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2017 New England Faculty

MQX Quilt Festival - New England has contracted with top notch instructors for 2017. As faculty member contracts are signed you will see their biography here.

2017 New England Faculty is now complete!  

Registration is now OPEN!

Applebee Mandy New

Mandy Applebee - After twelve years of teaching in the emergency medical field, Mandy has been teaching domestic machine quilting around New York state for the last three years. She is an enthusiastic, energetic, instructor willing to share her knowledge of quilting. As a longarm machine quilter by trade for ten years, she fell in love with finished quilts and refined the ability to complete them using either the domestic or longarm machine. Simple or complex Mandy will help you make choices that will make your quilts go from pretty to amazing! Yellowhouse Quilts

Lisa Calle

Lisa Calle is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science with
a BS in Textile Management and Marketing. She found a love for quilting in 1997 after leaving a management career in retail with a focus on raising a family.

Lisa first learned about long arm quilting machines while working part-time in the local quilt shop. After a lengthy career quilting for customers, Lisa began teaching in 2007 and has produced multiple instructional DVD's and a line of longarm templates/rulers entitled Quilters Groove. Lisa resides in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband and 3 children.  

Faculty: Lenore Crawford for Fusing/Fabric Painting to Create Realistic Art Quilts

Lenore Crawford After working in a hospital lab and then chemical research for many years, Lenore Crawford wanted to pursue her passion for art as a full-time endeavor. She has worked in many different media including pen and ink, acrylics, wood, and others and became intrigued with fabric. She developed her own fiber art style and technique and called it “Impressionistic Fabric Blending” using 2” squares of hundreds of different fabrics cut randomly and assembled to create a sort of fabric “painting.” She is currently using fusing and fabric paints to create her fiber art. She lectures and teaches nationally and internationally and has won numerous prizes for her work.Lenore loves using fabric as an art medium, and along with fabric paints she has achieved realism with texture and depth that other mediums do not achieve. 

ABM Innova

Matt Dorey has been a machine technician for ABM International for nearly two decades and has a vast knowledge of maintenance and repair of quilting machines. Learn how to maintain your longarm in this interactive class.


Faculty: Victoria Findlay Wolfe for 15 Minutes of Play

Victoria Findlay Wolfe  – is a New York City based award-winning international quilter, author of 15 Minutes of Play & Double Wedding Ring Quilts: Traditions Made Modern (C&T publishing), She also Teaches and exhibits internationally, along with designing fabrics for Marcus Fabrics, Dies with Sizzix, Aurifil thread sets and is the JUKI USA Ambassador. She is active behind the scenes as well with the Quilt Alliance, and advisory board member of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and her own community based quilt drives. 

Victoria also has a special exhibit of 20 of her Double Wedding Ring quilts in a variety of styles and colors on display, right next to her booth #205, in the Armory. 

Faculty: Gyleen Fitzgerald for Bending Star

Gyleen Fitzgerald makes quilts that blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops. As a writer, Gyleen centers on haiku poetry, quilt project books, magazine articles and children’s books. 


Jessica Gamez Teacher 2017

Jessica Gamez, of Jessica's Quilting Studio, brings over a decade of expert longarm experience to MQX Quilt Festivals. She has frequently been featured on "Quilting Celebrations" with Patrick Lose for her exquisite quilting and longarm expertise. Having completed over 6,000 quilts for clients all over the United States, she has been awarded high honors for many of her clients' competition quilts. 

Faculty: Linda Gosselin for Advanced Art and Stitch

Linda Gosselin is a Handi Quilter Educator, an Art & Stitch certified instructor and a professional machine quilter with a background in accounting and information systems. She discovered a love of computerized quilting after purchasing her first HQ16 longarm system in 2007. Now she's an experienced teacher with the HQ Pro-Stitcher, Art & Stitch and Sue Pelland Designs as well as quilting classes. Linda is a member of several local quilt guilds and volunteers as a longarm quilter for Quilts of Valor. Linda hails from central Massachusetts.

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Jane Hauprich is longarm quilter that specializes in custom, free motion quilting. Her career began with quilting on her home machine. She then discovered longarm quilting and purchased a longarm machine in 2012 and opened her doors for business. Jane's personal and customer quilts have won awards regionally and nationally. She is currently quilting for one of the well-known fabric companies and feels blessed to be able to work at a profession that has become a passion.

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Sue Heinz Sue’s passion is teaching and she brings to each of her classes a Fine Arts and Education background, over 25+ years of quilting experience, a sense of humor, design expertise and a commitment to help each of her students reach new levels of quilting excellence. She has authored four books, brimming with fresh design ideas for free-motion quilting and has also designed several innovative marking tools and rulers - all to delight, intrigue and inspire. In addition to teaching at guilds and national shows all across the country, her designs, books and tools have been featured in online TV and national and international publications.

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Dorie Hruska has a deep passion for color, texture and design. She is a 4th generation quilter beginning at 15 secretly creating a Lone Star quilt for her mother. After purchasing her first longarm in 2002, she opened her successful longarm business, Forever Quilting. Dorie's work has been featured in several books and publications and she has won numerous awards for her machine quilting at the local and national levels. Although she uses a variety of quilting designs and styles, Dorie is best known for her connecting designs, as seen in her book, Making Connections. Click here for Dorie's website.

