All of the members of the Executive Council can be contacted using the form in the sidebar.
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Kate is pretty new to the modern quilting world, and started quilting one year ago. She is inspired by the more traditional quilts made by her grandmother and aunt, and enjoys combining traditional with modern quilting. Her favorite style is “scrappy improv” piecing, and she loves big-stitch hand quilting. By day, Kate works as an account manager and trainer, and by night, she enjoys sitting down with her quilting hoop and hand stitching. She moved to South Florida just a couple of years ago, and is very happy to have found such a fun and inviting group of quilters at SFMQG.
Debby Schindall–VP of Programming
Debby has been sewing home decor for many years but has just found her style in modern quilts.
Charlotte Noll–VP of Programming
Charlotte has been sewing since she was a young girl and made all her own clothes. She made her first quilt when she moved to Florida in 1980 and needed something for her king-size waterbed. She's been hooked since! Charlotte loves fabric, thread, buttons, and beads! She can't pass up a challenge or call for entry. Charlotte has made many traditional and art quilts but now her eye is tracking the modern style.
Patti Auten–VP of Projects
Patti's first official quilting class was Eleanor Burns' very first "Quilt in a Day" workshop back in the 1970s! She has experimented with all kinds of sewing and crafts, done costume making for Mobile Ballet as well as taught children's craft classes over the years, but returned to quilting about five years ago when her goddaughter was having a baby. Since that time her quilting style has veered more into improvizational styles with bright colors. Like Allison, she's thrilled to have "found her people" in the SFMQ group. She also has developed a love for free motion quilting on domestic and mid-arm machines as well as creating donation quilts for Project Linus. She's thrilled to use her enthusiasm and teaching skills for The Quilt-A-Long project. Find Patti on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.
Allison Schnackenberg–VP of Administration
Allison has only been quilting for about 3 years and is the first to admit she’s not the best quilter in our group! She’s learning fast and her favorite styles of quilting are “improv with intent” and modern machine piecing. Allison brings many years of professional leadership experience to her role, as well as a deep knowledge of brand marketing, public relations, and communications. After 28 years living abroad in London, she has recently settled in Florida and is delighted to have found “her people” within the SFMQ.
Nicole Kaplan–Founding Officer
Nicole has been quilting since college and is mostly self-taught, thanks to the wealth of quilting sites on the Internet! She has embraced the modern quilting movement and its emphasis on improvizational quilting, bold colors, and wonky design. Nicole was one of the initial members of the NYC Metro Mod Quilters, and she started South Florida Modern Quilters when she relocated here in 2011. Although she is not a current Board member, she is enthusiastic about the growing Guild and is excited to see other local quilters get into the "modern" mind-set! Nicole's patterns have been featured in "Fabric by Fabric: One-Yard Wonders" and "Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks From Your Favorite Designers", and her hands grace the cover of "Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing Projects You Can Take Anywhere" (a nice surprise, although she wishes she had gotten a manicure beforehand)! Find Nicole on Instagram and Flickr.