Meet our Faculty at the Academy of Quilting.


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Elizabeth Barton

Elizabeth was born in York, England, educated in England and the US, receiving a Ph.D in 1975. She emigrated to the US in 1976. While working in health service at the University of Georgia, she began to make quilts Read more >>


Marilyn Belford

Marilyn Belford is an award-winning quilter, well known for her realistic fabric portraits and art quilts. She comes to the quilting community after a long, successful career in the art world. Marilyn finds the congeniality of quilters a delight. Read more >>


Ruth Blanchet

Ruth was born in Nelson, a small city located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Her passion for quilt making has taken her into the world of professionalism as designer, teacher and owner of her quilting company. Read more >>

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Nancy Chong

Nancy Chong saw her first Hawaiian quilt in 1977, in Honolulu, and it changed her life. She completed her first queen-sized Hawaiian quilt in 1980, and began teaching hand appliqué and Hawaiian quilt making in 1982, when she moved from Oahu to Seattle with her husband and daughter. Read more >>


Dena Dale Crain

American resident of Kenya, Dena holds advanced degrees in design and textiles. From her home in rural Africa, Dena teaches design through symmetry, innovative quilting from built-up layers of improvisation, and art quilting from sketching through quilt completion. Read more >>

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Pat Daniels

Little did Pat know, that after a Bachelors degree in Music, a Masters degree from The Juilliard School in New York and a long career playing clarinet in symphony orchestras, she’d end up as a quilter. She sneaked into quilting after creating hand-marbled fabric for quilters. Read more >>


Barbara Dieges

Barbara made her first quilt in 1969, but it wasn't until 1982 that she became a dedicated quilter. As a member of two quilt guilds, she is involved in all phases of quilting. Since 1992, Barbara has had 10 quilts juried into the AQS Show in Paducah, KY. Lotus Blossom, an opportunity quilt she designed, was awarded an Honorable Mention in 1994. Read more >>

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Susan Dorchester

Susan Dorchester's love of fabric began at a very young age when she started sewing for her dolls. Her mother taught her to sew and design her own clothes and her great grandmother taught her to embroider. In college, she studied art, textiles and interior design. Read more >>


Anita Eaton

Anita has been doing various forms of needlework since she was a child, but her greatest interest has always been quilting. She learned from her grandmothers, and from studying many books about quilting history, design, and techniques. Read more >>

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Shirley Goodwin

Shirley discovered quilting around 20 years ago, and has been dyeing and creating her own fabric for much of this time. With an adult teaching qualification already under her belt and teaching experience in business, she taught dyeing and surface design at New Zealand's National Quilting Symposiums. Read more >>

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Daphne Greig

Daphne Greig is a quilter, author, teacher and designer from Canada. She has over 25 years experience in traditional and contemporary quilting and extensive teaching and presentation experience at major quilting conferences and for guilds and shops throughout North America. She has also taught on five Quilting Cruises. Read more >>


Jane Hall

Jane Hall learned to quilt while living in Hawaii, making a queen-sized bed quilt as her first quilt, and hasn’t stopped since. She has lectured and taught quilt making for guilds and quilt conferences in the United States and abroad for more than 25 years. She is a Certified Quilt Teacher, Judge and Appraiser for both antique and contemporary quilts. Read more >>

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Jennifer Houlden

Jennifer is Canadian and while living in the Canadian Arctic she was very lucky to be able to take a number of quilting classes from local instructors and instructors the guild brought in from all over Canada and the USA. Her horizons broadened in the quilt world with every new class she took and every new technique she was exposed to. Jennifer soon developed a love for movement within quilts or the illusion of movement. Read more >>

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Marilyn Lee

Marilyn lives in the beautiful north woods of Minnesota and at the age of 5 years old learned to sew using a treadle sewing machine. Sewing, creating and designing has been her passion ever since. From the amazing bag of scraps that her Grandma gave as a gift when only a small child she came her love for fabric and all of it's fabulous colors and textures. Read more >>

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Linda Schmidt

Linda Schmidt still uses some elements of traditional quilting, but most of her work involves wearable art and landscapes, particularly changing photographs into fabric art. Linda was chosen as the 2003 Teacher of the Year by The Professional Quilter Magazine, and has won prizes including First Place, Best of Show, Judge’s Choice, and Viewers’ Choice at many of the quilt shows in the US - AQS, IQA, NQA, PIQF, PENQV, Road to California and others. Read more >>

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Michele Scott

Michele decided to take up a little hobby of quilting to pass the time. Like every other self-respecting “quilt-a-holic”, it quickly became a passion. Machine quilting was of particular interest to her, as it was just becoming a popular and acceptable way of quilting your quilt. Michele was fascinated with the freedom of free motion quilting - especially creating designs that need no marking. Read more >>

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Lee Vause

Holding qualifications in nursing, quality and business management and after many years working as a Health Administrator Lee has now retired from full-time work to focus on her endeavors’ into the creative world of fabric art. Read more >>