2013 Teachers

Jessie Lathroum

Website | Inside the Paper Box

Jessie spent her formative years in Lewisville,TX after being born in New Hampshire. Following a 5 year pit stop in her husband’s home of Baltimore, MD, she now resides with her family in Allen, TX. Though her mom taught her to sew at an early age, it wasn’t until 2009 that Jessie began to realize her passion for quilting and all things fabric. When she is not chasing after her 2yr old son, Jessie loves perfecting her craft in her in home sewing studio. You can follow Jessie’s creations on Instagram @insidethepaperbox, or online at insidethepaperbox.blogspot.com.



Alissa Circle

Website | Rags To Stitches

Twitter | @ragstostitches

Class Topic | Creative Journey

Alissa is a wife, mother, Editor of Rags to Stitches, CoFounder of Pollinate Media Group, a lifestyle blogging agency and Circle of Moms Top 10 Mompreneur of 2012. Alissa loves finding ways to build up the blogging community; sharing stories of what she has learned through her blogging journey and vast experience working with brands. She has a consulting program she built to help blog 1+ biz newbies navigate the world of social media and create goals for how to continue to grow. She also travels, speaking at conferences and events around the nation.


Leanne Barlow

Website | ElleApparelBlog

Twitter | @LeanneBarlow_

Class Topic | Creative Journey

Leanne Barlow is a clothing designer and the blogger behind the popular fashion blog, Elle Apparel. Leanne’s tutorials have been featured in Sew News Magazine, Latter- Day Women Magazine, and the recently published, The Design Cookbook, by HGTV star Kelly Edwards. Last year she launched her own clothing line, leannebarlow.com, and has women all over the world wearing her clothing. Her tutorials have inspired hundreds of women to start sewing their own clothes, and she plans on conquering every pregnant woman’s wardrobe worries one maxi skirt at a time. Leanne currently resides in LA with her husband, 3- year-old son Bradley, and 1-year-old son Cash. She lives 15 miles from the Fashion District and loves her fabric collection like a third child.


Colleen Molen

Website | TheBusyBean

Twitter | @BusyBean

Class Topic | Creative Journey

Colleen started sewing out of necessity when she couldn’t juggle two infants and carry her stuff at the same time. She started by designing a bag for herself and soon began selling her creations online. Dabbling in handbags, camera straps and children’s clothing, she sews for business and quilts for fun. Colleen sporadically blogs her tutorials at www.thebusybean.com, frequents Instagram, and is working on a line of handbag patterns.


Susan Peterson

Website | Freshly Picked

Twitter | @Freshlypicked

Class Topic | Creative Journey

Susan is the one-woman-show behind Freshly-Picked‚ an inspirational and lifestyle blog. She also makes moccasins for the rich and famous (or at least their kids) and runs an online shop that sells fine leather goods under the same name, Freshly Picked. She provides marketing strategy and campaign planning for Vivint and numerous small shop owners and bloggers. She lives in Utah with her handy-man husband and two small children.


Elisa Albury

Website | Stitch Outside the Ditch

Class Topic | Stash Mixology

Elisa gave herself the “gift” of quilting as a hobby for one New Year’s resolution and she’s never looked back. She’s been quilting for nearly 14 years, experimenting with numerous forms and techniques. For Elisa, quilting is a creative outlet that provides a sense of balance to the technical demands of her day job as a scientist. As a liberated quilter Elisa chooses to create her own designs rather than work from a pattern and frequently makes design decisions as she goes. Having studied under numerous prominent quilt professionals she follows several mantras including “more is more” and “don’t commit too soon.” She believes quilting “rules” are meant to be bent and in some cases even broken (a good ¼” seam being the exception), hence one of the meanings behind her blog Stitch Outside the Ditch.As a former national quilt magazine and book and pattern book editor, she has experienced the quilting industry from both sides of the aisle—as a consumer and a producer. And, as you can imagine, she has lots of perspective and opinions on both.


