Educators

Multiple classes will be offered during the Coburg Quilt Show. Learn more about our educators below:

 

Geraldine Wilkins

Geraldine Wilkins of Living Water Quilter

Click Here for From Frustration to Fabulous Class
Click Here for Secrets of Quilt As Desired Class
About: A native New Yorker, Geraldine moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to begin her photojournalism career at the Los Angeles Times. After a successful 11-year career that garnered a Pulitzer Prize, she moved to Virginia in 2005 to work for a worldwide Christian magazine. She began her quilting journey with a Virginia church group in 2006.

Since then, she has made many quilts and is a member of local quilt guilds. She had a 2-year term on the Virginia Star Quilters guild board and is a founding board member of the Fredericksburg Modern Quilt Guild, where she is currently the Program/Educational Director.

As a Westalee Design Accredited Teacher, a Juki America Home Sewing Educator, and a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador, Geraldine lectures and teaches at quilt shops, guilds, and at regional and national quilt shows. She also shares her love of quilting on her blog www.livingwaterquilter.com  Her quilts have exhibited in local and regional quilt shows, national touring events, and curated exhibit at the Virginia Quilt Museum beginning. Find Geraldine's work published in 1000 Quilt Inspirations, the Quilter's Planner 2017 and Free-Motion Framework published 2018.

 

Kate Quinn of Fabrikated by Kate

Click Here for Beginning Rulerwork: The Sunflower Block Class
Click Here for Design Your Own Quilt Block with the Westalee 8 Point Crosshair Square (Drawing Foundation Patterns) Class
Click Here for Rulerwork with Grids: A Sashiko Journey Class
Click Here for Snowflake Block: A No-Tear Paper Piecing Method Class
About: Kate was born and raised in Covina CA. Graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1991. I married my husband, Patrick, soon after graduation and we began our Army life together. We are the parents of 5 fabulous children, but with all the demands on a military family, I left the service in 1998 to be home with my children.

My fascination with quilting began when I received a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt as a wedding present. The gift of a second scrappy quilt further solidified my love of fabrics and colors. I made my first quilt to celebrate the birth of my first child around 1993. I had loved quilting ever since. I love all styles and types of quilts from art to modern, from traditional pieced to applique. I also love how quilting is connection through the ages and across generations.

I stayed at home with my five children for about the last 18 years. Quilting became my social connection and the one thing that “mom” did for herself. (Not too selfish because lots of other benefitted as well.) With my family having served in the Army for the last 25 years, we have moved so many times and quilting has always helped me connect in my new community.

As my skills have grown along with my children, I have more time available to share the quilting skills that I love. I started teaching sporadically about 6-7 years ago. After our last move, I began working and teaching at a local quilting and sewing machine shop: Ann Silva’s Sewing Center in Albuquerque, NM. I have been teaching and working there regularly for the last 2 years.

 

Mary Hyatt

Click Here for Cathedral Chatelaine Class
Click Here for Patriotic Quilted Table Topper Class
Click Here for Quilted Basket Class
Click Here for Quilted Burp Cloths Class
About: When I made my first quilt in 1970, I had no clue of the adventures ahead which challenged me to progress in skill level and variations ever since. I think I’ve enjoyed proficiency in every quilting method out there, with the newest to me being rulers on the home sewing machine.

I love the control, the free motion, and the demonstrated versatility available in every Westalee Ruler.

