Joe Cunningham has been making quilts, writing about quilts, talking about quilts and teaching quilt making since 1979. He has been widely published and has had his quilts shown and acquired by major museums. Building from an understanding of traditional quilts, Cunningham has found a way to express his ideas in original quilt terms. He has been featured on the PBS program Craft in America, and continues to travel widely to teach and lecture. 

Click here to download a PDF of an interview with Joe Cunningham

Website: www.joethequilter.com
Classes: 1. Origins


Rosalie Dace has a background in art and education (B.A., UED in Fine Art and English), and finds exhibiting, teaching, and judging quilt making combine her interests admirably. She has been traveling and teaching for 25 years and still hasn’t had enough of meeting people and encouraging their creative growth and development. Apart from her native South Africa, she has taught and exhibited internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, and the US, and was nominated for the Professional Quilter magazine’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2007. Rosalie’s work, which reflects her passion for color, design, and texture, is characterized by its wild mix of fabrics and is in several private and public collections. 

Website: www.rosaliedace.co.za
Classes: 11. Vive La Difference: Contrast in Composition
12. Confident Color for Quilters
2. Matisse Magic


 Valerie S. Goodwin is a mixed media fiber artist and architect. Most of her work is inspired by her love of aerial views of landscapes and cities and are based on maps. She received degrees in architecture from Washington University and Yale University. Her award winning work has been widely published and exhibited. She has also lectured and given workshops nationally and internationally. Her work was featured in an exhibit at Schweinfurth Art Center in 2014. 

Website: www.quiltsbyvalerie.com
Classes: 13. Map Play


Ann learned to sew; then she learned to dye fabric. In the 70s, she started making quilts. The development of her work can be seen in her book The Quilter’s Book of Design. She is also widely known for her dye books and her recent 4.5 hour instructional DVD, Color By Accident: Exploring LWI.  She is currently working on The Contact, a series comprised so far of 32 quilts, which uses a broad array of literal, abstract, and purely imaginative imagery each with expressive layers of stitching. 

Website: www.annjohnston.net
Classes: 3. Create Landscape Textures with Dye


Using her grandmother's quilts as her only guide, Mickey began making quilts in 1968 and within ten years had constructed and hand-quilted over 100 full-size and crib-size quilts and had taught quilt making to over 1000 students. In 1983 she began painting cotton to satisfy her need for landscape and textural fabric and subsequently created Skydyes, a business specializing in hand-painted fabrics. Her exhibits and awards for quilting and surface design include the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Fabric Gardens exhibit which toured Japan in 1992, and Art Quilts: Playing with a Full Deck. Lawler co-authored Not Just Another Quilt and authored Skydyes: A Visual Guide To Fabric Painting. She also created an instructional DVD on Landscape Painting and Skyquilts, and more recently, taught online classes. Mickey has been in demand as an enthusiastic instructor of her serendipitous style of fabric painting for the past 25 years.

Website: www.skydyes.com
Classes: 14. Paints on Fabric


For nearly 30 years Katie Pasquini Masopust has produced high quality contemporary art quilts that have been coveted and collected by a broad range of admirers. From her early beginnings as a painter dabbling in traditional quilt making, her work has evolved from structured Mandalas and mind-blowing dimensional pieces to very painterly landscapes and abstracts executed with the finest fabrics and most creative stitching techniques. Katie’s easy, energetic manner has made her a very popular teacher and lecturer. When not in residence at her studio in Santa Fe she travels the world presenting her contemporary quilting theories and techniques to classes; in North America, Europe, the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand. Awards and accolades have been numerous for Katie, culminating with her 2005 induction into a very select group of art quilt professionals who have earned the Silver Star Award presented by Houston Quilt Festival.

Learn more about Katie by downloading this PDF interview.

Location: FORTUNA, CA
Website: www.katiepm.com
Classes: 16. The Artful Log Cabin


 Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer is a textile artist whose work has shown internationally in solo and juried exhibits and is represented in numerous public and corporate collections. A resident of Portland, Oregon, she taught design and quilt construction for ten years in the Studio School of the Oregon College of Art and Craft, was awarded a residency at the Christchurch Arts Centre in New Zealand and now leads workshops at international art and quilt conferences. She has written for fiber publications in the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand and is the co-editor of Speaking in Cloth: 6 Quilters, 6 Voices.

