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MQX New England Faculty

New England class registration will be available late fall 2018.  Please stay tuned.  As faculty contracts are signed we will begin posting the line-up.  


 Kathie Beltz has been addicted to quilting since 1995, teaching since 2004, and judging quilts since 2007. She has won numerous quilting awards across the United States and teaches workshops at shows, guilds, and shops. Kathie particularly enjoys instructing beginners by planning her classes in such a way that the student will go home with a finished (or mostly finished) project satisfying the need for instant gratification from a class. As a longtime MQX judging room staff member, Kathie has a unique perspective into the judging process and will give tour participants an insider's view of why some quilts win ribbons and some do not.  www.KathieBeltz.com

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Faculty: Carolina Asmussen Carolina Asmussen is an architect who discovered the quilting world in 2010 in Switzerland. Like in her old job she loves to design her own projects, quilt patterns. She is an award winning show teacher and also had her original design quilts displayed at the International Quilt Festival in Houston/Chicago, American Quilters Society and many other national and international quilt shows.! ! Since her relocation to Connecticut she also teaches quilting classes and workshops to domestic machine quilters. She designed her own methods to teach free motion quilting based on her artistic background. Her goal with the students is to make them able to recognize the strong elements of their own quilts and use free motion quilting designs to create unique work. ! www.carolinasmussen.com!

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Esterita Austin : Internationally award winning quilt maker, designer and teacher, Esterita Austin is known for her portraiture and stone series as well as her mono printing/luminous illusion techniques. The use of textural and dimensional imagery has given Esterita's work a unique style. She brings creative energy to her workshops, stimulating the imagination and invigorating the soul.

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Faculty: Eva BirchEva Birch has been a longarm quilter for eight years and has been teaching both locally and nationally for the past two years. She has received several national awards, her work has been published in several quilting publications and she enjoys sharing her creativity with her students and other quilters.

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Lisa CalleLisa 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.

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Faculty: Gyleen Fitzgerald for Bending StarGyleen 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. www.ColorfulStitches.com

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Jackie Gauker has been working with felted wool for over twenty years. She started making wool penny rugs as a distraction while sitting at her children's 4-H events and it turned into a passion. Jackie began dyeing her own wool and this soon grew into her business, Jackie's Woolens. She now incorporates wool into quilts, bags, tablerunners and more. Jackie enjoys spreading her enthusiasm for working with wool as a teacher and also through meeting people while vending at quilt shows.

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Faculty: Linda Gosselin for HQ Pro-Stitcher Premium Simulator: Building a Whole Cloth QuiltLinda 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 2005. 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.

www.TheQuiltersHelpdesk.com

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Jane Hauprich Jane has been piecing quilts for going on 20 years and discovered a passion for longarm quilting in 2009. Jane is a self-taught quilter who specializes in custom free motion quilting winning many awards over the years. As a Handi Quilter National Educator and on her own at quilt shops and national quilt shows, Jane’s philosophy is that no matter the machine anyone can learn to custom quilt. Jane resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. www.stitchbystitchcustomquilting.com

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Faculty: Dorie Hruska for Diamonds are a Girls Best FriendDorie 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. 


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Faculty: Deloa JonesDeLoa Jones –has carried her traditional quilting background into her machine quilting. An experienced machine quilter with thousands of customer quilts under her belt, DeLoa has been teaching her free motion designs throughout the country. She lives in Michigan and is the proud mother of eight children. She enjoys sharing her quilting knowledge with all who share the same passion. DeLoa was awarded the 2011 Machine Quilter Teacher of the Year at MQX East 2012.  Visit Deloa's Site

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 Janice Kagenski began sewing at the age of 10, but fell in love with quilting in 1982 after seeing all the beautiful quilts at the New York State Fair. With a degree in Computer Science and a job in the Computer Aided Design and Drafting industry, she knew that longarm quilting would be in her future. She purchased a Gammill longarm machine in 2007 and computerized it with an Intelliquilter in 2011. Computerized quilting gives her the precision that she desires. She loves to help others with their quilting endeavors. Janice resides in southern New Hampshire and belongs to several quilt guilds.


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Faculty: Cindy Lohbeck for Black Magic - Discharge Dyeing Cindy Lohbeck has worked in textiles and fabric dyeing for over 30 years and is truly a dyehard at heart! She started "Hands On Hand Dyes" in 2007 to share her love of textile arts through an extensive line of fabric dyeing kits. Believing in the right tools for the job, her helpful kits and classes are full of tools, tips and tricks which have helped thousands of quilters and crafters share in the empowering experience of dyeing their own fabric. Humor, productivity and organization are key components to her fabric dyeing workshops making them a favorites at quilt shows, fabric shops, retreats, and guild events across the nation. www.HandsonHandDyes.com

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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.

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Marjan Kluepfel was born in the Netherlands. After living in Florida, Hawaii, Australia and South Carolina, she now makes her home in Davis, CA. Her work has been juried into many shows and for the past 20 years she has been teaching her fabric art both nationally and internationally. Marjan's work is for sale in several galleries in Northern California. She is a member of the California Fiber Artists, Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Northern California Quilt Council.

