Teacher and Judge Bios
Diane Rode Schneck --
NYC -- Featured NY Quilter
Diane has been quilting since 1974, and has been a teacher and designer since 1980. She describes herself as "an unrepentant fabriholic since the third grade." Diane's quilts have been exhibited internationally and seen in many magazines and books. She has taught locally in NYC, at New England Images and the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
Diane's current quilts use images of American Diner icons - coffee cups, classic diner food and neon signs. You can "get a taste" for her work at her web site:
Linda Denner --
Warrensburg, NY -- Lecturer
A recent transplant from downstate NY, Linda is an author, teacher and designer of quilts and fiber art. Teaching since 1975, she combines originality with the practical skills gained by working with sewing machines for over forty years. She served as an editor for Quilt Magazine and her column, "Sew Easy" has appeared in Quick and Easy Quilting since 1989. Her first book, The Grand Finale, (AQS, 1989) was followed by Baby Quilts (Crown, 1991), Creative Quilting for Home Decor (Crown,1993) and Fifty Ways to Master Your Sewing Machine (Crown, 1997).
In addition to teaching nationally, Linda worked as an Educational Consultant for Pfaff Sewing Machines. Her quilts have been featured in Complete Book of Machine Quilting by Fanning and Faces and Places by Anderson. Her articles and quilts have been featured in many quilting magazines.
Sheryl Craig --
Niskayuna, NY -- Lecturer
Born in Honolulu, Sheryl learned to sew from her mother while still in grade school. Her tutu (Hawaiian for "grandmother") in Honolulu taught her Hawaiian quilting while Sheryl was in her early twenties and living in North Carolina sometimes by mailing her instructions, patterns and quilting hints. She also passed along more patterns, tips, folklore and philosophy of Hawaiian quilting as well as the many quilts, quilt tops and pillow tops during visits.
Sheryl has done patchwork quilting, but loves the vivid colors, abstract designs and folklore of Hawaiian quilting. She is the only one of her generation in the family who has kept up her tutu's craft and she feels a responsibility to teach others of this dying art. She has designed many Hawaiian quilting pillow patterns of native Hawaiian plants and is currently designing patterns using plants of the Northeast.