Faculty: Angela Huffman for Avoiding the Biggest Blunders of Longarm Quilting

Angela Huffman began quilting more than 17 years ago and has been infected with the quilting bug ever since. She has been a featured guest in numerous quilting publications and featured on quilting television productions. Angela enjoys teaching and oversees many happy longarm renters in her quilting studio. She enjoys computerized as well as free motion longarm quilting and has a designed numerous digital motifs. A nominee for teacher of the year, digital pattern designer and has many video tutorials to her credit. Angela is also an Emmy award-winning television producer and she an still be found behind the microphone as a voice-over artist for television and radio.     

Faculty: Karen Marchetti for Big Border Breakdowns

Karen Marchetti pieced her first quilt top in 2003 and it didn't take long for longarm quilting to become her true passion developing her own unique style of custom quilting. Karen loves creating and designing her own quilts, and competes as much as possible. Karen has won many national awards for her personal quilts, as well as client quilts. She quilts samples for Quiltworx as well as RJR Fabrics and she is one of Gammill's Quilting Artists. Her work has been in numerous publications, Gammill ads and she was recently a guest artist on The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky. Karen brings a fresh, open and artistic approach to teaching, encouraging quilters to use their passion to create and increase their skills gently while enjoying their creations.

ann mcnew

Ann McNew has been longarm quilting for more than 10 years and is an award winning quilter having quilts displayed at various national quilt shows. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines. As a longarm educator, Ann loves to share her techniques with other quilters, encouraging them to adapt quilting designs to their individual style. Ann and her husband are also avid motorcycle enthusiasts and scuba divers.

Faculty: RaNae Merrill for Spiral Rose Nesting Spiral Workshop

RaNae Merrill –RaNae is an award-winning quilter, author and teacher. Her unique "spiral" quilts have appeared in national shows and magazines, and her books Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts and Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts have already become quilting classics. She is a popular instructor at guilds, and frequently teaches at major quilt shows around the world

Bethanne Nemesh Portrait

Bethanne Nemesh has always been an artist, having earned her BFA in 1995 from Longwood College in Virginia followed by a MS in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1997. Bethanne is a national award winning quilter, having won top awards at every major national show with her unique pictographic quilting style, detailed finish work and contemporary wholecloth quilts. Bethanne is also a  longarm quilter for hire and many of her classes marry her business sense with her artistic flair, as she seeks to encourage her students to openly communicate with their clients to find a balance between personalized design and budget. Bethanne is a dynamic teacher, often adapting the content of her classes to individual student needs if single students need additional help, or are more advanced than the majority of the students and need to be pushed beyond the limits of class, especially in her hands on classes. Please visit Bethanne's website, for a complete list of her awards, book and magazine publications and museum exhibitions.

Faculty: Susan Pelland for Clever Clam Shells

Sue Pelland – has been quilting and teaching since the age of 13. Sue worked for her family owned quilt shop while earning a degree in Textile Chemistry. Sue worked for Cranston Print Works Co. for 5 years as a Color Chemist. Sue's favorite part of the Cranston Print Works job was taking quilt groups on tour of the manufacturing facility, and attending quilt guild meetings to educate quilters about fabric printing and finishing.   

Faculty: Deborah Poole for Feathers for the Fearful

Deborah Poole – Deborah is a national award winning professional longarm quilter, author and teacher. She was also Kim Diehl's personal quilter for six years, so you can view her work in many of Kim's books as well as multiple magazines. She has been quilting as long as she can remember, and has solid roots in traditional hand-piecing, appliqué and quilting. Eight years ago she chose to cross over to what she referred to as "The Dark Side" and bought a longarm. Her quilting world instantly got a whole lot bigger. Her greatest joy now is helping others be successful in all aspects of quilting.

Faculty: Lisa Reber for Manipulations for dyeing

Lisa Reber – Lisa White Reber has been quilting since 1994, with dyeing fabric and fibers following in1996. Starting with MX type dyes on quilting cotton, her dye adventure has spread out to include color removal and working with different classes of dyes for different fabrics. Dyeing more and more yardage led to the creation of her hand-dye business, DippyDyes, in 2008, followed by a regular schedule vending at quilt shows since 2009. Teaching dyeing at many of these shows followed in 2012, with students returning year after year to learn new skills for use in their own creations 

Faculty: Mark Sherman for Man Quilter

Mark Sherman  –Mark Sherman is an international award winning quilter, teacher and lecturer. Mark started quilting in 2001 and his love for nature and color and is clearly shown in his stained glass styled quilts. He dyes his own fabrics to mimic the pieces of stained glass which he uses to make his quilts. His work is part of the Permanent Founder’s Collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

Mark is MQX's Friday Night Dinner guest speaker and a special exhibit of his work will be on display. 

