Quilt Contest Judge Page

A SPRING QUILTING FESTIVAL

with judged contest

     

JUDGES' BIOS

Our esteemed panel of experts

~will be reviewing entered work from 2/15-3/14

What are the 5 criteria for judging?
  1. Visual impact
    1. Visually appealing
    2. Color pallet appealing
    3. Balanced design
    4. Creativity
    5. Contrast/value engaging
    6. Proportional
  2. Piecing and Borders Workmanship
    1. Square blocks
    2. Lies flat
  3. Special Techniques and Workmanship
    1. Embroidery, beading, trapunto, appliques etc are well executed
    2. Should complement the quilt
    3. Should lie flat
  4. Quilting Workmanship
    1. Piece equally quilted, equal density throughout
    2. Quilting complements the quilt
    3. Quilting thread color(s) complement the design
  5. Finishing and Binding
    1. Quilt lies flat
    2. Appropriate to the design
Melinda Bula

Melinda Bula has been lecturing and teaching, both in the US and abroad, and has been featured on The Quilt Show.

She has the honor of having exhibited her quilts in the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, Quilt Expo en Beaujolais in France, International Patchwork Festival in Sitges, Spain and at the Texas Quilt Museum. She has taught making in Ireland and Australia and has won numerous awards for her work.

She’s also written 2 books; Cutting Garden Quilts and Candy Cane Lane. Her company Melinda Bula Designs, sold hand silk-screened wallpapers and fabrics nationwide. Her wallpaper and fabric designs have been featured on the covers of Better Homes and Gardens magazine as well as Sunset design books and in and other noted publications.

In 2013 the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky bought Melinda's quilt "And Our Flag was still There!"

Melinda is excited to announce her new online quilt class with iquilt.com. you can follow her on her YouTube channel and on Instagram @ #Melbula

Camille Roskelley

Camille Roskelley is a quilter, designer, and fabric lover. A fourth generation quiltmaker, she learned to sew on her mother’s knee, just as her mother did.

She started her pattern company, Thimble Blossoms, in 2007, and has been designing fabric with Moda since 2008. She has written two books with C&T –Simplify with Camille Roskelley and Simply Retro – and is a seasoned Craftsy instructor.

A mom of three little boys, she finds time to sew in between football games, school pick up, and just the general chaos that is everyday life.

She loves the color aqua, waterskiing, steak tacos and late-night quilting when the house is quiet. You can follow along with her sewing adventures over on her Instagram account.

Karen Kay Buckley

Karen’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and calendars and was voted teacher of the year by ‘Professional Quilter Magazine’ in 1997!

She recently shared, “I have eighteen cover quilts to my credit, and quilts chosen by Senator Wofford’s wife for display in the U. S. Capitol in 1992, and another in ‘93. I have appeared on Simply Quilts and AQS show ‘American Quilter’. I feel very blessed, keeping busy teaching, judging and designing.”

With 350 quilts under her belt, and personal work receiving numerous awards including twelve Best of Show, and 2013 and 2015 Best of Show at the American Quilter’s Association Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Karen Kay Buckley is definitely someone you’d be flattered to impress.

Sherri McConnell

Sherri, the woman behinds the top Quilting blog, A Quilting life… She lives in the desert of southern Nevada, but she loves the ocean and rainy days. She loves her terrific family-husband, four wonderful children, and her three cute granddaughters and two grandsons!

Her hobbies are quilting, stitching, reading, writing, gardening (in the desert), reading time management, lifestyle books, and genealogy. She has loved fabric since she was a child. She was blessed with a mother and grandmother who both sewed for her and inspired her to sew. She received her first sewing machine and sewing lessons at our local Singer shop when she was about 10 years old and has been sewing clothing and home décor items ever since.

In about 1993, she began quilting with a “gentle push” from her grandmother, and she hasn't stopped!

PRESENTERS' BIOS

SMP Virtual Quilt Fest

presenters will be hosting segments of the livestream

offerings throughout the 6-day fest!

Nathan Erznoznik

Nathan Erznoznik, Director of Marketing & Sales of The Grace Company (http://www.graceframe.com), has over 26 years of corporate customer service and management experience in Sales, Training & Development, Quality Control, Operations and 4 years as a business owner.

