Bonnie Turner has been quilting since 1987. She is co-owner of Log Cabin Fabrics with Lisa Fagan and Londa VanDerzee. She enjoys traditional quilting but finds art quilting to be her creative outlet.She lectures and teaches quilting for quilt guilds in the north east. Bonnie makes memory quilts for families which focus on sharing the story of a persons life. These quilts often include photos, writings and clothing. These quilts are often embellished and become family keepsakes.
Lisa Fagan, Glenmont, NY Lisa has been quilting since 1980. She is co-owner of Log Cabin Fabrics in Selkirk, NY, with Bonnie Turner and Londa VanDerzee. Her specialties include wool appliqué, invisible machine appliqué as well as hand-embroidered redwork and traditional piecing. She has been a long-standing teacher for several Albany, NY area quilt shops and guilds. Lisa has helped many quilters develop the skills to go from “ I just want to make one quilt” to being confident and creative quilters with a lifelong love of quilting.
Pat Cunningham – Bio
Pat, who was born and raised in upstate New York, has been quilting for 30 years. As a young girl, she would watch her grandmother make clothing and then quilts from the clothing scraps using a treadle machine.
For nearly two decades, Pat has been teaching at Albany area quilt shops and guilds in a variety of piecing and hand techniques, but her first love is handwork, particularly hand appliqué and English Paper Piecing. Her quilts have been shown at the AQS Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and numerous local guild shows, where she’s won first place ribbons, Viewers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice awards. Pat is a retired health care administrator and works (or as she likes to call it, “plays with fabric”) at Log Cabin Fabrics, Selkirk, New York.
Like most quilters, Sue has been sewing most of her life. She started at the age of seven, and hasn’t put her sewing machine away since then!
First came clothing, then making totes and bags and finally she gave “quilting” a try in the early seventies, but, just a few bed quilts.
Along came two children and a full time office job, and the “quilting” part of sewing was put on hold. (there was still clothing and bags to be made) But when hubby and Sue became empty nesters, it was time to bring quilts back into her life. This time, she was only interested in making art quilts, which fit in very well with her natural born talents of drawing and designing.
All of this was taking place while working full time and managing an ophthalmology office for three eye doctors. She has since partially retired; now working only one day a week. This gives her more time to design, make and produce art quilts and patterns. Her patterns are uniquely different from all others, and she’s been told that her quilts “tell a story”. Sue loves teaching and passing on all her tips & techniques to others; and her workshops are loads of fun, and watch out!, her enthusiasm is contagious!
Pat is a wife, a mother, grandmother, and retired middle school Family and Consumer Science teacher. At around age ten she was introduced to sewing by her cousin, and has been sewing ever since. This interest led her to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Home Economics Education and recently retired after 30 years. She is a partner is a longarm quilting business, Quilts Complete! Of Oswego, New York, and has been happily quilting for customers since 2003. She has taught classes at Calico Gals Quilt Shop of Syracuse. She lives in Oswego, with her husband, Paul.
Lu Corts began quilting as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis. I was a dressmaker at the time
and needed bits and pieces to carry with me. What a gift! Once I was through all of the treatment, I quit my job and started my life as a quilter at Queen Anne’s Lace in Kissimmmee FL. in 1994. Developing classes and teaching soon turned into quilt and pattern design, Itza Lulu Designs was born. I have traveled and taught ever since, working my way up the east coast to return to Whitesboro, NY, my hometown. My patterns are now published through Cut Loose Press and my home base is the beautiful Tiger Lily Quilt Co
in Utica, NY . My quilting philosophy is this: if I can do this, ANYONE can!
Pat Flath, a retired professor of Chemistry at Paul Smith’s College, has been quilting for seventeen years. She is a member or The American Quilter’s Society and the Pine Tree Quilters of Saranac Lake, and is a past President of the Champlain Valley Quilters’ Guild of New York. Her quilts have been displayed in Vermont Quilt Festival Shows, Champlain Valley Quilt Shows, Cabin Fever Quilt Shows, Old Forge Art Center, North Country Community College, Champlain Valley (of Vermont) Quilt Show, New York Quilts and the Schweinfurth Quilt Show. Her Baltimore Twist quilt has won numerous awards, a blue ribbon at Vermont Quilt Festival, blue ribbon and Judge’s Choice at Champlain Valley (of Vermont) Quilt Show, honorable mention at Schweinfurth, second place at New York Quilts, third place at Old Forge and has been juried into the American Quilter’s Show in Paducah, KY. She has been teaching all levels of quilt classes at quilt shops in Hogansburg, NY, Plattsburgh and for the Champlain Valley Quilters’ Guild. For many summers she has attended quilting workshops at North Country/Adirondack Quilt Camp and Quilting by the Lake, Morrisonville, NY. Pat has been on the organizing committee of the Adirondack/North Country Quilt Camp held in Paul Smiths, NY and Saranac Lake, NY. She has also organized quilting retreats at the Wadhams Conference Center in Ogdensburg, NY.
