Spring 2020 Teaching Staff
Over the years we have had the joy of working with and hosting wonderful teachers in the art of quiltmaking. Here is a bit of information about the current faculty, listed alphabetically.
Jeri Fickes has been piecing and quilting since 1988 and is no stranger to Quilt Camp having attended over 20 years. She has taught many different quilting classes of various skill levels at her church and also workshops for her quilt guild, The Tree City Quilters’ Guild in Wooster, of which she is a founding member. Jeri has served in several different leadership capacities in her guild. She has also taught classes at Angelics, A Quilters’ Haven and Somewhere Sewing. She has won awards at national quilt shows and local and state fairs. Jeri is currently a candidate in the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges training program. She is obsessed with all things paper-pieced and One Block Wonder and kaleidoscope quilts.
Jeri is known to her grandchildren as Kuku and she is cuckoo for quilting.
1580 W. Highland Ave.
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Rita Fishel, a native of northeastern Ohio, has a BA in Clothing & Textiles/Business from the University of Akron, and certification in Machine Art through Sew Art International.
In 1992 after relocating from Phoenix, AZ, she started Creations SewClever, a full-line quilt shop now housed in an old 1863 Georgian-style funeral home in Chillicothe, OH.
Rita vends, teaches and demos at all the national as well as many regional shows and lots of guild shows. She has published 2 books with AQS (Mystery Quilts and Everyday Quilts) and is currently working on her 3rd. She alsew writes for several quilt publications.
Rita teaches on national and international Quilt Cruises and is a designer/consultant and National Demo Goddess for Creative Grids USA rulers. Although she keeps busy with a wide variety of quilt related activities, her very favorite thing to do is teach.
192 S. Paint St.
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Dave is an Art Quilter who enjoys piecing, applique and quilting. His quilting is an artistic extension of his technical creativity. Dave retired as a Polymer Scientist and Research Director in June of 2018 allowing more time to focus on quilting. During his thirty-five years as research chemist and technical manager Dave’s creativity was recognized by over twenty-five inventions. Dave was awarded recognition as one of the finest faculty in TAPPI (Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry). He particularly enjoyed his time teaching and mentoring his team members in his first career and is now excited to transfer his technical skills and love of teaching to his quilting activities. Dave has been married over 45 years to his high school sweetheart and fellow quilter, Debby, and lives in Clemmons, NC.
2533 Innisfail Lane
Clemmons, NC 27012
Debby has been a garment sewer her whole life – until the Quilt Bug bit in 1981. She retired from a career in Psychiatric Nursing in 1995 and opened her Longarm Quilting Business, 21st Century Longarm Machine Quilting.
Deb is a popular teacher in quilt guilds and retreats in the many cities she and her husband have lived. Her style is encouraging and laid-back. She is full of tips and tricks to make quiltmaking FUN and knowledgeable. Debby teaches piecing, Trapunto and her specialty - Machine Quilting On The Domestic Sewing Machine.
Debby and Dave, her husband, himself an avid Quilt Camper, and 3 kittens live in North Carolina.
2533 Innisfail Lane
Clemmons, NC 27012
Michele lives in Wheeling WV with her husband Tom. They have 4 grown children along with many four legged grandchildren. Michele has been teaching crafts for over 45 years. She is one of the co- founders of 'Stitchers With Love'. They volunteer their time and money in making quilts for charity. They have sent quilts all over the United States to people in need. Michele also in her spare time teaches knitting and crocheting one night a week. She is a retired sign language interpreter. She has been a Cedar Lake camper for over 10 years.
135 Columbia Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003
Laura enjoys paper-piecing, optical illusion and in general, any quilt that looks more difficult than it really is to make! Along with quiltmaking, she and her husband, Steve, enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren.
1627 Twp. Rd. 65
Jeromesville, OH 44840
As a part of a multi-generation family of crafters, and as a 16-year proprietor of an alterations/costume design business, Pam is a native of Buffalo, New York and has sewn since the age of nine. Pam caught the “quilting bug” when she participated in a quilting retreat over 13 years ago. Pam draws inspiration from her photos and drawing. In her years of collecting quilting information and practicing different techniques, she looks for mediums that allow for a “room for error” that she craves. Raw-edged appliqué fits that realm, as does working with acrylic paints and free-motion quilting. Her teaching philosophy is that there is no such thing as “errors”; there are only creative opportunities.
104 Sweetwood Drive
Amherst, NY 14228