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2023 Instructors

Betsy Bauman

Teaching: Lecture- Stories in Fabric, Ohio Rose Machine Applique

Betsy Bauman is a teacher and artist whose love of fabric, drama and history led her to the theatre and a career as a costume designer. She brings her knowledge of fashion history and sewing construction together with her sense of color, line, and shape to help the actors tell a story that will express something universal about what it means to be human. These are the same things that draw her to working as a quilt artist. “I am inspired by the history and tradition of quilting, and I collect antique quilts to study and to enjoy. This respect for the past is the springboard for the quilts I make. Although I use the same basic structure as quilters from the past, I am not trying to decorate a bed or provide warmth, but rather I seek to tell a story or express an idea. My quilts are playful and whimsical, and I think viewers will see my theatrical background in them, as well.” Betsy began making quilts in 2000, and since then her quilts have been juried into national exhibitions such as the American Quilter’s Society shows at Paducah, Lancaster, and Grand Rapids, Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA, as well as shows in Vermont and Indiana, and locally at Lake Farm Park, the Rocky River Reflections of Nature Shows, and Mutton Hill in Akron. She also lectures on Quilt History and other quilt-related topics. Bauman serves as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Hiram College, where she has been teaching since 1998. She holds an M.F.A. in Design from Kent State University, an M.A. in Theatre from The University of Akron, and a B.A. in Theatre from SUNY Brockport.

Kellie Beckwith

Teaching: Star of Noel with Studio 180 Rulers

Kellie is the owner of Tulip Cottage Quilts from Lakawanna, NY. She designs quilts that combine traditional patterns with modern design and techniques.

Sheila Drevna

Teaching: Perfect Binding, Pumpkin Patch Collage Quilt

Pittsburgh native Sheila Drevna began her quilting journey in 2004 after a serious  illness which resulted in permanent, severe motor and sensory nerve damage in 2000. With a grim prognosis for walking and using her hands, she began therapeutics to promote healing. With great determination and dedication to physical and occupational therapy she regained some use of her hands and began to walk with a cane. When she needed something to occupy her time, she enrolled in a beginner quilting class at a local quilt shop. Her first project was to complete two 12” blocks, and she had one month to do them. Within six months she was assembling her first quilt by using spring loaded scissors, rubber pencil adapters and many other tools so that she could trace templates and stitch. All the while, she was making new friends and gaining knowledge from her quilting friends. Soon a new member of a local quilt guild, Sheila entered her completed quilt into her first show. It was at a quilt show that Sheila was first introduced to longarm quilting and the machines that would someday become part of her daily life. She would test out the machines at the shows and became excited about owning one of her own someday. She bought her first machine used through a local seller and had it for a year before making the decision to purchase a brand new Handi Quilter Fusion with a ProStitcher computer system. Applying her passion to learn new things, Sheila became proficient on her machine and is now excited to share her skills with customers from all over the country.

Kim Lautman

Teaching: Lecture: Using Hand Dyed Fabrics

Kim Lautman is the owner of Kim's Peaceful Colors, which specializes in hand dyed fabrics and readymade items made with hand dyed fabrics. 

Laura Nolletti

Teaching: Paper Piecing 101

Laura Nolletti is an experienced quilter, teacher and presenter. She has won numerous "Best of Show" awards at the state and local level for her quilts. Laura likes trying new things and trying new ways of doing old things. Paper piecing, One Block Wonders, Bargello, and Optical Illusion are some of her favorites. When she isn't quilting, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, participating in church activities and golf.

Susan Sato

Teaching: Sashiko Stitching

Second-generation Japanese American, Susan has been sewing since age 14.  While going through an old trunk at her mother's home about thirteen years ago, Susan found her grandfather's kimono and obi with his kamon, the family crest, on it.  She knew then that sewing in the traditional Japanese style was the path she wanted to follow for her quilting inspiration.  Susan started quilting with Japanese fabrics, incorporating the sashiko form of hand sewing.  When her own work inspired her to teach, she began with basic quilting classes in sashiko, shibori dyeing, and then branched out to Japanese free-form design classes.

Susan's quilts have appeared in QUILTS AROUND THE WORLD by Spike Gillespie and PIECED SYMBOLS, Quilt Blocks from the Global Village by Myrah Brown Green. Sato was choosen as a Featured Teacher on The City Quilter's website in New York City and Quilter of the Month in the Quilters' Guild of Brooklyn's Newsletter. A member of the Empire Quilters and past co-president of The Quilters' Guild of Brooklyn, her work has been featured in exhibits throughout the Northeast.  She teaches quilting at shops in New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey, and at quilting guilds around the area.

Patricia Simons

Teaching: Lecture- Template (Rulers) and Machine Quilting- a Primer Course, Template Mania

Patricia represents Quilter’s Rule.  When Quilter's Rule created the Design Tools line, Patricia developed a knack for designing different quilting patterns.  Her signature class “Unlock Your Creativity (The Key is Templates)” has opened a whole new world to people who are not naturally artists.  Her techniques are applicable to all quilters regardless of whether you hand quilt, use a home machine, a short-arm, a mid-arm, or a long-arm machine.  These techniques can even be used in a variety of different crafts.  In addition to using templates to create designs, she also helps create new products.  She looks forward to sharing her techniques to help you develop your own style and look.

Carole Wooten

Teaching: Lecture- Making the Quilt Uniquely Yours, Basic Onlaid and Reverse Applique

Carole has been a sewer all her life.  Quilting came into her life in 1985 and immediately captured her heart.  She began lecturing & teaching in 1991 for various guilds, small groups and organizations throughout Ohio; including seminars for NEORQC & Quilt Camp in Ripley,WV.

 Her specialties are color, all types of hand appliqué including dimensional and miniature , hand piecing & quilting, crazy quilting by hand & machine, symbolism, Quilt Designing. Dating & preserving antique quilts.

 Carole's quilts have been featured on two magazine covers, in numerous juried shows & taken many blue ribbons & special awards through the years including Best of Show at Stan Hywet 2003, many Common Threads shows & Best Hand Quilting - LakeFarm Park Show 2023. Also featured in the Baltimore Album Exhibit at the Houston International Show in 2003, & Mead Corporation’s Great Ohio Quilters at the City Folk Festival in 2003 in Dayton, OH.

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