Helen admits to a little craziness when it comes to things she loves! Some of her loves include 51 recipe books, 64 pairs of shoes (and counting), 5 kids, 1 adorable grandchild, 7 sewing machines, bolts and bolts of fabric and 100s of fat quarters, and 1 very supportive hubby! Helen has been sewing since 1973 when she made a pair of pale green polyester pants in 4-H club! Helen began quilting in 1997 and fell in love with the entire process of design, fabric shopping:-), piecing and quilting! Six years ago Helen bought a long-arm Gammill classic and fell in love with quilting all over again because she could put the finishing flourish on her piles and piles of quilt tops that were waiting for that last layer of love. Three years ago she began working with her sister Jenny and Sew Kind of Wonderful creating fresh new contemporary quilts using the Quick Curve Ruler. The curved piecing and contemporary designs in their work has made quilting fun, quick and easy. They have over 40 patterns which use the Quick Curve Ruler and their first book, Contemporary Curved Quilts, was published in May 2014.
Linda Christensen is an avid quilter and has been quilting for 35 years. She loves applique and embroidery and traditional patterns with a little twist. She has taught quilting classes at Bernina Stylish Fabric store and at Needles and Friends Quilt workshops. She has designed many quilts including her quilt this year. This will be her third year teaching at Winter Quiltfest.
Linda and her husband, Nathan, have lived in Cache Valley since 1981. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. All of the family loves the beauty of the area and enjoy many activities like biking, skiing, hiking, boating and motorcycling. Linda also loves architecture, traveling, photography and gardening. She also has her own quilting and floral business called LC Design.
Fabric is how I got into quilting. I have always loved sewing and graduated with a BA in Clothing and Textiles from BYU. I sewed for myself and later for my children and when they grew up, I found a reason to continue buying fabric. Quilting, of course. That was 15 years ago and have immersed myself in this art. With occasional opportunities to teach quilting, I also machine quilt for family and friends. I have been involved with many local quilt guilds, Quilt Show Chairman with the Utah Quilt Guild, and on staff with HMQS in Salt Lake City. The best part of quilting is the people that I have met and the friends that have enriched my life by sharing their creative talents. Quilters are the best friends. My other interests include Bobbin Lace, Needlework, Music and Family History. I love and enjoy my family, my dear and supportive husband, Craig, six children and fourteen grandchildren (by January).
Rose loves quilting and teaching She is excited to be teaching at Winter Quiltfest 2017. Rose has been a quilter for thirty years and a teacher for 25 years. She loves hand quilting for the hours of contemplation and relaxation that it provides. Rose has 4 children and 16 grandchildren and feels blessed that they all live within 30 minutes of her home. Rose and her husband David will celebrate their 48th Wedding Anniversary just 2 days before Winter Quiltfest begins. She is a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and has many fond memories of her 16 years of service there. Rose has taught at many quilt stores in the area and at the Utah Quilt Guild's Annual Quiltfest many times. Hand Quilting is her favorite class to teach.She also enjoys teaching other "quilty" projects and has designed many of the quilts she teaches. Rose has taken classes and learned much from many National teachers including Kaffe Fassett, Ami Simms, Lori Holt and Joanna Figueroa. She recently launched her own business - Ramblin' Rose Traveling Teacher of the Quilting Arts. Her website can be found at www.RamblinRosethequilter.weebly.com.
Jen Alexander is a professional machine quilter and teacher. She has been working in the quilting industry since 2004 and been teaching quilting and machine quilting since 2006. Jen has received numerous awards for her quilts, and her work has been published in many books and magazines.
Her love of quilting started with her Grandmother. She made countless amounts of quilts that she shared with her children and grandchildren. Jen would find herself under the quilting frame playing with wooden spools while her grandma and friends would be quilting her latest creation. The Joy of receiving a beautiful quilt on her wedding day from her Grandma was priceless.
Jen wants to share that passion with her students. Her classes are fun and have a positive atmosphere. She wants to give her students the skills and confidence they need to finish their projects.
Jen lives in Bountiful, Utah with her husband and three beautiful children. She's an A1 Quilting Machine dealer and loves what she does.
Leslie Bergeson is the mother of five sons and for that reason quilting became her therapy. She and her husband live in Lewiston, Utah in a home that is 102 years old and is full of her creations. When she decided one day to de-clutter, she was told to hold the item and ask, "Does this bring me joy?" The answer to everything she picked up was a resounding "YES!" Hence, clutter is bliss!
Leslie has been a student and teacher since 1976 and still has the first quilt she ever made (keeping it for good luck!). She has designed and created quilts and mystery quilts along with patterns for both. She enjoys piecing with all fabrics from civil war era to bright with embellishments, applique in both cotton and wool. She also experiments as a long arm quilter. Leslie loves seeing her students create and complete the things from her classes. That is true therapy!
Deonn’s love for quilting began at age eight as she helped tie her very first quilt. Now an accomplished quiltmaker, designer, quilt coach and teacher, it is Deonn's personal quest to learn and share time-saving tips, tricks and tools that simplify and make the process of quiltmaking even more enjoyable, especially for new quilters. In addition to operating her longarm quilting business, Quiltscapes, Deonn is featured in a series of How-to-Quilt videos and writes monthly tutorials for Riley Blake Designs.
