Alex is the author of 30 books, a designer with RJR Fabrics, and co-creator with RNK Distributing of the Quilters Select brand. She is also founding partner of TheQuiltShow.com and The Quilt Life magazine with Ricky Tims. Alex was chosen as the 2008 Silver Star Award recipient, given by the International Quilt Festival to someone “whose work and influence has made— and continues to make—a sizable and positive impact on the quilting industry and community.”
Natalie is the owner/designer for Beyond the Reef, a pattern-design company that she started one rainy north shore morning on a lanai in Hanalei, Kauai, while drinking coffee with author Jill Marie Landis. As a girl, Natalie learned to sew, knit, and crochet from her grandmother. Having always lived on the beach, she draws inspiration for color and design from the sea, the sky, and the land. She has worked with Janome, Aurifil, Martingale & Co., and Windham Fabrics.
beyond the reef
Author and quilter Meg Cox is a sought-after speaker and teacher at both guilds and museums. Currently a staff writer for Quiltfolk magazine, Meg’s journalism has been published by dozens of national magazines and she has written five books. Cox was formerly a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal for 17 years. A past president of the nonprofit Quilt Alliance, she also serves on the advisory board of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.
Quilt Journalist Tells All!
Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard is a Professor of Law at Tulane University and Director and Host of the Just Wanna Quilt Podcast and Research Project. She is an entrepreneurial professor with a focus on copyright, trademark, patents, right of publicity and trade secrets, and co-inventor of the Durationator® Copyright Experiment, a software program that determines the worldwide copyright status of cultural work. She has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court for her work on copyright, and she loves to quilt
DR. ELIZABETH TOWNSEND GARD
A graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Linda is the author of six books, four of which have been award winners. Her first fabric collection debuted in 2019 with Banyan Batiks by Northcott. She has taught at most major quilt shows across the U.S., and many more than once. Her patterns are produced under the name Frog Hollow Designs. Before moving to Florida in 2016, she ran a successful longarm quilting business.
Frog Hollow Designs
LINDA J. HAHN
Andy is a quilter, pattern designer, blogger, and busy mom of two boys. Her patterns have been published in American Patchwork & Quilting, Love Patchwork & Quilting, and Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, as well as compilation publications through Martingale. She has been blogging at abrightcorner.com for over 10 years and enjoys being a part of the quilting community and sharing inspiration and creativity through her blog, Instagram, and Facebook.
A Bright Corner
Heather (Kubiak) McFarlane has been an attorney advising businesses for over 20 years. When she is not practicing law, she is sewing and quilting. She has focused her law practice on commercial litigation (including intellectual property), insurance coverage, and corporate governance disputes. Heather has first-chaired 17 jury trials, five bench trials, and two arbitrations. She is the Vice President and board member of the Association of Women Attorneys.
Sue is the owner of Sue O'Very Designs, a machine embroidery designer bringing fast, fun, and adorable projects to embroidery enthusiasts worldwide. She is a Bernina Ambassador, Craftsy Instructor, DIME and CME columnist, Aurifil designer, blogger, and artist. You can find her on YouTube at SueOVeryTV.com. You will always find Sue with a pencil and notepad working on her next "In the Hoop" project or video idea.
Sue O'Very Designs
Tula is a celebrated fabric designer, illustrator, author, and quilter with over 30 fabric collections to date for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Her signature designs have been adapted to fabrics, woven ribbons, paper products, needlepoint kits, embroidery patterns, and sewing machines and are found in independent fabric shops. Tula is also an Ambassador for Bernina sewing machines, develops collections for Aurifil Threads and Renaissance Ribbons, and writes books for F+W Media.
Tula Pink, Inc.
Gene is a certified public accountant with over 40 years of experience providing accounting, tax, and bookkeeping services. He also specializes in wealth preservation, entrepreneurial and consulting services for many different types of businesses. During his career, he has worked with Quilts, Inc. and International Quilt Market on a variety of projects.
Reynolds & Assoc. PLLC
Cheryl teaches niche businesses how to grow through technology. She was formerly a 20-year executive of a specialty market retail industry, with a strong background in distribution and retail, business consultation, and extensive social media experience. Cheryl has started a new business focused on sewing and cosplayers, to get them into independent sewing stores. She now manages her two businesses full time. She is also an award-winning art quilter who also speaks and teaches.