Elizabeth and Elizabeth

Website | SimpleSimonandCo

Class Topic | Taking Measurements for Garment Sewing

We are Elizabeth and Elizabeth, two girls who married brothers and ended up with the exact same name. We blog at Simple Simon & Co, where we share our love for sewing–especially sewing for our children. We also run the blog Project Run and Play where we once competed but now have the opportunity to share others’ creative clothing for their kids. We have taught at several conferences on different topics such as pattern drafting and finding your signature style. We both love vintage patterns (especially from the 50′s and 60′s), spending time with our families, and hoarding fabric (again epecially vintage fabric.) 1


Ellen March

Website |  SewItAllMag

Class Topics | Getting Published in a Magazine & Lounge Pants

Ellen March has been sewing since the age of 8. She’s the editor-in-chief of Sew News, Sew it All and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines. She’s also the host of Sew it All TV on PBS stations nationwide. At 16, she appeared on the educational feature “Picking Your Patterns, Fabric & Notions” and has since appeared on a number of crafty television shows, including Uncommon Threads, MacPhee Workshop, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting and the Marie Osmond show on Hallmark. Her goal is to take the fear out of sewing and show people just how easy it is. Find more information at sewnews.com, sewitalltv.com and cmemag.com.




Pat Bravo

Website | PatBravo

Twitter | @PatBravoDesign

Class Topic | Fabric Design

Pat Bravo has been a textile designer and quilter for over 20 years. For Pat, a sewing machine is everything! She started sewing at the age of nine. When she was 13, she joined a sewing school in her native of Buenos Aires. That is where she learned everything there is to know about fabrics, dressmaking and patterns. After three years of studying law, Pat dropped out of college and began taking painting classes. In 1989, Pat and her husband made the big move to the United States. As a new mom living in a new country Pat found herself having a hard time adjusting to her new life. Her husband bought her a sewing machine and she began to happily sew again. Pat fell in love with quilting! She sewed triangles and squares together and eventually taught herself everything that could be achieved using traditional quilting techniques. Throughout the years, Pat’s taste started evolving and she began to cross the bridge towards art quilts. First, she started with landscapes and with time her style became more abstract. Pat had a hard time finding color variations in batiks and she began to paint her own fabrics. Pat loves to express herself through color! Quilters loved Pat’s hand painted fabrics so much that she decided to become a textile designer. Pat takes inspiration from the world around her to design elegant and sophisticated fabrics with vibrant colors. Visit Pat at her blog at, patbravodesign.blogspot.com, to have a peek into her world.



Amy Smart

Website | DiaryofaQuilter.com

Twitter | @amyusmart

Class Topic | Simply Awesome Quilt Top

Growing up I learned to sew my mom, but it wasn’t until I had my first baby fourteen years ago, that I really started quilting with a vengeance.
I worked in a brick and mortar quilt shop for 7 years where I loved petting the fabric, seeing the latest arrivals, and getting to know other quilters. I also taught beginning quilting multiple times and thoroughly enjoyed watching new quilters ‘catch the fever’.
In 2008 I discovered blogs written by other sewers and I felt like I’d found a bunch of new best friends. I started writing my own blog, Diary of a Quilter (http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/), later that year and have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with the online quilting community. A few years ago I wrote a beginning quilting series and continue to love it when people tell me that they made their first quilt because of my tutorials. It’s so fun bringing other people over to the “darkside.”
I have loved and been blessed by the many real life people I’ve come to know through this crazy social media world. I continue to be inspired by the creative inspiration to be found in the virtual quilting world.
Behind the scenes I am a wife to a patient husband, and mom to four active kids. We live in Utah and love hiking, visiting national parks, and playing with legos.


