Meet the Instructors

Quilt Connect USA is extremely excited to introduce the wonderful teachers who will host classes at the 2017 Atlanta Quilt Show!  Well known artists and teachers from across the country , and even around the world, have committed to making the Atlanta Quilt Show a first class venue with exceptional opportunities to interact with these professionals during hands-on classes, demonstrations, and lectures.  There is something for everyone.  Check out our teachers below!

Laura BosmaLaura Bosma:  Laura Bosma holds a Masters Degree in Education. A lifelong learner, Laura began sewing at the age of 5. Laura taught sewing at the High School level for many years. Laura began quilting in 1997. Appliqué is her “Super Power!” Laura’s medium of choice is Wool Appliqué. Laura enjoys all aspects of Wool Appliqué, designing wool kits, stitching, dyeing wool, and recycling wool. Laura specializes in felted wool Die Cut Wool Appliqué designs.  

Michell EnoMichelle Eno:  Michelle ran a highly successful longarm quilting business for more than 10 years. During that time, she also became a valued member of the Virginia Longarm Education team, training new Innova Longarm Quilting Systems owners and sharing her love for the art. With her keen understanding of what it takes to get a perfect stitch on almost any quilting machine, she is able to guide new Innova owners and customers of The Longarm Network in the art of machine quilting so that they, too, can turn quilt tops into treasures.

In early 2015, Michelle sold her business and joined The Longarm Network team as the Director of Sales. In June 2015, Michelle took on The Longarm Network’s Southeast Division with the opening of The Longarm Network location in Greenville, South Carolina. 
Jaimie Davis:  Jaimie began quilting in 1993 shortly after the birth of her first son, and soon became a dedicated quilter and teacher. Her love for color and curvy lines has been the source of inspiration for the many appliqué quilts she has created. She has taught classes for the American Quilter’s Society, the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, Oregon and The Appliqué Society, in addition to local and regional quilt guilds. Her work has been shown in national and international exhibits, including the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas, and the International Art Competition for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is found in both private and corporate collections. Jaimie and her husband have three sons and live in Tigard, Oregon.
Joan DerylakJoan Derylak:  Joan Derylak has been sewing since the age of 7. Her specialty is tailoring. In 2008 a local quilt shop asked Joan to teach a class on one of her first bargello jackets and Figure Flattering Quiltwear was born.  Joan designs and publishes her own line for Quiltwear patterns for ladies of all sizes and shapes.  Many of her designs are offered in multiple body types (Slender/petite, Regular/Average, Full large bust and Plus sizes) and all are truly figure flattering.  Figure Flattering Quiltwear is located in Simpsonville, SC.  Visit her website for more information:  www.figureflatteringquiltwear.com

Marilyn ForemanMarilyn Foreman:  Marilyn Foreman of Quilt Moments and Twister Sisters Designs has been quilting for over 20 years. Over the past 10 years she has published over 50 patterns, a book titled “Kaleidoscope Symphony”, filmed a Craftsy video class called “Quilted Kaleidoscopes” and has been published in several quilt magazines. With a background in analysis, she really enjoys the challenge of making her patterns as versatile as possible so they all include a variety of sizes and fabric options. She enjoys designing pieced quilts that look complicated yet include basic piecing techniques. Read more about Marilyn and see her designs and blog at www.QuiltMoments.com.

Beth HeftlerBeth Heftler: Over the years I’ve seen my design preferences evolve from mainly machine applique to mainly scrappy, but I still like to mix it up all the time. My one constant design style is one of "fun over fuss," and I unapologetically encourage students to relax and have fun in my classes. Who needs matching points fouling up an otherwise cool design, after all?

Since founding EvaPaige Quilt Designs in 2005, I have published over 40 patterns and my work has been featured in Quilter's World, The Quilter, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, and Cotton Spice magazines. I was honored to be appointed to the 2014 Quiltmaker magazine "Scrap Squad" along with five other quilters, all of us chosen to remake one particular design per issue in all scraps. Nothing has ever been more right up my alley, and led to my favorite and most popular lecture, “Give it a Scrap Slap.”

At my “Quilting Hottie Haven” blog (www.evapaigequiltdesigns.blogspot.com) and on my EPQD facebook page (www.facebook.com/EvaPaigeQuiltDesigns), I have created several events and regular features including “Drop and Give Me Twenty,” a month-long challenge wherein quilters pledge to quilt for at least 20 minutes every day the entire month of February and the “Teal Mini Swap” Ovarian Cancer Research Fun fundraiser and swap in September. It’s a way I can honor my mom, who taught me to sew and who lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2002.  I reside in Pepperell MA with my husband and three daughters.

Linda HrckaLinda Hrcka:  Linda Hrcka, of The Quilted Pineapple, is an award winning longarm quilter. She has taken her passion for quilting and transformed a favorite hobby into a successful business. She is a self-taught quilter who shares her love of quilting on her website.

Linda's passion for transforming traditional designs with modern techniques shines throughout her style of free-motion quilting. To aid in the quilting process, Linda has designed her own line of quilting templates. These templates, available at her website, aid in the process of creating beautiful and unique designs. Linda is very excited to have the opportunity to teach, and she loves sharing all she has learned throughout her journey.

Linda currently resides in Michigan with her husband and twin daughters.

