Instructors/Sponsors

June 14-17, 2017

 

Celebrate Stargazing with Quilts

Keynote Speaker Gina Perkes sponsored by Coconino Quilters Guild

 

Camp Sponsors for 2017:  Providing door prizes, advertising, and support for Celebrate Quilt Camp and Show! 

Coconino Quilters Guild, Odegaards Sewing Center, Electric Quilt,  Forever in Stitches, Stitchin Heaven,  Pattern Jam, Paper Pieces, The Honey Guy, Gina Perkes, American Quilters Society,  Shabby Fabrics, The Wool Lady,  SewEzi, June Tailor, Urban Elementz,  Quilters Quarters, Quilter’s Store Sedona, Paper Pieces, Threads Magazine, The Country Register, Linda Martin, Shelley Cordsen, Wendy Wetzel, more to come!

2017 FACULTY!  (Scroll down to read their biographies)

Shelly Cordsen    FullSizeRender

 

Gina Darlington          

 

Cristy Fincher   

 

 

  

Linda Martin     LindaMartin

    

Gina Perkes    

 

Ruth Dolin    

Wendy Wetzel     

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Shelly Cordsen fell in love with sewing in 7th grade Home Ec. She began sewing clothes for her and her daughters, including her own wedding dress. Her love for quilting was born when she saw her mother-in-law working on quilts. Her mother-in-law gave her the lesson that turned into a deep love of quilting. She gathered a few friends and one pattern and began quilting in her basement. This soon blossomed into joining a quilt club and purchasing her first long arm machine. Shelly was one of the originators of the annual Lake Powell Quilter’s Retreat in Page, AZ.  Shelly and her husband are beginning a new journey in life, by moving to Las Vegas, NV to be closer to three of their seven grandchildren. She will continue expanding her long arm quilting business, teaching at retreats and looks forward to attending flea markets and farmer’s markets.

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Gina Darlington  has been sewing all her life.  She began quilting when a dance project she was working on crossed over to pioneer quilts.  Once she got a taste of it, she couldn’t get enough.  Gina has been quilting for 16 years, and has had quilts juried into numerous shows both locally and nationally.  She has also won awards for her quilts at the local, state and national level, including second place in the national “Thread Tails and Vapor Trails” contest.  Gina has been published in Quilters Newsletter, and has designed and published patterns.  Gina has been a teacher all of her life, first as a dance teacher, then at the college level, and most recently teaching quilting at stores and events.  She is the director of Celebrate Quilt Camp and is excited to share this exciting program with so many quilters!

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Cristy Fincher is the daughter of Master Quilter, Sharon Schamber. Cristy was born with a love for all things sewing, in her DNA. Growing up in Sharon’s couture wedding gown factory gave Cristy a lifetime of education about patterns, grain lines, production, fitting dresses, and the science of how fabric behaves, all by the age of 10. She loved spending time in her mom’s studio, and would wind bobbins as Sharon was sewing on her industrial Juki. Cristy’s teen years were spent working in Sharon’s factory, assisting with production, and sneaking in time to play with fabric and sew.

Quilting goes back generations in Cristy’s family. Quilts were used until seams popped and the batting began to peek through the frayed edges of fabric. In 1994, Cristy and Sharon made their first quilt together, after buying pre-printed panels from a local fabric store. Sharon went on to become a trail-blazer in the quilting world, as Cristy became a school teacher. After Cristy was married, and began her own family, her passion for quilting grew. 10 years ago, she started her business, Purple Daisies, LLC, where she focuses on sewing and quilting education. In 2007, Cristy and Sharon co-authored Piece-by-Piece: Machine Applique, which features many of Cristy’s original designs. Teaching is where Cristy’s heart truly lies. She has spent her lifetime learning about all aspects of sewing and quilting from her amazing mom. Now, Cristy is passing on Sharon’s legacy of sewing and quilting techniques through her shop Purple Daisies, LLCteaching locally, nationally, by sharing her own tutorials on her blog Sew Much Like Mom, and as a Craftsy instructor.

