Sue Bentley has been sewing since childhood and loves quilting on her 26” Innova AutoPilot Mach3. She owns and operates SuZquilts in Alexandria, Virginia, where she custom quilts for others. She especially loves quilting modern quilts and filling negative space! Sue is active in two guilds and a local quilt group, and her work has been featured in shows and quilt books.
Sue designed the AutoPilot Mach3 Skill Development Series™ to share her knowledge about this fabulous software’s capabilities. From introductory edge-to-edge to advanced custom quilting, each class introduces new uses for Mach3’s terrific tools, and students will learn how and when to use them!
Sue has taught New Owner’s Classes at VLN and Advanced AutoPilot at Birds of a Feather 2016. She also offers private lessons upon request.
Johellen started sewing before she started school. When her friends admired the Ginny doll clothes that she made, she persuaded her mother to sign her up for a Singer sewing class. Over the years she has sewn camping gear, lingerie, lots of clothing, custom doll dresses, and started quilting before the rotary cutter came along!
When four grandchildren arrived within one year, machine quilting became a necessity, but free motion quilting on a domestic machine wasn’t much fun. She started looking at longarm machines, found it WAY more fun than domestic quilting, and bought a 22" Innova with Lightning Stitch and Pantovision after she retired from teaching school. She has been quilting for customers for several years, and teaches classes in free motion quilting and ruler work on the longarm.
Karen is an award-winning quilter who began quilting in 1995 and teaching quilting classes in 2010, specializing in beginning quilting. She also owns a longarm quilting business, Quilting with Karen, and does custom quilting for herself and others. She teaches longarm quilting classes at retreats and The Longarm Network – Southeast and gives private and semiprivate longarm classes in her personal quilting studio.
Karen currently is President of the Quilters of South Carolina, the state guild; and is a member of Cobblestone Quilters Guild in Charleston, SC, the West Virginia State Guild, the National Quilters Association, and the American Quilters Society. Having completed the Judging Seminar course offered by the National Quilting Association in 2005, Karen has judged several fairs and guild quilt shows in South Carolina and Virginia, and has served as a judge’s aide and/or scribe at numerous quilt shows throughout North and South Carolina.
Darlene Roberts has an extensive background in many areas of the world of sewing. She began with sewing clothing then moved into heirloom sewing. It wasn't until early 2002 that she fell in love with the art of quilting. Remembering her great-aunt's loom hung from the ceiling, she knew quilting by machine was the route for her!
Having designed patterns for a national fabric/design company and teaching locally as well as nationally, Darlene now has her own longarm quilting business. She continues to teach thread sketching/painting and landscape classes locally and nationally.
Vicki Welsh is a professional fabric dyer, award-winning quilter and proud Innovian from the Richmond, Virginia area. She sells her colorfast hand dyed fabrics exclusively on her website at www.colorwaysbyvicki.com. After purchasing her Innova in 2014 she loved it so much that she began teaching the new owners training and other beginner longarm classes at The Longarm Network.
Vicki considers her greatest contribution to the world of quilting to be the research she did into bleeding fabrics. She wanted to make sure her hand dyed fabrics were colorfast. Her process works for all bleeding fabrics, commercial and hand dyed and has saved dozens of quits. You can read all about it at www.colorwaysbyvicki.com/save-my-bleeding-quilt.html and, hopefully, prevent ever having a bleeding quilt in your future.