Business Seminars




Cheryl Brickey:



Cheryl will be talking about “From Design Idea to Full Pattern – Quilt Pattern Writing 101”.  She will also be teaching 2 quilting classes during symposium.  She is an engineer by day writing patent applications for a textile company and a quilter by night. She currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, two elementary aged children, cat, and crazy Labrador. She enjoy all aspects of quilting, especially designing quilt patterns and quilt math.


  Robin Deffendall

Robin will be talking about “Books, Patterns and Instructions, Oh My!  Self-Publishing for the Novice Writer”.  She is an emerging author with an interest in epic fantasy and paranormal fiction, and has two books for sale on Amazon. Robin has been a Librarian and Information Professional for more than 20 years. She currently works at a public library in Cumberland County, NC, where she spends her days looking up weird facts and unusual stories for people, which then become fuel for her story-telling. In her free time Robin designs custom Fabrege-style eggs and is learning the Pysanky, the Ukrainian art of decorating eggs. Robin is greatly outnumbered by her dogs and cats, but insists that she is not now nor ever will be the crazy cat lady. Dogs on the other hand… maybe.​

  Lisa Ruff Nelson

Lisa will be discussing “From Play to Profit:  Starting Your Own Quilting Business”  She has taken an eclectic entrepreneurial path. She’s started a commercial interior design business, a custom boat canvas business, published four romance novels, been partner in a restaurant, and currently juggles operations and project management for a tech startup. She and her husband also spent eight years cruising on a sailboat from Seattle to Maine and twice around the Caribbean. Lisa kept herself busy aboard ship by writing travel essays, learning Spanish from taxi drivers, and figuring out how to handle a small boat in gale force winds. She’s always on the lookout for her next adventure.


around 6 hours of lectures

Thursday, May 2: From Design Idea to Full Pattern – Quilt Pattern Writing 101

Would you like to learn how designers get from a quilt design in a sketchbook all the way through to a fully developed quilt pattern?  If you have the drive to design and publish your own DIY quilt patterns, it’s possible to get started with just a few basic tools. This is an introductory course taught by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. Cheryl, an engineer and technical writer by day, will explain the process and help you find the resources you’ll need to start on this journey.

Thursday, May 2: From Play to Profit: Starting Your Own Quilting Business

Starting a business isn’t one of those “if you build it, they will come” situations. In order to build a successful company, you’ll need to create and fine-tune a business plan, assess your finances, complete all the legal paperwork, pick your partners, research apps for startup growth, choose the best tools and systems to help you get your marketing and sales off the ground … and a whole lot more. Lisa Ruff Nelson, Independent Business Consultant, will outline the introductory steps needed to get YOUR venture off the ground (and in the black!).

Thursday, May 2: Books, Patterns and Instructions, Oh My! Self-Publishing for the Novice Writer

Have you noticed that self-published sewing and quilting books and patterns are popping up everywhere? Self-publishing not only means that the author gets to keep more of the selling price of the book, it also allows the author to be in control of the entire process. There are several platforms that writers can use to create either an eBook or pattern or a Print-on-Demand book. Robin Deffendall, a librarian with 20 years of experience and writer with three self-published books for sale at Amazon, will introduce you to the self-publishing pros and cons so you can make a better-informed decision.