Certified Instructors ~ US



In 2010, Quiltworx.com ventured into a new concept in our company to help answer a growing demand for our teaching, which involved Certifying Instructors for our teaching techniques and patterns. While you do not need to be Certified to teach almost all of our patterns (except the Technique of the Month Program patterns...Glacier Star and Mariner's Compass), the program has been a tremendous success and has helped us reach so many shops and students we never would have been able to get to on our own! The feedback we've received from students in classes and shop owners alike can be summed up by no more than a simple...Thank You.

Our Certified Instructors are specifically trained for the following:

  • To Teach Patterns that they have completed and Can Provide Samples of
  • To Conduct Lectures and Trunk Shows with your Quilt Shops and Guilds
  • To Teach at your Quilt Shows and Conferences and Provide a Vendor Booth,
  • To Provide you with Assistance in doing Demonstrations and Kitting for Judy's Products
  • To offer Samples, as they have available, to Advertise your Classes with them
  • To Bring your Judy's Technique of the Month Program

The profiles for each of our instructors are listed below, with contract information and teaching areas avaiable for quick reference! They have all made many of our quilts, taken special training workshops with Judy, and have access to tools and lecture information to provide trunk shows to your groups with uptodate information on our company. You can find their teaching calendars, quilt samples, pictures from various classes they've participated in, and pre-class instructions, as appropriate, in the pages below! If you are a student interested in taking a class, you can also visit our Patterns Page to find your favorite pattern and see if there are workshops for that particular quilt, or contact the Instructor through your guild or a local shop to bring them to you!

Our focus is supplying a teaching network of instructors that are:

  • Highly skilled,
  • Familiar with our company, products, and staff,
  • Interested in teaching workshops that are consistent with those that Judy would teach,
  • Sustaining affordable classes,
  • Promoting flexibililty in our teaching program meeting your needs, and
  • Remaining available as Judy, herself, is currently booking two to four years in advance.


Often times, we receive letters of appreciation from shops and students regarding our Certified Instructors. It means so much to us that our instructors are doing such an exquisite job teaching, and we felt that all of the letters and emails we receive should be shared. Click here to find these references, and certainly more to come!

Note: We have three Certified Instructors that are shop affiliated and are not listed here. To find teaching schedules and information, click here for:
Kay Crandall
Marilyn Moran

Judy Niemeyer

Teaching Region: United States, Canada, and selected Foreign Countries

Judy Niemeyer is an international instructor known for her foundation paper piecing techniques and quilt patterns. Her company, Judy Niemeyer Quilting Inc., has published over 100 foundation paper pieced quilt patterns over the last 15 years. Her quilts a..Read More

Ann Troutman

Teaching Region: Southeastern US, willing to travel

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
-William A. Ward

My love for sewing was sp..Read More

Barb Linares

Teaching Region: Florida, Southeast US, willing to travel

Barb made her first quilt when she was pregnant with her oldest child, Stefani, in 1990. She spent the next 15 years making charity quilts and quilts for family and friends. In 2005 she started “Crafty Threads” as a custom embroidery business. In 2..Read More

Barbara Gary

Teaching Region: Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Alaska, and areas beyond

Barbara grew up on the western slope of Colorado and moved to New Mexico in 1953.  She began sewing at nine fashioning 4-H projects receiving ribbons for her clothing at the Garfield County fair.  She made many of her clothes and accessories during her ..Read More

Barbara Miller

Teaching Region: Anywhere in the US and Canada

Barb retired from teaching school after 30 years and knew she wanted to keep busy, so decided to do "something" in the field of her passion - quilting! She has been sewing/quilting- since her twenties.  She purchased a Gammill long arm-quilting machine, ..Read More

Carol Jaynes

Teaching Region: Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi & fly anywhere in the country, or world.

Teaching Region: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama will be my focus following my move to New Orleans in the summer of 2017.  Savannah, Georgia is my home until then.  South Carolina is just "across the river"!  A new granddaughter brings me to New Orlean..Read More

Carol Stanek

Teaching Region: Southeastern US and beyond

Carol made her first “Judy” paper pieced quilt, Arizona Cactus, in a class taught by a certified instructor in 2013. She fell in love with the organized preparation and sewing process of the Quiltworx patterns which, sold her on Judy’s way! Carol at..Read More

Carol Thelen

Teaching Region: Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and will travel anywhere

I was bitten by the quilt bug in late 1991 while on break before my last semester in college. By 1996 I was a professional quilter and in 2002 my first book, Longarm Machine Quilting: The Complete Gui..Read More

Catherine Erickson

Teaching Region: Continental U.S. or Canada with initial focus in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Manitoba and Western Ontario

I am a proud member of the first “class” of Certified Instructors.  What a journey it has been! -- The crazy thing…I had never heard of Judy Niemeyer until 2007 when I was a last-minute replacement to attend a retreat at a bible camp in Kalis..Read More

Catherine Wilson

Teaching Region: West – California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Hawaii, and international.

