Natalie Barnes is the force behind beyond the reef patterns and a licensed designer for Windham Fabrics/Anthology Fabrics. She loves her position as speaker and teacher, wherever that might take her. She is an Aurifilosopher, a Janome Maker, and an Olfa Creator. She has also authored a book for Martingale/TPP and continues to be included in compilation titles. Most of all, Natalie is an encourager. And a believer that "we all get there together."
Quilt Journalist Tells All!
Author and quilter Meg Cox is a sought-after speaker and teacher at guilds and museums. Currently a staff writer for Quiltfolk magazine, her journalism has been published by dozens of national magazines and she's written five books. Cox was a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal for 17 years. A past president of the nonprofit Quilt Alliance, Cox serves on the advisory board of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.
Kimberly Einmo Designs
Kimberly Einmo is an author, award-winning quilter, fabric designer, international instructor, quilt judge, and CRAFTSY/Bluprint class host, and the National Spokesperson for Janome-America. She has written six best-selling books, created a signature line of unique, specialty quilting rulers, and she writes a column called Stray Threads, in every issue of American Quilter Magazine. Kimberly is proud to be a featured artist for the Electric Quilt Company where she has developed three EQ companion software products. Her fabric collection, Solid-ish, is a basics best-seller for Timeless Treasures Fabrics and she enjoys leading quilting tour groups to exotic locales around the globe.
MORNA MCEVER GOLLETZ
Morna McEver Golletz works with quilters, fiber artists, and other creative entrepreneurs to help them craft business success from their passions. Her clients tell her that she helps them think about business differently. 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. She's a native of Washington, DC, and makes her home in Maryland.
Quilting Army Krewe
Ricardo Gonzalez is a recent graduate of Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to law school, Ricardo earned his Master of Science in Biology. He now serves as the editor-in-chief of the "Just Wanna" legal DIY series of books. Additionally, he has taught courses on various topics associated with intellectual property including patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Ebony Love is an award-winning author, quilter, and expert in fabric die-cutting techniques. She has published more than eight books independently, and uses social media and content platforms to build an engaged community of quilters who are 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, and applying that expertise to help small businesses (including her own) thrive and grow.
Sue O'Very Designs
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, Daylight Ambassador, BluPrint Instructor, FabShop and CME columnist, Aurifil designer, Cricut Influencer, DIME Influencer, YouTuber, blogger, artist and notions junkie. 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.
Tula Pink, Inc.
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 and develops collections for Aurifil Threads and Renaissance Ribbons.
The Whimsical Workshop
The Whimsical Workshop, LLC is a full-service design studio and retailer led by Heidi and Matthew Pridemore. Specializing in quilt patterns, fabric, books and licensing, the Whimsical Workshop creates new and exciting products that spark people's imagination and makes them smile. Matthew holds Master degrees in both anthropology and architecture. He is a licensed Architect in Arizona. Matthew enjoys the design process, whether it is creating a new building, art piece, or quilt design. He is just as at home designing classically inspired pieces as he is a new whimsical character. Matthew is a fabric designer for Benartex Fabrics.
Nancy L. Sauer is a seamstress/crafter, lifelong appreciator of the fabric arts and granddaughter and great-granddaughter of accomplished quilters and entrepreneurs. 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 in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia. Nancy holds a BA from Duke University and a MA from Covenant Theological Seminary.
Machine appliqué, color, and fabric selection are Annie's passion and expertise. Give Annie cloth, a sewing machine (BERNINA preferred), thread, and a great pair of scissors and she turns out spectacular pieces - from prom dresses to quilts to intricate appliqué coats. Annie publishes her own line of patterns, began the first podcast for quilters, Quilting Stash in 2005, produced her own online classes and travels worldwide to give lectures and workshops. A life-long Californian, Annie now resides with her family in Fort Worth, Texas.
Teresa Coates is the National Educator for Shannon Fabrics. Based in Los Angeles, Teresa travels often, sharing her knowledge about the company's Cuddle, Luxe Cuddle, and Embrace double gauze fabrics. With 30+ years of sewing experience and more than two decades as a quilter, Teresa has an array of knowledge and skills that she uses in her workshops with both quilters and sewists alike. For the last decade she has worked in the quilting industry, in editorial, social media, marketing, and education.
Jan Doyle hosts and produces a national, award-winning show on local cable called Wyse Talk. She is the immediate past president of the New Haven Camera Club and the Co-Rep for SAQA-CT, and loves to use her photography as the basis for her thread painting. Doyle has a BS., MF, and a Sixth Year in Education, which allows her to teach multiple age levels and backgrounds.
DR. ELIZABETH TOWNSEND GARD
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.
LINDA J. HAHN
Frog Hollow Designs
Linda brings diverse experience to the program. She is a multiple award-winning author eight books, fabric designer for Banyan Batiks, Janome Artisan Ambassador, pattern designer, speaker, and teacher. She also operated a successful longarm quilting business. She is a high-energy/low-stress personality!
American Quilt Retailer
Heidi has more than 40 years of crafting experience, with 25 years spent as a professional quilter. She is the publisher of the bi-monthly American Quilt Retailer, a print and online trade publication serving independent quilt shop owners and industry professionals. Prior to that, she was the National Sales Manager for American Professional Quilting Systems and the Editor at American Patchwork & Quilting. Heidi frequently gives wide-ranging presentations and lectures about the quilting industry. And she herself is a retail store owner/teacher with Hen & Chicks Studio, serving quilters and scrapbookers. She also leads and facilitates class retreats, serves on the Quilt Market Advisory Council, and was a panelist at the inaugural Threads of Success conference.
As Chief Creative Weirdo at TerifiCreations, Teri enjoys the process of discovering what the quilt life is all about. She explores this through quilting, writing, editing, reporting, and teaching free motion quilting. Teri's first book Color, Thread & Free Motion Quilting will be released in July 2020.
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.
The Whimsical Workshop
The Whimsical Workshop, LLC is a full-service design studio and retailer led by Heidi and Matthew Pridemore. Specializing in quilt patterns, fabric, books and licensing, the Whimsical Workshop creates new and exciting products that spark people's imagination and makes them smile. 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, designing in a variety of styles and mediums. She is also an author with an excellent reputation for writing clear and precise instructions.
Reynolds & Assoc. PLLC
Gene is the Founder and President of Reynolds and Associates, a Houston-based CPA Firm. He's spent 42 years helping Houston entrepreneurs navigate their enterprises through both calm and stormy waters.
As a profession, CPAs and Accountants are not typically known for having strong communication skills, but Gene has endeavored to create a firm that breaks that stereotype. He strives to make clients feel valued at all times, and to help them eliminate the feeling of chaos with their accounting and financial operations.
Sew Much Cosplay
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.
Gypsy Wood Leathers
Cathy Wiggins is pioneering the art of quilting on leather. She's had multiple solo exhibitions of her artistic creations throughout the country, including the International Quilt Museum and IQA. 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." American Quilt Retailer listed her as one the "Top 100 People to Know" in 2019. She is the author of Quilting Leather, published by Schiffer Publishing and has two more books to be released 2020-2021. In 2018, Cathy launched Gypsy Wood Leathers to bring leather sewing and crafting to the industry.