Teaching: Hand Applique
Karen Comstock is a quilt designer who lives in Cary, NC. After years of perfecting her patterns with students, Karen officially launched her company, Quiltricks, in 2005. She has produced award-winning quilts, five dozen patterns, and traveled from Florida to Oregon exhibiting her work. Her designs have appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, 100 Blocks From Today's Top Designers and McCalls quilting among others. She is, as her husband likes to say, a calendar girl; her Ohio Cabin quilt was featured as the full-page January illustration of the Better Homes and Garden Quilting Calendar 2003. "Patterns," a national exhibit devoted exclusively to her work, was on display at The National Humanities Center in North Carolina. One of the co-founders of the BeeFF's bee in Cary, she hosts meetings, amateur work days and group retreats in her home. Known as a caring instructor with a warm sense of humor, she is eager to share her love of the craft with quilters of every level.
Teaching: Fat Quarter Log Cabin
Kelly is the owner of Hoppin Bobbin. Hoppin Bobbin operated in Aberdeen, MD for 9 years as a Brick and Mortar store and was featured as a Top Ten Shop in Quilt Sampler Magazine in 2016. Over the years Kelly has taught many quilting classes, taught at Schoolhouse at International Quilt Market, spoken at Guilds and enjoys sharing her knowledge with the Quilting Community. She jokingly calls herself a “Pressing Maniac” and a “Grainline Geek” but anyone that has taken one of her classes will let you know the importance of those characteristics. While Kelly closed the Brick and Mortar store in September of 2019 to have more time to spend with her family, she continues to Longarm Quilt for her customers and designs her original patterns out of a home based Quilting Studio located in Quarryville, PA. You can find Kelly vending at Local and National Shows, Teaching at Shows and Local Quilt Shops or schedule an appointment to visit. To view Kelly’s schedule, contact information and products on her website, visit www.hoppinbobbin.com or follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Hoppin-Bobbin.
Teaching: Lemoyne Star, Tumbling Triangles, Shaded Four Patch Units
Barbara began her quilting career as a longarm machine quilter on July 1, 2000. For 10 years she quilted clients’ quilts and only made a few simple quilts for herself. She started vending at most of the major quilt shows on the east coast and mid-west representing a fabric cutting system. At one of those shows her booth was next to Jeff and Deb Tuckers’ (Studio 180 Design) and they became fast friends! Deb and Jeff introduced Barbara to the two tools they were demonstrating – the Wing Clipper and the Hunter’s Star. It wasn’t love at first sight. You see, Barbara was (and still is) a very talented machine quilter but wasn’t much of a piecer – she mostly found it difficult and frustrating.
Having the right tools changed everything! Barbara began making quilts she never thought possible – Hunter’s Stars, Flying Geese, Lemoyne Stars – and the list goes on and on. She began working at the quilt shows as part of the Studio 180 Design team. And what she enjoyed most was teaching quilters how to use the tools and share all the other quilting hints and tips she learned.
Barbara has been teaching at guilds, shops, retreats and quilt shows for over 10 years. Her teaching style is relaxed, informative and fun! She enjoys teaching quilters of all skill levels and shares many tips and ideas that make piecing easier, faster and more accurate.
Teaching: Quick and Easy Screenprinting on Fabric
Aasta grew up as a "quilt show baby" after her mother started The Stencil Company 36 years ago-while most kids brought their new toy to Show and Tell, she brought Fat Quarters! Aasta currently runs Harrison House Designs, a custom screenprinting company that specializes in wash-out printing for quilting and crafting- printing for many quilt shops and teachers. She brings her fine-art background to quilting, teaching others how to utilize screen printing to create your own custom textiles. Aasta currently works out of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two small children.
Teaching: All Scrapped Out, Scrap Petal Garden Class, English Paper Piecing with Templates
An award winning quilter, author and fabric designer Penni was introduced to quilting by a family friend. She combined quilting with her photography and graphic design hobbies into a thriving pattern design business. She has developed a reputation for breaking down quilting designs into manageable pieces for quilters of all skill levels. Author of All Scrapped Out! (a guide to making a masterpiece from your unruly collection of scraps), Civil War Sampler Block-Of-The-Month, Still All Scrapped Out, and What A Load of Scraps
Teaching: Love Your Featherweight
Kathy Farra from Harmony, PA- aka Machine Lady, LLC is dedicated to preserving sewing history by helping people use their Singer 221 Featherweight sewing machines effectively. We are a full service repair shop and we attend several quilt shows each year. At quilt shows our focus is on selling Featherweights and accessories including: power cords, bobbins, walking feet, ¼” feet, books, oil, motor lubrication, and other parts. We also bring other vintage Singer machines for sale. Please stop by our booth and test drive our machines to find the machine that fits your needs. We also have some hand crafted items for your Featherweight machines, including custom made Featherweight tables and other unique accessories.
Teaching: Collage Technique
Tara Kordich, owner of Amelia’s Garden, was born and raised in upstate New York and began quilting when she moved back home from Boston, MA over 10 years ago. She searched for local quilt classes, which then led to starting her own custom made to order bags at local home parties. She quickly learned that what she really loved was helping customers choose and coordinate their fabrics and colors while designing her own patterns. From there she started vending at various quilt shows in the Northeast. Just 5 years ago she decided she needed a new adventure and wanted to bring her love of fabric and colors to a brick and mortar shop to Delmar, NY where she could share love and build a local community of quilters who share the same love. She passionate about teaching others the love craft and assisting them creating their next wonderful creation. She’s drawn to modern traditionalism that favors bright modern fabrics.