As a quilter, Catherine has 20+ years of quilting experience. She began teaching at local shops in 2006, starting with a beginning quilting series. With 4 years of teaching under her belt and great eye for color, she opened her online shop and began doing..Read More

Cathie Boucher-Sollman

Teaching Region: Oregon, Washington

Admiring Judy's work for over 25 years inspired Cathie to learned Judy's foundation paper piecing process. She has since completed over 40 beautiful quilts. After viewing other paper piecing patterns on the market, she believes that Judy Niemeyer patterns..Read More

Cindy Haddick

Teaching Region: Utah (Mountain West) and willing to travel

Cindy is so excited to be a part of the Quiltworx team of Certified Instructors and share her passion for all things quilting!! Cindy was born and raised in Minnesota, where she was introduced to sewing at a very young age.  She remembers taking a bas..Read More

Cindy Myers

Teaching Region: California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, the Southwest and also available for travel nationally and internationally.

Cindy has always done some sort of needlework or craft since she was very young.  One of her first memories is when she was 7 or 8 at home in bed with the Chicken Pox.  To keep her from scratching, her mother taught her how to do the hem stitch and Cin..Read More

Cindy Simmons

Teaching Region: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and travel anywhere

Taught by a German seamstress, at the young age of 11, Cindy Simmons learned and mastered her creative sewing techniques and continues to educate herself and others on the art. It wasn’t long after that Cindy dove into the wonderful world of quilting. B..Read More

Connie Lange

Teaching Region: Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas & Missouri

Connie inherited her love of fabrics and textiles from her mother. When Connie was eight her mother taught her to sew. Connie ’s journey with fabrics began through learning how to construct garments for 4-H. Connie started with sewing a trick skirt and ..Read More

Deborah Brizendine

Teaching Region: Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma & Missouri

Deborah started sewing with her grandmother when she was 7 years old. She learned how to make clothes and how to crochet. She learned hand embroidery, cross-stitch and tatting. She learned to love it all. Deborah’s love of sewing led her into quilting. ..Read More

Denise Green

Teaching Region: California, Oregon, Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas

If there is such a thing as a quilting gene, it must certainly be a part of Denise Green's DNA. As a result, she has the heart and soul of a very talented and imaginative quilter who also possesses a special passion for teaching others the joys of creatin..Read More

Diana Simkins

Teaching Region: Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina

Diana Simkins lives in Fort Shaw, MT and has been quilting for-let just say a long, long time-and teaching for over 12-years. She is actively involved in her local quilt guilds and has taught classes in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and throughout Montana. ..Read More

Diane Lyon

Teaching Region: Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, South Carolina, willing to travel if needed

After admiring the beauty of Judy Niemeyer patterns for several years, I purchased my first pattern (Christmas Celebration) in 2012.  I then opened the pattern and began reading the instructions and immediately put it away, totally intimidated.  In 2014..Read More

Donna Hoyt

Teaching Region: Seattle Area, Washington, Oregon

Donna’s journey began when she signed up for her first “Judy” paper piecing class in the Spring of 2012. She was bitten by the paper piecing bug. From the organization to the perfect points, Donna ..Read More

Donna Mather

Teaching Region: Wisconsin and beyond, willing to travel

I was only 10 when I discovered my love for sewing. I started with simple projects but it wasn’t long before I began sewing clothes for myself, then for family and friends. My first job was as close to heaven as I could imagine, working in a fabric stor..Read More

Eileen Urbanek

Teaching Region: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas

Eileen Urbanek is a quilting instructor from the State of Texas. She has been teaching for shops and guilds in the areas around Dallas and beyond for the last eight years. You can find her teaching at least once a month at Quilt Country in Lewisville, TX...Read More

Ellen Reilly

Teaching Region: Florida and Southeast US, and New York and Northeast

Currently living on the southwest coast of Florida at Longboat Key and originally from the Finger Lakes area of New York. Retired after 30 years in the corporate world and working extensively in Asia.  Now I'm having a good time doing what I love – mak..Read More

Flo Bradbury

Teaching Region: Southeastern US, but will travel anywhere!

