|Jodi Robinson (OLAQ Member)
|Doug Creasy (OLAQ Member)
|Bona Robinson (OLAQ Member)
|Carol Rickard (OLAQ Vice President)
|Pat Waldron (OLAQ Member)
|Dottie Bettiker (OLAQ Member)
|Janice Kiser (OLAQ Member)
|Kathy McCarty (OLAQ Member)
|Doug Creasy co-owns and operates with wife Martha, A Touch of Thread Quilting
Gallery, a full service Gammill Longarm dealership in Zanesville, Ohio.
Doug’s six years in the U.S. Navy in the position of Electrician’s Mate, 1st Class,
and the following 23 years ending as Shop Foreman at Electric Motor and Service,
responsible for electrical and mechanical repairs for large industrial plants is
serving him well in his new occupation.
It comes naturally to Doug to assemble, maintain and repair the longarm machines,
since he can’t remember a time when he didn’t have some kind of assembly or
repair tool in his hand. Coupled with his hobby of computers, it was a natural for
Doug to love the Gammill, and then the Statler Stitcher.
In the beginning, his position was to be that of a helper on weekends. After using
all his vacation days and whatever other days he could get, he still could not keep
up with the demands of this growing business, so he resigned his full time job to
take on a bigger full time job.
In addition to being responsible for set-up, assembly, all repair and maintenance,
Doug still finds time to offer maintenance classes once each month on the longarm
machine, as well as some introductory classes to computerized quilting with the
Visit his website at www.atouchofthread.net
Kathy McCarty, an award winning professional longarm quilter from Ashtabula,
Ohio, began quilting in 1986. Kathy's personalization of quilting to the quilt design
soon put her in great demand by numerous quilters, including those competing in
regional and national competitions. In 2002 Kathy opened her business, "A
Thread Runs Through It. LLC." and began quilting professionally.
Rarely following a pattern, Kathy prefers instead to use her artistic talent in doing
custom work, personalizing each individual quilt.
In addition to longarm quilting, Kathy also provides lectures to guilds and other
groups, and finds time to teach quilting classes. Her lectures provide incredible
insight about the relationship between the quiltmaker and the quilter. Quiltmakers
and quilters benefit from the insights gained to make every future quilt a work of
Visit her website at www.athreadrunsthroughit.com
Janice Kiser owned and managed a production weaving studio, The Ewe Tree, until she
began hand quilting in 1997. By 2002, she closed her weaving business and began
using her creative talents in the longarm quilting arena. As both her personal and
customer quilts began to win awards in multiple shows, her business grew to that of a full
time longarm quilter. Her quilting style encompasses all facets available to longarm work.
Janice can quickly assess a quilt to determine what type of quilting will best compliment
the quilt structure.
Finding easy ways to do complicated tasks helps Janice provide customer satisfaction by
minimizing time requirements, whether she is working with a pantograph or more complex
custom quilting. She teaches these time saving techniques in her classes.
In addition to her quilting business, Janice finds time to teach and inspire others in both
piecing and quilting. She has done programs for students from many different cultures.
Visit her website at www.EweTree.com.
Jessica Jones is a full time professional longarm quilter and instructor who has been
running a successful quilting business for the past five years from her studio in Detroit,
Michigan. She has been trained in many creative areas such as art, photography and
As the daughter of DeLoa Jones, she has acquired many skills and keen insights into
customizing quilts to bring out their hidden beauty to make them long lasting treasures for
years to come. Jessica has been training and teaching nationally for the past four years
and has delighted many students. Her classes bring a fresh perspective with a modern
DeLoa Jones is the freshest face in the long arm world in quite some time. Her skills and
expertise in the quilting world have been a great fit with her new found love of machine
quilting. DeLoa, along with the help of her husband Dave, are factory authorized
representatives for APQS, American Professional Quilting Systems. DeLoa travels one week
a month with APQS, conducting workshops and sales seminars which are held all over the
Visit her website at www.deloasquiltshop.com
Dave is a factory authorized representative for APQS, American Professional Quilting
Systems. Along with wife DeLoa, they travel one week a month with APQS, conducting
workshops and sales seminars which are held all over the United States.
2007 marks Jodi Robinson's tenth year as a longarm quilter. She is currently on the
national longarm teaching circuit, teaching hands-on classes at MQS, as well as other
shows and shops.
Jodi's quilts are consistent winners at both national and local shows, always
showcasing new and innovative quilting designs. Her cutting edge quilting
encompasses the latest in use of multiple colors of thread, and elaborate stitching.
Together with Diana Phillips, Jodi co-authored Quilting Variations, a five book series
on various long-arm techniques.
She has self-published six long-arm quilting books. The latest, Less Stress Feathers,
was just released in 2006. This innovative approach has revolutionized the quilting of
feathers, easily and beautifully. Jodi's books and hands-on classes focus on using
quick and easy methods to create unique freehand designs, that personalize each
and every quilt.
In addition to her teaching and writing schedule, Jodi is a professional longarm quilter,
who enjoys a wide customer base in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.
Jamie Wallen entered the Quilting Community with a background in Fine Arts. After a
longarm purchase in the late nineties, he began to develop his own style of quilting.
During this time he developed a large and loyal community of piecers throughout the USA
that "wanted him to put his unique style of work on their quilts". Eventually, he began
mentoring new quilters in his area. It was during this period that he met and became
friends with Nichole Webb, with whom he collaborated and released the book No
Boundaries which includes Jamie's TM design "Flurry of Angels".