Nathan currently acts as the director of marketing and sales for the Grace Company. Nathan is responsible for new client relations, new product development, design & placement, marketing and customer support and satisfaction.

Nathan was a Sr. Department Manager at Discover Financial Services and filled positions of Regional Training Manager and Chair of the Lake Park Customer Service Activities Committee. He was responsible for providing motivational events, corporate training, and employee programs, for over 1000 employees, while creating an engaging and rewarding environment.

His certifications and experience also include ALeSys Presentation and Delivery Skills for Effective LearningSM, Ulysses Service Mentor and AS Degree from SLCC.

Karen Kay Buckley

Karen’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and calendars and was voted teacher of the year by ‘Professional Quilter Magazine’ in 1997!

She recently shared, “I have eighteen cover quilts to my credit, and quilts chosen by Senator Wofford’s wife for display in the U. S. Capitol in 1992, and another in ‘93. I have appeared on Simply Quilts and AQS show ‘American Quilter’. I feel very blessed, keeping busy teaching, judging and designing.”

With 350 quilts under her belt, and personal work receiving numerous awards including twelve Best of Show, and 2013 and 2015 Best of Show at the American Quilter’s Association Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Karen Kay Buckley is definitely someone you’d be flattered to impress.

Melinda Bula

Melinda Bula has been lecturing and teaching, both in the US and abroad, and has been featured on The Quilt Show.

She has the honor of having exhibited her quilts in the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, Quilt Expo en Beaujolais in France, International Patchwork Festival in Sitges, Spain and at the Texas Quilt Museum. She has taught making in Ireland and Australia and has won numerous awards for her work.

She’s also written 2 books; Cutting Garden Quilts and Candy Cane Lane. Her company Melinda Bula Designs, sold hand silk-screened wallpapers and fabrics nationwide. Her wallpaper and fabric designs have been featured on the covers of Better Homes and Gardens magazine as well as Sunset design books and in and other noted publications.

In 2013 the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky bought Melinda's quilt "And Our Flag was still There!"

Melinda is excited to announce her new online quilt class with iquilt.com. you can follow her on her YouTube channel and on Instagram @ #Melbula

Jenny Doan

Jenny Doan is a prominent quilter and the face of Missouri Star Quilt Company. She is a woman who turned her hobby into a multimillion-dollar business. Doan has been called "The most famous quilter in the world" due to her over 350 YouTube tutorials that have been viewed more than 110 million times!

In 2015, two of her children and their partner Dave Mifsud who handled the business end of Missouri Star Quilt Co. received the National Small Business Persons of the Year award.

In 2008, Doan, her family and Dave Mifsud founded Missouri Star Quilt Company and Jenny began producing weekly tutorials on YouTube.

The company was started with a longarm sewing machine in a dilapidated brick building in downtown Hamilton, Missouri serving as a shop. She utilizes the patchwork method of quiltmaking along with applique techniques.

Today, Missouri Star Quilt Company processes over 30,000 orders each month for precut fabric and other quilting notions and has become the largest employer in Caldwell County, Missouri, employing over 300 people. The company also operates a retreat center for tourists, which was built in 2013 by combining two adjoining premises.

Eileen Roche

Providing inspiration and solutions for machine embroidery enthusiasts Eileen Roche shares her wealth of machine embroidery and sewing experience to create products for embroiderers of any skill level. Her talent, creativity and enthusiasm distinguish her from others in the industry and are the driving force behind the success of Designs in Machine Embroidery Inspiration events and the products available online and in dealers across the United States and beyond.

Designs in Machine Embroidery is the source for machine embroidery products including how-to and educational books, machine embroidery hoops, machine embroidery tools and organizers, machine embroidery designs, instructional videos, embroidery thread, stabilizers and more. Designs in Machine Embroidery is focused on inspiring and educating readers on all aspects of machine embroidery.

Eileen has been a frequent guest on Sewing With Nancy and also hosted the Embroider it Yourself educational video series. She is also the author of several books and hold patents on many clever machine embroidery products.

