Check out the incredible line-up of experts and what they will be teaching!
Alex Anderson is a founding partner of TheQuiltShow.com and The Quilt Life magazine and has authored 30 books. Her approachable, quilting technique instruction, a wealth of knowledge, and positive vibe make her one of the most sought-after instructors and lecturers in the international quilting and sewing industry.
We are thrilled to have Alex as our Key Note Speaker!
Judy Gauthier has years of embedded knowledge in her brain that is just bursting at the seams! Known as the Scraps Whisperer, she came from a long line of fabric hoarders and has been sewing all of her life. Judy’s strategic use of color tools and favorite rulers and templates turns her scrap piles into colorful quilts.
Color Schemes for Scrap Quilting
Slash your stash with the Scraps Whisperer herself! Learn 4-5 simple color schemes for quilting and how to separate scraps in the best way possible. Color code your scraps and discover how you can combine scraps — even those that are multicolored and difficult to place.
AND...Slicing Scraps for Quick and Efficient Use
Speed through your scrap stash! Learn to use the 3-in-1 tool to make the Treasure Box Block. This block has a myriad of layouts that will help you to make sense of your scraps with one simple block
Becky Goldsmith is an award-winning quilter who travels to teach around the world. You may also know her business alter ego, Piece O' Cake Designs! She has numerous classes on Creative Spark and countless titles with C&T Publishing. From hand piecing to applique to color, Becky can teach it all.
Find your Zen with Hand-piecing
Hand piecing is a lovely way to slow down, relax, and make something beautiful. Learn to hand piece on a versatile 20˝ x 20˝ 8-point star block. Becky will show you all the steps to prepare the fabric shapes and then—up close and personal — how to do the stitching. She will also share ideas about altering the star pattern to make it your own. Hand piecing is easy, portable, and a lovely way to spend time.
Candyce Grisham’s creativity and play are endless. She loves taking old patterns and turning them into something new and fresh. Dresdens are her jam and she pushes the limits by thinking outside the box when designing them. Check out her classes on Creative Spark!
Beyond Basic Dresdens: Piecing within the Wedge
Explore the strata-bilities! Strata is what helps to give quilts a unique, kaleidoscopic effect. Learn how to incorporate piecing within the wedges taking Dresdens to the next level. Get ideas for creating new blocks from the classic Dresden ones.
Mary Hertel is a pattern designer, teacher, and author. Known for her fun, whimsical paper piecing, she teaches regionally and online. Mary has written 6 books with C&T with interchangeable patterns throughout all of them. In addition to countless books, Mary’s work has appeared in magazines, podcasts, and television programs.
Foundation Paper Piecing 101
Get started with paper piecing using Made By Marney patterns. Foundation Paper Piecing refers to sewing fabrics to a paper foundation and is simply another way to add an image to a quilt or sewing project. You will learn easy steps to successfully paper piece. Use your scraps and Mary's easy-to-follow pattern to paper piece an adorable polar bear.
Cyndi McChesney has been creating quilts for over 40 years and has enjoyed a wide-ranging, fulfilling career in the quilting industry as a quilt shop owner and instructor throughout the US and Canada at national shows, guilds, and quilt shops. Cyndi is known for taking fabric panels, slicing and dicing them, and adding coordinating fabrics before piecing them into original quilts.
Playful Piecing with Panels
Discover how to highlight segments of panels in traditional quilt blocks to create various unique projects. See how to use open space within blocks and graph blocks to a size that features those panel segments. We will touch on basic graphing skills to resize blocks, as well as q quick discussion of adding coping strips to your panel segments to make them fit in the space discovered.
Lee Chappell Monroe hails from a family of quilters and learned everything from her mother, affectionately known as The Guru. With a love of color and bold graphic shapes, Lee enjoys designing patterns and teaching all types of classes, while sharing her adventures on her blog. Her ability to explain techniques in a simple, precise manner makes her a popular instructor.
Rapid Piecing with Precision
From tips for more accurate cutting to the best ways to achieve the perfect 1/4” seam, you’ll develop an arsenal of skills to become a more precise piecer while maintaining efficiency. Learn the best practices to measure, cut and piece precise sashing and borders. This course offers skills for accurate and efficient patchwork to all levels of piecers.
Patty Murphy has been sewing since age six and loves to share her craft with anyone who will listen. Her work has been featured online and in several books and magazines. Patty teaches easy techniques that help beginning and intermediate quilters achieve quiltmaking success every time.
No Fuss Flying Geese Blocks
Patty shows you how to make easy Flying Geese blocks in this mini-session. Learn the math behind the blocks to make them any size needed, and Patty will show you why she cuts the blocks slightly larger and trims them to size. Get helpful hints to sew blocks and quilt tops with perfect points accurately.
Bernie Tobisch started his career as a sewing machine technician in the mid-1970s and became a dealer in 1980. His ability to share how machines work through simple anecdotes and fun props empowers sewists to take control of their machines. His reference books through C&T continue to be customers’ favorites.
Making Piece With your Sewing Machine
Don't let your sewing machine get in the way of successful piecing. If you're having trouble finding and keeping a consistent seam allowance or corners or points are not meeting the way you'd like, this session may be the answer to your prayers! Simple choices — like machine settings, needle and thread choices, and using the proper presser foot — can make a big difference in results.
Shelley Scott-Tobisch has been a quilt teacher for more than 28 years and is the creator of the Easy Precision Piecing System and Quilt Block Builders. Shelly’s comprehensive system includes everything from picking the right tools to sewing impeccable patchwork blocks.
Pinless Piecing & Press as You Go
Easy, accurate piecing without pins! If you're looking for an easy way to accurately cut and piece blocks that turn out the right size every time, then look no further. Pinless piecing and press-as-you-go techniques make cutting, matching seams, and creating sharp points and super flat blocks easier than ever before.
As the Publisher of C&T Publishing for over 20 years, Amy Barrett-Daffin manages one of the leading craft publishers. Her love of quilts, embroidery, and crafts goes beyond the books she helps create and into her home studio. Amy has a special gift of putting color tools to work whether she is pulling fabric, thread, beads, or yarn. You’ll find her teaching how to use the latest tools on C&T’s social media channels.
Mastering Color Palettes with Gray-tone Block Tools
Gailen Runge is the Creative Director at C&T and stars on kraft-tex U. She is a true serial crafter, trying every craft at least once. The ones that have stuck are quilting, sewing garments and bags, and knitting and crochet. Gailen’s recent book, Garment Maker's Project Planner, captures her love of creating her own wardrobe.
Building Your Skills with C&T’s Block Tools