In 2004, Jamie began teaching workshops and classes throughout the US. In 2005, Jamie
began "Heading back to his Roots of Fine Art "WITH" the longarm". He has developed a
new series of quilting techniques he calls "Thread Fusion" and continues to teach
nationally. 2005 also brought Jamie into a new studio where he works and teaches
workshops in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Jamie is presently also collaborating with Fine Artist Patrick Whalen on original hand dyed
artist's cloth for longarm quilters use in artists' whole cloths. As Jamie says "I've found my
home in the quilting community, and I'm going to explore every room".
Visit his website at www.jamiewallen.citymax.com/home.html
Bona has worked as a CPA for many years, both in a tax department and in computer
installation/training for various CPA firms’ clients using a variety of integrated accounting
She has taught university-level computer, accounting, and tax classes since receiving her
Masters degree. In addition, she and her husband have owned several businesses over
the years giving her ‘live’ experience in small business daily operations.
Bona has been using Quickbooks in her longarm business for ten years and has
completely customized the setup for specific needs of the longarm business owner.
In 1977, Diana moved to California from Michigan where she was bitten by the quilting
bug and has been hooked for 30 years. Always fascinated with color and design, she
has pieced and quilted hundreds of her own quilts as well as quilting many, many more
She began quilting by hand, moved to a DSM and since 1994, has been a longarmer.
She is an award winning quilter for her own and client quilts. In addition, she created
and self-published the very first and largest book series dedicated to freehand quilting
with over 20 books available as well as co-authoring the Quilting Variations book
series with Jodi Robinson. She began teaching Freehand Quilting a few years ago
and recently went to Australia to teach at AMQC 2005. She currently lives in Michigan
with her son and Max the Airedale. Many examples of her quilting as well as class
samples can be seen at cozy-creations.com and
|Shirley Stutz (OLAQ Member)
A quilt maker for the past 23 years, Shirley Stutz, from southeastern Ohio, has evolved from
a hand quilter to an award winning longarm quilter. This full time quilting teacher, designer,
lecturer and author excites and motivates students with her enthusiasm, easy innovative
techniques and down to earth approach to every quilt making activity. Every class and
lecture includes an interesting trunk show of some of her hundreds of quilts.
Shirley’s personal quilts have won ribbons at many national shows, including AQS, NQA and
MQS. Her recent book, Easy and Elegant Lone Star Quilts, published by C & T Publishing,
provides a novel approach to making elegant quilts from as few as 16 pieces, in just a few
hours. She is currently writing her next book, and working on a series of articles for a
national quilting magazine.
Adding international exposure to her appearances throughout the United States, Shirley has
taught and lectured in both Germany and Canada.
Pat Waldron has traveled the complete gamut, from piecing and quilting by hand, to
proficient longarm quilting, culminating in a career which finds her much in demand for her
expertise in quilting technicalities.
A sewer all her life, Pat developed an interest in quiltmaking in the early 1990’s, after
taking a class that introduced her to both hand piecing and hand quilting. It wasn't long
before she learned that machine quilting was the quickest way to get those UFOs out of
After several years of quilting on her home sewing machine, Pat purchased her APQS
longarm, and a whole new world opened up. Transferring her DSM quilting design skills,
coupled with continuing education with nationally recognized professionals, help from
friends, and LOTS of practice, Pat soon became proficient and much in demand for her
traditional quilting style. Soon, Pat opened her business, Purrfect Quilts. While the major
focus of the business is longarm quilting, she is also recognized for extensive work in
commissioned custom made quilts.
Many of Pat’s personal quilts, as well as those of her customers, have won Best of Show
and other awards at quilt shows throughout Ohio, including Ohio State Fair, Lake Farm
Park, Amish Country Quilt Show and Loudonville Street Fair.
Pat generously shares her love of quilting, by teaching various classes at a local quilt
shop, as well as private and group classes in her home. Because of her husband’s
career in the Air Force, Pat has enjoyed teaching students from all over the world.
With 20 years of quilt making experience, Dottie Bettiker began longarm quilting in 2003,
and immediately opened a long-arm business, "Just Quilt It."
Dottie has studied extensively with world renowned long-arm quilters, and she quickly
reached the expert level of longarm quilting. Her award winning quilts have been accepted
into local and national shows. Her personal attention to detail on every customer quilt has
become her trademark with clients.
Dottie quilts on a part time basis for her clients, while maintaining full time employment as
a registered nurse. Her expert skills in time management and priority setting help Dottie
“get both these jobs done”.
An active member in The Crazy Quilters Guild, Howland Community Church Heritage
Quilters, and OLAQ, Dottie heads many committees, and is always looking for ways to
provide education to both new and experienced quilters.
Carol Rickard was selected specifically as moderator for the first ever Quilting with
Machines Q & A panel, because of her insatiable interrogatory skills. She brings to the
panel an incredible experience record of over 27 years as a quilter, with the last five
devoted to long arm quilting.
Her winning ways have garnered personal ribbons at numerous shows including Lake
Farm Park, the Ohio State Fair, and other local fairs. Folk art, primitive and traditional
styles predominate her work, as she says she was reared by women who "quilted for
Though Carol operates a home based business, she counts in her clientele numerous
quilters from throughout the United States, due to exposure of her quilting on the quilts
of nationally known designer Sue Spargo.
Carol is currently serving as the Vice President of OLAQ, and has been a regular
contributor since the inception of the Ohio LongArm Quilters.
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