Alicia DiRago

Website | Whimseybox.com

Twitter | @Whimseybox

Class Topic | Creative Biz Planning Workshop

Alicia DiRago is a chemical engineer turned DIY blogger (at dismountcreative.com) turned entrepreneur and founder of Whimseybox (whimseybox.com), the monthly craft subscription and online community for crafters. Her work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, on television and on countless blogs. She lives in Boulder, CO.




Alessandra Guiterrez

Website | Lala’s Peqenos and Tribal Times

Twitter | @lalaspequenos

Class Topic | Fold Over Clutch

Alessandra Gutierrez is a mother of two in Virginia who fell in love with the uniqueness of handmade clothes during the two years that she managed her family’s 1500-acre rain forest in Costa Rica. Instead of shopping for clothes, she decided to try sewing for her two little boys – which naturally developed into a full-blown business. She is the creative designer for the Lala’s Pequenos line and her items have been featured in every major parenting magazine and blogs. Her passion for sewing has also turned to teaching as she has developed sewing and crafting classes for adults and teens at Confetti Studios, a creative studio in beautiful wine and horse country in Warrenton, VA. You can find her blogging at www.Tribal-times.com where she shares her curious finds and interesting goings-on.


Olivia Omega

Website | OliviaOmega.com

Twitter | @OliviaOmega

Class Topic | Personal Branding

Olivia Omega is a freelance consultant with 11 years of marketing, branding and PR experience. She is a personal branding and social media strategy expert with a strong background in brand positioning, traditional advertising, integrated marketing, new product development, graphic design and online community management. Olivia has taught social media and branding workshops across the country for both large and small business clients, equipping them with the knowledge to successfully use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and blogs to grow their brands. Past PR clients have been featured in USA Today, Entrepreneur, Glamour, Daily Candy, O Magazine, Us Weekly, Life & Style, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, T he Insider, Parents, Pregnancy, Fit Pregnancy, Pregnancy & Newborn and more. Olivia graduated in 2001 with a business marketing degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business. Olivia has been sewing most of her life and enjoys dancing, yoga and her two kids.


Amanda Woodruff
Website | A Crafty Fox

Twitter | @ACraftyFox

Class Topic | Applique & Embroidered Hoop

Amanda is a small town girl living her big dreams in a tiny cow town. She spends her days quilting, sewing, cooking, and keeping up with her busy little family. She has a passion for fun, new fabrics, stitching, and loves to share what she discovers. She owns Westwood Acres Fabric Shop on Etsy and you can find her blogging at ACraftyFox.net.






Kate McKean

Website | Morhaim Literacy

Twitter | @Kate_McKean

Class Topic | Do You Want to Be a Craft Book Author?

Kate McKean is a literary agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc, in Brooklyn, NY. She represents a wide variety of clients and genres, from the internet humor book I Can Has Cheezburger to paranormal romance author Delilah S. Dawson’s Wicked As They Come, and specializes particularly in craft and design books. In the craft world she presents: Diane Gilleland, Ellen Luckett Baker, BurdaStyle, Hello Craft, Ali Winston, Project Linus, Kristin Roach, Jessica Pigza, Thomas Knauer, Heather Mann, Melody Miller, Annabel Wrigley, Wendi Gratz, Nikki Smith, Noah Scalin and many more. She teaches frequent workshops, classes and webinars at mediabistro.com, writersdigest.com and at New York University.




Amy Redden

Blog | Vintage Fer

Twitter | @VintageFern

Class Topic | Raw Edge Applique Dish Towel

I started sewing when I was about twelve years old. I learned a bit in Home Ec. class, a bit from my Mom, but I would say I am mostly self taught. About Six years or so ago, I quit my full time job being a cake decorator to stay at home with my 3 girls. I have to be doing something all the time, so I really started sewing. I soon started selling my things at local Art Shows and have been doing it ever since. When I am not sewing, I can be found baking and cooking healthy and delish things, thrift shopping, and spending time with my family.


