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.
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 second year teaching at the Winter Quiltfest. Last year, she taught a class on Boho Jean quilt which was featured in the Fons & Porter’s “Easy Quilts” last spring. At this year’s Quiltfest, she will be teaching the Cathedral Pillow class and the Hexigami Pillow class.
In addition to designing quilts, sewing, and teaching quilting classes, Maho loves to wake board and snow ski with her husband and 4 children.
Hello! My name is Lisa Crabb. I have been a resident of Logan since 1999, originally from Heber City. My two greatest loves, besides my Family and adventuring in the Outdoors is Silversmithing and Sewing. I earned a BFA in Art Education from USU and began teaching silversmithing at LHS until I had my first child and decided to be a full time mom. Since a young age I have had “easy access” to all types of art supplies and materials, including fabric. I remember receiving a shirt box full of fabric for Christmas when I was about 12 and felt like I had been given the world. I sat along side my mom while she designed and sewed. I marveled at the magic and learned as I watched. I began sewing my first quilt in 2001 and have been sewing all sorts of quilts, garments, dolls, bags, etc... ever since. I am a member of the Cache Valley Modern Quilt Guild. I have had the opportunity to attend a few amazing quilt retreats and classes with some of the greats in sewing and fabric, such as Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Sarah Jane, Amy Smart, Lizzy House, and others who have been an inspiration and have shared a love for fabric and sewing.
Jo Thomas co-owns Suppose Quilt Boutique in Preston, Idaho, where she teaches, designs, and does freehand longarm quilting. She is the current president of the Cache Valley Modern Quilt Guild. A former psychotherapist, now fabric is her business.
I am excited to teach at Winter Quiltfest once again. It is always fun to meet new "addicts" as well as meet up with a lot of familiar ones! I live in Hyde Park, UT. I have a wonderful husband, 4 children, and most exciting, 4 grandchildren. I love every aspect of quilting, from buying the fabric to binding the quilt. I really enjoy designing patterns and long-arm quilting as well. It is so fun to teach and/or take quilting classes because then I am surrounded by so many who really understand the true "purpose" of life!
Kathy Thomas is co-owner of Suppose Quilt Boutique in Preston, Idaho. She has been a quilter nearly 40 years and soaks up quilting knowledge 24-7. Her shop and quilt designs have been featured in multiple national quilting magazines.
I started my business, Black Sheep Woolens, in 2003. It has been a fun adventure. It's like Christmas morning every time I open up the dryer and pull out an arm load of beautiful, warm wool! I am very happily married to the most wonderful man in the world and we have six beautiful, fascinating children and 4 adorable little grandchildren. We love time we can share together enjoying the beautiful world we live in.
Linda Christensen has lived in Cache Valley for 35 years. She loves the beauty of the area and her family enjoys many activities such as biking, skiing, hiking and motorcycling. Linda has always loved working on quilts and doing embroidery. Hand applique is her favorite quilting technique. She also loves architecture, traveling, photography and gardening and she was able to create her quilt using all of these things. Linda would love to try her hand at designing fabrics. Linda has taught many quilting classes at Bernina Stylish Fabric store and Needles and Friends Quilt Guild workshops. She has designed many of her own quilts and enjoys the fluidity of fabric in creating her work. She is doing more machine quilting now and has also loved the creative process in that medium.
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.