Bethanne Nemesh

In 1997 Bethanne discovered quilting after she moved to the Amish and Mennonite area of Pennsylvania and fell in love with the quilting traditions of the area. She soon began designing her own quilts and in 2007 purchased a longarm sewing machine and started a quilt for hire business.  Bethanne has developed an international reputation as an award winning show quilter with her detailed pictographic quilts and their unique beaded finish details, as well as a travelling teacher and author of books and DVD classes.

Pat Archibald

As a textile artist the process of turning life experiences into fabric wall pieces provides Pat with an exciting challenge in terms of colour, design and workmanship. Her quilts have been exhibited across the globe and won many international awards.  Pat travels to remote places worldwide and these adventures fuel her work. Once home she finds the design process stretches her to seek new ways to express her creativity. This cascades into her ability to quietly and gently inspire her students in many directions to produce unique pieces of work.


Kerry Burke

Kerry has been quilting for over 30 years, and in 2003 opened The Quilted Cottage in Barrie, Ontario. She soon realised Hand Applique was her passion and after much research switched to Prepared Edge Applique.  Along with her teaching, started a blog called Simple Bird Studio. Many of her Hand Applique quilts have won ribbons and awards. Most recently her quilt Friends of Baltimore won the Award for Excellence in Applique at Quilt Canada 2016, and her quilt To Everything There is a Season, won The Award for Excellence in Applique at Quilt Canada 2017.

Alison Holt

Alison is a UK textile artist who combines silk painting with freehand machine embroidery to create depth, detail and texture in her artwork. Drawing from a rich diversity of scenery from around the world, using stitches like brushstrokes, her work includes seascapes, woodlands, flowers and landscapes. With 30 years of teaching experience, she travels extensively in the UK, Europe, NZ and Australia teaching a wide range of courses. She is represented by 3 London galleries and The Chelsea Flower Show, London. 

Maria Shell

Maria’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making. She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bedquilt and manipulate them with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and  colour. 

Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows including a solo show in 2018 at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California. Her first book Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape was published in 2017.

Karen Stone

As a quilter since 1986, Karen’s inspiration manifests equally of innovation and tradition.  Her quilts have won numerous awards, including first prizes in international competitions and her designs appear frequently in exhibition.  Her Clam Session quilt received the Master of Innovative Artistry award at IQA in 2009, and her Indian Orange Peel quilt was People’s Choice at Quilt National ’95.  Having enjoyed success in design, publication and teaching, she finds no greater satisfaction than in hand-stitching binding onto a newly quilted piece, with the possible exception of students returning to report that they’re having a lot more fun quilting since taking her colour class. 

Kim Thittichai

Kim has written 4 books – Hot Textiles, Experimental Textiles, Layered Textiles and Reclaimed Textiles.  Now living on the West Coast of County Clare in Ireland, Kim is enjoying the space and rural pace of life. Her current inspirations are the rock pools in the local bays and the beautiful drystone walls. She teaches in her studio in County Clare and travels occasionally to teach workshops.  Having taught most techniques and processes, Kim now specialises in drawing, print and stitch.

Angela Walters

Angela started her quilting career over 10 years ago by the side of her husband’s grandpa. He patiently taught her to make her first quilt, a 9patch quilt that is still on her bed today. She can add Author, Quilting and Teacher to her resume having written ten books, including “Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters” and “Free-motion Meandering” If there is one thing that she loves as much as quilting, it’s talking about quilting, giving lectures and teaching quilting classes Angela also hosts the Midnight Quilt Show on YouTube.

Jane Callender

Teaching and lecturing for over 30 years after gaining a BA (hons) degree in printed and dyed textiles Jane’s work and innovative approach have remained influential.  As a textile artist, she specialises in indigo shibori, particularly stitched shibori techniques.  Over the last ten years her teaching has become international and includes three Australian tours. She regularly instructs at the Maiwa Symposium and completed her first teaching tour in America in the spring of 2018. She also taught at the 11th Shibori Symposium, Japan. Her second book STITCHED SHIBORI, published in January 2017 to great acclaim, went into its third edition within the year.

Susanne Miller Jones

Needles, thread, and fabric have been in my hands most of my life. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 5. In 2010, in preparation for retirement from teaching elementary school, I began to quilt. I thought that I would be a traditional quilter and was surprised and delighted to discover my inner fiber artist. Skills learned from a lifetime of needlework have come into play and I’m enjoying combining them in my art.

This has been quite a journey. I made my first art quilt, Seeing Our Stories Clearly with 20/20 Hindsight in 2013 for the Quilt Alliance TWENTY contest. I was thrilled when it won a Judge’s Choice from Marianne Fons. In 2014, Resurrection, made for the Quilt Alliance “Inspired By” contest, won a Member’s Choice. I was hooked. Art quilting became my passion.

My art work is highly textured and very realistic. I use a wide variety of fabrics in order to create the textural matches to the original item that I’m making. I think two of my favourite pieces are Susanne’s Birthday Dinner which I’m told is so realistic that folks think they can eat it and My Summer Paradise based on my grandparents’ screen porch.

My piece, Rain, has published in Inspired by the Beatles. Two pieces: Badlands NP: Pronghorn and Hot Springs NP: Tulip, have been published in Inspired by the National Parks. All three hung in the Houston IQF. Both books are by my friend, Donna DeSoto.

I am the curator of Fly Me to the Moon, a collection of art quilts made by artists from 8 countries celebrating the moon walk. It premiered at the Houston International Quilt Festival in 2016. 

HERstory: A Celebration of Strong Women will premiere at the Houston International Quilt Festival.