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Quilt Canada 2020 Teachers & Lecturers

Quilt Canada 2020

June 18 – 20, 2020
Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton AB

CQA/ACC is very pleased to present the Teachers and Lecturers for Quilt Canada 2020

TEACHERS & LECTURERS

Sharon Blackmore

Sharon Blackmore

Sharon Blackmore is a Professional Long Arm Quilter, Gammill Quilt Artist, Published Author, Designer & Educator. She has been quilting for almost 20 years now; teaching piecing and longarm quilting at workshops & shows all over Canada, internationally and online. Sharon is a self taught quilter, drawing inspiration from everything she sees around her to create designs that flow with and compliment each quilt naturally.  She enjoys sharing her passion for quilting with each encounter. Her quilting style ranges from traditional to modern, simple to complex, combining both freehand and computerized quilting. Sharon’s teaching style is no-nonsense, yet her classrooms are filled with laughter and hugs; celebrating the entire learning process. She believes that anyone can learn to quilt, with the right guidance and positive encouragement.

View Sharon Blackmore Workshops/Lectures

Email: loveshackquilts@hotmail.com    Website: https://www.loveshackquilts.ca/


Vlada Blinova

Vlada Blinova

Vlada Blinova is a faculty member in the Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta. She is a winner of multiple teaching awards with 30 years of the national and international academic experience.

Vlada’s primary responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in the Clothing, Textiles, and Material Culture major, supervising graduate students, and managing the Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection.

Vlada draws on the knowledge and skills she employs in her work with the Collection to enrich learning opportunities for students in her courses. She also provides educational tours of the Collection to between 500 and 700 people every year, including members of the public, researchers and students from across the UofA campus and elsewhere.

Vlada has curated a number of exhibitions featuring her students’ works, cultural textiles and period clothing from the Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection, and quilts from the Gloria and Alvin Rosenberg Quilt Collection.

View Vlada Blinova’s Lecture


Ana Buzzalino

Ana Buzzalino

Ana Buzzalino grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where sewing was part of her life at an early age. She took dressmaking classes and art classes while in school. In early 1983, Ana moved to Calgary. A couple of years later, while walking down the street, she saw a “blanket” on a window and went into the store to enquire about purchasing it. She was told that it wasn’t for sale, but that she could learn how to make her own. She signed up for a beginner’s quilting class that same day, and she never looked back. The rest, as they say, is history.

Ana has been teaching quilting since 1986 and has taken numerous workshops with renowned quilt and fiber artists throughout the years to improve her skills. She has also attended several classes at the Alberta College of Arts and Design. Ana has been a teacher on a variety of quilting techniques for the past 30+ years. Some of the her workshops have been on Machine Quilting with focus on free-motion quilting, specializing in feather and filler designs, and New York Beauties Blocks quilts. Ana’s present focus is on Art Quilting, incorporating different elements of surface design, such as fabric painting, mono-printing, screen printing and hand-dyeing.

Ana is a frequent contributor to Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilting Arts TV. Her work has also appeared in the American Quilter’s Society Magazine, in A Needle Pulling Thread, and in Modern Patchwork, as well as in 101 Patchwork Projects and Quilts and Quilt Scene. Ana has also worked on 2 workshop DVDs with Interweave/F&W.

Ana’s quilts have won several awards at local, national and international shows.

Ana has been named Quilter of Distinction at Heritage Park for 2019

View Ana Buzzalino’s Workshops

Email: ana.buzzalino@shaw.ca    Website: http://anabuzzalino.com/


Kim Caskey

Kim Caskey

I am passionate about quilting and am grateful to have the opportunity to inspire others. My intent is to educate and enthuse in an atmosphere of fun and support. Students enjoy my relaxed way of teaching and appreciate my encouragement of confidence.

I have taught classes at basic, intermediate and advanced levels to enthusiastic students all over the world. Students describe me as entertaining, positive, knowledgeable and organized.

View Kim Caskey’s Workshops/Lectures

Email: kim@kimcaskey.ca    Website: http://www.kimcaskey.ca/


Shirley Dawson

Shirley Dawson

Shirley is a lifelong maker and teacher. After graduating from Sheridan College, with several awards under her belt, she started her career in the textile industry. This career included designing, making and selling a line of children’s clothes in the Toronto area, including the “One of a Kind” shows. This lifelong sewist is enjoying the quilting world, teaching and designing, and sharing her talents. Working with wool and hand applique is just one of her current creative outlets.

