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Location Name & Address Description


T Carter
History Outside the Box
Alexandria, VA
Phone: 703-624-6201
Email: t.carter08@comcast.net
Website: www.historyoutsidethebox.net
Exciting Lectures/Trunk Shows!
Looking for an enlightening, unique and inspiring event for your organization? Look no further! History Outside the Box offers many exciting programs to choose from.
“Quilts revealing history from many perspectives, including those of women, ordinary people, people of color and others whose voices have yet to be heard and whose stories remain untold.”

I focus on on storytelling and revealing hidden history, as well as sharing many“quilty tricks.” For my workshops, I enjoy teaching my unique way of creating star quilts and bindings.

Check out my website for a description of lectures and workshops. Or, contact me to create something special for your group. Please contact me for availability and pricing.


Karen McElfish
721 N. Emerson St .
Arlington, VA  22203
Phone: 703-772-7924
Email: karenmcelfishstudio@gmail.com
Website: www.karenmcelfishstudio.com
Karen began quilting in the 1970’s, at her grandmother’s church quilting bee. She branched out into wearable art and art quilting, and enjoys exploring many different surface design techniques. Karen focuses on florals and landscapes, and creates decorative art quilts as well as ecclesiastical art stoles and banners. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries, including a one-woman show in Summer 2020


Gayle P. Ropp
1101 Arlington Ridge Rd., S
Unit 1006
Arlington, VA  22202
Phone: 703-527-6983 or 703-725-4592 cell
Email: gayleropp@verizon.net
Amish Center Diamond - 3 and 6 hour class
This workshop will be a color study to develop your own Amish Center Diamond palette for a quilt top. You will do a miniature fabric mock-up. Discussion will include quilting designs, making them to fill and fit the space, and how to mark the quilt top. In the 6-hour class you will begin to cut and sew your designed top. Machines necessary for the 6-hour class. All levels.
Drafting Fundamentals - 3 hour class
Drafting Fundamentals will be geared to show how easy it is to subdivide any size block to make the standard designs, i.e., 4-patch, 5-patch, 7-patch, 9-patch, etc. You will learn how to draft an 8-pointed star master grid from any size square, then transfer that information to draft any 8-pointed star based pattern, and you will also
learn how to draft a mariners compass master grid. Beginner and intermediate levels.
Quilting Design & Stencil Making - 3 hour class
Now that the quilt top is pieced, how and where do I quilt it? If you are confused about what and where to quilt and how much to quilt, this is the class for you. Bring in your quilt tops and let's have an old-fashion discussion session. We will explore quilting planning strategies, learn how to make a stencil to fit the space, and how to
make a feathered border and corner to fit. Note taking and demo class only. All levels.
Quilting Design & Stencil Making - 6 hour class
We will do everything in the above described class, but hands-on. We will also explore quilting ideas for your particular tops. All levels.
Spoon Quilting - 3 hour class
This class is for the beginner or anyone wishing to perfect his or her quilting skills; includes information on marking, batting, basting, frames, and tips on achieving small, even stitches. We will discuss quilting basics such as needles, thread, and thimbles. Instructor uses the T. J. Quick Quilter quilting spoon. All levels.


Paula Golden
2095 Plank Drive
Blacksburg, VA  24060
Phone: 703.801.8680
Email: paulacgolden@comcast.net
Website: www.paulagolden.com
Paula relishes sharing the history, techniques and art of quilting with students of all ages. Her forty-year passion for all aspects of quilting encourages students to explore their own creativity in a positive, nurturing environment. While following a pattern can be a challenge, the advantage is that Paula has developed a well-stocked toolbox of tricks and techniques to solve most design concerns. She teaches nationally and internationally, has had patterns and quilts in a variety of publications and quilts in private and public collections.

In person and VIRTUAL presentations are available. Lectures:
An Adventure in Quilt Making, Healthy Quilting For All Ages, Color - How to Make Your Quilts Sing, Hawaiian Quilt Making, Virginia's Quilts, Stepping Stones to Creativity and With a Judge's Eye.
For half day, full and multi-day workshops please visit my web site


Mary Humphrey
Meadowbrook Shopping Centre
Charlottesville, VA
Phone: (804)589-1319
Email: mary@cottonwoodquiltshop.com
Website: www.cottonwoodquiltshop.com
Silk ribbon embroidery, plaids and strips, foundation piecing, rug hooking.


MacAvoy Sisters
1045 Glenwood Station Lane
Charlottesville, VA  22901
Phone: (434) 466-6411
Email: MacavoySisters@gmail.com
Website: www.macavoysisters.com
These sisters teach classes specializing in wool applique and hand embroidery. Find them on Etsy and other social media platforms.


