About our Teachers
We have a wide range of regular and visiting tutors at Berry Quilt & Co. Click on the names to view more information about each teacher. Click on the name again to close the accordion and view another teacher.
Sheena has been teaching patchwork and quilting for over 20 years and has an irresistably exuberant style. Her quilts inspiration from vintage quilts and textiles, especially those from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Sheena loves time-saving techniques such as string piecing and specialises in combining treaditional blocks with improvisational cutting and piecing techniques. As well as her easy and fast approach to quilt construction, Sheena has a great eye for combining vintage finds with contemporary fabrics, she has a soft spot for vintage tablecloths and tea towels and these often become features in her work.
A class with Sheena Chapman is a free and fun riot of colour where speed of construction and joy of playing with colour combinations reigns. You will learn how to use fabrics in your own stash and methods of cutting, strip piecing and curved piecing that you may not have encountered before. You will also learn plenty about design and colour as you go. Sheena is a prolific quilter and always has new and exciting things to share. Participants in a class with Sheena are often bitten by the ‘fast and fun’ bug and are turning out their own unique quilts in no time.
Classes with Jennifer Corkish are always great fun! An extremely generous and open teacher, Jennifer is a textile artist with many years of experience in the embroidery, quilting and textile art fields as a teacher, practitioner and designer. Her work has appeared in many quilting magazines and she is a popular teacher at sewing retreats and events.
Jennifer has worked as technical editor or project designer for a number ofdifferent sewing magazines and been very involved in the Bundanoon Community Quilt Project and a presenter at the Quilt NSW’s Quilt Study Group.
A very prolific and exuberant creator, Jennifer enjoys trying her hand at different techniques from traditional to art quilts and contemporary textile art, making her a very versatile teacher. Jennifer specialises in antique reproduction quilts and has a large number of quilts of her own design both pieced or appliquéd that she can teach you.
Jennifer says …. “since the age of five I have been sewing, knitting, embroidering and painting, in fact any craft! Over the years I have added to my skills through study, workshops, reading, experimenting with various techniques and media. My love of textiles has never faded.”
Many of Helen’s original quilt designs are based on traditional pieced blocks. With most of her quilts she will try to use as many fabrics as she can. As a colourist Helen loves to use colour to create unexpected combinations which add excitement. Whenever the design calls for it she will add extra borders to enhance the quilt.
Helen’s guilty pleasure is to piece and quilt by hand whenever she has the time. Helen’s quilts are usually hand quilted with coloured threads using a bigger stitch.
Helen writes about her quilting classes:
For me, teaching patchwork and quilting is about sharing my knowledge and experience to help others find their own creativity. Guiding the students to make their own quilts gives me great pleasure and satisfaction. What’s not to love about sharing a passion, making new friends and being surrounded by fabric?
Originally from the UK, Jo is a very experienced embroiderer and needlewoman having completed a three year apprenticeship in embroiderery at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, London. She grew up in regional England in a small village where many women including her mother and grandmother valued embroidery and quilting.
Now, after moving to NZ and starting a family, Jo is a professional embroiderer and quilt artist. Jo is sought out for special commission embroidery in NZ and she has made workfor universities, churches as well a private clitents. Jo’s own artistic works range from large wall hung quilts to fine embroideries. Her subject matter is usually the human form and her works are often a comment on the issues she has with modern life.
Jo travels widely for her art, teaching a variety of embroidery techniques as well as design based quilting projects at textile and craft retreats and events all around New Zealand and also in Australia. In 2015 Jo was one of the featured tutors at the prestigious Australian Quilt Convention in Melbourne where she taught the ‘Heads’ portrait quilt technique.
Denise Griffiths is an internationally recognised and awarded quilter who resides in a coastal village on the Eastern coast of Australia. Happily for us, this is very close to Berry!
Denise has been sewing since her feet could reach the pedal on her mothers’ old Singer and has always worked in a creative field. Her early work was as a ticket and showcard writer for the glamerous Department stores- (When they really were glamorous!) Later, she was a bridal dressmaker for 10 years before heading to TAFE to study Fine Arts.
Denise has such a broad range of creative experience but finds that the freedom and creativity of making art quilts is what she really lives for. This work is inspired by the natural environment, particularly Australian flora which she interprets with strong, graphic prints and colour to create her recognisable style. She also tries to use as many varying techniques in each quilt as she thinks the quilt will carry.
