A Mountain Quiltfest 2016
Bobbie Bergquist
New Hampshire’s Bobbie Bergquist is a quilt maker who strives to keep things simple quick and fun. In the professional world Bobbie took difficult, stressful takes and simplified them to teach others. She now brings these same talents into the quilting world. Physical limitations created a need to modify popular traditional quilting methods into something easy to perform. Bobbie realized that she was not alone and has shared this with others who have medical limitations. Bobbie has also found that people without limitations are enjoying using her techniques. What she has introduced to the quilting world is “Appliqué for Cheaters”-an extension for her simple way to make stained glass quilts. Bobbie’s husband and son (Joel and Brian) provide the hand painted marble fabric used in many of her stained glass quilts. Quilters Treasure also produces their own line of commercial prints of this uniquely beautiful fabric. She has taught at “American Quilters’s Society, Teach America to Quilt,” Quiltfest and conducts workshops and conducts workshops and seminars at many quilt shows.
Carol Britt
Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics is a quilt shop I started in 1982. We have grown to 4400 sq. ft. store with an international online presence. We specialize in Indonesian batik cotton and rayon for quilts and clothing. We are a certified Judy Niemeyer Shop and a certified Pfaff Sewing Machine dealer and repair center. We employ 15 employees and many contract employees.
Laurie Brobst
Originally from Wisconsin, Laurie now resides in Knoxville, TN. After sewing clothes and crafts for many years, she fell in love with quilting. She began teaching 19 years ago for local quilt shops, guilds and Adult Education with a focus on traditional piecing and applique. She designs patterns with her daughter, is a long arm quilter and enjoys sharing time saving hints and new techniques in her classes.
Patti Carey
Patti is the Marketing Coordinator for Northcott, where she has headed up the sample department since 1986.  She co-ordinates the production of the sales reps’ shade cards, and is also responsible for any marketing and advertising that Northcott does.  This includes working with the various quilting magazines, book publishers and quilt designers to provide current collections of fabric for editorial projects.  An avid quilter herself, Patti endeavors, with the help of her piecer, to make a quilt from most collections that Northcott designs – approximately 50 per year.  These quilts are used as marketing tools by the sales reps, and as features in various quilting magazines.
Anita Chaisty
Anita has been an avid quilter for over 25 years. She loves fabrics and tools. Anita loves bright colorful fabrics and the wonderful patterns that make them come alive. But, oh batiks are her real love, she just can’t get enough of them. Anita’s other great love is TOOLS – especially ones that work. She is a certified Studio 180 Designs Instructor and loves rescuing animals. Ask her about Magic I and Magic II. Visit Anita’s website at www.magicatquiltshop.com
Pepper Cory
I have been a quiltmaker since 1972 when I saw an antique quilt at a rummage sale, purchased it for $1.00, and on the way home fell in love! From that moment I wanted to learn to make quilts and sought out quiltmakers, usually elderly ladies, who could teach me the art. Ever since I've been collecting quilts, making quilts myself, writing books about them, designing needlework tools, and sharing my love of quilting by teaching and lecturing. For seven years (1976-1983) I owned a quilt shop called Culpepper's Quilts in East Lansing, Michigan. Teaching travels have taken me to 47 of the 50 states, Canada, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia. I've written articles that have appeared in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Traditional Quiltworks, American Patchwork & Quilting, the FabShop magazine, and Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts.
Linda Crouch - McCreadie
Linda Crouch-McCreadie is the co-owner of Tennessee Quilts, lo-cated in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town. Linda has been quilting since 1988 when she took a quilting class and became addicted. Her addiction resulted in the pur- chase of an existing quilt shop in Jonesborough in 2000. The shop currently is home to over 8,000 bolts of fabric and is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Shop. It was also named as a featured shop in the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine in 2011. Linda has produced a number of award winning quilts. Two of the quilts she quilted for hire have been juried into and exhibited at the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah, Kentucky. In a former life, Linda was a teacher and a lawyer. She is happiest now that she can spend all of her time with quilting related projects.
Ann Drothler
A Michigan native, Ann turned her lifelong love of sewing toward quilting when she moved to Tennessee in 1990 and joined the Pigeon Forge Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Her enthusiasm for the methods taught by Quilt in a Day founder Eleanor Burns led to a position with Quilt in a Day at shows in Paducah, Nashville, Knoxville, Lake Havasu, AZ and Des Moines and to Certification as a Quilt in a Day Instructor. Now living in Crossville, TN, Ann teaches at the Simply Southern Quilt Shop in Sparta, TN and at the Quilt in a Day store in Paducah, KY.