Bunnie Cleland
709 Oak Manor Dr
Chesapeake, VA  23323
Phone: 757-630-1634
Email: bunnie@trianglefrenzy.com
Website: www.trianglefrenzy.com
Bunnie Cleland is a long-time crafter and sewist (sewing artist) who fell in love with quilting in 2006, after her mother dragged her to a quilt show and shop hop. She was hired at a local quilt shop before she even finished her first quilting class.

Bunnie’s quilt pattern business started by accident in 2013 when she arranged some triangles into a quilting project and was then prompted to write down her directions into patterns. High demand for the patterns by quilters, retailers, and fabric companies resulted in the creation of Artistically Engineered Designs and Triangle Frenzy® patterns. She now globally distributes visually stunning quilting patterns, including table runners, table toppers, lap quilts, and bed-sized quilts.

As a former Navy Electronics Technician and Naval Nuclear Power Plant Reactor Operator, Bunnie understands the importance of precision and accuracy. She discovered she has the talent for translating complex directions into easy-to-follow instructions. This aided her in the creation of Triangle Frenzy's detailed, step-by-step illustrations, even for beginners and non-quilters.

Bunnie is also able to use her technical background and problem solving skills in teaching sewing techniques to students, guiding them through the creative process that will help them succeed at quilting, whether they're crafting a handbag or stitching a bed quilt.

On the rare occasion when Bunnie is not quilting, she enjoys photography, digital scrapbooking, trading pins, Disney Cruises, and organizing just about everything. She and her husband, Bruce, live in Chesapeake, Virginia, and have two grown children.


Stephanie Eckhoff
2704 Horseshoe Drive
Chesapeake, VA  23322


Darlene Price
111 Harbor Watch Dr
Chesapeake, VA  23320
Phone: (757) 403-5241
Email: darlene@quiltscapesbydarlene.com
Website: https://quiltscapesbydarlene.com
Teaches Thread Painting, landscapes and fabric wrapped rope projects.


Quiltworx Certified Instructor
Chesapeake, VA
Phone: 843-368-0416
Email: tracy.thompsonmd@gmail.com
Website: www.lotusowlfiberarts.com
Certified Instructor for Quiltworx (Judy Niemeyer Quilts). I have my own classroom/studio in Chesapeake and am willing to travel.


Margaret (Marty) Moon
Eary Times Workshop
1208 Oaklawn Drive
Culpeper, VA  22701
Email: Etwmwm@gmail.com
Website: www.earlytimesworkshopva.com
Many different classes and lectures available. Call or write to inquire.


Kristi Zirkle
56 Elizabeth Lane
Edinburg, VA  22824
Phone: (540) 984-3858
I am teaching classes through Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation. Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information.


Mary Grogan
Etlan, VA
Phone: 202-262-0142
Email: maryg@infovisions.org


Lesly-Claire Greenberg
4114 Minstrell Lane
Fairfax, VA  22033-3219
Phone: 703-378-4577
Email: lesly-claire@lesly-claire.com
All phases of quilt making; traveling to present workshops and programs: Specializing in Color, Original Mystery Quilts, Foundation Piecing and Art Quilts. I founded my business Quilt Arts in 1979 and have been active in the quilt world since 1976. I have authored Sewing On the line; chapters in Experts Guide to Foundation Piecing and Foundation Pieced Nature Quilts; Articles in numerous quilt magazines; my work appears in books by Virginia Avery, Joen Wolfrom, Cyndi Souder, Mary Elizabeth Johnson and others. Quilts have been featured on TV with Georgia Bonesteel and Penny McMorris. Founding member of New Image Artist group where our initial aim was to get quilts in galleries, I have exhibited in all of the exhibitions since 1980. My quilts are in private and corporate collections.


Meghan Shafer
5123 Pheasant Ridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA  22030
Email: m.e.shafer@icloud.com
Meghan Shafer began her sewing journey making costumes. After monopolizing her Mom’s sewing machine, her parents gave her one for Christmas along with a jelly roll and a quilt book. Her Mom taught her the ropes of quilting, and the rest is history! In just a few years, Meghan began designing patterns for her own use, and she has recently started sharing these patterns to a larger audience. Meghan is particularly drawn to high contrast and vivid colors in her work, and Tula Pink is one of her favorite designers. She is active in her local guild; and has had multiple quilts hung in her local quilt shops. She has two mystery quilts on going with Fairfax Quilters Unlimited. She designed two original art quilts which are featured in two books, Inspired by Elvis and Inspired by the Nation’s Capital; these quilts have toured the nation for several years.

