2012 Teachers

We’re excited about the team of teachers & speakers we’ve put together for Sewing Summit 2012! See full class descriptions here.


Mena Trott - Sewing Summit teacherMena Trott
Blog | The Sew Weekly
Twitter | @dollarshort
Mena Trott has been blogging in various forms since 2001. She co-founded Six Apart (now SAY Media) with her husband in 2001 and helped bring blogging software to the masses with Movable TypePad, TypePad and LiveJournal. She’s spoken at events like TED, D: All Things Digital Conference, SXSW and Blogher and media-wise, she shared a cover of Fortune magazine and has been profiled in the Economist and Wall Street Journal. She currently is a member of the Say Media Board of Directors.

In 2010, she began sewing her own clothes and started the blog, The Sew Weekly, to document her weekly progress. The Sew Weekly has grown from just a personal blog to a sewing community with over a hundred women sewing along each week. She hopes to grow The Sew Weekly into a personal passion to a media business in 2012. Trott lives in San Francisco with her four year-old daughter, Penelope.



Jeni Baker
Blog | In Color Order
Twitter | @jenib320

I love to find ways to be creative every day, whether it be through my photography, sewing, or quilting! Fabric and color selection has always been my favorite part about sewing and I’m so excited to be sharing my process and thoughts on color at Sewing Summit! I love being a part of the online sewing community, I have made so many wonderful friends though it. I recently finished up my degree in Marketing and Studio Art, and am trying to find my niche in the world. This past fall, I started teaching sewing classes at The Sewcial Lounge, a modern sewing spot and fabric store in Madison, WI, where I currently live with my boyfriend and pet bunny George! In addition to sewing, I love to collect vintage kitchenware and vintage sheets.


Lee Heinrich
Blog | Freshly Pieced
Twitter | @freshlypieced

Lee Heinrich has been quilting and sewing for 4 years, and blogging about it at freshlypieced.blogspot.com for a little over a year. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband and two daughters.

A former graphic designer, Lee discovered quilting and sewing when she left her job to stay home with her oldest daughter. She sees quilting as a natural extension of her design work. Lee’s projects have been featured in Quiltmaker magazine, Fat Quarterly, Sew Mama Sew, Modern Day Quilts, the Moda Bake Shop, and more.


Christina Lane
Blog | The Sometimes Crafter
Twitter | @sometimescraftr

Christina has always been surrounded by crafting of some sort or another. With a mother that had a can-do attitude about it all, and a former seamstress to boot, Christina is very well rounded when it comes to crafting and thinks nothing is impossible. She loves to dissect a quilt pattern and find an even faster way to achieve precise results. Having sewn since a very young age (at times with great protest), she found quilting late in her teenage years. She is a longarm quilter and loves to free motion doodle on her quilt tops.

You can find Christina sharing her quilting, sewing and various crafty adventures on her blog The Sometimes Crafter, or on Twitter here.



Kelly Bowser
Blog | KelbySews
Twitter | @kelbysews

Kelly is a mom of two boys who taught herself to sew in January 2010 while watching dust gather on her law degree. Now she has a serious fabric addiction that tests the limits of her shelves and her husband’s patience! She spends her days doing the mommy gig and her evenings sewing. Every once in a while she might actually clean the house, but no one holds their breath.



Emily Herrick
Blog | Crazy Old Ladies Quilts

Most people know me from my pattern company Crazy Old Ladies. Well I may not be old (yet!) but I’m definately CRAZY. If you don’t believe me, check out my blog. Last year I was blessed with the opportunity to design fabric for Michael Miller. I have released two fabric collections: Going Coastal, and Hall of Fame with a thrird scheduled to come out later this year. I am super excited to be releasing my first book “Geared for Guys”. This has been an idea in my crazy brain for quite some time and it’s so fun bringing it to life. I can’t wait to share my thoughts on color, fabric, and design for the ‘GUYS’ in our lives. Come join me- we’ll have a blast!



Vanessa Hewell
Blog | LBG Studio
Twitter | @LBGstudio

I’m Vanessa: a 30-something work at home mama to a 4 year old girl. Ex-army brat that ended up in Alabama.  Addicted to all things sewing and photography related. Oh, and sushi. Huge fan of books and gadgets. Long live the 80′s.While I spent lots of time drawing, painting, and crafting growing up and studied graphic design and photography in college, it wasn’t until I became a SAHM that I really found my passion for creating thanks to all the awesome sewing/craft blogs out there.  I’ve spent the last 3 or so years immersed in the world of sewing, photography, and blogging and I’m excited to share with you lots of tips and tricks for getting the photos you want in the space you have without having to spend tons of money!