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Faculty: RaNae Merrill for Spiral Rose Nesting Spiral WorkshopRaNae 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

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Bethanne Nemesh PortraitBethanne 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 a dynamic teacher, often adapting the content of her classes to individual student needs, especially in her hands on classes. Please visit Bethanne's website, www.whitearborquilting.com for a complete list of her awards, book and magazine publications and museum exhibitions.

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Faculty: Gina Perkes-TidwellGina Perkes-Tidwell is an internationally award-winning quilter and wearable artist. She was recently honored with IQA's "Future of Quilting" award. Gina has been quilting for nearly a decade and has managed to successfully balance her quilting passion with her role as a mother of three young children. She is featured in Gammill's quilting ads and is proud to represent them as a national spokesperson. She has appeared on several quilting shows including "Linda's Longarm Quilters" and "The Quilt Show". Gina loves working with other quilters, sharing her techniques, and helping them find inspiration and gain confidence.

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Heidi Proffetty uses her original technique to create Mosaic Art Quilts using a digital cutter. Inspired by the photographs she takes, she renders the photo into a mosaic digital design. Then she carefully selects commercial batiks and hand-dyed fabrics to achieve the perfect combination of shading, contrast and interest. In the end, all of the small, intricate fabric pieces are precisely cut using a digital cutter, fused into place and free-motion stitched creating an art quilt that is filled with emotion and visually stunning.

Heidi Proffetty is an award winning quilter and teacher known for her mosaic style of art quilts. In 2017 she won 2nd and 3rd place awards at International Quilt Festival in Houston. Her quilts have been juried into American Quilter’s Society, traveled with Cherrywood Fabric’s Challenge exhibits and exhibited in local galleries. She has been a featured guest artist on Quilting Arts TV and has been published in Oct/Nov 2017 Quilting Arts Magazine. In 2018 she made a guest appearance on The Quilt Show. The show #2406 is scheduled to air March 10, 2019. In 2019, she will continue to make mosaic style of art quilts to enter shows and she will offer lectures and workshops teaching her technique of creating mosaic art quilts using a digital cutter.

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Julia Quiltoff –My passion for creating with fabrics and my sewing experience has spanned over 10 years; but buying my first longarm in the very end of 2014 transformed my life into a magical journey. I love working with the different textures, colors, and having the freedom to design and discovering different styles and techniques in longarm quilting. I consider myself as an always learning, curious, inquiring quilter who is always hungry for new ideas, designs and visions. I learn with every quilt, and I am sure every quilt that ends up on my frame is unique and deserves a very detailed and special quilting. I specialize in boutique quilts and memory 'keeper' quilts.

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Faculty: Jodi Robinson for How Should I Quilt This? **co-taught with Eva BirchJodi Robinson has been a quilter for the past 20 years, and has been a professional longarm quilter for 18 years. She has been teaching nationally at many of the machine quilting shows for the past 11 years and has won numerous national awards for her machine quilting skills. Along with teaching, Jodi has self-published nine machine quilting design books, and provides professional longarm quilting services to her clients. Jodi’s books and classes focus on using quick and easy methods to create freehand machine quilting designs that will personalize and make your quilting unique.  http://jrdesigns.wordpress.com

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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!!!!

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Faculty: Margaret Solomon Gunn for Dense & Dainty (lecture & drawing)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. www.QuiltsofLove.blogspot.com

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Faculty: Timna Tarr for Designing with Flying ColorsTimna 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. www.TimnaTarr.com

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Lynne Tyler learned to sew in fifth grade and made her first quilt in college. Lynne is a former state-juried member of both the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Artists Association, where she won numerous awards. She taught Drawing and Oil Painting at the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences for over 10 years.

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Sarah Vedeler – Sarah is an award-winning quilt artist, pattern designer, and teacher. She is known for her signature style, passion for vibrant, modern colors, and masterful use of embroidered appliqué. A life-long love of sewing, British-born Sarah earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science, then moved to the US to follow her career. Her first-born provided a perfect stage for her creative mind and she started sewing clothes for her. After investing in her own sewing machine, Sarah discovered machine embroidery and the art of quilting. Sarah spent the next few years sewing, experimenting, and winning awards for her quilt designs.  

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Candace West- Quilt Artist  Educator  Candace West is a multiple national award winner and teacher, whose art has been displayed at all major quilt show venues. Her award-winning quilts and garments have appeared in several major magazines. An early adopter of computers, Candace thrives on new technology and loves to find ways to incorporate her geek side with her art. Software, computer controlled quilting robotics and cutting machines find their way into her quilting and crafting life. Candace began sharing her passion for quilting with others through teaching the art and technology of quilting. Workshops that share the techniques used in the creation of her art that can make anyone’s quilts show worthy, is her mission.  www.candacequilts.com  / www.barncatzstudio.com

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