Nancy Bales is a full-time studio artist and teacher who specializes in sewing, machine embroidery, quilting, and wearable art. Her quilts and wearable art have been included in national and international shows throughout the United States. Her work has also been published in the American Quilter Magazine (AQS Publisher) and the book Shoreline Quilts (C & T Publisher). Nancy’s quilts and wearable art have also been in fashion shows in New York State, as well as special displays at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Earlville Opera Center and Old Forge Art Center. She is currently teaching beginning sewing and quilting classes to children and adults at the Schweinfurth Art Center.

Classes: 13. Creative Machine Quilting: Enhancing the Surface
12. Surface Textures with Thread Work


 Elizabeth Busch is an internationally renowned artist who has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been making painted quilts since 1983 and has made a living as a self-employed artist since 1987. Her ‘personal quilts,’ which is what she teaches, feed her soul. These works have won numerous awards, including the Best in Show and the Quilts Japan Award from Quilt National. In 2009 she was given a retrospective exhibit at the Visions Quilt Museum in San Diego. She has taught workshops throughout the US and abroad since 1985.

Location: GLENBURN, ME
Website: www.elizabethbusch.com
Classes: 1. Reinventing


 Cynthia Corbin sees her work as an eclectic personal expression based on the classical quilt form. She explores dyeing and painting, intensive machine quilting, and a problem solving, “seat of the pants” approach to quilt construction. As an artist, Cynthia has devoted herself to extensive study to deepen her understanding of the processes that drive her work. As a teacher, she encourages her students in their search for uniqueness and authenticity, drawing on her passion to develop each student’s individual voice. 

Website: www.cynthiacorbin.com
Classes: 5. ABC's of Composition
14. Studio with Teacher


Rosalie Dace has a background in art and education (B.A., UED in Fine Art and English), and finds exhibiting, teaching, and judging combine her interests admirably. She has been teaching for 25 years and hasn’t had enough of meeting people and encouraging their creative growth. Apart from her native South Africa, she has taught and exhibited 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 is characterized by its wild mix of fabrics and is in several private and public collections.

Location: Durban, South Africa
Website: www.rosaliedace.co.za
Classes: 15. Positively Line & Shape
2. Embroidery, Embellishment & Enrichment


 Kathy Doughty was born in the US and worked in NYC before moving to California then to Sydney, Australia where she founded Material Obsession in 2003. Material Obsession is a patchwork shop known for innovation in contemporary designs and fabrics. Kathy brings a modern design aesthetic to traditional structure allowing equal weight to both. Encouraging individual process and telling stories is critical to her quilting practice. She has written multiple books including Mixing Elements and her latest, Adding Layers. In addition to designing quilts and writing patterns she is now designing fabric.

Website: www.materialobsession.typepad.com
Classes: 4. Modern Wedge
3. Into the Woods


 Kerr Grabowski is internationally known for her innovative approaches to dyeing and screening processes. Her background in drawing and printmaking is evident in her elegantly whimsical art-wear. Kerr is the developer of Deconstructed Screen Printing, a printing/mono-print technique allowing for a freer, more painterly approach to screen printing. A NJ Arts and Mississippi Arts Commission fellowship recipient, Kerr is widely published including Ornament, Fiber Arts, Surface Design Journal, Fiber Arts Design Book Six, Silk Painting for Fashion, and Fine Art and Textiles Now. She exhibits and teaches workshops internationally and has produced two DVDs—Deconstructed Screen Printing and Adventures in Surface Design.

Location: BAY ST. LOUIS, MS
Website: www.kerrgrabowski.com
Classes: 16. One Theme, Many Possibilities


 David Hornung has taught painting, drawing, and color at numerous art schools and universities including Indiana University, Parsons, Pratt, Skidmore College, Brooklyn College, Rhode Island School of Design, and Adelphi University. The first edition of his book Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers was published in 2004 by Laurence King Publishing Ltd. in London. An American version was distributed in the same year by McGraw-Hill. The second edition, published in 2012, is currently being sold internationally and has been translated into French, Spanish, Polish, Korean, and Japanese. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Location: NEW YORK, NY
Website: www.davidhornung.com
Classes: 6. Color: A Practical Approach


 Paula Kovarik is based in Memphis, TN and has a BA in Graphic Design. Thirty years of work in her own design firm enlightens her approach to art. She was a featured artist at the Grand Rapids Museum of Art during ArtPrize 2015 and was profiled in American Craft Magazine in June 2015. She is known for using her machine stitching as a drawing tool to create intricate patterns and lines on her quilts. She is a lifelong learner with interests ranging from rocket science to plant biology.

Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Website: www.paulakovarik.com
Classes: 7. Follow the Thread: A New Approach to Free Motion Quilting


 Kathleen Loomis spent her career as a newspaper journalist and corporate writer/editor. Since her retirement in 2000, she has worked full-time as a fiber artist. Kathleen uses the techniques and format of traditional quilts, but in recent years her work has been largely political. Her large quilt Memorial Day traveled in Quilt National ’09 and won the Quilts Japan Prize. She has had work in four Quilt Nationals, and won awards at Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA, and Innovations in Fiber Art VI, Sebastopol Center for the Arts. She has taught a in many venues in the US, Japan and Europe, and her book, Pattern-Free Quilts: Riffs on the Rail Fence Block was published in 2015.


Website: www.kathleenloomis.com
Classes: 17. Improvisational Strip Piecing
18. Fine Line Piecing


 Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making. She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bed quilt and manipulate them to create surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color. Maria is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2011 Winter Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award, and a Rasmuson Fellowship. In 2012, Maria was one of 44 artists from the Northwest invited to participate in the Bellevue Arts Museum’s Biennial High Fiber Diet. In 2014, Maria was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC where she worked with formerly chronically homeless individuals to build a community quilt.

Website: www.mariashell.com
Classes: 8. Abstraction through Color, Pattern & Repetition
9. Making Prints Out of Solids


Wen Redmond is an internationally recognized fiber artist whose work embraces digital fiber processes. She has created several signature techniques; Holographic Images, Digital Printing, Stalking the Wild Print and Mini Puzzle Quilts. Her work and articles have been published, including an appearance on Quilting Arts TV, Interweave DVD’s, and Wen’s book, Digital Explorations, is due out in 2017. She has been juried in many national exhibits including Quilt National, Art Quilt Elements, Quilts=Art=Quilts, Form not Function, and Quilt Visions. Wen delights in creating dialogue, and changing perceptions of fiber. She encourages ‘flow’ and the inner muse in her workshop participants.

Website: www.wenredmond.weebly.com
Classes: 20. Digital Explorations in Fiber & Mixed Media
19. Holographic Memories & Thermal Facts