Elena Roscoe

Blog | Hot Pink Stitches

Twitter | @HotPinkStitches

Class Topic | Straight Metal Frame Pouch

Elena Roscoe lives in South Florida with her husband, Michael, and black lab, Seamus. She began sewing as a little girl when her mother taught her to make clothes for her Barbie dolls. From then on she was hooked on the creative process. She is active in the online sewing community and very much enjoys interacting with stitchy friends from around the globe. From swaps on Flickr to meeting in person at the Sewing Summit, she loves making new friends along the way. Learn more about Elena at her blog Hot Pink Stitches. http://www.hotpinkstitches.com




Melissa Esplin

Blog | I Still Love You

Twitter | @Melissapher

Class Topic | Photography For Your Handmade Creations

Becoming a mother has dramatically shifted Melissa’s focus, but some things have remained the same: she absolutely loves being creative with design, calligraphy, sewing, decorating and anything that keeps her mind and hands busy. MelissaEsplin.com is her declaration to all things creative that, “I Still Love You.”


Sunni Standing

Blog | A Fashionable Stitch

Class Topic | How to Fit Sewing Patterns

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 great 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 Sew Stylish and is also a Craftsy.com instructor and regular contributor to the PBS TV Show “It’s Sew Easy”. She is a native of Utah, currently residing in Salt Lake City where she teaches sewing classes at Yellow Bird Fabrics, accumulates more fabric that she doesn’t need or can be found at home with a sewing project and a spot of tea.


Kaye Prince

Blog | Miss-Print

Twitter | @KayePrince

Class Topic | English Paper Piecing

I am a mild-mannered librarian by day, but a sailor-mouthed pattern designer, and consummately crafty person, the rest of the time. I live in Toronto, Ontario with my partner Alex and am President of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild. My work has appeared in books and magazines, including Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays and Stitch Craft Create magazine, and I have also been featured on various websites and blogs including Sew Mama Sew and Moda Bake Shop. When not sewing, knitting, crafting, or cooking I can be found reading a good book or watching You’ve Got Mail for the one hundred and eleventh time.


Andrea Taddiken

Blog | Knitty Bitties

Twitter | @KnittyBitties

Class Topic | Making a Mug Rug

Hi, I’m Andrea! Being a wife and mama are my real job, but most days I moonlight as a fancy pants {my words, no one else} shop owner and blog writer.
I have a BA in Graphic Design though I never used it formally. Instead I worked as a project manager for a national bank until I had my son 9 years ago. Since then I’ve enjoyed raising him up and having more time to create. Six years ago I started sewing and haven’t stopped since. Five years ago I started selling on Etsy to support my fabric habit and put a little aside to help our family finances. I love talking fabric and patterns and design and color … a nice big glass of iced tea and a fresh plate of cookies would make it perfect a perfect afternoon.
“Knitty Bitties” came from my love of knitting hats for wee ones but has since expanded into all things “stitched.” From knitting to sewing and everything in between, I love working with yarn, fabric and thread.
I do have a life outside of my sewing room (or at least some weeks I do) which is filled with all the duties that go along with being CEO of our hous ehold. After all of that, if I s till can find a little time, I love to run (I’m hoping to complete my first 1/2 marathon during my 35th wonderful year of life), read, bake, knit, eat and shop … and not necessarily in that order.


Miranda Anderson

Blog | One Little Minute

Twitter | @LiveFreeMiranda

Class Topic | Making Your Own Leggings

Miranda Anderson learned to sew at a young age, but really fell in love with the art in her twenties when she discovered she could make clothes that looked exactly as she wanted them to! She taught herself to draft and drape patterns, and then sold a line of women’s clothing on Etsy from 2008-2009. Then she let the shop sell out so she could focus on custom order garments. In the last few years she has created hundreds of custom-designed garments, both for customers, and for herself and her two little boys. Her husband also just received his first handmade garment from her (a zipper hoodie) this year! Miranda chronicles her adventures in sewing, crafting, and mothering at onelittleminuteblog.com.