Stacy Lewey

Stacy Lewey studied Business and Economics at University of Oregonis. She is Marketing and Product Manager as well as one of the owners of Sew Steady and Westalee Design. She has become an expert in all things Sew Steady for the last 10 yrs and Westalee Design in the last 5 yrs. She coordinates over 20 educators worldwide on sharing Westalee Design with the world.

The latest was the coordination and launch of the Sew Steady Online University in March of 2020, a very timely replacement for online education and its focus of all things Westalee Design and Sew Steady. With over 60 classes and 2000 students registered since its launch just 3 months ago.

The staff of Sew Steady works together every day with one mission to pursue, one goal in mind—to improve and enhance your sewing experience. Customization is what makes Sew Steady so revolutionary. When you use a Sew Steady product, you are using something crafted specifically for your machine, designed to elevate your creativity.

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 quilt making.

Sylvain Bergeron

Sylvain Bergeron is an Educator with BERNINA of America. He came to sewing through garment making and sewing projects for the home.

He has since become a quilter, developing all-over thread designs with embroidery software and creating digital wall paintings quilts. He was the first ever recipient of the Master Award for Thread Artistry at IQF Houston.

He is self-described as a thread junkie :-)

Kelly Ashton

As a quilt shop owner, Kelly Ashton acquired extensive experience teaching appliqué, piecing, and longarm quilting classes. Kelly loves custom quilting, and sharing her experience with quilters around the world.

Although she loves quilting those beautiful traditional quilts, Kelly’s favorite quilting style is more modern. She loves all tools and options available for quilting, including Pro-Stitcher computerized quilting, but rulers are her first choice. She loves the precision and professional quilting they provide, and loves the finishing touch free motion quilting can add.

Kelly Ashton joined Handi Quilter as a national educator in 2013 and is now the Studio Education Manager. IG @kellyashtonquilts

Kimberly Sandberg

Kimberly was taught to sew at an early age by her mother and grandmothers. She sewed almost all of her own clothing through junior high and high school. During her senior year of high school, she found a picture of a log cabin quilt, got out some graph paper, and drafted her first quilt. It took her 5 years to finish that quilt, but a lifelong love of the craft blossomed.

In 2003, Kimberly attempted to quilt on her home machine for the first time and was hooked. From there, she graduated to a longarm in 2007. She became a professional longarm quilter in 2016. Using her HQ Avanté® with Pro-Stitcher®, she creates and quilts designs with precision and adds whimsical touches with free-motion quilting. Kimberly loves the process of choosing designs to complement and highlight patchwork piecing. Over the years, she has evolved from a very traditional quilter to a more modern quilter. She began teaching quilting classes several years ago, and loves passing on her passion and knowledge about quilting to her students. She has traveled all over the US teaching for Handi Quilter and is now very excited to spend her days in the Handi Quilter Studio.

Kimberly is very involved in the quilting community, and is a member of various quilt guilds. Besides quilting, she loves to read, cook and go hiking in the Utah mountains with her husband, kids and her dog.

Jerry Granata

Jerry Granata has had a love of art since he was a child and it has taken him in many directions.

He served 21 years in the Armed Forces of the United States as a U.S. Navy musician serving in such places as Naples, Italy; Seattle, Washington; Washington D.C; and Chicago, Illinois.

His musical journey has given him the opportunity to perform as a pit musician in many theatres on Broadway in New York.

He has also performed for several U.S. Presidents and Heads of State at the White House, as well as many celebrities such as Bob Hope, Brook Shields, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Styx, and many others.

His interest in the fine arts led him to studies in drawing, design, and oil painting. He has explored and enjoyed all sewing techniques including garment construction, costumes, embellishing, heirloom sewing, hand and machine embroidery, quilt piecing, appliqué, and free-motion quilting.

He has also appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, and Fons & Porters Love of Quilting.

Jerry brings a passion for quilting, sewing, and teaching, with a dash of humor, to all levels from beginner to advanced.

His diverse background can be found woven in his local, regional, national, and international award winning quilts.

Lynn Mares

Lynn is a woman who loves to quilt and sew! She worked in dentistry for 40 years as a hygienist. She learned first hand working as a hygienist the importance of ergonomics. From the proper chair, tools, eye magnification, it all mattered to keep her body feeling healthy.