When I’ve worked and attended shows and conventions in sewing and quilting across the past 14 years (10 years in Houston and 4 in Utah) – and as a store sales specialist and manager – my greatest satisfaction always comes in helping others to find success in using the artistic “tools of the trade”. That’s where teaching comes in:

Having been costume director for 14 plays, and run an alteration business for 35 years, I have answers (and a crazy-but-true story to illustrate!) to nearly any question I’m ever asked. When I come in, I’m a solutions person with a can-do attitude – and happy to spread that to my students.
I am an accomplished “5 stars out of 5” instructor with deep knowledge from teaching Embroidery, Sergers, Sewing Machines, and Quilting techniques….
A down-to-earth and friendly temperament may betray my past 26 years as a Cub Scout leader, where creativity and ingenuity are survival skills!
I have taught students ages 8- 88, accommodating handicaps, language barriers, and culture barriers; after I overcome a learning barrier, I win the students’ hearts as well.
I believe that proper tools, with well thought-out handouts, examples, and stories, encourage the best learning. No wonder my students seem always to say, “The clock is bewitched and the time went way too fast!”

Among my favorite classes are

“12 methods of machine quilting on your Home Machine” which includes a big session and emphasis on Westalee Rulers.
Free-motion quilting for beginners- with a section on Westalee Rulers
Quilt as You Go (I’m already in my 3rd class group in June 2018)

I am passionate about the awesome artistic potential in sewing and quilting – and delight in sharing it with others. Let’s talk about letting me be an ambassador of fun in your classroom!

 

PamBocko

Pam Bocko of Pieceful Designs

Click Here for Hot Spot Quilted Trivet Class
Click Here for Make Your Quilt Stand Out: Trapunto by Machine Class

About: Pam has been designing and creating things as long as she can remember. After making a career change she obtained her degree in Interior Design and turned her focus to designing original quilting and sewing patterns, as well as fabric for Studio e, establishing her company, Pieceful Designs. She loves to encourage “sewists” of all levels and abilities by creating patterns for projects that range from small and simple to more challenging designs for those with a bit more experience. Pam gets her design ideas from everywhere: nature, architecture, even from a funny joke which results in designs that are bright, light hearted and made to put a smile on your face. She has been honored to have received awards on both the local and national levels for her designs and has been published in several magazines including Quilters Home and Quilter’s World. Pam Lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband Rick and has three adult daughters and one four legged child.

 

Paula Reid of Bats In The Attic

Click Here for Fluff + Stuff Class
Click Here for Feathers + Rulers a Double Play Class

About: Often described as an “artist with a sewing machine”, Paula Reid is a custom heirloom quilting specialist.  She has vigorously attacked the stacks of tops residing in many quilters’ homes, thus freeing them from accumulated guilt and allowing them to purchase more fabric, books, patterns, etc. to use up all that extra space in the sewing room!

Paula made her first quilt in April 1990, three weeks after attending the Glendale (California) Quilt Show with her best friend, Mary Ponce.  She taught her first machine piecing class two years later, but found that her heart was captured by the quilting process.  Machine quilting on her first Bernina machine was her very favorite way to spend time.

In 1993, Paula opened her machine quilting business, utilizing the skills she had developed working on her own quilts.  Since the day that she made her very first quilt, she has quilted over 1,400 quilts, all on her regular home machines.  Of these, 50% have been queen size, 25% king size and the other 25% were various smaller sizes.  The largest quilt she has ever “fluffed and stuffed” was 112” x 128”!

“Fluff & Stuff” is what Paula calls her method for moving large quilts through a home machine.  She began teaching workshops on her techniques in the southern California region in 1993, expanding to national teaching a few years later when appearances on “Simply Quilts” brought her to the attention of a larger audience.  Now spending weeks at a time on the road, she has decided that nothing is more fun than sharing ideas with the quilters she meets on her travels.

 

SHEILA-head shot 1

Sheila Snyder of License To Quilt

Click Here for Barn Quilt Painting Class

About: Sheila is a designer, author, teacher and the creative force behind her business, License To Quilt. She is known as a talented longarm quilter and for publication which includes both books and magazine articles. Of note, one of her quilts in currently on the cover of Quilts and More. She was featured in the first issue of Quiltfolk, which is now in its third printing.  She loves breaking down projects into manageable steps for her classes, to ensure that everyone is successful. Join her for the extremely popular Barn Quilt Painting class, and go home with a finished project!