View Shirley Dawson’s Workshops

Email: shirleylynndawson@hotmail.com   


Gerda de Vries

Gerda de Vries

Gerda de Vries is a Mathematics Professor at the University of Alberta by day, and an award-winning quilt artist by night.

Gerda has a passion for making connections between mathematics and its application to all sciences.  She has won multiple teaching awards for her work in the classroom and mentorship to colleagues.  She also is a sought-after public speaker, presenting on the nature and joy of mathematics.

Gerda’s quilts reflect a structured approach to design and are the brainchild of someone who has little choice but to think and create mathematically.

View Gerda de Vries Lecture

Email: fryskefytser@gmail.com   


Amy Domke

Amy Domke

Amy Domke was a fine arts major in college. When assigned a project using an “unconventional” medium, she made a quilt with the help of her neighbor. Thirty years later, Amy is still quilting. She loves exploring new styles and trying new techniques. She eventually purchased her own longarm machine so she could quilt professionally.

On top of accepting commission projects and developing her own pattern, Amy also has a passion for teaching. She offers classes at her home sewing barn, does one-on-one instructions for new machine owners, teaches at small quilt shops across the country, and leads seminars at conventions around the world. Her topics range from ruler work to longarm basics to using software like ProStitcher. Amy lives in Oregon with her husband, Chip, and their three dogs. She is an avid tennis player and loves to hike the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

View Amy Domke’s Workshops

Website: http://www.sewfabamy.com/


Corey Follett

Corey Follett

Corey Follett was born and raised in rural Newfoundland and currently resides in St. John’s. He works full time as a GED teacher and jokes that he works fuller time as a quilter and designer. His first quilt was hand sewn with the help of a niece, under the watchful eye of an older sister, when he was an adolescent. As a mostly self-taught quilter, twenty years later he returned to the craft equipped with a domestic sewing machine and a few lessons on how to use it from a partner and his partner’s grandma. In 2016, he started exploring quilting through improvisation and employing modern design elements to traditional blocks and motifs. In the past few years, he has had work featured in Home and Cabin Magazine, has had quilts displayed at Rocket Bakery and The Fabric Merchant in downtown St. John’s, has been the featured craftsperson in CBCNL’s What are You At? and has exhibited his work at The Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council Gallery. Corey also maintains an online quilting business called The Quilted Stash, teaches workshops, designs patterns, and sits on the board of directors of the St. John’s Modern Quilt Guild.

View Corey Follett’s Workshops/Lectures

Email: thequiltedstash@hotmail.com   


Bethany Garner

Bethany Garner

Bethany has been designing and creating textile art and quilts since 1976. As a long serving and well recognized Quilt Historian, Restoration Specialist and Conservator, she has made a strong focus in her creative life the support and promotion of fibre as an art form for women in the 21st century. Having moved to Canada in 1985, Beth has been active in many local and national quilting groups and organizations. A Past President CQA/ACC, she serves currently as a Board member for the restored TETT Creativity Centre for Leaning in Kingston and for years, as a quilt/surface design educator in Southern Ontario.

Since 1996, Bethany has worked as a Professor in the Textile Design Certificate Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville/Kingston, ON. She currently instructs eight of the ten design/colour/business courses in the Program. The college is pleased to have graduated 32 design students from this program.

View Bethany Garner’s Workshops

Email: garner@kingston.net    Website: https://bethanygarner.blogspot.com/


Jacquie Gering

Jacquie Gering

Jacquie is a passionate modern quilt designer, maker and teacher. She is known for her innovative designs, striking message quilts and unique style. Jacquie co-authored Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts and her book, Walk: Master Machine Quilting With Your Walking Foot is a comprehensive guide to all things walking foot quilting. She is a leader in and advocate for the modern quilting movement. The International Association of Creative Arts Professionals named her Quilt Teacher of the Year for 2014. She lives in Kansas with her husband Steve and her dog Sideways, and shares her quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio.

View Jacquie Gering’s Workshops/Lectures

Email: jacquietps@gmail.com    Website: http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/


Karla Gerome

Karla Gerome

I took my first quilting class in 1986 at the store where I was working at the time (Mormon Handicraft) and instantly fell in love with quilting. I worked with my sweet mother Grace, of the Grace Company, at Mormon Handicraft. She always encouraged me to develop my skills as a quilter. My brother Jim started making quilting frames and selling them at Mormon Handicraft. It was fun to show off the frames by selling as many as I could each day. 