Merrick White

Blog | Merricks Art

Twitter | @MerricksArt

Class Topic | Mens Polo Refashion

Merrick has been sewing since she was ten years old, but only started refashioning a few years ago when budgets were tight and she was sick of everything in her closet. Now she blogs at merricksart.com where she shares sewing and refashioning tutorials, fashion ideas, and tidbits about her life and her family.



Lindsey Rhodes

Blog | LR Stitched

Twitter | @lrstitched

Class Topic | Sewing With Leather – lecture & hands on class

Lindsey was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up always dabbling in something crafty.
She taught herself to sew at the age of 16 after inheriting an old Singer sewing machine. Her Grandmother had written her name on the underside and that small gesture has sparked a love of sewing, quilting and pattern design.
She has a special love of making handbags and finding ways to add unique finishing touches to make the project sparkle.
Lindsey now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two small children. You can follow along in her crafty pursuits at www.lrstitched.com.



Jessica Kelly

Blog | Running With Scissors

Class Topic | Making a Blouse For Yourself

I’m a married woman with three kids lining in a tiny, isolated desert town with only one stop light. Luckily I learned to sew from my mom as a kid so now I have something to do living in the middle of nowhere. I love creating unique clothing for my kids, but have to sew clothing for myself because I have weird proportions like orangutan arms.
I also love building furniture, painting, decorating, resurrecting junk into something new, quilting, and crafting, but in the end my main creative passion is designing and sewing clothing.



Angela Pingel

Blog | Cut To Pieces

Twitter | @CutToPieces

Class Topic | Pieced Curved Canvas Stretched Mini

Angela Pingel is a self-taught quilter who has been sewing for over 20 years. She made her very first quilt during her senior year in high school for her college dorm room. Her degrees include a BA in Mathematics from Saint Mary’s College and an Associates Degree in Interior Design from Ivy Technical Institute. The winner of the Moda Bakeshop Sliced Competition,Angela is also part of the 2nd Bakeshop Book, Sweet Celebrations. Angela has been published in 101 Patchwork Projects, Modern Patchwork, and Quilt Scene by Interweave Press, 99 Modern Blocks by C&T Publishing, and Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks, as well as being featured on Moda Bakeshop. She manages her blog, Cut To Pieces, in her free time between sewing and raising her sweet little girl with her husband.




Christina Lane

Blog | The Sometimes Crafter

Twitter | @SometimesCraftr

Class Topic | Foundation Paper Piecing

I’ve been sewing most of my life and have enjoyed quilting since my teens. I’ve released several quilting and sewing patterns over the years, been invited to speak out our local guild on a few occasions, as well as taught classes and have a book being released later this year on the topic of quilting. I love to find ways to explain quilting and sewing in it’s simplest terms. I never like to hear someone say “I couldn’t do that”, and instead like to show them just how easy it is.



Melissa Mortenson

Blog | Polka Dot Chair

Twitter | @PolkaDotChair

Class Topic | Beginner English Smocking

I am a 39 year old seamstress and mother living in Louisville, Kentucky. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and after meeting my husband in college, we moved to Louisville for him to attend post graduate school. My husband grew up in Louisville and when he was done with school we decided to stay. I’ve lived here ever since and love it.
I have 3 kids. One daughter that is 17 and about to graduate high school, and if she doesn’t give me enough gray hairs her twin siblings do. They came along when she was 6 years old, a baby brother and sister. After that our family was complete.
I grew up sewing. My grandmother used to let me play with her scraps of fabric and her old pedal singer. She let me make clothes for my Barbie dolls. When I entered high school, I discovered sewing as a great coping mechanism for the perils of being a teen. I was privileged to take a sewing class 2 periods per day from a wonderful teacher.
When I entered college, I put sewing aside for a while to concentrate on my studies. I discovered I had a great passion for science and pursued a degree in Molecular Biology. I worked in vaccine research for a brief time before moving to Louisville Kentucky.
I worked full time for 5 years as the Director of Operations and IT liaison for a startup insurance company. While at that job I discovered a love for technology.
With the birth of my kids, I picked up sewing again. This time more voraciously. In 2007 I decided to start a craft blog. It took off. I soon found great enjoyment in designing and sharing projects with others. I think the design aspect of sewing satisfied my inner scientist.
Most days you can find me at home in my sewing room working on projects for my blog, The Polka Dot Chair. I’ve been honored to have been published in 2 books, Sweet Celebrations & Fresh Fabric treats. I’ve also got several other projects up my sleeve– just stay tuned.


