Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner grew up in a house full of her dad’s paintings and with a closet full of her mom’s handi-work. Beds were warmed by the hand-loomed wool blankets sent by her grandmother from Greece. The busy bodies of her and her siblings were warmed by the beautiful hand-knits of their grandmother in Indiana. As a kid in the 70’s, she passed up store-bought Barbie dresses and instead created them from her mother’s fabric scraps.

Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi

Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi is a historian, curator, author, lecturer, artist, mentor, founder, and facilitator — and has left her mark on many lives. Trained as an aerospace engineer, Carolyn Mazloomi turned her sights and tireless efforts in the 1980s to bring the many unrecognized contributions of African-American quilt artists to the attention of the American people as well as the international art communities.

Dindga McCannon

I have always been a fiber artist, but have also been a writer/illustrator, painter, wearable art maker, costume designer, muralist, printmaker, and a mother. My work is the fusion of traditional needlework (skills given to me by my mother and grandmother), with the fine arts: drawing, painting, printing, and printmaking, along with a lot of mixed media. I tend to work in series; one of my ongoing series is the celebration of women’s lives, portraits and “herstories.”

Emily Bode

Emily Adams Bode launched her eponymous brand in July of 2016 and became the first female menswear designer to show at New York Fashion Week. The collection is now shown twice a year at Paris Fashion Week Men’s with runway shows in June and January. Bode manufactures over half of the collection in New York, with 40% of the annual product sold made from antique textiles. Emily and the brand is committed to further advancing consumers’ knowledge of the history of material culture and the preservation of craft.

John M. Walsh III

John M. Walsh III (Jack) began collecting art quilts in 1992. His first goal was to document the range of works in this new fine art medium. Many artists receive little more than minimum wage for their creations. Jack began supporting the artists with commissions. He promotes appreciation of the artists with exhibits in museums throughout the US and with lectures and articles in magazines, books and other publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. On four occasions Jack was included in Art and Antiques Magazine’s annual listing of “100 Top Collectors.’ Jack’s life’s work has been making water safe to use. He has done pioneering work in seawater desalination, pollution control and UV water purification, and managed the water chemistry of a nuclear power plant.


Merikay Waldvogel

Merikay Waldvogel is an internationally known quilt historian author, and lecturer. She is widely considered an expert on mid-20th century quilts. Her expertise and tireless research into quilting and the quilters who made them led to her induction into the Quilters Hall of Fame in 2009.



Julie Silber

Julie Silber is one of the world’s most respected quilt experts. She has been selling antique quilts to museums, businesses, and individuals since 1968. Julie was the curator of the world renowned Esprit Quilt Collection in San Francisco and is the co-author of the critically acclaimed books, Hearts and Hands and Amish: The Art of the Quilt. She has curated two of the most respected quilt exhibitions of modern times — those at The Oakland Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 

Janneken Smucker

Janneken Smucker, Professor of History at West Chester University, specializes in digital and public history and material culture. She also serves as the digital editor of the Oral History Review. In the classroom, she integrates technology and the humanities, working with students to create digital projects, including the award-winning Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia and Philadelphia Immigration.


Josh Dunn

Josh Dunn is the International Sales Manager for Moda Fabrics and Supplies and the son of Moda founder and president (and Quilt Alliance Vice President), Mark Dunn. Josh earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and shares his father passion for documenting the art and history of each and every quilt.

Gwen Westerman

A poet and fiber artist, Gwen Westerman lives in southern Minnesota, as did her Dakota ancestors. Her roots are deep in the landscape of the tallgrass prairie, and reveal themselves in her art and writing through the languages and traditions of her family. She is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, and Professor in English and Humanities at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her quilts have won awards at the juried shows of the Northern Plains Indian Art Market, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Art Fair & Market, and the Eiteljorg, and have been exhibited in Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, Anchorage, Houston, Tulsa, Fargo, and Lincoln.  She is the author Follow the Blackbirds, a poetry collection in Dakota and English, and co-author of Mni Sota Makoce: Land of the Dakota, a history of Dakota land tenure in Minnesota.


Allie Aller

A quilter of long experience in many genres, Allie has written three books for C & T Publishing. Her quilts have won several major awards, she appeared on the Quilt Show, has taught for Bluprint, served on the board of the Quilt Alliance, and traveled as a quilt teacher for ten years, making such precious friends along the way!

A continuing theme in all her work is a rich dialogue between her quilts and her avid passion for flower gardening. She lives with her husband in the country outside Portland, Oregon, where they raised two magnificent sons.


Denyse Schmidt

Denyse Schmidt is an iconic designer, quiltmaker, teacher and entrepreneur who reinterprets tradition to make modern heirloom quilts that are fresh and offbeat.

From Denyse’s website:
“I grew up in central Massachusetts in an area of old textile mill towns. Both my parents made things: my mom sewed a lot of her own clothes as well as clothes for four kids, and my dad made furniture. They were both very skilled—nothing ever looked homemade—and while they took pride in their work, they never considered themselves craftspeople or artists. They had careers (my dad was an engineer, my mom an educator with two masters degrees), but having grown up during the depression, they, like others of their generation, did not spend money if they could help it! When you needed something, you made it yourself. 


Paula Nadelstern

Kaleidoscope: the very word promises surprise and magic, change and chance. Exploding with visual excitement, a kaleidoscopic design organizes an abundance of light and color, form and motion into a complex and coherent image. My goal is to harmoniously integrate the idea of a kaleidoscope with the techniques and materials of quiltmaking. I try to free myself from a conventional sense of fabric orderliness, seeking a random quality in order to imitate the succession of chance interlinkings and endless possibilities synonymous with kaleidoscopes. 


Diane Rode Schneck

Diane Rode Schneck comes from a long line of quilters and needleworkers — she owns family quilts made by her great grandmother, and her mother’s aunt in the 1930s. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to New York City in 1984. She was first introduced to the Garment District by a friend shortly after moving here, and has been shopping ever since. She was cofounder and editor of a fabric shopping newsletter New York Unraveled! way back in the 1990s.

Giuseppe Ribaudo

Giuseppe Ribaudo (AKA Giucy Giuce) learned to sew from his grandmother at a young age. In 2008 he began quilting and has never looked back. Giuseppe resides in New York City and is a fabric designer, pattern designer, and quilt teacher. He is an avid modern traditionalist quilter with a great passion for simple design in bright colors.