Flo started her sewing career back in home economics class in high school where she learned how to make clothes.  She continued to sew clothes for her two daughters for years.  She was introduced to quilting by a friend in the late 1990's and was hooked..Read More

Fran Sargent

Teaching Region: Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, and Hawaaii

Fran Sargent is a Judy Niemeyer Quilting Certified Instructor from Hendersonville, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. She began quilting 35 years ago and quilting has always been a big part of Fran's life. She was first introduced to Judy Niemeyer's fo..Read More

Ginny Radloff

Teaching Region: East Coast - Massachussets, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina

Radical Quilts is a privately owned and operated business I started 12 years ago. I started quilting as a hobby and was able to turn my passion into a business. I have been quilting for over 26 years. I began taking classes in hopes of making simple quilt..Read More

Gretchen Veteran

Teaching Region: Anywhere...Willing to travel.

Gretchen started sewing clothes for herself, her mother and two sisters when her grandmother gave her a Featherweight when she was ten years old. She sewed all her clothes, her mother’s skirts and blouses for work and all the prom dresses through high s..Read More

Gwyn E. Campbell

Teaching Region: Virginia, Mid Atlantic, Southern Ontario, Maritimes, willing to travel including Europe

I have knitted and sewn since childhood even designing knitwear in the 90s. More than a decade ago I turned to quilting, and once I came across Judy’s patterns I became addicted to paper piecing and her designs. I love the precision and detail her patte..Read More

Jackie Kunkel

Teaching Region: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona- Willing to travel nation wide

Jackie has been a quilter since 1993 and has owned her own business, Canton Village Quilt Works since 2000. Beginning her business as a long arm quilter and then in 2009 adding an online quilt fabric shop! She has also been a quilt designer for magazines ..Read More

Jacolin Kelso

Teaching Region: Pennsylvania, West Virginia and surrounding areas

My memories of my childhood were being surrounded by family and the excitement of seeing what new adventure into the world of crafts was going to appear in a box from Montgomery Ward at the front door. Whatever was trending at the time we surely were goin..Read More

Jan Mathews

Teaching Region: Texas, Arizona, Missouri, and also available for travel

Quilting began for me in 1999 and teaching in 2003.  Focusing mainly on beginning quilters, I moved from hand piecing/quilting to machine piecing.  I have been very fortunate to begin teaching beginners at International Quilt Festival in 2009.  In 2012..Read More

Jane Reents

Teaching Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, also available as a traveling CI

Jane Reents lives in Wauconda, IL.  She grew up sewing her own clothing; making the transition to quilting easy. After a shop hop, she received an email from quiltfabric.com! (A certified Judy Niemeyer shop) She saw the most beautiful quilt advertizing a..Read More

Janet McNamara Houck

Teaching Region: Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee

Janet has lived in Western NC since 2001. She lives with her husband and their 4 dogs and 3 cats. Janet works full time as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Janet has been quilting since 2004 when she took a quilting class at her local community college...Read More

Janet Valliere

Teaching Region: Southwest US

After retiring from the utility industry of almost 27 years Janet decided to try her hand at something she thought she had wanted to do since elementary school ---- teach. She approached the local quilt store, The Quilters Ranch, where she learned to quil..Read More

Jeanette Walton

Teaching Region: California, have suitcase, will travel anywhere

Quilting is in Jeanette’s DNA. Both her grandmother and mother were hand quilters. Jeanette still has a nine-patch quilt made by her grandmother that was given to her as the oldest grandchild. She cut pieces for her mother using scissors, which we all k..Read More

Jennifer Eubank

Teaching Region: Alaska, Washington, Oregon

Jennifer has been teaching quilting for roughly 18 years, mainly in Kodiak, Alaska. She is a passionate paper piecer who loves to try new patterns, learn new techniques, and then teach others. She originally was introduced to Judy's patterns a little over..Read More

Jerrine Kirsch

Teaching Region: Washington Area, Travelling Instructor

Jerrine Kirsch lives in Washington State, but has been a quilting instructor for over 20 years and travels across the United States with various teaching engagements booked throughout the year. As a Judy Niemeyer Quilting Certified Instructor, Jerrine ..Read More

Jodie Madison

Teaching Region: Wisconsin. Minnesota, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota

I am a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor from Bloomer, Wisconsin, a small town in Western Wisconsin.  Bloomer is located approximately two hours east of St. Paul/Minneapolis.   I graduated from the U..Read More

Josephine Keasler

Teaching Region: Nevada, California, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming

Josephine has been an avid quilter for many years. Three friends gave her a quilt as a gift which introduced her to our wonderful world of quilting. After that she was hooked! She says her first “first few quilts were examples of everything not to do wh..Read More