DeLoa JonesDeLoa Jones:  DeLoa Jones has been an avid quilter for 37 years. She started her longarm career with 20 years of teaching and hand quilting professionally. Many of DeLoa’s designs are influenced by her sense of traditional quilting with a little twist added. DeLoa has had a machine quilting business for 17 years in which she has a running count of about 6200 quilts. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and designs with her students.

DeLoa was awarded the 2011 MQX Teacher of the Year. She has authored 5 books and has a line of rulers and stencils. DeLoa has appeared on QNNTV.com and with Linda Taylor on the QuiltingSchool.com.

DeLoa and her husband Dave live in Michigan and have 8 children and10 grandchildren.

Karen KendoKaren Kendo:  Karen is an award-winning quilter who began quilting in 1995 and teaching quilting classes in 2010, specializing in beginning quilting. She also owns a longarm quilting business, Quilting with Karen, and does custom quilting for herself and others. She teaches longarm quilting classes at retreats and The Longarm Network – Southeast, in Greenville, SC, and gives private and semiprivate longarm classes in her personal quilting studio.

Karen currently is President of the Quilters of South Carolina, the state guild; and is a member of Cobblestone Quilters Guild in Charleston, SC, the West Virginia State Guild, the National Quilters Association, and the American Quilters Society.

Having completed the Judging Seminar course offered by the National Quilting Association in 2005, Karen has judged several fairs and guild quilt shows in South Carolina and Virginia, and has served as a judge’s aide and/or scribe at numerous quilt shows throughout North and South Carolina.

Susan Claire MayfieldSusan-Claire Mayfield:  Susan-Claire Mayfield has been quilting since the seventies and was sewing as a child encouraged by her mum before then.

When asked to teach at a local quilting store Susan-Claire decided to prepare her own patterns for the class. The designs and patterns were popular and quilters asked for more – and so the pattern designing began. Susan-Claire has many designs now and her own studio in her home in the country in New Zealand, and loves it!

In recent years Susan-Claire mentioned to a Quilter that she had been asked to be guest speaker at a Quilters Guild and was wondering what topic to speak on. The Quilter’s husband overheard the question and replied “Cooking of course”. Well when you get to know Susan-Claire you won’t be surprised to hear that she took up the challenge and prepared a Quilters version of a 3 course fabric meal with appropriate commentary and good humour – and so the GourmetQuilter was born.

Marti MichellMarti Michell:  Marti Michell is a popular patchwork teacher having taught in 49 states and 24 countries. Since 1995, Marti is best known for the From Marti Michell acrylic tools for rotary cutting and her passion for teaching easy, accurate patchwork. Marti is also a prolific author (close to 2 million books sold), Craftsy instructor, fabric designer (currently Maywood Studio), quilt collector and quilt maker. Marti and her husband Richard started their first patchwork kit company (Yours Truly, Inc.) in 1972. When you take a class with Marti, you will share quilting knowledge gained in her 45 year quilting career. Marti graduated from Iowa State University in Textiles & Clothing and Journalism. The Michells live in Atlanta, GA.
Stacy MichellStacy Michell:  In 1986, Stacy Michell started a business venture called “Shades Textiles”. After visiting several large quilt shows, she was inspired to explore the options of hand dyed textiles in the quilting marketplace. With in her first couple of years in business Stacy started exhibiting at as many as 18 quilt shows a year from smaller local events to some of the bigger venues like The American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Kentucky or Quilt Market & Quilt Festival in Houston. 

Currently, Stacy, and her husband Alex Bogdan, are living in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Shades Textiles Studio occupies a 7000 square foot space. With a staff of about 3 people and a little grey cat, Shades Studio is a busy and colorful place to be.

Karen Pharr:  Karen Pharr is a Juki of America National Educator.  Karen is an award winning quilter with quilts shown in both International Quilt Shows and Art Galleries.  As a national teacher, pattern designer, Author and Quilter, Karen loves to help students develop new fun and creative techniques which they can apply to their own quilting style.  A yes you can attitude always flows throughout her classroom so everyone can become the Quilter they want to be.

Darlene RobertsDarlene Roberts:  Darlene Roberts has an extensive background in many areas of the world of sewing. She began with sewing clothing then moved into heirloom sewing. It wasn't until early 2002 that she fell in love with the art of quilting. Remembering her great-aunt's hand loom hung from the ceiling, she knew quilting by machine was the route for her!

After designing patterns for a national fabric/design company and teaching both locally and nationally, Darlene now has her own longarm quilting business, Morning Fog Studios. She continues to teach thread sketching/painting and landscape classes locally and nationally.

Valerie SchlakeValerie Schlake:  Valerie Schlake purchased her first longarm machine over 18 years ago, when she began her quilting-for-hire business in her basement, calling it A Needle Runs Through It. The business grew steadily, and Val moved it to a storefront in 2006. Valerie renamed the company The Virginia Longarm Network and expanded its services to include machine rental by the hour, unique quilt packaging, longarm education, and the selling and servicing of longarm machines.

In 2012, VLN became the Mid-Atlantic dealer and distributor for Innova Quilting Systems, the longarm quilting systems of the future. Understanding the need for continuing education, Valerie created Birds of a Feather in 2012, an annual 3-day event offering a shared learning experience and wonderful classes to all longarm quilters throughout the country.

Today, Valerie’s love of the art is stronger than it’s ever been. From VLN’s sturdy foundation to its present day presence as the East Coast hub for Innova longarms, Valerie has derived some of her greatest pleasures in helping other quilters grow their talents in this wonderful world of quilting. When you see her in the shop or at a show, be sure to stop by and say hello.