Caroline Hulse

Blog | Sew Caroline

Twitter | @SewCaroline

Class Topic | The One Hour Skirt

Caroline Hulse is the author behind the creative lifestyle blog SewCaroline.com. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and their oh-so- adorable puppy. Caroline is a self-taught seamstress who loves to bend the rules of sewing. During the day she works for a locally owned fabric boutique teaching kiddos and adults to sew. Not being taught traditionally, she strives to show her students (and blog readers!) that the process of sewing can be done more than one way.


Jeni Baker

Blog | In Color Order

Twitter | @JeniB320

Class Topic | HTML Basics for Bloggers & Sewing Equilateral Triangles

Finding ways to be creative every day is an important part of my life, whether it be through my sewing and quilting, photography, fabric design or blogging. I love nothing more than to be surrounded by fabric, and my favorite part of the sewing process is choosing colors. I love figuring out how to make things work as well as designing my own patterns.
I first started blogging 13 years ago, around the time the term “blog” was first being used. I spent many late nights reading up on coding and web development, finally making the leap a few years later and purchasing my first domain name. I took a break from blogging for a bit while I finished high school , but found myself revisiting the hobby when I started sewing more seriously. My blogging home is now Incolororder.com where you can find me chatting about my sewing and quilting projects, thrifting adventures, sewing tutorials, and my sweet bunny George.
Being able to connect with other sewers and quilters such a great part of being in the online sewing community. I love meeting other crafters, giving and receiving feedback, and seeing what everyone else is creating. I learned to quilt through blogs, so I try to make an effort to give back to the community by providing informational series and tutorials as well.
Currently, I teach sewing classes part time at The Sewcial Lounge, a modern fabric shop in Madison, WI. I design fabrics for Art Gallery Fabrics and design patterns under my own name. In addition to sewing, I love to bake, go thrifting, and collect vintage kitchenware and vintage sheets.


Diane Bohn

Blog | From Blank Pages

Twitter | @FromBlankPages

Class Topic | Creating Paper Pieced Patterns

I am a stay at home mom of three boys and a spunky girly-girl. I’ve been married 6 years to the best husband ever! I love the outdoors: rock climbing, hiking, camping, swimming, biking, etc. While my children are young and I’m a bit more home bound, I’ve found a love for sewing, crafting and creating. I love to design anything from quilts, bags, to children’s toys (what I started out making). I have grown to LOVE the online quilting community! So many amazing and talented people, who have become some of my best friends! :)


Miriam Tribe

Blog | Mad Mim

Twitter | @MiriamTribe

Class Topic | Hand Printing on Fabric

Miriam may have peaked at the tender of age of 14 when she created a velvet green vest with plastic gold buttons and perfectly matched plaid shorts, but she shares her many subsequent endeavors on her sewing and DIY blog.  Passionate about all things creative, she loves sewing for the whole family, textile printing and dying, sewing with knits, sewing with patterns, and thrifting and refashioning. She also relishes a good home project, and is currently into calligraphy, watercolor, and woodworking.

She currently resides in South Weber Utah with her nerdorable husband and three exceptional children. They like to pump dancing jams and break it down like it’s 1999.