Lynn ventured into quilting 15 years ago. She worked part-time in a local quilt store, and was surrounded by many talented ladies, She honed my craft. She found that quilting demanded the same attention to ergonomics as dentistry. The proper cutting table height, a decent sewing chair, and a sewing cabinet for organization and comfort, that all helped keep her body sewing longer.

Lynn now use this knowledge at Arrow to understand other sewer's needs and help them create a room of their dreams. Ensuring they can do what they love, sew in comfort, and ease. Personally, She is also happily sewing with two cats and a dog plus teaching her grandchildren how to sew.

(Working for Arrow sewing is a natural fit for her. It’s exciting to be around people whose interests lie in helping crafters do what they love longer by better organization and comfort.)

Alba Fekete

Alba has joined Janome America in April 2007 as an In-House Educator. She is currently a Dealer Training Specialist where she travels all over the country training dealers in the Janome and Artistic product line as well as teaching them new sales techniques.

Alba has been published in many magazines such as Sew News, Designs in Machine Embroidery, Creative Machine Embroidery, Vogue Pattern Magazine and trade magazines.

Digitizing embroidery designs with a quilting focus remains a passion for Alba as well as quilting and garment sewing.

LuAnn Hartley

LuAnn Hartley is the National Education Manager for Juki America. Prior to this position, she owned a quilting/sewing store, and worked as an educator traveling and teaching dealers and consumers how to use their machines before joining Juki as their education manager.

After Graduating high school LyAnn Hartley launched her career in the sewing industry by obtaining a job at a sewing and quilting shop in her hometown of Lexington, North Carolina. After 6 years, LuAnn purchased the store and transformed it into an 8,000 square feet space that carried various machine brands as well as quilting, heirloom, and garment fabrics.

In 2004, LuAnn decided to pursue a different career path and became an educator. As an educator, LuAnn helped organize shows and created projects and programs for in-store dealer events.

When she's not teaching, LuAnn is strengthening her skills in embroidery, garment construction, and quilting. She describes herself as a friendly, perfectionist hoping to inspire future generations of sewers and quilters.

David Hooke

David Hooke is the CEO of LiTen Up Technologies, Inc. He is the inventor of the Quilter’s Cruise Control® stitch length regulator and the QBOT® automated quilter. He holds a PhD. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and seven U.S. Patents.

David’s industry experience spans 30 years with the last 20 in the quilting industry. When not fabricating components for the various products to fulfill orders, providing technical support, quilting samples, or inventing new products, he enjoys passing his knowledge of quilting processes through instructional videos.

“The art of quilting has changed through the years. It is our goal to allow quilters to see their vision fulfilled - independent of the skill level from which they started. We do that by developing products and tools that get them as far along the learning curve as possible, encouraging their success.”

Denise Applegate-Schober

With more than 40 years of sewing under her belt and industry experience that spans over 25 years, Denise has a vast pool of knowledge from which she draws as she travels around the United States. Denise is equally comfortable holding product or sales training to Retailers or holding one of her Quilting Retreats for consumers. Denise is fully knowledgeable about all of the products in the Baby Lock line and has a deep understanding of ProStitcher and Art & Stitch. She is very passionate about the sewing industry and she is always excited to share her knowledge of quilting and sewing with others.

Among Denise’s creative accomplishments are many entries in art galleries, quilt shows and art shows. She has appeared as a guest on America Sews with Sue Hausmann, Martha’s Sewing Room with Martha Pullen and worked with Martha Stewart designing embroidery designs for towels on her television show. Denise does trunk shows and teaches at numerous shows across the United States and abroad. Denise lives just north of Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Les.

Mike Johns

Mike has a very simple philosophy when it comes to being a Baby Lock Educator.

"It’s really about the people," he said. "I have been so lucky to meet so many amazing people over the years and it is so heart warming to hear how sewing has impacted their lives."

Growing up in a family of crafters, Mike said he didn't become serious about sewing until he studied Costume Design and Technology at Florida State University a little over 20 years ago. He said he enjoys the unique creative process sewing provides.

"I love that sewing allows me to take an idea all the way from a pencil sketch (or a sketch on my iPad) and work it up into a pattern and then to a fully realized project," he said. "I also love the freedom that sewing provides for each person to create and bring his or her own vision to life."

Mike added that teaching has also shown him the special relationship sewers have with one another.