Bonnie Goolsby
I started my sewing career at a very young age making pillows and crafts which evolved into making clothing for myself and my children. I started a home based business making clothing for others. Years later I was invited to the Piecemakers Quilt Guild by a friend but during my first year as a quilter I again was making clothing, jackets and vest. That all ended when I began my first quilt. I wanted to learn more and more which in time turned into teaching quilting. That was about 14 years ago. I have taught quilting in North Carolina at a yearly seminar at NCCAT and also "A Mountain Quiltfest" for several years. I enjoy teaching locally and at MidSouth Sewing in Knoxville,TN.
Anita Grossman - Solomon
With a degree in fine art, Anita Grossman Solomon moved to lower Manhattan in 1975 to paint. Within 3 years she put down her brushes to work with contemporary art collections. In 1990 she took up quiltmaking becoming a full-time quilt teacher and author. She makes artful bed quilts from classic blocks using her signature non-traditional methods. Her “Why didn’t I think of that?” innovations make quiltmaking faster and easier. She has been a guest on HGTV’s “Simply Quilts” twice, “The Quilt Show”, “Quilt Out Loud” and authored three books for C&T Publishing: Make It Simpler Paper Piecing, Perfect Blocks in Minutes, and Rotary Cutting Revolution. Her original techniques, efficient construction shortcuts and no-waste methods have been featured in magazine and books including Quiltmaker, Experts’ Guide to Foundation Piecing, 100 Tips from Award Winning Quilters and Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Quiltmaking. Anita’s Simple Foundations vellum and her Make It Simpler® Interfacing product are distributed internationally.
Lynne Hagmeier
Lynne learned to quilt over 25 years ago at a local quilt shop in Salina, Kansas, called The Quilting Bee, while working there part time. Her love of quilting evolved from other interests over the years; from cross-stitch & painting to home decorating & antiques. In 2000, Moda fabrics offered Lynne an opportunity to design fabric for their growing company. What a thrill to create a line of fabrics in exactly the colors you want & then make a quilt you've designed with that new fabric! In 2001 (after the last kid went off to college), she & her husband Robert sold their house & moved to a restored two-story brick building in Lynne's childhood hometown of Bennington, Kansas, to expand her studio & offer Quilting Getaways on the weekends. Robert joined the business full-time, promising Lynne that if she designed & made quilts, he'd do everything else.
Linda Hahn
Linda is the author of two award winning books - New York Beauty Diversified (AQS 2013 - Gold Medal Winner - 2013 Independent Publishers Award) and New York Beauty Simplified (AQS 2011 - Bronze Medal Winner 2012 Independent Publishers Award). Linda was named the 2009 NQA Certified Teacher of the Year. Linda’s classes are fun and empowering. She is known for breaking down difficult projects into simple do-able steps. She brings her infectious passion for quilting into the classroom! Be ready to learn a bunch and laugh a lot!
Klaudeen Hansen
Klaudeen Hansen’s experience reaches far beyond just quilting. Not only is she a certified judge for the National Quilting Association and has judged competition quilts for a number of years, but Klaudeen also trains other people to be judges. Klaudeen is an editor for Quilt Art and Address & Birthday Book, as well as the author of many articles for various quilting magazines. Her quilts have been featured in numerous shows throughout the United States and Europe. 
Harriet Hargrave
Harriet comes from a family of quilters. Her grandmother, mother and several of her eight aunts quilted. Her mother tried to teach Harriet to hand quilt in the early 1970s but to no avail. Harriet mastered machine embroidery in the mid-1970s and adapted machine quilting from those skills. She was machine quilting when the local quilt guilds in Colorado thought machine piecing was not kosher, let alone machine quilting! Harriet was teaching machine piecing, appliqué and quilting through the adult education system by 1978, and opened her store, Harriet’s Treadle Arts, alongside her mother in April of 1981. The store started out to be about machine arts but quickly was taken over by machine quilting and piecing classes and supplies. In 1983, Marti Michell saw some of Harriet’s antique reproduction pieces and was amazed at how hand quilted they appeared. Harriet essentially introduced nylon thread to the quilt world through those quilts. By 1984, she was demonstrating her quilting techniques at Houston Quilt Market and was teaching the last day of Mary Ellen Hopkins’ week-long seminars. Marti Michell asked Harriet to write a book on machine quilting for her publishing company, then known as Yours Truly. The first edition of Heirloom Machine Quilting was released March of 1987. C&T Publishing published the second expanded and updated edition in 1990. The third edition was updated in 1995 and the most recent fourth edition was updated, re-written and re-released in 2004. The first edition of Mastering Machine Appliqué was released in 1991 and then revised and re-released in 2002. From Fiber to Fabric, released in 1997, is the quilter’s bible for the care and keeping of textiles. The Art of Classic Quiltmaking which Harriet co-authored with her friend, Sharyn Craig, in 2000, is the ultimate reference book for piecing techniques. Harriet has also worked side-by-side with Hobbs Bonded Fibers to develop an exceptional line of natural fiber battings to meet quilters’ needs. P&B Textiles has printed five very successful lines of antique reproduction fabric for Harriet. In 1994, Harriet was chosen by a panel of her peers as one of the 88 Leaders of the Quilt World for a book that was released by the same title out of Japan. In 2006, she was nominated as Professional Quilter’s Teacher of the Year.