Judy Bowers

Teaching Region: Arkansas and all surroounding states, Minnesota and surrounding states, very willing to travel as requested

Judy Bowers was introduced to stitching at 5 years old. She has a reputation for always having some stitchery in her hands. She started quilting in 1982, learning hand quilting techniques. Over the years she has developed machine piecing and machine quilt..Read More

Judy Rains

Teaching Region: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and willing to travel

A native of North Carolina, Judy has always been surrounded by fabric.  From sewing at an early age with her Nana, to making her first Judy Niemeyer pattern in 2007, sewing and quilting have become the ..Read More

Judy Wurm

Teaching Region: Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida

My home is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a hillside refuge that my husband of 50 years and I call ‘The Given Place.’    We grow blueberries and tend a summer garden, as well as too many flower beds--now that quilting has taken a prominent place in my ..Read More

Julie Arrowood

Teaching Region: Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa

Julie Arrowood lives in the Minneapolis, MN area and has been making quilts for many year. After trying various paper piecing patterns, taking classes, and testing out new techniques, she has commented that there was a time she felt paper piecing just was..Read More

Julie Burger

Teaching Region: All

Who is Julie Burger?  I am a wi..Read More

Karen Caduff

Teaching Region: Utah, California, happy to go anywhere!

A native Californian, Karen started sewing at the age of 9, when her mother enrolled her in a summer sewing class at the local Singer store.  She continued to sew through junior high and high school, taking more classes in clothing construction and tailo..Read More

Karen Conley

Teaching Region: Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and beyond!

Karen is a country girl, who grew up on a farm in northwestern Ohio surrounded by quilters. She has her crib quilt plus many more made by her grandmother, mother and now her own. Karen graduated with a B.S. in Ed. from Ohio Northern University and taug..Read More

Kathi Carter-Sweet

Teaching Region: Utah, California, Michigan, Virginia, Louisianna, Hawaii, and willing to teach nationally and internationally

Kathi starting crocheting with her grandmother when she was 6. She would get very frustrated because her grandma would not let her make a full size afghan until she could count stitches well enough to make a square. She made a lot of A-line skirts for her..Read More

Kelly Grant

Teaching Region: Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Texas...Willing to travel anywhere.

Kelly began sewing at the tender age of 6 years old. For her birthday her mom and dad gave her a Singer Featherweight sewing machine and that began a 48 year love affair with sewing. She began with doll clothes and by junior high she was making most of he..Read More

Kristen Bender

Teaching Region: Minnesota and Beyond

Kristen Bender has been teaching since 2011 and is thrilled to share Judy’s techniques, tips & tricks with others. She loves to see students’ eyes light up with excitement when they learn about them for the first time. Her passion for sewing began..Read More

Lain Stowe

Teaching Region: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, but willing to travel!

Lauren Rogers

Teaching Region: Montana and Beyond

I started sewing as a participant in 4-H as a 9 year old many years ago.  I sewed clothing for several years and just a couple of very simple quilts to enter in the fair as a teen.  When I was expecting my oldest son (now 24), I made his first quilt –..Read More

Lea Marty

Teaching Region: Central Florida

I have lived in Ocala, Florida since 1990.  I moved to Florida from Michigan in 1984 where I owned my own fabric store called Fabric Fantastic in the 70's.  I have been sewing all my adult life and once I retired in 2003, I decided to start making quilt..Read More

Linda Boerner

Teaching Region: Nevada, Arizona, California, willing to travel

I was born and raised in Southern California and currently live in Southern Nevada with my husband, Robert.  Having done various types of crafts over the years, and being a 3rd generation quilter, I started quilting again after my family was raised. For..Read More

Lisa McCarthy

Teaching Region: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersery, but is available as needed to travel and teach anywhere in the United States.

Lisa stitched her first quilt more than fifteen years ago when her sister invited her to a mystery quilt weekend and she has not looked back since.  She has completed numerous quilts and began teaching friends and acquaintances how to quilt ten years ago..Read More

Lucille Amos

Teaching Region: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia, D.C., Maryland

Lucille Amos represents Judy Niemeyer Quilting as a Certified Instructor in the South Eastern United States. Lucille applied for our program purely out of her enjoyment for doing a Judy Niemeyer Quilting pattern.  She was confident that after having a..Read More

Margaret Kamikawa

Teaching Region: North Western US

Margaret learned to sew, knit, needlepoint, cook and other crafts from her mother, grandmother and great aunts as a child in Rockford, Illinois.   Her first love was sewing starting with sewing cloths and taking ribbons at the fair as a teen. Then she p..Read More

