PROGRAMS 2018 – 2019
Chairs: Carol Benson, Carole Fay, Erin Heaton, Julie Mooberry & Debbie Sherman
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Jill Finley is the owner and designer behind Jillily Studio. She has been designing quilt patterns for over 15 years and currently designs and sells quilt fabric, patterns, kits and notions. Her quilt designs show off her fresh style using high contrast fabrics and usually have a bit of applique to soften and finish each design. Jillily Studio produces the popular notions, Appli-Glue and Poke-A-Dots, along with numerous kits and patterns. Jill is the author of several books on quilting including Home Sweet Quilt and Stitched Together. She designs fabric with Penny Rose fabrics, part of Riley Blake designs.
Paula Nadelstern was the first contemporary quilt artist featured in a one-person exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum. She designs textile prints exclusively for Benartex, Inc. and travels extensively teaching her unique kaleidoscopic quiltmaking techniques. She’s authored six books. Paula lives in New York City.
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Angela is a machine quilter and author who loves to teach others to use quilting to bring out the best in their quilt tops. She’s also the host of TheMidnight Quilt Show on You Tube. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and books.
Bill Kerr co-founded Modern Quilt Studio in 1999 with his wife, Weeks Ringle. Bill and Weeks wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop, as well as Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts. They also co-authored the bestselling A Kid’s Guide to Sewing with their daughter Sophie. In 2011 they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting.
Bill and Weeks design several fabric lines a year for Benartex Fabrics and have taught modern quilting throughout the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and France. In addition to his work at Modern Quilt Studio, Bill is also a Professor and Director of the Graphic Design Discipline at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Mark L Sherman began his quilting in 2001. His mother taught him how to sew and everything she had learned from Eleanor Burns about quilting. Since the beginning, Mark wanted to make his own quilts using his own style and concepts. As a result, he developed many unique quilting methods which he is now teaching to the quilting community.
Edyta’s love for fabric began at a very young age- when she used her mother’s drapes to create her first fabric project!
Fortunately, for all of us, Edyta's mother recognized her passion for fabric and thus began her journey with fabric and sewing.
One of Edyta’s biggest blessings is her marriage to husband, Michael. She not only fell in love- she was introduced to a Sitar family tradition of quilting by her mother-in-law, Carol, and grandmother-in-law, Anna.
The combination of her love for fabric, a keen eye for color, and her family teachings blended into the recipe for a talent in constructing amazing quilts, creating innovative quilting patterns for Laundry Basket Quilts, designing beautiful Traditional and Batik fabrics for MODA and stunning threads for Aurifil. She has published 5 books to date, been featured in magazines world-wide, and her quilts have been honored by receiving many awards.
Mary Lou Weidman
Teaching people how to get OUT of the Box is a passion of Mary Lou's. She finds that many quilters follow the herd and she loves it when she can show them how to stray out of their comfort zone.
Mary Lou has written five quilting books for Martingale and C&T, owns a pattern company, has designed fabric for 14 years and 10 of that forBenartex, represents Bernina (she loves these machines),has written many booklets and has taught all across the US, Canada and 8 countries.