Michelle Hiatt

MichelleHiatt-smHome: Huntington, Connecticut.
Michelle Renee Hiatt is passionate about quilting. She started her love affair 20+ years ago in the 1990s. Michelle Renee is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go as well as Modern 180, a modern pattern division of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. Additionally, Michelle is a certified Studio 180 Design Instructor, as well as a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making.

Michelle Renee’s designs have appeared in Modern Quilting Unlimited and Fon’s & Porter’s Love of Quilting. She is known for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement! Michelle can be reached on her website @ www.Sewonthego.net or her blog www.sewonthego.blogspot.com.

Karen Gloeggler

Karen-GloegglerHome: Las Vegas, Nevada
Karen Gloeggler is a dynamic speaker and workshop presenter, and a caring quilt instructor. Class participants can look forward to TEA – learning through Theory, Experience, and Activity.

Karen is the author of Jane Austen Quilts Inspired by Her Novels. Her quilts are eclectic, ranging from traditional, to art quilts, to modern. Karen spent the last 20 years working in the garment industry in NYC as a Technical Designer with expertise in pattern making and garment construction.

Karen has been professionally coached in presentation skills, and attended Magnetize Your Audience training to be a workshop leader. She recently relocated to the Las Vegas area.

Lori Triplett

Lori-Triplett-smHome: Overland Park, Kansas. Lori Lee Triplett, Business Manager for Quilt and Textile Collections, has successfully combined a variety of passions which include research, writing, and performing into the quilt world. As a lecturer and instructor she brings her experience from stage, screen, and radio to make the presentations fun yet educational. Depending on which program she is performing, you may meet one of her guests from abroad, sing-a-long with a song, or even participate in solving a mystery. She enjoys presenting at local quilt guilds, but also presents at national conferences and has made appearances internationally.

As an award winning writer Lori has written more than 13 books and numerous magazine articles. Her most recent book, Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection launched in the fall of 2013 and was co-written with Kay Triplett and Xenia Cord. She is a frequent writer for the quilt magazine Quiltmania with more articles on the way. She and her sister, Kay Triplett, Curator for the Poos Collection are currently researching their next book on indigo for which they received the Lucy Hilty Research Grant and the Meredith Scholar Award.

She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group, National Quilting Association, Heartland Quilt Network, and The International Quilt Study Center & Museum. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts with honors, and a Masters of Arts from the UMKC Theatre Department. Additionally she has law degree from UMKC School of Law where she received multiple awards.

Lori’s classes can be found on her website http://www.quiltandtextilecollections.com/presentations.html

Bonnie Langenfeld

Bonnie LagenfeldI would like to introduce myself to you. I am an artist and teacher. I am from Eden Prairie, MN and Cape Coral, Florida. I have been creating realistic fabric pictures for over a dozen years and have been a teacher over three times that long.

Having moved on from public education, I am now passionate about teaching the skills with which I create. I would love to be a teacher and/or presenter for your group.

I make realistic images solely in commercial fabrics and dozens of colors of machine stitched threads. I never add paints or dyes to create the effects I want, but search for just the right values and colors in multiple fabrics. Although my mantra is “Let the fabric do the work”, free-
motion machine stitching is key to the defining and detailing. Technically, this is called raw edge applique with thread painting/sketching. I often frame my work but it can be easily made into a quilt or wall hanging.

While teaching, I incorporate principles and elements of art so that students can use those skills in other pieces they create. I have worked hard to employ the simplest, most effective methods. I enjoy speaking to groups about my journey as a fiber artist, which includes basic instruction on my techniques demonstrated with a slide show and actual pieces of my work. I love the enthusiasm that comes from a student who finds their own creativity while working with fiber I am available to teach at retreats as well as guilds and shops. My classes can either be one or two­days. My presentations typically run between 45 minutes to 1 hour.

I am confident that my work is unlike anything you have seen, yet meets or exceeds the quality you require. My professional history includes selling and being featured at the Textile Center of Minnesota, and other galleries; earning juried and non­juried awards; commissions; speaking about my work; teaching children (as in an art residency at Normandale Elementary School in Edina, MN); teaching adults in fabric shops, guilds, and the International Quilt Festival in 2009. Most recently, my work has been featured at galleries in Florida, and Nisswa, MN.

In addition to my technique and experiences, I want to explain that I choose to do art which brings people joy and wonder. I prefer to emphasize the beauty in the world rather than the ugliness, conflict and injustice. Visit Her Website for more about Bonnie.

Sandy Chambers

Sandy ChambersSandy Chambers lives in western North Carolina. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the International Academy of Design, Chicago, Illinois. Quilting is a way of life for her and you can find her everyday in her studio creating new designs for her pattern company, Designs for Divas! Her first love is color, and she teaches a color class to quilters, quilt guilds and quilt shops called “Color Your World”. Currently she is teaching in North and South Carolina, Illinois and Virginia. She has had quilts in the AQS show in Charlotte, the North Carolina State Fair, Mountain Fair in Asheville where she won several blue ribbons.