Susan Carlson is an internationally known, award-winning quilt artist. She travels around the world teaching her fabric collage technique. She has written two books and has produced an online class called the Susan Carlson Fabric Collage Online Master Class. Her weekly blog, available through her website, has been nominated for Best Art Quilt Blog by National Quilters Circle. Susan wowed AQC visitors in 2016 with her 7-metre long crocodile quilt titled Stevie.
Joe started quilting in 1979 and has been teaching, writing and talking about quilts ever since. Of his 12 books on the subject his most recent is ‘Men and the Art of Quiltmaking’. Having been immersed in the study of traditional quilts and techniques when he began, his style now is eccentric, unique and personal. His quilts are in the collections of major museums and corporations.
Proud 2018 Rajah Award recipient, Julie Haddrick is an accomplished, prize-winning quilter, artist, teacher and judge. Her quilts traverse contemporary quilt styles, techniques and media, and her formal training; Visual Art; Teaching degree, (drawing, painting, printmaking and design) strengthens her expression and creativity. Founding member of exhibition group ‘SAlt’, Julie exhibits and tours widely with work held in private Australian collections. Her art expresses personal ideas and Julie’s workshops nurture individual students’ journeys of self-expression and creativity. A passionate and generous teacher, Julie establishes a nurturing, fun environment, opening artistic doors for students and inspiring them to be confident and understand their own expression. Julie has taught quilting in Australia, New Zealand, Houston USA and Japan.
As a first-generation quilter, Heather has developed her own dynamic modern ‘anything goes’ style of quilting. Most of her quilts are wholecloth or feature minimal piecing so she can just get on with the fun part – quilting! Heather loves the feel of quality fabric on her fingertips, choosing beautifully coloured threads to build texture and transforming a quilt top into something magic simply makes her heart sing.
Heather has been teaching students and sharing her unique and quirky style for around six years. Creating a classroom with freedom to experiment builds confidence and allows students to quilt free from self-doubt so that they too can achieve success with their free-motion quilting.
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Kat made her first ever quilt in 2009 but did not start quilting seriously until 2014 when she entered the Tasmanian State Quilt Show for the first time.
Kat is best known for her success at QuiltCon 2017, with Bling, the queen-size princesscut diamond quilt, winning Best of Show. However, her favourite technique is what she describes as semi-improvisational bias appliqué and is the focus of a lot of her teaching and patterns.She now works full time as a quilter, making her own show quilts, quilting for clients, teaching and writing patterns.
She blogs at: www.twocatsquilts.blogspot.com
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Emiko has made more than 90 quilts, reinventing Japanese and Western patterns. In over 50 quilts she has developed a unique reversible Log Cabin technique. Emiko has published two books and has enjoyed success with major solo exhibitions in museums in Stony Brook, NY; Paducah, KY and Lincoln, NE in the USA and at the International Forum Tokyo. She teaches and leads the New Zephyrs Quilt Group in Japan and has taught in the USA, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland and Taiwan.
Deborah has been teaching machine quilting and machine appliqué since 2000, bringing many rewarding experiences for her and great achievements for her students. Accolades include multiple quilt awards with quilts entered into the QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Show for her domestic machine quilting and machine appliqué.
Her accreditation as a tutor in special techniques means Deborah’s workshops are very hands-on, practical and useful. Deborah’s love of colour and free motion quilting shines throughout her latest works.
Rachael has been sewing for more than 20 years and teaching for around eight. She won first place in her category for her Victorian Tiles Quilt at the 2016 Sydney Quilt Show. Rachael has a love of hand sewing – in particular English paper piecing. She is also partial to a bit of fussy cutting and is always delighted to see how it can add another dimension to projects.
Her style of quilting is quite traditional but she likes to add her own twist and is fond of using either reproduction fabrics or soft pretties.
See more about Rachael on Instagram @stitchesnsewon
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Rachaeldaisy has become synonymous with bold, colourful, interesting, whimsical, eye popping quilts. She uses 3D elements such as prairie points, yoyos, chunky appliqué and organic quilting to create beautifully unique textured work.
Rachaeldaisy’s fresh interpretation of the art of quilting has seen her quilts awarded with many prizes including Best in Show at both 2015 and 2016 Australian Modern Quilt Shows, Best in Show at 2016 Sydney Quilt Show, Most Innovative at the 2017 Dare to Differ Contemporary Textiles Exhibition, Best Use of Colour at 2017 Sydney Quilt Show. Her quilts have been featured in quilt shows, galleries and publications nationally and internationally.
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Jane Tenorio-Coscarelli is a renowned author, artist and quilter whose talents have been featured in the Steven Spielberg movie ‘How to Make an American Quilt’. As a freelance artist Jane combined her artistic talent and love of quilting to create ¼ Inch Publishing and has, for the past 20 years successfully designed and produced books, patterns, fabrics and notions, many reflecting the richness of her Mexican roots. Jane has worked with a visionary creative team of studio designers to create fabric lines that represent her Latin heritage. With her vibrant choice of colours, patterns and texture designs, Jane’s natural influence inspires the flamboyant quilter in us all.
Gillian has won many awards for her artful quilts which she displays around the world. She studied for her City and Guilds in Embroidery in the early 90s when her children were young; following this she started to teach textiles both in the UK and internationally. Having trained as a landscape designer, Gillian loved bringing these design skills to make quilts. Many years later she is still making quilts and teaching from her studio at her home in the South Pennines in Yorkshire. Most of Gillian’s quilts are inspired by the many photos she takes while travelling. She enjoys using a range of techniques in her stunning work with most of her quilts being painted, printed or appliquéd and usually colourful.
Jess Wheelahan’s award-winning textile works fuse inspiration from the world of art and design with her experience working in the fashion industry. Described as inimitable, left of centre and unconventional, Jess seeks to create quilts which engage the audience and evoke a sense of curiosity. Recently Jess has worked with Australian fashion house ‘Romance Was Born’ and her patchwork pieces were shown in their couture collection in Paris.