Her art quilts draw admiration from all around the world, having won many prizes and having been exhibited in Japan, America, France, New Zealand as well as in Australia. Denise has had quilts selected multiple times for the famous International Quilt Festival in Housten USA and the World Quilt Competition. Very recently (Today -Sept 21st!) Denise has had two quilts juried into the Pacific International Quilt Festival. Widely published, her work was featured most notably in the Quilter’s Companion Great Australian Quilts Issue in 2014.
Denise is driven by her desire to try new things and to keep the creative juices flowing in every work she creates. As the creator of the Baglique technique (her own take on appliqué ) Denise is now taking the next step to teach these creative techniques to students in limited classes.
Most recently Denise taught a group of students at the Illawarra Quilters Guild who all made incredible waratahs and learnt such a lot about applique and Denises many other 3D techniqies. We are very lucky to have Denise come to Berry to teach us this technique early in her teaching career. I predict she will be such a hit that we will have to line up with everyone else around the world keen to benefit from her amazing skills and generous happy classroom manner.
Deborah Louie is an expert domestic machine quilting tutor accredited buy the NSW Quilter’s Guild. Deb teaches widely at shops, groups, retreats and symposiums.
Deb is a multi award winning quilter whose work appears constantly in Australian and international quilting publications.
Highly experienced in teaching students with a wide range of sewing machines and varying levels of quilting skill, Deb’s classes are always well organised and very detailed.
Deb teaches her own design quilts and techniques as well as general machine handling skills so you can learn a project from one end to the other or learn to make the best of all your beautuful quilt tops.
Lindsey Rae Marsh
Lindsey Rae is an energetic, infectious personality with the passion for sharing her love of sewing with others. Over the past 11 years, Lindsey has developed her skills through managing a successful patchwork and sewing shop in the U.S., working for a National sewing machine distribution company as NSW State Manager, and developing innovative classes to motivate and inspire sewers of all ages. She was swept off her feet by a sweet talking Aussie, and made the big move from the USA to Australia in late 2011. Lindsey now designs and teaches full time with her business, Sew to Grow.
Sew To Grow patterns are designed to figure flatter and accentuate your unique shape. Each pattern has been thoroughly tested on a variety of shapes, sizes, and ages to ensure proper fit and clarity of instructions. The patterns will work well in quilting weight cottons, stretch fabrics and light weight rayons and voiles. Sizes range from XS to XXL and many of Sew to Grow’s patterns have supporting You Tube videos as well as simple and clear step-by-step instructions. (With pictures!!) My passion is to make women feel effortlessly beautiful, build confidence in sewing, and teach new skills and techniques. I hope you are truly inspired to create one of a kind pieces for your handmade wardrobe with my range clothing patterns!
These days Lindsey travels the country promoting her pattern business and teaches others how to make her designs. Berry Quilt & Co. is excited to have Lindsey on board as a teacher! Especially as you have all been asking for small project and clothes workshops. Both of Lindsey’s designs will teach you new skills and have you working with materials and equipment you may not have encountered. We look forward to meeting Lindsey in March!
Susan Smith is designer and teacher of appliqué and patchwork. She will be teaching her own beautiful quilt made in a classical but whimsical design.
Susan has been quilting longer than she can remember and for the past thirty plus years, has made quilts for film and television, she has designed for home wares companies, made private commissions, including one for a British aristocratic family and in the past was co- owner of the much loved “Patchwork on Stonleigh” in Wodonga, Victoria.
She describes herself as a fabric person, and likes to take the time to make something beautiful rather than something perfect. She has taught appliqué and piecing in England, Germany and the Netherlands, and her quilts have been on display internationally in Europe and Japan.
Susan’s designs have won numerous awards including Viewer’s Choice at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in 2015 and her designs have appeared in quilting magazines. Most recently, A Day in the Park featured in the March 2016 issue of Australian Homespun.
Sharon is the Owner of Berry Quilt & Co. Sharon is a qualified Art Teacher and has taught craft textiles, art and design related subjects to both adults and children in various roles over the years. Sharon has taught sewing, patchwork and quilting at the Berry Patchwork Shop for the last 5 years. You can read more about Sharon’s journey to patchwork shop owner in this entry in the Shop Journal.