Cindy Kelley
From the time I was a young girl in second grade I can remember being in my parent’s fabric store and my Mother teaching sewing classes to all the ladies in town. I would sit and listen to them laugh and tell stories about things going on in their life or the life of someone close to them. I also, attended at the least one Sewing or Sewing Machine Convention a year. I often thought if there is ever a contest on the number of Sewing/Quilting/Machine Conventions someone took part in I might just win. Thanks to those special people I have a major passion and love for all things sewn, embroidered and quilted. I first started teaching in 1989 as a certified SewArt International Instructor; teaching Free Motion Embroidery, Thread Painting, and Basic to Advanced Sewing classes and the quilting bug soon followed. I worked all the county fairs in this area with my parents (about 20 years) and would get to demonstrate the long arm quilting machines they were selling and I fell in love. In 2008 I bought my first Longarm and soon after started quilting for others, it is truly one of my favorite things to do. I have also attended Walter State Community College studying Business and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh studying digital design. In all, I have a life full of creative textiles and I am loving every minute of it. Certified APQS Longarm Instructor.
Rami Kim
Rami Kim is a DNA scientist-turned fabric artist/quilter/instructor known nationally and internationally. She is a 17-time Best of Show winner, distinguished for her innovative art-to-wear. Her passion is in contemporary art-to-wear, quilts, cloth dolls and bags with special interest in 3-dimensional textures and she is known for her own distinctive colors and techniques. Her first book, Folded Fabric Elegance, published by AQS, is about her 3-D texturing techniques and new projects. Her second book Quilted Elegance, also published by AQS, focuses on reversible wearable arts, bags and two-sided quilts. The third and most recent book, ‘Elegant Cotton, Wool, Silk Quilts’ was published in autumn 2012. She graduated from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) majoring in endocrinology and worked at the Cancer Research Institute at UCSF before her passion and talent in fabric art drastically changed this biochemist’s career years ago. She says she’d rather spend even more time with beautiful fabrics and threads and beads than with DNA sequencing gels and radioactive isotopes of cold, gray science. In her website you’ll find information on upcoming workshops, lectures and trunk shows hosted by Rami, as well as a gallery of her art. Enter Rami’s world of fascination and take a look around! Visit Rami’s Website and her blog for what’s new in her world today.
Nancy Prince
Nancy Prince, an award winning quilt artist from Orlando, Florida, specializes in thread painting. Her anyone-can-do-it approach to thread painting is fun, easy and a new way for quilters to broaden their quilting experience. She has recently introduced thread sketching into her workshop offering Nancy is the author of Simple Thread Painting and Thread Painting with Style both published by the American Quilter’s Society, has taped episodes for Simply Quilts, Creative Living on PBS and The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, has appeared in national magazines and has won numerous quilting awards. She has won first place in Large Pictorial at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Outstanding Innovative Quilt at Road to California, an Honorable Mention at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, plus Best of Show at the NQA Quilt Show. Her quilts have won Best of Show, Viewer’s Choice, Artistic Merit, Best Machine Workmanship and Judge’s Recognition at recent shows and first place at Bernina University. Nancy is totally addicted to thread painting and her enthusiasm in workshops can be contagious!!! Students comment on her commitment to one-on-one attention and her upbeat attitude. She travels the country teaching and lecturing to anyone who will listen in order to share the excitement and creativity thread painting brings to her quilting world. She excels in taking the mystic out of thread painting, making it easy for anyone to master.
Dianne Springer
I am the owner of Dianne Springer Designs, a new quilt company that creates products for sewers. Some of our kits are Quilt in a Cup, Quilt in a Clock, Quilt in a Clipboard, Quilt in a Mouse Pad, etc. Fun places to put small quilts...I taught Art for 25 years and about five years ago, got involved in the world of quilting. My world is a better place for that.
Delores Storm
I live in the country and sew almost everyday. I have a shop/workshop a few steps from my front door. I decorate it and then I close the door. I do, however, occasionally open by appointment, if it's a good day. I go to a lot of quilt shows and enjoy meeting and talking to the ladies about my designs. I have been designing redwork for over 10 years and have been designing quilts and folk art collages for the last couple of years. I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. I have two St. Bernards, Maggie and Quinn. They are my babies. Oh, and did I mention 1 grand puppy and two books out with Leisure Arts.