I taught my first, hand-quilting class named Teeny, Tiny Stitches at Mormon Handicraft in 1992. Teaching that class, I learned how important it is to provide a good foundation for quilters to be able to get excited about quilting and grow more confident. Not everyone is at the same stage; every quilter quilts at their own pace.  

Each quilt I make tells the history of the Grace Company through the use of new techniques and technologies, developed by our team, which have innovated the art of quilting.  I love to challenge myself and will pick a pattern or design that is out of my comfort zone to improve my quilting. My circle quilt “Sew Many Circles” was my first free-motion machine quilted quilt. The idea for our 9-piece quilting foot set came about as an idea while I was working on this circle quilt. It is so nice to have an idea or concept and then work with designers to make that idea become a reality.

I want to share my love of quilting with everyone. The most enjoyable part of quilt shows is when quilters share their ideas and artistry. It is a fantastic way to help each other grow and develop new techniques and ideas as well as learn the individual stories of the quilters behind the quilts.

It’s SEW very exciting to be a part of such a great industry and one that I am passionate about.  

View Karla Gerome’s Workshops


Marianne Haak

Marianne Haak

I have been sewing most of my life, or so it seems and bought my first sewing machine the day I got home from my honeymoon at the age of twenty. I was raised in a very creative home filled with fabric and colour.

I’m the mother of four wonderful, adult children and grandmother to four beautiful young grandchildren. My husband, when asked if he minds my fabric obsession, just shrugs and says he doesn’t want to know what goes on in my sewing room, or should I say rooms, which is probably just as well.

I have been teaching quilting workshops for approximately six years. I have taught and or given trunk shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler, Langley, New Westminster and Vermilion for both traditional and modern guilds.

My quilts have been juried into Quilt Con, Quilt Canada and various AQS quilt shows. Four of my quilts won awards at various AQS shows (three first place and one third place). Several quilting magazines such as Modern patchwork, Machine Quilted unlimited, Modern Quilts unlimited, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, AQ American Quilter and Simply Moderne have published my work.

View Marianne Haak’s Workshops/Lectures

Email: marihaak@hotmail.com    Website: http://www.thequiltingedge.com/


Lucie Heins

Lucie Heins

Lucie Heins is the Assistant Curator for the Western Canadian History program at the Royal Alberta Museum in Alberta. She has a B.Sc. and a M.A. in Human Ecology, majoring in clothing and textiles. For the past six years, Lucie has been researching the history of Alberta quilts and quiltmakers.

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Laura Henneberry

Laura Henneberry

Laura Henneberry is the founder of Commonwealth Quilts, a Toronto based studio, and a co-founder of PreQuilt, an online web application for designing quilts. Laura believes that we each have something authentic to contribute to this world, a commonwealth. Quilts are her commonwealth.

PreQuilt comprises of Gar Liu, a developer, and Laura Henneberry, a quilter, and together they’ve teamed up to use technology to design quilts in fun and surprising ways.

PreQuilt was born one night when Laura was struggling to design The Circus Tent Quilt with her limited Illustrator skills. Gar looked over her shoulder and said he could code something for her that would speed up the design process. And the rest is history… Or rather it’s the start of the ever evolving web application you see today.

Explore PreQuilt at prequilt.com and check out Laura’s studio work on Instagram at @commonwealthquilts.

View Laura Henneberry’s Workshops/Lectures

Email: laura@prequilt.com    Website: https://prequilt.com/


Jeannie Jenkins

Jeannie Jenkins

Award winning quilt maker, long arm quilter, author, designer and teacher, Jeannie’s work has been published in magazines and displayed world wide. She has just released her first book, Contemporary Paper Pieced Quilts with Landauer/Foxchapel Publishing. She is the third generation in her family to graduate from O.C.A.D. (Ontario College of Art and Design) and was raised around art! She began sewing as a child and took a dressmaking course at the age of 10. That was the beginning of her love of sewing. Jeannie dabbled in quilting in 1979 but really took off in 1990 when she attended a quilt guild meeting. Between raising a family, working and teaching in various quilt shops, Jeannie’s passion is just as strong today as it was in 1990. She loves sharing her passion with other quilters. Jeannie lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, 2 grown kids, their cat and 2 rescue dogs.

