Laura 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.
Michelle 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.
Marilyn 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Darlene 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 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.