"This is a community full of wonderful, kind and giving individuals. I am constantly amazed by the generosity of those in our community," he said. "This is really highlighted by all of the service organizations, such as Quilts of Valor, that people in our community are involved in. I love hearing about them all."

Linda Bratten

Linda Bratten is a native Nebraskan, but has transplanted nicely into the Columbia, MO area. Linda and her husband, Brett, have raised three fine young men. And she is now experiencing the fun of being a grandmother.

She began sewing at a young age, but started quilting after the birth of her first son in the late 80’s. Linda has taught a variety of quilt guild programs throughout the Midwest. She has also taught at the Machine Quilters Showcase sponsored by The International Machine Quilters Association and at the MQX Midwest Show in Springfield, Illinois. She is an online instructor for Craftsy, and her class, Exploring Natural Quilt Motifs has been taken by over 3,000 students. In March of 2020 she became a National Educator for Baby Lock machines and products.

She has been a quilting/sewing teacher, in Columbia, MO area since 2008. Linda has recently self-published a series of workbooks to enhance her Free-Motion Machine Quilting classes and has created several patterns and machine embroidery designs. Her Bronze Iris and Watercolor Rose quilts were selected as part of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Natural World Exhibit. Her work has been published in the Quilting Arts and Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazines. Her “Peacock Shawl” was one of five semi-finalists in the Bernina/Threads Magazine Machine Embroidery Challenge. She blogs about her sewing adventures at http://lindabcreative.blogspot.com/ which can be found on her website at www.LindaBrattenCreations.com.

Linda’s quilts are “Not like your grandmother’s”, she loves to mix different mediums and techniques to create unique one of a kind fiber art. Best of all she loves to share her knowledge and discoveries with others! Follow Linda on social media at: Linda Bratten Creations @Linda_Bratten Linda Bratten

Deb Canham

Deb Canham has spent the last 20 years designing and working with her own factory in China and working as a Consultant to garment factories improving their quality control through education and developing simple, methodical systems.

Since retiring from travelling to China, Deb has focused on the serger for home use designing projects, patterns, courses and videos to encourage serger owners to “play” and develop confidence with their machines.

Her aim is also to provide Serger Teachers with some fun techniques - based projects. The serger has an unmatched ability to utilize heavy weight decorative threads which opens up a whole new world of fun embellishments and finishes which are the backbone of Deb`s designs.

Richard D. Tharp

I was taught quilt making at a very early age, cutting out quilt pieces for my grandma and my aunts; and went on to work in the garment industry. My tenure for a quilt designer in Louisville, Kentucky exposed to me to many textiles and designs.

The first American Quilter's Society Exhibition in Paducah Kentucky finalized my direction into the world of Art Quilts and Textile Designs; and 10 of my quilt designs were selected for the top 100 designs for the AccuQuilt 2013 Barn Quilt Designer Contest.

Milinda Stephenson

Ten years ago, Milinda Stephenson landed a cover story for Sew News magazine, and since then has been a frequent contributor to Creative Machine Embroidery and other sewing, serging and embroidery magazines both print and online. Milinda loves sharing her love of all things sewing with both her college students and the sewing community. Her designs have attracted sewing enthusiasts from all over the world, and her website, milindasews.blogspot.com hosts dozens of free designs.

An enthusiastic teacher and energetic spokesperson for the marvelous innovations of the entire Baby Lock line-up, Milinda would love to come and share her love of sewing and inspire your customers to get the most out of your machines. For more information, please contact Milinda @milindastephenson.gmail.com

Heather Banks

Heather Banks is a Brother Sewing Educator. Keeping pace with our changing world, she has transitioned from traveling and conducting in-person events to specializing in online virtual learning opportunities where she has the pleasure of educating users about Brother sewing and embroidery machines. Virtual learning has opened the world of sewing to everyone!

Before coming to Brother, she published her own line of quilt patterns and was featured in quilting magazines. She also collaborated with a popular die cutting company to create a one-of-a-kind quilt die. With the wide variety of Brother machines at her fingertips there are no limits to the opportunities she can provide! Originally from the west coast, she and her husband now enjoy beekeeping and raising chickens in Tennessee.

