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Angelina McKenna

Sacramento

Angelina McKenna is known as a "rebel quilter." As a child, she learned to sew on her grandmother's Kenmore machine, and she made her first quilt at age 19. Angelina is a member of the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild and was featured as Week #17 at 52quilters.com. She has also had a quilt shown in the November issue of Make Modern magazine. You can often find her doodling... Read More

Celeste White

Santa Rosa

Celeste White learned the basics of sewing on a straight-stitch sewing machine as a pre-teen. She was taught by her grandmother, a skilled seamstress. With her grandmother’s expert patience and knowledge, Celeste was able to win a blue ribbon on her first dress and purse at the local fair. She developed a keen interest in sewing machines and how they operate and continued to sew as... Read More

Machine Instruction
Bernina | UnboxedBeyond the Box, and Hoopla!
Janome | UnboxedBeyond the Box, and Hoopla!


Charlene O'Rourke

Santa Rosa

Charlene has been doing needlework for over 50 years, but she wasn’t born with her talent. She learned design and color the hard way. Fortunately, these are skills like any other and she has the blue ribbons to prove that she has mastered them. In 1994, she was awarded the first Master Craftsman certificate for Color ever issued by the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. She has been teaching color... Read More

Dana Lahargoue

Folsom

Dana Lahargoue has been sitting behind a sewing machine, making her own clothes, prom dresses and wedding dress, since she was 8 years old. In 2001, she found quilting, her life went through a major change. Hand appliqué, precise piecing and free-motion quilting have become her passion. She began teaching in 2004, and has loved every minute. Dana works for a large general contractor by day and is... Read More


Dara Dubois

Folsom, Roseville, & Sacramento

After years of being a loyal Meissner’s customer enjoying classes, Dara Dubois was persuaded to join the Meissner’s team, where she can now share her passion for sewing, embroidery and crafting. Dara has more than 22 years in education, teaching at American River College and recently retiring from the Department of Education. She enjoys making “gifts” for her large family and friends... Read More

Machine Instruction
My New Machine Basics 1 and Beyond 2

Elaine Buchanan

Folsom & Roseville

Elaine Buchanan began sewing at age 12. Her mother was an accomplished seamstress who inspired Elaine to follow her example. She started with McCall's "Winnie the Pooh" stuffed animals pattern, revisiting it for many years, even while branching out into garments, quilts and other crafts. She earned a degree in Art Education from the University of Washington in Seattle. As a mother, she continued sewing... Read More


Ellen Schmidt

Folsom, Roseville, & Sacramento

Ellen’s formal training in architecture and historic preservation heavily influences this self-professed, technique junkie’s approach to quilting. She continuously experiments with new methods and materials for streamlining, but maintaining a high-level of craftsmanship, the quilt-construction process. As a quilt-maker and designer, Ellen’s sheer love of fabric and the quilting community itself that inspires her... Read More

Inger Blood

Folsom

Inger Blood was born in Jutland, Denmark, where she grew up on her family’s farm. She worked with her father, tending to the animals and crops and occasionally digging earthworms for extra money. She helped her mother support the family by sewing doll clothes for a nearby toy factory. Demonstrating creativity at a young age, she mastered knitting and embroidery and taught herself tatting and crocheting... Read More


Jeanne Powell

Sacramento

After retiring as a first grade teacher in 2004, Jeanne Powell has worked as a salesperson in two quilt stores. In order to improve her own skills, she has taken classes from many locally and nationally-recognized educators, including Jinny Beyer, Alex Anderson, Carol Doak and Nancy McDonald. In 2008, Jeanne was awarded the Second Place Ribbon at the River City Quilt Show for her flying geese jacket... Read More

Jenny Lyon

Folsom, Roseville, & Sacramento

Jenny Lyon has been free motion quilting on her domestic machine since 1999. Her work has been juried at Houston International Quilt Festival, American Quilter’s Society in Paducah, Pacific International Quilt Festival, and in art galleries. She teaches both locally and nationally and at the Houston International Quilt Festival. More importantly, she loves to help others find the joy in free-motion... Read More


Jody Burks

Sacramento

Jody Burks has been sewing and creating since her early years. She still possess the first two pieces of clothing that she made for her much-beloved Barbie doll in 1959. Her mom taught her how to sew, and she continued to sew through junior high and high school in Home Economics classes. She says that making or creating was always her happy time. Through the years, she has cross stitched, knitted, quilted and painted, and in... Read More

Machine Instruction
Bernina | Unboxed, Beyond the Box, and Hoopla!
Janome | Unboxed, Beyond the Box, and Hoopla!