Shelly Sieverkropp

Shelley Sieverkropp  – Shelley Sieverkropp first found her love of sewing on a treadle machine, using a phone book to be able to reach the pedal. She pulls from years of experience: from making her own school clothing in third grade, working in a jacket factory, a restaurant owner, computer programmer, accountant and now longarm quilter to combine techniques that apply across the spectrum to identify and solve problems and increase your productivity

Faculty: Karen Sievert for Go Ahead! Put That Feather in Your Cap!

Karen Sievert  – Karen began her quilt making journey in 1997 when her sister dragged her into a quilt shop. She told her that all she had to do was sew a straight line! Karen soon found out that there was a little more involved in quilting than just stitching that straight line! Purchasing her first long arm in 1998, Karen became passionate about free motion quilting and the way the quilting could totally transform a quilt. Karen has written two piecing books, both published by Martingale and Co. Today she teaches both domestic piecing classes and free motion quilting classes on a long arm. She has won numerous awards for her innovative piecing and quilting skills both nationally and internationally. Her greatest love, aside from her family and friends, is sharing the joy of quilting with other quilters! Karen’s passion for quilting comes through in her teaching and what she enjoys most is watching her students realize that THEY CAN DO IT TOO!!!!

Crystal Smythe

Crystal Smythe's lifelong love of sewing has led her in many directions. She has explored and exploited about every sewing technique including garment construction, tailoring, heirloom sewing, machine embroidery, quilt piecing, free-motion quilting on a home machine, creating mohair teddy bears, and now, professional machine quilting. The addition of the IntelliQuilter computerized robotic quilting system has increased her productivity, complexity, and accuracy. She quilts for clients and manages four longarms, all with computerized quilting systems. Crystal has been a longtime faculty member of MQX Quilt Festivals. 

Margaret Solomon Gunn

Margaret Solomon Gunn has sewn everything from heirloom smocked dresses to curtains, with a current love of hand-piecing and appliqué. She made her first quilt while in college studying to be an engineer. Fifteen years later, she traded in the career to stay at home, raise her children, and realized that her love of quilting could be fostered at the same time and bought herself a longarm to start a business, Mainely Quilts of Love. Known for her often intricate secondary patterns and use of templates, Margaret is a freemotion quilter with many national awards and published articles to her credit.  

Amy Anderson

Amy Stuart – Amy joined the APQS family in 2004, finding her true home in the Service Department in 2006. She has been teaching Maintenance Classes at the factory and at Quilting Shows since that time. Her true joy is being able to help customers become comfortable with their machines, and not be afraid of doing minor maintenance and repairs

Faculty: Timna Tarr for Designing with Flying Colors

Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. She bought her first longarm in 2001 and has been quilting client quilts ever since. Timna’s own award winning quilts have been seen in numerous national quilting magazines and is an in-demand speaker and teacher throughout the northeastern United States. She is a member of her local guilds as well as the more traditional Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild and the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild.

Linda Thielfoldt

Linda Thielfoldt has been quilting for more than 36 years, teaching quilting for over 16 years, and loves to share her knowledge. Her classes are taught in a no-rules, fun, and lively style that will provide inspiration and new ideas. Linda was named as a teacher of the year finalist by a national quilting magazine and is a featured guest artist/teacher for a national longarm company. In addition, Linda has designed numerous digitized quilting patterns. Residing in Troy, Michigan with her husband and kitties, her machine quilting skills are in demand by quilters from all over the country.   

Candace West

Candace West began her sewing career creating custom equestrian apparel and accessories for both horse and rider. Today, Barn Cat Creations, LLC, has evolved into a quilting focused business. Candace is a published pattern designer with digital quilting designs available at with her piecing patterns available directly from Barn Cat Creations. Ms. West is a multiple national award winner and teacher, whose art has been, displayed at major quilt show venues throughout the country. Her award winning quilts and garments have appeared in several major magazines.

Faculty: Cathy Wiggins

Cathy Wiggins is a self-taught quilter who truly loves sharing her passion with others through teaching, lecturing, and judging. In 2003, after 20+ years in the telecommunications industry, she gave up the corporate world to become a quilter. Cathy has several published books on her whimsical techniques, has been featured in virtually all of the well-known quilting magazines, and has filmed numerous quilting television shows. More recently, she has turned her focus to leather and is pioneering the art of quilting on leather with the launch of her own leather line for the home sewer. In the last two years, she has had multiple solo exhibitions of her artistic creations throughout the country. Cathy is a highly-regarded team member for MQX Quilt Festivals. In early 2016, MQX Quilt Festivals honored Cathy for her innovation and pioneering spirit by creating a new award category entitled, "New Traditions in Textiles, the Cathy Wiggins Award"   

Susan Zeller

Susan Zellers –Baby Lock Certified Ambassador of Education

Susan has been sewing on Baby Lock sewing machines for over thirty years and has traveled all over the US as a Baby Lock Educational Consultant. Susan has immersed herself in teaching sergers and sewing machines and spreading her knowledge for the love of sewing. 

Susan probably has thread in her veins. With two generations before her, Susan was sewing her own school clothes by the age of twelve, home decorated and kept her two daughters clothed Susan has recently ventured into the Modern Quilting world and has become inspired to try and teach new methods of piecing and quilting with a serger.Her contagious laugh and enthusiasm creates an enjoyable and enlightening experience for you and your customers.


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