Mary Wakeley

Teaching Region: Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana

Hi Quilters, Mary here from Ottawa, Illinois.  I am so excited to be certified to teach Quiltworx techniques and patterns, plus all things quilting!  I can even throw in Horseback Riding Lessons. Let's get cutting and bag up the facts:

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May Gunter

Teaching Region: Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Illinois, Arkansas, Minnesota, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas

I was born and raised in Minnesota. Missouri has been my home for the last 20 years. I started working with color when I was very young. Growing up, I loved to do crafts of all kinds. I was teaching crocheting at 12 years old. My Grandma made quilts and I..Read More

Melanie Castle

Teaching Region: Washington, Oregon, willing to travel

Hello from the beautiful Pacific Northwest! I am a military wife, married to James, with 3 grown children and 8 grand kids.  I live in Longv..Read More

Nancy Kloster

Teaching Region: Everywhere, loves to travel

“All accomplishments begin with a dream or plan …”

Rev. Ken Wise

Nancy has been quilting for more than 25 years.  Nancy was drawn to the efficient and organiz..Read More

Patsy Carpenter

Teaching Region: Willing to travel to all 50 states and beyond.

Patsy was born and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California. A California native, Patsy has travelled up and down the state and loves the open road. Always by her side, her co-pilot, husband and best friend, Randy of 43 years! Patsy met Rand..Read More

Rosie Lysinger

Teaching Region: Kentucky, Indiana, Southern Ohio

Rosie began quilting in 2005, after her sister, Frankie enticed her to be a part of quilting following two years of effort.  Buying a new sewing machine, the next five years brought an educational journ..Read More

Sandra Kollath

Teaching Region:

Sandra is a Minnesotan who fell in love with the Quiltworx Amazon Star pattern five years ago when looking for something new for her quilting.  She had been quilting for twenty  years but once she stum..Read More

Sandy Coffey

Teaching Region: TX, AR, LA - Available for cruises

My passion is fiber art, especially quilting. I have been sewing since childhood and then made clothing for my entire family after I married. I learned the art of quilting soon after moving to Alaska. First there was hand piecing and quilting until I lear..Read More

Sandy Lueth

Teaching Region: Colorado

My name is Sandy Lueth. I live in Windsor, a small town in northern Colorado. I have two grown children, two wonderful grandsons and I share my life with a very special man and three happy dogs. My mother taught me how to sew at quite a young age, but I h..Read More

Sharon Ralph

Teaching Region: Florida, Southeastern U.S., Colorado, New Mexico, and willing to travel

After retiring from the educational system of 37 ½ years, Sharon decided she still enjoys teaching.  Read More

Shirley Scott

Teaching Region: Oregon, Western Washington, Northern California

I currently live in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Western Oregon, but grew up in the Monterey Bay area of Northern California.  I have been sewing since I was in grade school, and found quilting while living in Tucson, AZ in the late 1980’s. Th..Read More

Stephanie Baker

Teaching Region: Anywhere

Stephanie Baker was born and raised in Central New York and currently lives in Oswego, located on Lake Ontario in north-central New York.  At a very young age Stephanie was introduced to sewing by her mother. The opportunity to share her passion and k..Read More

Sue Wilson

Teaching Region: Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alaska

Sue is one of the ten original instructors recruited by Judy Niemeyer to launch her certified instructor program. She began quilting in the early 70’s (yikes… has it been that long???) and working full-time in the industry in 2000. Her passion is teac..Read More

Susan Sears

Teaching Region: Colorado & Wyoming

I started quilting in 1970ish.  I hand pieced 9-patch blocks for a doll quilt as part of a history project/book report on quilting.  Needless to say the report was finished on time; the 9-patches are still waiting to be finished many years later (my mom..Read More

Tammy Doane

Teaching Region: Montana, Arizona, New York, and will travel all over the United States

Tammy Doane was born and raised in the beautiful state of Montana.  In 2010 she moved ..Read More

Vickie Wall

Teaching Region: California and beyond

Vickie grew up watching her mother and grandmother sew, and could hardly wait to begin sewing herself. She began making her clothes in the 7th grade, and then made clothes for her friends, her mother, and her mother’s friends. Vickie won several awards ..Read More

Victoria Johnson

Teaching Region: Central Valley California, Nevada

I come from a long line of women in my family who sewed, knitted, and/or crocheted. I remember sitting next to my great-grandmother as she knitted clothes for my Barbie; going to the fabric store with my aunt to buy patterns and fabric; and helping my mom..Read More

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