Meet the Teachers and Get Inspired!

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Vanessa Vargas Wilson

Lisa Reber

Lisa White Reber has been making something with her hands since an early age. After a bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History, her day jobs were in bookkeeping and customer service, and fine craftsmanship took up much of her spare time. Quilting took center stage beginning in 1994, with dyeing fabric and fibers gradually becoming the focus of her need to create.
Starting with the basics of producing mottled and solid colors on white cotton fabric, her exploration of dyes has expanded from the tie-dyer’s favorite Procion MX type dyes to include discharge (color removal) , acid dyes for protein fibers, disperse dyes for polyester, and vat dyes that combine the addition and subtraction of color on natural fibers.  Dyeing more and more yardage led to the creation of her hand-dye business, DippyDyes, in 2008, followed by a regular schedule vending at quilt shows since 2009. Teaching dyeing at many of these shows followed in 2012, with students returning year after year to learn new skills for use in their own creations.

Fearless Dyeing for Beginners

Margaret Travis

Margaret Travis, Designer-In-Chief of Eazy Peazy Quilts, creates patterns to make useful, Eazy-to-sew items appealing to all sewing skill levels. Her patterns integrate innovative techniques and the latest products making them educational as well as fun. The results are both functional and show off the sewer’s creativity. Originally from Ohio, she has lived in Central Florida for 20 years and takes pleasure from being able to support local guilds and independent quilt shops.

 

In addition to publishing more than four dozen patterns herself, Travis design’s for Checker Distributor’s Cut Loose Press and is an industry recognized author of magazine articles and the bestselling book. “Eazy Peazy Gifts.” Her reputation as a teacher and speaker puts Travis in-demand for quilt guild programs and shop classes.

 

Easy Peazy Posie Centerpiece

Melanie Ham

Melanie Ham is a Los Angeles based content creator on YouTube and blogger specializing in sewing, crochet and DIY tutorials.  She wants to empower beginner crafters and stitchers to make beautiful things. Her simple, easy to follow sewing, crochet and how-to videos as well as her friendly and patient teaching style attracts the reluctant novice and seasoned crafter alike. With her diverse interests, she also enjoys making videos on motherhood, personal style and decorating. She hopes her viewers feel inspired and confident to tackle whatever their next endeavor may be.  She is married and has 2 wonderful kids.

Log Cabin Baby Quilt

Melissa Mora

Melissa Mora blogs at Melly Sews, where she gets to combine her love of sewing, teaching and writing in one creative place. She sews in the intersection of ruffles and race cars, that sweet spot between her own girly-girl impulses and design for her two rough and tumble boys. Readers love her tutorials that make "hard" sewing skills easy and do-able.

Melissa spent 12 years in the classroom as an award-winning high school theatre teacher before leaving to become a full time blogger and the designer/owner of Blank Slate Patterns, and now claims the entire internet as her classroom. In addition to her own courses and her YouTube Channel, Melissa teaches through her PDF patterns, her paper patterns carried in Joann stores nationwide, Sew it All, BurdaStyle and more.
A native Texan, Melissa lives in Austin with her husband and two boys.

Quilted Jewelry Roll

Ebony Love

Award-winning author and quilter Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios is one of the leading experts in fabric die-cutting techniques.  She regularly produces free videos featuring tips and techniques for die cutting and long arm quilting, which are posted to her YouTube channel.

Ebony has authored several books including The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips and the Blocks to Die For series. She is a recurring guest on Quilty and Quilt It! (available on QNNtv.com) and has been featured in several national publications.

She considers herself a traditional quilter who uses modern tools and color palettes to interpret her artistic voice; of course, if it can’t be die cut, it probably isn’t getting made!

 

Hexies

Lora Douglas

Lora began quilting in the early '80s. She enjoys perfecting her skills for entering quilts in shows. She also enjoys teaching beginners and is passionate about carrying on the tradition of quilting and sewing. In order to support her quilting addiction, Lora has an online Etsy shop,selling finished goods and fabric (www.etsy.com/shop/dragonflyquiltworks)

Roxie Bag

Brigit Dermott

Brigit is an accomplished modern quilter, and has been quilting for more than seven years. She started sewing in her all-girls sewing class as little girl in England and has been a maker ever since. Brigit has lived in upstate New York, Brooklyn (twice) and Los Angeles. She currently resides with her husband and daughter in beautiful Gainesville, Florida. When Brigit is not sewing, knitting or otherwise crafting, she works in the dean's office of the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida.

Modern Domino Quilt

Heather Valentine

Heather is the creative juice behind The Sewing Loft, an on-line community focused on inspiring you to "Reclaim" your creativity, one stitch at a time.

After many years designing for others in the garment industry, she decided to jump ship and bring her own creativity to life! Her patterns range from easy to sew quickies to monster projects but they all have one thing they in common, simple techniques.

This self-proclaimed fabric hoarder likes to stitch the night away and dreams of one day discovering a better way to detangle her thread collection.

Quilted Sewing Caddy

Kira Slye

Kira Slye has a BS in Art Education and has taught all her life, even growing up in a home-based daycare with younger siblings. She loves teaching all aspects of art and showing how they are all connected. Most well known for her polymer clay art, she also draws, paints, and creates mixed-media pieces to share her talents.

Creating Faux Oil Cloth

Ilysa Ginsburg

Ilysa is a mixed media artist whose medium of choice is polymer clay. Ilysa has traveled the country displaying at art shows has won numerous awards for her work.  Ilysa is the author of Polymer Clay Art Jewelry by F & W  and loves sharing new techniques with others. There is nothing more rewarding to be able to make your own art and share it with the world. Ilysa resides in northern,FL where she creates in her colorful studio.

Creating Buttons and Embellishments for Your Sewing Projects

Cheryl Lynch

The geometry of quilts appealed to Cheryl as soon as she learned to sew. She became addicted to quilting after her youngest son started school and she took her first class. Twenty years later she has won numerous awards for her quilts, been published in many major magazines, authored 2 books and most recently developed a unique acrylic template, Curvalicious.

Curvalicious Tote Bag

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