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!

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

Ana Blickenderfer

Teaching Region: Iowa, willing to go anywhere

Ana started sewing clothing at the age of 9 for 4-H. At age 16, she started hand quilting and binding. By 21, she had started a scrapbooking and quilting business. Making quilts and quilting on commission was in higher demand, so in 2010 she decided to fo..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 sparked when I wan..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

Brenda Dyer

Teaching Region: Georgia, Southeast, and Nationally

Brenda has lived a life full of creativity and many avenues of handcrafts. She enjoys sewing, quilting, and embroidery and loves teaching these crafts to others. She has taught both children and adults how to sew and quilt, quilted for others, and even ow..Read More

Carin Brimley

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Carin grew up in the South Puget Sound area of Washington State where she spent many happy hours rummaging through her mom’s fabric scrap bags and teaching herself to sew, starting with doll clothes and then progressing on to clothing of her own includi..Read More

Carol Hattan

Teaching Region: Northwest

Carol began sewing clothing but began quilting with a flip and sewing log cabin. She was a 4H sewing leader for 10 years.  As her two chi..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

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

Cathy Moore

Teaching Region: Willing to travel anywhere!

Cathy Moore is located in Middleton, Idaho, about 1/2 hour west of Boise, Idaho.  Cathy owned a quilt shop in Rochester, Washington, from 2010 to 2019 before she moved to Middleton, ID.  Cathy's Certified Judy Niemeyer shop is now  an online shop. C..Read More

Celeste Akre

Teaching Region: Midwest

My name is Celeste Akre. I live in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I began quilting when my teenage daughter came home from school one day and told me I would really enjoy quilting because of the math and geometry used in designing and creati..Read More

Cheryl Martel

Teaching Region: Massachusetts, New England, willing to travel

My name is Cheryl Martel and I am from Somerset, Massachusetts. I have been quilting for about 35 years.   My quilting journey began out of my love for sewing and creating. My first quilt was an appliqué I designed for my sister’s baby showe..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 McEntee

Teaching Region: Home Base is Oregon, but will Travel to where ever people like to make beautiful Quilts, U.S. and Beyond

It was a quiet day in the middle of winter 1999.  I awoke from a catnap with this un-deniable urge to make something…..mind you sewing was not on the ‘un-deniable urge‘ list but crafting something was….I had been walking around this Obje..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

Cynthy Kram

Teaching Region: Puget Sound Region

I have been sewing my most of my life, whether it was clothes, curtains or stuffed animals. Sewing has made me feel fulfilled; it’s been a stress reliever and a very enjoyable career. In 1994 I took my first quilt class and found my passion. My love of ..Read More

Debbie Dison

Teaching Region: Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, willing to travel

Debbie's quilting journey begain in 2014 when her mother-in-law passed away and left her some sewing machines, tons of fabric, thread, notions AND pieces to 15 quilts (with no directions!!!) A lifelong sewer, she transitioned to a quilter. In 2016 Debb..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

Donna Viau

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Currently living in Southern New Hampshire?  Thinking about dipping your toes into the Foundation Paper Piecing world? Is this your first time hearing about Quiltworx and Judy Niemeyer patterns? Donna Viau started teaching beginner quilt classes in Ma..Read More

Elsa Neubauer

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Elsa has live up and down the east coast of the US and has resided in Greenville, South Carolina for over 20 years. Her love of the sewing and creating started young and has never let up. She made her first quilt in her teens, but was not in love with the..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

Gina Schaefer

Teaching Region: Willing to travel

Hi! My name is Gina Schaefer also known as Auntie, Mama., Mrs. Schaefer and just recently, Gina. I like be in north eastern Colorado. I live on the prairie not in the mountains. Sunshine and fields of crops are my scenery. I began my quilting journey a..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

Jackie Holkum

Teaching Region: Oklahoma, Texas, surrounding states and beyond

I began my love affair with sewing at the tender age of 9 under the tutelage of my mother.  Throughout my school, college, and early professional years, I made a lot of my own clothing.  Then in 1991, at the urging (again) of my mother, I went to my fir..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

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

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

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 few quilts were examples of everything not to do when mak..Read More

Judy Block

Teaching Region: Oregon, Washington, California. Anxious to travel and teach

Being creative and sharing with others are the things that spark JudyQ’s engine. From the youngest recall as a child throughout her entire professional career she has surrounded herself with an always reaching desire to expand her knowledge base in the ..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

Julie Connell

Teaching Region: Missouri, Iowa, Tennessee, Illinois

Julie has been sewing and making garments since 6th grade learning the craft from her Mom. Her passion for textiles has never faltered as she went on to study Textile Design at the University of Iowa, and designed her own dress patterns. Throughout raisin..Read More

