you can do in the camera and in the photo lab. The big difference today is the photo lab is no longer a dark smelly room, but a computer monitor and photo editing tools. Mike handles the photo editing side of Soft Scrap® as well as the instructional design and layout of the design booklets and technique booklets.

Joyce Teng

Joyce Teng

Joyce started her career as a pharmacist, but dreamt of being an artist. Since retirement, she has created an outlet through which she can share her enthusiasm and passion. Her company designs its own line of fun and sophisticated stencils and carries a wide range of innovative products that quilters can use to customize their fabrics. Joyce loves teaching students in her hands-on workshops. Visit http://www.teacherstamp.com.

Donna Lynn Thomas

Donna Lynn Thomas

Donna has been sewing since the age of four and passionately quilting since 1975. She began teaching in 1981, and as an Army wife, lived in Germany for four years where she thoroughly enjoyed teaching at a German quilt shop and various guilds throughout the country. Long out of the Army, the Thomas’ have settled in Kansas. Donna continues to teach and speak nationally.

Donna’s places a strong focus on mastering basic and precision skills not to please the quilt police, but to help quilters reduce frustration and thus better enjoy the creative process.

The author of 16 quilt books since the late 1980’s, Donna continues to write and contribute articles to various quilt-related publications. She currently has a column on Quiltmaking Fundamentals in Modern Quilts Unlimited. You can watch Donna’s class, Piece Like a Pro, on Craftsy.

Donna designed the Omnigrip On-Point Ruler™ and its companion ruler, the On-Point Square™. These rulers give us the ability to cut pieces that measure neatly on the diagonal, eliminating the messy math usually involved in setting patchwork units on point inside blocks or borders.

Her greatest joy is her husband, Terry, and their two sons, Joe and Pete. Equally dear to her heart is Joe’s wife, Katie, and Donna’s most-perfect-in-every-way granddaughters, Charlotte and Alexandra.

Donna and Terry provide staff assistance to their two cats, Max and Skittles, and a kiddie pool and ear scratches to one sunny golden retriever, Ellie. All the quilts in their house are lovingly “pre-furred”.

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