Thirty-six years ago I took a class at Mormon Handicraft at age 19 learning how to hand-piece quilts. I've been quilting ever since.
In 2001 my husband and I moved our family to Logan, Utah. I joined a local quilt guild and met friends who asked me to partner in a small business called Winterfest. I excitedly agreed and soon after started another job at our local quilt shop, Stylish Fabrics. I have been doing both for the past 13 years, and currently manage the store. Nearly three years ago, with my family's encouragement, I became the Director of what is now called Winter Quiltfest. I enjoy teaching (my specialty is Applique) and dabble in design here and there. I have self-published 3 patterns, including the latest titled “Honored Pioneer,” inspired by my favorite holiday, Pioneer Day.
My favorite quilts are traditional patterns with applique. Anything with applique is always better in my opinion! I love all kinds of fabric in all kinds of colors and patterns. My favorite styles change along with the seasons. I have the best job in town where I get to design, arrange, and decorate our store, order the fabrics, make samples, and do my own designing on the side.
When I’m not quilting, I love to garden and spend time with my children and four (almost five) grandchildren. Despite my talent and love for quilting, family is the most important to me. I would walk away from everything sewing related just to be with them forever!
Having grown up surrounded by quilts made by both of her grandmothers, Nancy Allen started her first quilt when she was about 12 years old. It was an appliquéd and embroidered flower-girl quilt using scraps from her mother and grandmother. Her mother ended up finishing the quilt because Nancy quickly lost interest. About ten years later, she sewed Double-Irish Chain quilt tops from 2-inch squares for a neighbor. The quilts were then quilted by hand and sold at Mormon Handicraft in Salt Lake City, UT. How much easier this would have been with strip-piecing techniques – but this was before rotary cutters. In 1995, when she lived near Amish country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, she rediscovered quiltmaking and dusted off her sewing machine. Most of her other hobbies have been pushed aside as she has finished about 100 quilts – with even more quilts tops waiting to be quilted. By her estimate, Nancy has a big enough stash of blocks of the month, quilt kits, and fabric to make another hundred quilts. After leaving the high tech world, Nancy designed and made 27 scrappy quilts for a book published by Martingale/That Patchwork Place. The book, Triple-Play Scrap Quilting: Planned, Coordinated, and Make-Do Styles, describes Nancy’s clever, beginner-friendly strategies for showcasing the abundance of fabrics available today – as well as the fabrics in anyone’s stash. Nancy has had three original blocks featured in issues of Quiltmaker Magazine’s 100 Blocks, as well as four quilts included in Quiltmaker Magazine. Nancy recently retired which leaves her more time to quilt her growing pile of quilt tops – and use up her growing stash of fabrics.
Maho Schwartz was born and raised in Kobe, Japan. She came to Utah as a foreign exchange student in high school. She graduated from Utah State University in Business Information Systems. After working as a computer programmer for 5 years, she retired and became a full-time mom and a fabric addict.
Although she is well known in her community for sewing "themed Halloween costumes" for her entire family over the past 10 years, her true love is designing quilts and doing the math to figure out how much fabric is needed to complete a project.
This is Maho’s third year teaching at the Winter Quiltfest. At this year’s Quiltfest, she will be teaching the “Moon over Manhattan” and the “Mazy Daisy”. They are both her own designs and the “Mazy Daizy” will be featured in the “McCall’s Quick Quilts” Oct/Nov 2015 issue.
In addition to designing quilts, sewing and teaching quilting classes, Maho loves to wake surf and snow ski with her husband and 4 children.
I have a passion for quilting which sustains me through all life's joys and trials. My mom and my aunt both made beautiful quilts and they were my inspiration. I graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1969 and received my CPA certificate in 1972. I have a strong foundation in math which I think is why quilting is so pleasing to me. I am proud to be a Grandmother and have 7 children and over 20 grandchildren. All have quilts made by Grandma.
PUBLICATIONS "Dresden Carnival", Written by Marian Gallian and Yvette Jones, Published by C&T Stash Books, April 2016 Blanche Young and Lynette Bingham’s book, “Dresden Flower Garden” which was published by C & T Publishers in 2002 "Elephant in the Room" quilt pattern published in Easy Quilts - Summer 2013 issue by Fons and Porter "Child's Garden" quilt was selected to be included in the book "My Stars VIII", published in November 2012 by Kansas City Star Jo Packham's Where Women Create Book, "Quilters - Their Quilts, Their Studios, and Their Stories", published in 2013 by Quarry Books "Star Crossed" quilt pattern was published in Fons and Porters Love of Quilting, January-February 2014.
As a little girl, Lisa learned to talk, ski, and sew all at about the same time. She has been an avid (or rather an obsessive) quilter for the past twenty years. Challenging quilts, traditional quilts, applique quilts, modern quilts, and brightly patterned quilts are all part of her passion. Her inspiration comes from the world around her and so many of her fabulous quilting friends she has met though her years of quilting. Quilters are the best people! Lisa lives in Logan with her family and always has her favorite pooch by her side.