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.
Award-winning quilter Ebony Love is recognized as one of the leading experts in fabric die-cutting techniques, and she regularly produces free videos featuring tips and techniques for die cutting and quilting. Ebony jokes that she got into longarm quilting because she was cutting and finishing so many quilt tops that it was cheaper to buy a longarm than send them out to be quilted. She took to longarming very quickly, and was soon quilting for friends, clients, and other quilting professionals.
Ebony loves quilting on the HQ24 Fusion, and recently traded in her 2010 Fusion (lovingly named Mr. Darcy) for a 2014 Fusion with HQ Pro-Stitcher (aptly named Darcy 2.0.) She loves to do custom, free-hand work, but is also not afraid to use allover patterns and incorporate computerized designs into her freehand work. As she says often, “Not every quilt needs to be an award-winning masterpiece. Some of them just need to be called ‘done’.”
Ebony is a recurring guest on the shows Quilty and Quilt It! the Longarm Quilting Show (both available on QNNtv.com) and has had her work featured in numerous publications. She also pens a regular column for Quilty magazine called, “Love, your Longarmer.” You can follow Ebony’s quilting adventures on her website at http://lovebugstudios.com.
David Taylor was born in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in 1963. As a Navy brat, he was relocated up and down the East Coast of the U.S. along with his three sisters and two brothers. David completed his high school and college years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. He currently lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. David's first quilt design was in 1999, a fundraiser quilt collaboration for Strings Music Festival in Steamboat with friend and professional long-arm quilter Madeleine Vail of Clark, CO. Madeleine encouraged him to keep after it. Following a visit to Houston in 2001 for the International Quilt Festival, David's obsession with fabric turned into an obsession for quilting as art. Now, a decade into his quilting journey, he has exhibited his work internationally and teaches at numerous venues throughout the year. David's art quilts are created using hand applique, and are meticulously quilted on his HQ Sweet Sixteen.
David Taylor has been the recipient of the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Quilting from the International Quilt Association (2006), the Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award from the American Quilters Society (Paducah, 2008), and a two-time Best of Show winner at the IQA's Spring Festival in Chicago (2007, 2008). For more information, visit www.davidtaylorquilts.com.
Angela Walters is a longarm quilter, teacher, and the author of two books, “Free-motion Quilting with Angela Walters” and “In the Studio with Angela Walters”. Her quilting career began at the side of her husband’s grandfather and together they made her first quilt, a nine-patch that is still on her bed today. Thousands of swirls, feathers, parallel lines later, she has turned her love of stitches and fabric into a thriving business focused on modern machine quilting. She lives on the outskirts of Kansas City with her husband, three children, and many, many quilts. Learn more about Angela and her love of quilting at: www.quiltingismytherapy.com.
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.
Elaine became a longarm quilter in 2000 with little knowledge of finishing quilts or longarm quilting. She became involved in computerized quilting when it was still in its infancy. She saw this as a new challenge and suspect the quilting industry would soon accept it. But since there wasn’t much education available in those early years, Elaine figured it out and self-published two books on computerized custom quilting. It wasn’t long before she began teaching other quilters throughout the US and Canada. When she discovered Handi Quilter, she decided to begin selling them. And before long, fell in love with HQ Pro-Stitcher. A quilter who is never satisfied to just do the easy stuff, Elaine is always looking for ways to accomplish techniques that are outside the box. Knowing that her biggest obstacle is our own mind, she loves to push the envelope making her HQ Pro-Stitcher work magic. Elaine believes the pairing of her HQ18 Avanté and HQ Pro-Stitcher is a perfectly matched team. Together they can create beautiful quilts!
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/.
Beverly Burton began quilting 30 years ago. Beverly loves to challenge herself with new techniques. She has made full-size quilts, lap quilts, quilted wall hangings, and quilted clothing which was marketed in Paducah, Kentucky. In her sewing studio, Beverly enjoys both her HQ Sweet Sixteen® and her HQ18 Avanté®. Beverly served as president of her local quilt guild, actively assisting quilters in registering their antique quilts with the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society. Teaching at her local quilt guild and quilt store, Beverly shares her expertise in appliqué, free-motion quilting, and thread painting. Her thread painting has been featured in an AQS published book. As a Handi Quilter National educator, Beverly enjoys sharing her knowledge and proficiency with quilters everywhere.
