Quilt History Teachers in the Northeast US

The teachers and lecturers who are listed here have expertise in one or more areas dealing with quilts and quilt history. You will find those who are qualified to give lectures and/or workshops, including; authors, designers, historians, and more. Each with the love of quilts and quilting, and the desire to share their knowledge with others.  Listings are submitted by the teachers themselves and are sorted into categories based on their general geographic area. 

Pepper Cory
Pepper CoryPepper Cory has written six quilting books, designed needlework tools, stencils, and fabric lines for Telegraph Road Studio but her first love is teaching! She travels (in the US and overseas-) about once a month and will send information to your guild or shop if you contact pepcory@mail.clis.com. She's known for her upbeat teaching style and giving individual attention to students struggling with color and design problems. She judges quilt shows (head judge at 2002 Houston show) and from her 20 years+ experience can also appraise your antique quilt.

Jane Hall Jane Hall has lectured and taught quilt making for guilds and quilt conferences in the United States and abroad for the past fifteen years. She is a Certified Teacher, a Certified Quilt Judge, a Certified Appraiser for quilts both antique and contemporary, as well as an author and quilt designer.  Her award-winning quilts have been exhibited regionally and nationally in quilt shows, juried fiber and multi-media exhibitions, and galleries. Her quilts are included in public and private collections and in the American Quilter's Society Museum in Paducah, KY.  For more information, visit her web page or E~Mail jqhall@earthlink.net

Laurel HortonLaurel Horton is an independent quilt researcher, editor, and consultant. A native of Kentucky, she holds a BA in English and an MS in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, and an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her 1979 thesis “Economic Influences on German and Scotch-Irish Quilts in Antebellum Rowan County, North Carolina,” was one of the earliest studies of regional variations in American quiltmaking traditions. She authored the award-winning 2005 book, Mary Black’s Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life. She served as editor of Uncoverings from 1987 through 1993, and resumed this position with the 2008 volume. For more information, visit her web page or E~Mail laurel@kalmiaresearch.net


Pamela Pampe
New address: 333 Cottonwood Dr., Winchester, Va 22603

Newbie Richardson of Past Crafts Textiles Appraisals, Conservation, & Exhibitions in Alexandria, VA has teamed up with Colleen Callahan, Curator Emeritus of the Valentine Museum in Richmond, VA to form The Costume and Textile Specialists.  Their focus is on doing all things textile for small and medium museums (appraisals, exhibition, conservation, collections management, guest curator, lectures, workshops etc..) For more information, contact Newbie Richardson, Past Crafts Textiles, 1-800-507-9356, pastcrafts@verizon.net

Judy Schwender is Curator of Collections and Registrar at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. Although the National Quilt Museum does not collect antique quilts, Judy has loved them since 1989. Prior to that time Judy was a sales rep in Idaho and Montana for wholesale fabrics and sewing notions. She obtained her Masters degree in Textile History with an emphasis in Quilt Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004. She was the graduate research assistant at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln from September 2003 to May 2004. Her graduate exhibition project was “Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts”. She has curated more than a dozen quilt exhibitions for the National Quilt Museum. Judy presently serves on the board of the American Quilt Study Group, and is especially interested in helping quilters learn basic conservation for their family quilts.

Fawn Valentine is a weaver, author, and adjunct professor at Mountain State University. She currently serves on the board of directors of the American Quilt Study Group.  Her goal is for quilt history to be recognized as an academic subject and given the same respect as American architecture, painting, and furniture.  She teaches college courses in quilt history for Mountain State University's School of Extended and Distance Learning (Beckley, WV) 1-800-766-6067 extension 1530. For more information on her classes and lectures, visit her web page, E~Mail fawnvalentine@frontier.com or call 304-445-7929.