We have a tremendous group of teachers for the 2015 Handi Quilter’s Academy: Quilting Elevated.
Handi Quilter Ambassadors
Each of our featured Handi Quilter Ambassadors is an internationally known machine quilting teacher. We are so happy to have them join us for 2015 Handi Quilter’s Academy: Quilting Elevated.
Two-time Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year, Kimmy Brunner is a third generation quilter who has made it her goal to bring her family's quilting history into the future. Her award-winning work has been featured in numerous books, magazines, and calendars. Known for her beautiful quilting and crazy sense of humor, her style combines laughter with years of experience. She is a wildly popular Craftsy instructor and produces top-rated instructional DVDs for midarmers and longarmers, digitized patterns for computerized quilters, and high-quality quilting tools. She writes for numerous quilting industry publications, including a regular ask-the-expert column, and is a frequent guest on quilting television and radio shows. A sought-after teacher at national and international quilt shows, Kimmy lives in Minnesota with her family and a rather alarming stash of fabric. Visit www.Kimmyquilt.com for more information.
Helen Godden’s motto is "Don't be afraid to rock the boat, as long as no one drowns.” She claims to have never had a "real" job, and that she has always been lucky enough to work for herself, following a creative path as a visual artist. She came into the quilting world with no previous sewing experience or restrictive rules, and that seems to have been to her advantage. In such a short amount of time, Helen has received awards both nationally (in Australia) and internationally. She enjoys teaching and sharing her ideas with others. Helen’s adventures in quilting have taken her as far as the Houston International Quilt Festival where she came across an HQ Sixteen sit-down machine, the predecessor to the current HQ Sweet Sixteen. And now as a proud owner of her very own HQ Sweet Sixteen® for more than eight years. For far more insight than you really want to know about Helen’s art, her shoe size, and more, step into her colorful world at www.helengodden.com. Helen has 11 awards from 22 selections from the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
Handi Quilter Studio Educators
Vicki has been a quilter since the early 1970's. Her extensive background in garment construction and quilt-related activities is essential to her role as an educator for Handi Quilter. Prior to joining Handi Quilter, Vicki managed a retail quilt and sewing machine store. She is currently the Education Coordinator for Handi Quilter Studio. Vicki helped create and develop the U of HQ Retreats, educating quilters on the capabilities of the HQ quilting machines. She also provides teaching services in the studio for new longarm machine quilters and Handi Quilter Reps. Her skills motivate quilters of all abilities as she encourages and teaches the fundamentals of long-arm machine quilting. She teaches at quilting events throughout the United States and makes quilting fun and exciting. Vicki likes to encourage quilters to stretch their talents and try new techniques in their quilts. Her love of machine quilting is contagious.
Marie’s passion for quilting was fueled in 2007 when she saw her first long arm sewing machine. She had been making quilts for family and friends for nearly 40 years by hand quilting them. So, it wasn't hard to fall in love with the HQ Sixteen. After two years and 25 quilts (completed by renting time on a Handi Quilter machine), she finally bought her own machine. It seems she just can't get enough quilting. She loves the whole process from buying fabric to machine quilting and even binding. In fact, she hase a hard time telling herself when to quit. She loves creating her own patterns. She loves appliqué. She loves paper piecing. She loves learning anything quilt related. Marie has won awards for her quilts from the local and state quilt guilds, at the state fair, and at HMQS. She has a background in Graphic Design. She also worked for five years for a local quilt shop. She has learned so much from the quilting community and is grateful to be able to share all that she has learned with others.
Cheryl began sewing at a young age and is very experienced in many facets of sewing, including quilting. As an HQ Studio Educator she teaches hands-on classes for new longarm machine quilters and assists with retreats at the U of HQ. Cheryl is always ready to help quilters choose designs and thread colors when they come to quilt in the studio. She has developed a love for decorative threads and enjoys sharing her knowledge in her classes. She also enjoys scrapbooking and making custom scrapbook covers. Cheryl enjoys developing her skills as she rubs shoulders with all the quilters she meets.
Handi Quilter National Educators
Debby learned to quilt after her youngest child was born and was instantly hooked. After hand quilting many quilts for herself and for others, she started her longarm quilting business. In recent years, she has also found great joy in sit-down quilting on the Sweet Sixteen. In 2013, she filmed a series of educational DVDs for Handi Quilter on the Sweet Sixteen. As a Handi Quilter Educator, she delights in teaching new quilters and watching them discover their own style of quilting. When not busy in her studio in upstate New York, Debby can be found teaching at International Quilt Festival (Houston), American Quilters Society (Lancaster, Des Moines), Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC), Road to California, Machine Quilters Exposition (MQX), Vermont Quilt Festival (VQF), and other shows around the world. Learn more about Debby at http://www.debbybrownquilts.com/.
