Fall QCCL 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. Or click on the menu of names at the left to be directed to their information-
Peg Bingham first became fascinated with quilting in the 1970s while studying clothing and textiles in college. Peg has been avidly quilting since then, honing her skills in machine quilting, piecing, and applique. She has developed of a pattern line featuring pieced Celtic Knot designs, called Peg’s Patches and teaches quilting workshops for private guilds, quilt shops, and quilting retreats to spread the joys of this wonderful craft. In August, 2010, Peg received a Masters of Arts degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Interiors from the University of Akron. Her thesis was entitled “Professional Machine Quilting and its Impact on the Contemporary Quilt Movement.” Peg is director emeritus of The Quilt Camps at Cedar Lakes featuring two annual quilting events. These events provide opportunities for education, growth, relaxation, and camaraderie for quiltmakers from all over the country. In recent years, Peg’s quiltmaking expertise and knowledge has been employed in judging quilt shows and competitions, using both the elimination and number-grading systems. As with all phases in Peg’s quilting career, she is pursuing it with the commitment to excellence and integrity that highlights all her endeavors.
1610 Orchard Dr.
Akron, OH 44333
Cindy Casciato is a public speaker, teacher, quilt designer, author, tool inventor and most importantly, a quilter with over 35 years of experience teaching quilting and related topics to numerous guilds and organizations. She is author of three quilting publications, “Block Explosion”, “One Stitch Quilting” and “Stash with Splash”.
Cindy along with hubby Drew are the founders of Quilt Escape, a quilters retreat held every November in Ohio since 1992. Cindy is always ready to share her knowledge of quilting with her fellow quilters.
Inventor of the Modern Triangle Method, she has 4 easy to use tools that simplify rotary cutting and allow the quilter to mark exact sewing lines for fail-proof results.
2462 Buckeye Blvd.
Ravenna, OH 44266
Tresha Cottrill is a lifelong resident of Rosedale, WV. The daughter of a Baptist Preacher and raised on a farm, she is a country girl at heart. Tresha began sewing around the age of ten. The first thing she remembers sewing were nine patch blocks. She sewed mostly clothing and household items until she took her first quilting class in 1992. After learning how to use the rotary cutter, she was immediately hooked.
Tresha enjoys anything creative - she has dabbled in drawing, painting, basket weaving, sculpting, pottery, crocheting, cross stitch, embroidery, and ribbon embroidery. But quilting is her passion. She enjoys every aspect of quilting. She loves learning new techniques, and teaching others what she has learned.
Tresha has been teaching quilting in her local communities since 2002. She has taught at the Lewis County Quilt Retreat in Weston, WV every year since 2007. She has been a juried artisan of Tamarack in Beckley, WV since 2003. Tresha is a member of three quilt guilds. She has been a charter member of the Thimbles and Threads Quilt Guild in Glenville, WV since 1997. She founded the Crazy Quilters Guild in Gassaway, WV with the help of a friend in 2004. She has also been a member of the West Virginia Quilters guild for the past few years.
Tresha believes you never stop learning, she continues to take classes whenever the opportunity arises. She has been married to her husband, Stanley, for over 35 years. They have 3 grown children and 6 wonderful grandchildren.
72 Rose Bend Road
Rosedale, WV 26636
As the daughter of a talented seamstress, Mary has been sewing for as long as she can remember. It was not until 1981, however, that she took an adult education class and made her first quilt. Her fascination with the history, precision, diversity and beauty of quilts soon became a passion which continues to grow today. In 1984 she gave up a forty year nursing career to turn this passion into her life’s work. Mary opened My Favorite Quilt Shop in Gainesville, Florida which provided a meeting place for quilters of all levels to gather not just supplies, but also for inspiration, instruction, and encouragement. In 2009 Mary completed the study and practice required by the National Quilting Society to receive their certification as a professional quilt judge.
Mary now lives and works in a cottage on a mountain lake in New Hampshire. Her miniature quilts have won awards at several shows, her lecture (We are not the Quilt Police) has been in demand and well received, and her classes in basic to advanced quilting techniques continue to fill and allow her to continue sharing with others the joys of being a quilter. Mary believes that being a teacher has made her a better judge, and that being a judge has made her a better teacher.
