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Teaching Staff

We have a tremendous group of teachers for the 2014 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 2014 Handi Quilter’s Academy: Quilting Elevated.

Kimmy Brunner

Kimmy Brunner

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

Helen Godden

In only 10 years of quilting, Helen has won 9 awards at Houston International Quilt Festival, including the inaugural A World of Beauty and Master of Innovative Artistry. Helen has also won international awards in Japan and UK for her unique approach to machine quilting and is a four-time winner of Best of State in Australia. Helen is a very popular teacher and uses humor a relaxed style to encourage all students. In her work, Helen is focused on color, design, and the story the piece tells, and uses her drawing and free-motion skills to quilt award-winning works of art. Helen’s work is predominately pictorial, with strong design and exciting play with color; Helen literally draws with her sewing machine. Helen also incorporates humor into her work and often has an Aussie touch. Combining her teaching degree and her Art experience, Helen teaches from a slightly different angle and enjoys helping even the most traditional of machine sewers to find new direction in free-motion machine quilting and opening up new avenues for their creative potential.

Suzanne Hyland

Suzanne Hyland

Suzanne is a fifth-generation quilter, who has been sewing and quilting since the age of eight. Machine quilting captured her attention in 1998. Since then, she has designed products and taught classes to help machine quilters capture the beauty of their quilts through fine quilting and finishing techniques. In 2001, she developed Machingers quilting gloves, and started her company, Quilters Touch. Suzanne continues to develop products for machine quilters, has filmed many machine-quilting videos for Handi Quilter, and appeared on America Quilts Creatively. Her classes help quilters finish their quilts beautifully through interpretive design and freehand, free-motion techniques.

Angela Walters

 Angela Walters

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 Hoth

 Vicki Hoth

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 Eldredge

 Marie Eldredge

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 Duncan

 Cheryl Duncan

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 Brown

 Debby Brown

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, DesMoines), 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/ and http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/ .

Nanc Christopherson

 Nanc Christopherson

Nanc Christopherson is a mother of two beautiful women and a loving wife of 32 years. The better part of her adult life was spent in the competitive high-tech computer industry by day and building up a family that goes out and lives their dreams successfully by night. After many years of being in the background of her daughters dream seeking, and consistently supporting them in their search of 'their place'; she decided it was time to find 'her place'. After 25 plus years in systems administration she left behind the computer and replaced it with sewing machines. She went back to her roots, her true love, her passion!!! Quilting! There she found her place in the dream world and has succeeded in creating living memories for many families on fabric. Making memory quilts is her artistry. A way for families to keep the past current and remind themselves of where they have been and where they are going. Her desire is that her quilts are a lasting reminder in homes all across America of the journey a family takes, and how each becomes their own dream seeker! Nanc states, "I read a quote once many years ago that stated, "If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten." I did something new, and boy did things go up!!!" Nanc and her family live in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth Area.

Elaine Gilmore

 Elaine Gilmore

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!

Mary Beth Krapil

 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

 Linda Matteotti

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.

Sue Patten

 Sue Patten

Sue Patten of Ontario, Canada has been traveling throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe teaching and educating the art of longarm quilting since 2001. Her unique style of quilting has won both herself and her clients many awards and ribbons. She is the author of “Quilting Possibilities... Freehand Filler Patterns.” Sue’s work appears on magazine covers and has been featured in many other books. She has appeared on many TV quilting shows. She designs patterns for numerous companies and has several new thread lines. Sue’s high energy classes and unique free-motion designs are sure to inspire  you to quilt “outside the box” and let your quilting reflect who you really are!!! Learn more about Sue at http://suepatteninspires.blogspot.com/.

Charlotte Warr-Andersen

 Charlotte Warr-Andersen

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/.

Other Instructors

Karlee Porter

Karlee Porter

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

Bob Purcell

 Bob Purcell

We are pleased to welcome Bob Purcell to the 2014 Handi Quilter’s Academy. He will be part of our opening session on Thursday and share his popular Thread Therapy presentation.

Bob Purcell is President and owner of Superior Threads. He worked in Japan for 10 years and speaks fluent Japanese. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1984. His background is in product development, customer service, and quality control. Bob taught for many years at a private school and also at the college level. Since 1999 he has educated thousands within our industry and has had many articles published in various industry magazines. He got involved in the thread business to support his lovely wife’s very healthy quilting addiction. And he knows all the places she hides her fabric.