Meet The Instructors


Allison Korb

Allison's Quilting

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Allison Korb runs a busy longarm quilting business out of her home studio in Southern Maryland. She enjoys custom handguiding and also offers digitized patterns on her Innova Mach3™ system. She has a computer background and not only has functioned as a beta tester for new quilting software but also has managed multiple social media outlets for businesses in the quilting industry.

Allison’s classes have been called energetic and fun, and she has a passion for helping new longarmers get educated and motivated to start their own quilting journey!

When she is not quilting she is chasing her four-year-old son and tending to her small farm.

Bethanne Nemesh

White Arbor Quilting

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Bethanne Nemesh has always been an artist, earning her BFA in 1995 from Longwood College in Virginia followed by a MS in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1997 where she met and married her husband of 19 years.

Upon starting their life together and moving to Pennsylvania she quickly became immersed in the area's rich quilting history. She owns a successful longarm quilting business where she focuses on beautiful individualized yet practical mid custom work for her clients. One of the things her clients like best about Bethanne's work is that each piece feels unique and personalized to the quilt without that "cookie cutter" quality of commercial patterns, a technique that Bethanne enjoys teaching her students to do.

Several times a year Bethanne schedules time for her own show quilts which feature her unique pictographic quilting style and detailed finish work. Her quilts have won many of the nation's highest quilt competition awards. Additionally, Bethanne has written several quilting books, each with a different focus, from practical time saving quilting to artistic, dense modern background fills. Visit Bethanne's website to see all books, patterns, award winning show quilts and full list of awards and publications.

Capri Beckman

Bear Paw Quilts

Capri Beckman LOVES to teach, and she loves to teach anything longarm related. She has been quilting and teaching for over 16 years, starting with a free-hand machine then adding a robotic machine in 2003.

Capri says her biggest thrill is watching her students succeed, whether they be in-home users, business owners, or potential show quilters. Her motto always has been, “If I know something and am not willing to teach what I know, then I really don’t know anything at all.”

Capri has taught internationally and currently is the PNW in-home/traveling/classroom instructor for Jack Boersma in McMinnville, Oregon, and she also is an Innova dealer. She lives in Yelm, Washington, with her husband Ken, 3 dogs and 2 cats. She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren, and she loves to garden.

Gina Perkes

The Copper Needle

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Gina Perkes is an internationally award-winning quilter. In 2015, she received the Best Longarm Machine Workmanship award at the AQS Paducah show. Her quilt Nostalgia is now part of the American Quilter's Society collection displayed at the National Quilt Museum in Kentucky.

Gina has been quilting for nearly two decades and has developed many tools for machine quilters and a thread line with Superior Threads. She has appeared on several quilting shows and is the author of: Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting published by C & T. She operates her shop, The Copper Needle, Innova dealership, and training center in Payson, Arizona.

Gina loves working with other quilters, sharing her techniques and helping them find inspiration and gain confidence. She teaches both domestic and longarm techniques and believes that quilting is therapeutic and strives to create a stress-free, fun learning environment for her students.

Jamie Wallen

Quilter's Apothecary

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After a longarm purchase in the late nineties, Jamie Wallen began to develop his own unique style of quilting and soon was sharing and teaching his style with others. He teaches his signature workshops and classes, Mystical Quilting series and Threadfusion, internationally. Jamie enjoys sharing his knowledge of quilting and his YouTube channel has become a hit with quilters in over 80 countries. Home base for Jamie is Michigan City, Indiana, where he is pursuing his art, filming instructional videos, hand dyeing, quilting and teaching workshops at Quilters Apothecary.

Jill Churchill

Ta Da Quilting Studio

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Jill Churchill has been sewing/piecing/quilting for most of her life. In 2010, Jill finally fulfilled her dream of buying a longarm. Her purchase of an Innova longarm with PantoVision has catapulted her love of quilting into a new path and career.

In late 2014, she open Ta Da Quilting LLC Studio which provides hand-guided and computerized longarm services, machine sales and rentals, making memory and T-shirt quilts, and quilting classes.

Jill's philosophy in the quilting world is...there are no rules and she believes in exploring all the possibilities.

Karen Kendo

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Karen Kendo has always been drawn to quilts and remembers sleeping under a quilt made by her grandmother which she still owns. Being a quilter was put on the back burner while she pursued a career in education. But the desire to create quilts was always there. In 1995, Karen purchased a book on quilt-making and has not looked back since! She soon discovered the wonderful world of quilt shops, quilt guilds and even Internet quilting. Karen became an avid machine piecer and appliquer, turning out many quilt tops each year. Some of these she quilted herself on her domestic sewing machine, and some she sent out to be quilted by a longarm quilting service. In 2005, Karen purchased her first longarm quilting machine and a new world opened to her. By 2007, she began quilting for others professionally and Quilting with Karen was born.

Karen Miller

Redbird Quilt Co.