Fairfax County

Pat Sloan
Fairfax County, VA
Phone: (703)622-8582
Email: pat@patsloan.com
Website: www.patsloan.com
Creative Talk Radio - www.creativetalknetwork.com
Blog - patsloan.typepad.com
Online Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuiltWithPatSloan/


Kevin Womack
392 Barbour Dr.
Forest, VA  24551
Phone: 434-944-2062 (cell)
Email: vacub@hotmail.com
Website: KevinWomackArt.com
Kevin Womack is a textile artist living in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1986, he was introduced to quilting by his maternal grandmother. Having always loved the legacy of family quilts, he decided to have her teach him the tradition. He was hooked from the first stitch and continues producing quilts and quilt art today. Kevin is passionate about hand dyeing and patterning fabrics with surface design techniques. His experiments produce a line of unique fabrics and clothing that he exhibits and sells. He recently taped an episode (Show #2703) for The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson which aired in August of 2020. Kevin teaches and lectures nationally.


Marcia Welsh
201 Willis Rd
Franklin, VA  23851
Phone: 757-562-6380
Email: quiltmam@verizon.net
Marcia is a Margaret Miller Certified AnglePlay Instructor. AnglePlay templates make piecing with "long triangles" easy and accurate. Design possibilities are unlimited. Marcia is available for classes, workshops, guilds, and retreats. Email her for a list of current offerings or to see about creating something special just for your group. Find AnglePlay information at www.millerquilts.com.


Geraldine Wilkins
Fredericksburg, VA
Email: Dena@livingwaterquilter.com
Website: https://courses.livingwaterquilter.com/
Geraldine has a passion for connecting with women through sewing and quilting. She enjoys helping fellow makers through inspirational lectures, practical workshops at quilt retreats and national quilt shows. She shares her experience and expertise enabling quilters to become confident and creative quilters.

Geraldine is a quilt designer, machine quilting coach, speaker and ambassador. She offers workshops, classes, demos, lectures and trunk shows for in-person and virtual events.

She teaches beginners how to get started on a successful journey of free-motion quilting and assists experienced quilters as they venture into new areas like whole cloth quilts, art quilts, and ruler quilting on domestic machines and sit-down long-arms.

Geraldine’s work has been displayed in the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Virginia Quilt Museum. As a contributing quilt designer her work has been published Quiltmaker Magazine, Fons & Porter’s Quick + Easy Quilts, The Quilter’s Planner, One Thousand Quilt Inspiration, and Free-Motion Framework. Please visit her website https://courses.livingwaterquilter.com/ and all social media @livingwaterquilter

Quilt Designer, Speaker, Teacher and BERNINA Ambassador


Maryethel Miller
PO Box 766
Gloucester, VA  23061-0766
Phone: (804)694-7672
Baltimore Album quilt slide show, lecture and workshops. Restricted to VA.


Lynn Dash
112 Castello Court
Grafton, VA  23692
Phone: (804)890-2503
Variety of classes to include paper piecing techniques, machine piecing, rotary techniques, etc.


Joy Duke
114 Roberta Dr
Hampton, VA  23666-2970
Phone: (757) 838-1043 (landline)
Email: joyousappliquedesigns@cox.net
Website: www.joyousappliquedesigns.com
Joy enjoys designing applique patterns, and teaching and lecturing both in-person and via ZOOM. Groups can choose from Joy’s 100+ patterns as a starting point for a class where she will teach the techniques needed to successfully complete your handwork applique project.

Joy offers two lectures that each include a trunk show of her designs. "Making It Your Own” is a look at how we can take a pattern - anyone’s pattern - and make simple changes that will personalize it either for the maker of the recipient. It is meant to help quilters think about how they can use that pattern that they really like and “tweak it” a bit to fit in their home or to make it the perfect gift for someone they know. Sometimes by adding or subtracting just one simple element, we can make something that totally suits our needs and showcases a bit of our personality at the same time. “Stitching In Public” is a fun look at how people see our pastime as everything but what we are actually doing. During this program I share the comments and thoughts of those that have “watched” me working on my quilts and patterns and decided to share their views on how these things can be accomplished easier/better. The general public can be quite entertaining and really give you something to think about as you stitch.


Kelly Zuber
Harrisonburg, VA
Phone: 540-309-0317
Email: kellylovesquilts@gmail.com


Debby Kratovil
963 Tympani Court
Herndon, VA  20170
Phone: (703)934.2952
Email: kratovil@his.com
Website: www.quilterbydesign.com
Blog: DebbyKratovilQuilts.blogspot.com

Debby draws on her 25+ years of designing for magazines, books, calendars and quilt samples for major fabric companies, creating trunk shows and workshops based on her own work. Shortcuts From a Short Woman (her most requested trunk show) is bursting with tips and tricks. She creates 3-5 new workshops each year and enjoys being in the classroom most of all! Visit her web site and blog to see her up to date offerings.