Mary Beth Krapil
Mary Beth's goal is to share her knowledge and passion for quilting. She loves to teach the basics to new quilters and also enjoys introducing new techniques and ideas to experienced quilters. She's a HQ Pro-Stitcher expert and has fun sharing the joys of computerized quilting and digitizing. An avid sewer since childhood, Mary Beth has been teaching quilting and piecing classes since 1998. In 2004 she bought a HQ Sixteen to finish her own quilts. She wanted to keep exclusive artistic ownership of the quilts she had pieced and give her quilts “personality” through quilting. Mary Beth's quilts have won awards at AQS Paducah, MQS, and Road to California, as well as many local shows in Florida. She has quilts published in national magazines as well as having the honor of quilting quilts included in published books.
Linda Matteotti has been a quilting and needle arts instructor for many years. She currently teaches quilting at the Community College level. She has also been teaching Microsoft Office and desktop publishing classes at the community college since 1989. In the past few years, her love of quilting and expertise in computer software have come together to make her a knowledgeable HQ machine user and now Handi Quilter instructor. Linda is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Visit Linda’s website at http://www.lindamatteotti.com.
As a previous quilt shop owner, Kelly Ashton acquired extensive experience teaching appliqué, piecing, and longarm quilting classes in her shop and at local quilt guilds.Kelly began longarm quilting on an HQ Sixteen in 2007. She bought an HQ Avanté® in 2010 and has more than 18,000,000 stitches (and counting) on her machine from freehand quilting for her customers. She recently added HQ Pro-Stitcher® to her HQ Avanté and enjoys the precision of the computer combined with freehand quilting. Kelly and her husband reside in Gunnison, Utah, and are the parents to seven children and five grandchildren. She is a Registered Nurse, loves to travel, and spends time in her garden. Kelly is very happy to be a part of the HQ education team and for the opportunity to share her passion and love of fabric, textiles, color, and quilting.
Megan Best has always loved fabrics, and made her first quilt while in high school. She continued to foster this love throughout her education, achieving degrees in apparel design and merchandising/textiles. Thousands of quilts later, she still loves to create. Megan's career in the fabric industry includes experience in fabric stores, retail management, quilt shop ownership, and as a professional longarm quilter. She excels in both computerized and free-motion quilting, winning many ribbons at local and national shows. She loves her HQ Avanté® and HQ Pro-Stitcher®. Megan's teaching career includes experience as a college instructor, a quilting teacher for local guilds and retail shops, and an instructor at national and international machine quilting shows. Megan lives in NW Washington, has two children, and a very supportive husband. Visit her at www.bestquilter.com.
Steffani K Burton
Literally born into the business, Steffani Burton is the third generation of “women who sew” at Country Fabrics and Quilting in Brainerd, MN. Begun in 1970 by her grandmother, a visionary with a keen awareness of the changing quilting world, the business became an authorized retailer for Handi Quilter in 2004 – a perfect fit for Steffani. After earning a degree in design from Arizona State University, Steffani returned to her roots to take an active role with the Handi Quilter aspect of the business. She quilted for the shop and built a loyal customer base, installing and assisting new HQ customers with their own systems while sharing her expertise and providing confidence. Highly proficient with the HQ Fusion® and the HQ Avanté®, Steffani is equally comfortable using the HQ Pro-Stitcher® or working her own creative magic with free-motion quilting and ruler work. Her love of modern and functional quilts is showcased on her website at www.skbquilting.com.
Linda Gosselin has been piecing quilts since the American Bicentennial quilt revival of 1976. In 2002, she pieced a scrappy triple Irish chain quilt and took it to a longarm quilter at a local quilt shop. Seeing what the longarm system could do convinced her that she had to own a system herself! She bought a used HQ Sixteen® in 2005, added the HQ Pro-Stitcher® in 2007, and then upgraded to a new HQ Fusion® and HQ Pro-Stitcher in 2010. Having a background as an IT professional, Linda easily combines her love of Pro-Stitcher and Art & Stitch. She loves to “wow” her customers by showing them a digital image of their own quilts on her computer in order to audition quilting designs before they leave her studio. A certified Art & Stitch instructor, Linda teaches online classes for both Art & Stitch and HQ Pro-Stitcher using the new Simulator function. She quilts for customers, Quilts of Valor, and for charity, and teaches quilting classes at local quilt shops. Samples of her work can be seen at www.TheQuiltersHelpdesk.com.
At age five, Susan’s mother taught her to thread a needle and make a running stitch. Before long, she had taken over the sewing machine. Growing up, Susan’s interests included textiles, drawing, design, and a broad range of arts and crafts. While raising three busy children and running an insurance business with her husband, her hobbies expanded to include digital drawing, web authoring, and computer technology. Yearning for a career using her creative talents, Susan was smitten after discovering the combination of her creative joys in one activity – long arm quilting! Fabric, drawing, design, and sewing all in one complete package was simply too enticing to resist, and soon she was happily partnered with her HQ Fusion® and HQ Pro-Stitcher®. Mastering Pro-Stitcher and Art and Stitch, and seeking innovative ways to use both, Susan now enjoys quilting professionally with the HQ Infinity®. Susan believes she was meant to quilt, and she relishes any opportunity to share her love and knowledge of the craft with others.