Judith Baker Montano is a world-renowned Canadian fibre artist, author and teacher who is comfortable in many mediums. She grew up in the beautiful foothills of Alberta, Canada. A love of fabrics and embellishments reflect her heritage. Her great-grandmother was a master quilter and her mother taught her needle skills at an early age. Her designs soon turned to clothing and crazy quilting. Using rich fabrics, vibrant color combinations, embroidery, beading and punch needle, original pieces took on a unique style. Judith’s Indian heritage appears in many of her art garments and embellishment projects.
Experimenting with materials and sewing machine, Judith created “The Montano Center Piece Method”, a copy write machine method of crazy quilting. This led to teaching classes and her first book on crazy quilting. Over the years she has become the leading expert on Crazy quilting, silk ribbon and embellishments.
Judith’s career has taken her from painting, to quilting, to crazy quilting to embellished embroidery artwork and into land/seacapes and underwater projects. Although her work keeps evolving, crazy quilting always appears in new designs,
and she has turned it into a contemporary art form. She is renowned for her fibre landscapes, which incorporate all aspects of art and needlework techniques.
As the best selling author for C & T Publishing, Judith incorporates a unique combination of her photography, watercolors, pen and ink illustrations and friendly prose along with her needlework designs and love of color.
Visit Judith’s website at: http://www.judithbakermontano.com
Quilt Camp at Sea was fortunate enough to have Judith join us on our 2013 cruise to Mexico and Hawaii. She was such a hit with our cruisers that almost all of us decided to sail again in 2014! We are so pleased to have her and her delightful husband Ernest Shealy will join us on the Southern Caribbean/Panama Sunfarer Cruise. Don’t miss this opportunity, this cruise will sell out.
Patti Carey is the Vice President – Public Relations for Northcott, where she has headed up the marketing/sample department since 1986. This includes liaising with the various quilting magazines, book publishers and quilt designers to provide current collections of fabric for editorial projects, as well as coordinating Northcott’s pattern program to support the new fabric collections.
Patti is married and has 2 boys, age 21 & 19. She recently published a quilting book, entitled “A Taste of Napa Valley”. She is a regular contributor to The Quilter magazine and the Fons & Porter group of publications, and has had projects published in several quilting magazines. In her spare time, she travels to quilt guilds to lecture and teach.
Dodi Lee Poulsen designs and creates wonderful patterns to be enjoyed by quilters of all skill levels. Her patterns have been featured in Fons & Porter, McCall’s Quilts, McCall’s Quick Quilts, The Quilter, American Patchwork Quilting, Quilts and More, & International Quilt Scene. She has also been featured 3 times in Top 100 blocks from today’s top designers.
Dodi holds a BFA degree in interior and fabric design. She has been a quilt instructor for over twenty five years and she has also owned her own design company. She teaches and lectures throughout the country. Together with her sister, Heidi Fisher, Dodi launched their pattern company, Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow in 2006. Dodi added their children’s division of patterns, Little Londyn pattern company, with daughter, Megan Miles.
Dodi is the author of 4 books including 2 new books from Landauer Publishing.
Today she and her husband happily live in their home state of Washington where she designs patterns in a wonderful new studio. She is the proud grandparent of 6 grandchildren.
Dodi began teaching on Quilt Camp at Sea cruises in 2009 and her mystery classes have become one of the most requested classes by quilters for future cruises! Visit Dodi’s website www.sashgals.com for more information about Dodi and to see some of her many patterns and books!
Jackie Wolff, as a young mother and homemaker, decided she needed a creative social outlet. After enrolling in a quilt class, she was soon dreaming about quilt blocks and fabric and at last found a group of women that spoke her language. She started “hanging out” at a local quilt shop and then began working one day a week. Three years later (in 1985) she was holding the keys to the shop! Jackie owned The Quilting Bee in Spokane, Washington for 26 years, selling it in 2011 to have more time to spend with her grown sons, their wives, and her adorable and much loved grandchildren, although she continues to teach classes at the shop. She loves to teach and encourages new quilters to start a project and finish it to find the pure joy of creating. Jackie’s gift of spontaneous creativity, her flair for embellishing, and the fact that she never is sitting idle (you will always find her doing handwork) is definitely contagious! Jackie became a member of the Quilt Camp at Sea quilting instructor staff on the 2005 Friendship at Sea cruise and has taught on almost every cruise since then! She lives in Liberty Lake, Washington with her husband Jamie.
Maggie Dahl’s passion for creating with fabrics has always been an important part of her life. She owned and operated a small sewing and supply shop for about 10 years, specializing in Heirloom sewing and smocking, teaching and encouraging others to express their creativity through fabrics, designs and color. She has focused on quilting for the past 10+ years further developing her creative flow. In all, she’s taught and shared her skills for over four decades with students from 4-80 years old with patience and expertise.