Mary E. Derry, NACQJ
124 Oakdale Rd.
Bradford, NH 03221
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. 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
Tone was born in Norway and moved to the US in 1987 and has lived most of that time in Maryville, TN. She has found that this is a wonderful place to also find inspiration for quilts, both traditional and contemporary.
Tone loves to experiment with new techniques in surface design, and has decided the sky is the limit, as there are so many new directions in quilting today.
The same year she moved to Tennessee, she started quilting and has continued ever since. She is inspired by the people and places she visits on her travels home and to other countries. Architectural studies have had a great influence on her quilts, which are often pictorial in nature. Color and botanical elements has become a large part of her quilts in recent years, and has endless possibilities.
Her quilts have been exhibited in countries including Norway, Denmark, England, France and Japan as well as in national shows like AQS in Paducah and Knoxville, and International Quilt Festival in Houston.
In 2009 she finished a 3-year study on experimental patchwork and quilting through City & Guilds in England, and she continues to pursue more challenging adventures.
319 Jackson Hills Dr.
Maryville, TN 37804
Noella’s first attempt at quilting was about 30 years ago. After a 10 minute demo at a Hancock Fabric store, she felt the need to make a queen size quilt (don’t ask her why). She did finish it and still has it. As the family needs increased, she put quilting to the side but did continue to sew for the family.
Noella purchased a new machine in 1998 and took a class offered on a small quilted project which regenerated her quilting desire.
She joined a quilting guild, found a whole new world of quilting out there and discovered that quilters are wonderful people (aren’t we blessed).
After searching for good quilt fabrics in vain in the greater Cleveland area, Noella realized that the neighborhood needed a fabric shop. With the support and help of her husband, John, she opened the Quilter’s Source Quilt shop in Parma, Ohio in 2007. She teaches at the shop, for guilds, and at North East Ohio Regional Quilt Council.
Noella has taught and vended at The Quilt Camp for many years and she truly enjoys the experience – a assertion with which John agrees. While claiming to not be an expert, she is willing to share whatever knowledge she has, knowing that she will also learn from any one she meets - be it a teacher or student.
6683 State Rd.
Parma, OH 44134
Kaye began sewing at age eight and has never considered anything more fulfilling. Sewing and all things fabric-y and crafty have been a huge part of her life-long quest to create beautiful things with her hands. She’s a maker, a dreamer and a do-er when it come to quilts ….from miniature to modern and some in between, which has lead her to teaching her passion for more than 20 years. With positive and patient instruction she helps students believe in themselves and develop new skills. Kaye has won awards for her miniature work in Houston, Paducah, NQA (Columbus,OH), Indiana Heritage
Quilt Festival and Galway, Ireland.
541 Franklin Ave.
Amherst, OH 44001
Kelly has been interested in quilts since she slept under them as a child at her great aunt's house in Pennsylvania, but did not begin making them until her retirement from the United States Navy Nurse Corps in 1992. She promised herself she would learn to quilt and bake bread when she retired so she signed up for a beginning quilting class at the local fabric store. She realized she LOVED cutting up perfectly good pieces of fabric into tiny pieces for applique, so she took the sage advice of her new quilting buddies, bought a bread making machine and has lots of time for quilting!
Her quilts have received numerous awards and her work has appeared in books by Elly Sienkiewicz, Mimi Dietrich and Jeanne Sullivan. She has been a guest artist at The Applique Academy in Williamsburg, Virginia and the featured lecturer at Baltimore on the Prairie, an applique seminar in Lincoln, Nebraska. As an active member of the American Quilt Study Group she is involved in researching historic quilts.
Hand piecing, applique and quilting are her favorite methods of creating heirlooms for friends and family. Passing these traditional techniques along to others though out her 15 years of teaching is her passion.
Kelly and Jim live in Bowie, Maryland with their Westie terriers Duke and Bentley.