Location: PORTLAND, OR
Website: www.jdmeyer.com
Classes: 17. Sheer Play


 Born in Yorkshire, England Philippa discovered a love of sewing and knitting as a child. Originally trained to be a clothes designer, Philippa set up a business making bespoke wedding and evening dresses after moving to Saudi Arabia in 1989. It was in Saudi that she began to quilt. Philippa describes a workshop at Quilting-By-The-Lake, as a ‘Road to Damascus’ experience. From this moment on she has made only original quilts using her own hand-dyed fabrics. Philippa has won many top prizes in quilt shows in both the UK and America. She is the only non-American to have more than 1 quilt in the collection of National Quilt Museum in Paducah KY. Philippa published her first book Quilting in the Limelight in 2008. Now out of print. Her second book Appliqué Mastery was written and published in 2014.

Website: www.philippanaylor.com
Classes: 15. Whole Cloth Heaven


Sue has been quilting for over 39 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. Sue has been teaching machine techniques for the past 29 years. Sue has taught and lectured nationally and internationally for shops, guilds and major conferences. Sue’s awards include 1998 AQS Best of Show for The Beatles Quilt made by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly and most recently Sue and Pat’s quilt Two of Us won the 2014 AQS Home Machine Workmanship Award. Sue’s most recent book is Fabulous Feathers and Fillers. Sue has also been a judge for many quilt shows. Sue’s priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are timesaving. Sue emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed!

Learn more about Sue, including what inspired her to make her first quilt, why she and her sister made a quilt honored NASA and space travel, and why she enjoys teaching at Quilting by the Lake by downloading a PDF Q&A interview.


Location: ANN ARBOR, MI
Website: www.sue-nickels.com
Classes: 5. Machine Quilting on the Home Machine
4. Stitched Raw Edge Machine Applique


Jane began quilting in 1980. Since then her graphic quilts have been shown in many national and international exhibits. Her quilt Willow was named as One of the One Hundred Best American Quilts of the 20th Century. Jane is also the author of The Quilted Garden, Patchwork Sassaman Style and Color My Garden. Jane’s love for historic decorative arts can be seen in all facets of her work, but it is especially evident in the exuberant fabric she is currently designing for FreeSpirit. Most of her appliquéd art quilts are symbolic statements about the cycles and spiritual forces of life. By using colorful fabrics cut into dramatic shapes, she tries to express the energy and mystery of our amazing universe - from the miraculous beauty of a single blossom to the complicated powers of the soul.  Her intent is to remind us that we are part of a bigger “cosmic” picture.

Location: HARVARD, IL
Website: www.janesassaman.com
Classes: 6. Abstracting from Nature


David Taylor is best known for his hand appliqued and machine quilted pictorial quilts. David has travelled the world teaching his techniques and he has been the recipient of the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Quilting from the International Quilt Association (2006, 2014), the Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award from the American Quilters Society (2008), and a two-time Best of Show winner at the IQA's Spring Festival in Chicago (2007, 2008), among others. His art quilts hang in numerous private collections worldwide.

Location: HENNIKER, NH
Website: www.davidtaylorquilts.com
Classes: 7. Artistry through Applique: Animal Portraits


Sherri Lynn Wood is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, as well as arts residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and most recently at Recology San Francisco in 2016. An interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA, she has exhibited and performed locally at The Lab, Southern Exposure, Adobe Books and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She holds an MFA from Bard College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University. Her 2015 publication The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously provides frameworks for creative exploration, along with practical instruction in stitching techniques and color theory. Sherri teaches and speaks about improvisational patchwork and flexible patterning at art and craft schools, guilds, and conferences nationally and abroad.

Click here to download a PDF of an interview with Sherri Lynn Wood


Location: OAKLAND, CA
Website: www.sherrilynnwood.com/
Classes: 8. Get Your Curve On: Improv Intensive