Julie Gutierrez

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Julie comes from a large family of creative and artistic women. She recalls sitting on her mother’s lap at a very early age watching as her mother made their clothes come to life. Julie started sewing her own clothes at the age of 12 and received her fi..Read More

Karen Bryant

Teaching Region: Western New York

Karen started quilting in 2004 and really enjoys using fabric to create warm and comforting quilts. She especially likes hand appliqué and paper piecing. In 2013, her favorite quilt shop started offering classes featuring Judy Niemeyer patterns, and she ..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

Kathryn Groves

Teaching Region: South - West

Website: www.bobkatquilts.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/BobKatQuilts I've been an educator for more than 30 years.  Schoolteacher, parent educator, an a..Read More

Kelly Grant

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

Kelly began her sewing career at the age of 6 years old.  Her first sewing machine was a Singer Featherweight and that same machine has been used to create many of her Judy Niemeyer Quilts. While Kelly’s sewing was focused on clothing for many years..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

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

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

Lori Clayton

Teaching Region: Virgina

Lori started sewing with her mother at age 7. She discovered her love for quilting in the early 1980’s. After retiring from the Navy as a Nurse, she focused more of her time on quilting and opened a quilt shop and retreat in 2009. Paper piecing soon bec..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

May Black

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

Melody Maskus

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I've been on my quilting journey for the past 34 years. Over the years, I've learned skills from many different authors, magazines and television Read More

Michele Everts

Teaching Region: Wyoming and willing to travel

I am a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor from Fort Laramie, a small town in Eastern Wyoming. My quilting journey began when my son was born. I had an overwhelming desire to make something for him that he could treasure his entire life. After that first q..Read More

Nancy Kloster

Teaching Region: Everywhere, loves to travel

“Let grace rule your life …”

Vicar Jeremy Ashley

Nancy has been quilting for more than 30 years.  Nancy was drawn to the effici..Read More

Pam DiSalvo

Teaching Region: California and Nevada but also Worldwide!

It was the late ’70’s when I first took a quilting class. I made two king sampler quilts entirely pieced and quilted by hand. Back then, very little machine quilting was done so for years, doing everything by hand was my method of choice. Even though ..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, Having sewn since the 7th grade, like any new grandmother, she was eager to start making garments and projects for her new grandchildren! During ..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

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 Lieske

Teaching Region: Idaho, Northwest, Willing to Travel

Sandy is an avid quilter, enjoying all types of projects she makes for friends and family.  At the urging of a friend in 2016, Sandy completed her first Quiltworx pattern, Prismatic Star, and really enjoyed Judy’s approach to paper piecing.  She was t..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

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

Susan Deshensky

Teaching Region: East Coast and Mid-Atlantic States, but I will travel anywhere

Susan was an avid needle pointer and cross-stitcher, when she took a quilting class and purchased her first Bernina sewing machine in October 2001.  Sue enjoys teaching and encouraging her students to have the confidence to make beautiful quilts that the..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

Tami Meade

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Tami comes from a long line of women handy with a sewing machine. She first learned to sew on her Grandmothers sewing machine and has fond memories of helping Grandma hand tie quilts that were on a very large wooden frame. Tami purchased her first sewing..Read More

Tammy Gardner

Teaching Region: MIdwest and willing to travel

Tammy began quilt making in 1989 as a way to continue her great-grandmother’s legacy.  She has always been a lover of puzzles and math so quilt making was a perfect fit for herRead More

Terre Walker

Teaching Region: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Louisiana but also available anywhere in the United States upon invitation

Terre’s first introduction to quilting was watching her paternal grandmother construct quilts all by hand.  She pieced and hand quilted the quilts that she made, often using cardboard templates that she made herself.  Although Terre has been sewing si..Read More

Tina Lueders

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Tina's love of sewing comes from her Grandmother who gave her a needle, thread and scrap fabric at the age of 4. She has been sewing ever since, mostly doing garment sewing. When she started working as a secretary and needed a professional wardrobe, she b..Read More

Tracy Thompson

Teaching Region: Southeastern Virginia/Hampton Roads area - willing to travel anywhere

Tracy is a Quiltworx Certified Instructor and the owner of Lotus Owl Fiber Arts, LLC which specializes in quilting and sewing instruction as well as longarm quilting and embroidery services. Tracy received her first sewing machine as a college graduation ..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

Vida Anderson

Teaching Region: Based out of Montana - willing to travel

Vida has always been a “Maker”. It started with her first counted cross stitch piece at the age of 14. She grew up surrounded by other passionate makers watching her mother sew and her grandmother crochet as well as making bobbin lace. In 2015, with e..Read More

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