5104 Church Rd.
Bowie, MD 20720
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 Dave 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, himself an avid Quilt Camper, and 3 kitties live in North Carolina.
2533 Innisfail Lane
Clemmons, NC 27012
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
Sue Papouschek has been sewing for 43 years but got the “quilting bug” about 19 years ago when she attended a paper piecing class.
Her “creative outlet” became a full time business about 9 years ago when she started “Willow Creek Quilting” in Smithville, WV. She does free motion custom/heirloom and edge-to-edge quilting. She enjoys creating her own custom quilting designs that enhance the beauty of the pieced tops from her customers.
She has been teaching various classes at Jackson’s Mill Retreat for 7 years, her two quilt guilds “Pins and Needles” and “Thimbles and Threads” and many area shops. Sue is happy to share her excitement for quilting and loves to see quilters grasp concepts and take home beautiful quilts. Sue enjoys teaching and meeting other quilters. She is currently WVQI VP in charge of organizing state guild meetings held three times a year in WV.
Sue and Kent, her husband of 30 years, reside in Smithville, WV and have three grown children and four wonderful grandchildren.
23286 Staunton Tpke
Smithville, WV 26178
Kris made her first quilt about 30 years ago and fell in love with rotary cutting tools and techniques when they were in their infancy. She has been teaching classes in her home studio for the past 25 years. In 1993 Kris traveled to California to earn her “Quilt in a Day Teachers Certification” from Eleanor Burns. In 1994, Kris began attending quilt seminars at Cedar Lakes as a student and 5 years later began teaching at Quilt Camp.
Kris enjoys teaching and exploring ever changing methodologies for a large variety of quilting techniques from machine piecing, machine and hand applique, hand quilting and crazy quilt embellishing. She has recently published some of the quilt patterns she has developed over the years. Modern art quilting is rapidly becoming her new passion.
Kris enjoys hosting charity quilt seminars to create quilts for her local children’s hospital. Her other great joy is creating 6 foot by 10 foot banners to flank the rugged wooden cross at the front of her church.
Kris and her husband Bob retired to Cape Cod in 2014 and would like to extend an invitation to anyone who’s visiting or vacationing at “the Cape” to stop by and enjoy some time at her lakefront quilt workshop. In the near future, she plans to offer small-group quilt retreats at her new “Sandy Pond Studio”
295 Buck Island Road
West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Cheryl Travis grew up in a small town in central Pennsylvania, and has been living in Bel Air for over 24 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Biology from Mansfield State College and is a proud Army Veteran. While in the Army, Cheryl worked at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
Her first experience with quilting was in the early 80’s when she took a class to learn how to make the cathedral window block and also learned how to fabric stencil. Cheryl finally took a proper beginning quilting class where she learned how to do everything from drafting blocks to quilting the blocks and she was definitely hooked on quilting from then on.
Cheryl has been a crafter all her life, but quilting is her passion. She has over 22 years of experience teaching quilting and other crafts. Cheryl taught beginning and intermediate quilting classes for over 14 years at the Bel Air and Aberdeen Senior Centers. She absolutely loves teaching all levels of quilters and enjoys teaching all types of quilting techniques.
Join Cheryl in one of her fun classes!
20 Colonial Rd
Bel Air, MD 21014
Mary Lou Wright
At the young age of 8, Mary Lou’s grandmother made her a doll quilt, and that began her love of quilts. Grandmother always had a quilt on the frame, and lifting up the sheet to see the colorful patches was fun – probably since she wasn’t allowed to touch!
Mary Lou graduated from OSU with a degree in Home Economics Education. She has taken classes with many famous quilters all over the country and has taught quilting in many quilt shops, adult education programs, and quilt guilds over the years. Mary Lou has been a part of the Quilt Camp Faculty for more than 25 years as well! Quilting keeps the creative ideas flowing and is fun for exchanging ideas and challenges. Mary Lou enjoys teaching her daughters and grandchildren the most. It is challenging to keep their interest, so fast, fun and easy is the key!
Mary Lou Wright
13415 Harper Rd.
Strongsville, OH 44149