Judy Baldwin

Santa Rosa

Judy Baldwin began painting in 1982. She has always loved crafts, but when she started painting it became her passion. She was teaching decorative painting to students who always shared their quilting stories when she became interested in the quilting process. One of her students brought her a starter kit, offering to show her paper piecing. She sent a quilt to be quilted and realized she couldn’t afford to make many quilts if... Read More


Judy Scollay

Folsom

For many years Judy Scollay taught to Kindergarten through grade 12. She has sewn her entire life, but took interest in quilting around 1975. Judy has taken many classes herself, joined the River City Quilters Guild and was president of the guild in their 10th year. She enjoys paper piecing and has completed more than 120 quilt tops. She was introduced to Heirloom sewing when she began teaching at Meissner’s... Read More

Machine Instruction
My New Machine Basics  1 and Beyond 2

Julie Neff

Santa Rosa

Having sewn garments, costumes and crafts, Julie Neff has many years of experience working on sewing machines and sergers. Since retiring from an engineering job in Silicon Valley, Julie has fallen in love with machine embroidery and is trying her hand at quilting. She enjoys learning about new machines and practicing with their many amazing features. As an instructor, she hopes to share something new and encourages her students to... Read More

Machine Instruction
Baby Lock/Brother | Unboxed, Beyond the Box, and Hoopla!


Marilyn Stanley

Roseville & Sacramento

Marilyn Stanley is a certified Family and Consumer Scientist with a Masters in Education. She teaches in the Fashion Program at Sacramento City College and numerous Adult Education classes in the Sacramento area. Her background in clothing, textiles and fashion contribute to her precise approach toward personal garment fitting and construction. As a Certified Palmer/Pletsch Instructor in Fit, Pant Fit, and Tailoring... Read More

Nadina Giorgi

Sacramento

After a 35-year hiatus, Nadina decide to revisit the craft of sewing. All she really wanted to do at that time was make a draw string bag like the one she had inadvertently given away to her grandson (and didn’t have the heart to ask for back). She was thrilled to discover new items that made sewing easier and less frustrating. Along the way she found out about this thing called... Read More


Phyllis Clark

Folsom, Roseville, & Sacramento

Phyllis Clark began sewing as a young girl with her mother’s Singer sewing machine. She continued sewing in high school and college. Sewing became not only a necessity but an extremely enjoyable venture after college when she would sew for herself, for work and for her daughter. Later, as assistant manager for a major fabric store, she sewed sample displays, and during this time she also taught clothing construction at... Read More

Machine Instruction
Viking | UnboxedBeyond the Box, and Hoopla!

Ruth Anne Schroeder

Folsom

Ruth Anne is a fifth-generation Sacramento local who currently resides in Folsom. Ruth Anne can’t remember a time when she wasn’t sewing. She began sewing as a little girl, starting with toy chain stitching machines. She grew into her mother’s machines and more difficult projects, like Barbie clothes. In Junior High and High School she sewed many of her own clothes. She occasionally still sews for herself but mostly enjoys... Read More


Shireen Hattan

Folsom

Shireen Hattan is an award-winning long-arm quilter. She has been sewing since her Junior High Home Economics class in the 1960's. With five wedding dresses, including her daughter's, behind her, she found quilting in the early 1980's, when she started her adventures with all things needle related. She began her own long-arm quilting business in September of 2001. She found inspiration living in Sisters, Oregon. In addition... Read More

Tonja McCarthy

Sacramento

Tonja has been employed with Meissner’s for a total of 16 years and has held various positions with the company. When Meissner decided to start carrying long-arm machines she was recruited to head up that division for the company. Tonja has been sewing since she was 5 years old, has a degree in Fashion Design, and has won many awards with her wearable art garments. Although, quilting is not on the top of her usual... Read More