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As a teenager Karen Miller learned the needle arts—from garment sewing, to embroidery, to knitting—but her obsession with quilting didn't bloom until her late 40s. Once the passion for free motion quilting blossomed, Karen never looked back. She quickly learned that piecing wasn't her forte, but applique, design, and free motion quilting on a domestic machine made her heart sing. Writing and publishing comprehensive tutorials and creative designs for Moda Bake Shop and her blog, Karen is best known for her Redbird and Berries Mini Quilt, which ranks high among the most popular online patterns. Determined to enhance her FMQ skills, Karen furthered her training with Linda Hrcka and Karen McTavish along with others. Karen's a retired computer programmer—a background which makes her approach to quilting and teaching a bit "detailed." Redbird Quilt Co was created in 2014, and with that Karen took to the road, sharing a variety of "quilty" workshops with guilds, shops, and private groups hungry to learn to quilt on domestic machines. Basics, Doodles, Feathers, Rulers, McTavishing allow Karen's passion for FMQ help improve your free motion quilting skills. Let Karen's home machine quilting inspire YOU!

Michelle Eno

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Michelle Eno is an experienced and accomplished quilter whose longarm quilting journey began in 2006 with the purchase of her first longarm quilting machine and continued through the establishment and operation for more than 10 years of a highly successful longarm quilting business.

Michelle is a certified longarm educator and became a valued member of the Virginia Longarm Education team, training new Innova Quilting Systems owners and sharing her love for the art. With her keen understanding of what it takes to get a perfect stitch on almost any quilting machine, she is able to guide new Innova owners and customers of The Longarm Network in the art of machine quilting so that they, too, can turn quilt tops into treasures.

In early 2015, Michelle sold her business and joined The Longarm Network team full-time as the Director of Sales. In June 2015, Michelle took on The Longarm Network’s Southeast Division with the opening of The Longarm Network location in Greenville, South Carolina. Michelle's years of operating a profitable longarm business as well as her on-going support and connection with our company made her a perfect fit for our future growth plans.

Shelby Barber

Shelby Barber is 25 years old and has enjoyed crafts and sewing all her life. She started piecing quilts nearly 6 years ago but hated quilting them until she came to The Longarm Network for a job interview two years ago—and dove headfirst into the realm of longarm quilting. Since then, she hasn’t looked back and quickly went from never having seen a longarm machine to teaching the Quilting Machine Rental certification class at The Longarm Network and spreading the word on how great quilting with an Innova is!

When not quilting, she spends time with her husband Kris, their new baby girl Kennedy, and Patton, their corgi.

Sue Bentley

suZquilts

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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 and Advanced AP at The Longarm Network—Mid-Atlantic Showroom and Birds of a Feather 2016, and also offers private lessons upon request.

Sue Heinz

Kismet Quilting LLC

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Sue Heinz's passion is teaching and she brings to each of her classes a Fine Arts and Education background, over 25+ years of quilting experience, a sense of humor, design expertise and a commitment to help each of her students reach new levels of quilting excellence. She has authored four books, each brimming with fresh design ideas for free-motion quilting and has also designed several innovative marking tools—all to delight, intrigue and inspire. In addition to teaching at guilds and national shows across the country, her designs, books and tools have been featured in online TV and national and international publications.

Sue O'Keefe

Sue O'Keefe has been sewing and crafting for 38 years. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, she now lives with her husband Denis in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania. They have two children and four grandchildren. Sue enjoys learning new sewing techniques and passing her knowledge on to others. She and her dog Pebbles spend much of their time at Schrader’s Fabrics By Barb in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. You may also see her vending her wares at various craft shows.

Susan Smith

Pine Creek Quilting, LLC

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Susan Smith loves her Innova, Mach3™, quilting, embroidery, tatting, sewing, needlework—and technology. Susan's background in the areas of quilting, education, training, management and organization development results from working in various occupations as an US Naval officer, credentialed, mentor teacher, California technology mentor and library media teacher, reference librarian, computerized longarm quilter/teacher and a certified Art and Stitch Teacher. She enjoys learning new things and sharing them with others!

Teresa Silva

Quilting is My Bliss

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Teresa Silva is an author, teacher and self-taught longarm quilter who lives in Washington state. Teresa has quilted over 1000 quilts in her career and quilts for many well-known designers. Her work has also been featured in books and magazines. Teresa considers her quilting style on the modern side. Teresa loves to share her passion of quilting with others.

Valerie Schlake

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Valerie purchased her first longarm machine over 18 years ago, when she began her quilting-for-hire business in her basement. Having a home-based business enabled her to stay at home while raising her small children. The business grew steadily, and Val moved it to a storefront in 2006. Valerie expanded its services to include machine rental by the hour, unique quilt packaging, longarm education, and the selling and servicing of longarm machines. In 2012, The Longarm Network became the Mid-Atlantic dealer and distributor for Innova Quilting Systems and in 2016, opened a second showroom in Greenville, South Carolina. Valerie manages the Virginia location representing Innova in the Mid-Atlantic.

Vicki Welsh

Colorways by Vicki

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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.

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 Save My Bleeding Quilt and, hopefully, prevent ever having a bleeding quilt in your future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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