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Quilt Retreat Instructors

About the 2018 Instructors

PATTI ANDERSON currently lives in Buckhannon. Because her husband is a recently retired minister, they have lived in several different parts of West Virginia. Wherever she is, she stays in touch with students by teaching on-line classes as well as face-to-face classes such as the retreat at Jackson’s Mill. She is very skilled in computer-assisted design as well as traditional quilting.

JANET ANDREWS, of Wheeling, is very active in her local guild and teaches frequently for them. She has also served as an instructor for regional and state events and teaches annually at the Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes as well as our Lewis County Quilt Retreat.

WINONA BAYS was born and raised in West Virginia. She worked at JoAnn Fabrics while earning a degree in Accounting from Marshall University. She began sewing as a child making Barbie clothes and made her first quilt at age eighteen. As a co-owner of Sew Many Blessing in Huntington, she teaches regularly at the shop and for quilt guilds. She has participated in the retreat as a vendor for several years, as well as more recently becoming one of our instructors.

TRESHA COTTRILL of Rosedale, is an active member of the West Virginia Quilt Guild and assists with the annual Quilt Festival in Summersville. In addition to her teaching schedule, she is active in her local guild and is employed by the US Postal Service.

BARBARA JONES is active in the West Virginia Quilt Guild, which she serves as membership secretary, and in the National Quilt Association. She specializes in both teaching and judging quilting as well as doing her own projects.

RUTH ANN JOHNSON’s fascination with a needle, thread and fabric began as a 4-H member in Central Pennsylvania. After college, she served as a Home Demonstration Agent in Maryland before moving to Georgia to be a full-time mom. She had always wanted to make quilts and took her first lesson over 20 years ago. After moving to West Virginia in 1999, Ruth Ann started teaching quilting. In 2003, she became a National Quilting Association Certified Teacher. She really enjoys teaching quilting!

SHEILA MAXEY lives in Lewisburg, with her husband Tim and quilting inspector Shadow (their cat). She has been sewing since her mom let her use a treadle at age 5! Mostly self-taught, Sheila made her first quilt in 1994—a Lone Star—in solid poly cotton fabric! Since then, she has taken many classes and has taught classes through local guilds and shops, and spent a year working with the Randolph County Arts Bank teaching quilting to elementary students at Harman School. She has made everything from quilts, to princess gowns for the Mountain State Forest Festival and patio umbrellas. She helped the Mountain Hospice of Randolph County start their bereavement bear program making teddy bears for family members from loved ones' clothing. She is active in the Crazy Quilters, the West Virginia Quilters Guild and has joined the Alderson Quilters in Greenbrier County. She has won several awards for her quilts and operates Harmony Heirlooms from her home, where she does alterations and creates custom clothing and bridal wear. Most of all, she loves sharing her love of quilting!

FRAN KORDEK has been making and designing quilts since 1974. She has taught since 1983, judged since 1994, and is both a National Quilting Association Certified Teacher (1993) and Certified Judge (1996). She was honored as the first recipient of the NQA Certified Teacher of the Year Award (2003), and was a 2005 nominee for The Professional Quilter magazine’s Teacher of the Year. Fran’s work wins awards on the regional and national levels, and she markets designs under the name Subtle Endeavors. She is active in local and state guilds and was on the executive board of West Virginia’s documentation project. Fran has published in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Miniature Quilts, Quilting Today, American Quilter, and the Quilting Quarterly. She was a judge for the 2013 NQA Show. Fran lives in Elkins, with her husband Walt. They are the proud parents of two married daughters. Learn more at www.Subtle Fran is one of the original instructors who helped to start the Lewis County Quilt Retreat.

KATHY LANHAM previously owned a quilt shop near Harrisville. While pursuing other endeavors, she retains her love of quilting and continues to teach when time allows. She now lives in Mineral Wells.

SUE PAPOUSCHEK is from Smithville, and has lived in West Virginia for 25 years. She has been a quilter for 19 years and has been teaching at the Lewis County Quilt Retreat at WVU Jackson’s Mill since 2012. She has taught paper piecing projects and techniques to her quilt guilds and area shops. She owns a long arm quilting business, “Willow Creek Quilting”. She does free motion edge-to-edge and custom quilting on her Gammill Vision Long Arm Machine.

JACKIE PERRY has been quilting for over 30 years and a quilting instructor for 20 years. She teaches annually at the Lewis County Quilt Retreat and for guilds in and out-of-state. For many years, her quilts have been juried into American Quilters Society Quilt Shows, the NQA show in Columbus, Quilt Odyssey, and the IQA show in Houston. She was a “cover girl” for the AQS Des Moines Show book in 2012. She also participates in local shows and enjoys doing trunk shows. She is a multiple award-winning quilter. Her trapunto, stuffed work and hand-quilted quilt "Baltimore Album Tribute" won Best Wall Quilt at the International AQS show in Charlotte. Jackie started as a hand quilter and loves to teach hand piecing and hand quilting. Over the past dozen years, she has also been teaching fabric painting, paper piecing, machine quiling and many other techniques. She enjoys designing original work and participating in challenges. She feels teaching is wonderful and she loves the fellowship with other quilters.

SANDI SHEFFIELD teaches at Sew Many Blessing Quilt Shop in Huntington. Her joy is creating items with her sewing and embroidery machines and teaching others what she loves to do. She worked as a quality supervisor in the garment industry for many years and learned a lot about handling fabric when sewing as well as quality techniques. She is mostly self-taught, especially when it comes to the computer; she had to learn to connect her embroidery machine to a computer. She, her husband and family moved from Boise, Idaho to West Virginia where she caught the "quilting bug."

LINDA VAUGHN began working with a needle and thread at the age of nine when she took sewing as a 4-H project. Since that time, she has made clothing for herself and her family, home decoration items, stuffed toys, and most recently discovered the joys of quilting and embroidery work. She has taken classes from any locally and nationally known quilting professionals including Fran Kordek, Martha Offutt, Holice Turnbow, Linda Roy, Cynthia England, and Kim Diehl. Her quilts have been exhibited in state and national shows, earning many awards. Linda is a member of the Alderson Quilters and Crafters, American Quilters Society, and the West Virginia Quilters, Inc. She teaches a variety of classes in quilting in both traditional and non-traditional techniques.



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