Katy Jones

Blog | I’m a Ginger Monkey
Twitter | @ImAGingerMonkey

I am so looking forward to being a part of Sewing Summit 2012 and getting to hang out for reals with people that love sewing as much as me! I’ve been quilting for around 4 or 5 years now, and find if I don’t do a little bit of something every day I go a little bit crazy. That’s why English Paper Piecing is so good – it’s portable! I really hope people will enjoy my class on English Paper Piecing basics….even if it’s just for the novelty of being taught by an English person!

You can find me at I’m a GingerMonkey or as 1/5th of the digital quilting magazine, Fat Quarterly.



Deborah Moebes
Blog | Whipstitch Fabrics
Twitter | @whipstitch

Deborah Moebes writes Whipstitch, a blog about modern sewing. After a decade as a schoolteacher and a short career as an archaeologist, Deborah stumbled (kinda backward) into sewing and has never looked back. She’s the author of two books, Stitch by Stitch and the upcoming Stitch Savvy, and owns a retail sewing lounge in Atlanta, Georgia.

She also has four kids, a husband, a (lovely but largely imagined) garden, a fantastic mid-century modern ranch (which is the subject of many a Pinterest post), a dog and (soon to be, if the children get their way) two fish. She firmly believes that sewing is for everyone, and that you’ll learn the most if you jump in with both feet and give it a shot–even if you’re not quite sure what you’re doing. She is also quite adamant that everything ought to have pockets. Currently, Deborah is polishing up the patterns for her new book, sewing almost constantly for her new house, and working her way through a wall quilt featuring Tony Danza.



Amy Ellis
Blog | Amy’s Creative Side
Twitter | @amyscreativesid

Hi, I’m Amy! I’ve always loved fabric, and the creative process, that comes with creating with it. I’ve called myself a quilter for the last 12 years, and have been sewing since the age of 10 – you can often find me drafting a new quilt pattern, and experimenting with fabrics until it’s just right! Quilting is my creative therapy in the midst of a busy household, and I love to inspire new quilters to find their own way.





Michelle Webster
Blog | Keyka Lou
Twitter | @keykalou

Michelle designs and produces a popular line of pdf sewing patterns under the name Keyka Lou. She offers more than 25 original designs with a focus on small accessories. All Keyka Lou patterns include the rights for the customer to make and sell the designs for small scale production, so most are designed to be quick to sew and use only basic supplies in small amounts.

Michelle grew up in a family of stitchers, crocheters, knitters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, screen printers, and all around DIYers. She officially learned to sew in high school home ec class. Her teacher was amazed by the straightness of her seams and provided a lot of encouragement. Early success made sewing a pleasant and rewarding skill to learn. Michelle hopes everyone gets off to any easy start with sewing, but knows patterns can be very confusing. Her goal is always to provide enough info for anyone to work a pattern from beginning to end, without frustration.

Michelle started her sewing career on etsy and is the top selling sewing pattern maker in the patterns category, as well as one of the top 100 sellers of handmade goods.



Sara Lawson teacher for Sewing SummitSara Lawson
Blog | Sew Sweetness
Twitter | @sewsweetness

Sara is a Chicago mother to 2 little ones. Sewing began as a hobby to keep her busy in the quiet hours of the night, but has gradually and gratefully taken over her life! Although she enjoys sewing everything from quilts to clothing, her real love is sewing and writing bag sewing patterns. She is a Pellon Projects artist, and you can find her free bag patterns on both her blog and on Pellon’s website.





Alexia Abegg Sewing Summit teacherAlexia Abegg
Blog | Green Bee Patterns
Twitter | @alexiastitches

Alexia Marcelle Abegg was born in Folsom, California on the day Mt. St. Helens erupted, May 18, 1980. She has been influenced her entire life by her sewing, painting, clothing designing mother and her artist, photographer, musician father.

She studied fashion and fine arts in college, where she learned to take her creative ideas and bring them into reality.

After trying her hand at photography, production, acting, wardrobe and costuming, hair and make up for film and television, fashion design, and custom sewing, she found her home in creating fine art quilts and drafting sewing patterns while living in Brooklyn, NY. She later worked for the esteemed designer Anna Maria Horner in Nashville, TN, which cemented her love for the sewing and quilting world.