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Wendy Garrison, a long-time resident of Flagstaff, started sewing and quilting a young age, and has focused on developing her free motion quilting skills and personal style over the past several years.  Her work regularly appears in local and regional competitions, with her original design “Tree of Life” wall quilt recently awarded Best Amateur Machine Quilting at the Rim Country Quilt Roundup, and several pieces that placed at the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta, a biennial juried competition that draws entries from across the country.  Wendy is constantly experimenting with new techniques and loves to share her experiences with other quilters through teaching, in addition to leading a 4-H group of young quilters.

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Linda Martin of SewAZ Embroidery Designs has been keeping busy with over fifty years experience in sewing, crafting, machine embroidery and quilting. She and her husband, have two children with spouses and six grandchildren. For over eight years Linda’s husband was the facilities manager for a private resort cay in the Bahamas. To keep busy while living on the cay, Linda taught herself how to digitize machine embroidery designs to make logos on the work shirts for the cay employees, then making gifts for family and friends. Next step, she started an online store to sell her original designs to home embroidery enthusiasts. Her designs are sold on four different embroidery websites and are stitched out by customers all over the world. Linda has had project articles published in Creative Machine Embroidery and Designs in Machine Embroidery magazines. Since returning to the USA, Linda has been focusing on combining machine embroidery and quilting. She loves to take paper pieced blocks and turn them into block quilts done in the embroidery machine hoop. 

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Gina Perkes 

I’m a mother of three amazing,(growing up too fast),children and one precious lil’ frenchie “Belle”. My two teenage boys live at home with me in Payson, Arizona. They make my world beautiful, funny, challenging, and sometimes “stinky”…(imagine soccer socks under the couch). My daughter is studying math and special education at Arizona State University. Though she’s 70 miles away, the umbilical cord is still attached (thankfully God makes them extra stretchy:)) ,we have plenty of lunch dates, shopping indulgences, and nail appointments.

I am a lover of all things creative. I have an innate need to beautify things. I feel completely blessed to have been born as an “Artoholic”. My life is filled with: color, fun, ideas, texture, challenges, bling, threads, glitter, sugar, flour, and sometimes chaos. Though I enjoy all sorts of creative outlets and mediums: gardening, mosaic, oil painting, etc…my three favorites are QUILTING and culinary. These are the two passions which I rely on to support myself and my three children.

I travel all over this beautiful country and internationally sharing my techniques with others and appearing on a multitude of shows to promote that art of quilt making.  You can see me on The Quilt Show, iquilt,  and The Quilting School.  I have authored four books and design patterns with many new projects in the works. Check my website, check back often to see what’s new.  I hope to see you at The Copper Needle, or in an upcoming class!

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Ruth Dolin was an incredibly hyperactive child, whose mother finally figured out that peace was achieved when she was put in front of a sewing machine. By 14 she was making her school clothes. She made her first horrible quilt at 17. She teaches often at Odegaards, where she also works 4 days a week. 

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Wendy Wetzel has lived in Flagstaff since 1995 and started her “serious quilt life” in 1997.  A life-long seamstress and knitter, she believes in following her heart and not the pattern.  Her work is often intuitive and unplanned.  Her inspiration comes from unexpected sources that fuel her imagination.  She is a nurse practitioner  and teaches quilting and art techniques to a variety of audiences.  Her work with Labyrinth Quilts was featured in the American Quilter Magazine in 2011 and 2012.  When she’s not quilting, she can be found in local yoga studios or cooking vegetarian goodies or cuddling her 3 year old grandtwins.  She recently retired from a 45 year nursing career and finds retirement too busy to have a full time job.

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Camp Sponsors for 2016:  Providing door prizes, advertising, and support for Celebrate Quilt Camp and Show! 

Coconino Quilters Guild, Odegaards Sewing Center, Quilts on Route 66,  Helen Young Frost,  Nolting Manufacturing, Pro Chemical & Dye, Amann-Mettler, American Quilters Society, Kay Mackenzie, Northcott, Happy Hollow Designs, June Tailor,  Threads Selects, The Wooly Lady, Tutto, Connecting Threads,  Aurifil Thread, Indonesian Batiks,  Sue Pelland Designs, Heather Spence Designs, A Quilter’s Dream, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, v Troy Fabrics,  Tag-it ons, Ottlite, Urban Elementz, Prym, Apliquick, Tammy Kelly, Linda Martin, Shelley Cordsen, Wendy Wetzel, more to come!