Mike Venditti

Mike came over to Laurastar over 15 years ago and has a substantial background in consumer sales with an MBA and over 40 years in the retail industry.

He is responsible for introducing Laurastar to the U.S.market and is now responsible for the Sewing/Quilting/Ironing retail class of trade in the U.S. market.

Also well versed with selling goods into the retailer, merchandising, demonstration of products both in store and virtually.

Have attend several international, regional and local trade shows dealing with Quilting/Sewing/Ironing

This will be a great opportunity for you to learn something new and exciting regarding Sewing/Quilting/Ironing

Sherry Miller

As an educator, Sherry is so excited to share her passion of sewing with you! She has been sewing ever since she can remember. She always wanted to stand out with new trends and styles and the only way to do that was to create her own twist on existing patterns. She was always making clothing and home-dec items for family and herself.

When Sherry was old enough she worked in a quilting store and that opened up a completely new world for her. She fell in love with fabric, threads, and patterns. She began writing patterns for purses and quilts and soon after started teaching classes in stores and for quilt guilds.

The best part of her job is when she can inspire someone to find the joy in sewing as much as she does.

Carrie Hanson

Carrie Hanson is a longarm machine quilter and the face of Gotcha Covered Quilting.

Carrie began quilting over 20 years ago and was hooked with the first stitch. When she realized she was making quilt tops much faster than she was able to hand quilt them, she turned to her trusty domestic machine and taught herself how to free motion quilt.

Over the next decade Carrie's passion for quilting blossomed into a full-time longarm business and Gotcha Covered Quilting was born. Carrie is regularly commissioned by pattern and fabric designers and her custom quilting can be seen as cover photos for numerous quilt patterns and in multiple magazines. She provides both custom free motion and computerized longarm quilting services.

Carrie loves to share her knowledge of and affection for quilting with others — she travels all over the country as a National Educator.

Carrie can be reached at
carrie.a.hanson@gmail.com
Instagram @gotchacoveredquilting
facebook.com/gotchacoveredquilting
Twitter @gcquilting

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones, an Educator & Inspiration Consultant for DIME, combines a professional career in Information Technology with personal interest in embroidery, sewing and quilting to deliver a broad range of knowledge in a straightforward and simple manner.

She gained extensive knowledge of nearly every brand of sewing/embroidery machine and embroidery software while working and teaching for one of the largest sewing machine dealers in the industry.

She is a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher and runs her own embroidery business. Now Ashley travels all over the country sharing her tips and tricks for stabilizing, hooping, placement and using embroidery software to overcome everyday challenges with embroidery. She loves to share the abundance of techniques she has fine-tuned over many years.

Megann Freese

Megann grew up on a small farm in Plymouth, Nebraska, where her love for sewing began at the age of five. Megann's mother and grandmother taught her how to sew and encouraged her to practice her new skills by joining 4-H and creating garments, quilts, and crafts to be judged at the county fair. She stuck with it for twelve years.

Megann continued creating and sewing as she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she graduated with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. She moved to Illinois to grow her love for sewing as an Educator for BERNINA of America.

Her favorite memories were having several of her pieces featured in the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery and having her Quilt of Valor featured in the QOV book, A 50 State Salute, representing the great state of Nebraska. Go Huskers!

Mark Martin

I have been with Grace Company for 10 years and it has been such a joy consulting with all types of quilters. What a wonderful business to be a part of, and early into my journey I realized the passion these hobbyists show. I am very fortunate to have traveled to quilt shows where I got to see this passion firsthand, and that is where my passion grew into what it is today. The most enjoyable part of my job is to see the creativity and joy these quilters share.

I love what I do, and love being around quilters. I get to share the passion I have with everyone and that is a lot of fun.

Corey Sheehan

Corey is a San Diego native and has been in the Sewing and Quilting Industry for nearly 8 years. The first few years of his career Corey worked for Lisa Bongean at Primitive Gatherings and for TinLizzie18 selling Long Arm Quilting Machines.

Many people know Corey from his years of attending National and International quilt festivals and now as the Retail Sales Manager for SewingMachinesPlus.com in their San Marcos retail store.

Corey's love for the industry has always been with the machine side of things. He has experience using and selling nearly every brand of Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery machine.