She and her artist husband, Rob Bancroft live in Nashville, TN, with their two dogs. She currently divides her time between creating patterns for their company, Green Bee Design and Patterns, teaching, making art and writing words.


Thomas Knauer - teacher for Sewing SummitThomas Knauer
Blog | Thomas Knauer Sews
Twitter | @waycoolkid

Thomas Knauer holds Masters of Fine Art from both Ohio University and the Cranbrook Academy of art. Before he started designing fabric and quilts he was a professor of art and design at Drake University and the State University of New York. He began sewing in 2010 after leaving academia due to health concerns; the first time he sat down at a sewing machine he made his wee daughter a dress. He now designs fabric with Andover Fabrics & his quilts are starting to be published in an array of magazines. He still loves making things for his wee daughter.




Melissa Esplin

Blog | I Still Love You
Twitter | @melissapher

Melissa Esplin grew up in a crafty home where she fostered her love for the arts, crafts and design. She went to school for a bachelors in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing, while putting herself through school as a graphic designer for the University. Since graduating she’s had two lovely children with her husband of nearly six years. Melissa’s blog, I Still Love You is her creative outlet where she shares her various loves of sewing, design, calligraphy, bookbinding and art.



Faith Jones
Blog | Fresh Lemons Quilts
Twitter | @freshlemons

Faith Jones blogs at Fresh Lemons Quilts.  She began early 2009 and has explored all aspects of the art, from fabric design to pattern creation.  Faith’s patterns can be found in Modern Blocks : 99 Blocks from Your Favorite Designers, Fat Quarterly, and Quiltmaker.  Faith is an active member of the Flickr community, enjoys sharing tutorials and hosting quilt-alongs on her blog, and participating in quilting bees and swaps.  She has a wonderfully supportive husband and is blessed with two young children.



Kati Spencer
Blog | From the Blue Chair
Twitter | @the_blue_chair

I’m thrilled to be part of Sewing Summit this year. I’ve always enjoyed creative hobbies in my life, but quilting seems to be the one hobby that stuck. It’s just part of me. I’ve made multiple quilts in the past, but only officially considered myself a “quilter” when I discovered free motion quilting. I love being able to complete my quilts, start to finish, on my own machine.

I enjoy trying new techniques and have been known to make entire quilts just to learn one new skill. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and worked for about five years as an adoption social worker prior to staying home with my children when my oldest daughter was born. She is now almost five, and my twins are soon to be three. Despite the craziness around our home with three small children, I still manage to fit in quilting time. It provides me with a bit of sanity.



Sarai Mitnick teacher at Sewing SummitSarai Mitnick
Blog | Colette Patterns
Twitter | @colettepatterns

Sarai Mitnick is the designer and founder of boutique sewing pattern company Colette Patterns and author of The Colette Sewing Handbook. Sarai writes about sewing along with tips, tricks, and free patterns on her blog, The Coletterie. She loves classic, functional, stylish clothing with vintage-inspired details. She lives with her husband and two cats of exceptional charm in Portland, OR.




Carrie Lundell
Blog | This Mama Makes Stuff
Twitter | @thisiscarrie

Before I was a mountain biking, minivan driving, wardrobe refashioning, public school advocating, church going, marathon training, square-foot gardening, dog owning, kid’s journal creating, mother of four living in the OC, I designed children’s clothes in NYC for a little company that rhymes with Cold Gravy. While finding the time to be creative is harder than ever, I have never felt more creatively fulfilled.






Tauni Everett
Blog | SNAP! Conference
Twitter | @snapconf

Tauni Everett, a former public relations executive, spent the last 12 years handling communications and events for an array of clients from the NBA and Olympics to well-known politicians. Her work has graced the pages of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers and her clients have appeared on both local network television and more well-known broadcasts like The Today Show.

Today, Tauni handles social media for a Salt Lake area agency and speaks to groups on integrating social media into traditional messaging. She is active in the blogging community and is the founder of SNAP!, a social media conference dedicated to craft and DIY bloggers. The event is held each spring in Utah.