Diane Henry has been working with fabric since her grandmother taught her how to hand piece her first nine-patch block at age four. A blue-ribbon winning hand quilter, she discovered machine quilting in the late 1990s and has never looked back. Diane loves sharing her passion for machine quilting with others around the world. She works with quilting groups and shops leading classes and organizing workshops; conducts lectures and demonstrations at quilt shows; and serves as one of the moderators of the HQ Pro-Stitcher® Yahoo group supporting HQ Pro-Stitcher owners. A professional machine quilter since 2007, Diane purchased her first longarm, an HQ Sixteen® with HQ Pro-Stitcher in 2008. She now uses an HQ24 Fusion® with HQ Pro-Stitcher and an HQ Sweet Sixteen to further expand her creative options.
Susan Jungerheld has owned a longarm quilting business and a Handi Quilter machine since 2008. She loves free-motion and ruler-assisted quilting using her HQ24 Fusion®, and proudly quilts for local quilt shops, her customers, and charities. Susan began teaching both piecing and quilting in local quilt shops, and now is thrilled to share her knowledge and experience with quilters everywhere as a Handi Quilter National Educator. Susan is an award-winning quilter, with several quilts featured in Quilt Trends magazine. Before working professionally in the quilting industry, Susan worked in counseling, education, customer service, and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
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.
Diann Loper discovered her love for free-motion quilting more than a decade ago. Not surprising, she quickly became addicted to machine quilting and within months purchased her first longarm quilting machine. It wasn’t long until she then moved into computerized quilting. Diann is an award-winning free-motion quilter and an expert at computerized quilting. In addition to being a Handi Quilter Educator, Diann also operates her own quilting business in the Dallas area. You can see more of her work at www.happyquilts.com.
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.
Charlotte is a lifetime native of Salt Lake City, Utah where she lives with her husband and two of her four children (and three dogs). With a background of sewing and crafts, she made er first quilt, a Log Cabin in the barn-raising pattern, in 1974 and then made several more traditional quilts. Since 1983, her specialty has been one-of-a-kind, original pictorial quilts made with either, or both, appliqué and piecing techniques. Her pictorial appliqué technique is a unique one featuring forms that are independently layered and created. These created forms are then attached to the background. The pictorial piecing technique makes use of set-in corners, which eliminates many unnecessary seams and makes for a smoother and more flexible piecing process. She enjoys creating realistic and representational images from the unlikely medium of fabric. Charlotte’s quilts have won many prestigious awards; among them second place in the first Great American Quilt Contest in honor of the Statue of Liberty Centennial, several first places at the American Quilter's Society Show, and two Best of Shows at the Houston International Quilt Festival and Best of Show at the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Quilt show. Charlotte teaches and lectures locally, nationally, and internationally, having taught in Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand and Canada. She has authored two books explaining her pictorial appliqué technique. Charlotte encourages students to sift through her techniques, using them to draw out their own visions and creativity. Find out more at http://www.charlottewarrandersen.com/.
If you don’t know Karlee Porter by name, you’ll likely recognize her distinctive quilting style. Karlee is an award-winning quilter who finds joy in longarm quilting, designing fabric, and creating digital quilting designs and patterns. Karlee has been an artist all her life and has applied that talent to her quilting. She likes to push the limits and break all the quilting rules. Some of her favorite techniques include hand-dying fabric, whole cloth quilting, couching and bobbin work, and embellishments like beads and hot-fix crystals. She always tries to learn something new each day and is eager to share her artistic tips and tricks with anyone who will listen. Karlee hopes to use her talents to encourage others to be the best they can be. She is so thankful for the support she has gotten from the quilting community, her friends, her family, and especially her husband Andrew.
Special Guest Speaker
Steve Nabity – CEO (aka “Chief Energizing Officer”), AccuQuilt
Steve Nabity is a Nebraska Cornhusker who loves GO BIG RED football even with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Iowa State and MBA from Kansas University. He married his high school sweetheart and they have the two greatest kids on earth and one in Heaven. He is happiest in the great outdoors hunting with their two black labs or traveling with family. He equates business to coaching a football team. His favorite sayings are Head West!, Where's the Puck? and It's only Creative if it Sells. His team is also familiar with other ‘Steve’isms’ such as Since Hector was a Pup and Monkey Butts. He is blessed with a great team and customers who challenge AccuQuilt to be the best. He thanks all for their support and making AccuQuilt the best!