2019 NC Quilt Symposium “Quiltstock”


Quiltstock, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of WoOdstock! 

May 2 – 5, 2019



Business Track:

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.

Quilting Instructors:

   Cheryl Brickey: http://meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com/

Bio: Hi there and welcome to my little corner of blogland. I’m Cheryl and I am an engineer by day writing patent applications for a textile company and a quilter by night. I currently live in South Carolina with my husband, two elementary aged children, cat, and crazy Labrador. I enjoy all aspects of quilting, especially designing quilt patterns and quilt math.

   Augusta Cole: https://augustacolequilting.com/

I began my quilting career in North Carolina 35 years ago. I was a member of the Pamlico River Quilters Guild and in 1982 I was asked to be on the board of directors for the North Carolina Quilt Symposium. In 1984, I moved to Richmond and became active in the local quilting groups, eventually serving as President of the Virginia Consortium of Quilters, a statewide quilting group. Currently, I offer a variety of workshops, many of them being snappy, scrappy classes.

   Becky Goldsmith: https://www.pieceocake.com/

We (Linda Jenkins & Becky Goldsmith) met at a meeting of the Green Country Quilter’s Guild in Tulsa, OK, in 1986. Linda (on the right) had just sold the beauty shop that she had owned for 20 years and was ready to quilt seriously. Becky was new to Tulsa and fresh out of her first quilting class. We both became very active in Guild activities and over the years became very good friends. For those of you who would like to make more quilting friends, go to a Guild meeting and raise your hand when volunteers are asked for. You never know when you will make a friend for life!

   Linda J. Hahn: http://www.froghollowdesigns.com/

Linda’s classes are fun and empowering! She has a way of taking a project that looks complex and breaking it down in such a way that’s easy to understand. Linda adds her own sense of style while at the same time making it a WHOLE LOTTA FUN! Her infectious passion for quilting shines through in her classes.  Linda is a high energy – low stress instructor. She is a National Quilting Association Certified Teacher and was the 2009, and when not doing something “quilty”, she likes to cruise the Caribbean, or sit under a palm tree with her Kindle and an umbrella drink. Linda LOVES to shake her bootie by attending Zumba fitness classes.

   Angela Huffman: https://www.quiltedjoy.com/

Angela is a longarm quilter who is motivated to highlight the joy, laughter and creativity of others.  Prior to the birth of her triplets in 1999, she was an Emmy Award winning television producer/writer/director.  She has worked in a variety of creative and managerial positions, and works as a professional voice actor. Angela is an APQS dealer in Louisville, Kentucky,  has been widely published, and is a regular guest on the Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting PBS show.

   Lyric Kinard: http://lyrickinard.com/

Lyric Montgomery Kinard is an award winning artist with a passion for sparking the creativity that she knows each of her students possess. Lyric was recognized for her talents as the 2011 International Association of Professional Quilters Teacher of the Year and is the author of the book Art + Quilt: Design Principles and Creativity Exercises. She has written extensively for Quilting Arts Magazine, appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and The Quilt Show. In her past life she was a musician, earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and has also formally studied architecture. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and some of their five children.

   Nancy Mahoney: http://nancymahoney.com/

Author, teacher and fabric designer Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years, during which time an impressive range of her quilts have been featured in many books and over 200 magazines. She has created over 100 free patterns for a number of fabric manufacturers, and has designed 15 fabric collections for P&B Textiles and Clothworks. She has authored 14 books, all published by Martingale, and believes that making a quilt should be fun. In her classes, her goal is for students to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt that they will enjoy for many years.

   Amanda Murphy: https://amandamurphydesign.com/

Amanda has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and has worked as a graphic designer and art director in Alexandria, Virginia, and New York City. After moving to North Carolina with her family Amanda discovered quilting, an art that marries her passion for design with her enthusiasm for handwork. As she gradually expanded her knowledge of sewing and quilting techniques and combined them with the ideas she had been sketching over the years, Amanda Murphy Design was born. Amanda has authored several books, and designed multiple fabric collections, the most recent being the Free Motion Fantasy line for Contempo of Benartex that debuted  in the summer of 2018.

   Carole Lyles Shaw: http://www.carolelylesshaw.com/

I started teaching myself to quilt when I decided to make quilts for my wonderful nieces and nephews.  Then, I found my first quilting home with the African American Quilters of Baltimore, who gently taught me the best techniques to express my quilt vision. Today, I design patterns to help beginning and experienced quilters confidently dive into modern quilting.  I am excited about modern quilting because it is all about bringing individualism and free expression to the way we design and make quilts today.  I hope that my patterns will inspire you to find ways to let your own creative voice shine.

  Michelle Wilkie:  https://ideadesigncreatequilt.com/

Michelle Wilkie is a self-taught textile artist and designer of modern quilts. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son. Her education and work experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has provided her a unique opportunity to blend her loves of math, science and quilting.  She currently enjoys exploring both Minimalism and improvisation in her works.

Michelle loves to share her passion with others, and empower them to try their hand at both design and quilting. She enjoys teaching quilt design, and improvisation. She was the President of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild from 2015-2016. Still an active member of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild and the international parent group The Modern Quilt Guild, she has written several articles, produced webinars and Quilt of the Month patterns for the guild.  She is a regularly contributor to Love Patchwork and Quilting, in which two projects appeared on the cover.  With her love of design and quilting, she has embarked on a new project – writing a book on the process of quilt design (expected publication date Q3 2018).

Her quilts have been semi-finalists for several juried quilt shows; QuiltCon (2015, 2016, & 2017), AQS Grand Rapids (2016, 2017), and Modern Quilt Showcase (Houston Quilt Market 2016).