Elizabeth Dackson
Blog | Don’t Call Me Betsy
Twitter | @DontCallMeBetsy

Elizabeth Dackson is the blogger behind Don’t Call Me Betsy. She started quilting on a whim shortly after buying her first sewing machine in search of a fulfilling hobby, and fell in love hard and fast. Elizabeth had quilting in her blood, thanks to her aunt and grandmother, but had never sewn much more than cross-stitch patterns as a young girl. She enjoys the design process of quilting and has recently started publishing quilt patterns, both through her blog as well as in several publications. Her work can be found on Fat Quarterly, Sew Mama Sew, Moda Bake Shop, Modern Day Quilts, Quiltmaker magazine and International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene magazine.


Sunni Standing
Blog | A Fashionable Stitch

Sunni Standing is proprietress extraordinaire of A Fashionable Stitch, where she blogs about her passion for sewing and peddles hard to find, fine sewing notions especially for garment sewing. She first started blogging in 2007 where she began expounding on her re-discovered passion for sewing. A Fashionable Stitch documents her battles for perfect fit in addition to providing a library of tutorials from seam finishing to lining a vented skirt. Sunni was named a BurdaStyle Ambassador in 2011 and participated in putting together filmed sewing tutorials for the BurdaStyle e-book. Additionally, Sunni has written articles for Sew Hip!, a UK based magazine, has been featured in several sewing publications including Vogue Patterns magazine and is a regular pattern reviewer/tester for Colette Patterns. She is a native of Utah, currently residing in Salt Lake City where she can be spotted at least once a week at her favorite fabric shop haunt purchasing more beautiful cloth that she doesn’t need or at home, working on her latest creation with a spot of tea.



Amber Carillo
Blog | One Shabby Chick
Twitter | @1shbychkhawaii

Hi, I’m Amber and I blog at One Shabby Chick. I was born and raised in sunny Hawaii and am now raising my children here too (so I’m really hoping for some chilly weather in Salt Lake City – an excuse to wear a scarf and sweater). I’m a homeschooling, soccer-playing and soccer-coaching mom of four. I have an incredibly supportive (and just incredible) husband who has let me turn half our bedroom into my sewing studio and who often washes the dishes after dinner to give me a bit more time to sew. I started sewing and quilting on a regular basis about 5 years ago, at the same time I started my blog. I was so inspired by all the amazing bloggers and quilters online and all the wonderful fabric that I couldn’t find locally (yes, there are disadvantages to living in Paradise). And my journey has just evolved from there. I’m beyond thrilled to be able to attend Sewing Summit this year and even more excited to share my creative journey with you!



Rachel Howard
Blog | Family Ever After
Twitter | @fameverafter

A country girl at heart, Rachel is the blog author of Family Ever After. She grew up in South Dakota, and so did her husband… they’ve know each other since they were twelve! After growing up watching her mom sew, Rachel decided it was finally time to learn the art. So she declared her major in Family and Consumer Science Education at BYU, and loved every minute. She went on to teach 7th and 8th grade sewing classes. She is now “living her life’s biggest dream,” being a mother of three children. She is very passionate about teaching and involving them in her sewing and other crafting ambitions. Family Ever After is a mish mash of Rachel’s favorite things including sewing, crafting, food, family, travel, gardening, country music, sunflowers, clogging, and running, and taking pictures of it all! Rachel is the sewing contributor on Lil Luna, and hosts an online sewing competition called Sew-vivor. She is thrilled to be a speaker at Sewing Summit!



Amanda Herring
Blog | The Quilted Fish
Twitter | @QuiltedFish

The Quilted Fish is a pattern, fabric and scrapbook paper design company started by Amanda Herring in 2008. After going back to college three times and starting a family, Amanda finally knew what she wanted to be. In April of 2008, she started writing quilting patterns. After marketing her patterns for about a year, she started to design her first line of fabric. To date she has six fabric lines with Riley Blake designs, the most recent released in March 2012 called Apple of my Eye and the next coming in fall of 2012. Amanda continues to write sewing patterns, her favorites being the ones that allow people to add their own creativity. She loves to share her creative passion with others and it is her sincere desire that the patterns and fabric she produces helps others in their creative process.



Lindsay Conner
Blog | Craft Buds
Twitter | @LindsaySews

Lindsay Conner lives in Indiana with her husband and two loveable cats. She started her sewing blog in 2008 to interact with other the community through sew alongs, swaps and giveaways. In 2011, she and her friend Mary started Craft Buds, a space to share handmade business advice and crafting tutorials. Lindsay has a background as a travel editor and also manages CraftFoxes (www.craftfoxes.com), a social network for crafters. She loves to design quilts and handmade accessories, several for print publications, and releases patterns and free tutorials through her blogs.