A Mountain Quiltfest 2014
 
 
Cindy Blackberg
Cindy lives in Walland, TN with her husband, Bob. She began quiltmaking in 1974 when her two sons were young. Her love of handwork is evident in her own hand pieced patterns. She incorporates hand embroidery in several of her designs which are based on traditional American patchwork patterns. She is inspired by scrap quilts made in the late 1880’s. Cindy’s fine handwork skills have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting, Rodale’s Favorite Techniques from the Experts, and Chita’s Traditional Quiltworks. 

Cindy was chosen by Better Homes and Gardens for their first “Circle of Excellence” in May 2005 to honor their top designers. Her quilts have won various awards and have hung in major exhibits in Florida, across the United States and overseas. “Busy People Need to Hand Piece!”
 
Eleanor Burns
Over thirty years ago Eleanor Burns introduced her first Quilt in a Day book, beginning a quilt making revolution. She invited all types of sewers to participate in an age-old tradition using her unique style; a diverse combination of cutting and sewing applications which replaced scissors and templates with rips and strips, bringing rotary speed to patchwork. She also introduced an incredibly rapid stitching system, applying the method of assembly line sewing to piecework. 

Her concise, step-by-step directions were easy to grasp, allowing anyone to be successful at making a quilt. Eleanor Burns gave quilt makers techniques that compacted months into merely a day, a quilt in a day. Today, as she continues to passionately devote herself to nurturing and motivating thousands of want-to be quilters with needed self-confidence, her name and techniques have become synonymous with quiltmaking.
 
Hollis Chatelain
Hollis Chatelain was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but lived fourteen years of her adult life overseas in Switzerland and in four West African countries. At the end of 1996, she moved back to the United States. Her current studio and home are in Hillsborough, North Carolina. 

Hollis’ educational background is in design and photography. She has worked in the arts in one form or another since 1976. Hollis started her career as a textile artist in Africa. Her interest was sparked by the richness and beauty of African fabrics which are ever so integrated into the everyday life of Africans. Her distinctive use of colors and imagery, as well as her dye-painted scenes of multicultural life have brought her international recognition. Hollis’ work can be found in public and private collections in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, New Zealand and North America.

In addition to creating her textile art, Hollis lectures and leads workshops on drawing, color, dye painting, quilting, and West African textiles.
 
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.
 
Kay England
Kaye began quilt making and fabric collecting in earnest in the early 1980’s, but was influenced early on by a family of needle workers. She now designs fabrics for Wilmington Prints and heads her own publishing company, Kaye England Publications. Kaye travels the world conducting sell-out lectures and workshops showcasing her wonderful and infectious fabrics, patterns and quilts, as well as her unique and honest outlook on life. Kaye can also be seen on several episodes of HGTV’s Simply Quilts. 

Kaye has been described as a colorful individual generating enthusiasm and excitement in her work and having great fun in the process. Despite a hectic teaching schedule, Kaye always finds time to quilt. She has written 13 books and recently produced 3 feature length instructional DVD using her Nifty Notions® “Cut for the Cure™” rulers called More.. Smart Piecing Techniques & Plates-A-Plenty Kaye was born and raised on a farm in Glasgow, Kentucky. 

She now resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has two children and six grandchildren.
 
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.
 
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. 

She is an accomplished teacher Klaudeen’s classes will teach you fast, easy, and time saving techniques for machine piecing, cutting, and machine appliqué and much more!
 
Bonnie Hunter
Bonnie K Hunter is passionate about quilt quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of “making do”. She started her love affair with quilting in a home economics class her senior year of high school in 1980 and has never looked back. Before quilting becaue her full time career, Bonnie was the owner and designer of Needle in a Haystack!! Creating more than 70 patterns for dolls and stuffed animals with a country primitive feel.
 
Jan Krentz
Jan Krentz is a nationally recognized quilt instructor, author and designer. Winner of the 1998 Teacher of the Year award, Jan's motivating workshops are packed with practical tips, techniques and methods to insure success. Author of Lone Star Quilts & Beyond, Hunter Star Quilts & Beyond, Diamond Quilts and Beyond, Quick Star Quilts & Beyond, and Quick Diamond Quilts. Jan lives with her husband in Poway, California.
 
Marsha McCloskey
Marsha McCloskey is well known throughout the quilting world. A graphic arts major in college, she turned from printmaking to quiltmaking in 1969 as motherhood made the messier media impractical. Marsha sold her earliest quilting efforts at the weekly Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon. She found that the more quilts, potholders and baby blocks she sold, the more she had to make to replace them. She developed her skills as a seamstress and fabric artist through such daily practice. 

She made patchwork gift items for craft fairs and gift shops in the Northwest and California for many years. In 1975 Marsha began to teach quiltmaking at her local quilt store. Since then she has taught classes and workshops for groups in the Seattle area where she lived for many years, as well as for conferences and quilt guilds in 40 different states (so far!) throughout the USA. In 1990 she taught her first international workshop in Australia. Since then she has been invited to teach in New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, France, Canada, Japan, England, Norway and Denmark.
 
Jo Morton
My love of antique quilts has led me into a life as an author, teacher, lecturer and designer for Andover Fabrics. I continue my study of our ancestral quiltmaking and create my interpretations of 19th Century quilts by imitating colors and styles from period pieces. My recreations complement furnishings in country, traditional or contemporary settings. My husband says – “ Jo took her first quilting class and hasn’t been home since.” 

You may agree with Russ! I was introduced to quilting in 1979 and haven’t put the needle down since! In 1982, I began teaching quiltmaking and by 1985 was creating small quilts with the charm of the antique, or “new quilts that look olde.”