Sew Much Cosplay
While shopping with her mother in 1977, Charlotte wandered into a quilt shop and everything changed. Educated in fine arts, speech, and drama, she brings a variety of talents to the class and in a most humorous way. She is proud to have sold her first quilt…and many since! Charlotte has been teaching quiltmaking since 1978, and on a national/international scale since 1991. In 1981, Charlotte opened the Quilt Works quilt shop in Virginia Beach, VA, which she sold in 1999.
Quilt Maker's Studio
Ricky is an innovator, educator, mentor, and motivator. After attending college in Memphis, TN, and graduating with a bachelor's degree in Theology, Brooks worked in the mission fields of India. In 1974 at the age of 24, he opened his first sewing business. In 1989, Brooks and his wife Kay opened a retail store that grew into the largest volume single location sewing machine business in the world. After 27 years he retired, but in 2004 he and Kay founded RNK Distributing.
Kimberly is an author, award-winning quilter, fabric designer, international instructor, quilt judge, Craftsy class host, and the National Spokesperson for Janome-America. She has written six books, created a line of specialty quilting rulers, and writes the “Stray Threads” column for American Quilter. Kimberly is a featured artist for the Electric Quilt Company and has developed software products. Her debut basics fabric collection for Timeless Treasures is Solid-ish.
Kimberly Einmo Designs
Morna McEver Golletz works with quilters, fiber artists, and other creative entrepreneurs to help them craft business success from their passions. She is the founder of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals (ICAP) and the three-day Creative Arts Business Summit. Additionally, Morna offers private business coaching for creative entrepreneurs and is a frequent lecturer at International Quilt Market.
MORNA MCEVER GOLLETZ
With 30 years in publishing, Jennifer Keltner has experience in editorial, management, and marketing. She joined Meredith in 2000, overseeing American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Sampler, and Quilts and More. As publisher and chief visionary officer of Martingale since 2014, Keltner has focused on strategic editorial planning that has garnered key partnerships with industry leaders. She is on the advisory board for the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and President of the International Quilt Association.
Ebony Love is an award-winning author, quilter, and expert in fabric die-cutting techniques. She has published more than eight books and uses social media and content platforms to build an engaged community of quilters eager to participate in her online and offline events. Using her engineering degrees from Columbia and Purdue University, Ebony has spent the last 15 years building expertise in the areas of technology and marketing, helping small businesses (including her own) thrive and grow.
Founder of Virtual Success Lab and Virtual Sewing Guild, Margaret has been teaching and speaking professionally for almost 30 years. Her experience has provided her with an insight into what creates an exceptional customer experience, how to convey product benefits, and create success in all areas of business in a clear and concise format. Margaret manages a team of highly motivated professionals who are dedicated to helping businesses utilize the principals of success.
Virtual Success Lab
With experience in retail, wholesale distribution, and a lifelong love of sewing, Rhonda delivers fresh insight about the quilting industry. She enjoys sharing needle facts and perspectives in classrooms and sewing shows throughout North America. Rhonda is associated with Schmetz, publishing monthly newsletters and the inspirational ezine, SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW. She is the Marketing Director of Euro-notions and spokesperson for Schmetzneedles.com in North America.
Specializing in quilt patterns, fabric, books, and licensing, the Whimsical Workshop is a design studio and retailer led by Heidi and Matthew Pridemore and creates new and exciting products. Heidi received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1998, she began as a freelance designer. Heidi has become known for her diverse design skills in a variety of styles and mediums. She is also an author with a reputation for writing clear and precise instructions.
The Whimsical Workshop
Nancy is a seamstress/crafter, lifelong appreciator of the fabric arts. She is a member of the MBA faculties at Rice University and the University of Oklahoma where she teaches strategy, management, and policy courses to mid-career professionals. She is also a government relations consultant with over 35 years of experience working on business strategy and development challenges worldwide. Nancy holds a BA from Duke University and a MA from Covenant Theological Seminary.
Christa is a fabric designer, author, and machine quilting instructor from Las Vegas, NV who performs all of her own "stunts" on a regular home sewing machine. She designs patterns under her Christa Quilts brand and has fabric collections with Benartex Contempo Studio. She publishes books with Martingale and collaborates with industry brands Bernina, Aurifil, and Electric Quilt. She believes that by working together and supporting other industry artists, it makes for a more vibrant and welcoming quilting community.