Shirley H. Ware has taught textile construction and quilting to people ages 4-80. With all the electronics today, it is important to have a creative leisure activity that develops skills and friendships as well as saving money through inexpensive gift giving and re-purposing materials. Shirley taught Family and Consumer Sciences at Long Lake Central School for 13 years before moving to her current locations at Cicero-North Syracuse High School and as a Fashion adjunct professor at Cazenovia College. In Long Lake Shirley taught Family and Consumer Sciences K-12. Shirley has published “How Quilting and Sewing burns calories”. In 2013, Shirley was honored as a National Teacher of the Year by the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences..
Shea Farrell Carr
Born and raised in Long Lake, Shea Farrell Carr has been making baskets since 1992. She took ownership of Adirondack Basket Case from her mother, Patty Farrell, in 2009. In addition to basket making, she is also a high school history teacher, and lives in Slingerlands with her husband and two young children.
I spent my childhood summers on Lake George, and now I live in Queensbury. I’ve been quilting since 1999 and teaching quilting since 2004. My current business, Linda Warren Designs, includes trunk shows, workshops, vending at quilt shows, and as much designing and creating as time allows. I am best known as the inventor of The Learning Curve, a tool that makes it easy to machine piece perfect circles and other curves. Anyone can do it.
The inspiration for my creative process comes from the confluence of math and art. Ideas usually start with geometric shapes, which grow into patterns, and some even become quilts. The medium of fabric adds another layer of inspiration. I enjoy playing with the math, and part of the challenge is to leave the math behind, so the quilt maker doesn’t need to wrestle with it. As a teacher, my passion lies in helping others to have a rewarding and successful experience creating a beautiful quilt. Class time is about building skills, mastering techniques, having fun, and inspiring creativity. Everyone has an artist within. Come play!
Melonie Unger has been working and teaching at Calico Gals for 8 years (Home of the Row by Row Experience and Wooly Block Adventure) I have been happily married for 41 years, have two children and five grandchildren. I enjoy doing charity work both at Church and through quilting.
Bev Stellges, a retired teacher from Northwood School in Lake Placid, NY, has been quilting for twenty-five years. She is a member of The American Quilter’s Society and the Pine Tree Quilters of Saranac Lake, and is a past President of the Champlain Valley Quilters’ Guild of New York and a past chairman of the CVQG quilt show. She has also been a judge for three years at the international show AArt Quilts@ at the Schweinfurth Museum in Auburn, NY. Her quilts have been displayed in Vermont Quilt Festival Shows, Champlain Valley Quilt Shows, Cabin Fever Quilt Shows, Old Forge Art Center, North Country Community College, Northwood School library, the Schweinfurth Quilt Show and juried into the American Quilter’s Show in Paducah, KY. Her AThe Lord did well when he put the loon and his music in the land@ wallhanging was displayed for a year in the traveling Adirondack Park Centennial Quilt Show. For many years she has taught all levels of quilting classes at the LPCA, North Country Community College in Saranac Lake and at quilt shops in Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh and Hogansburg, NY, and for the Champlain Valley Quilters’ Guild. Bev has been on the organizing committee and has taught classes at the Adirondack/North Country Quilt Camp held in Paul Smiths, NY and Saranac Lake and has organized quilting retreats at the Wadhams Conference Center in Ogdensburg, NY.
Jessica VanDenburgh was born and raised in upstate New York. Her grandmother taught her at a young age how to sew and encouraged her creativity. She discovered quilting and bag making in 2005 and started making bags for friends and family in 2007. From there her company, Sew Many Creations was born. Originally the company focused solely on making custom bags but slowly developed into a pattern company after many requests by fellow quilters. As a quilter herself, Jessica uses techniques she learned for cutting and sewing in her simple bag patterns. In 2012 she expanded her pattern company to also include simple quilts and other accessories. Her laid back approach to teaching makes students feel at ease. Her classes are full of fun facts, tips, tricks and a whole lot of laughter.
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