Speakers

Speakers 2017-2018

Billie Blakeney and Bonnie Fiedler  www.qovf.org

The Quilts of Valor Foundation originated in 2003 with Catherine Roberts, a soldier’s mother.  The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Rebecca Campbell  www.sewforever.com

I have always admired the art of appliqué, but I found standard methods are hard to master. I took a number of classes to learn various methods, but my results left a lot to be desired. Those methods also included time consuming tasks that I did not see a need for, so I created Innovative Appliqué. The technique I developed and the products I use lower the learning curve and increase productivity. Making appliqué more enjoyable for everyone.


Debra Gabel  www.zebrapatterns.com

Fiber Artist, Quilt Pattern Designer, Lecturer, Teacher and Author

Debra Gabel, (designer, quilter, lecturer, author, fiber artist, business professional) was born in Middletown NY. Debra started sewing as a child and quilting as a teen. After rediscovering quilting in the late 1990’s she started teaching and patterning in 2000. She has steadily built up her own pattern line of over 300 patterns; that include 40 beautiful florals, 12 Butterflies, 12 Bible scenes, over 170 signature stamp designs, 12 Sea-life patterns, a series of Holiday Houses, Skinny Barns, several baby quilts, and four published pattern books. Debra teaches and lectures internationally at quilt guilds, seminars and fiber events. Many of Gabel’s art quilts have been published in books, magazines, on the Internet and on blogs. Debra’s intentions are to continue lecturing and teaching and to continue as quilter/speaker/author and travel the world through quilting


Lauren Kingsland  www.laurenkingsland.com

Lauren Kingsland has been making quilts professionally since 1988. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and shows and is in public and private collections throughout the country. She is dedicated to quiltmaking as a medium for storytelling, for building community and for healing and wellness. She is a visiting artist with the Arts and Humanities program of Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.


Speakers 2016-17

Cheryl Almgren Taylor   www.atimetosewquilts.com

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Quilting has become a passion in my life, and it gives me great joy to see ideas come to life through the use of color, fabric, and thread. I enjoy sharing my passion with others and have found that most quilters have an instantaneous bond through this same love.


Joan Ford    www.hummingbird-highway.com

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Innovative quilt designer Joan Ford cleverly founded the ScrapTherapy program in 2006 as a way to help quilters get organized and cope with the clutter of fabric collected over the years. Ford travels extensively lecturing and teaching quilt classes and cutting workshops.


Pat and Arlan Christ   www.thechristcollections.com/biography

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Arlan and Pat Christ live in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Arlan is a tax accountant with his office located in Kutztown, PA. When Pat is not working for Arlan, she can be found in her sewing studio or tending their country gardens. They enjoy traveling to quilt shows and museums which provide the opportunity to examine quilts. Retrieving knowledge to secure the heritage of antique quilts has become the prime objective of The Christ Collection.


Pat Sloan   www.patsloan.com

Saturday, February 11, 2017

I have a passion for creating and quilts are my medium.  I’m quilt designer and book author, radio/podcast show host and fabric designer Pat Sloan!

I started sewing as a child (love those doll clothes!) and I continued to sew clothing for myself until I discovered quilting. I’ve been quilting now for over 20 years. But I made my first ‘first quilt’ way before that!  What I have found is that I really enjoy sharing what I do. I love to travel to talk and teach from my quilt designs. And I really love to see what other quilters do with my patterns. The best part is traveling around the country meeting you and watching what you do with my designs in a workshop!


Robert DeCarli  https://quiltlikeaman.wordpress.com

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Robert DeCarli is the AQS author of the new book, Hill & Valley Log Cabins.  Bob’s first life was as a math professor at a Catholic girls’ college in Buffalo. He moved on to function as an engineer at Lockheed Martin in Valley Forge, all the while continuing to teach math at local colleges.

In 1992 his wife asked for help in making a quilt for their daughter’s wedding. She showed him how to make a four-patch and he was hooked.  As a mathematician, the seemingly endless number of patterns fascinated him. He has designed blocks and quilts since 1993, receiving a ribbon at the Vermont Quilt Festival and a blue ribbon at the Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza for “Butterfly” (designed in EQ5).

He discovered EQ in 2005 and has since designed more than one thousand quilts and blocks, including block and quilt settings for his wife’s appliqué projects.  His primary interest, besides teaching, is designing various size, interlocking log cabins and converting weaving patterns to quilts. In each area, the number of possibilities is seemingly endless, but he pursues them one at a time.


Debby Cooney 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Quilt Collector, Quilt Historian, Board member of the  American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) and Member of the Baltimore Appliqué Society.