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.