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Alex Anderson & Friends
3-Day Quilting, Sewing and Embroidery Retreat

Alex Anderson, Patircia Bravo and Claudia Dinnell coming to south Florida for a 3-day all inclusive retreat.

Hosted by: Once Upon A Quilt...where dreams come true

When: December 6th, 7th and 8th 2014

For more information and registration please
click here.


Free Motion Quilting and Applique with Attitude - with Amanda Murphy - September 18th, 19th and 20th 2014

Always attracted to color, texture, and pattern, Amanda Murphy has been designing, drawing, and sewing since she was a child.  After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, she worked as a graphic designer and art director in Alexandria, Virginia, and New York City.  After moving to North Carolina with her family Amanda discovered quilting, an art that marries her passion for design with her enthusiasm for handwork.  As she gradually expanded her knowledge of sewing and quilting techniques and combined them with the ideas she had been sketching over the years, Amanda Murphy Design was born.

 Amanda markets her own full-color pattern line under the Amanda Murphy Design label and has designed several fabric collections for Blend Fabrics, a subsidiary of Anna Griffin, Inc.  Her first book with C&T Publishing, Modern Holiday, features 18 sewing projects from quilt to stocking and pillows.  Her second book, Color Essentials, centers on both color theory and quilting with solid fabrics.  Amanda also is a Bernina Artisan.

Seeing Amanda's work first hand, I can honestly say her machine quilting is a work of art.

Hoop Sisters  Event with Hoop Sisters educator Marilyn Gatz- October 10t h and 11th


 Marilyn began her career in the sewing industry as an employee in the local Stretch & Sew store in 1975. Within three months she was asked to enroll in the intensive Stretch & Sew teacher training program. Shortly after, she began sharing her knowledge and experience with other home sewers via the classroom. While working there, Marilyn attended the College of DuPage concentrating on fashion design, fashion illustration, and flat pattern. In 1984 she moved on to managing a dealership in Western Springs, IL where she continued to teach classes and where she was asked to embark on a career as a national educator for Chilton Book Company’s sewing and craft division. For three years she traveled over the United States doing what she loved best – sharing her knowledge and love of sewing.  

When Sulky was beginning to further their national education program, Marilyn became intrigued with the beautiful threads and the possibilities offered to again expand and share her knowledge of sewing machine arts. She was an educator with Sulky for twelve years. 

During the course of her career, Marilyn has taught classes on tailoring, machine arts, machine guide, fabric painting, embellishments, and fashion sewing. She has also designed custom clothing and bridal wear, been a contributor to Creative Machine and several Chilton sewing books, and a guest designer in Mary Mulari’s “More Sweatshirts With Style”. 


HoopSisters.com is honored to have Marilyn as an Educator. Her vast knowledge and experience in the sewing industry is second to none. Her classes are always fun and inspiring. We know you will love our Hoop Granny as much as we do. 


Angie Stevenson - Lunch Box Quilts November 7th and 8th

Angie Steveson, the founder of Lunch Box Quilts, creates appliqué quilt patterns designed specifically for embroidery sewing machines. She has received awards for her unique quilt designs both locally and nationally. Articles and projects featuring her designs have appeared in magazines such as Creative Machine Embroidery and Quilting and Embroidery.

Angie travels nationally teaching Lunch Box Quilts workshops. Between events she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and two grown sons.







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