Julia Graves
Special Occasion Quilts LLC
211 Lake View Way NW
Leesburg, VA  20176
Phone: 240-472-1763
Email: juliagraves82@gmail.com
Website: www.soquilts.com
Quilter, Longarmer, Teacher and Artist
Julia Graves started her quilting business, Special Occasion Quilts LLC, in 2007 and teaches, lectures, designs patterns, makes commission quilts, longarms for others and sells & services APQS longarm machines. She won Best Longarm Machine Workmanship Wall Quilt Category at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, is a Gem Affiliate teaching the gorgeous gem patterns by MJ Kinman - Textile Artist, has had quilts published in books by Gloria Loughman, Katie Pasquini-Masupust and MJ Kinman, was an Artist in Residence at Empty Spools in 2019, and will be teaching at Empty Spools in 2021 and 2022.

Julia has been sewing since she was ten and always loved fabric, needle arts and the entire creative process. She did her apprenticeship as a quilter by making a quilt for each of her nieces and nephews (and thinks she should have counted them before making this promise – there were 32!). She has since made more quilts than she can count, many for charity, and is partial to scrap quilts and working with color to achieve amazing results. Visit her gallery on her website. Julia lives in Leesburg Virginia.


Paula Harr
Lynchburg, VA
Phone: 757-572-1919
Email: patchworkbypaula@gmail.com
Website: www.patchworkbypaula.net
Paula has been quilting since the 1980’s. In 1996 Paula moved to Virginia Beach, Va. and put all of her quilting supplies in the attic for ten years while she concentrated on her nursing career. In 2007 her son asked her to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt for him and his fiancée. It was now time to bring the supplies and her love of quilting out of the attic.
In June, 2014, Paula retired from her 47 year nursing career and is able to devote her time to Patchwork by Paula which specializes in T-Shirt and Memory Quilts. She was commissioned by the Neptune Festival to make a raffle quilt for the 2015 Neptune Festival. She is a member of the Tidewater Quilt Guild and the Virginia Consortium of Quilters. You can see examples of her work on her Facebook page Patchwork By Paula.
Her power point presentation on T-Shirt and Memory Quilts includes pictures of different styles of T-Shirt quilts, designing and construction techniques as well as a handout for attendees. Classes are also available. Please contact for fees and schedule.


Marilyn Pettit Hower
218 North Church Street
Marion, VA  24354
Phone: (540)783-4263
Classes can be structured to serve the unique requirements of group size, setting and experience levels in all types of forums, including quilt store workshops, guild meetings, weekend retreats and seminars. Traditional patterns as well as original design work will be explored using the newest tools and techniques available. Lectures are usually one hour long and can be delivered to any size group. I try to make my lectures as visually stimulating as possible by bringing quilts to share with the group.

Prince George

Cheryl L. Dale-Hodges
PO Box 353
Prince George, VA  23875
Phone: (804) 458-6223
Email: meryhart@yahoo.com
Brochures available for both quilting and needlework classes. Quilting classes include: Fabric manipulation, Crayon quilts, Baltimore Album, Bargello, Basic Techniques, and many others. Needlework classes include: Redwork, English Thimblybob & other canvas work, Crazy Quilt stitching & embellishment, Blackwork, Speciality Stitches, Pulled Work, Basic Hardanger, and others. I am happy to teach in any forum (such as, guild meetings, weekend retreats, quilt store workshops, symposiums, etc.) or for any age or skill level (e.g., adults, church groups, or Girl Scouts).


Chime Saltz
176 Third Street NW
Pulaski, VA  24301
Phone: (540)980-3474
Classes and lectures in color theory


Cindy Grisdela
Contemporary Art Quilts
1645 Waters Edge Lane
Reston, VA
Phone: 703-402-3116
Email: cindy@cindygrisdela.com
Website: www.cindygrisdela.com


Augusta Cole
405 Berwickshire Drive
Richmond, VA  23229
Phone: 804-740-4227
Email: augustacole@yahoo.com
Website: www.augustacolequilting.com
Many fast piecing workshops including feathered star, snappy Irish chain, Amish baskets, bowtie, stars, stripes, woven vest, woven wrenches, fun new workshops.
Will be happy to teach in person or on Zoom anytime !