View Jeannie Jenkins’ Workshops

Email: jeanniejenkins@hotmail.com    Website: https://jeanniejenkins.wordpress.com/


Brett Lewis

Brett Lewis

Avid quilter and Fabric Designer preparing his first line, Brett Lewis, aka Natural Born Quilter, discovered his love of the craft through learning to sew and quilt in the spring of 2016. Fast forward three years and over 30 quilts later, Brett has attended Spring and Fall International Quilt Markets, with his work and original patterns showcased in Birch Fabric’s Quilt Market booth. He has been featured as a monthly host on Instagram’s “52 Quilter’s” in 2018, and made his Instructor’s debut teaching the Emperor’s Wheel pattern focusing on foundation paper piecing, fussy cutting, and curves classes in Alberta. His quilting adventures have taken him to attend an Alaska quilting cruise where he had the opportunity to learn from his quilting idol Tula Pink. And to come full circle, Brett will be debuting his premiere fabric line with Northcott Fabrics in the fall of 2019.

Brett describes his quilting style as Contemporary Traditional, using contemporary vibrant and bold fabrics with traditional patterns.

View Brett Lewis’ Workshops/Lectures

Email: brettnbq@gmail.com    Website: https://naturalbornquilter.godaddysites.com/


Corey Ralph

Corey Ralph

I have been an artist in one way or another since I was a small child. Growing up in the small fishing village of Bellevue, 90 kms west of St. John’s, NL, I was very lucky to be surrounded by inspiring natural beauty. Bellevue is a close-knit community of approximately 350 residents. As a child, I was part of the church choir and performed in Church and community concerts led by one of my most influential mentors and friends, Rosalind Pinsent.

My parents provided my two brothers and I with all the experiences necessary for an enriched upbringing. Dad taught us to be honourable young men and the value of hard work. Mom taught us discipline, how to cook and how to be respectful. I am grateful for their continued love and support as I explore the things I love!

In 1999 I graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Music (vocal performance) Degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree. I spent 9 years teaching in the public school systems in both Newfoundland and Alberta. In that time I worked with many talented students and staff in music and fine arts. In 2008, I completed a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington, Seattle. Upon completion of this program, I embarked to start a consulting company in the IT sector. The industry and work I have garnered has been consistent and financially rewarding….but I lack passion for the work!

Needing an outlet for my creative side, I found quilting in the fall of 2014. I was inspired to make my first quilt after seeing a quilt my mom had complete some years earlier. It was a pinwheel pattern, that she built with love and passion. When I arrived back in Alberta after a short visit back home, I visited Earthly Goods Quilting, met Patti, purchased fabric and the rest is history!

View Corey Ralph’s Workshops/Lectures

Email: corey.sewmanly@gmail.com    Website: https://www.sewmanlyquilting.com/


Kathleen Riggins

Kathleen Riggins

Kathleen has been quilting for almost as long as she has been walking. Today she is best known for her modern approach to free motion quilting, and her fun and energetic quilting classes. She has taught quilting all over the world, as well as online. Find her on the web at kathleenquilts.com

View Kathleen Riggins’ Workshops

Website: kathleenquilts.com


Terry Rowland

Terry Rowland

Terry is a dynamic instructor who enjoys sharing her love of quilting and creative spirit through her use of color, fabric and thread play. Her attention to detail and the ability to “tell a story” within her work has led her to create some very unique pieces. Terry has had quilts judged in the Canadian National Juried Show and was published in the Winter 2018 edition of Canadian Quilter magazine.
Over the past few years, Terry has spread her love of collage quilting throughout Western Canada by teaching her methods in beginner Collage classes. In this class, she guides her students step-by-step to create a unique creation, leaving her students with the ability to collage quilt with confidence on their own. Terry is also a long arm quilter, and will bring samples of her work to inspire you with many options for finishing your project. With Terry’s detailed, yet simple teaching process, you will be pleasantly surprised with your new collage masterpiece!

View Terry Rowland’s Workshops

Email: twrow@wispernet.ca   


Kathy K Wylie

Kathy K Wylie

Kathy is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué, quilt design, domestic machine quilting and English Paper Piecing techniques. She lectures and teaches all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and is a CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judge. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts”.

View Kathy Wylie’s Workshops/Lectures

Email: kathy@kathykwylie.com    Website: https://kathykwylie.com/