Block Party with Quiltmaker Instructors

1/14: Quiltmaker's Block Party @ Sea is sold out but you may email Deb at to add your name to the waiting list.


We’ve combed the country looking for an “A” team of experts, brought together exclusively for Block Party @ Sea with Quiltmaker. Learn from this stellar line-up of Quiltmaker editors and designers, industry innovators, and creative leaders.

Take some time to get to know our “dream team” of amazingly talented instructors, each with a keen eye for cutting edge techniques, expressive projects, and the rare ability to inspire as they teach.

Teachers and classes subject to change.


Debbie Caffrey

Debbie Caffrey

Debbie Caffrey is a self-published author of 13 books, dozens of patterns and over 150 mysteries. She has taught many energy-filled workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Rather than teaching you how to duplicate a pattern, Debbie teaches process classes to build your quiltmaking skills. She welcomes beginners! No matter what your level of quilting experience, you’ll leave Debbie’s workshop knowing things you didn’t know you didn’t know! Outside of quilting, Debbie enjoys her family (grandkids are the greatest!), cooking, her herb garden, going on long walks and experiencing new places. 
Visit Debbie’s website: Debbie’s Creative Moments.


Anita Grossman Solomon

Anita Grossman Solomon is a full-time quilt teacher and author with 23 years of experience. She makes artful bed quilts from classic blocks using her signature non-traditional methods. Her “Why didn’t I think of that?” innovations make quilting faster and easier! She’s been a guest on major quilting programs and written three books for C&T Publishing, including Perfect Blocks in Minutes and Rotary Cutting Revolution. Anita’s Super-Sized Nine Patch pattern is Quiltmaker’s all-time most popular download. Her work has appeared in Quiltmaker and Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks numerous times, and in 2010, each staff member chose Christmas fabrics from a different company to sew her Anita’s Arrowhead quilt.
Visit Anita’s website: Make It Simpler.


Margie Ullery

Margie Ullery

Margie Ullery is known for her Seasonal Skinnies fusible applique patterns. Several “Skinnies” have appeared in recent issues of Quiltmaker. Margie has been sewing for most of her life but started designing her own work about five years ago. She has designed more than 50 patterns, authored one book and has two books set for release in 2014. She teaches at retreats and quilt shops and loves everything about quilting. Margie lives in Utah with her husband and four boys. Her daughter serves in The United States Air Force. Margie loves cooking, reading and shopping for fabric.
Visit Margie’s website: Ribbon Candy Quilts.


Carolyn Beam

Carolyn Beam

Carolyn Beam is Creative Editor for Quiltmaker. She spends her days brainstorming with designers and looking for new projects to fill Quiltmaker’s pages—including block designs for each new volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. After years of running her own pattern business, she brings a wealth of experience to writing and editing quilt patterns and special features. She writes a regular column for QM called Design Studio, in which she explores design ideas and helps readers think more creatively. Carolyn helps manage QM’s production schedule and works with the freelance team. She spearheaded the creation of Quiltmaker’s Block Network and plays a vital role in determining how Quiltmaker moves forward each day. Carolyn is a veteran quilt instructor, lecturer and designer.
Watch Carolyn on Quiltmaker's Block Network.


Diane Harris

Diane Harris new

Diane Harris is Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker. She works remotely from rural Nebraska to connect QM with quilters all over the world using social media. She generates online content including a variety of posts and how-tos on Quilty Pleasures, QM’s staff blog. She manages the QM Scrap Squad and QM’s 100 Blocks blog tours. Diane teaches and lectures on a variety of topics, both independently and for Quiltmaker. Her style is funky and eclectic and her classes are about fun, breaking the rules, learning to play and being bold. Her theory is: “Why use four fabrics when you can use 40?”
Watch Diane on Quiltmaker's Block Network.   


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