Julia E. Pfaff
Richmond, VA  23225
Phone: 804-921-8392
Email: jepfaff@vcu.edu
Website: juliapfaffquilt.blogspot.com/
Classes and workshops in basic and contemporary quilting (foundation construction, drawing with your sewing machine, applique, hand embroidery, crazy piecing) Dye techniques and surface design taught at the Visual Art Center of Richmond https://www.visarts.org/?s=pfaff and independently (low tech fabric printing, Shibori dyeing)
Lectures given on a wide range of quilt/art subjects including archaeological influences for her quilts, finding your inner artist and making it your own. Julia will travel for workshops and lectures.

Stephens City

Lynn Shawn
2394 Double Church Road
Stephens City, VA  22655
Phone: (540) 869-4543
Call or write for information


Sue Shrader
208 East Main Street
Tazewell, VA  24651
Phone: (540)988-7397
Workshops in cutwork embroidery by machine, bobbin work embellishment, satin stitch appliqué, picture building and Antique Santa wallhanging, fabric embellishment and manipulation. Lecture: What’s New.


Julie Booth
113 James Drive SW
Vienna, VA  22180
Phone: 703-786-5694
Email: threadborn@gmail.com
I’m an artist, an author but most of all, I’m a teacher who loves to inspire my students to stretch. My greatest joy is watching students get excited, jump in fully and produce works that speak to them and others. I personally enjoy hours in the studio playing with fabric and threads but also painting and printing my own fabrics. I’m the author of Fabric Printing at Home, a book that focuses on using household materials to create print blocks, stencils and fabric resists. I’ve been a featured artist in three Quilting Arts TV series and continue to write articles for Quilting Arts magazine on hand stitching and surface design projects. I’m the proud initiator of the Textile Museum Muse Project (started in 2017), where I provide opportunities for fiber artists to study ancient textiles and objects from the Textile Museum’s (in Washington DC) collections, using them as inspiration for new fiber art works. In 2020, I moved my teaching online and had the wonderful opportunity to teach a lesson for TextileArtist.com’s Stitch Club.

Virginia Beach

Patricia (Norene) Skiles
Virginia Beach, VA
Email: luvtwocreate@yahoo.com
Norene Skiles, a retired school library media specialist, began sewing as a young girl, and has never stopped. She primarily sewed clothing until the birth of her first grandchild 25 years ago. She made her first quilt in 1996 and joined the Tidewater Quilt Guild shortly after that.

Her quilting style has evolved over the years from patterns and traditional quilting to modern Improv with a scrappy focus. She loves to incorporate technology into her quilting and as many fabrics as possible.

She now lectures on Zoom and in person on various facets of quilting, leads the Modern Quilt Group for TQG, and she teaches scrap quilting and Quilt As You Go techniques in person and on Zoom.


Joan Leake
Quilt Directions
548 Pine Avenue
Waynesboro, VA  22980
Phone: (540)942-2567
Paper foundation piecing class includes designing with foundations. Mariner’s Compass, Snowflakes, Santas and more.
Rates: Lectures- $130
Workshops - $210 for 3 hours, $310 for 6 hours
Travel expenses: Meals, mileage (at $.35 per mile) and/or air fare (if necessary). Moderately prices hotel with interior entrance, in a safe area with a clean non-smoking room..


Priscilla Stultz
116 Castel Pines
Williamsburg, VA  23188
Phone: (757) 378-2345
Email: quilter73@hotmail.com
Website: https://priscillastultz.net
Showcasing Art and Design in Wearable and Fiber Art. Designer and Published Teacher. Particularly adept at quilted clothing, versed in dyeing, jewelry making and rope bowls.


Mary Kerr
Woodbridge, VA
Phone: 703-491-3295
Email: mary@marywkerr.com
Website: www.marywkerr.com
AQS Certified Appraiser
Author, instructor, historian, curator of all things fun and Quilty
Most lectures and workshops have successfully been adapted to the Zoom format.


Shannon Shirley
2811 Noble Fir Court
Woodbridge, VA  22192
Phone: 703-494-0082
Email: onceinarabbitmoon@comcast.net
Website: www.onceinarabbitmoon.com
Shannon has been an eclectic quilter for over 30 years and loves all the different styles, fabrics and tools that we as quilters have available to us. She is available for lectures and workshops for your guild or quilt shop. She also teaches for smaller groups in her home. Check out her website for an up to date listing of her classes and trunk shows.


Carol C. Britt
Sew What Fabrics & Batiks Etcetera
460 E. Main Street
Wytheville, VA  24382
Phone: (276)228-6400
Workshops stress traditional patterns with innovative approaches and new machine techniques. Lectures are light-hearted with just the right touch of good information.

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